Scotiabank invests $3.5m in prep-school cricket
Jamaica Star article.
Kingston, Jamaica - The 2014 Jamaica Cricket Association/Scotiabank Preparatory Schools competition was yesterday launched at Lucas CC with title sponsors Scotiabank investing $3.5m in the venture.
Now in its 10th season, this year's staging is set to feature 42 schools, with Hydel starting as defending champions.
"Cricket in Jamaica is more than a game, it's a deeply-rooted aspect of our culture," said Monique Todd, Scotiabank vice-president, marketing, public and corporate affairs.
"This dedication to the sports is inspirational and encourages good sportsmanship qualities that Scotiabank embraces.
"We see this competition as a starter for developing professional cricketers in years to come and encouraging the JCA to continue to establish programmmes to encourage the talent identified at this level," she added.
The competition, which will be played across three counties, will see the top player from each area receiving a prize of $50,000.
In the preliminary stage, schools will be placed in zones of six teams, with Surrey having 24, Cornwall 12, and Middlesex six.
The winners and runners-up of each zone are then set to compete in a knockout competition.
The three county champions and Surrey's runner-up will thereafter contest the national semi-finals following which the champions will be decided.
Matches are set to played at cricket clubs across Kingston, and outside the corporate area at Manchester High, Glenmuir in Clarendon and Cornwall College.