Who Had a Man of The Match Performance apart from Jermaine Blackwood in the Regional 4 Day FINALS
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Grassroots cricket key to sport's development — sponsor
Jun 15, 2014
SHELLY Coley, sponsorship manager at Scotiabank, said the Prep School All-Island Championship is the best way going forward in developing cricket in the country.   Delivering the keynote address at the presentation ceremony after the conclusion of the 2014 Scotiabank/Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Prep School All-Island Championship at the Lucas Oval on Friday where Belair defeated St James by six wickets to take the title, Coley reminded that the country's greatest asset is its youth.   "I firmly believe that this competition is an opportunity through coaching, counselling and conversation, for our young cricketers to learn about the history of West Indies cricket.   "Rules require discipline and in this world, no matter your talent, if you do not have the discipline and the drive to match your talent you will never move forward. This is why Scotiabank is involved at this level because we recognise the need to challenge and train our youth to learn about competition and fairplay and all the other positive attributes that we want to see in our young people.   "My challenge to all of you young cricketers is to keep reaching for the stars, to distinguish yourselves, not only on the field, but off the field as well," Coley said.   Meanwhile, Kaymani Grashin from Belair Preparatory School, Mathew Comrie from St Andrew Preparatory School and Keiron Stewart from Discipline Motivates Progress (DMP) Preparatory School walked away with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards for their respective counties.   Grashin, 13, MVP from Middlesex, said that this award was a boost for him as he wants to play professional cricket.   "I have been playing cricket for two years now and it feels really good to have received an award like this. It means a lot to me because in the future I want to play professional cricket," Grashin said.   Surrey's MVP Comrie said that he was glad for the recognition from Scotiabank and JCA.   "Words really can't explain the feeling right now, I have been working hard on my cricket for some time now and I am really happy for the recognition," the 12-year-old Comrie told the Sunday Observer.   Stewart,13, the MVP for Cornwall, was equally delighted for the recognition.   "This shows that my hard work really paid off. I have been working really hard on my batting and bowling and I happy that I have been rewarded for my dedication to the sport," Stewart affirmed.
Orange Hill cop Power Play 10/10 title
May 14, 2014
ORANGE Hill defeated Waterford Cricket Club by eight wickets in the final of the 2014 Supligen/Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Power Play 10/10 cricket championship at Three Hills in St Mary on Sunday. The Westmoreland parish champions pocketed the $100,000 winners’ prize along with the championship trophy, while Waterford CC from Portmore received $50,000 for finishing second. Scores: Waterford CC 98/4 from 10 overs; Orange Hill 101/2 off 7 overs. Batting first, Nicoy Lindo topscored with a well-played half-century of 56 for Waterford CC, smashing two fours and five big sixes off a mere 32 deliveries. No other batsman got into double figures as Waterford CC posted what appeared to be a challenging total. Ewan Andrews took 2-10, and Myron Wilson 1-13 for Orange Hill. In reply, needing to score just under 10 runs-per-over to win, Orange Hill reached the target with 18 balls to spare. Jason Thompson led the successful run chase with a superb half-century of 57 from 26 balls, which contained five fours and four sixes. His aggressive brother Adrian Thompson, who was named Man-of-the-Match, blasted 42 not out from a mere 12 deliveries. His knock included four fours and as many sixes to seal the deal for Orange Hill against Christopher Halstead, who finished with 1-22, and Paul Harrison, 1-24. The Portmore-based GC Foster took third place after defeating Boscobel CC from St Mary by five runs in the early game at the same venue. Taking first strike in a game reduced to five overs, GC Foster made 99-1. Captain Gavin Wallace topscored with 40 not out, which contained two fours and as many sixes off a mere 16 balls, Ransford Henry added 24 and Odane Vassell chipped in with 21 against Horace Whitehorn, who finished with 1-17. In reply, Herman Henry, 53 (18 balls), laced with four fours and six sixes, and Alwayne Williams, 20 not out, weren’t enough against Ransford Henry, 1-8, and Oshane Clayton, 1-19, as Boscobel were restricted to 94-2 from their allotted five overs.
