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St Catherine CA, Kensington to replay quarter-final match

Published:Saturday | June 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
JCA secretary Fritz Harris

St Catherine Cricket Asso-ciation have been stripped of their place in the semi-final of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Senior Cup.

This follows a ruling by the JCA board of directors yesterday.

The board, after hearing a protest from St Catherine in relation to a ruling handed down by its appeal panel on Tuesday, agreed that the quarter-final match between St Catherine Cricket Association and Kensington be replayed.

"Members of the board met with St Catherine CA president Milholland Barker, vice-president Herbert Garricks, and treasurer Clifton Green, and they have agreed to abide by the decision of the appeals panel," said JCA secretary, Fritz Harris.

The original quarter-final fixture, played two weeks ago at Ewarton Sports Club, ended in a no-result due to rain and a lack of adequate pitch covers at the venue.

The result was good enough for St Catherine to progress to the last four with Kensington, who needed at least first innings points to advance, missing out.

However, Kensington, who pointed to St Catherine not adhering to playing conditions by not providing adequate pitch covers, lodged a protest with the JCA Competitions and Complaints Committee.

The committee thereafter ruled that St Catherine were not at fault, as despite inadequate covers at the start of the match, same was sought soon after.

The committee, headed by president of the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association, Cecil Fletcher, subsequently ruled that the final result of the draw should stand.

negligent

Kensington, however, adamant that St Catherine were negligent, took the case to the Appeals Committee.

The Appeals Committee inclu-ded retired senior superintendent of police, Radcliffe Lewis; G.C. Foster College principal, Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, and Harris.

The quarter-final is scheduled to be replayed today at the neutral venue of Chedwin Park.

The winners of the replayed quarter-final will face title-holders Jamaica Defence Force in the final after the latter defeated Kingston in their semi-final encounter.