Captain of Jamaica Scorpions, John Campbell, believes playing their best cricket will be key in overcoming Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their WICB-NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament top-of-the-table clash at Shaw Park, Trinidad and Tobago, today.The encounter, set to get under way at 9:30 a.m. (Jamaica time), will see the hosts (12 points) looking to hold on to their narrow two-point lead over the Scorpions in Group A.Jamaica have won two and lost one of their three matches, while the Red Force have so far recorded two wins and a no-result from their rain-affected fixture.”They are playing well at the moment and are at the top of the table,” noted Campbell. “But we have not played our best cricket yet and if we do, I believe we will win.”A return-leg fixture of the round-robin group stages, the matchup will see Jamaica looking to turn the tables by 84 runs in the tournament opener.Led by solid batting from Andre McCarthy and accurate bowling from leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and fast-bowler Sheldon Cottrell, Jamaica have since gone on to record back-to-back wins in their next two outings. They defeated ICC Americas by 184 runs, before turning back the challenge of Barbados Pride by two wickets on Monday.The results, according to Campbell, have lifted the spirit of the team and he is anticipating the momentum to carry over into today’s match.”We just need to go out there and play positive cricket,” he said.Both teams, favourites to advance from the group as winners or runners-up, are set to welcome the return of their West Indies players.Campbell said batsman Jermaine Blackwood was set to join the team in time for the clash, while it is understood that the Red Force are likely to feature batsman Darren Bravo and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.Blackwood, Campbell pointed out, should help to bolster the batting, which struggled against Trinidad and Barbados with scores of 137 and 139 for eight.”We have a problem with losing cluster of wickets,” Campbell confessed.”Getting in on these (Trinidad) wickets is hard, so moving forward … one of the set bats will have to look to bat as deep as possible for the team.”Trinidad’s Red Force, in addition to Bravo and Ramdin, are expected to pivot their hopes on batsmen Narsingh Deonarine and Jason Mohammed, plus all-rounder Rayad Emrit.
PALMDALE – Thirteen more candidates have applied for the job of Palmdale School District superintendent after the district extended the application deadline an additional 4 1/2 months. A total of 19 applicants will be screened and brought before the school board to consider, a search consultant said. “It’s a good response. We are very pleased with it,” consultant Robert Aguilar said. “It’s an attractive position in an area with potential growth.” Friday was the deadline to apply for the post. The district is seeking to replace former Superintendent Jack Gyves, who retired in June. Assistant Superintendent Roger Gallizzi has been serving as interim top administrator. Gallizzi was named to the interim post in July with a new superintendent expected by December. email@example.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! About 15 people had applied by the previous deadline, Oct. 20, but board members were told there were several people who missed the deadline and wanted to apply. Of the original 15, nine are no longer in the running because they did not submit a complete application, decided to stay at their current jobs or found employment elsewhere, Aguilar said. The current 19 candidates are either superintendents, assistant superintendents or associate superintendents, Aguilar said. Several are from out of state, and the majority are from California. Aguilar said he will meet with the board March 20 to discuss determining how many people to interview and when. Trustees have said they hope to have a new top administrator hired by the end of the school year. With the superintendent search taking longer than expected, the board in January gave Gallizzi a 10 percent raise, to an annual salary of $160,000.