Mark Parchment dreams big for cricket
Munro College's Mark Parchment is a classy stroke maker, blessed with a wide array of shots in his arsenal, which catapulted him into the ambit of West Indies cricket at the youth level.
The 19-year-old has his eyes firmly set on representing Jamaica and the West Indies at the senior level, but his only wish right now is for the GraceKennedy Financial Group Headley Cup to be played under lights.
"I would love to see in a couple years' time the GraceKennedy Financial Group Headley Cup Cricket being played under lights," Parchment said.
"The reason is simple; night cricket is the biggest draw in the game right now. It's where the game is at the moment and if we can start from here, in this competition playing under lights, it would give us a very distinct advantage when we finally reach that level," he said.
Parchment grew up watching his father, Ishmael Parchment, playing the gentleman's game, as did his uncle, Handel Pascoe. He said he identified with the game from an early age and is proud to be playing for Munro, where he has blossomed over the years batting at number three.
"I (really) grew up playing cricket; my entire family including my father played cricket."
Having Played Under-15 and Under-19 cricket for the West Indies, Parchment is full of praise for the sponsors, GraceKennedy Financial Group.
"Cricket is my life now, but it would not be the same without the input of GraceKennedy. They have really stepped up to the plate with their sponsorship, which have help many players develop as a cricketers," said young Parchment.
"GraceKennedy has done a tremendous job with the product and I think it's a great competition," added Parchment.
His 5-43 and 127 not-out last year against Lacovia High is rated as his best and he has followed that up with one century this season to lead Munro into the final of the Headley Cup against St. Elizabeth Technical High.
"A lot of students want to play cricket so GraceKennedy's effort is a big plus for us who play the game, but the ideal is to one day have these cricket matches at nights," Parchment noted.
GraceKennedy is a longstanding supporter of schoolboy cricket. In Jamaica, they are major sponsors of the Grace Shield and Grace Headley Cup cricket competitions, both of which are managed by the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) in collaboration with the GraceKennedy Financial Services Group, such as First Global Bank and Jamaica International Insurance Company (JIIC).