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January 14, 2013
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Jamaica ready for Guyana match winners - Lambert
Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer

Tamar Lambert

Despite Guyana having potential match-winners in the squad, Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert believes his team has what it takes to come out on top in their Caribbean Twenty20 clash at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia tomorrow.

The match, which is slated to start at 3 p.m. Jamaica time, and will be the first of a double header at the venue, will

see Jamaica looking to add to a two-match winning streak, and hopes of gaining a play-off spot.

Guyana, on the other hand, who are coming off a whopping 80-run loss to defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, will be looking to bounce back and recapture their early tournament form.

The South America mainlanders won their opening two matches.

a very good game

"It should be a very good game as Guyana has really good players. When you look at Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan these are players that can win a match at any given time.

"But we have good players too with senior players Andre Russell, Danza Hyatt, David Bernard Jr and myself doing fairly well in our last two matches, and once we continue to work hard, I am confident can win."

Jamaica, who like the other six participating teams played their opening matches at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad, arrived in St Lucia yesterday, and will enter the Guyana match with concerns.

After being bowled out for 72 in the second match against Barbados, they were only able to conjure scores of 116 for six off 17 overs against the Windwards, and 110 for eight off their 20 overs against the Leewards, a scenario that Lambert hopes will change.

"Our batting still remains a concern, but we are seeing of improvements, and the hope is that we will finally get it right in our final two games.

"We are also very optimistic that this will happen as the pitch in St Lucia is normally good for batting, unlike the ones in Trinidad, which tends to assist spinners a lot."

Jamaica are currently second in the points standings on nine points, from four games, four less than defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, who have also played four games.

The Windward Islands, Guyana and Barbados are third on eight points with the former two, having played one match less.

The winners of the preliminary round will gain an automatic qualification to the final, while the second and third place teams will play off for the other final spot.

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