Latest Jamaica News, Kingston (McKoy’s News): Kingston Wharves Under 15 Cricket – All four quarter-final matches in the Kingston Wharves Under 15 Cricket Competition were played on Tuesday at several venues across the island, however, the highest score by any of the teams was one hundred and ninety-five by Kensington against Boys Town.
Kensington who came second in Zone A took on Zone C winner Boys Town and defeated them by 139 runs after making 195 all out in 38.3 overs. The main run getters were Davian Davis 68, Tamari Redwood 22 and Daniel Wright 21 along with a significant number of extras. Four bowlers were responsible for the wickets to fall. They are Dantae Clarke 3-36-8, Joshua Munroe 3-51-8, Shaheem Simpson 2-28-6.3 and Romario Gabbidon 2-31-8.
Home advantage did not seem to help Boys Town as they were skittled out for 56 with only Shaheem Simpson 10 getting into double figures while the two openers and the number three batsman were back in the pavilion with just one run on the board. The bulk of the wickets went to Daniel Wright 5-16-6 and Jario Dewar 2-6 in 4.3 overs.
The Kingston vs Melbourne match-up was eagerly awaited considering that Kingston was the only team to win all four preliminary round matches and Melbourne player Kevaundre Virgo was the only century-maker in the competition to date.
Kingston won the toss and decided to take first strike at Emmet Park. They made 113 for 9 in 36 overs on the back of Ajani Banton 37 and Worrel Lindo 16. The wickets were shared among Ojani Chung 3-23-7, Kevaundre Virgo 2-17-8 and Jevaugney Simpson 2-24-7. Kingston’s decision to bat first was puzzling since there was an outpouring of rain before the start of play, which resulted in a delayed start by one hour and reduction of the overs by four.
Melbourne laboured to 114 for 8 in 31.4 overs to win by 2 wickets. Opener Kevaundre Virgo 67 was the top scorer while the first wicket fell at 58. Nicoli McKenzie 4-22-8 and Omario Wedderburn 2-21-6 were the main wicket-takers.
Kingston Wharves which is celebrating thirty years of sponsorship of the competition invited Andre Russell to meet the teams (Kingston and Melbourne) and talk to them about his life as a cricketer and what it meant to play in it during his formative years as a cricketer. Russell shared a number of things with them including “(there is) pressure in every sport, don’t think there is no pressure. Your team mate gonna pressure you, you coaches gonna pressure, your friends gonna pressure you, that’s just what makes us stronger.” He said that he did not go all the way in the Kingston Wharves U15 Cricket Competition because his grandmother was very protective and not allow him to go out a lot but he persevered and is doing well for himself. He encouraged them to practice by themselves in order to get better in the sport when he said “don’t let no one say you stupid if you are training by yourself. I used to do that a lot. I used to bowl at one stump. I know what I want. You guys have to know what you want.” He then encouraged them to enjoy the game and put in the work.
Kingston Wharves’ CEO, Grantley Stephenson was also on hand to address the players. He was pleased to see Russell doing in the sport and committed to continue his company’s sponsorship for the long haul.
The 2017 winner Manchester, defeated St. Ann by 98 runs at Church Teachers’ College after making 143 for 5 in 20 overs. St. Ann replied with 45 all out in 17 overs. the match was reduced to 20 overs due to early morning rain which delayed the start of the match.
The other semi-final match between the 2016 winner – St. Elizabeth and St. Mary, went to St. Mary by 28 runs after St. Elizabeth was skittled out for 42 in reply to St. Mary’s 70 all out in another match that was affected by rain. The match was played at Boscobel in St. Mary.
The teams now look to the semi-finals which is scheduled for this Friday, when Melbourne will battle St. Mary at Melbourne Cricket Club and Kensington will take on Manchester at Kensington Cricket Club.
A new champion will be crowned in the Kingston Wharves Under 15 Cricket Competition this year, as last year’s winner Lucas dropped out at the end of the preliminary round and did not make it to the quarter-final, which was a new addition to the competition.