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- Red Stripe beat JUTC in 20/20
Red Stripe opened the 20/20 Business House KO cricket competition on a positive note last Sunday, defeating Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) by 32 runs in one of two matches played at Red Stripe Oval on the day.
Batting first, Red Stripe raced to 189 for five off their 20 overs, with former Jamaica player Wayne Cuff scoring an unbeaten 52, Richard Allen 34, Marvin Darlington 26; as Junior Morrison took 2-35. JUTC replied with 152 off 19 overs. Morrison, who opened the innings, scored 72, Glen Stultz 18; while Conejo Tappin took 5-23 and Cuff 2-21.
In the other match at Red Stripe Oval, Sagicor defeated JNBS by seven wickets. JNBS 102 off 18.3 overs - Kerry Scott 29, Shane Brooks 21; Anthony Wadsworth 5-12, Kemar Marshall 2-5. Sagicor 103 for three - Mitchell 44, Ralston Nelson 41; Roje Barrett 2-16.
AT KENSINGTON PARK: Digicel defeated Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) by 79 runs. Digicel 153 for eight - Lloyd Gould 45, J. Powell 35; Paul Palmer 3-35. BoJ 78 all out off 10 overs - Raymond Ferguson and Royal Williams 17 each; A. Palmer 4-4.
Play switches to the sixth round of the Reggae Jammin 50-over league tomorrow with five matches scheduled. Defending champions National Housing Trust (NHT) will oppose Red Stripe at Mico, Jamaica Broilers vs National Water Commission (NWC) at Spring Village, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) vs LIME at Mona Bowl, Sagicor vs BOJ at Emmet Park, and Digicel vs JUTC at Kensington Park. All matches start a 10 a.m.
- Eagles clip Rowe's in skittles match
Defending champions Eagles clipped Rowe's Strikers 6-5 in a home match at Hughenden Plaza last Sunday, in second-round action of the Jamaica Skittles Federation White Overproof Rum competition. This was one of three close results among top Premier League teams on Sunday.
Former champions Eastern All-Stars also nipped Waltham Strikers 6-5 in a home match at Bourbon House, 133 Windward Road, while Mr C 'A' clipped Starliner 6-5 at Eagles.
In other matches played, Mr C 'B' defeated Mystix 8-3 at Mr C in Spanish Town in Major League action, Lady Strikers defeated Dragon 6-4, also at Mr C, while Olympic Strikers beat The Dip from Portmore 6-3 at Bourbon House.
The matches scheduled for tomorrow have been postponed owing to funeral for the late Mystic and Rowe's Strikers female player, Sonia Blair, who died recently after a short illness. The Jamaica Skittles Federation has extended condolences to her family.
- The Gleaner edge Red Stripe in KO football
Defending champions The Gleaner made a successful start in the Scotiabank Group-sponsored Business House KO football competition when they clipped Red Stripe 1-0 in first-round action at Red Stripe Oval on Tuesday.
In a hard-fought contest, The Gleaner got the all-important goal from Chadwyck Vassell in the 89th minute, to advance to the next round.
On the same day, Wisynco defeated home team NWC 2-0 with a goal in either half from Calbert Coke and former Premier League player Girvan Brown. And in the third KO match on Tuesday, Carib Cement clipped NHT 1-0, thanks to a late goal from Orlando Lowe.
Two other first-round matches are scheduled for today - BOJ vs Norman Manley International Airport at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, and Division I league champions Petrojam vs Grace Kennedy at Tinson Pen. Both matches start at 3:30 p.m.
- Fire Brigade on top in BH domino
Jamaica Fire Brigade assumed sole leadership of the White Overproof Rum Division I Business House domino competition on Friday, June 8 when they defeated The Gleaner Company 148-134 in a home match at York Park Fire Station.
It was the second time that the firemen were having the measure of The Gleaner. They beat them decisively as well in the first round at The Gleaner Sports Club, North Street, some weeks ago. Fire Brigade have now won four of their five matches, while five-time champions The Gleaner have lost two and won three to remain in contention for a quarter-final spot.
In other Division I matches played, defending champions Social Development Commission (SDC) beat National Baking Company 141-132, former champions Seprod whipped Wray & Nephew 126-101, Jamaica Brandy stopped Kingston Wharves 148-122, while National Commercial Bank (NCB) clipped former champions Berger 145-144 in an upset victory.
In Division II, Churches Credit Union beat Pepsi 159-145, UWI defeated Tropical Battery 141-139, NHT beat Tastee 149-130, and Carib Cement stopped The Jamaica Observer 134-131.
