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_img Dick Advocaat Shell-shocked Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has described his team’s early-season form as “frightening” after seeing them succumb in pitiful fashion for the second successive week.Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Norwich proved even more soul-destroying than the 4-2 opening-day drubbing at Leicester, and left Advocaat desperately searching for a solution with the campaign threatening to unravel before it has begun in earnest.The Black Cats found themselves 3-0 down inside an hour and only academy product Duncan Watmore, making his senior debut as a substitute, provided any ounce of joy on a torrid day with a late consolation strike.Asked if the performance has left him with more questions than answers, the 67-year-old Dutchman, who was due to sit down with his players for a frank exchange of views on Sunday, said: “A lot of questions.“You can lose or lose, but the way we lose is frightening. We discussed it last week and if you see them training, they give everything and many players are playing at the top. But that is not enough.“The strength of our team in the last nine games [of last season] was that we played 4-3-3, everybody knew what to do, the players accepted their roles.“Now probably some players maybe think that they can do more, and they cannot do that. In that way, I have seen a lot and I don’t accept it any more.” 1last_img read more