Young cricketers vie for Douglas Orane Scholarship
The Douglas Orane Scholarship continues to attract scores of young male students in high schools across the island with more students batting to be exclusively selected as the 2016 candidate.
Durrani Irons, of Marcus Garvey Technical High School, and Gary Allen, a grade 11 student of Ferncourt High School - both based in the hilly interior of St Ann - are among the many male students waiting anxiously to see if they will be selected in the coming months.
Scholarship criteria dictate that each student must perform in the ISSA/Grace Headley Cup and the ISSA/Grace Shield, and should have an outstanding performance both on the pitch and academically. The scholarship is valued at $100,000 annually for the duration of the studies and is tenable at any Jamaican based tertiary institution.
"I have been playing in the games for four years, and performing quite well and maintained high score rates. The competition by itself means a lot to all players. Without it, many of us talented youngsters in rural Jamaica would not be recognised," Durrani observed.
"My dream is to go to university to become a surgeon or an army officer to back up my cricketing career plans. I'm sure if I win this scholarship, the money would be of great assistance to me," Irons said.
Irons' coach, Damani Sewell, believes he's a worthy candidate for the scholarship. According to Sewell, Irons could be best described as the caretaker for the school's cricket team.
GOOD WORK ETHIC
"He gets things done without being asked. He is also one of the most experienced players who shares his knowledge with team members, has good work ethic and is committed to whatever he does," said Sewell.
Allen, Ferncourt's captain, is hopeful that his overall grades will land him the scholarship. A wicket keeper/batsman, Allen started taking the game seriously two years ago when he was selected to represent his parish in the Social Development Commission's 20/20 Competition. "I capitalised on it since then and have played for Humble Lions and Woodstock Cricket Clubs," he said.
"This opportunity motivates me to re-examine myself to see how best I can take advantage of it," stated Allen.
Ferncourt's coach, Demar Sylvester, said Allen, is extremely committed to the task and would be well deserving of the scholarship, should he be chosen. "He demonstrates excellent work ethic and good manners," said Sylvester.