Simon Jackson revels in Ardenne debut win
Jamaica Star article.
Kingston, Jamaica - Out-of-favour Jamaica opener Simon Jackson believes his experience as a professional cricketer was one of the main reasons he was able to guide Ardenne High to their first-ever high school cricket title.
The boys from Ardenne Road, who are currently participating in the semi-finals of the top-tier ISSA/Grace Shield, recently defeated Jonathan Grant by 10 wickets to capture the ISSA First Global Bank 'A' League.
"I think my experience as a professional player, as well as a former player at the high school level, were keys in guiding the team to victory," Jackson, a past student of the institution, said.
"However, equally important is the way in which the players responded to me. I was able to introduce a number of practices and training regimes, and they adapted quite quickly.
A Good Experience
He added: "It was a good experience and I am extremely proud of and happy for the players."
The two-day final, which was played at Melbourne Oval, saw Jonathan Grant making 113 in their first innings, and 86 in their second.
Ardenne, captained by 15-year-old Malcolm Fisher, responded with 184 and 16 without loss.
"It was an all-round team effort," said Jackson, who captained Ardenne's beaten 'A' League final team in 2003 and is coaching for the first time.
"They bowled with discipline in the field, and knew what their strengths and weaknesses were and batted accordingly," he said.
Jackson, in the meanwhile, who will turn 29 in a few months, said while he enjoyed coaching, making a return to the national team remained his immediate priority.
"I'm still a player and coaching is something I enjoy doing on the side," the first-time coach said.