The decision to go with the same winning team came as no surprise to former Cup Match opening batsman Olin Jones, who is more than confident the defending champions will retain the cup this year.

Both Somerset Cricket Club (SCC) and St George’s Cricket Club announced their teams over the weekend.

Asked for his take on the upcoming 114th annual classic, Mr Jones, who played for nine year on Cup Match teams, insisted his SCC colleagues have the stronger team. And he’s looking for an exciting two days of cricket later this week when his oldest son, Malachi Jones joins team captain Jordan DeSilva as vice captain.

It’s a role Mr Jones is familiar with as a former vice captain himself with another former SCC captain Perry Maybury. Malachi, who is 26-years-old has played on the last eight SCC Cup Match teams as an all-rounder.

“I expected the same to be picked because it’s a winning team,” said Mr Jones. “And I think we will win the cup again.

“I think St George’s have a balanced team. But we have the stronger team because we have strengths in every department batting, bowling, and fielding. They have seasoned Cup Match players like Allan Douglas and OJ Pitcher. The rest of the team it’s up and down.”

Admittedly, he said: “Anything could happen. But I can’t see SCC losing because St George’s shouldn’t be able to bowl out our winning team twice. And Somerset will win the cup, that’s my prediction,” Mr Jones said.

St George’s Cricket Club will be led by captain Oliver Pitcher Jr with Macai Simmons as his vice captain. Both teams were announced after the selection process late Saturday night.

Somerset Cricket Club Team:
Jordan DeSilva – Captain
Malachi Jones – Vice Captain
Chris Douglas
Terryn Fray
Tre Manders
Janeiro Tucker
Jacobi Robinson
Greg Maybury
Derrick Brangman
Jekon Edness
Stephen Outerbridge

Justin Corday
Justin Donawa
Regino Smith

St. George’s Cricket Club Team:
Oliver Pitcher Jr – Captain
Macai Simmons – Vice Captain
Oronde Bascome
Treadwell Gibbons
Rodney Trott
Allan Douglas Jr
Justin Pitcher
Sinclair Smith – Wicket keeper – Colt
George O’Brien Jr
Stefan Kelly
Lionel Cann

Ankoma Cannonier
Okera Bascome
Nzari Paynter

Meanwhile, preparations for the 114th Annual Classic have reached the full speed ahead mode as workmen put the finishing touches to camps that stand four storeys high in some areas. And those preparations will continue around the clock in the lead up to day one of the two day event that starts on Thursday when all roads lead to Somerset.

By Ceola Wilson