Jamaica Scorpions lost two wickets just before close yesterday to put their WICB First-Class Championship clash against Guyana Jaguars in the balance heading into today’s second day at Sabina Park.The wickets, that of nightwatchman, Damion Jacobs, dismissed for zero off what turned out to be the last ball of the day, and Scorpions debutant, Antiguan Devon Thomas, 30, moments earlier, left Jamaica struggling at 63 for four.This is in chase of a first innings target of 189 scored by the Jaguars, which saw in-form spinner, Nikita Miller, taking a six-wicket haul.Winning the toss, and sending Guyana to bat, Jamaica had to endure a somewhat lukewarm first session with the Jaguars going to lunch at 80 for four.The Jaguars, after seeing out the early moisture in the wicket, were kept going by West Indies opener Assad Fudadin, who fell 15 minutes before the break.The left-handed Fudadin made 47 before he fell to Miller while his opening partner, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, chipped in with 12. Captain Leon Johnson, 16, and all-rounder Raymon Reifer, zero, were the other batsmen to fall.MILLER SHOWAfter the break, it then became the Miller show as exercising his customary good control, and using bounce, flight and turn, he was able to take another five wickets.He eventually ended up with six for 46, while part-time off-spinner, John Campbell, who got the ball to turn sharply, supported best with three for 45.Vishual Singh, 45, and Chris Barnwell, 23, were the next best scorers.AT SABINA PARK: GUYANA JAGUARS 189 all out (Assad Fudadin 47, Vishal Singh 45; Nikita Miller 6-46, John Campbell 3-45 vs Scorpions 63-4 ( Devon Thomas 30; Veerasammy Permaul 2-1).AT BEAUSEJOUR: VOLCANOES 205-7 (Andre Fletcher 63, Devon Smith 32, Liam Sebastien 30; Uthman Mohammed 2-39, Imran Khan 2-57) vs Red Force.AT KENSINGTON OVAL: BARBADOS PRIDE 272-6 (Roston Chase 95 not out, Jonathan Carter 54, Kevin Stoute 41; Gavin Tonge 4-43) vs Hurricanes.
The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) will have to dip deeper into its pockets to stage this year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium, with the 2016 budget climbing by over $13 million when compared to last year.Speaking at yesterday’s launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, ISSA President, Dr Walton Small, told The Gleaner that it will cost the organisers well over $80 million to stage this year’s showpiece event, an increase on the approximately $67 million that it cost to execute last year’s ‘Champs’.Title sponsors GraceKennedy has certainly thrown their support behind the event, pumping $54 million directly into this year’s event as a part of a wider $100-million investment, with FLOW strengthening their partnership as exclusive telecoms sponsors with an $81-million injection, which covers the next three years.Small underlined security, which has increased from approximately $8 million to over $10 million this year, along with venue rental, food and electrical/information systems as the major expenses being undertaken.COSTS ARE UP”Last year, it was about $67 million in terms of cost to stage Champs, and it has increased to over $80 million,” Small noted. “Just in terms of the appreciation of the whole business of security, we have put in some serious money towards security; rental of the stadium has gone up, the expense of the food has also increased.”The electronic aspect of Champs has really stepped up in terms of cost. We wanted the improvements, for instance, around Stadium East, we are putting in additional systems over there so that the coaches and students can be comfortable,” said Small.Still, Small said he is comfortable with the level of readiness heading into the March 15-19 championships.”We are extremely pleased. Last year with the patrons not being able to come in really had a damper on the entire ISSA organisation, and we have gone all out to change that,” he said.Don Wehby, CEO of GraceKennedy, spoke to the company’s efforts to improve the event and outlined several initiatives.The title sponsors will be awarding $25,000 for each new record to team or individual. The funds will go towards an approved school project to be identified by the record-breaking team or individual.GraceKennedy will also be rolling out a high-school affinity credit card programme through its subsidiary, First Global Bank, which will not only give cardholders special school-branded cards, but will also provide them with an opportunity to give back to their alma mater as well, through its reward set-up. This programme will be launched on March 15.DREAM FUND PROMOTIONHe also spoke on the company’s Dream Fund promotion, which will see $5 million raised to assist three schools – one from each county, with the purchasing of equipment.FLOW’s sponsorship manager, Stephen Miller, noted his company’s wide-ranging sponsorship of sport and its commitment to these championships over the years.”We have provided total commitment for the past 12 years of more than $200 million,” he stated. “I also want to bring to your attention the ongoing efforts to assist some of our top schools to prepare for competing by offsetting some of the cost that they face.”Through our Journey to Champs programme, we have committed an additional $1 million this year in direct donation to the top-performing schools which will be participating in this year’s competition,” added Miller.Chairman of the organising committee, Colleen Montaque, announced that tickets will go on sale on March 12.Entry will be free for the bleachers and grandstand on the opening day of the championships.On Wednesday and Thursday, tickets will cost $100 (children) and $500 adults (for both sections). The price increases to $500 and $350 for students in uniform for bleachers tickets for Friday, with grandstand tickets going for 3,500.Saturday’s marquee day will cost patrons $1,500 for bleachers tickets and $4,500 for a seat in the grandstand. Season tickets will cost $9,000 for Category One and $8,000 for Category Two.
St Elizabeth semisSt Bess FC created history by achieving a spot in the semi-finals of the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League in their first season. Their 2-1 win over Super Action took them to 35 points to join defending champions Black Star, who had already qualified two weeks earlier. With just one round to complete, the newcomers cannot be leapfrogged by two other challengers.Joining the semi-final party are Holland Police Youth Club, who inflicted a 1-0 victory over Black Star, who rested a few of their stars. They moved to 31 points.Tafari Lions, who won 3-0 over Newell as well as Real Treasure Beach FC, are battling for the final spot. on brother teamDefending champions Power of Faith International will open their campaign breaking bread with their brother team, Power of Faith Development, as the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Church Cricket League bowls off with a double-header at Bridgeport Sports ground this morning at 10 a.m.Faith Temple New Testament oppose Portmore Gospel Assembly. The league will be in a round-robin format and the two top teams will advance to the final.”There is also a new development this year as an over-50 match is being planned to take place during the course of the competition,” said Mark Williamson, the coordinator of the competition.Eltham Park, DB Basovak advance to finalEltham Park and DB Basovak advanced to the final of the St Catherine Football Association Division Two Football League after contrasting results at Spanish Town Prison Oval last Wednesday.Eltham Park won 2-1 on aggregate over Beacon Hill, after they played to a 1-1 stalemate in the second leg. Eltham won the first leg 1-0. It was a much harder task for seasoned campaigners DB Basovak, who scored an 8-7 penalty-shoot win to eliminate Starlight, after they were deadlocked at 0-0 after regulation and extra-time.Henriques wins semis tomorrowThe semi-finals of the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League will be played tomorrow.At 1:30 p.m., Christian Gardens tackle Dunbeholden, while at 3:30 p.m., East West Strikers vs Greater Portmore Strikers. Both matches will be played at Dunbeholden.In matches played recently, East West Strikers outshot Greater Portmore Strikers 4-3, through Jeffery Bryce’s hat-trick (13th, 25th, 48th), while Nickardo Williams (2nd) also scored. Greater Portmore Strikers’ Rushan Webber scored all the goals for his team in the seventh, 19th and 54th minutes. Christian Gardens, through goals from Carlton Walsh (21st) and Jovani Munroe (23rd), defeated Dunbeholden 2-0.Power of Faith take Clarendon playersPresident of Netball Jamaica (NJ)Dr Paula Daley-Morris has encouraged netballers in Clarendon, and by extension, the central region, to use the sport as a springboard to achieve a better life.A former netballer and basketballer who gained scholarships, as well as achieved a doctorate in Information Technology, Daley-Morris used her own experiences to motivate the gathering of 21 teams, during the opening ceremony of the Jamalco Netball Open at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre.Noticeably, there was good