Scotiabank, who pride themselves as sponsors of the regional game, starting from the youth level, pumped a 25 per cent increase into this year’s Scotiabank/Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Prep Schools Cricket competition yesterday.The increase will bring the sponsorship package to $5 million, along with MVP cash prizes of $50,000 for players in the counties of Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey.”This increase in sponsorship is a testimony to our continued belief in the importance of investing in youth through developmental sports,” said Yanique Forbes-Patrick, vice-president, Scotiabank Marketing.”Always play your best game. Strive to be the best on your team. Be champions in your own right and make a difference in everything you do,” she implored the youngsters during yesterday’s launch at Lucas Cricket Club, after which defending champions Quest Prep and Richmond Prep played the competition’s opening game.BETTER CITIZENSCourtney Francis, CEO, Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), lauded Scotiabank for ensuring that “cricket is part of the medium to make you all (players) better citizens, more responsible, understand and learn at this stage how to be part of a team and how to be able to contribute to society”.Quest were crowned national champions for the first time last year, after defeating Hydel Prep by 10 runs in the final at Lucas.Hydel, the most successful school with two national titles (2012, 2013) and four in Surrey, followed by St Peter and Paul, Monymusk, Mona, Lannaman, Belair Prep and Quest one each.In Cornwall, there are only two winners; Denis Tobin in 2005 and 2006, while St James have been unbeatable since 2007.Quest’s coach, Leonard Malcolm, told The Gleaner his team is missing about eight players from last year, “but we are a competitive school and we are going to compete to try and retain our crown”.The competition will run to June 12 and feature a total of 48 teams, with approximately 121 matches across three counties.The competition began in 2003 and has grown from 24 schools to 48; 24 from Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine, 12 from Middlesex and 12 from Cornwall.Prep school standouts to come from the competition include Brandon King, who has represented Jamaica at all levels, Brad Barnes (2013), Raewin Senior (2014) and Kirk McKenzie last year.West Indies’ World T20 men and women’s champions, Marlon Samuels and Stafanie Taylor, respectively, also participated and signed bats and balls for the youngsters.
Shay GivenDonegal’s Shay Given and Seamus Coleman are expected to take their place in Ireland’s XI for the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Georgia.Georgia stunned Scotland on Friday night when a first-half goal from Valeri Kazaishvili gave the hosts a shock win.It was a huge boost for Martin O’Neill’s Irish side who desperately needed Scotland to drop points. The pendulum has now swung firmly back in Ireland’s quest for qualification and a win tonight is a must.If Ireland win and Scotland fail to defeat World champions Germany at Hampden Park this evening – then O’Neill’s side will be four points ahead of Gordon Strachan’s side with just TWO games remaining.Ireland have to face Poland away before completing their campaign at home to Germany in October.Seamus Coleman sat out Ireland’s comfortable 4-0 win over Gibraltar due to a hamstring strain and his stand-in Cyrus Christie scored a fine goal. However, Coleman is expected to regain his place for tonight’s crunch clash at the Aviva.Shay Given delivered an assured display in Faro on Friday night and kept another clean sheet.He’ll be between the sticks again tonight and his experience will be vital against a side who gave Ireland plenty of problems in their first clash in Tbilisi last September.COYBIGEURO 2016: COLEMAN AND GIVEN SET TO START IN CRUNCH CLASH WITH GEORGIA was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSport