Sabina lights get thumbs up
The lighting was good. That was the general view of some players, officials, and partons, who attended the first official match played under floodlights at Sabina Park on Tuesday.
The occasion, the playing of a Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 encounter between the Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks, which bowled off at 6 p.m.
"The lighting was good, and in no way different from anywhere else," said Krishmar Santokie, who led the Tallawahs bowling effort on the day with innings-best figures of two for 29.
"It was pretty much the same with us the players not having any difficulties, and trying to put in the best performance we could."
Led by a man-of-the-match batting performance of 76 from opener and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, Jamaica won the game by a massive nine wickets.
They made 159 for one in reply to 158 for four posted by the Darren Sammy-captained St Lucia, with the game ending approximately 9:30 p.m.
"An informal survey was done, including players and officials, and the feedback is that it went pretty well," said Jamaica Cricket Association secretary, Fritz Harris.
"The lighting from the pitch was said to be good with a few concerns here and there about the brightness of the straight boundaries areas.
"These areas, we found out, however, had more to do with the focus of the lighting and not the source.
"The suggestions have since been passed on to the contractors, and we are looking forward to incoming games being much better," he disclosed.
Fans also chipped in on the advent of the lighting, saying that it was timely and long overdue.
"It was bad to know that we were the only major Caribbean cricketing territory, which did not have light," said Dorothy Graham, an insurance executive.
"So, to see it come to fruition now, is a joy to see."
Derrick Dixon, a teacher, said the experience of going to work, and then leaving to watch a match was something he had been looking forward to.
"It feels good to know that after work, you can now go and watch one of your favourite sports, cricket," he said.
"I am now looking forward to more matches where me and my family and friends can attend at night."
- J. L.