Jerome Jones, Aaron Jones capture Lord Gavron award
 

Barbados Cricket Association article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - It was a matter of living up with the Joneses as far as the winners of the Lord Gavron award for 2013 were concerned.

Not only do they share the same surname but the unrelated Jerome Jones and Aaron Jones are also from the same school, Christ Church Foundation, which in recent years has dominated local cricket competitions with titles in the BCA Schools' Under-19 (2012 and 2013), Goddard Enterprises (2013), Sir Garfield Sobers Schools' International (2012) and the BCA Intermediate division (2013).

Both have also represented the Barbados Under-19 team with Jerome turning out for the West Indies Under-19s at the last two ICC Youth World Cups in Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

They received their prizes from Lord Gavron at a recent function held by the Barbados Cricket Association at Kensington Oval.

Jerome Jones is a tall, left-arm fast bowler, who bats right-handed. He has also represented Guardian General Barbados Youth in major BCA competitions.

Aaron Jones is elegant batsman and leg-spin bowler, considered unlucky not to have been selected on the West Indies Under-19 team for the recent Youth World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Now an Upper Sixth form student at Foundation, Aaron has also represented Guardian General Barbados Youth. (Please see bios of both below).

The Lord Gavron award is given to a Barbados Under-19 cricketer, who has been outstanding on the field of play, has displayed the correct attitude and shown progress in his technical and tactical awareness.



It reached a total contribution of $1 million a few years ago.



Winners are presented with cash, a computer, cricket gear, a trophy and an attachment to a cricket club in an international playing country. If the cricket attachment does not materialise, winners are given an opportunity to study at a local institution. 



The winners in order from the inception are:



2001 - Ryan Nurse (fast bowler).



2002 - Jason Smith (off-spinner).



2003 - Martin Nurse (batsman).



2004 - Renaldo Parris (batsman, off-spin bowler).



2005 - Javon Searles (fast bowling all-rounder).



2006 – Kemar Roach (fast bowler).



2007 – Shamarh Brooks (batsman, leg-spinner) and Rashidi Boucher (batsman).



2008 – Kyle Corbin (batsman/wicket-keeper) and Kraigg Brathwaite (batsman).



2009 – Jason Holder (fast medium bowler, batsman) and Jomel Warrican (spin bowler).



2010 - Roston Chase (batsman, off-spin bowler) and Shane Dowrich (wicket-keeper/batsman).



2011 - Anthony Alleyne (batsman) and Kyle Mayers (batsman, medium-fast bowler)

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2012 - Shai Hope (batsman/wicket-keeper) and Craig St. Hill (batsman).

2013 - Jerome Jones (left-arm fast bowler, right-hand lower order batsman) and Aaron Jones (batsman, leg-spin bowler).


Roach, 25, has been the most prominent of the winners, having represented West Indies in 23 Tests, 61 One-Day Internationals and 11 Twenty20 Internationals.

The 21-year-old Brathwaite, now the new Barbados first-class captain, has played ten Test matches, while Holder, 22, has also had a taste of international cricket with 17 ODIs and one T20I. 
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Following are edited bios of Jerome Jones and Aaron Jones, as prepared by former Barbados Under-19 and senior team manager, Livingstone Coppin:

JEROME JONES

Born: January 26, 1995 Major teams: Barbados Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, West Indies Under-19.

Playing role: Left-arm fast bowler, Right-hand lower-order batsman 

Fielding Position: Boundary Fielder

Education: Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School, Christ Church Foundation School

Height: 6’ 4”

Current Residence: # 11 Hilton Row, Princess Royal, the Pine, St. Michael

Coaches: Geoffrey Mapp, Bruce Cosens, Dennis Osbourne, Roderick Estwick, Dexter Toppin, Nhamo Winn

Mission: To represent Barbados and West Indies and play professionally around the world.

Jerome is also a product of the Sir Everton Centre of Excellence and the Guardian General Barbados Youth. He is also a good fielder with a safe pair of hands in any position, especially when patrolling the boundary. 

He is blessed with all the qualities needed to become a successful fast bowling all-rounder at the highest level. He has immense natural ability, physical strength, determination, confidence, courage and a will to win. Very athletic and well built, looking every inch a cricketer. He is deceptively quick and occasionally bowls with hostility and swing showing the ability to lift his game to the next level when required to do so. His most devastating spell thus far was 7 for 21 against the Parkinson Secondary School during the 2012 BCA Schools' Schools Under-19 competition. He reckons that his most memorable bowling spell was 5 for 23, including a hat-trick against a touring under-19 Bangladesh side during a seven-match 50-over series played in Guyana, October 5 to 21, 2013. 

