Jaguars captain expects challenging Scorpions encounter

By October 24, 2018

Captain of the Guyana Jaguars Leon Johnson expects a tough match from the Jamaica Scorpions when the semi-finals of the Regional Super50 competition bowl off at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Thursday.

Johnson’s side topped Group A with five wins and a loss from their eight matches. Two matches were rained out and Johnson believes his team is confident ready to play their best cricket at this stage of the season.

“I am looking forward to the match tomorrow. Did well enough to top Group A. (There were) a couple of good sides in Group A and we managed to top that. Our form has been good. We had two washouts in Trinidad and Tobago, which was very disappointing. We didn’t get to play the last two group games but the guys are ready and raring to go,” he said.

Despite that, he is expecting a tough match from the Scorpions who finished second in Group B after consecutive losses against the Combined Colleges and Campus and the USA, respectively, which saw them lose their spot atop the group.

“It’s going to be very challenging. This end of the tournament, the backend of the tournament tends to bring out the best in players. Jamaica are very competitive, a very good side with a couple of international players and a couple of guys on the fringes of international cricket,” the Jaguars captain said.

“They would have lost two games. They would be disappointed to lose to America, we expect them to come hard at us but we and we are ready for them.”

Meanwhile, Johnson does not believe the change of venue will present problems for his team who played their preliminary matches in Trinidad and Tobago. He doesn’t think the pitch will hold any terrors for his batsmen.

“There is obviously be a bit more bounce at Kensington but having looked at the pitches they seem pretty flat by Barbados standards, no grass. We would have looked at the games on ESPN, there was not much swing or sideways movement or things like that,” he said.

“The basics of cricket still remain the same and the guys have played here before and we know what to expect.”

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