JPL T20 finalists to be decided today
THE finalists for the inaugural Jamaica Premier League (JPL) Twenty20 (T20) cricket championship will be decided today at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium with the University Dynamites battling Spanish Town Titans in the opener and Half-Way-Tree Sparks clashing May Pen Earthquakes in the afternoon fixture.
The encounters are scheduled for 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, respectively.
The University Dynamites, captained by Brian Clarke, booked their berth in the semi-final last weekend after defeating Zone A rivals MoBay Sixers at Noranda Bauxite Sports Complex in St Ann to finish with eight points — ahead of May Pen on a superior net run rate.
Over in Zone B, the Tamar Lambert-led Spanish Town Titans had to share points in a rained out encounter with Kingston Hurricanes at Chedwin Park, but the tally of five points was enough for second place behind the dominant Half-Way-Tree Sparks, who ended on 12 points.
With the Dynamites' batsmen Nkrumah Bonner and Shacoya Thomas in impressive form, the Titans will be hoping that their big-hitters Danza Hyatt and Lambert will come good.
The JPL's only unbeaten team, Half-Way-Tree Sparks sealed their spot after beating Ocho Rios Chargers last weekend. They have been led by skipper Nikita Miller, as well as all-rounders Yannick Elliott and Damion Jacobs.
The Sparks, however, will face stiff opposition from the May Pen team, which is captained by Damion Grey. The Earthquakes, who eliminated a talented Mandeville Thunder outfit at the preliminary stage, are led by national T20 left-arm swing bowler Krishmar Santokie and batsman Joseph Palmer.
The final will be played tomorrow, also at the Trelawny venue.
The three-week tournament is organised by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) and sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).
Now down to the last four, it saw eight newly-formed franchises battling for the $700,000 winner's prize. The runners-up are set to pocket $500,000, while the Man of the Tournament will walk away with $50,000.