Brown’s Town need a win against Seaview Gardens today to qualify for the mid-season final in the Charley’s JB Rum/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League.Both teams will meet in the opening game of a double header at Constant Spring Complex today, starting at 6 p.m.In the second of the double-header, Real Mona face Maverley/Hughenden, starting at 8 p.m.The first game is of high interest as Zone B leaders Brown’s Town will be in the hunt for maximum three points to advance to next Friday’s mid-season final where they will face Maverley/Hughenden.Brown’s Town lead the zone with 13 points. They are followed by Rae Town (8) and Santos (7).The east Kingston-based Brown’s Town are in pole position. They could lose against Seaview and still contest the final. Rae Town’s game against Maverley/Hughenden ended prematurely last week after a stabbing incident with the teams locked at 1-1. KSAFA are yet to issue a ruling on that match.Santos could move onto the final if they win their two remaining games but other results go their way.The Browns Town camp are in a positive mood ahead of tonight’s game.”We will be very serious about this game as we want to be in the final,” coach of Brown’s Town, Karumie Huie, told The Gleaner yesterday.”The team started the season slowly by losing the first two league games, but has not lost since, having won four and drawn once in the last five games. We want to continue on that platform,” he said.In the late game, Maverley/Hughenden will look to preserve their winning streak in Zone A. The Maverley/Hughenden team, under the guidance of coach Lijasu Simms, has won six games in a row to be on maximum 19 points. They are seven points clear of second placed Barbican with a game to be played in the first round.
Chief executive officer of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, William ‘Billy’ Heaven, said calls to increase the fund’s 40 per cent allotment to the sports industry deserves consideration, but thinks an increase is unlikely at this point.Of the approximately $1.5 billion received and distributed by the CHASE Fund last year, almost $600 million was handed over to the Sports Development Foundation.The CHASE Fund is responsible for the distribution and management of monetary contributions from lottery companies to the various sectors, with sports development already securing the lion’s share with 40 per cent; early childhood education – 25 per cent; health – 20 per cent; and arts and culture – 15 per cent.However, there have been constant calls by members of the sporting fraternity for an increase in the percentage reserved for sport.”From where I sit, it will require a lot of thought and the dynamics would have to be considered in a very serious way,” Heaven told The Gleaner in a recent interview. “All the calls are reasonable. The point is, the pie is only 100 per cent and in my view, it would be difficult to, at this point, change the percentage relationship because some sectors will suffer as a consequence.””We have to create a delicate balance in the areas that we provide funding for,” added Heaven.”The 25 per cent for early-childhood education is significant to us and there are people who are calling for more money in early-childhood education. There are people who are calling for more money than the 20 per cent for health and there are significant more persons calling for more money for arts and culture,” Heaven said. “The 86.5 per cent literacy rate this year at the grade-4 level did not just happen overnight.”Fennell’s callThe latest calls for a greater increase in the percentage allotment for sports development were made at a recent function by president of the Jamaica Olympic Association Mike Fennell, who underscored the importance of sport to the country and demanded greater funding through the fund.”Sports has had to depend on 40 per cent of the money from the CHASE Fund and I can argue that the dividends from sports on that investment have been more than paid back and, therefore, there must be an argument for a review of that 40 per cent if we want to get more,” Fennell said. “That must be looked at because sport cannot be debated any longer in terms of its success and what it does for this country and we need to put more resources in it.”Heaven, however, highlighted that greater funding can only be granted if the fund increases its revenue stream.”What we can do is to make sure that the pie gets bigger in whatever way we can do that. Whenever another income stream in the gaming industry springs up we need to make sure that the CHASE Fund is a part of that, so that the pie gets bigger and each of the sectors get more money,” Heaven said.The CHASE Fund was incorporated in November 2002.
