STETHS top ISSA/Digicel T20 awards
Having won back-to-back Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel T20 all-island titles in the competition's first two years, the well-oiled cricketing machine of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) could be considering a sort of dynasty in local school boy cricket, given their continued dominance of all formats.
It was all STETHS, again, in the winner's enclosure, at another ISSA cricket awards ceremony, held at the Terra Nova hotel yesterday.
The Santa Cruz-based School completed a sensational quartet, winning all four under-19 cricket titles for a second consecutive season.
The team they beat in the final of the T20 competition, Cross Keys High, were in a major final for the first time.
STETHS and coach Clive Ledgister were doubly rewarded with $350,000 and $50,000, respectively, from telecommunications giants Digicel, while their hero and captain, Ramaal Lewis, was awarded Man-of-the-Match in the final for scoring 53 runs off 20 balls and taking three wickets.
He also copped the top performance award and most valuable player, for scoring over 150 runs and taking eight wickets.
Wicketkeeper Romaine Morris, who made 98 not out in the final and 198 runs overall, along with eight dismissals, also earned an award. He has been named as a part of the Jamaica Tallawahs training squad.
Meanwhile, Kamal Powell, Digicel's senior sponsorship manager, lauded the young cricketers for adding a 'youthful look to the T20 format'.
"It shows the development that is going on in cricket and that's why we wanted to invest in cricket," he said.
"As a sponsor of the T20 competition, one of our key objectives was to ensure that as young cricketers, we give you the financial resources and support that you need so that you can make it to the final ... we want to expose you guys and market T20 in Jamaica," Powell added.