Cricket: Batting for Success
Jamaica has been enjoying tremendous success at the regional level, and the sport continues to be one of the most popular in the country.
Already it has been a historic 2011 for the national senior team. The Tamar Lambert-led team won the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) regional four-day title for a fourth straight year to equal the feat accomplished by Barbados in the late 1970s.
Jamaica equalled the long-standing record by crushing Combined Campuses and Colleges by eight wickets inside two days on a spinner-friendly surface at the Three Ws Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on April 9.
The history-making 2011 team was coached by Trinidadian Augustine ‘Gus’ Logie, who was employed by the Paul Campbell-led Jamaica Cricket Association on December 1, 2010 on a four-month contract.
Logie replaced Junior Bennett, who was at the helm for four years, and that move was met with strong oppositions from a wide cross section of cricket fans across the country.
At the time of his replacement, Bennett had a successful stint with the senior team. He guided the senior team to consecutive regional four-day triumphs in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
In 2009, Jamaica won two other regional cricket titles – the West Indies Under-19 women’s cricket championship in St Lucia and the boys’ Under-15 CLICO West Indies junior title in Trinidad.
Bennett, who also had a successful run as coach of the island’s Under-19 team for over a decade before being promoted to guide the seniors, was also the man at the helm when Jamaica tasted victory in the 2007-2008 regional One-Day competition.
In the Caribbean Twenty/Twenty tournament, which was played earlier in the year, Jamaica secured third place an improvement from their fourth place finish the following year. The Caribbean Twenty/Twenty tournament was Logie’s first assignment with the senior team.