Hosts Jamaica and title-holders Guyana will today meet in the final of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-19 Championship at Manchester High School. Led by St Elizabeth Technical off-spin all-rounder Michael Frew, the Jamaicans will enter the contest as slight underdogs, having finished second to the Guyanese at the end of the seven-team preliminary round. Guyana, with five victories and one defeat, tallied 32 points to Jamaica’s 27.5, with the latter recording four wins and two losses. Trinidad and Tobago with three wins, two losses and a no-result, ended with 22.5 to round off the top three. Jamaica defeated Guyana by five wickets in both teams’ opening match of the tournament, with their South American mainland opponents posting 203 off 44.3 overs. Jamaica replied with 204 for five, with 4.4 overs to spare. “They (Guyana) will be difficult as they are an attacking team with, as usual, spin being their strength,” said Junior Deans, manager of Jamaica. “They have two left-arm spinners and two off-spinners. “However, we are optimistic about our chances, as we have been improving with each game and, if we play like we did in our last game against Barbados, where we fought hard and came off the field battered and bruised, we should do well.” Conditioned by Robert Samuels, Jamaica, in addition to Frew, will again be hoping for impressive performances from batsmen Abijhai Mansingh and Leonardo Friginette, as well as West Indies Under-19 fast bowling all-rounder Odean Smith and pacer Miguel Smith. Opener Mansingh and Friginette are coming off back-to-back half centuries, while Miguel, with seven wickets in their last two games, and Odean, the team’s leading wicket-taker, have been leading efforts with the ball. “When we bat, we just have to ensure that when we don’t just get boundary balls; we rotate the strike,” noted Deans. “Meanwhile, when we bowl, it’s about getting the ball in the right areas as much as possible, as well as showing support in the field,” he added. Guyana will look to West Indies Under-19 opener Shimron Hetmyer, who has highest scores of 135 not out and 98, captain Travis Persaud, and batting all-rounder Keemo Paul to lead their charge. Jamaica (from): Michael Frew (captain), Abijhai Mansingh (vice captain), Brad Barnes, Ryan Burnett, Shahid Crooks, Tyrone Daley, Ramone Francis, Leonardo Friginette, Gareth Henry, Miguel Smith, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, George Walker. Guyana (from): Travis Persaud (captain), Ronaldo Alimohamed (vice-captain), Akenie Adams, Balchan Baldeo, Grisean Grant, Shimron Hetmyer, Tevin Imlach, Kassem Khan, Parmesh Parsotam, Keemo Paul, Akshaya Persaud, Nathan Persaud, Parmanand Ramdhan, Sherfane Rutherford.
The Liberia Motorcyclists Transport Union (LMTU) recently launched a one month national anti-Ebola campaign to show its commitment to the Ebola Must Go Campaign in accordance with a recent commitment made by the Union’s leader during the Ministry of Information regular Ebola press briefing.The LMTU Secretary General Mr. Robert Sammie asserted that the campaign is intended to get motorcyclists actively involved in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.He said that during the month long campaign, motorcyclists will carrying anti-Ebola messages and educate other motorcyclists about the necessary Ebola preventive measures.The LMTU Secretary General called on all motorcyclists to stop transporting two passengers at a time adding that they should always dress properly in long sleeve shirts in order to protect themselves from contracting the virus.The Union’s anti-Ebola campaign project was launched under the theme: “Breaking a Mode of Rapid Ebola Transmission by Using Commercial Motorcyclists as Agents of Alert in Liberia”.Chief Rider at Gobachou Red-Light Joseph Kollie who spoke for motorcyclists said, they will continue to contribute positively to the fight against the virus stating that “motorcyclists will no longer be used as a mode of transmission of the deadly Ebola virus.”He asserted that motorcyclists are prepared to join the fight and pledged to protect themselves and their families by observing all the preventive measures given by the Ministry of Health and its partners.Meanwhile, during the launch of their campaign, the Union recognized and distributed jackets to all motorcyclists who were seen observing the Ebola preventive measures such as wearing long sleeves and transporting one passenger at a time as a means of encouraging them to continue what they have already started. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)