The Santa Cruz Primary School Kiddy Cricket team are champions of the inaugural WICB/Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival.
After playing 50 preliminary zone matches and inter-parish play-offs over a three-week period, Santa Cruz Primary trumped Westmoreland's Howard Cooke Primary to take top honours.
The festival, which began with 70 schools, saw the 'Super Eight' schools facing off in the grand finale at the Kaiser Sports Club in St Ann recently.
The sports club came alive with spectacular colours from the school teams, and buzzed with a flurry of activity as the close to 300 Kiddy cricketers and their supporters converged on the complex to compete in a full day of matches and games.
Santa Cruz, a newcomer to the Kiddy Cricket programme, came out strong and powerful with an enthusiastic performance. They batted their way to the top with 171 runs and bowled well to limit Howard Cooke Primary to 132 runs.
"The team members really wanted to win badly. They love cricket and followed my coaching instructions to the letter and played real hard. They have been training since October and were quite sharp coming into the finals," said Santa Cruz coach Carl Bryan.
PROMISING FEMALE BOWLER
"I have some great players with immense potential on my team. We have a female bowler, Paulina, who is phenomenal. She has played in every match since we started, and at the finals, she restricted Howard Cooke batters to 11 runs per over and took two wickets as well. I'm looking out for
great things from her," Bryan added.
The team is now looking forward to participating in the upcoming Kiddy Cricket Display at Sabina Park, when Jamaica host the tri-nation series in June 2013.
Other sectional prizes which were awarded include Best Performing Bowler - Carrick Stewart (Howard Cooke Primary); Best Performing Fielder - Hadeen Hall (New Works Primary); Best Performing Batter - Ramoy Francis (Old Harbour Primary); and the Most Disciplined School award, which went to Zion Hill Primary.