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JCA awaits reports on aborted trial match

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Fritz Harris, secretary of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), says his organisation is awaiting reports on the reasons behind the abandonment of the third Jamaica Franchise trial match at Sabina Park on Wednesday.

The game, which formed part of the selection process of players for the upcoming four-day WICB Professional League tournament, was called off inside the first over of the second day due to safety concerns.

Several players representing both John Campbell's XI and Paul Palmer's XI suffered injuries and bruises throughout the affair.

"It's unfortunate that the game had to be called off," said Harris, whose association owns the Jamaica Franchise team.

"It robs the players, coaches and everybody involved in the trials of valuable time and opportunities ahead of the season.

"The JCA, therefore, looks forward to reports from the match officials, as well as officials of the franchise, to see what led to the abandonment," he declared.

The encounter, which had Palmer's XI on 86 for one in reply 124 made by Campbell XI on day one, saw three players picking up injuries.

They are batsman Andre McCarthy, Shacaya Thomas, and wicketkeeper-batsman, Kemar Marshall.

McCarthy had damage to one of his fingers and had to retire hurt, Marshall was hit on the head, and complained of dizziness afterwards while Thomas was hit five times, including twice on the head.

Thomas, not out on 57, and Marshall, not out three, were the batsmen at the crease when the stumps were pulled four balls into the day.

Harris, who explained that he expected JCA and the Jamaica Franchise's chief executive officer, Courtney Francis, to be in receipt of the first set of reports yesterday, said he was also looking to a speedy closure to the matter.


Ensuring proper state


"We are fast approaching the regional first-class tournament, and would not want to go into it unprepared, or with doubts surrounding the state of our wickets," Harris said.

"It is, therefore, important that we bring closure to the matter as soon as possible, take the appropriate actions, and put in place measures, where necessary, to prevent a repeat."

The management of the five pitches at Sabina Park, Harris explains, falls under the purview of Anthony Walters, the venue's property manager, and, chief curator, Michael Hylton.

Harris, in the meantime, also expressed hope that the fourth trial match, which is also scheduled Sabina Park, will go ahead as planned.

"The hope is that this set back will not disturb the schedule of trial matches, as we still have a tournament to play," he said.

The WICB Professional League is scheduled to start in early November.