The Fort Charlotte Strikers take on table-toppers Botanical Gardens Rangers at the Arnos Vale Ground on Thursday in match 11 of the Vincy Premier League.
This season, the Rangers have been the team to beat and have three wins out of three matches. The Rangers have done brilliantly with the bat so far, with their opener Stewart taking them off to flying starts regularly. Nevertheless, it was their bowling attack that won them matches, with the duo of Williams and Providence among the greatest wicket-takers.
The Fort Charlotte Strikers have experienced a weak campaign in three games so far with no wins. They have yet to strike a chord as a unit, despite Lavia’s best efforts with the ball in hand, and this has been detrimental to their fortunes.
The Fort Charlotte Strikers have the firepower to pull off an upset against the more fanciful Botanical Gardens Rangers, although they reach this game as the obvious underdogs. We should predict a reasonably high-scoring, competitive game in Saint Vincent with everything to play for in this fixture.
There is a chance of rain for this match. During the action in the middle, the temperature will hover about 29 degrees Celsius.
There are a lot of bats on offer for the pacers early on, while the spinners in the middle overs should rule the roost.
In what should be a successful match between bat and ball, the dimensions of the ground could strike into the hands of the batsmen. With 80-90 being par at this location, both teams will look to chase after winning the toss.
Fort Charlotte Strikers
Alex Samuel, Rickford Walker, Roland Cato, Gidron Pope, Andrew Thomas, Chelson Stowe, Sealroy Williams, Kirton Lavia, Ray Jordan, Rashed Fredericks, Nigel Small
Botanical Gardens Rangers
Keron Cottoy, Emmanuel Stewart, Hyron Shallow, Donwell Hector, Kenneth Dember, Atticus Browne, Zemron Providence, Kimali Williams, Romario Bibby, Winston Samuel, Donald Delpleche
Fort Charlotte Strikers vs Botanic Garden Rangers Dream 11:
Keron Cottoy (c), Gidron Pope (wk), Emmanuel Stewart (wk), Andrew Thomas, Atticus Browne, Hyron Shallow, Kirton Lavia, Ray Jordan, Zemron Providence, Donald Delpleche, Kimali Williams
In the tournament, the two teams were precisely opposite each other. The Botanical Gardens were the best team, while Fort Charlotte was the worst with three defeats in three games. The Botanical are clear favourites to win the match.