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.
Mumbai: Market benchmark BSE Sensex skyrocketed by 1,075 points to close at more than two-month high on Monday, extending its bull run for a second straight day on the back of gains in financial, banking and FMCG stocks after the tax booster by the government. The broader NSE Nifty zoomed by 326 points or 2.89 per cent to end at a two-month of 11,600.20 with 32 of its constituents closing with gains. Brokers said that the trading at the National Stock Exchange was marred by some glitch mainly in the closing session for 10 minutes. Brokers suffered disruption from 1515hrs to 1529 hrs. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The 30-share Sensex soared over 1,426 points in day trade before closing higher by 1,075.41 points or 2.8 per cent at 39,090.03, a level not seen since July 17. In the two-day rally, Sensex posted its biggest two-day gains of 2,996.56 points or 8.30 per cent, while the 50-share Nifty soared 895.40 points or 8.36 per cent. Bulls took over Dalal Street on Friday after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivered a surprise cut in corporate tax rates. Sensex logged its biggest single-day jump in over a decade by surging 1,921.15 points or 5.32 per cent while Nifty zoomed 569.40 points or 5.32 per cent on that day. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “Markets for the second day in a row, after the historic decision to cut corporate tax, witnessed a stellar rally. A lot of buoyancy has come from the fact that these measures will boost the profitability of a number of companies, which will either be used to stimulate demand by lowering prices, payouts to shareholders in the form of dividends or using it for capital expenditure,” Devang Mehta, Head – Equity Advisory, Centrum Wealth Management said. Top gainers in the Sensex pack included Bajaj Finance, L&T, Asian Paints, ITC, Axis Bank, Kotak Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC twins, Maruti and SBI, rallying up to 8.70 per cent. On the other hand, Infosys, RIL, Tata Motors, PowerGrid, NTPC, Bharti Airtel, Tech Mahindra, TCS and HCL Tech tanked up to 4.97 per cent. Broader BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rallied 3.08 per cent and 2.73 per cent respectively. Sectorally, BSE capital goods index, bankex, industrials, finance, FMCG, oil and gas, consumer durables and realty indices surged up to 6.55 per cent. While BSE IT, teck, telecom, utilities and power indices closed down by up to 3.29 per cent. Vinod Nair, Head Of Research at Geojit Financial Services commented: “Rally continued as the positive sentiment for revival in earnings growth attracted investors to the market. Banks outperformed while mid & small cap witnessed strong bargain buying in expectation of turnaround in consumption story and improvement in the balance sheet.” Announcing a Rs 1.45 lakh crore fiscal stimulus to jump-start flagging growth, the finance minister on Friday slashed the base corporate tax for existing companies to 22 per cent from 30 per cent; and for new manufacturing firms, incorporated after October 1, 2019, to 15 per cent from 25 per cent. Further, the GST Council slashed the same on hotel tariffs and some goods with a view to addressing sectoral concerns in a slowing economy. “The 10 per cent tax reset has witnessed frantic buying across high tax-paying entities in the last two trading sessions. The rebalancing act has led to selling in IT & pharmaceuticals with a shift towards manufacturing & private banks & select FMCG stocks,” S Ranganathan, Head of Research at LKP Securities said. Tracking gains in Axis Bank (7.3 per cent), and Kotak Bank (7.22 per cent), Nifty Banking index zoomed 5.51 per cent. Meanwhile, the rupee was trading flat at 70.92 against US dollar. Brent crude futures fell 0.79 per cent to USD 63.77 per barrel (intra-day). Market breadth was positive as 1,638 scrips advanced at BSE while 972 stocks declined. As many as 103 stocks soared to the 52-week high while 216 scrips hit the upper limit on Monday. Elsewhere in Asia, Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite Index ended significantly higher, while Nikkei and Kospi settled in the red. Stock exchanges in Europe were trading on a negative note in their respective early sessions due to geopolitical tensions in West Asia.