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St. Elizabeth takes Kingston Wharves U15 Cricket
Aug 28, 2014
ST Elizabeth captured their fifth Kingston Wharves Under-15 title with a thrilling one-run win over Kingston in the final at Kensington Cricket Club, yesterday.   Captain Roberto Simpson with figures of three for 29, ensured that his team closed out the competition's 25th anniversary in style as they restricted Kingston to 123 all out.   Scores: St Elizabeth 124 all out (31.3 overs); Kingston 123 all out (43.2 overs).   Kingston won the toss and inserted St Elizabeth, who were off to a useful start at 45 without loss. But that quickly changed to 58 for two when Danvil Wollaston removed openers Romario Moxam (19) and Joshua Watson (14).   St Elizabeth failed to formulate another useful partnership as Wollaston wrapped up the top order by removing skipper Roberto Simpson (11) and Odane Thompson for a top score of 24. Wicket-keeper/batsman Joseph Simpson (11) was the only other player to get into double digits, as the former champions' moderate innings ended cheaply.   Akeem Malcolm grabbed three for 15 and Matthew Comerie, two for 14.   Kingston's run chase was made a tall order as they lost two quick wickets with four runs on the board. Captain Okarchie Brown and Mark Todd repaired the innings with a 49-run third-wicket partnership, but Brown (31) played a wild shot and was bowled shortly before lunch.   They were made to toil even further after the interval as they lost wickets in quick succession and were reeling at 84 for seven.   Todd and Aniket Pattnaik then frustrated the visitors with a painstaking 30-run ninth-wicket partnership that took Kingston within 11 runs of victory, but Osmond Gayle removed Todd (39) and Matthew Comerie with the score at 114 for nine to swing the game back in favour of St Elizabeth with the score at 114 for nine.   The victory was completed when the cautious Pattnaik (two), who was batting for more than 45 minutes, played his first aggressive stroke and was bowled. Geovannie Townsend and Osmond Gayle ended with two wickets each.   "I am really happy. Very exciting game, we made it very difficult by giving away a lot of extras and we didn't bat properly, but we pulled through at the end," Tedroy Bromfield, winning coach, told the Jamaica Observer.   John Gordon, coach of Kingston, also thought it was a very good game, but expressed discontent with his team's performance.   "I felt we bowled very poorly in the first half; we gave away over 30 extras and that cost us the game. With just two runs needed, all we had to do was stay there and hope for a wide or no ball, but the youngsters got carried away, and such is the game...it's a learning process for them," he said.
St Bess, Kingston to contest Kingston Wharves U15 cricket final
Aug 25, 2014
A new champion will be crowned at Kensington Cricket Ground in Kingston during the final of the 25th Kingston Wharves Under-15 Cricket competition when former champion St Elizabeth take on first-time finalist Kingston in their 50-over-a-side match-up starting at 9:30 am today.   The two semi-final matches were played on Friday at Seaview Cricket Ground at Whitehouse in Westmoreland between St Elizabeth and Westmoreland and at Ultimate Cricket Ground in Discovery Bay, St Ann, between St Ann and Kingston.   St Elizabeth had a good day at the wicket making 286 all out in 43 overs and winning the match by 255 runs. Osmond Gayle with 132 posted the first century of the competition. Westmoreland's Osman Saunderson was the most successful wicket-taker with 3-56.   Westmoreland in reply were skittled out for a mere 31 runs in 15 overs. None of the batsmen put up any meaningful challenge to the St Elizabeth bowlers. Renaldo Jacobs, 4-17, and Roberto Simpson, 3-10, bagged the bulk of the wickets.   The previously unbeaten St Ann waited for Kingston who arrived late and then invited them to take first strike. Kingston made 195-5 in their 50 overs. The main run-getters were Michael Meggs, Rahseed Edwards and Mark Todd. St Ann's bowling fell down after giving up 57 extras. Michael Thompson got 2-37 in his 10 overs.   St Ann had a good start after being 108-4 at one point and looking comfortable. They then lost the next six wickets for 60 runs and the opportunity to challenge St Elizabeth in the final. Michael Thompson, 36, top scored. Elian Emmanuel took 4-23 in nine overs. St Ann ended their innings at 168 all out in 42.4 overs to lose by 27 runs.   Marlon Ramdeen, manager for Kingston, is anticipating a good showing from his team in the final.
