A winning start. That is the objective that is being echoed by Jamaica Scorpions coach Junior Bennett, as the team heads into battle today with defending champions and co-hosts, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the feature game of the opening round of the WICB NAGICO Super50 Tournament at Queen’s Park Oval.One of four matches on the day, the day/night Group A encounter, which can be seen on television network ESPN Caribbean, is slated to bowl off at 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time.”We will be looking (for) a positive start, a winning start, as we don’t want to play catch-up cricket,” said Bennett.”They are at home and we expect their fans to be heavily behind them. But we are not daunted.”We have prepared well and our confidence level is good.”Beaten at the semi-final stage last year, the Scorpions will enter the encounter under the supervision of first-time captain, John Campbell.The 22-year-old opener, a former West Indies Under-19 vice-captain, will be participating in his third Super50 and will be hoping to rise to the occasion, particularly as it relates to the batting unit.The batting is fairly young with former captain and veteran, Tamar Lambert, the most experienced.It also includes Antiguan-born Devon Thomas, the in-form AndrÈ McCarthy, Shacaya Thomas, Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith and the exciting Brandon King.West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood is set to join the team after the first three of six group fixtures.The Scorpions’ bowling, in the meanwhile – in the absence of Jerome Taylor, who is also scheduled to join the team for the latter stages – will be led by left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and ever-reliable left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller.”It’s a balanced unit, a little bit of inexperience, but a raw-talented one with a lot of potential,” stated Bennett.The Red Force, in the meanwhile, are bereft of their most established players like Jamaica, due to either West Indies or worldwide Twenty20 leagues.TOPPLAYERSTheir most experienced players will be Guyanese-born batsman Narsingh Deonarine, fast bowling all-rounder Rayad Emrit, emerging batsman Jason Mohammed and leg-spinner Imran Khan.The other matchup in Group A will see 2014 winners Barbados Pride against ICC Americas at the Sir Frank Worrell Cricket Ground.Meanwhile, in Group B, which will be contested in St Kitts and Nevis, home of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, the hosts will face Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners at Warner Park, while at St Paul’s, last year’s runners-up Guyana Jaguars will meet Windward Islands Volcanoes.TEAMS:Jamaica Scorpions:- John Campbell (captain), Trevon Griffith, Jermaine Harrison, Andre McCarthy, Jermaine Blackwood, Tamar Lambert, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Aldaine Thomas, Marquino Mindley, Sheldon Cotterell, Jerome Taylor. Reserves: Shacaya Thomas, Nicholson Gordon.Trinidad Red Force:- Jason Mohammed, Yannick Ottley, Steven Katwaroo, Kyle Hope, Evin Lewis, Narsingh Deonarine, Kjorn Ottley, Kevon Cooper, Akeal Hosein Imran Khan, Philton Williams, Marlon Richards, Rayad Emrit, Jon Ros Jagessar.
Finn Harps has announced that the McGettigan’s group Ireland and UAE will be the club’s main sponsor for 2014.The Dubai based company, which was founded by former Donegal person of the year Jim McGettigan, will be Harps principal commercial partner during the club’s 60th anniversary year.The launch of the sponsorship agreement took place at McGettigan’s Bar in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on Monday evening, and was attended by an array of well-known Harps faces past and present, including legendary all-time scorer Brendan Bradley. McGettigan’s Pub was first opened in Ireland in the 1960’s on Queen Street in Dublin by Jim McGettigan. Since that day, the business has grown from Dublin, moved to Dubai and last November expanded with the acquisition of the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny.Finn Harps acting chairman Sean Quinn said “Everyone at Finn Park is thrilled that a successful Donegal company like McGettigan’s will be working with us during our diamond jubilee year. They are a highly reputable company that have created a recognised international brand, and who continue to provide excellent employment opportunities for Irish people both at home and abroad. On behalf of our committee, volunteers and supporters I would like to welcome the management and staff of McGettigan’s for the coming season.”2010 saw the very first McGettigan’s Irish Pub in Dubai open its doors at Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Eighteen short months later, the McGettigan’s story in Dubai expanded with the opening of both McGettigan’s Irish Pubs at Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Airport.Unique décor, delicious Irish food & drink, the best Irish and international entertainment and sporting events are the ingredients that have made McGettigan’s Irish Pubs such a success in the United Arab Emirates. McGettigan’s proudly wears the tagline “The Modern Irish Experience”, as it reflects modern Irish food, culture, sports and music. The brand is steeped in Irish family history and is using this history and experience to bring a real flavour of Ireland to a global market.Jim and Dennis McGettigan see opening in Letterkenny and becoming main sponsor of Finn Harps as extremely exciting developments for the brand. CEO Dennis McGettigan said “Over the past 3 years we feel we have represented Ireland fantastically in Dubai, we have promoted Irish music, culture and cuisine to the global Ex-Pat community in Dubai. Moving back home and investing in the area where it all started for my father is an extremely proud moment for us as a family. Jim is a proud Donegal man so this is always where his heart has been.”McGettigan’s Pub in Letterkenny opened on 29th November 2013 at the Clanree Hotel, Derry Road, after the McGettigan’s group took over the management of the hotel. McGettigan’s Pub will continue the brands tradition of serving award winning food and entertaining guests with some of the best local bands performing every weekend. McGettigan’s have brought the modern Irish experience back on home soil and are looking forward to supporting Donegal’s senior football club. McGETTIGANS GROUP ANNOUNCED AS FINN HARPS MAIN SPONSOR FOR 2014 was last modified: January 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsletterkennyMcGettigan’sSponsors