FEARS QUICKLY DASHED GROS ISLET, St Lucia: West Indies Women trounced Pakistan Women by six wickets in the final one-day international cricket match on Saturday night to clinch the four-match series 3-1 and join Australia at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Championship. Chasing a modest 183 for victory at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium, the hosts cantered home in the 43rd over with their inspirational captain, Stafanie Taylor, stroking an attractive unbeaten 87 from 107 deliveries, to pick up the Player-of-the-Match award. The win was the Windies Women’s third on the trot after losing the opening game two Fridays ago and more importantly, saw them sweep the contests designated as ICC Championship games and grab the six vital points required to move to the top of the points table alongside the Aussies on 16 points. A qualifying tournament for the 2017 Women’s World Cup, the top four sides from the Championship will gain automatic qualification for the event scheduled for England. “We executed really well throughout the series. We recognised the importance of trying to dominate this game and again, we did that really well,” head coach Vasbert Drakes said. “Our objective was to move up to the number one spot and it was a great series to do that and certainly that was one of the biggest motivating factors.” Sent in, Pakistan Women were restricted to 182 for five off their 50 overs, thanks to superb bowling from pacer Shamilia Connell, who snared three for 32 from her 10 overs. Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed picked up two for 30, while Hayley Matthews strangled the visitors with her off-breaks in a 10-over spell that went for just 20 runs. Asmavia Iqbal top scored with 44 not out off 43 balls batting at number seven, while Bismah Maroof chipped in with 41, Javeria Khan, 25 and captain Sana Mir an unbeaten 24. In reply, West Indies lost Matthews without scoring with six runs on the board in the fourth over and were further set back when they also lost the other opener Kycia Knight for 19 at 32 for two in the ninth. However, any fears of a West Indies Women collapse were quickly dashed as Taylor took control in two telling partnerships. First, the right-hander put on 54 for the third wicket with Deandra Dottin, who struck 25 from 43 balls with a four and a six. When she departed in the 23rd over to a catch at the wicket off leg-spinner Bismah, Taylor found an ally in former captain Merissa Aguilleira, who stroked an important 37 off 62 deliveries with two fours. Taylor played with assurance, gathering 10 boundaries to dominate the innings and record her second straight unbeaten half-century of the tournament. Overall, she finished with 261 runs at an average of 130, to also cop the Player-of-the-Series award. The two teams will now turn their attention to the three-match Twenty20 series, which bowls off in Grenada on Thursday. – CMC
This is the West Indies, however. The board is made up of many sovereign nations. It includes two members from each territory; the governments own all or most of the stadiums. Cricket depends on the governments from time to time. It leans on the governments from time to time. It expects waivers from the governments from time to time, and as happens in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and in Bangladesh, the governments of the West Indies will always get involved – or interfere. What is important, however, is that they do not get involved in the day-to-day affairs of the business of running cricket. All is fair, once they do not attempt to influence selection, including the all-important selection of teams. West Indies cricket is going through hard times. There is no doubt about that, and although the West Indies Board cannot, or should not, take the full blame for it, and even though the respective territorial boards and the players must share some of the blame, the West Indies Board must take the lion’s share. Instead, for example, of leaving the basic development of West Indies cricket to its affiliates – Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands – the West Indies board has taken on that responsibility. The recommendations, which are considered “absolutely necessary in order to transform and modernise the governance, management, administration and the playing of the game”, and the suggestions for the interim board are that it “be chosen based on certain criteria and skills sets, and recruitment should be overseen by a head-hunting firm so that individuals of the highest calibre are chosen”. One of the things about which Patterson and Wilkins complained was the size of the board, and their recommendation was that it should have been cut, possibly in two, and with other groups from the West Indies involved. The recommendations of the subcommittee include that a nine-member interim board, selected on the basis of proven professional competence, be put in place. West Indies cricket, as run by its board and