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Maple seeking to squeeze LIME in Super Cup final
CGI Maple will be seeking to squeeze and disconnect LIME in their bid to grab the 2013 Sagicor General Super Cup, when the two teams meet at Kensington Oval tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.
It will be the second time in two seasons that Maple are contesting the Super Cup final following their six-run defeat by Sagicor Life UWI last year.
This time they are squaring off against the Wildey-based LIME, who ousted the defending champions (UWI) with a 57-run victory in last weekend’s semi-finals. That win set up an appointment with the in-form Maple team, who whipped YMPC by 122 runs at Beckles Road to qualify for their sixth appearance in a Sagicor General Super Cup final.
An exciting play-off is anticipated as Maple are in line for their second major championship this season, following their capture of the Elite three-day league title However, captain of the West Coast men, Renaldo Parris, knows that any team that has upstaged the champions are worthy opponents.
“They are a good team, but we will be focusing on our game. This season I think we are a better all-round team and much more focused. We will stick to our game plan and our aim is to win the Cup,” said Parris, a former Barbados Under-19 captain.
Certainly, their convincing victory over YMPC will be a good confidence booster going into the final and Parris disclosed that they intended to finish the season on a high note.
But the captain side-stepped the question on whether Maple would prefer to bat first in such a major encounter. They would have to examine the pitch on the day, he said, and make the right decision.
Maple’s batting is expected to centre around veteran Pedro Agard; vice-captain Shane Parris; 20 year-old Jamaican opener John Campbell, who hit 118 against YMPC in the semi-finals; and captain Parris, who staved off St. Catherine with an important half-century in the quarter-finals.
What may also concern LIME is that in the bowling department, Maple also boasts the two most economical bowlers in the tournament – off-spinner Jed Yearwood and former West Indies paceman Corey Collymore – while left-arm spinner Jamar Griffith is also the leading wicket-taker in the Super Cup with 18 wickets.
For LIME, a winning performance in the final would underscore their dominance of Maple in recent times and their collective resolve to make 2013 a special season, following the sudden
loss of groundsman David Carter in November.
Led by Randy Thomas, for the second season, LIME got the better of Maple in a T20 encounter earlier this season and also defeated them in a Super Cup game at Trents last season. They will be appearing in their fifth final of the Sagicor Cup and the first since 2009 when they lost to Carlton.
“This has been a good season for us and we are committed to the task of going all the way to win the Cup. I think we have a pretty good record against Maple and our aim is to play good cricket and get the job done,” said captain Thomas.
Thomas further added that they prided themselves in having a well-balanced team and would be looking to performances from the same squad that propelled them through the early rounds and into the final.
To conquer their opponents, LIME will be hoping for assault missions from the likes of experienced former West Indies wicket-batsman Courtney Browne; all-rounder Ryan “Chicken Breast” Nurse; Cyprian Payne; and Barbados player and vice-captain Ashley Nurse, who slammed a century in the ninth round.
Ryan Nurse, also a former Barbados player and the Man-of-the-Match in the semi-final elimination of UWI, appears in good form and could be a difficult proposition with both bat and ball on a good Oval pitch.
LIME will also be relying heavily on their quartet of spinners, including Leewards Islands player Haydn Walsh Jnr, Amory Holder, all-rounder Ashley Nurse and Daley Hurley, and will
need to bring their best game to defeat the opposition.