In a thrilling showdown at Up Park Camp, Manchester reigned supreme in this year's Kingston Wharves U15 Cricket Competition, defeating defending champion St. Mary to claim the coveted title. Despite St. Mary's unbeaten record leading up to the final and a prior victory over Manchester in the preliminary round, Manchester clinched victory by eight wickets in a low-scoring encounter.

The match faced a delayed start due to overnight rain and pitch conditions. Manchester won the toss and opted to field, a decision that quickly paid dividends. Opening bowler Demario Hall wreaked havoc, taking an impressive five wickets for a mere seven runs in six overs. Kevaughn Flemmings chipped in with three wickets for 11 runs, while Jadeah Moore secured one wicket for 14 runs. St. Mary struggled to find their footing, losing wickets at regular intervals, and eventually being bowled out for a modest 64 runs in 23.3 overs.

Manchester began their innings positively, with captain Demario Hall anchoring the chase with an unbeaten 35 runs. Kevoy Williams contributed 14 runs but was the first wicket to fall with the score at 43. Manchester eventually surpassed the target, reaching 68 for two wickets in 17 overs. The wickets for St. Mary were claimed by Tyson Gordon (one for 15) and Shavaughn Boyd (one for 17).

Coach Jamaine Morgan of Manchester attributed the team's success to the experience gained from playing Senior Cup cricket. "Me and some of the guys play Senior Cup for Manchester. The likes of Demario Hall, Pajay Nelson, and Jadeah Moore, we all play Senior Cup together, so they learn from the senior players. We focus on teaching them the fundamentals they haven't mastered yet. At the end of the day, we emerged victorious and were able to limit them to a low total through hard work and determination. We represented Manchester proudly," Morgan stated.

Oneil Cruickshank, the cricket operations officer at the Jamaica Cricket Association, expressed satisfaction with the tournament's performances, highlighting the improved performance of the young players compared to previous years. "The youngsters performed better than they did last year, which made me feel good, knowing that the work we have put in has been paying off," he said. He also praised the female cricketers who participated in the competition.

Mark Williams, CEO of Kingston Wharves, reaffirmed the company's long-standing commitment to sponsoring the Kingston Wharves U15 Cricket Competition, emphasizing their dedication to building character and fostering cricket talent in Jamaica and the West Indies. This year marked the 32nd year of Kingston Wharves' sponsorship.

Following the final, an awards ceremony celebrated outstanding achievements, with several players receiving accolades. Demario Hall of Manchester received the MVP of the final award, team MVP, and shared the title of most wickets with Kenrick McFarlane of Lucas, both tallying 23 wickets. Pajay Nelson, also from Manchester, secured two awards: most runs (274) and best wicket-keeper (10 dismissals). Shavaughn Boyd was recognized as the team MVP for St. Mary.


Defending champion St. Mary defeated St Ann by eight wickets in the opening match of the 32nd Kingston Wharves U15 Cricket Competition which was launched at the Ultimate Cricket Oval in St. Ann on Tuesday.

Under the gaze of Jamaica Cricket Association President Billy Heaven, CEO Courtney Francis, Cricket Operations Manager O’Neil Cruickshank and Corporate Services and Client Experience Manager Simone Murdock, St. Mary won the toss and invited St. Ann to take first strike.

St. Ann started shakily, losing their first wicket for 11 runs. They continued losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually all out for 77 runs in 39.2 overs.

Only four batsmen got into double figures - Jdain Bailey (18), Deshaun Gayle (14), Oneil Lampard (11) and Brandon Mowatt (10) - against the bowling of Shavaughn Boyd who bagged 6-18. Tedain Noyan backed him up with 2-26.

St. Mary achieved the 78 runs needed for victory for the loss of two wickets in just 13.3 overs as Davantae Miller top-scored with 38 and Tyreece Saunders 22. Jadeek Walker who took 1-10 was the lone wicket taker for St Ann.

Following the match, Cruickshank revealed that there are major changes to this year's competition.

