Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Knockout champions LIME and its key players dominated the 73rd annual Business House Cricket Board's awards dinner at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Saturday night.
Although failing to win the board's major competition, the Reggae Jammin 50-over league, LIME, who lost out to Jamaica Broilers in the final, swept the three KO competitions runs by the board.
These were the Best Dressed Chicken 30-over KO, Business House Cricket Board's 35-over and the Digicel 20/20 competitions.
If that wasn't enough, LIME's top-line batsman, Omar Allison, walked away with several awards, including one for topping the batting averages, thanks to scoring the league's only double century (217), against National Housing Trust (NHT).
Allison, who represented Norman Manley High in the Grace Shield schoolboy competition some years ago, won a number of trophies along with cash prizes for his consistent batting throughout the season.
Several of his teammates also won multiple awards. They include senior national representative, Horace Miller, who captured the Abe Alexander Trophy for the highest score (106 not out) in the Best Dressed Chicken KO; and also the Sellie Mitchell Trophy for another century (109) in the 35-over final; teammate Ryan Francis, who not only scored a century (100) in the Reggae Jammin league, but turned in the competition's sterling bowling performance (six for 29) as well.
Batting and bowling prizes
LIME's all-rounder, Damion Jacobs, also capped prizes for batting and bowling in the Digicel 20/20, while teammate Fitzroy Peterkin won the Bill Stewart Memorial Trophy for best bowling performance in the 35-over KO.
Players copping awards for having scored centuries in the league were Allison Francis, Jamaica Broilers' Wayne Morgan (135), who secured other batting awards as well as Digicel's Jowayne Robinson (119), OCS Electrical's Nkrumah Bonner (117) and Jamalco's Miguel Gordon (100).
Jamaica Broilers' Fitzroy Bryan won the best bowling average award for the league, teammate Robert Turner the Cosmo Grant President's Award for most wickets (20), while Jamalco's Collis Johnson won the Oscar Hamilton Trophy for best bowling performance of four for nine against Broilers in the Best Dressed KO.
The Gleaner Independence Trophy for the sportsman of the year award went to Eon Edwards of Continental Baking Company, which also won the C. Lloyd Allen Trophy as the most disciplined team; NHT the best attired team, while Jamalco walked away with the Hermon Spoerri double-wicket trophy and Quennue McKinson of NHT the best bowling performance (four for 14) in the Digicel 20/20.
Guest speaker was the first vice-president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Milton Henry, who noted that "cricket at this juncture is facing challenges to compete for resources with other popular sports, but the new administration is putting plans in place to move the game forward by aggressively promoting the positives of the game".
Among those present were celebrated sports journalist and former Gleaner Senior Sports Editor, Tony Becca, retired Test umpire, Johnny Gayle, and immediate past president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Paul Campbell.