Scotia banks on prep school cricket
May 04, 2014
BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer   FOLLOWING briskly on the heels of Jamaica senior team's triumph in the final of the Regional Four-Day competition, Scotiabank and the Jamaica Cricket Association in conjunction with Power 106 FM on Wednesday launched the 2014 Prep School Cricket Competition at the Lucas Cricket Club in Rollington Town. The competition has now entered its 10th year and Scotiabank, who has sponsored the competition since 2005, has donated $3.5 million to the venture that will allow the JCA to stage in the region of 166 matches across the country over the next couple of weeks between April 30 and June 13. This will allow aspiring prep school cricketers some 42 schools from across three counties to take part in the 25-over competition, and following the launch, defending champions Hydel Prep took to the field against Mona Prep in the opening match. At the end of the competition, Scotiabank will also present MVPs from each county with a $50,000 bursary as a reward for outstanding performances. O'neil Cruickshank, national coordinator of the JCA, in his overview of the competition from its inception, pointed out how it has grown significantly since its beginning from 24 schools mainly from Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine to its present size of 42 schools. He said that more than 1,000 students with good cricketing ability have passed through the competition, a number of whom went on to play at the high school level and one, Brandon King, who went on to represent the West Indies at the ICC's Under-19 Cricket World Cup earlier this year. In her sponsor's remark before presenting the sponsorship cheque, Monique Todd, vice-president marketing, public and corporate affairs at Scotiabank, was forthright in her opening remarks: "Cricket in Jamaica is more than a game, it is a deeply rooted feature of our culture. We therefore see this competition as a starter for developing strong mental traits for discipline that could lead to a bright future in the game as professional cricketers in years to come. "A dedicated approach can and will encourage the Jamaica Cricket Association to continue to encourage and promote talent identified at this level." In the preliminary phase of the competition, schools will be placed in zones of six teams. Surrey, with 24 teams has four zones, Cornwall, with 12 teams has two zones, Middlesex has two zones comprising one group from Clarendon and the other from Manchester. Winners and runners-up of each zone will then compete in a knockout format to determine the eventual county winner. The Three County champions are joined by the Surrey runners-up for the national semi-final from where the winners will play for the championship. Matches will be played at club grounds across Kingston and outside of the Corporate Area, the primary venues will be Manchester High School in Manchester; Bushy Park and Glenmuir in Clarendon, and Cornwall College in St James. Among the trophies and medals for performances in seven categories, players will vie for County Champions, batsmen scoring the most centuries, batsmen scoring half-centuries, bowlers taking five or more wickets. JCA President Wilford 'Billy' Heaven's remarks were also to the point. "To the teams I just want to say that I am strong on discipline so, I encourage you all to play competitive cricket, but play it fair. Cricket remains a gentleman's game." And to sponsors he said: "Cricket is more than a social good and the support for the game should not be treated as an expense item but as an investment. Business House Cricket is only one of many ways the business entities in Jamaica can benefit from the game."
True champions
May 04, 2014
By their own high standards, Jamaica's cricketers let themselves down in the league stage of the regional four-day competition barely managing to secure fourth place. But true champions are nothing if not resilient. Having reached the final four play-offs for the Headley/Weekes Trophy, the Jamaicans showed strength of character as well as talent to defeat league champions Barbados by one wicket in Bridgetown at the semi-final stage. Mr Tamar Lambert and his men carried that momentum to St Lucia and dominated the Windward Islands in a drawn game to take the trophy on the strength of batting and bowling bonus points — a system used in the Caribbean for the first time this season. It is Jamaica's sixth first-class cricket title in seven seasons. Intriguingly, they had lost to both Barbados and the Windward Islands at Sabina Park -- as part of an alarming three-match string of defeats during the league stage. After that disastrous run, the team could very easily have folded. Instead, they picked themselves up and showed steely resolve to defeat the Combined Campuses and Colleges in their final game of the league stage in Barbados. There was no stopping them after that. Credit is due to Mr Lambert, coach Mr Junior Bennett and the backroom staff for lifting the players and helping them to believe in themselves, their own abilities and then to execute. The team management and the leadership of the Jamaica Cricket Association will have been especially pleased with the showing of young and emerging players. A special word for wrist spinner Mr Damion Jacobs who, at 29, made his first-class debut for his country this season. Mr Jacobs was in a sense a victim of Jamaica's success at the regional level over the past several years. For, he stood in the shadow of fellow wrist spinner Mr Odean Brown, who in partnership with the left-arm spinner Mr Nikita Miller repeatedly bowled Jamaica to victory year after