Super50 Cup - Leon Johnson and Carlos Brathwaite audio on the eve of the Grand Final
Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson and Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners captain Carlos Brathwaite spoke to CWI Media ahead of the showpiece Grand Final of the 2018-19 Super50 Cup on Sunday at Kensington Oval here.
The Jaguars are looking to lift a regional 50 overs-a-side title for the 11th time, while the composite Marooners side are seeking to win their first ever regional title in any format.
But the match appears to be a contest between two sides of similar styles, with major stars in their line-up, but determined to stick to the basics and fight for every run and wicket.
Jaguars seem to hold the edge in the batting, but the Marooners appear to have depth in their bowling.
Key players for the Jaguars will be: all-rounders Raymon Reifer and Christopher Barnwell, who appear in the top 10 batsmen of the tournament; Johnson, who is fresh from a maiden Super50 hundred against the Jamaica Scorpions in the semi-finals and whose leadership has been described as inspiring; as well as Clinton Pestano and Jamaica-born off-spinner Ramaal Lewis, a former WINDIES Under-19 captain, who have been their two top bowlers.
Key players for the Marooners are: their leading batsmen, left-handed opener Kjorn Ottley; his younger brother, left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley, whose 17 wickets ties for the top spot in the bowling, and semi-final hero Akeem Jordan with his each-way swing; plus Brathwaite with his all-round ability with bat, ball and leadership skills.
History strongly favours the Jags, having won eight of the previous nine contests between the two sides, including their only two matches at this venue.
Jaguars won two low-scoring affairs by margins of eight and six wickets respectively, in the 2017 season.
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