Cricket: Batting for Success

Jamaica has been enjoying tremendous success at the regional level, and the sport continues to be one of the most popular in the country.

Record-Making Performance

Already it has been a historic 2011 for the national senior team. The Tamar Lambert-led team won the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) regional four-day title for a fourth straight year to equal the feat accomplished by Barbados in the late 1970s.

Jamaica equalled the long-standing record by crushing Combined Campuses and Colleges by eight wickets inside two days on a spinner-friendly surface at the Three Ws Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on April 9.

The history-making 2011 team was coached by Trinidadian Augustine ‘Gus’ Logie, who was employed by the Paul Campbell-led Jamaica Cricket Association on December 1, 2010 on a four-month contract.

Logie replaced Junior Bennett, who was at the helm for four years, and that move was met with strong oppositions from a wide cross section of cricket fans across the country.

At the time of his replacement, Bennett had a successful stint with the senior team. He guided the senior team to consecutive regional four-day triumphs in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In 2009, Jamaica won two other regional cricket titles – the West Indies Under-19 women’s cricket championship in St Lucia and the boys’ Under-15 CLICO West Indies junior title in Trinidad.

Bennett, who also had a successful run as coach of the island’s Under-19 team for over a decade before being promoted to guide the seniors, was also the man at the helm when Jamaica tasted victory in the 2007-2008 regional One-Day competition.

In the Caribbean Twenty/Twenty tournament, which was played earlier in the year, Jamaica secured third place an improvement from their fourth place finish the following year. The Caribbean Twenty/Twenty tournament was Logie’s first assignment with the senior team.

 

Football a Unifying Force

Reggae Boyz 1998 - Road to France

While Jamaica has had mixed fortunes in its foray in international football competition, nothing excites and unites the sports fan-base in Jamaica quite like football.

Football Scene Heat Up

Though the young Reggae Boyz were knocked out of the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Mexico in the first round and Jamaica finished bottom of the table on a point, it was an historic Under-17 World Cup for the team as the country got its first-ever goal at the youth tournament.