ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Regional Super50 tournament resumes here Wednesday with semi-final action as two-time reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will square off against the improving Jamaica Scorpions.
The day/night Regional Super50 game will be played at Coolidge Cricket Ground and is scheduled to begin at 1:30 local time, 12:30 EST and 11:30 CST. Live stream of this contest will be on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
Red Force, who took first place in Group A after winning seven of their eight games, are the heavy favourites to beat Jamaica and advanced to their fourth straight final.
Scorpions made a patchy start to the tournament, but have improved in the last few fixtures to win six of their eight games and finished second in the Group B table standings behind Barbados.
“The build-up has been pretty good for the players,” Trinidad and Tobago head coach Gus Logie said.
“In the squad, we do have some experienced players who know what it’s about. [They’ve] been there, done that, led by the captain [Denesh Ramdin].
“He’s really and truly steered the ship to where ‘we are at this point in time and the players have responded very well to his leadership and his leadership has been both on and off the field, and I think it augurs well for Trinidad and Tobago cricket.
“We know how competitive and how dangerous the Jamaicans can be and we are prepared in every way possible for that. The players are all comfortable with their own games and we look forward to the challenge against the Jamaicans.”
Meanwhile, Scorpions enter this Regional Super50 semi-final aiming to reach their first final in five years and head coach Robert Samuels said despite the recent good run, his team still has room for improvement.
“I think the players haven’t really put it together as I would like a 100 percent but they are sparks,” Samuels said.
“We have won some Man-of-the-Match [awards], we’ve been doing well with the ball, we’ve been doing ok with the bat but I would like to see the bat do a bit more and then the ball will hold its own.
“We grew from strength to strength in Barbados and this is now Antigua.”
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO RED FORCE: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Nicholas Alexis, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Kyle Hope, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Kjorn Ottley, Khary Pierre, Roshon Primus, Ravi Rampaul.
JAMAICA SCORPIONS: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton.