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Canadian Thomas DeMarco and American Patrick Cover were at the top of the leader on Thursday shortened day of play at the Alacran Jamaica Open at Tryall in Hanover.

President of Cricket West Indies Ricky Skerritt has welcomed the news that Dwayne Bravo’s has announced that he had ended his retirement from  International Twenty 20 cricket.

A five-wicket haul from medium-pacer Kacey Aldridge proved decisive on Thursday as England defeated West Indies by five-wickets in Day-Five action of Rising Stars U19 Tri-Series.

England, who lost to Sri Lanka on Wednesday by 19 runs via the DLS method, decided to bowl first this time and that decision proved to be the correct one.

Opener Kirk McKenzie, who replaced Mbeki Joseph, and wicket-keeper batsman Leonardo Julien, both were dismissed without scoring by the player of the match Aldridge (9.1-3-18-5) as the West Indies slipped to 41-4 in the 15th over and eventually folded for a paltry score of 116.

 Captain Kimani Melius (35) did his best to steady the ship but when he was bowled by off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri charging down the wicket, so went the home teams batting resistance.

The run chase was relatively comfortable for England although they lost half their wickets before they reached the winning score of 117.

West Indies spin duo off left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd (10-5-9-1) and off-spinner Matthew Patrick (10-2-32-2) made a valiant effort with the ball on a surface that was giving them assistance, but they simply didn’t have enough runs to defend.

Ben Charlesworth top-scored for the English with 29, while Jordon Cox and Thomas Clarke each scored 24 for the winners.

 Melius was not happy with the collective effort of the batsmen.

 “It’s just a matter of our batsmen converting starts to big scores once they get set. The bowlers have been bowling well, so once the batsmen can put at least 220 runs on the board they (the bowlers) could have something to defend”, Melius said while reflecting on today’s loss and looking ahead to Saturday key game versus Sri Lanka.

 “We (the batsman) have been lackadaisical and haven’t shown enough intent and have to keep the game simple.”

 

A Level 2 coaching course which begins on Thursday in Kingston, Jamaica signals the start of the tenure of Chris Brabazon as Coach Education Manager, a new role created as part of CWI’s strategy to strengthen and invest in the development of coaching talent within the region. Chris has immediately travelled to Jamaica to observe the delivery of the Level 2 course.

Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, welcomed Brabazon to CWI and highlighted the selection of Brabazon to the position.

“I am delighted to welcome Chris to the Caribbean where he will be taking up the role of CWI’s first full-time Coach Education Manager.  His appointment is a critical feature of our strategic plan to produce world-class players and winning teams through the development of West Indian coaches,” Adams said.

“Chris brings a wealth of experience having held a similar role of Coach Development Manager in Western Australia for the past six years.

“He has worked at every level of the Cricket Australia coaching development pathway, from grassroots to international level, and is well-placed to drive CWI’s objective of developing our coach education programs.  I have no doubt that Chris will play a significant role in advancing our regional game and am very excited to be working with him on improving coaching standards throughout the Caribbean.”

Speaking on his appointment, Brabazon was delighted to join the legacy of West Indies Cricket.

“I am incredibly excited to join the team at CWI. In particular, I am looking forward to meeting and working with the coaches and coach developers throughout the Caribbean to ensure that all local players have access to inspirational learning environments that fosters their love of cricket.”

Brabazon holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, with over twelve (12) years’ experience specifically in cricket. He has functioned in coaching and talent development, as well as cricket management and accounting in his native Australia.

Defending Jamaica Open champion Hernan Borja said he is ready to defend his title as the Jamaica Open tees off on Thursday at the Tryall Golf Course in Hanover.

Toni-Ann Williams, the first female gymnast to represent Jamaica at the Olympic Games, is now a coach.

An unbeaten last wicket partnership between Sonal Dinusha and Amshi De Silva propelled Sri Lanka to a nail-biting, one-wicket victory over West Indies in day three action of Rising Stars U19 Tri-Series.