"The most fundamental change that we have made is that we have moved from the limited overs version. We will be playing a one inning one day which means that the youngsters can bat as long as they can bat or as long as their teams wants them to bat or as long as the other team allows them to bat, so there no limit on the number of overs a particular team can face,” he explained.

“We have also allowed each team to use four players who are outside the age criteria. Additionally, we have allowed any female who has not yet reached the age of 19 at the start of the competition to participate."

Cruikshank said that at the conclusion of the tournament, the JCA select 28 youngsters who will begin preparation for the national team.

“It's the first time we will be doing it but we have looked at that cohort of youngsters and we believe that they are going need more time to be ready to compete in our regional tournament," he said.

The 2023 competition will feature 19 teams playing across four zones, with three zones having five teams and one, Zone 1, having four teams. This is so because St. Thomas will sit out this year due to a number of cricket-related challenges.

St. Mary defeated St Elizabeth by seven wickets (D/L) to get their hands on the Kingston Wharves U15 Cricket Competition for the first time on Thursday at Sabina Park in Kingston.

St. Elizabeth was bowled out for 113 all in 31.5 overs in the low-scoring affair. The weather then intervened and based on the Duckworth/Lewis method, St. Mary only had to make 75 in 33 overs to win the match and they duly obliged.

Five of St. Elizabeth's players got into double figures but failed to capitalize. Jayden Shaw, 14; Adrian Silvera, 12; Shaaairi Jadoo, 12; Dimitri Binns, 11; and Odane Binns, 10; were the principal scorers but they were all outdone by 36 extras conceded by St. Mary.

Jevaughny Brown took 5-33 while Tedain Noyan, 2-18 and Dijon Taylor 2-20 were decisive in support.

St Elizabeth conceded 11 extras before any of St. Mary's batsmen got a run on the board as the bowlers struggled in the damp conditions.

They would eventually concede 31, making life that much easier for St Mary’s batters.

Opener Tyreece Saunders, 12, and Jevaughny Shim, 13, led the scoring for the victors.

Jahliel Smith, Adiran Silvera and Demitri Binns each took a wicket for St Elizabeth.

 St. Mary's Jevaughny Shim took home several awards; Most Wickets (23), MVP for St. Mary and final MVP for his five wickets for 33 and top score of 13.

“It’s been a very good competition, I have seen some good performances (and) I tell myself that I did well and I am looking forward to next year to start playing again," he said afterwards.

St. Elizabeth's Kevaun Brown, who scored 330 runs during the competition including a top score of 129, won the award for most runs scored.  He was also named the MVP for St. Elizabeth with 16 wickets along with his 330 runs.

David Dewar, the captain of Kensington Cricket Club was the best wicketkeeper in the competition with nine dismissals that included four stumpings.

Cricket Operations Manager at the Jamaica Cricket Association Oneil Cruickshank was pleased with the running of the tournament.

"It went much better than we expected,” he said.

“The performances that we saw coming out of this competition were very heart-warming.  We thought it may have been less but we saw a youngster scoring over 300 runs, one youngster taking over 23 wickets, and one young lady making a century.  When we put it all together it was a fantastic tournament.”

 Simone Murdock, Corporate Services and Client Experience Manager at Kingston Wharves was also pleased.

"Today's winner St. Mary is proof that we are moving the needle because it's St. Mary's first time with the trophy and we are so glad for them.  We are also celebrating with St. Elizabeth who is a consistent performer," she said.





A new champion will be crowned on Thursday in the 31st edition of the Kingston Wharves U15 Cricket Competition as unbeaten St. Mary will take on St. Elizabeth in the final at Sabina Park after contrasting semi-final matches on Tuesday.

St. Mary only dropped points in the last match of their preliminary round against St. Catherine Cricket Association, which was rained out while St. Elizabeth lost only one of its preliminary round matches against Westmoreland.

St. Elizabeth defeated Kingston by 104 runs at Sabina Park.

After taking first strike, St Elizabeth made 214-8 from their allotment of 50 overs. Wicketkeeper/batsman Odane Binns was the top scorer with 49 while Davian Mason scored 40 and Adrian Silvera, an unbeaten 35.