as played by its cricketers, has been so poor that something needs to be done about it, and it should have been done by those within the fraternity, those involved with cricket. Because of the different sovereign states, however, they did not, or they could not, and it was left to CARICOM to step in and do what should have been done a few years back. Although the questions must be asked, what next, and who will eventually select the proper WICB, the intervention of CARICOM is welcome, providing it understands its limitations and its role in the days ahead. Although CARICOM is the supreme body in the Caribbean, and even though it may know something about management, it does not generally know about cricket, or the management of cricket, and as such, having cured the management of West Indies cricket, or having tried to cure it, it should, as much as possible and except when called upon, stay out of cricket. It is interesting that no Jamaican was involved in making these recommendations to CARICOM. But it must be remembered that earlier this year when the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) voted not to support Dave Cameron for a second term as president of the WICB, a general meeting was called by irate members of the JCA and the membership voted to support Cameron simply because he was a Jamaican. In what can only be described as a sad day for West Indies cricket, CARICOM’s subcommittee on cricket has recommended the immediate dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). In an announcement on Wednesday in Grenada, head of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada, and the chair-person of the Independent Review Panel, professor Eudine Barriteau, talked of the “immediate dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board” and “the appointment of an interim board whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven obsolete governance framework.” This drastic but unavoidable move by the subcommittee follows years of the people’s dissatisfaction with the board, something which led to the board seeking recommendations to improve itself from two self-appointed committees, one headed by the former prime minister of Jamaica, P.J. Patterson. His recommendations, which included changes in the structure of the board, including the number of directors, transparency, and accountability, were delivered, were received, were read, but were never acted on, at least not fully or properly. This time, however, the sounds of anger have been louder, almost deafening. First, by the people, who were fed up with things like the many quarrels between the board and the players, which led to numerous strikes by the players. Second, however, it involved the board’s sell-out of West Indies cricket to the ‘Big three’ of India, England, and Australia; the abandoned tour of India and the board’s reaction to its treatment of some players; the temporary removal of coach Phil Simmons; and its lack of transparency and accountability, among many other shortcomings. Included among the many other shortcomings are the performance of the West Indies team, which loses consistently regardless of who it plays, at home or abroad, and the many whispers about the handling of the board’s finances. Only recently, Baldath Mahabir, a director from Trinidad and Tobago, tendered his resignation from the board, citing unprofessionalism, disputes, and poor business models as the reasons. CARICOM has sent the board a copy of Patterson’s recommendations. It has suggested to the board that it look at the recommendations and has invited the board to a meeting to discuss the issue. Although the recommendations talk about “immediate” dismantling and about the board being antiquated, obsolete, and anachronistic, the board has replied to say that it has a quarterly meeting on December 12 and will select a team to meet with CARICOM to discuss the problems. That is strange. Maybe the board is following the International Cricket Council (ICC) stance that politics have no business in sport and does not really believe that CARICOM, representing the governments of the territories, can dissolve it. SOVEREIGN NATIONS
Jamaica Scorpions captain John Campbell expects a tough match when his team faces ICC Americas in today’s WICB/NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.The contest in Group ‘A’ will see both teams looking to rebound from opening-round losses to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride, respectively.Jamaica lost to the defending champions by 84 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval, while the Americas, a composition of players from the western hemisphere, fell to Barbados Pride by four wickets.”They, like us, lost their opening match, but I had a look at the scorecard and noticed Barbados Pride lost six wickets to get the runs in 47 overs,” noted Campbell.”It appears, therefore, that the (Americas) have a decent bowling attack, and as such, it should be a hard-fought