St Mary T20 Big Bash bowls off tomorrow
The St Mary Cricket Association Maurice Clarke Big Bash T20 competition will bowl off with a full slate of matches tomorrow.
Fourteen teams will be taking part in this the fourth staging of the tournament, which will begin with a full slate of seven matches.
The competition is divided into two zones, with Jack's River, Port Maria, Day's Mountain, Three Hills, Oxford, Boscobel, Top Pen and Sandals/ Beaches in Zone One, while Zone Two comprises Mango Valley, Police, Trinity Land, Galina, Wilderness and White Hall.
Speaking at the press launch on Thursday evening at Beaches Ocho Rios, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Whilford 'Billy' Heaven, said that while Jamaica and West Indies cricket were facing challenges at the moment, the game would not be destroyed.
"Our cricket is at a crossroads," Heaven observed. "And we have to make sure we take the right road for it to come back strong."
He added that administrators have to make the right steps in the boardroom for the sport to grow and lauded the St Mary Cricket Association for its sterling work in spreading the sport across the parish.
President of the St Mary Cricket Association, Leston Pinnock, urged players to be disciplined to make the tournament a success.
Favourites Boscobel will clash with Oxford in the feature Zone One encounter, at 1:30 p.m., while newcomers Sandals/Beaches Ocho Rios will tackle Port Maria in the competition's first match, beginning at 9: 30 a.m. Both games are carded for Boscobel Oval.
At Top Pen playing field, Jack's River and Day's Mountain will battle in the first game of a double-header, while Top Pen go up against Three Hills in the feature match.
In Zone Two matches at Galina Oval, Police and Trinity Land square off in the first game, while Galina will be trying to get off to a winning start against White Hall in the second encounter. Wilderness and Mango Valley are the combatants in the lone game at Wilderness, starting at 1 p.m.
The event is being staged in memory of the late Maurice Clarke, who gave yeoman service to the sport in the parish of St Mary.
The tournament is being sponsored by L.P. Martin's Funeral Home, Braham's Texaco and Beaches Ocho Rios.