- Mile Gully win Manchester U15
Mile Gully FC defeated Hillstars 2-1 to win the C&D Construction and Engineering Manchester Under-17 football championship on Wednesday.
Mile Gully FC utilise players drawn from Manchester High youth teams and is coached by current daCosta Cup coach Sheldon Davis.
In the semi-finals, Mile Gully FC had beaten Cobbla Gully Strikers 3-0, courtesy of goals from Romario Renford, Kareem Walker and Kimani Blake. Hillstars had secured their passage with a 2-0 win over Villa United, with Jarvis Matthis and Malik Gordon scoring.
In the final at Kirkvine Sports Club, Hillstars had a dream start when Matthis scored in the second minute for a 1-0 lead. Hillstars maintained their lead until the second half when Mile Gully took over control of the match.
Mile Gully FC's comeback began with Aquile Davis 56th- minute strike, before Renford found the game's winner with two minutes remaining, in the 80th minute.
- New Holland to host St Elizabeth Div 1 semis
The New Holland Community Centre will host the semi-finals of the St Elizabeth Co-op Credit Union-sponsored St Elizabeth Division One football competition tomorrow.
The day's proceedings features a double-header which will kick off at 1:30 p.m. with a matchup between home team Holland Police Youth Club and Northampton, while at 3:30 p.m., Round Hill will face Houghton.
In the last week's final preliminary matches, Round Hill secured their spot as second best team with a 4-1 win over Middlesex. Houghton defeated Northampton 2-0, but the two also secured semi-final spots. Holland PYC ended as the top team with a 3-0 win over Longwood.
In previous matches between the four, Northampton had beaten Holland PYC 1-0, while Round Hill and Houghton had played to a 0-0 draw.
The two teams making the finals will automatically qualify for next season's Major League.
- Holland, St Elizabeth Primary champions
Holland Primary ended the reign of Burnt Savannah Primary as champions of the Victoria Mutual Building Society's (VMBS) St Elizabeth Primary School football league, defeating them 1-0. The important goal was scored by Martin James in the fifth minute of their one-hour game.
The two teams were not strangers, having played in the same preliminary zone which Burnt Savannah won, but only on goal difference. However, during that stage, Holland had won 1-0. Lacovia took third place after defeating Marie Cole 1-0.
Both finalists were impressive in the semi-finals. Burnt Savannah got the better of Marie Cole Primary 3-0 with goals coming from Brandon Robinson, Roshana King and Ardene Chambers.
Holland swamped Lacovia 4-0 in their semi-final, with Roshawn Grant, Jacon Smith, Ronaldo Maitland and Martin James on the scoresheet. James emerged the leading goalscorer in the competition, netting eight goals.
- Belair top Scotiabank Middlesex cricket
Belair of Manchester emerged the Middlesex champions of the Scotiabank National Prep Schools cricket competition after defeating St Thomas More of Clarendon by 18 runs in the final on Thursday.
Belair, who won the Manchester leg of the competition after completing five consecutive victories, batted first and compiled 148 for seven from their 20 overs. Akeem Davis provided most runs with 45.
Despite a spirited chase, St Thomas More were bowled out for 130, even while one of their batsmen got the game's top score of 49. Kimani Grashin was the top bowler for Belair, taking three wickets for 11 runs off four overs.
In the previous week's semi-finals against another Clarendon team, Monymusk, Belair had successfully chased 127, with Davis getting a top score of 33.
In their semi-finals, St Thomas More of Clarendon had defeated Carigrappi of Manchester after also successfully chasing 137.
- Mile Gully Youth teams dominate
Mile Gully FC will go in search of their third consecutive win when the newly established C&D Construction and Engineering Manchester Under-13 competition continues this morning at Brook's Park in Mandeville.
Mile Gully FC, winners of the Under-15 competition on Wednesday, began with 6-0 spanking of Kendal. Last weekend, they edged fellow debutant, Ricam Strikers, 1-0. In other matches last weekend, Kendal rebounded with a 3-0 win over Mandeville United, who had drawn the previous weekend, while Ricam in their second match up of the day got the better of Mandeville United 2-1.
The competition was inaugurated last weekend by the Manchester Football Association (MFA) in an effort to boost its performance in the annual summer South Central Junior League, which is sponsored by Juici Patties. This age group has been dominated by St Catherine and Clarendon teams over the years. The MFA has assured that snacks will be provided throughout the day for all participants.
