JCA Senior Cup prelims end this weekend
PLACES in the quarter-final stage are up for grabs as the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) two-day Senior Cup preliminary phase closes with the fifth-round of matches this weekend.
All games are slated to commence at 10:00 am.
The top two teams in Zone A will square off when St Elizabeth CA travel to Little London High to battle neighbours Westmoreland CA.
St Elizabeth lead Zone A with 50 points, while Westmoreland are on 43. With the two best placed teams in each of the four zones set to advance to the quarter-finals, the focus of this particular clash is likely to centre on which parish association finishes first.
In the other match in Zone A, third-placed St James CA (27 points), who have an outside chance of progressing, take on last-placed Hanover CA (seven points) at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.
Hanover are out of contention, and so are fourth-placed Trelawny CA (25 points), who will be inactive this weekend.
A tight race will be decided in Zone B with three key clashes.
At the Jamalco Sports Club, hosts Clarendon CA, in fifth place on 26 points, take on fourth-placed GC Foster College (41), while third-placed St Catherine CC (46) welcome second-placed Manchester CA (48) to Chedwin Park in another expected humdinger.
In the other Zone B encounter, cellar team Kingston & St Andrew CA (19 points), who cannot advance, entertain leaders St Catherine CA (50) at the Maxfield Park playing field.
In the bitterly fought Zone C, leaders St Mary CA, on 44 points from their four outings, host fifth-placed Police (39 points) at Palmers Park, while fourth-placed University of the West Indies (40) visit Noranda Bauxite Complex in Discovery Bay to face joint second-placed outfit St Ann CA (42).
In the other Zone C encounter, Jamaica Defence Force, who are also on 42 points, host the hopeless strugglers Portland CA (12).
Leaders Melbourne CC (67 points) and second-placed Kingston CC (60) are already assured of their places in the last eight of the competition, but their contest at the latter's Sabina Park base will decide which team secures top spot in Zone D.
Also in Zone D, third-placed Kensington CC (34) visit Goodyear Oval to oppose fourth-placed St Thomas CA (30). At Nelson Oval, the two last-placed teams Lucas CC and Boys' Town, both on 17 points, will meet in a game of academic interest.
The quarter-finals are set to be played next weekend.