Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Dela Vega City were the stars of the show during last Thursday's St Catherine Cricket Association annual awards ceremony at Arian Restaurant in Twickenham Park, St Catherine.
Captained and coached by Karl 'Glasses' Robinson, the Spanish Town-based club copped the two major awards and saw several of its players claiming individual awards.
The Jamaica Energy Partners League Trophy and the Sherwin Williams T20 Trophy represented the major team awards.
Dela Vega defeated Angels to cop their first hold on the Jamaica Energy Partners League, while in the Sherwin Williams T20, they defeated Old Harbour to claim the title.
As for the individual accolades, Adrian Bartley, with 331 runs, emerged as the top batsman in the Jamaica Energy Partners League, while Antwane Stephens copped the top bowler award with 19 wickets.
The Sherwin Williams T20, in the meanwhile, saw Anthony Wadsworth scoring the only century and making the most runs, with Robinson capturing the most wickets.
A number of players and officials form the parish and Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) as well as members of the parish's political directorate attended the awards.
These included Minister with responsibility for sports, Natalie Neita Headley, Member of Parlia-ment Denise Daley, Spanish Town Mayor Norman Scott, JCA Secretary Fritz Harris and West Indies Women's batter, Natasha McLean.
The guest speaker, Junior Clark, Scotiabank's Spanish Town branch manager, in the meanwhile, delivered the main address. He said he was pleased to learn of the standout performances of players in the various tournaments, and urged the players to continue to make themselves, their families and communities proud.
"What this shows is that good cricket is being played in the parish and that can only augur well for the development of cricket and players, especially those who aspire to play for Jamaica and West Indies," Clark said.
Meanwhile, Neita-Headley, in bringing greetings, called on those in attendance to take the game more seriously, as it has now become a career option.
"Let us stop looking at cricket as a recreational activity," she encouraged. "Let us look at it as a business, beyond just a curry goat match, and make it a career of choice, like several players and officials have done."
Sherwin Williams' managing director, Ian Forbes, pledged his company's support for future competitions.
"We are happy that a high level of discipline and conduct has been maintained, and as long as this continues we will continue to be a sponsor of the association."