Newcomers Nazareth top Kiddy Cricket
Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket newcomers Nazareth Primary, out of Manchester, dethroned defending champions Hastings, from Trelawny, on Friday at the cricket festival at Sabina Park, where the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final were held.
In the final, Nazareth made 144 for four off their allotted 10 overs while Hastings replied with 133 for 5 in their 10 overs.
The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket competition is a modified version of the game, where each team plays ten overs on a smaller field and shorter pitch (18 yards). During the game, every player bowls, fields and bats. The fielders are rotated after each over. All teams must include at least four girls.
Nazareth's coach Dean Lalor was very elated to win the competition despite the challenges along the way. He pointed to the challenge of teaching the sport to the girls and including them in all the matches.
Yanique Forbes-Patrick, vice-president of marketing at title sponsor Scotiabank, was very pleased with this year's staging of the festival. She said that the fact that newcomers topped the competition showed that the programme works and that the kids are learning the sport well.
Several players got awards after the final.
The best bowler (female) award went to Kade Wilmoth of New Works and the male award went to Chrismar McDonald of Priory.
Best batter (female) was Annalese Johnson of Priory and the male awardee was Ethan Henry of Hastings.
Best fielder (female) was Janeil Deer and the male, Jordane Morrison. Both players hail from Hastings Primary.
The parish champions are St Mary - Goshen; St Catherine - St John's; St Elizabeth - Barbary Hall; Westmoreland - New Works; St Ann - Priory; Clarendon - Brandon Hill; St Andrew - Duhaney Park; Portland - Windsor; St James - Cambridge; Hanover - Church Hill; Kingston - St Benedict; St Thomas - Middleton; Trelawny - Hastings; and Manchester - Nazareth.