SDC tar­get­ing Au­gust for com­mu­nity cricket

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - ROBERT BAI­LEY STAR Writer

Or­gan­is­ers of the So­cial Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SDC), all-is­land com­mu­nity cricket are tar­get­ing the months of Au­gust and Septem­ber for the start of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The tournament, which is the big­gest cricket com­pe­ti­tion in Ja­maica, was sched­uled to start in April, but it was post­poned due to the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Dr Dwayne Ver­non, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the SDC, told STAR Sports that his or­gan­i­sa­tion is very anx­ious to get this year’s com­pe­ti­tion started.

“Based on how we see this com­pe­ti­tion if we are al­lowed to play by the lat­est end of Au­gust, early Septem­ber, we would be able to keep the com­pe­ti­tion in the same for­mat and end be­fore 2020,” said Dr Ver­non.

“We have not yet en­gaged in this dis­cus­sion with the au­thor­i­ties as to whether or not we are go­ing to be al­lowed to play,” he said.

How­ever, we are hope­ful that any­thing in the Septem­ber re­gion we would like to re­ally start in that pe­riod, if it is that this sit­u­a­tion al­lows us to play,” he said.

Over two hun­dred teams from across the is­land took part in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion, which was won by Gayle Cricket Club from St Mary.

Dr Ver­non noted that the an­tic­i­pa­tions are very high ahead of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion be­cause a lot of the play­ers are look­ing for­ward to the tournament.

“In con­ver­sa­tion with some reps for the Ja­maica Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, the part­ner­ship is so strong that we both feel that it would be good to have some cricket be played some­thing this year,” Dr Ver­non said.

The SDC boss stated that ev­ery­one was very dis­ap­pointed when the league had to post­pone due to COVID-19.

“In March when COVID-19 started, we thought that in July the pan­demic would have eased to an extent which would have al­lowed us to play. We orig­i­nally thought about post­pon­ing it un­til July but clearly that can’t hap­pen now and so we are in an­other wait-and­see mood right now,” he said.

IAN ALLEN

My­ron Wil­son (left) from Orange Hill team tum­bles to the ground as he was trapped LBW in the SDC/Wray and Nephew T/20 cricket fi­nals against Gayle from St Mary on Au­gust 25, 2019.

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