Jerome is also a very useful batsman, known for playing some crucial innings especially when his team is under pressure.

He was also a promising young athlete before he became an avid cricketer. As an athlete he performed with some merit. At eight (8) years of age, he represented Barbados at the Caribbean Union of Teachers games held in the Cayman Islands in 2003, winning the 100 metres and placing second in the 200 metres. 

However, he was discovered by Mr. Bruce Cosens, a former coach at the Christ Church Foundation School and encouraged to attend his cricket practice sessions, thereafter his cricket career progress at a rapid pace. 

¬ He started playing cricket in the under-13 competition after he was spotted by Mr. Cosens.

¬ Playing for Foundation School, he recorded his first century at age 14 versus Princess Margaret in the Goddards Enterprises Schools' competition. The same year and in the same competition he scored another century (110) versus Harrison College.

¬ In the 2012 BCA Intermediate competition he scored 106 not out , again against Harrison College 

¬ Mr. Cosens recognised his leadership potential and as a result he was first made captain of the Foundation School under-15 team versus the Coleridge and Parry Secondary School. He later went on to captain his school's under-19 team in the BCA Schools' schools competition and the Guardian General Barbados Youth team in the Elite Division.

¬ He first represented Barbados in the 2010 West Indies Regional Under-15 tournament in Trinidad during April. On his return from that tournament he was drafted into the Guardian General Barbados Youth team on recommendation from his coach during the under-15 tournament Mr. Dexter Toppin, who saw the potential.

¬ At the end of the 2010 WICB Regional Under-15 tournament Jerome joined several other Under-15 fast bowlers from across the Caribbean for a week-long fast bowling clinic conducted by former Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott held in Trinidad and Tobago during April 2010

¬ He represented Barbados in the 2012 WICB Regional Under-17 tournament held in Tobago during July. Jerome was the leading bowler at the end of the tournament with 14 wickets at an average of 10.21. He was Barbados’ MVP.

¬ He represented Barbados in the WICB 2011 Regional Under-19 tournament held in Guyana during July and August 2011. He also represented Barbados in the WICB 2013-Regional Under-19 tournament held in St. Kitts during July and August 2013. He missed the 2012 WICB Regional Tournament held in Barbados July/August 2012 because he was on duty as a member of the West Indies Under-19 team at the ICC Under-19 World Cup held in Australia during August.

Jerome has been part of the nucleus of the present West Indies Under-19 team since 2011. The tournaments for which he was selected are as follows:

1. Australia Under-19 versus West Indies Under-19 in a three game 50-over Series played in Dubai - United Arab Emirates during April 2011. The West Indies won the series 2-1. He had a match winning spell of 3 wickets for 24 runs.

2. He was a member of the 2011 West IndiesUnder-19 team that defeated the USA Under-19 team in a four-match series in Miami, Florida during July 2011

3. BCCI’s Quadrangular Under-19 Series (India, Australia, Sri Lanka, and West Indies) played in India during September/October 2011. (Winner - India Under-19s)

4. ICC Under-19 World Cup played in Australia during August 2012 which was won by India. Jerome took 11 wickets.

5. Bangladesh Under-19 versus West Indies in a seven game 50-over Series played in Guyana during October 2013. (Winner - Bangladesh 4/3)

6. The West Indies Under-19 team tour of Bangladesh in December 2013 where they played seven 50-over matches against the Bangladesh Under-19 team, in preparation for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World in the United Arab Emirates in February 2014.

Other Career Highlights: 

Also a product of the Sir Everton Centre of Excellence, on his return from the WICB 2010-Regional Under-15 Tournament Jerome was drafted into the Guardian General Barbados Youth team, recommended by the Barbados 2010 Under-15 team coach Mr. Dexter Toppin who recognized the potential. Of course, this was after serious consultation with his dad Mr. Wendle Jones who has closely followed and chartered Jerome’s cricket career all the way.

Member of the Barbados under-19 Cricket Team that dominated the 2011 West Indies Regional Under-19 One-day (50-over) competition, winning all five (5) games and the championship, played in Guyana.

He was a member of the Foundation School champion teams that defeated Combermere in both the BCA Schools' Under-19 finals in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Jerome was included in the West Indies Pool “B” list of players available for the 2013 CPL T20 draft, however he was not selected in a final squad. 

He was in the 36-man provisional list of players invited by the Barbados Senior National Selectors in preparation for the 2014-WICB Regional Super-50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago from January 30 to February 16, 2014.

Jerome is a very dedicated, committed and determined young cricketer with good work ethics. He has already demonstrated that he is ready to take on the challenges of his more illustrious opponents. He is seriously on a mission to represent Barbados and the West Indies at the highest level, and to play professionally around the world.

