Cottrell’s all-round heroics help Scorpions sting PridePORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell smashed a brace of sixes at the death as Jamaica Scorpions escaped with a nervy two-wicket win over hapless Barbados Pride to post their second victory of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.With the game still very much an open contest with Scorpions tottering on 118 for eight at the start of the 33rd over in pursuit of 139 for victory, Cottrell twice cleared the ropes at the expense of debutant left-arm spinner Dane Currency, to ease the tension at Queen’s Park Oval.Man of the Match Cottrell, who ended on 16 not out, and Nikita Miller, seven not out, then calmly gathered the remaining nine runs in singles to clinch victory at the end of the 38th over.Cottrell had earlier claimed three for 18 with his left-arm pace, and leg-spinner Damien Jacobs, three for 38, as Pride were bundled out for 138 off 45.5 overs after opting to bat first.Captain Kevin Stoute hit 39 from 74 balls, but wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud was the only other batsman to reach the 20s with exactly 20.In-form AndrÈ McCarthy then laid the foundation for the successful run chase with a top score of 49 from 76 balls, while Antiguan Devon Thomas chipped in with 33 from 65 deliveries.With the pair involved in a comfortable 84-run, third-wicket stand and Pride seemingly out of ideas, Scorpions appeared to be romping to an easy win.But experienced left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn turned the game on its head in a second spell which accounted for both batsmen and yielded four for 28 from 10 overs overall.His spell triggered a slide which saw six wickets fall for just 13 runs in the space of 42 balls, to give Pride a scent of an unlikely victory.Wickets continued to tumble until Cottrell arrived to strike two key blows and rescue the innings.AT ST PAUL’S SPORTS COMPLEX: Guyana Jaguars defeated Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners by six wickets in their Group B, third-round game in the Regional Super50 at St Paul’s Sports Complex here yesterday.Scores: MAROONERS 149 all out off 48.3 overs (Ryan Hinds 47; Veerasammy Permaul 4-22, Paul Wintz 3-21). JAGUARS 153 for four off 35 overs (Assad Fudadin 71; Vikash Mohan 2-25).SCOREBOARDPRIDE INNINGSD Smith c D Thomas b Gordon 1K Corbin lbw b Cottrell 0*K Stoute lbw b Campbell 39S Brooks st A Thomas b Miller 19J Carter c King b Campbell 18R Chase b Jacobs 2J Greaves b Jacobs 3+M Rampersaud b Cottrell 20A Nurse lbw b Jacobs 9S Benn not out 18D Currency b Cottrell 0Extras (lb4, w5) 9TOTAL (all out, 45.5 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-9, 3-36, 4-80, 5-82, 6-86, 7-89, 8-99, 9-138, 10-138.Bowling: Cottrell 4.5-1-18-3, Gordon 4-1-12-1, Miller 8-1-20-1, Jacobs 10-1-38-3 (w2), Campbell 10-0-32-2 (w3), Lambert 6-0-14-0.SCORPIONS’ INNINGST Griffith c Brooks b Nurse 4*J Campbell c Benn b Nurse 8D Thomas c wkp Rampersaud b Benn 33A McCarthy c Smith b Benn 49T Lambert c Smith b Benn 0B King lbw b Currency 8+A Thomas lbw b Benn 0N Miller not out 7D Jacobs run out 0S Cottrell not out 16Extras (w12, nb2) 14TOTAL (8 wkts, 38 overs) 139Did not bat: N GordonFall of wickets: 1-9, 2-21, 3-105, 4-107, 5-116, 6-116, 7-117, 8-118.Bowling: Nurse 6-0-35-2 (w8, nb2), Greaves 2-0-13-0 (w1), Currency 4-1-24-1 (w1), Benn 10-1-28-4 (w1), Chase 2-0-10-0 (w1), Smith 6-0-14-0, Carter 8-1-15-0.Result: Scorpions won by to wickets.Points: Scorpions 5, Pride 0.Man-of-the-Match: Sheldon Cottrell.Toss: Pride.Umpires: N Duguid, P Nero.
The initiative, which was implemented in July, is the brainchild of Custos Rotulorum for St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, and a Board comprising well-thinking residents and stakeholders of the parish, who share a common interest – advancing the welfare of Jamaica’s youth. The 540 youth, aged 17 to 35, were trained in food preparation, barbering, business process outsourcing, nail technology, and as waiters and waitresses. They are now ready to take their place among Jamaica’s employed labour force. Story Highlights The first cohort of participants in the Youth Enrichment Programme (YEP) in St. James, recently graduated after completing five weeks of comprehensive training and development in various skill sets. The first cohort of participants in the Youth Enrichment Programme (YEP) in St. James recently graduated after completing five weeks of comprehensive training and development in various skill sets.The 540 youth, aged 17 to 35, were trained in food preparation, barbering, business process outsourcing, nail technology, and as waiters and waitresses. They are now ready to take their place among Jamaica’s employed labour force.The initiative, which was implemented in July, is the brainchild of Custos Rotulorum for St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, and a Board comprising well-thinking residents and stakeholders of the parish, who share a common interest – advancing the welfare of Jamaica’s youth.Their endeavours have been significantly underpinned by strategic collaborative support from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in the overall quest to ensure that the programme will, as its motto affirms: ‘Leave None Behind’.This underlying support has manifested through, among other things, partnerships forged with several secondary and tertiary institutions in western Jamaica to facilitate training of the initial student cohort.The participating institutions were: Anchovy High School, Cambridge High School, Green Pond High School, Hopewell High School, Irwin High School, St. James High School, and the Western Hospitality Institute.The Custos notes that the Principals of these institutions were among the many stakeholders embracing YEP.Bishop Pitkin, who provided a programme overview during the inaugural graduation ceremony at Faith Temple Assemblies of God Church in Montego Bay on August 15, noted that while the initial goal was to enrol 1,400 participants, the 540 students accommodated was a “great achievement”.“[The fact that] we could have kept 500 young people off the streets of St. James for five weeks… that’s success,” he contended.Similar sentiments were echoed by the graduates who expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the initiative.Among them was Kaylia Hemmings, who enrolled in the food preparation course.She noted that she learned much over the five weeks, including fundamentals of kitchen hygiene and etiquette, while declaring that “I enjoyed the experience”.Bishop Pitkin tells JIS News, that while the programme does not currently have a job placement component, he is looking to change that soon.“We are hoping that those [students who are] 18 years and older, we can assist them in finding a job. We are looking at directing them into areas of their choice where they can be gainfully employed… thereby empowering themselves… [and] can go back to school later on and further their education,” he states.Meanwhile, work is underway to diversify the initiative’s offerings to target younger children, through a values and attitudes programme which Bishop Pitkin says is on the horizon.“The planning committee [of YEP] met to look at how we can implement a programme in the infant and primary schools. If we are going to develop our education system in Jamaica in a way that we leave none behind, as is our slogan, we have to start at that level… the foundation,” he emphasises.Bishop Pitkin also advises that YEP’s delivery over the initial five weeks will be evaluated and research undertaken to determine how best it can be expanded.He hints that, to this end, there is the possibility that additional courses such as commercial food preparation and cosmetology could be introduced.The next set of YEP courses will begin at the end of September.