Westmoreland fêtes stalwart cricketers
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Three former cricketers were given citations by the Westmoreland Cricket Association (WCA) recently for their long and committed contribution to the development of the sport in that parish.
The three, Cleveland Keddo, Chester 'Black Magic' Watson and Norman 'Jacko' Jackson, were hailed as stalwarts of the sport, having brought glory to Westmoreland and secured for the parish a long and substantial legacy for the current generation of cricketers to emulate.
Deltonia Williams, the WCA president and a Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) director, was full of praise for the former Westmoreland standouts, calling them beacons of cricket talent who served the parish well.
"We had to honour these gentlemen because they are real standouts in the game and administration of the said game here in this parish," said Williams. "So as an association in which they all served, we owe them much.
"Individually, each has left an indelible mark on the game in Westmoreland and proven that dedication and love for whatever you do in life is worth its weight in gold," added Williams.
The three awardees were in illustrious company at last Saturday's Westmoreland T-Twenty cricket launch at Sandals European Village, Whitehouse. Guests included JCA president Wilford 'Billy' Heaven, his first vice-president, Donovan Bennett and second vice-president and former Windies pacer Courtney Walsh. Also in attendance was the West Indies Under-19 captain Ramaal Lewis.
Keddo served 26 years as head of the WCA, when he also served as JCA vice-president and board member during his heyday. He was selected to manage the Jamaica team that toured Bermuda and Florida in 1986.
Williams succeeded him as president.
Chester Watson was born in Grange Hill and went on to attend The Manning's School and remains one of only two Westmoreland cricketers to play in Tests for the West Indies. He was capped seven times in the late 1950s to early 1960s, taking 19 wickets as a right-arm fast bowler, sharing the new ball with Wes Hall. He has a Test best of 4-62.
Jackson was lauded for his outstanding cricketing mind and worked primarily with youth cricketers. He was born in Three Miles River, just outside of Savanna-la-Mar and is highly regarded by Williams.
"We had the launch last Saturday of our T-Twenty League at Sandals and we invited down these heavyweights of Jamaica's cricket to add spice to it and we ended up having a wonderful launch. "In addition, it was a fitting way of honouring our former players and administrators," said Williams, who is in his sixth year as president of the association.
"There simply could not have been any other way of showing our gratitude for all these great gentlemen have done for cricket in Westmoreland," Williams said.