JDF march away with Senior Cup
Aug 19, 2014
JAMAICA Defence Force (JDF) were crowned champions of the Jamaica Cricket Association's (JCA) two-day Senior Cup after defeating Kingston Cricket Club on first-innings points in the final at Sabina Park yesterday.   Needing to survive 47 overs in their second innings to get their hands on the trophy, JDF did it in dramatic fashion as they were reeling at 116 for eight with 10 overs remaining in the day's play. But national representative Sheldon Cotterell and Dennis Bulli staved off Kingston CC's attack to hand the army men the $1-million cash prize and the coveted trophy.   Scores: Kingston 196 & 215-6 declared; JDF 218 & 126-8.   "This is a very sweet victory for us knowing where we are coming from to get here. We knew that Kingston would come at us; we just had to play for time knowing that the runs would be hard to get and so we just went out there and occupied the crease," an elated Wayne Cuff, coach of JDF, told the Jamaica Observer.   Kingston CC's captain Brandon King lauded his team for their gallant effort.   "I am a bit disappointed, because the guys put in 100 per cent. We just didn't bat well in the first innings, to give us a good foundation, so we had to be playing catch-up," he explained.   Resuming on their first innings overnight score of 142 for six earlier in the day, JDF lost Marlon Pinnock and Cotterell both for four runs. Bulli then smashed six fours and two sixes to make a brisk 51 runs off 46 balls to secure first-innings points for the army men as they posted a lead of 22 runs.   Left-arm finger spinner Patrick Harty ended with five for 55, supported by Paul Harrison and Akim Fraser, who took two wickets each.   Kingston CC in their second innings lost Bryan Clarke shortly before the luncheon interval, caught behind off the bowling of Cotterell. King and hard-hitting opening batsman Andre Bryce then took the bowling apart as the home team raced to 150 runs with just 17 overs on the board.   Both batsmen brought up their half-centuries off 40 deliveries, but their 152-run second wicket stand was broken when Cotterell had King caught for 92.   They then lost four wickets for 42 runs before the declaration came with Bryce unbeaten on 89, and Fabian Forbes on two.   Cotterell grabbed three for 52, while skipper Damion Gray and Leighton Leslie ended with one wicket apiece.   Despite being set a target of 194, JDF only needed to see out 47 overs. However, they were labouring at 30 for two at tea, as they lost openers Bereston Reid (four) and Jermaine Harrison (15).   They were in even more trouble at 51 for three after the resumption, when Joseph Palmer went leg before wicket for 11. Kingston stepped up their attack and at one point had seven fielders around the bat, and it paid off as JDF lost five wickets in quick succession.   Left-hander Rasheed Outar, who is the tournament's top scorer, led the JDF batting with 64. Harrison took four for 30 to end with match figures of six for 72, while Harty ended with six for 94, and Nicholson Gordon, two for 23.
Heaven promises Sabina patrons will be safe for night matches
Aug 12, 2014
WITH floodlights recently installed at Sabina Park and night activity at the venue expected to become commonplace, the security of patrons and the issue of suitable and safe parking have been brought into sharp focus.   One of the Caribbean's leading cricket grounds, Sabina Park is nestled in the heart of Kingston, surrounded by some of the city's harsher residential communities.   But Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) boss Wilford 'Billy' Heaven said an arrangement with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) to use the nearby Up Park Camp army base for spectator parking is a huge benefit.   A partnership with Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is expected to cover the shuttle service to and from the cricket venue.   "Sabina Park Holdings has put in place an agreement with JDF at Up Park Camp. I think it's for one year in the first instance. It's really a 'park and ride' situation, which is perhaps the way of the world. We encourage our patrons to use Up Park Camp. That creates a better feeling of security," Heaven told the Jamaica Observer.   "It (safe parking) is a big issue and I know the feeling where people want to enjoy themselves and go back and find their vehicles intact. Whenever we are planning we use two senior security personnel to make the arrangements. We have our planning meetings and a planning process and we are confident it will bring us good results."   Heaven thanked Sabina's neighbours St George's College and Holy Trinity for "always making their facilities available" to assist with parking for cricket watchers, and said he expects those options to remain open.   With regards to general safety in and around the venue for night engagements, and the possible need for reinforced security, the JCA president insisted that contingencies will be assessed and used where necessary.   "Outside of the national security forces, we have always engaged private security. We will try to cover as much of the anticipated eventualities as possible, but I believe if we are very strategic in our moves then we will be successful in providing adequate security," he said.
JDF, Kingston for Senior Cup
Aug 11, 2014
JAMAICA Defence Force (JDF) and Kingston CC will contest the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) two-day Senior Cup after favourable results against Melbourne CC and Manchester CA, respectively.   On yesterday's second day of the semi-final at Up Park Camp, the hosts, JDF, hammered last season's champions Melbourne by nine wickets.   Set 54 runs for victory after dismissing Melbourne for a paltry 122 in their second innings, the army men cruised to 57-1.   Scores: Melbourne 269 & 122; JDF 337 & 57-1.   Earlier, JDF, resuming from their overnight 204-5, piled on the runs and were eventually dismissed for 337. Iva Johnson hit 48, while Leighton Leslie chipped in with 34.   Left-hander Rasheed Outar, a scorer of three centuries in the competition this season, led the way with 98 on day one.   Melbourne's left-arm spinner Christopher Lamont grabbed 7-65. Batting a second time, Melbourne could only muster 122 with   Jon-Ross Campbell hitting 55.   Joseph Palmer, bowling medium pace, was JDF's best bowler, taking 5-25, while seamer Leslie had 3-31.   In the short run-chase, Jermaine Harrison hit 34, while Bereston Reid made an unbeaten 21.   In the other semi-final encounter, Kingston CC took first innings honours in the drawn match with Manchester CA, to advance.   Scores: Kingston 332 & 226-4; Manchester 201.   Manchester were bowled out for 201 after being reduced to 34-4 at the close of the opening day.   Left-handed batsman David Powell top-scored for Manchester with 69.   Kingston's off-spinner Akeem Fraser took 4-55, while left-arm slow bowler Patrick Harty ended with 4-66.   In their second turn at the crease, Kingston batted patiently to 226-4 knowing they were already ahead based on the first innings show.   Brian Clarke struck 78.   The final is expected to be played this weekend. The venue has not yet been announced.
JDF, Kingston CC make solid starts
Aug 10, 2014
In Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Senior Cup semi-final action yesterday, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Kingston CC both enjoyed solid opening days against Melbourne CC and Manchester CA, respectively.   Responding to Melbourne CC's first innings score of 268, JDF will resume this morning on 204-5 on the second day of the two-day encounter at Up Park Camp.   Scores: Melbourne 268; JDF 204-5.   Batting first, the defending champions Melbourne were pushed over the 200-mark thanks to a 62-run ninth wicket partnership between number nine batsman Stetson Smith and Dave Johnson, who batted at number 10. Smith struck 62, while Johnson made 38. Opener Tareque White hit 57.   The army men's left-arm wrist-spinner Dennis Bulli took 4-96, while Damion Grey and Leighton Leslie chipped in with two wickets each.   In JDF's reply, the prolific Rasheed Outar top-scored with 98, but his dismissal amidst a flurry of late wickets hauled Melbourne back into contention.   Outar, who was dropped on 96, missed out on his fourth century of the two-day cricket season after being trapped leg before wicket by leg-break bowler Damion Jacobs, only two runs later.   Jacobs, the national spinner, led the way for Melbourne with 2-64.   In the other semi-final at Chedwin Park, national youth player Brandon King scored 123 to lead Kingston CC to a healthy first innings score of 332 against Manchester CA.   Tail-ender Nicholson Gordon supported with 53.   In reply, the Manchester team was reeling on 34-4 at the close.   Scores: Kingston 332; Manchester 34-4.   BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com
Senior Cup Semi-Finals
Aug 09, 2014
AFTER last weekend's break, the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) two-day Senior Cup competition resumes with title-holders Melbourne Cricket Club travelling to Up Park Camp to battle hosts Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in today's semi-final.   In the other semi-final clash, Kingston CC welcome Manchester Cricket Association to Sabina Park.   Both matches are set to commence at 10:00 am.   Melbourne, who ended second to rivals Kingston CC in Zone D during the preliminary phase, reached the last four after trouncing St Catherine CA in the quarter-final two weeks ago.   The Melbourne team are expected to have a hard time contending with the JDF, who topped a competitive Zone C to advance to the quarter-final. There they dismantled Westmoreland CA by 10 wickets.   The other semi-final will also be a difficult one to call as both teams have rounded into decent form towards the tail-end of the competition.   Kingston, the Zone D winners, comfortably beat St Ann CA by six wickets in the quarters.   Former champions Manchester, who were runners-up in Zone B, reached the semis after sealing first innings advantage in the drawn encounter with the highly fancied St Elizabeth CA.