game.”SIMILARLINE-UPJamaica, looking to eventually cop one of two available spots from Group ‘A’ to the semi-finals, are expected to keep a similar line-up to that of the Trinidad fixture.Despite losing several players, Jamaica Scorpions showed glimpses of their ability and are likely to be given another opportunity to show their worth.Among these are batsmen Brandon King and Guyanese-born opener, Trevon Griffith.King top-scored with 26. Opener Griffith, in the meanwhile, was making his debut for Jamaica after sitting on the sidelines since the start of the season. He made a third-best score of 20.Nikita Miller and emerging leg-spinner Damion Jacobs who shared five wickets in the opener, are again expected to lead the bowling along with left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell.”Everybody appears to have put the defeat behind us and are ready,” Campbell told The Gleaner yesterday.”We had a good training session this morning, and all the guys were in high spirits and looking for us posting our first win.”Trinidad and Barbados will do battle at Queen’s Park Oval in the day’s feature encounter.Over in Group ‘B’, being contested in St Kitts, Windward Islands Volcanoes, who surprised Guyana Jaguars in their opener, will square off with Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.The latter drew their match against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in a rain-affected encounter.The Leewards and Guyana will meet in the day’s other fixture at Warner Park.Jamaica Scorpions: John Campbell (captain), Trevon Griffith, Jermaine Harrison, AndrÈ McCarthy, Tamar Lambert, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Aldaine Thomas, Marquino Mindley, Sheldon Cotterell, Shacaya Thomas, Nicholson Gordon.ICC AMERICAS: Ruvindu Gunasekara (captain), Danial Ahmed, Timroy Allen, Alex Amsterdam, Akeem Dodson, Navneet Dhaliwal, Muhammad Ghous, Jeremy Gordon, Nitish Kumar, Muhammad Khan, Hammad Shahid, Timil Patel, Hamza Tariq, Steven Taylor, Srimantha Wijeyeratne
Gleaner tipster Orville ‘Clarkie’ Clarke has swept both sections of the Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) tipsters’ competition’s first bi-monthly race for 2016. Spotting five winners on the final raceday last Saturday, ‘Clarkie’ moved away from closest rival Jimmie of the Star to beast him by four winners (46 to 42) to secure the $20,000 prize. And the veteran tipster, who was champion in 2014, also captured the wagering section with a healthy plus $1,093.24, clear of IRIE FM represented by last year’s champion tipster Howard Abrahams. As a result, Clarkie picked up another $20,000 for a grand total of $40,000 donated by the promoting company. He leads the competition with 46 wins, ahead of Jimmie (42), Howard Abrahams and Cable Sport Network (Francisco ‘Linky’ Mills) jointly in third on 41 wins each.
“Well, the protocol as it exists right now is that no match can be played unless there is medical personnel, so the minimum that we expect is that there must be at least a school nurse. Fortunately, for some schools, they can afford a medical practitioner and that has taken place,” he confirmed. Small added that James’ loss has dampened the spirit of the competitions. “We will be having conversations with the administration of the school, just to find out what their thoughts are as it relates to the school going forward in terms of playing the game. “Condolences to his mother and father, the St George’s family and the sporting family in general,” Small said. SCHOOL NURSE AT MINIMUM “One of the protocols is that … all schools have instructions to have medical facilities very close to your school, so that within 15 minutes or so, you should have services to take them there,” he explained. The Wolmer’s Boys’ School principal, whose school has a team doctor assigned, did admit, however, that some schools can afford medical teams and others can’t, but maintains that minimum requirements should be adhered to. “It’s a lot of schools. It is almost impossible to provide ambulance services for all schools, even if you were to get all the ambulances in Jamaica, the volume of matches we play we would not have them there,” he stressed. He bemoaned that ISSA is not able to provide ambulance service for all schools throughout the competition. Calling the sudden passing of St George’s College captain Dominic James “one too many”, Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) President Dr Walton Small says his organisation will be looking to ensure that no second-round ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match is played “without minimum medical personnel present”. Small pointed out that one of ISSA’s protocols is to try and ensure that all schools are instructed to have medical facilities very close to their schools. James, a former Jamaica College standout, who transferred to St George’s College, collapsed within five minutes after the game started and was later pronounced dead at the University Hospital of the West Indies on Tuesday. “We are looking seriously to discuss that at our meeting tomorrow (today) to have at least the minimum of an electrocardiogram (ECG),” Small said in an interview yesterday. “As it goes into the second round, where ISSA has responsibility to execute the matches, there are always ambulances, a stretchers and medical personnel,” he continued, adding that schools are expected to have medical assistance near. CLOSE-BY FACILITIES
