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Cricket case hearing set for Feb. 2018

Published:Tuesday | July 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman


Court dates have been set for the case involving the Jamaica Cricket Association, Kensington Cricket Club and St Thomas Cricket Association in relation to the staging of this year's national two-day Senior Cup cricket competition.

The dates, which were agreed to by the parties following a preliminary hearing at the Supreme Court yesterday, are February 21 and 22, 2018.

St Thomas and Kensington, who filed the court action through their respective president and vice-president, Dennis Gordon and Wavell Hinds, are contending that the format used to stage the Senior Cup, which was recently completed, was unconstitutional.

Their claims, according to court documents, are based on a cricket meeting that was held last year between participating cricket clubs and parish associations, who agreed to change the format of this year's Senior Cup.

The format, it is argued, that was agreed on was a two-tiered divisional tournament of eight and 15 teams, respectively. The existing format features a one division tournament of 23 teams.

However, according to the JCA, while a cricket meeting was held, it was not an extraordinary general meeting, and after reviewing the two-tier proposal, it was decided, largely based on financial considerations, to stick with the existing format.

St Thomas and Kensington, however, are claiming that the meeting was an extraordinary general meeting, and as such the agreements made should have been binding.

Also, as part of the lawsuit, Kensington and St Thomas are also claiming loss of revenue totalling one million due their non-participation in this year's Senior Cup.

The Jamaica Defence Force defeated Melbourne CC by four wickets in the final of the competition last weekend.