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JCA happy with resurgent Junior Cup

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2012    

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THE Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Junior Cup competition was generally smoothly run, according to operations officer Courtney Francis.

Francis said despite the financial obstacles and one weekend being affected by forecast of rainy weather, the competition finished on time and without any serious hiccups.

"I think the competition went well and we adhered to the timeline, despite certain issues. All deadlines were met and there were (positive) results for most of the games because the weather was largely favourable," he said.

The University of the West Indies (UWI), captained by former national youth player Paul Palmer, won the 2012 Junior Cup after coming from behind to defeat the highly-fancied Kingston CC by six wickets in the final a week ago.

UWI opener Desmond Jones starred with an unbeaten 72 in the second innings.

Scores: Kingston 147 and 82; University of the West Indies 104 and 125-4.

Regarded as a feeder competition for the top-tier Senior Cup, the Junior Cup was not held in 2011 due to funding constraints.

Francis credited the participating clubs for their commitment and noted that many young players benefited from the staging of this season's tournament.

"The JCA had zero finance to work with because it was not sponsored. A lot of the immediate expenses were covered by the clubs and that says something. The Junior Cup gave many players, who wouldn't have played any Senior Cup cricket, the opportunity to play," said the JCA official.

Meanwhile, the second semi-final in the Senior Cup will be played July 14-15 between the Jamaica Defence Force and reigning champions Manchester CA at Up Park Camp. The winners will face Melbourne CC in the championship match after they beat St Elizabeth CA in the first semi-final.

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