The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) have both expressed regret at the passing of former Jamaica player William Haye.

A mammoth score and centuries from Shemaine Campbelle and Stafanie Taylor and a record score highlighted the second round of the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup on Tuesday.

Striker Dever Orgill is among 17 overseas-based players called to a 23-man Reggae Boyz squad for the Nations Cup match against El Salvador on March 23, and an international friendly against Costa Rica on March 26.

Budding Jamaica-born Bundesliga star Leon Bailey scored a sensational free-kick but witnessed Bayer Leverkusen’s Champions League hopes take a big hit following a 3-1 loss to Werder Bremen.

The 21-year-old winger dragged Leverkusen back into the game with a fierce 75th-minute strike, which fizzed over the wall before flying past Bremen goalkeeper Lukáš Hrádecky.

Earlier, Bremen had stormed into the lead on the back of goals from Max Kruse and Milot Raschida.  Kruse, however, returned to finish off the job when he struck in time added on.  Ironically, the fluid counter-attacking move came after the Jamaican looked in line for another special moment.  After ghosting past four defenders on the right flank, Bailey was, however, disposed, with Leverkusen officially killing the game off on the resulting counter-attack.

A few weeks ago a surging Leverkusen had pulled into the Champions League places (fourth spot).  Now, however, having lost two of their last five matches the team sits in sixth position on 42 points, two points behind Eintracht and five places outside of the Champions League spots.  Borussia Monchengladbach are currently in the fourth and final qualification spot.  The goal was Bailey’s 6th of the season.

  

Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica notched wins on Sunday’s opening day of the Windies Women’s Championships being held in Guyana.

2015 champions Montego Bay United are now on the brink of relegation from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following the penultimate round of regular season matches on Sunday.

Jamaica’s athletic bosses have written to the head of the Local Organising Committee in Qatar, hoping they can provide their athletes with a suitable training site in the weeks leading up to the IAAF World Championships set for Doha in September.

There has been strong interest from Jamaica’s elite athletes in competing at the 2019 World Relays set for Yokohama, Japan on May 12 and 13.

Minister of Sport in Jamaica, Olivia Grange, has expressed sadness at the passing of Olympian, Dr Cynthia Thompson. 

Cricket West Indies President Dave Cameron is to host a town hall meeting at Sabina Park on March 21, in what, he says, is an effort to further enfranchise West Indies cricket fans and stakeholders.

A brace from talismanic Reggae Girl, Khadija Shaw helped Jamaica to a 3-2 win over Chile in the second of two friendlies between the teams at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James on Sunday. 

Surging Portmore United registered a fifth straight Red Stripe Premier League win, following a 1-0 triumph over UWI, despite going down to 10-men in the encounter on Sunday.

The defending champions looked to have found themselves in a tight spot after Damano Thomas received a straight red card in the 68th minute.  Their nerves were soon settled, however, after striker Javon East converted a 76th-minute penalty to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

The race to avoid the drop tightened at the other end of the table, when Leslie St Fleur netted a crucial late goal for Montego Bay United for a 2-1 win over Reno. In the relegation six pointer, Dwayne Ambusley put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute but Donovan Brown brought Reno back on level terms in the 59th minute.

The result moved Montego Bay, who are currently in the relegation zone with Reno to within one of Harbour View.  The Stars of the East saw the distance between themselves and the relegation zone lessen following a 1-1 draw with Tivoli.  Tevin Scott gave Habour View the start they dreamt of after just three minutes but Tivoli pegged things back nine minutes later when Colorado Murray brought the visitors on level terms. 

Promoted Dunbeholden also failed to add to their buffer and remain just one point above Harbour View following a 1-1 draw with Cavalier.  In a hot-tempered affair, Nicholas Hamilton and Dunbeholden’s Kemo Gayle were both ejected from the pitch 30 minutes into the encounter.  Luke Rankine then put host Cavalier ahead in the 41st minute but Dunbeholder struck back early in the first half through Lorenzo Dubidad.  Despite Jeremy Nelson receiving a second yellow card in the 63rd minute to leave Cavalier down to nine men, Dunbeholden failed to press home the advantage.  Elsewhere, Mount Pleasant registered a 1-0 over Humble Lion.

Incumbent Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven easily survived a challenge from Mark Neita to return to the top post for another two years.

Heaven, who will now serve a third term, recorded a comfortable 62 to 37 win during the association’s General Meeting on Thursday.  In a resounding victory, a breakdown of the vote showed that Heaven was triumphant in three of the four divisions.  The incumbent won division 2, 21-5, division 3, 16-6 and division 4, 15-9 with Neita scoring a 17-10 victory in division 1.

The rest of his Heaven’s slate was also highly successful.  In the race for second vice president, Fitz Harris defeated Nehemiah Perry 64-34.  Diann Campbell secured the post of honorary secretary after defeating Neil Reese 73-25.  Clinton Clarke defeated Major Aubyn Sibbles 71-26 to claim the post of assistant secretary.  Kerry Scott defeated Nigel Logan 75-23 to claim the position of treasurer, with Michael Atterbury securing the nod over Errol Moodie via a 68-29 margin for the post assistant treasurer. 

Dr Donovan Bennet will serve as first vice president after securing the nomination to the post unopposed.  He will replace Neita who held the post in the previous administration.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) have both issued statements offering messages of condolence to the family of veteran cricket writer Tony Becca who died in hospital on Thursday.

Jamaica has named a 30-member swim team for the 2019 Carifta Swimming Championships to be held at the Barbados Aquatic Centre in Bridgetown Barbados from April 20-23.

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