Jamaica Cricket Association boss hoping for good crowd at historic day-night local match
Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) President Whilford 'Billy' Heaven says he is eagerly anticipating the staging of a first-ever competitive local cricket match under floodlights at Sabina Park tomorrow.
Defending national one-day champions St Catherine CC will go up against surprise finalists University of The West Indies (UWI) in the final of the JCA 50-overs Tournament starting at 2 p.m.
"As part of our manifesto two years ago, we told the people that we would have lights at Sabina, with local matches being played under lights, and this is a further fulfilment of that commitment," said Heaven.
"We have seen the Caribbean Premier League T20 played under lights, now we have the final of our one-day tournament. It is a proud moment for all of us."
The final, dubbed in some circles as a 'David versus Goliath' showdown, contest will see an experienced St Catherine, laden with several national players, going up against the UWI, who are second-time entrants.
"The hope is that there will be a good turnout on Monday, given that it is a day-and-night match, which should give more people the convenience to attend," commented Heaven.
"We even have seen some interest already with several persons calling about the use of the venue boxes, which is rather encouraging."
The president, who is nearing the end of his first two-year term, also expressed the hope that the final will be the first of many such local games with the national Twenty20 tournament and high-school cricket on the radar.
"We have our yearly national T20 competition coming up, and that is a key candidate to be played under lights," he said.
"Additionally, we intend to discuss with ISSA the playing of schoolboy cricket under lights, which would add another dimension to the use of lights at Sabina Park," Heaven added.