MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Holmwood Technical High School fraternity was beaming with pride last week as their former Headley Cup cricket captain Jermaine Blackwood turned in a man-of-the-match performance to guide Jamaica to the regional Headley-Weekes cricket title.
The 22-year-old Blackwood, a native of eastern Westmoreland, slammed 94 and 118 -- his maiden first-class century -- as Jamaica dominated the Windward Islands in the final of the four-team competition.
The game was drawn but Jamaica lifted the Headley-Weekes Trophy, having accumulated more batting and bowling points than their opponents.
The top four teams in the regional four-day league competition Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Windward Islands, and Jamaica contested the Headley-Weekes Trophy.
Jamaica first upstaged league champions Barbados in the semi-final — winning by one wicket in Bridgetown before besting Windward Islands in St Lucia. The Windwards had crushed T&T in the other semi-final.
Blackwood ended the Caribbean first-class season with 611 runs, more than any other batsman, for an average of 40.73.
He attended Holmwood Technical in Christiana, north-east Manchester from 2007-2010. Blackwood played three years of Headley Cup cricket for the school and was captain in his final two years there.