Sparks and Flames clash Friday in Sandals/JCA U19 Championships

By July 11, 2019

After four weeks of intense competition, the 2019 Sandals JCA U-19 Championship culminates with the final at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium on Friday, July 12.

The competition that bowled off on June 25 included over 60 of the country’s best national U-19 players who were divided into four teams – Northern Lights, Western Heat, Southern Sparks and Eastern Flames – competing in a round-robin format at venues across the island.

The top two teams - Southern Sparks and Eastern Flames coached by Burtram Barnes and Odean Brown – will contest Friday’s final.

The Eastern Flames topped the tables with 16 points (4 wins from 5 matches) while Southern Sparks finished second with three wins from five games.

JCA CEO Courtney Francis is excited by the talent that will be on display in Trelawny.

 “Young, promising batsmen like the right-handed Ricardo McIntosh, who represented the Jamaica U-19 last year, will be out on the pitch. His next stop is the national senior team and a local club. We continue to see growth in another right-hand batsman, Lennox Simpson. He has matriculated from representing Jamaica at the U-17 level,” he said.

“Our young bowlers are also impressing selectors. Pace Bowler Andre Morgan continues to send stumps and bails flying along with off-spinner Roberto Simpson. These two very efficient bowlers represented the Jamaica U-19s last year and I hope to see them impress regionally too. These are the future of Jamaica’s competitiveness across the region. I want the nation to pay attention.”

The competition, which is in its third year of sponsorship from Sandals and Rainforest Seafoods, is used to select of the national U-19 team which will participate in the CWI Regional U-19 Championships which commences on July 25 in Guyana.

Following the final tomorrow, the national U-19 Coach and Manager will be named and all the players in the competition will benefit from a week-long series of personal development workshops at Sabina Park.

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