Jamaican Association bolster squad for T20 match
Jamaican Cricket Association have called upon reinforcements for todays T20 clash with visiting Melbourne Cricket Club of Jamaica at Somerset Cricket Club.
The reigning Commercial League T20 champions have been bolstered with the additions of Lloyd Morrison, Traddie Simpson, Donavan Livingston, Dean Richards and Alex Doars to their ranks.
Fast bowler Simpson has previously represented Bermuda on the international stage, Morrison and Livingston are both capable early order bats while Richards and teenager Doars currently ply their trade at Devonshire Recreation Club and Southampton Rangers.
At press time Jamaican Cricket Association had yet to name their squad that will lock horns with Melbourne CC in what will be the local clubs first match against a touring side on Bermudas shores. However, team manager Glenmore Barrett is confident that the team that is eventually chosen will make a good account of themselves
We plan to make a good account of ourselves against those guys (Melbourne) because we know they are not chicken players, he said. We have our original team and a few friends who we have invited in who dont normally play with our regular squad and overall we look good and the guys are ready to go.
Barrett is quite familiar with Melbourne CC having grown up near the clubs ground in Kingston.
Melbourne CC is a staunch cricket club and with a man like Courtney Walsh onboard you can imagine it has to be saying a lot of things or he wouldnt be there, he said. Over the years they have got respect everywhere in Jamaica.
Barretts team will go into todays T20 clash at a disadvantage having not played a competitive match this year.
Its going to be a challenge for us because being in the off season we are not fined tuned, he said. But the enthusiasm Ive seen among the players we can expect to field the best team we can.
Barrett said T20 cricket is a format that his team has taken a very good liking to.
We are the current T20 champions so we actually have a feel for the game and pace of it, he added. We look forward to the challenge and that will help mould us for the upcoming season.
Todays match gets underway at 6:30pm
Tomorrow will see tour hosts Somerset Cricket Club take on the visitors at the same venue (6:30pm).
Melbourne CC are also scheduled to play three 50 overs matches with the senior national team on April 13, 14 and 16 at Somerset (11am).
The visitors 13-man squad arrived in Bermuda last night along with coach Robert Samuels, manager and primary benefactor Courtney Walsh and club President Neville Atkinson.
Melbourne CC are without skipper Yannick Elliott who remains hospitalised after suffering a stroke and fellow all-rounder Fabian Allen who has been ruled out through school commitments.
Nonetheless, team coach and former West Indies batsman Samuels is confident the tourists will still be able to make a good account of themselves in the pairs absence.
We will still be playing good, competitive cricket and hopefully give a fantastic account of ourselves, he said. Were still looking to win and ensure that we entertain and show what Melbourne Cricket Club is all about.
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