The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival came to an exciting end on Wednesday at Sabina Park with Hastings Primary School of Trelawny copping their first champion trophy after being in the runners-up position several times. They defeated defending champions New Works Primary of Westmoreland. Scores: Hastings 156 for 3; New Works 119 all out. Two hundred and twenty four schools – 16 per parish – started the competition in January with intra-parish matches. The parish winners then played their neighbouring parishes after which the top seven and the best losers were invited to display their cricket at the festival. The awards function was held immediately following the festival. New entrants Brandon Hill Primary of Clarendon took home the most improved school trophy for reaching the semi-finals. They also bagged the most disciplined school trophy. Individual prizes went to male and female cricketers per category. Best bowlers: Michael Murray of Hastings and Marsha Dixon of Santa Cruz. Best fielders: Jermaine Edwards of Hastings and Shanique Wallace of Santa Cruz. Best batters: Javid Simpson of New Works and Katie Wilmot of New Works The Kiddy Cricketers will display their skills during an international cricket match in Jamaica later this year while the top 50 players will be invited to a camp in the summer after which the best three will receive a $50,000 bursary. This year marks the 15th year of Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket. Coach of the winning team, Leon Reid, endorsed Kiddy Cricket while saying that the children were excited to play the game and it had a positive impact on them. Co-ordinator Philip Service praised the competition and noted that two current national players came through Kiddy Cricket. They are Jermaine Blackwood and Brandon King.
Shikhar Dhawan returned to the Test side in style smashing a career-best 190 in the first innings as India hammered Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first match at Galle on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Dhawan was not part of the original squad but was brought in after an injured Murali Vijay pulled out of the series last minute.Incidentally, Dhawan had last scored a Test hundred against the same opposition at the same venue two years back. However, what followed was a lean patch of eight Test matches where he managed a highest of 84.Dhawan was then out of the team after suffering an injury during the series against New Zealand and was replaced by Lokesh Rahul, who grabbed the opportunity with both hands and made the opening slot his own.But Rahul’s viral fever leading up to the Galle Test and Vijay’s injury meant India had to open the innings with Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund.The two southpaws played contrasting knocks in the first innings where Mukund failed to deliver and got out on 12, Dhawan cashed in on a flat batting track and slammed 190 off 168 balls with the help of 31 boundaries.What helped the Delhi batsman was the fact that he had been among the runs in the one-day format leading up to this tour. Dhawan was once again the highest run-getter in the ICC Champions Trophy in England for the second time in succession with 338 runs in five matches at an average of 67.60 with one century and two fifties.advertisementHe then amassed 161 runs in five ODIs in the West Indies with two half-centuries and was eventually named as a replacement for Vijay for the Sri Lanka Tests.Speaking about his knock in this game Dhawan said he enjoyed batting here in Galle and that the healthy competition among the three regular openers in the team keeps him on his toes.”I really enjoyed batting over here. I just watched the ball and backed my game. There is a very healthy competition from the opening spot in the side, and it keeps me on my toes,” Dhawan said at the post-match ceremony.India will see the return of Rahul in the next game which means Mukund will have to warm the bench despite scoring a brilliant 81 in the third innings. Having all three openers in form is a good headache to have, reckons Kohli.”One regular opener is not fit right now. I think it is a massive headache (smiles), but a good one to have.”At most, only 3 openers make the squad. It’s good to have guys scoring rather than guys not scoring consistently. I think the guys will understand how the dynamics of the team work,” Kohli said.