GUYANA Win WICB Under-15 title
Aug 09, 2014
Despite a composed century by captain Raewin Senior, host Jamaica went down by 11 runs to Guyana in an intense final round of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-15 tournament at Melbourne Cricket Club yesterday.   The win propelled Guyana to the title as defending champions Trinidad & Tobago went down to Barbados by 34 runs.   Scores: Guyana 248-7 (50 overs); Jamaica 237 all out (50 overs).   With the pitch offering assistance to both batsmen and bowlers, Guyana, after winning the toss, opted to bat first. However, they found themselves two wickets down with 48 runs on the board, but Alphius Bookie with a fairly aggressive knock of 37 and Kris Ramnarine with a patient 54 got them back into the game.   Steve Deonarine with an unbeaten 60 from 80 balls and Collin Barlow with a run-a-ball 26 not out then closed out the innings. Senior led the bowling attack with two for 36, as four bowlers ended with one wicket each.   The Jamaicans did not get the start they wanted to their run chase as opening batsman Dorrel Thomas was beautifully bowled by Steven Kamaludin in the second over with five runs on the board. That wicket paved the way for Senior's solid knock of 113 from 117 balls, inclusive of 11 fours and two sixes, which swung the game in Jamaica's favour.   However, his dismissal sparked a batting collapse and Jamaica went into the last over needing 16 runs, which proved too many in the end, as off-spinner Kevin Sinclair bagged the last two wickets to secure victory for the Guyanese.   Bashkar Yadram (3-46) took most of the wickets, as Sinclair and Kamaludin chipped in with two wickets apiece.   Coach Julian Moore said that the victory will be celebrated by Guyanese here and at home, as it is their first title at this level in 15 years.   "I am happy and I am sure everybody back home will be happy for this. It has been a while that we have won a regional Under-15 title. The guys knew that...they knew what was expected of them here and they played great cricket throughout the tournament," said an elated Moore.   Meanwhile, a disappointed Oral Simpson, coach of the Jamaican outfit, said that he will take some positives from the tournament as the team is "still young" and can "only get stronger from here".
