Women’s Cricket in Jamaica got a well-needed boost on Wednesday when the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) announced a multimillion-dollar sponsorship with local firm Pace Electrical Works and Building Contractors.

Half-centuries of Kavem Hodge and Devon Smith have put the Windward Islands Volcanoes in a strong position of 314 for 5 at stumps at Sabina Park on day one of the Regional Four-Day Championships.

Nkrumah Bonner, Jamie Merchant and Oraine Williams have been recalled to the Jamaica Scorpions squad for their second-round CWI 4-Day PCL match against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park starting on Thursday.

Twenty local coaches are benefitting from a Cricket West Indies (CWI) Level 2 Coaching Course delivered with the assistance of tutors from University of the West Indies and the governing body’s recently appointed Coaching Education Manager – Chris Brabazon.

 The course that began on December 12 and concludes on December 16, is being delivered at Sabina Park and also incorporated the services of two CWI Cricket Specialists, Jamaicans Phillip Service and David Bernard Jr. Prior execution in Jamaica it was delivered in Barbados, Guyana and the Windward Islands.

 “This course is part of the CWI’s ‘cricket-first’ strategy which is aimed at improving the human capital in the which supports talent development at all levels. This coaching education focus is done for the foundation through to Level 3. We are building capacity in different areas so that we can develop quality players and winning teams,” said CWI Director and Jamaica Cricket Association President Wilford “Billy” Heaven.

 “The Cricket Education Manager will add to the process a focus on the methodology used by the coaches. The pedagogy of any subject is quite important. All our players don’t learn the same way and that is being taken into consideration.”

 Meanwhile, the CWI Cricket Education Manager Chris Barbazon believes that coaching in the region is trending in the right direction but the region is behind in this regard.

 “Other countries are more advanced in terms of their accreditation systems already being in place. Once the system is in place then more workshops and seminars can be done to build more on what is learned during a course. It allows for greater focus to be placed on getting coaches to the top levels over shorter periods than currently exist,” he said.

 “I’m enthused by the positive attitude of the coaches. The next step is to take a look at all the Level 2 coaches across the region and organize a Level 3 course over the next 8-12 months. Thereafter we will seek to strengthen the various cohorts and better the franchise coaches and so on.”.

 UWI Tutor Ryerson Bahgoo noted that Level 2 focuses on identifying a player’s strengths and weakness and with the intention to reinforce and strengthen. The Level 2 course uses a more cooperative approach to coaching through observation and implicit learning using cricket drills. Coaches who have successfully completed the level 2 certification may coach in senior clubs and secondary schools that play competitive cricket.

 

Jamaica Tallawahs top-order batsman and stand-in captain Chadwick Walton insists the team had no choice but to battle for a win, after getting their first of the season against Barbados Tridents at Sabina Park on Sunday.

Walton took on the mantle of leadership to help the team secure a four-wicket win, the team’s first in five attempts.

“We found ourselves with our back against the wall, so we had to find a way to come up trumps and fortunately we did,” Walton said after the match.

Having conceded and eyewatering 875 runs in four prior game, the Tallawahs made changes to their bowling attack and opted to go with spinners at the top of the order.  The ploy worked as extra bounce and turn from George Worker quickly removed openers Johnson Charles and Alex Hales. 

From there the variation never allowed the Tridents to settle as they were eventually left short at 140 for 9.  What should have been an easy runs chase, however, looked any but despite solid starts from the opening duo of Glen Phillips and Chris Gayle.  Walton, who scored a match-winning 51 from 42, stuck around to deliver the win.

“It was a lot of pressure, but I knew that if we batted the full 20 overs, we would win the game.  The aim was just to bat the 20 overs,” he added.

“It’s nice to get your campaign off and running, it’s a bit late but we will take it nonetheless and hope that we can move strength to strength from here.”

Half-centuries from Nkrumah Bonner and Paul Palmer spared the Jamaica Scorpions blushes on the opening day of their West Indies Championship match against the Barbados Pride at Sabina Park on Thursday.

Off-spinner Akim Fraser took four wickets on debut as the Jamaica Scorpions were locked in a tense battle at for first-innings honours at stumps on day one of their match against the Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park.

Sabina Park curator Michael Hylton has accepted responsibility for the wet pitch that caused the third-round match between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the West Indies Championships, being delayed for four hours on Thursday’s opening day.

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin said his team will be depending on his lower-order batsmen to get as close to 200 runs as possible following a difficult first day against the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park on Thursday.

Wavell Hinds, President and CEO of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) believes the newly introduced insurance plan for retained players will help players focus on improving themselves as professionals.

Fifteen scorers from local clubs and parish associations expanded their skills courtesy of a two-day training seminar organized by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) last weekend – November 9 & 10 at Sabina Park.

The Jamaica Tallawahs go into Tuesday’s game against St Lucia Stars wary of two things; the fact that they dodged a bullet in their last match against the Trinbago Knight Riders and that they have to be better against the Stars, who because they are winless, have nothing to lose.

West Indies fast bowling great Patrick Patterson and Christopher Gayle will be honoured during the match between the UWI Vice Chancellor’s XI and the visiting Bangladesh team during at Sabina Park on Thursday.

Injured Windies fast bowler Kemar Roach has been replaced by upcoming talent Alzarri Joseph for the second Test against Bangladesh at Sabina Park in Kingston starting on Thursday.

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