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STAR Writer


amaica Franchise coach Junior Bennett said,

despite falling to fourth in the four-day WICB

Professional League standings with four rounds

of matches to go, Jamaica Franchise have not given

up on the title.

Jamaica are on 57 points, 35 off leaders Guyana

Jaguars. Defending champions Barbados Pride, 77,

and Windward Islands Volcanoes, 64, are second

and third, respectively.

“We need to start winning matches, and if we do

so, and get adequate amounts of batting points,

anything is possible,” said Bennett.

“It will not be easy, but, beginning with Trinidad

who we face this weekend, we can attempt to get in

right, especially batting-wise.”

Jamaica, who last put claim to the title two sea-

sons ago, are coming off two defeats.

The first was to Guyana at Sabina Park two weeks

ago, and the other, last week away to the Windward

Island Volcanoes.

They now have three wins, two losses, and a


“Our batting has been our main problem, and is

something we need to address. We are yet to see a

batsman score a hundred this season,” lamented


“It is something the selectors have taken a look at

by trying different combinations, but it has not


A total 12 points are offered for a win, and teams

can gain as much as eight bonus points for first

innings batting and bowling displays.

Bennet t hopeful


Jamaica slide


Junior Bennett


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igh-flying Tivoli Gardens take on out-of-form

Montego Bay United in a key battle for third place in

the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) tomorrow at

Wespow Park at 3 p.m.

The west Kingston-based Tivoli got off to an indifferent

start this season, failing to win consistently in the first

round and a half.

However, since late December, the Alvin Shaw coached

team have recorded five wins from eight games, including two

wins over second-place and preseason favourites Waterhouse.

They look a certain semi-final bet if they maintain this form

for the rest of the round.

Despite this, he is not taking his opponent lightly and expects

a difficult encounter.

“MoBay is a quality team and they can turn up on any

given day, so we won’t take anything for granted,” he


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MoBay sits third on 40 points, two more than Tivoli, and one

adrift of second-place Waterhouse.

However, their poor run started at the turn of the year when

key players went away and returned late.


Since then, they’ve tasted victory just once, beating Boys’

Town 2-0 recently for their first win in seven games.

Coach Carlos Sanz says they are finding the scoring boots

again and he expects them to start winning consistently and

even climb further up the table.

“The only problem we had is that we were not scoring goals,

but we changed our form on that because we got four goals in

the last two matches. So the team is ready to continue its win-

ning performance at home.”

In other games, Humble Lion will start favourites against

Rivoli at Effortville begining at 5 p.m.

Humble Lion lost for the first time in 12 matches when they

were beaten by Boys’ Town on Sunday, and although they

have defeated Rivoli 1-0 twice this season, coach Donovan

Duckie knows the Spanish Town team is one of the most intense

in the league and always requires full attention.

Leaders Arnett Gardens are expected to end their two-match

losing run when they take on bottom-of-the-table Barbican.

Barbican ended their 10-match win streak.

Arnett lead the table with 48 points, while Barbican sits last

with 21 points.

Eighth-place Cavalier (33) have put their winless second-

round nightmare behind them and will go for their fourth

straight victory against struggling Sporting Central (24) at Juci


The game between Reno (21) and Boys’ Town (26) can go

either way. Both teams have been far from consistent, but Boys’

Town have shown a greater ability to win games and will start


Tivoli Gardens face champs

MoBay in key RSPL battle


Carlos Aitor Garcia Sanz