Heaven targets women's development
Aug 09, 2014
PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Wilford 'Billy' Heaven said it is hard to speak about the development of cricket if females are not included.   However, females in cricket are not a new phenomenon, as they have always been playing the game at different levels throughout the world, including their very own Women's Cricket World Cup, but Heaven reiterates his assertive desire to develop women's cricket in Jamaica.   "In our manifesto we emphasised the development of female cricket in Jamaica, and there is no other place to start other than the primary school level, and coming right up into the secondary and tertiary institutions, in order to have a good national programme," Heaven said.   "Right now we would be happy if we had a national Under-19 female team...sad to say we don't, and I don't want the next two or three years to come and we can't put out on the field an Under-19, Under-17 or an Under-15 female team," he told the Jamaica Observer at the launch of the Primary, All-Age and Junior High Cricket Championship at Sabina Park yesterday.   As a means of supporting the cause, all schools were asked to include at least one female player on the team, and failure to do so would result in them competing with 10 players.   "At this level it is not practical in a number of ways, inclusive of financial considerations, to have two separate teams, so we are having this programme of inclusion where the boys and the girls will play. It is good in a number of ways in terms of socialisation, and it also speaks significantly to the development of the game amongst the boys and girls," said Heaven.   General Manager of Jamaica National (JN) Life Insurance Company Oliver Tomlinson outlined that the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) is proud to renew its relationship with the JCA for the 21st renewal of the competition.   "We commend the JCA for staying the course. We really applaud them on the 21st renewal of this competition, which has become a vital training ground for unearthing and grooming these young players, many of whom have gone on to represent Jamaica and the region at the highest level," he said.   Tomlinson added that teamwork, discipline, hard work and determination are just some of the important life lessons imparted to the young people who participate in team sports such as cricket.   "These will become lifelong lessons, which will go beyond the sphere of sports, and it is this value that we believe is the greatest gift that our young players will receive from this experience. We encourage our young players to practise hard and do their best as they strive   for success."   The competition over the years has exposed approximately 6,000 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 16 to basic techniques of the game, and this year will see some 500 schools participating, including defending champions Woodlands Primary from Manchester, and Coburn Gardens All-Age School from St Andrew.   The Sports Development Foundation (SDF)/JN competition will see primary schools playing 25 overs-per-innings, and the all-age schools at 35 overs-per-innings, with two matches being played per day.   After two champions are crowned in all parishes, they will then be placed into four zones -- Western (Westmoreland, Hanover, St James, Trelawny); Eastern: (St Ann, St Mary Portland, St Thomas); Central: (Manchester, Clarendon, St Elizabeth, St Catherine) and Corporate Area: (Kingston and St Andrew).   The winners of the zone finals will advance to the national semi-finals which will then select the teams who will contest the national final scheduled to be contested on June 26 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.   Jamaica National will also be awarding two scholarships to the top performers of the competition.  
Sabina lights up
Aug 05, 2014
JAMAICA’S Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was among hundreds in attendance at Sabina Park late Sunday evening to witness the first public powering-on of the newly installed floodlights at the venue.   Several minutes before the clock hit 8:00 pm, during the ceremony to commission the lights at the world-famous ground, the prime minister gave the nod by declaring “Let us now have light,” and within mere seconds, all four towers lit up brightly.   The long-awaited installation of lights will allow for, among other things, night cricket at Sabina Park.   Considerable controversy has surrounded the absence of lights at the ground, particularly since the country spent over US$100 million for its part in the region’s hosting of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.   The lighting project, powered by a US$2.1-million grant from the government of India and a further US$600,000 contribution from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), began in early April and was wrapped up by the end of July.   The state-run Urban Development Corporation (UDC) managed the operation, while the FosRich Group of Companies was the contractor. FosRich is linked with Philips Lighting, an international firm with substantial ties in Europe, Asia and South America.   JCA president Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, who thanked sponsors Digicel, Foska Oats and Busta soft drinks for throwing in a helping hand “at late notice”, said the major focus for stakeholders is to ensure that the upgraded Sabina Park can attract significantly greater revenue.   “The only way we can justify this... is if the park is used, not only for cricket, but for other events...for shows, for conventions and other activities,” he told those present at the venue.   Natalie Neita-Headley, the minister with responsibility for sport, hailed the pioneering role of Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) board director Dr Akshai Mansingh, who aided in clearing the way for communication between the governments of Jamaica and India.   She said the lighting infrastructure is a “furtherance of sports development” in Jamaica. Neita-Headley lauded the teamwork shown by various government ministries and state bodies, as well as the JCA, the Kingston Cricket Club and Sabina Park Holdings, the organisation responsible for managing the venue and its facilities.   The minister also reiterated her gratitude to the Indian High Commissioner Pratap Singh and the entity’s Charge d’Affaires MK Mohan for their influence in ensuring a smooth channel of communication between the parties.   Mohan declared that the partnership is a reflection of the “deep friendship and understanding” between both governments and stressed that India will do “everything possible to consolidate and strengthen the bilateral relationship”.   The grant from India is indicative of the emergence of the Asian country — with a population of over 1.2 billion people — as a quickly growing economic power.   BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com
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.
 
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