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JCA election! - Incumbent Heaven, Harris bowl off for cricket's top job

Published:Wednesday | March 30, 2016 | 3:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
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Incumbent president Wilford "Billy" Heaven will be challenged by incumbent secretary Fritz Harris at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

The contenders, who will enter the elections with a slate of six other executive committee nominees, will be vying for votes from a delegate list of 101 members.

Topping the list other executive committee nominees are by Dr Donovan Bennett and former West Indies 'A' representative, Mark Neita, running as first and second vice-president, respectively, along with Heaven, the chief executive officer of the state-run Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.

 

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Harris, a business executive and educator, has former West Indies player Nehemiah Perry as his first vice-president nominee and Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, principal of G.C. Foster College, as second vice-president.

The other executive committee nominees are: Team Heaven - Diahann Campbell, honorary secretary; Clinton Clarke, assistant secretary; Hopeton Morrison, treasurer and Kerry Scott, assistant treasurer.

Team Harris - Randy Nelson, honorary secretary; Dennis Gordon, assistant secretary; Loren Edwards, treasurer; Errol Moodie, assistant treasurer.

"We came into office with the promise that we would work to improve the quality of life for all our stakeholders in the Jamaican cricket family. We have kept our promise," Heaven said. "There is still, however, much to be done to widen and deepen the scope of that improvement."

Harris, in the meanwhile, in his pre-election document, which was titled "Team Cricket", said his mission was to rebuild the sport.

"I am challenging because there is a cry for help," he told The Gleaner. "Cricket is really struggling and the kind of will that is required was not shown by the president over the past two years."