year. This year the 32-year-old Mr Brown missed out due to injury and Mr Jacobs, given his chance in the final four games of the season, grabbed it with both hands, taking 18 wickets including an 8-wicket haul in the first innings of the final. Again, Mr Jacobs could easily have given up somewhere along the line down the years. But his love and passion for the game and his personal ambition to be the best he can be kept him going. He fully deserves applause. So too, 22-year-old batsman Mr Jermaine Blackwood. Recognised since his teenage years at Holmwood Technical High School as a batsman of special talent, Mr Blackwood has repeatedly frustrated admirers with his tendency to be dismissed playing careless shots. This season Mr Blackwood visibly grew as a player and by the final when he made his maiden first-class century was showing the maturity of a seasoned veteran. By the end he was the top run scorer in the four-day first-class season with 611 runs at an average of 40.73. It is important that Messrs Blackwood, Jacobs and their colleague young and emerging players continue to grow, not only in the interest of themselves and Jamaica, but also for the greater glory of West Indies cricket
Campbell, Miller bowl Jamaica into semis
Apr 16, 2014
Slow bowlers John Campbell and Nikita Miller shared seven wickets as they bowled Jamaica into the semi-finals of the Regional Four-Day Championship, with a 59-run victory over the Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) here yesterday. Part-time off-spinner Campbell ended with the flattering figures of four for 17 from eight overs and champion left-arm spinner Miller finished with three for 61 from 27.5 overs, as the CCC were dismissed for 177 in their second innings on the final day of the seventh round match. Miller formalised the result about 40 minutes after the start of play, when coincidentally he had opposing left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican caught behind for four, playing defensively forward. The result earned the Jamaicans 15 points, moving them to 59 and into fourth place at the completion of the preliminary phase of the tournament, and the CCC bagged three points to end on 49 and finish fifth. The visitors will remain in Bridgetown to face Kraigg Brathwaite's Barbados side in the semi-finals, which start on Saturday. The final positions will be confirmed at the conclusion of the last match in progress between Guyana and T&T at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence. Starting the day on 155 for five, CCC were setback in the third over of the morning, when the injured Paul Palmer, their last recognised batsman, was caught at slip off Campbell for a duck. Miller turned the screws next over, when he trapped Akeem Dewar lbw for one, playing defensively forward, and Campbell squeezed tighter, when captain Steven Jacobs was caught at deep mid-wicket for 21, going for glory. CCC were 163 for eight and it was all a matter of time, as Campbell had Kevin McClean caught at silly point for 10 from a delivery that leapt at the batsman before Miller wrote the final sentence. The victory also meant that the Jamaicans kept their enviable record of never losing to the CCC in this tournament intact.
Feb 16, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago 51 for 3 (Darren Bravo 23*, Taylor 3-11) beat Jamaica 49 (Emrit 4-19, Dwayne Bravo 3-10) by seven wickets ESPNcricinfo staff - February 13, 2014
Bonner ton secures Jamaica top spot
Feb 09, 2014
Jamaica 243 for 7 (Bonner 122*) beat Guyana 233 (Chanderpaul 65, Russell 3-51, Cottrell 3-62) by 10 runsScorecard
Feb 05, 2014
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Former West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor made an impressive return to regional first class cricket as Jamaica cruised to an easy six wicket win over Ireland in their NAGICO Super50 match at the Queen’s Park Oval here on Monday.
Jamaica Defeats Ireland by 6 Wkts
Feb 03, 2014
Port of Spain, Trinidad - Jerome Taylor made his much anticipated return to the Jamaica team in emphatic fashion as Ireland were skittled out for 161 runs.
Jamaica defeat Windwards by 14 runs
Jan 31, 2014
Port of Spain, Trinidad - Jamaica defeated the Windward Islands by 14 runs in a close encounter in the opening match of the NAGICO Super50 in Port of Spain.
Bennett hoping JA youngsters produce
Jan 30, 2014
KIngston, Jamaica - Jamaica's senior cricket coach, Junior Bennett, is optimistic about the team's chances despite not having a number of key players at his disposal heading into the WICB NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
Hyatt may need surgery for broken nose
Jan 30, 2014
Kingston, Jamaica - Discarded national opener, Danza Hyatt, is awaiting doctor's instructions to find out whether or not he will require surgery on his broken nose.  
Chris Gayle a big loss, says Bennett
Jan 30, 2014
Kingston, Jamaica - Jamaica senior team cricket coach Junior Bennett says the absence of Christopher Gayle from the 14-member squad for the NAGICO Super50 regional competition is a big blow.
Bernard expects young bats to come big
Jan 29, 2014
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Captain David Bernard is expecting Jamaica to bring their ‘A’ game when they face the defending champions Windward Islands in the opening match of the NAGICO Super50 Tournament on Thursday.
ESPN Caribbean presents NAGICO Super50
Jan 28, 2014
Bridgetown, Barbados - ESPN Caribbean brings exclusive coverage of the Caribbean’s marquee 50-over competition featuring the region’s One-Day superstars commencing January 30.
Tournament: WICB Regional U15,
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