Today's matches: Mile Gully Youth vs Ricam Strikers at 10:30 a.m., Mile Gully FC vs Mandeville United at 11:45 a.m., Ricam vs Kendal at 1 p.m., Mile Gully Youth vs Mile Gully FC.
- Juventus, Bottom Halse Hall snatch wins
Juventus provided a torrid welcome for Harmons in the Jamalco Football League with a 3-1 win at Wembley Football Club in Clarendon. Harmons had taken a two-year hiatus from the league.
Juventus' goals came from the boots of Ian Palmer, Andrew Vanzie and Paul Harris, while Rollin Ranger secured Harmons' consolatory strike. The Bottom Halse team achieved the only other win of the third round, as Dwyane Harris' goal gave them a 1-0 win over Port.
Two other games were drawn. Savannah and Top Halse Hall ended 0-0, while Sunset rallied from a 1-3 deficit to record an exciting 3-3 draw with Wembley.
Matches today at Wembley: Top Hill vs Railroad at 2 p.m.; Invincible vs Top Halse Hall at 4 p.m.
Tomorrow: New Bowens vs Harmons at 2 p.m.; and Napoli vs Mineral Heights at 4 p.m.
- Hot Wanderers face Daytona in semi-final
Defending champions Wanderers FC, fresh from their 2-0 win over Portmore United in their final preliminary-round game last Sunday, face Daytona in the opening semi-final game of a double-header in the LIME Leander Marshall-sponsored Portmore U-13 Football League at the Cumberland field this afternoon at 2 p.m.
In the second semi-final at 3:30 p.m., Cumberland, who ended the preliminaries on top with 13 points, square off against Portmore United. Portmore have lost three out of five games, including a 3-0 defeat at the boot of today's opponents.
- Gregory Park in all-island play-offs
Gregory Park Primary earned the right to represent Portmore in the Institute of Sports (Insports) LIME All-Island Primary football competition after their exciting 3-2 win over Bridgeport in the final at Spanish Town Prison Oval recently. Gregory Park's hero was Shemar Earle, who struck the winner in time added, which put players and fans in a frenzy.
Two goals within a minute from Khymani Gibbans (27th) and double-scorer Earle (28th) saw Gregory Park with a 2-0 lead at half-time. But Bridgeport hit back with two unanswered goals after the break from goalie Jamali Brown (38th) and Chad Ellis (42nd). Brown scored from a kick upfield which deceived his Gregory Park counterpart. This left Earle to finish off the match in fine style.
- Two matches on in Portmore U-15 football
Two matches are on in the Portmore Under-15 football league tomorrow. In the first match of a double-header at the Greater Portmore field,
Last Sunday, Wanderers and Reid's Pen score victories to open their campaign.
Chris-Anthony Brown and Juvante Brown both scored goals as Wanderers defeated
- Proper nutrition vital for success in sports
Popular medical doctor and technical director of Jamaica's women's hockey team, Dr Michelle Holt, stressed the necessity of proper nutrition while addressing a group of youngsters during
Karen Mussington of Milo said that her company was committed to the league. She also gave out booklets on nutrition for all the participants.
President of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Lyndel Wright, enlightened the youngsters on the benefits of making cricket a career and the importance of discipline.
Also in attendance were Courtney Francis, president of the Portmore Metropolitan Cricket League (PMCL); Mayor of Portmore George Lee, who promised the cricketers that in the near future they will get a proper facility for playing cricket in Portmore; Lester 'Ken' Crooks and Charles Simpson, a former president of the PMCL. The coaches were Hugh Hinds, Milton Thomas, and Donald Breadwood. They taught the youngsters techniques in batting, bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping.
CAPTION: Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (second left) makes a presentation of uniforms to Baldon Todd (second right), captain of the Majesty Gardens Legends basketball team, and other team members (from left) Steven Rookwood, Jalan Golding and Oneil Francis, on Wednesday. The presentation was made possible through the Constituency Development Fund allocation to the South West St Andrew Development Fund. The team is now participating in the National Basketball League. Todd assured the prime minister, who is also member of parliament for the area, that the team would be good representatives of the community. Also participating is Councillor Karl Blake (third right) of the Greenwich Town division. - Contributed
CAPTION: Becky Stockhausen (left), executive director of AMCHAM, in discussion with Julian Patrick (right), manager, sponsorship and promotions, NCB Capital Markets, while David Mais, tournament director, looks on at the launch of AMCHAM Golf Classic 2012 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Wednesday.- Rudolph Brown/Photographer