STETHS, Vere take all
Digicel signs on to ISSA T20 league for next three years
ST Elizabeth Technical and Vere Technical high schools, winner and runner-up, respectively, in the ISSA/ Digicel T20 All-Island Championship, dominated at the awards ceremony for the tournament held last week Thursday at the Knutsford Court Hotel.
Along with the winner's trophy and a cheque for $150,000, STETHS also copped several major individual awards. Leonardo Salmon was declared Man-of-the-Match in the finals, while Dennis McGravey got the Top Performance award in the final as he hit a memorable six off the final ball, which gave STETHS the edge over Vere. Shahid Crooks was awarded for the century he made, while teammates Kevon Williams and Marquino Mindley were awarded for their four-wicket hauls.
Vere Technical was presented with a cheque for $100,000 and also received individual awards. Fabian Allen was named the Most Valuable Player for the tournament and top scorer with a total of 305 runs, which included two centuries. He also received an award for his four-wicket haul and centuries made. Ryan Burnett, who showed exceptional talent as a bowler, walked away with awards for most wickets caught and his four-wicket haul.
Clive Ledgister, coach of STETHs was presented with a tablet and trophy for Coach of the Tournament while his adversary, Dewith Coleman from Vere Technical was presented with a smartphone and trophy for Runner-up Coach.
Speaking at the ceremony, Tahnida Nunes, senior sponsorship manager at Digicel said: "Digicel is committed to youth development in Jamaica and we continue to show our commitment through our support of several sporting initiatives for young people, like this Twenty/20 competition, to developing youth and sports in Jamaica. So, with such a great success, it is indeed my pleasure to officially announce that Digicel is on board to be a part of this competition for the next three years as we are looking out for a new and improved championship."
Nunes also shared her company's joy for having three players from the championship being drafted to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Tallawah's training squad.
"As you may know, Digicel is also sponsor of the CPL. As a sponsor we also had to think of the continuity of the event, so at the start of the youth Twenty/20 championship, we had a very clear goal for it to be used as a springboard for young players into the CPL. Fabian Allen of Vere Technical High School along with Tristan Coleman from Cross Keys and Ramal Lewis from STETHS helped us to fulfil this goal," she said.