Jamaica face Barbados as Regional U-15 tourney bowls off
Seeking to improve on their under par performances over the last two years, Jamaica will launch their hunt for the Regional Under-15 title when they tackle Barbados at Up Park Camp today.
The Jamaicans, who finished a disappointing fifth when hosting the tournament for the first time last year, will now be under the guidance of Oral Simpson, who replaces former national youth representative Carl Brissett.
Simpson, who has led the Spanish Town-based Eltham High School to six Grace Shield titles, and five knockout titles, said it is a rewarding feeling to know that his hard work has paid off when he was appointed head coach.
As regards the tournament, Simpson told the Jamaica Observer that the main objective for him is to better the team's performance from last year.
"Barbados is a strong team, they will be well motivated coming up against us, because they won the Under-17 title, but we have some plans of our own and if the boys execute properly then we can come out victorious against them.
"Our plan is to take it one game at a time, the team is well-balanced, we are very hardworking and disciplined, but what we are striving for mostly is to develop team unity," he said.
Defending champions Trinidad & Tobago will launch their title defence against Windward Islands at the Kensington Cricket Club ground, while Guyana and the Leeward Islands will do battle at the Melbourne Cricket Club in the other first-round games.
The twin-island republic captured the title for the seventh time by topping the points table following victories over Windwards, Leewards, Guyana and the home team last year when it was staged in the parish of St Elizabeth. They narrowly edged out the Windwards for top spot, with Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and the Leewards following.
Their only loss came against traditional sporting rivals Barbados, and they will be seeking to cross that hurdle if they are to grasp the title for the eighth time.
The tournament in its 19th season will this year be contested under a round-robin format, featuring five rounds of 50-over matches with the team accumulating the most points being declared champions.
Schedule of matches
Tuesday, July 22
Guyana vs Leeward Islands — Melbourne
Jamaica vs Barbados — Up Park Camp
Windward Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago — Kensington
Thursday, July 24
Barbados vs Guyana — Melbourne
Trinidad & Tobago vs Leeward Islands — Police
Windward Islands vs Jamaica — Kensington
Friday, July 25
Guyana vs Trinidad & Tobago — UWI Mona
Barbados vs Windward Islands — Police
Leeward Islands vs Jamaica — Kensington
Monday, July 28
Windward Islands vs Guyana — UWI Mona
Jamaica vs Trinidad & Tobago — Police
Leeward Islands vs Barbados — Melbourne
Wednesday, July 30
Guyana vs Jamaica — Melbourne
Windward Islands vs Leeward Islands — Police
Trinidad & Tobago vs Barbados — Up Park Camp