Waterhouse of Jamaica will be out to defend their home turf when they meet Honduran side Motagua in the first leg of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League (SCL) quarterfinals on Wednesday night at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. 

The 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League Round of 16 continues on Thursday night with a decisive second-leg clash between reigning SCL champion Herediano of Costa Rica and Waterhouse of Jamaica at the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero in Heredia, Costa Rica.

The two teams played to an entertaining 1-1 draw in the first leg, with Andre Fletcher scoring early for the Jamaicans prior to Keysher Brown’s equalizer for the Ticos in the first half.

While the Costa Rican side boasts plenty of Concacaf experience in both the SCL and the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, Waterhouse showed in the first leg in Kingston that it can go toe-to-toe with Herediano, which should make for a thrilling and decisive second leg.

Fletcher and Keithy Simpson will lead the Waterhouse attack, while Herediano has its own dangermen in the form of Jose Guillermo Ortiz, Francisco Rodriguez and first-leg scorer Brown.

Also in Herediano’s favor is its home form in Concacaf play.

In previous SCCL appearances, Herediano owns a 21W-3D-5L record on home soil, while in last season’s SCL, the Florenses posted a 4W-0D-0L record, with eight goals scored and zero conceded.

Waterhouse goalscoring hero Andre Fletcher has been very philosophical about the task his team has ahead of them when they go to Costa Rica next week. 

Reigning Scotiabank Concacaf League champion CS Herediano of Costa Rica grabbed a slim edge in its 2019 SCL Round of 16 series with a key away goal against Jamaica’s Waterhouse in a 1-1 draw on Thursday night at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. 

Waterhouse of Jamaica will be the first team to take a crack at reigning Scotiabank Concacaf League champion CS Herediano of Costa Rica when the two sides meet in the first leg of their 2019 SCL Round of 16 series on Thursday night at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Caribbean club is making its maiden voyage in the SCL and will be relying on Andre Fletcher and Keithy Simpson to handle the goalscoring duties.

Both Fletcher and Simpson tallied two goals in Waterhouse’s second place finish at the 2019 Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship.

The SCL is familiar territory for Herediano, who took home the crown in the 2018 edition by showcasing a dazzling brand of attacking football, combined with solid defensive play.

The hot boot at present for the Ticos belongs to Francisco Rodriguez, who has three goals in his last two Costa Rican Apertura 2019 matches. Another threat is Jose Guillermo Ortiz, who has two goals this season and scored in last year’s SCL.

Red Stripe Premier League Champions Portmore United qualified for the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night when they drew 1-1 with Waterhouse FC in the final of the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship played at Stadium East in Kingston.

 Windies middle order batsman Nicholas Pooran has admitted he is hoping to make up for lost opportunities after a productive recent spell at the crease.

Coming off a strong performance in the T20 series against India, Pooran has continued his powerful hitting going into the T10 League.  In five matches, the Trinidad and Tobago native has plundered 213 runs. 

Pooran, who represents the Northern Warriors, is second on the runs scoring list behind compatriot Andre Fletcher who has scored 225 runs for the Pakhtoons.  On Thursday, Pooran’s 43 enabled the Warriors to rout defending champions Kerala Knights by eight wickets.

"I've been opening the batting so I get more time in the middle. I'm just happy now that I can perform for my team,” Pooran said.

"I feel when things are going your way you need to capitalise and that's what I'm doing. I'm happy that I've been consistent,” he added.

"The game is changing every day. Batsmen are not afraid to try different things. It's just become tougher and tougher for the bowlers. I'm happy I'm not a bowler. But there is Wahab (Riaz) who did excellently well for us last year and this year. Also today (Thursday) our bowlers bowled well against the Kerala Knights, credit to them."

The St Lucia Stars won for the second time in this season’s Hero Caribbean Premier League thanks to some wonderful bowling, some powerful hitting and despite some poor fielding at the Darren Sammy Stadium on Friday. 

A maiden T20 hundred from skipper Kieron Pollard, at last, propelled St Lucia Stars to a first Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory in 15 matches as the disappointment of 24 hours earlier was washed away in a dominant 38-run victory over Barbados Tridents.

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