He continues to show improvement and maturity in his approach to the game and if he continues to take the game seriously, reflecting the right values, there is a bright future ahead for him in international cricket.

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AARON JONES

Full Name: Aaron Jones

Born: October 19, 1994

Current Residence: #12B Shrewbury, St. Philip

Playing Role: Top-order batsman

Batting Style: Right-hand 

Bowling Style: Right-arm Leg break

Fielding Position: Any Position

Height: 5’ 5” (170 cm)

School Teams: Bayleys Primary School; Christ Church Foundation School U13, U15, U19

Major Teams: Barbados U15; Barbados U19; Guardian General Barbados Youth.

Education: Bayleys Primary School; Christ Church Foundation School; 

Coaches: Trevor Alleyne, Bruce Cosens, Dennis Osbourne, Dexter Toppin, Livingstone Puckerin, Pedro Collins, Nhamo Winn. 

Mission: To represent Barbados and West Indies and play professionally around the world. 

Aaron Jones was born October 19, 1994. He is a stroke-making right-handed top-order batsman, a clever leg-spinner and a very competent fielder in any position. He is a talented all-rounder recording many outstanding match-winning performances for the Christ Church Foundation School, the Guardian General Barbados Youth and Barbados at the Under-15 and Under-19 levels.

He first started playing competitive cricket in year 2005 representing the Bayley’s Primary School in the Herman Griffith tournament. Such was his natural ability that he opened both the batting and the bowling that year, ending the tournament among the top run scorers and wicket takers. 

In 2006 Aaron graduated to Foundation School, making significant contributions to his school’s success at cricket.

¬ He was Player-of-the-Match in final when Foundation won the 2007 BCA Sir Everton Weekes Under-13 championship;

¬ He recorded his first century in the Goddard’s Enterprise Schools Second Division tournament during the 2009 season;

¬ He was Player-of-the-Match when Foundation won the 2012 Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools championship;

¬ He was Player-of-the-Match in both finals when Foundation won the 2012 and 2013 BCA Schools' limited overs Under-19 championships

¬ His highest score is 149 for Foundation in an Intermediate division game versus Conrad Hunte Cricket Club in 2012. In that same game he took four (4) wickets for 20 runs;

¬ He recorded three (3) five wicket hauls in the intermediate Division for Foundation;

¬ He was a member of the Foundation team that won the 2013 BCA Intermediate title 

Aaron would also have made meaningful contributions to the Guardian General Barbados Youth reaching the 2012 semi-finals and the quarter-finals of the 2012 and 2013 BCA Sagicor Twenty20 competitions respectively. At the 2012 BCA Awards Ceremony, Aaron received the Award for the bowler in the Sagicor General T20 competition with the Most Wickets (19).

He also represented Barbados in the WICB Regional Under-15 and Under-19 competitions respectively. However it was at the Under-19 level that he excelled. 

In the 2012 WICB Regional 1-day competition:

¬ He finished with the Best Bowling Average 8.18 (RPW); 

¬ The Most Wickets in an innings - 6/14 versus Windward Islands; 

¬ The bowler with the best Strike Rate 12.00 (BPW). 

¬ He placed 5th among the Top Wicket Takers with 7 wickets.

Aaron Jones was Barbados’ most outstanding batsman in the 2013 WICB Regional 3-day and 1-day competitions respectively. He batted impressively showing great character, good judgement and sound technique in recording the highest individual score (143 runs) of the entire tournament versus Guyana in the 3-day competition. He placed third (3rd) among the Regional top-five batting performers with an aggregate of 284 runs at an average of 40.57 in the 3-day competition. He also collected eight (8) wickets in the 3-day competition. 

Aaron was also Barbados’ leading batsman in the 1-Day competition with 116 runs at an average of 23.20. He was the only Barbados batsman to total over a hundred runs in the 2013 WICB Regional 1-day competition. He also had an exceptional bowling performance taking a hat-trick in the final 1-Day game versus the Windward Islands, confirming his all-round ability.

Aaron received the award for Barbados’ Most Valuable Player in the 1-Day competition. However, he was not selected in the West Indies Under-19 seventeen-man squad to face a Bangladesh Under-19 team in a seven (7) match 1-Day Series to be played in Guyana, October 05 to 21, 2013, in preparation for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in February 2014.

It should also be noted that although Aaron was the leading wicket-taker in the BCA 2012 Twenty20 competition, he was not selected/invited/included in the BCA trials squad in preparation for the regional T20 tournament.

Looking back at the early stages of his career confirms a passion for high performance. If he continues to work on his game more seriously, he has the ability and talent to reach the highest level in cricket.

First Published On bcacricket.org.

Date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 19:49