reception for her presence and comments. It appears also that fences have been mended between long-standing Clarendon netball organiser and coach, Winston Nevers and NJ.Daley-Morris pledged her return.As usual, the season opening featured the dress parade and a one-day rally. Hayes B won the award for the best dressed team and were awarded a cash prize. The rally was won by Jamalco, after they defeated Team R of Manchester 8-4 in a match which lasted 10 minutes. Cable Pro defeated Hayes A 6-4 in the third place play-off.The competition takes a break this weekend owing to the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, as a high number of teams have athletes who are participating.Sporting Central, programmeThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) is currently experimenting with a combination development clinics, where primary and prep school students are exposed to the rudiments of three sporting disciplines.The government agency will not stop there with the programme. It has gone a step further and will target special-needs schools, as well as schools with disciplinary issues.The intent, according to INSPORTS – whose officer, Calvin Martin, is the project leader – is to identify talent and nurture it.Basketball, rugby and boxing are the sporting disciplines being currently used at the development clinics.INSPORTS says other sports will be included as the project grows from experimental to a standard fixture. The next target parish will be Manchester.Venom sting LegendFirst-round winners Venom got their round two fixtures off with a convincing 150-129 victory over Legend in the Orville Higgins/Caribbean Classic team ‘Cross the Table’ domino competition at the Caribbean Classic’s home, Portmore Drive (formerly Portmore Lane), recently.However, Legend bounced back in their very next game as they beat Warriors 150-117 in a one-sided contest. In another result, Warriors got the better of Destroyers 150-145 in a pulsating countdown.Meanwhile, the second phase of the competition will see the four teams playing each other twice in a round-robin format, with the top two advancing to the final.Portmore teams Street Gun contestMandeville top shooter, Orville Henriques, won the first leg of the Jamaica Street Gun Championship at Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club at its Lincoln range last Sunday.Henriques, a distant winner after amassing 574 points, won ahead of female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who totalled 454 points at 79 per cent.Ellsworth Dixon, who was second in the midweek practise shoot, finished third with 443 points. The club’s ‘Mr Consistent’ at these championships, Evan Grant, grabbed fourth at 73 per cent with 423 points.However, the biggest talk of the championship surrounded the surprise placing of fifth, which was achieved by Gary ‘Moslem’ Foster.Foster remarkably mined 415 points at an amazing 72 per cent, his highest haul in a major tournament at the Lincoln range. His performance beat previous outstanding shooters like Owen Campbell (ninth), Christopher Christie (sixth) and Thomas Jones (seventh).Mile Gully, George’s Valley chase semis spotWith just a couple of rescheduled matches to complete, only one spot remains to be decided for the semi-finals of the Manchester Football Association (MFA) Magnum/Captain’s Bakery MFA Major League competition.The trio of defending champions – Hillstars, Ricam and Alligator Pond – have already booked their places. Contending for the final spot are Mile Gully (23 points) and George’s Valley (21). A third team, Greenvale, has a mathematical chance of reaching 23 points if they win their two outstanding matches, but their position in Group Two is compounded by their negative goal difference at this stage.Earlier this week, both Ricam and Alligator Pond secured their berths after finishing their final preliminary round match with impressive scorelines. Four different players scored to give Ricam a 4-0 win over Villa United, which pivoted them to 36 points and the top qualifier from Zone Two.Led by Dane Seaton’s hat-trick, Alligator Pond joined Ricam after posting an 8-2 win over Porus.Netball Jamaica encourages battle in Spanish TownThe York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League final will be played at the Spanish Town Prison Oval today at 3 p.m. This again brings together both competitors from this season’s midseason final. Braeton won the last meeting 2-1, through goals from Caven Genuis and Jermaine Morgan.In semi-final action recently, Cedar Grove defeated Edgewater 1-0, while Braeton United