first_imgThe Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival came to an exciting end on Wednesday at Sabina Park with Hastings Primary School of Trelawny copping their first champion trophy after being in the runners-up position several times.     They defeated defending champions New Works Primary of Westmoreland.  Scores: Hastings 156 for 3; New Works 119 all out. Two hundred and twenty four schools – 16 per parish – started the competition in January with intra-parish matches.  The parish winners then played their neighbouring parishes after which the top seven and the best losers were invited to display their cricket at the festival.   The awards function was held immediately following the festival. New entrants Brandon Hill Primary of Clarendon took home the most improved school trophy for reaching the semi-finals.  They also bagged the most disciplined school trophy. Individual prizes went to male and female cricketers per category. Best bowlers:  Michael Murray of Hastings and Marsha Dixon of Santa Cruz. Best fielders:  Jermaine Edwards of Hastings and Shanique Wallace of Santa Cruz. Best batters:  Javid Simpson of New Works and Katie Wilmot of New Works The Kiddy Cricketers will display their skills during an international cricket match in Jamaica later this year while the top 50 players will be invited to a camp in the summer after which the best three will receive a $50,000 bursary. This year marks the 15th year of Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket. Coach of the winning team, Leon Reid, endorsed Kiddy Cricket while saying that the children were excited to play the game and it had a positive impact on them.    Co-ordinator Philip Service praised the competition and noted that two current national players came through Kiddy Cricket.  They are Jermaine Blackwood and Brandon King.last_img read more


first_imgBANGALORE, India (AP):Bangladesh slumped to a one-run defeat by India at the World Twenty20 yesterday after a collapse by their lower-order batsmen in the final over of a gripping Group Two match at Chinnaswamy Stadium.Needing 11 to win off the last over, bowled by Hardik Pandya, Mushfiqur Rahim slammed two consecutive boundaries as nine runs came off the first three deliveries to put Bangladesh in sight of victory in reply to India’s 146-7.But Mushfiqur holed out to midwicket. The next ball saw Mahmudullah do the same, and Shuvagata Hom missed the final ball and made a vain attempt to steal a single to level the scores. However, his partner, Mustafizur Rahman, was run out by India wicketkeeper and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to leave Bangladesh beaten on 145-9.RUNS ADDED ONThe defeat followed a solid start by Tamim Iqbal (35) and Sabbir Rahman (26) – who did well to add 44 for the second wicket – and some useful contributions from Shakib Al Hasan (22) and Soumya Sarkar (21).Put into bat, India’s openers had earlier struggled to get going against some disciplined bowling. Both Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan struggled to score at a run-a-ball, and the frustration that crept in resulted in both openers departing in quick succession. Rohit made a 16-ball 18 and Shikar had a 22-ball 23.With Virat Kohli being joined by Suresh Raina, India began to make progress. The pair added 50 runs for the third wicket before Kohli was bowled by Hom for 24.Raina showed a return to form by cracking a 23-ball 30. But two back-to-back wickets by Al-Amin Hossain, who had Raina and Pandya both caught, put India on the backfoot again.Dhoni then took charge, finishing unbeaten on 13. Along with Ravindra Jadeja, he added 20 runs for the seventh wicket before he and Ravichandran Ashwin put on nine more runs from five balls.last_img read more