“It is disappointing to win a World Cup and you’ve not played international cricket after that. To remove the winning World Cup coach [as well], it’s just a mess. I am not about fighting it anymore.” While selectors said Sammy’s dropping was due to his lack of individual performances, it has been widely speculated that the St Lucian all-rounder paid the price for his criticism of the WICB just moments following the Windies’ capture of the T20 World Cup in India. However, despite all that has transpired since, Sammy said he did not regret his decision then to blast the board. “Put me on that podium again and I will do it even better. I believe a man has to speak his heart. It was just an extension of what my team went through flowing from me. JUST A MESS LONDON (CMC): Discarded Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has supported the view of two of his former teammates that the sacking of head coach Phil Simmons has negatively impacted West Indies’ performance in the ongoing series against Pakistan. Speaking here this week, the 32-year-old criticised the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) decision, noting that such actions had now become a trend, and said that he could tell the Caribbean side was not in a “happy mood” in the United Arab Emirates. “It’s disappointing but not surprising,” the two-time T20 World Cup-winning skipper was quoted as saying. “It’s been a trend of how my former employers operate. It was sad. They will say it did not have an effect on the team, but from the pictures being posted on social media, I could tell my team was not in a happy mood.” Simmons was sacked even as the squad departed the Caribbean for the UAE last month, over what the WICB described as “differences in culture and strategic approach”. West Indies subsequently produced a plethora of limp performances as they suffered 3-0 whitewashes in both the T20 and the One-Day International series. They have since also conceded the three-Test series where they trail 2-0, with one game remaining in Sharjah starting tomorrow. Earlier this month, all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, who contested the limited overs series, said the sacking of Simmons had demoralised the players and created chaos in the camp. Sammy, who was also fired in August despite leading the Windies to their second T20 World Cup last April, described the entire situation as “a mess”. “Everything in life happens for a reason. I am still on a high. I refuse to let people dictate my mood,” he said.
The Corey Bennett coached Hydel girls team continued to show that they will be a major factor at this year’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships after putting on a show at last Saturday’s Ben Francis Invitational on the grounds of Vere Technical.The team from Ferry dominated the meet, which featured over 30 teams and good all-round performances, with Class One athlete Devia Brown leading the way with a fine triple.Brown, who is expected to do well in the field for her team at Champs, showed fine form, winning the Class One discus with 40.57m, shot put with 13.47m, and the javelin with a 40.57m effort.CLEAN SWEEPTrishauna Hemmings continued from where she left off the previous week at the Western Milo Relays with another fine double. She sped to an impressive 13.86 seconds in winning the Class One 100m hurdles then returned to take the long jump with 5.86m.It was a clean sweep by Hydel in the sprint hurdles, as Najeeka Brown won the Class Four 70m event in 11.61, Gabrielle Matthews won the Class Three 80m hurdles in 11.83, and Donna Ray Lee took the Class Two 100m hurdles in 14.13. They also swept the 400m events with Garriel Whyte setting the stage after winning in Class Three in 58.79. Charoke Young followed in Class Two in 57.09 before IAAF World Under-20 representative Roneisha McGregor closed out in Class One with an easy effort of 56.06 seconds.Home team Vere Technical gave their supporters something to cheer for as they provided two double winners in Britany Anderson and Marie Brown. Anderson, taking a break from hurdles duty, showed her versatility by copping the Class Two 100m and long jump. She clocked 12.17 seconds in winning her 100m heat to be the fastest in the class in the event before returning for a big effort of 5.79m in taking the long jump event.Brown, who is expected to do well in the throws this season did not disappoint after winning the Class Two shot put with a heave of 13.07m before a big throw of 40.38m in the discus.
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