clipped Cumberland 2-1.INSPORTS Community Football League Technical Strikers leadFollowing week four, Starz Academy and Technical Strikers maintained the lead in the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One with 10 points each.However, the biggest movers this week were Los Perfectos, who cemented third place on eight points by scoring the biggest margin of victory – 9-1 over Mandeville United.Los P, who are making a return to Manchester football after a self-imposed absence of 15 years, were sent on a joyride with double strikes from Shavar Johnson and Christopher Campbell.In other notable results this week, Technical Strikers lost their perfect win record after they were held 1-1 by Hanbury. Ricardo Johnson and Akeal Mitchell scored twice to beat Clandon Strikers 5-1, while Trinity continued the misery run of last year’s beaten finalist Northern Caribbean Union President’s XI, by winning 2-1.One spot to grab in Jamalco clash todayFootball fans in Clarendon will finally get a chance to see the top two teams play each other in the Captain’s Bakery-sponsored Clarendon Major League, when Sporting Central Academy and Jamalco meet in a quarter-final group encounter today at the Wembley Sports and Excellence Centre. Match time is 3:30 p.m.These two teams avoided each other while dominating their respective preliminary zones. They have been paired in the same quarter-final zone and, having completed two wins so far, today’s matchup may well be a dress rehearsal for the finals. Both have already qualified for the semi-finals.In quarter-final play so far, Jamalco defeated Comfort 3-0 and edged Original Hazard 1-0. Sporting are marginally better, having defeated Comfort by the same margin, but won 2-0 against Original Hazard.New Bowens, which came second to Jamalco in the preliminaries, lead the other quarter-final zone with two wins.Starz Academy, INSPORTS launches minor sports development
Undefeated junior 400-metre hurdler Shannon Kalawan is taking her breakthrough season one day at a time, according to Edwin Allen Comprehensive High hurdles coach Kirk Douglas.In the weeks to come, Douglas will be helping Kalawan to improve, with the World Junior Championships her main target. Success at those meets would add to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships and Carifta gold medals she has already collected.Asked to explain her progress from a personal best of 58.93 seconds to her Carifta Games winning time of 56.29, Douglas said: “I don’t think she has run a clean race yet, which we will work on at least for the World Juniors, hopefully.”Injury interrupted progressIn an exclusive interview, he noted that an injury interrupted her progress after she had been the runner-up at Champs 2014.”Last year, she started well, but she got hurt, and that’s what people don’t remember,” he recalled.A string of lifetime-best clockings – from 57.20 at Central Championships to 56.80 at Carifta Trials, to 56.41 at Champs – had observers wondering if Kalawan could also qualify for the Jamaican Olympic team.Douglas, once a star hurdler and coach at Kingston College, isn’t counting that out. “I don’t put it out of reach but we’re just going to take it one day at a time,” he said. “We have to look at these three weeks to Penns and then a six-week programme to the Junior Trials.”Kalawan is only 0.09 from the Olympic qualifying standard of 56.20 seconds.”Of course,” he concluded on the matter of the Olympics, “the thing there is two weeks later, so she can race again at the Senior Trials.”The National Junior Championships is set for June 18 and 19, with the four-day National Seniors starting on June 30.It’s a fair bet that the 18-year-old Edwin Allen student athlete will improve in alternating lead legs by then.”We’ve been working on using the ‘weak’ lead leg, if you can call it that,” he related. “So if you notice, she doesn’t really panic.”Kalawan has taken her new found success in her stride and according to Douglas, “has been a dream to coach all season just because of her attitude”.She is the latest in a long line of successful 400-metre hurdlers nurtured by head coach Michael Dyke and directed by Douglas.During his 13-year tenure as hurdles coach at Edwin Allen, the school has taken the Champs gold medal seven times through Sherene Pinnock, Nikita and Ristananna Tracey, Camira Haughton, and Kalawan. Pinnock, a two-time World Junior bronze medal winner, and Andrea Sutherland in 2006, and Nikita and Ristananna in 2009 and 2010, gave Dyke’s team one-two finishes at Champs.Ristananna has the Champs record at 55.81 seconds.