Gayle for Ultimate Bash II
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Opener Chris Gayle is now in the country preparing for this Saturday's Cricket Clubs Activity Committee (CCAC) Ultimate Cricket Bash II Festival at Melbourne Oval.
Gayle, whose Royal Challengers Bangalore outfit narrowly missed out on qualification for the play-offs in the Indian Premier League, will be one over several regional and national stars who will take part in the fund-raising event.
Others include Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh Jr, national senior team captain Tamar Lambert and Andrew Richardson.
"Chris is here and is preparing to take part in the event," said Wavell Hinds, chairman of the CCAC.
"He has asked me to tell everyone that he is looking forward to participate in the venture and that he hopes it will further assist the CCAC in the revitalisation of club cricket in Jamaica."
The festival, which is being staged for the second time - having been held in 2010 at the Ultimate Cricket Oval in St Ann - will consist of two feature cricket matches and a FastNet netball showdown involving the Sunshine Girls.
The first match will be a Fifteen15 clash at 10 a.m. between a Masters and Celebrities XI and Media XI featuring Robert Samuels, Daren Powell, Nehemiah Perry, Wayne Lewis, Delroy Morgan, Oral Tracey, Simon Crosskill, Orville Higgins and Rohan Daley, among others.
The second match, to be staged at 2 p.m., will be between a CCAC All Stars XI to be captained by Gayle, and a Jamaica Invitational XI to be marshalled by Lambert.
"It should be a fun-filled family affair with attractions for children, live music, spot prizes and surprises," said Hinds.
"We therefore urge the public to come out and show their support, knowing as well that it is for a worthy cause."