WESTERN BUREAU: Excelsior Community College (EXED) are the inaugural champions of the Community Colleges Council of Jamaica (CCCJ) Athletics Championship after mustering a commanding 179 points at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday. EXED ended the one-day championship 68.5 points in front of a distant second place for the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), 86 points; with Montego Bay Community College third overall with 79 points. Portmore (74), Knox Community College (72), Moneague (34), and Brown’s Town (12) round out the top seven. EXED won nearly all the major races, including Kadian McKoy’s triumph in the women’s 400m in 1:06.26 seconds. Moneague’s Robyn McPherson took silver in 1:08.83 seconds; and her teammate, Rocaina Butter, the bronze in 1:14.47 seconds. Shane Hudson won gold for Moneague in the men’s equivalent in a time of 49.41 seconds. EXED’s Andre McFarlane, 50.15 seconds, was second and Christopher Myrie of CASE was third in 51.46. The marquee 100m race for men was won by Jullane Walker of EXED in 10.83 seconds. Silver went to Knox’s Odane Wright (11.02), with the bronze going to Jerome Barton of Portmore. 100m race Moneague shone in the women’s 100m race, with first place going to Tianna Miller in 12.87 seconds. Daniella Medly of MoBay Community College finished in second in 13.32 and Malieka Newman (Knox) was third in 13.51 seconds. The David Riley-coached EXED did not let up in the sprint relays, winning both the male and female categories easily. They posted 43.59 seconds to win the men’s 4x100m with a team comprising Delton Gregory, Walker, Andre McFarlane and Maurice Harrison. Portmore (44.24) were second and CASE (45.27) third. EXED were also impressive in winning the women’s race, stopping the clock at 53.02 seconds, with Knox (53.63) and Moneague 54.00 seconds, taking the minor placings. Jason Lewis, Shavaun Dawson, Andre McFarlane and Romario Thomas took EXED to an exciting gold in the men’s 4x400m relay win in 3:30.84 seconds. CASE finished second in 3:35.76, with third going to Knox in 3:39.83. EXED’s Maurice Harrison accounted for 21 points and was awarded the Champion Boy Trophy, while on the female side, that award went to Kadian McKoy, also of EXED. “The council is very delighted with the outcome of this our first attempt at a track and field meet,” declared Aldane Crew, meet director. “Next year will see the inclusion of at least three community colleges from overseas, and that in itself will be an interesting development as we build out our plans for the meet in ensuing years,” added Crew.
KOLKATA, India (CMC):In-form batsman Evin Lewis will replace the injured Lendl Simmons on the West Indies team for the World T20 tournament which gets under way in India on Tuesday, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday.Lewis, 24, is receiving his maiden call up after a string of outstanding performances in the NAGICO Super50 and the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.The T&T cricketer posted scores of 74, 101, 87 and 104 against Jamaica and blasted 56 against the Leeward Islands last week.Lewis, a former West Indies Under-19 player, has been called up as a replacement for Simmons.REPRESENTATIONHe is yet to play at the international level, having represented Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean T20 and the Champions League, and has also played for T&T Red Steel and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League.”Evin Lewis, a young and exciting batsman who we believe will fit into the team set-up very well. He has the ability to perform at this level of the game,” said chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd.”His selection is in keeping with our policy to give exposure to young, talented players we believe will help to carry West Indies cricket forward.”Simmons, the 31-year-old right-handed top-order batsman, will remain in Trinidad to continue his rehabilitation, while left handed Lewis was due to fly out yesterday.West Indies arrived in Kolkata on Monday after completing a two-week preparation camp in the United Arab Emirates where they won all four warm-up matches.The Caribbean side has been drawn in Group One of the Super 10 stage where they will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and one of the qualifiers from the first round.They will play their two official warm-up matches against hosts India tomorrow and Australia on Sunday.Lewis will be hoping to get to India in time for the second warm-up match against Australia.West Indies are entering the World Cup second in the ICC rankings, with India installed as the top-ranked team.
Former champions Harbour View will go into today’s set of matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with the advantage as the battle for the fourth place continues. The stars of the East, as Harbour View are dubbed, currently occupy the fourth spot on 39 points, the same as UWI FC, but with a superior goal difference. What gives them the edge today is the match-up. While Harbour View will play away to the inconsistent Boys Town, UWI FC will host defending champions and the team occupying second spot, Arnett Gardens. Of the opposing teams, Boys’ Town are the easier of the two while only a brave person would bet against Arnett Gardens defeating UWI FC. Arnett Gardens are filled with ammunition and with the likes of the in-form Michaelous Martin, their leading scorer Kemal Malcolm, Leon Strickland and Newton Sterling. Any of those forwards can provide the goods on the day. With UWI FC’s slow defensive unit and Deno Schaffe being out, it will take a major effort to keep Arnett Gardens off the score sheet. UWI FC are also capable of finding the back of the net through Girvon Brown, Anthony, Grant, Anthony Greenland and Kemar Cummings. Since his return to the island from the USA, Brian Brown has been in good goal-scoring form and is expected to lead the Harbour View attack against Boys’ Town. P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay U 29 15 11 3 47 17 30 56 Arnett 29 16 6 7 44 22 22 54 Portmore 29 16 6 7 36 24 12 54 H View 29 9 12 8 34 29 5 39 UWI 29 10 9 10 33 39 -6 39 H Lion 29 9 11 9 23 27 -4 38 Boys’ T 29 9 8 12 33 44 -11 35 Tivoli 29 9 6 14 31 37 -6 33 Cavalier 29 8 9 12 23 29 -6 33 Reno 29 7 11 11 28 45 -17 32 W’house 29 6 10 13 26 35 -9 28 Rivoli 29 6 9 14 31 41 -11 27 Today’s Games – 8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Portmore United – Montego Bay Sports Complex POINTS STANDING Tomorrow’s game: – 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Harbour View – Barbican Stadium – 3:30 p.m.: Reno vs Tivoli Gardens – Frome Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Waterhouse – Effortville Community Centre – 3:30 p.m.: Rivoli United FC vs Cavalier – Prison Oval – 3:30 p.m.: UWI FC vs Arnett Gardens – UWI Bowl, Mona