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Stabroek News Sunday - - SPORT -

Guyana Jaguars skip­per Leon John­son is hop­ing that his side can veer from a more than decade-long pat­tern of not be­ing able to cap­ture the Re­gional one-day ti­tle when they come up against the Com­bined Cam­puses and Col­leges Ma­roon­ers in the Re­gional Su­per 50 fi­nal to­day.

John­son, who spear­headed Jaguars’ feisty show­ing dur­ing their one-wicket semi-fi­nal win over the Ja­maican Scor­pi­ons on Thurs­day, told Stabroek Sports that his unit is pretty re­laxed and up for the task at hand.

“The mood is great. We had a re­cov­ery ses­sion to­day (Fri­day), and the guys are still on a high,” John­son said.

Jaguars, who are well led by the 31-year-old as is con­stantly pointed out by a num­ber of the pun­dits in the com­men­tary box, will re­quire a sim­i­lar level of tac­ti­cal as­tute­ness and lead­er­ship when they face the Car­los Braith­waite-led side, brim­ming with con­fi­dence af­ter trounc­ing the mighty Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on Fri­day in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal.

“CCC won’t be an easy op­po­si­tion, and we need to ex­e­cute our plans come Sun­day,” John­son ac­knowl­edged.

Mean­while, Jaguars’ semi-fi­nal win on Thurs­day dur­ing which John­son scored 101 – his maiden Re­gional lim­ited overs cen­tury – stim­u­lated the in­ter­est of many who were quite pleased with the way he ac­cu­mu­lated his runs.

The knock was also very much ful­fill­ing for the man him­self.

“I was very sat­is­fied with my ef­fort, tak­ing the sit­u­a­tion of the game into con­text. 70 for 3 chas­ing 273 and scor­ing a hun­dred to help the team to vic­tory was pleas­ing.”

Fur­ther re­count­ing the par­tic­u­lars of an in­nings where he showed steely re­solve to pi­lot his side into to­day’s fi­nal, John­son re­called over­com­ing a bit of nerve and a patch of in­dif­fer­ent form to give his team an op­por­tu­nity to claim the elu­sive one day ti­tle.

“A bit of pressure was there. There are al­ways nerves around in the knock out games, and I just felt if the op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self I had to put up my hand.

“I felt that I let my­self and team down in Trinidad by get­ting to 30 odd two times in five in­nings then be­ing dis­missed softly, some­thing I wasn’t gonna do last night[Thurs­day].”

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