Jhaliel Smith was also among the runs with 30.

There were two wickets apiece for Kingston’s bowlers Goevanni Grey, Captain Kajeev Bathyka and McKanell Palmer.

In reply, Kingston was bundled out for just 90 from 26.5 overs as the St Elizabeth bowling attack wreaked havoc. Only opener Nicoli McKenzie (13) got into double figures and there were 42 extras.

Davian Mason 3-1, Jhaleil Smith bagged 3-19 while Eckoney Robinson took 2-16.

The other semi-final at Kensington Cricket Ground was reduced to 38 overs a side because of bad weather.

In the low-scoring affair, St. Mary won the toss and invited home team Kensington to bat. They were bowled out for 93, despite a valiant 54 from Captain David Dewar.

Rushawn Bell took 4-22 and Dijon Taylor 2-14 while scything through the Kensington line-up.

In reply, St. Mary laboured to 94 for seven in 23.2 overs to win by three wickets.

Tyson Gordon, who was unbeaten on 38 and Devonte Miller 10 were the only players to get into double figures and there were 26 extras.

Geovanni Golding was the most successful bowler, getting 4-20 in six overs.



The semi-finalists in the 2022 Kingston Wharves U15 Cricket Competitions will begin vying for spots in the final on Tuesday.

Kingston Cricket Club will take on St. Elizabeth Cricket Association at Sabina Park in Kingston while Kensington Cricket Club do battle with the St. Mary Cricket Association at Kensington Cricket Ground, also in Kingston.

St. Mary is the only unbeaten team left in the competition having won three of its preliminary round matches with the other being rained out. 

Kingston's quarter-final match against Boys Town last Thursday at Sabina Park was a low-scoring affair.

Boys Town was bowled out for just 52 in 20.2 overs. Rajae McGeachy, who scored 10, was the only batter in double figures as the Boys Town lineup wilted before the Kingston attack led by Quewayne Anglin had remarkable figures of 5-5 from 5.2 overs.

Mekanel Palmer and Keanu Henry each took two wickets.

 Kingston achieved their target for the loss of three wickets, reaching 57-3 from 16 overs. Thirty-three of those runs came from extras.

McGheachy took two for 19 and Samuel Burgher got the other for seven runs.

Meanwhile, Kensington walloped St Catherine by 174 runs in their match played at Chedwin Park in St Catherine.

Led by Joziah Neil, who made 99 and David Dewar, 77, Kensington racked up 286-8 from their 50 overs.

Vitel Lawes took 3-36 and Danza Hyatt 2-53.

The score proved too steep a hill to climb for St Catherine Cricket Club as they slumped to 102 all out from 25.5 overs. Lawes 34 and Antwon Robinson 19 were the main scorers in the losing effort.

Bowling for Kensington Jevon Golding took 3-9, Dewar 2-13 and Joziah Neil 2-18.

Over at Manley Horne Park in St Elizabeth, the St Elizabeth Cricket Association side beat St Catherine Cricket Association by 103 runs.

St Elizabeth CA made 155-7 seven in the match that was reduced to 28 overs because of rain. Davian Mason got 41 and Jalil Smith, 23.

Oneil Bonner took 4-14 and Lamar Savage 2-36 for St Catherine CA.

In reply, St. Catherine CA crumbled to 52 all out in 19 overs. Smith was the standout bowler with 5-9 and Kevaughn Brown took 2-10 in the rout.

 Westmoreland lost by 18 runs to St Mary in the match played at Boscobel.

Batting first, St. Mary made 113 in 22.2 overs.

Jaquain Jackson scored 21 and Jevaughny Shim, 18, of the paltry score as Delante Scott took 3-25 and E-Jay Spence 3-30.

Despite the relatively easy target, Westmoreland was bowled out for 97.

Rasheed Palmer, 30, and E-Jay Spence, 19, were the main scorers in the losing cause.

Rushawn Bell took 5-27 and was supported by Devonte Miller who snagged 2-19.

The final is set to be played on Thursday, September 1.

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