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Bennett welcomes plans for cricket centre in Middlesex

Monday, November 19, 2018

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Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth – President of the St Elizabeth Cricket Association Junior Bennett has welcomed plans for the development of a dedicated cricket centre at Middlesex, close to Holland Bamboo, a few miles west of here.

The announcement of plans for the cricket facility was made by Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North Western JC Hutchinson in late September at a formal ceremony to recognise the J Wray & Nephew Foundation's $35-million project to improve the Middlesex Infant School.

Gesturing to an open field beside the school, Hutchinson told his audience that he planned to have it fenced by next May and urged chairman of the Wray & Nephew Foundation Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence to partner with him in the development of a cricket complex.

“It is the only place in the constituency (St Elizabeth North Western) where we can play cricket,” Hutchinson said.

Locals say the field has been used for cricket and other sports over a period of many years. In late September it was covered in tall grass and shrubbery and occupied by cows.

Last week, Bennett told J amaica Observer Central that Hutchinson's plan was “an excellent idea”.

A shortage of places to play cricket was a big problem not just in St Elizabeth but right across Jamaica, said Bennett who is the current chairman of selectors for the national senior team and a former national coach.

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