On another difficult batting wicket, Sri Lanka sent West Indies in to bat after winning the toss and immediately their bowlers made life difficult for the hosts.

West Indies plummeted to 67/7 in the 34th over, with new ball bowler Amshi De Silva (6-1-18-3) and leg-spinner Kavindu Nadeeshan (10-1-20-4) being the bowling architects of this batting demise.

Kelvon Anderson (43) alongside useful cameos from lower-order batsmen Ashmead Nedd (21) and Jayden Seales (23) resisted and enabled West Indies to stretch the inning to the final over to take the West Indies to 138.

For the third game in a row, West Indies bowlers stepped up to the plate.

Led by left-arm quick Ramon Simmonds (8-1-31-3) impressing with his pace and bounce, they fought back bravely as Sri Lanka collapsed to 101 for 9.

However, Ashmi De Silva (10) coming off his efforts with the ball joined Sonal Dinusha (46) and the pair’s unbeaten last-wicket stand denied the West Indies.

“We believe our bowling unit is one of the areas that is firing for us. We said to them (the bowlers) the wicket is not easy to score on, so once we hit good areas and put our shoulders to the throttle we could have brought this game home”, said West Indies U19 bowling coach Kenny Benjamin.

“When we look back at the game the extra-wide deliveries  that were given away and not being able to score another 20-25 runs are areas we all have to improve on.”

 

Marvin Anderson was elected President of the Olympian Association of Jamaica (OAJ) during the association’s very first Annual General Meeting held on Friday, December 6, at the offices of the Sports Development Foundation on Phoenix Avenue, Kingston.

Guyanese Olympian Alian Pompey is the new president of the PanAm Sports Athlete Commission.

Jereem Richards, the 2017 200-metre bronze medallist said he plans to use the disappointments of his 2019 season to spur him onto success next season.

Almost 100 golfers have registered for the 52nd Alacran Jamaica Open which tees off later this week at the world-famous Tryall Club in Hanover.

They include defending champion Hernan Borja who posted a 12 under-par 204 in 2017 to win by three strokes over Tarik Cann when the event was last held at the Half Moon Golf Course.

Borja had originally been ruled out of the tournament.

The tournament tees off on Wednesday and concludes on Saturday with players teeing off at 7 am each day.

There will be a practice round on Wednesday, which will be followed by a Pro-Am segment that tees off at 12:30 pm. The 54-hole championship will then run from Thursday to Saturday.

President of the Jamaica Golf Association Peter Chin said he expects more players to register before Wednesday’s tee-time.

 "The entries are going very well. The golf course is in pristine condition and all the behind-the-scenes work is going very well and on target,” he said “

“Because the prize money is now US$100,000 we are able to attract a better quality field. We are happy where it is now in terms of the number of entries and the quality of the entries.  We are expected to have any extremely successful event."

Chin indicated that most of the golfers will come from the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and several Caribbean islands (Cayman Islands, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago). Among those already registered are Patrick Newcomb, who is currently 28th of PGA Latin American Order of Merit), MJ McQuire, currently 57th on the PGA Latin American Order of Merit) and Edward Figueroa from (Puerto Rico who is PGA Latin America and past CAGC champion.

Matthew Marquez from Trinidad, competed in BMW Jamaica Classic this year and past CAGC champion is also in the field as well as WanJoo Lee, who is also from Trinidad and is the 2018 CAGC champion.

Wesley Brown, Sean Green, Delroy Cambridge and Ian Facey are among the Jamaicans down to participate.

St. Lucia’s Julien Alfred said her fast 60m dash over the weekend came as a bit of a surprise but it augurs well for the season ahead in which she aims to be in Tokyo next summer representing her country at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Kyle Gregg said he could not have asked for a better ending to the year following his dominating victory on the weekend in the Richard Stewart Memorial Rally Jamaica in Bog Walk St Catherine.

Defending champions Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens scored victories on Sunday during round 16 of the Red Stripe Premier League.

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