Scotia banks on over 8,000 benefiting from Kiddy Cricket Programme
Jan 30, 2015
DURING the next two months, over 8,000 students from 140 primary schools across Jamaica will benefit from cricket expertise as the 2015 Scotiabank/West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Kiddy Cricket programme was launched at Sabina Park yesterday.   The programme, which started last Wednesday, will continue through the month of February culminating at the Kiddy Cricket Festival on March 13, where approximately 80 boys and girls will be chosen and given the opportunity to showcase their skills at the international display during the West Indies and Australia match at Sabina Park in June. The programme culminates in July with a four-day training camp.   Speaking at the media function, Scotiabank's vice-president of marketing, public and corporate affairs, Monique Todd, has given her company's commitment to go another innings after 13 consecutive years at the crease sponsoring the youth-development programme.   "At Scotiabank we always place a huge emphasis on youth development, whether that is through education, sports or health care... that when we invest in our youth we invest in the future of Jamaica," Todd said.   "Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme teaches boys and girls how to play the game, and fosters a love of learning, while building leadership skills in the classroom and on the field. This programme has created a solid foundation for basic cricketing skills, including batting, bowling, fielding, wicketkeeping, personal life style development and the history of the game," Todd added.   Jamaica Cricket Association's (JCA) chief executive officer, Courtney Francis, thanked Scotiabank for its commitment in sponsoring the programme, and hoped that the partnership will continue for a long time.   "Let me congratulate Scotiabank again as a part of their corporate responsibility to step up to the plate and to ensure that this programme, the Kiddy Cricket Programme, once again takes off. The programme has also expanded as there is a 100 per cent increase in schools from last year to this year, and Scotiabank should be applauded for that.   "The JCA's aim is to develop cricket in the country, and Scotiabank continues to play a significant role in the process and we thank them and hope that the partnership continues," said Francis.   Also speaking at the launch, Phillip Service, Kiddy Cricket Programme coordinator, said that the focus is on expanding the reach of the programme to students across the island, while building the capacity of teachers through training in coaching, and developing cricket skills set.
Spanish Town Titans JPL T20 champions Defeat Ocho Rios Chargers by four wickets
Dec 16, 2014
SPANISH Town Titans were yesterday crowned champions of the TEF Jamaica Premier League (JPL) Twenty20 tournament when they eked out a four-wicket victory over Ocho Rios Chargers at Treasure Beach Sports Park.   The Titans pocket the $1-million cash prize and the coveted trophy, while the Chargers were awarded $300,000 for their efforts.   Scores: Ocho Rios Chargers 134-7 (20 overs); Spanish Town Titans 135-6 (19.2).   Sent in to bat, the chargers got off to a slow start after losing danger man Jermaine Harrison in the first over with two runs on the board.   John Campbell and Rasheed Outar added 38 runs for the second wicket as they tried to repair the damage.   However, Campbell who was the aggressor in the partnership, eventually went caught off the bowling of Peat Salmon. The left-handed batsman slammed three fours and one six on his way to a top-score of 30 runs, which came off 23 balls.   The Chargers were left to play catch up from 73 for four, after Outar (seven) and Marlon Pinnock (25) both went off the bowling of leg-spinner Odean Brown. Wicket-keeper batsman Aldaine Thomas (15) and Ordane Hutchinson (17) carved out a 33-run stand for the fifth wicket, before they were undone by off-spinner Peat Salmon and their innings wrapped up.   Salmon led the bowling with three for 22, supported by Gavan Brown two for 16 and Odean Brown two for nine.   A 60-run opening stand between Shacoya Thomas and Tamar Lambert got the Titans' run chase off to a positive start, before Lambert fell cheaply for 24. Captain Danza Hyatt took up the task and fired a quick 20 before he, too, fell cheaply. The Titans found themselves in a spot of bother as they lost three quick wickets for just 17 runs.   Horace Miller (zero), Peat Salmon (one) and Darnell McCallum (13) all failed to show up for the party. But Brandon King (21) and Odean Brown (11) held their cool and took the Titans across the line.   Bryan Buchanan (three for 36) took most wickets, supported by Kemar Allen's two for eight.   Odean Brown and Peat Salmon were named Player of the Game and Most Valuable Player, respectively.   Winning captain Hyatt lauded the team's effort.   "To come in a final and restrict a team to 134 is good bowling by my team and we went out there and got the target. Even though it went down to the final over, I would like to say well done to my team," he told the Jamaica Observer.   Meanwhile, his counterpart Joseph Palmer was left disappointed.   "I think we bowled very poorly in the latter part of the innings and also at the start and that caused us the game," he lamented.
