High commissioner fetes cricketers
Barring bad weather, Jamaica and the England Lions team should be battling at Sabina Park as you're reading this.
But before the game between the leading teams in this year's West Indies Cricket Board four-day competition bowled off, both teams were guests of the British High Commissioner at his Trafalgar Road residence on Wednesday evening. High Commissioner Howard Drake, an admitted cricket lover, quipped that he wouldn't bring up the West Indies' dismal performance against Pakistan in the World Cup earlier that day, especially since England had Sri Lanka come Saturday.
He congratulated Jamaica and England Lions on performing well in the tournament, with the Lions (sort of like the country's 'B' team) acquitting themselves quite well in Caribbean conditions. He also opined that the Lions' participation showed the strong links between Jamaica and the United Kingdom - ties that will be strengthened at next year's London Olympics.
Jamaica Cricket Association President Paul Campbell thanked High Commissioner Drake for his continued support of cricket in the island. But he hinted to the Lions that the hospitality meted out at the reception would not be mirrored on the field of play.
The players spent the evening getting to know each other and also a little gamesmanship, predicting the match's outcome.