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Heaven calls for more support of community cricket

Ruddy Allen

Thursday, February 20, 2014    

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PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Wilford 'Billy' Heaven, saluted the recently-concluded Wray & Nephew/Portmore Cricket Association T/20 Championship, and in the same breath, urged more sponsors to support the development of cricket in the community.

"This was a very successful league, we have some talented players here in Portmore and all the teams have played well. We value the membership here with the Portmore Cricket Association (PCA) and will continue to support them.

"The JCA is about building cricket and so we are doing whatever we can to develop cricket in Jamaica and so I am pleased to announce that we will join other sponsors to make the Portmore T/20 bigger and better for the next season," said Heaven, speaking at the presentation after the final.

Portmore Pines defeated GC Foster College by three wickets to lift the title.

As part of the move to broaden the base of support, Heaven has proposed the engagement of more local business owners within Portmore to come onboard to assist the PCA in the overall development of cricket in the sprawling residential municipality.

Heaven, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the state-run Chase Fund, revealed that the JCA will be more involved with the league next season.

Acting Mayor for Portmore Leon Thomas also pledged the support of his office next season, suggesting that it is what the late former Mayor George Lee would have wanted.

"I can tell you that the late George Lee was a lover and a good supporter of cricket, and come next season, I will be onboard with the PCA in sponsoring the tournament," he said.

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