St Catherine CC whip St Elizabeth CA for JCA All-Island 50-over title
Nov 02, 2014
St Catherine Cricket Club are now four-time champions of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) All-island 50-over competition following their seven-wicket victory over St Elizabeth Cricket Association in the final at Up Park Camp yesterday.   Led by a composed knock of 81 not out from 84 balls by Shacoya Thomas, which included 11 fours, the Danza Hyatt-captained St Catherine CC were awarded $500,000 and the championship trophy after dismissing their opponents for a moderate total before easily surpassing the target.   Scores: St Elizabeth CA 153 all out (37.2 overs); St Catherine CC 154-3 (30 overs).   St Elizabeth CA were asked to take first strike after they arrived late for the game which saw they toss being offered to St Catherine CC.   The visitors lost their first three wickets with just 43 runs on the board. A 39-run fourth-wicket stand between captain Damion Ebanks (35) and Daniel Ricketts (26) was the only resistance offered as they tried to repair the damage, but when both batsmen fell, St Elizabeth were left struggling at 100 for five.   St Catherine's progress was delayed briefly by a painstaking seventh-wicket partnership of 30 runs between Shawn Findlay (19) and national Under-17 wicketkeeper batsman Rashjni Roye, who could only muster seven runs, as St Elizabeth's miserable innings was wrapped up inside 40 overs.   Odean Brown grabbed three wickets for 11 runs from four overs to lead the bowling, with strong support coming from Peat Salmon (three for 21) and Tamar Lambert (two for 40).   St Catherine's run-chase was off to a blistering start as Thomas and Orane Williams took them to lunch at 59 without loss from seven overs.   However, they were stopped in their tracks at 63 for two after medium pacer Shawn Findlay removed Williams (21) and Hyatt for a duck in the first over after lunch. Thomas and Tamar Lambert added 30-runs for the fourth wicket before Lambert went, caught for 13. But that was all the success St Elizabeth would reap, as Thomas and Peat Salmon (17 not out) carried St Catherine across the line.   Findlay took two wickets for 12 runs and captain Damion Ebanks, one for 32, were the only successful bowlers.   Jermaine Williams, who is winning his first title as coach of St Catherine, hailed his team for a dominant performance.   "The feeling is really great, I must give thanks to the senior players for the past two years...they have done their jobs and it has brought us this far," he beamed.   Meanwhile, St Elizabeth's captain Damion Ebanks was left disappointed.   "I think we played some really poor cricket today (yesterday); this is one of our worst games this season. St Catherine outplayed us today and they came out on top so hats off to them," he said.   St Elizabeth were awarded $250,000 for their efforts.
TEF continues support of JPL T20
Nov 01, 2014
Local cricket fans will be able to see some of the country's finest cricketers in Twenty20 (T20) action when the third edition of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF)-sponsored Jamaica Premier League begins tomorrow.   In the marquee clash of Round One, title-holders MoBay Sixers battle last season's losing finalists and 2012 winners University Dynamites at the Manley Horne Park in St Elizabeth, starting at 1:30 pm.   In the opening game at the Manley Horne venue, Kingston Hurricanes face Mandeville Thunder at 9:30 am.   Tomorrow's other game will feature Spanish Town Titans and Ocho Rios Chargers at Chedwin Park, starting at 1:30 pm.   Speaking during Thursday evening's launch at the Cuddy'z Restaurant, Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) general secretary Fritz Harris welcomed the opportunity for players to continue honing their skills in the hugely popular T20 format.   "Our players are improving in the T20 format of the game. We have a number of players on the international stage and we have a number of budding players who are gaining recognition around the world. We want to keep that production line going and produce players of a high standard," he said.   Building support for the players and the six franchises is also important, according to Harris. He said entertainment and prize giveaways will be a feature on match days.   "We also want to keep a fan base. That is why we spend so much time focusing on the package that will be married with the cricket."   The TEF sponsorship is $8million and covers the budget of the 2014 tournament.   The Sport Development Foundation (SDF) is also donating $750,000 to the JCA which will largely go towards a special event that is expected to be announced in the coming days.   JCA officials were optimistic that other sponsors could get on board during the JPL T20.   There will be five rounds of preliminary matches before a play-off encounter between the second-placed and third-placed teams at Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium on November 30.   The top team at the end of the preliminary stage automatically advances to the final and will face the winner of the clash between second and third. The final is scheduled for Sabina Park on December 13.
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'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
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
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.
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