Latest Jamaica News, Kingston: The semi-final match-up in the Kingston Wharves Under 15 Cricket Competition between St. Mary and Melbourne which was scheduled for last Thursday at Melbourne Cricket Club was abandoned without a ball being bowled. St. Mary was caught up in traffic in Manor Park by ongoing road works and an accident which stalled traffic for hours. When St. Mary eventually reached Melbourne at 12:30 pm, the umpires had already called off the match as per the condition of play.
The competitions committee of the Jamaica Cricket Association had to meet in an emergency session during the weekend where they decided that the match be played on Tuesday at Melbourne at the designated 10:30 am start.
The match is a must-watch as the two teams did very well in the preliminary round and won their quarter-final matches comfortably. St. Mary has seen an upswing of their cricket and already has two national titles this year, namely the JCA’s 50 Over Cricket Competition and the SDC’s National Community Cricket Competition. Melbourne, on the other hand, has Kevaundre Virgo – the only century make in the competition and at least two bowlers with five wicket hauls.
The winner will face Manchester in the final on Thursday at the JDF Cricket Ground at 10:30 am.
In the other semi-final, Manchester travelled to Kingston last Friday against home team Kensington Cricket Club and defeated them by ten wickets after losing the toss and asked to field.
Kensington did not seem to benefit from being at home after losing its first wicket with no run on the board, when Kadeem Levy was bowled for a duck. David Dewar joined Timari Redwood and they steadied the inning until Redwood was run out for 18 with the score on 43. Dewar went on to score 21 but could not stem the loss of wickets which saw a steady trek from the crease to the pavilion as wickets fell at regular intervals. Kensington was eventually bowled out for 99 in 35.5 overs. Three bowlers were responsible for the bulk of the wickets that fell. Demario Hall bagged three for 12 in 5.5 overs. Brian Barnes took two for 7 in 4 overs while Rasheed Harriot also got two for 23 in 7 overs.
Manchester made the chase look easy after making 103 without loss in 23.5 overs. Jadon McDaniel top scored with 62 runs and Demario Hall who was the main wicket taker came back to score 26 runs. They batted solidly and were unhurried as they played each delivery on merit while scoring a lot of singles in the process.
Manchester’s coach Barry Barnes was pleased with the win although he stressed that it was important for the players to express themselves every time they play. He said that that was more important than winning. He commented on the Manchester programme when he said “I think the advantage Manchester has, our programme is the hardball 4and 3/4 ounces ball that’s what the primary school boys use so I think they are accustomed to it. That is the benefit that we have over them, the other rest of teams but these youngsters are a good talented bunch.”
Kingston Wharves is celebrating 30 years of sponsoring the Under 15 Cricket Competition.