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Old Harbour will play in the SDC T20 final for the fourth time in its history after beating arch rival Greater Portmore by 30 runs at Ultimate Sports Club, St Ann today.

The 2011 and 2012 champions will meet defending champions St Elizabeth’s Junction/Bull Savannah, who overpowered Heartease of St Thomas by seven wickets in the other semi-final played at the same venue.

Old Harbour’s march to another final appearance was first laid by top order batsmen Ronville Brown, Devoy Royal and Erron Downer, as the south west St Catherine club posted a challenging 193 for three after being sent in to bat first.

Brown ended the innings unbeaten on 72 after building an opening stand of 135 with the more attack-minded Gray, who made 68 from 40 balls. Brown’s 60-ball knock included nine boundaries, while Gray smashed five fours and five sixes in a brilliant display of power hitting.

Downer, the hero of Old Harbour’s quarter-final win over Race Course, upped the ante in joining Brown, as he blazed a whirlwind 38 from 13 deliveries which included four maximums while hitting the boundary rope once. Fifty-four runs were added for the second wicket and Old Harbour were firmly in the driver’s seat, while Malcolm White (2-31) was the best bowler on the day for Greater Portmore.

At their turn at bat, the Portmore champions and wild card entrant were off to a decent start with openers Rushane Bird (41) and Junior Stewart (39) posting 67 for the first wicket. The departure of Bird saw Jermaine Gordon (37) teaming up with Stewart and together the pair compiled 34 for the second wicket. But their departures, due to excellent bowling from Old Harbour, stifled the flow of runs, as they were restricted to 163 for seven when the overs ran out.

Downer’s all round ability, once again shun, as he bagged two for 17, while Derron Royal grabbed two for 40.

Meanwhile, Junction/Bull Savannah, champions of 2013 as well, confined Heartease to 117 for eight from 20 overs, before racing to 120 for three with some five overs to spare.

Old Harbour will be seeking to exact revenge against Junction after coming out on the losing end when both teams meat in last year’s semi-finals.

The final is set for 27th August at Naranda Bauxite in Discovery Bay, St Ann.

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Rising T20 player Rovman Powell has described his first call to the West Indies T20 squad as only the beginning.

Powell, 23, was named in a West Indies 15-man T20 squad to play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in three International T20s starting September 23.

The West Indies will engage Pakistan in three One Day Internationals as well as a three-match Test Series during the overseas tour. Powell was not named in the ODI squad and is not expected to be included in the Test side to be named shortly.

Speaking to Old Harbour News after the West Indies Cricket Board released the names of the players for both T20 and ODI squads, Powell said: “I think it’s a big step in the right direction, so it’s just for me to continue to work hard and grab the opportunity with both hands and make sure that at the end of the day my name is still in the programme and in the team.

“The work has just started,” continued the former Old Harbour High Headley Cup player, who was one of the star performers in helping the Jamaica Tallawahs lift the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title last month.

The talented all-rounder finished the CPL scoring 228 runs at an average of 25.33, took two wickets and was one of the best outfield players in the tournament, claiming seven catches.

Having rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s best players of the game, Powell said it’s now a case of playing efficient and consistent cricket.

“You know international cricket is a whole different level of cricket but cricket still remains the same. So it’s just for me to continue doing the stuff that I’m doing right and continue to improve on my game,” said the Banister resident.

“To be honest there is no set targets,” he added. “You know when you set targets you set up yourself for disappointments. So it’s just for me to assess and do what’s best in every possible situation and I think that’s the best route to go about it.”

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Old Harbour Cricket Club have more reasons to celebrate this Independence weekend after their SDC T20 quarter-final defeat to Greater Portmore was overturned by a review panel on Tuesday.

Greater Portmore, who Old Harbour defeated twice this season, recorded a shock five-wicket win over their arch rival in last Sunday’s quarter-final fixture at Three Hills, St Mary.

But immediately after the game, the two-time national community T20 cricket champions lodged an appeal, claiming Greater Portmore had used three “elite players” – a breach of competition rules which allows a maximum of two elite players per game.

Dennis Bulli of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Lucas Cricket Club’s Dwayne Guthrie are the two elite players registered by Greater Portmore.

However, in its complaint submitted, Old Harbour contended that Germaine Gordon of Lucas CC is an elite player having represented his club in the Senior Cup – the country’s premier domestic cricket competition – last year after the stimulated cut-off period thus granting the player elite status.

An investigation into the matter by the Social Development Commission review panel confirmed Old Harbour’s claim to be factual as match records obtained from the Jamaica Cricket Association revealed that Gordon, who was the main architect behind Greater Portmore’s win on a wet Three Hills wicket, had played in a two-day game for Lucas on March 28 and 29 of last year before turning out for them in a September 6, 2015 one-day encounter.

According to competition rules for this season “each community squad will be entitled to a maximum of four elite players from the top local domestic competitions… However, only a maximum of two such (elite) players may be nominated for a particular match.

“An elite player is one who currently plays or has played in a minimum of two domestic or international competitions later than March 10, 2015.”

Commenting on the ruling club manager for Old Harbour CC Orane Kelly said: It’s a sort of a blessing. We had hope of beating them but tough luck on their part; you must abide by the rules.

The pitch definitely played a key role in determining the outcome of the game. When you lose the toss on such a wicket you are always up against it because every team will choose to bat last on that pitch.”

Scores: Old Harbour 166 for seven from 20 overs. Ronville Brown 80 not out. Greater Portmore 168 for five from 17.4 overs. Germaine Gordon, 60.

The 2011 and 2012 champions will now turn their attention to the August 14 10:00 am semi-final game versus Junction of St Elizabeth at Ultimate Cricket Ground, St Ann where they hope to extend their impressive record of never losing a semi-final game at this stage of the competition having played in three finals.

Defending champions White House of Westmoreland will play Melrose of Kingston in the other semi-final starting 2:00 pm.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 20:04

Old Harbour win SDC T20 parish title

Old Harbour, for the fourth time, will be the parish representative in the national round of the SDC T20 community cricket after defeating Greater Portmore by 28 runs at Chedwin Park on Sunday.

Displaying good all-round team cricket, Old Harbour posted 157 all out before restricting Greater Portmore to 129 for eight.

It was a grudge match between the two most consistent teams in the parish with Old Harbour holding the psychological advantage after getting the better of their main rival when they met in the quarter-final round a few weeks ago.

On a slow Chedwin Park track, Greater Portmore won the toss and quickly inserted Old Harbour to bat first. The free-scoring opening pair of Ronville Brown and West Indies star player Andre Russell then posted 76 in 9.1 overs before Russell departed for 41 from 24 balls, smashing three boundaries and three sixes in his knock.

Brown followed Russell into the pavilion shortly afterwards, with a run-a-ball 40, including three fours and one six.

The in-form Devoy Smith then blazed a swashbuckling 45 from 24 balls inclusive of four fours and three maximums in a 48-run third-wicket partnership with Erron Downer who made five.

But the departure of Smith saw the Old Harbour innings losing its sting with Brian Brown (4-28) and Jordan Thompson (2-24) stemming the flow of runs.

After losing an early wicket, Kirk McKenzie (40 from 43 balls) and Dennis Bulli (36 from 26 balls) had to attend to early repairs atop the innings for Greater Portmore as the two shared in a second-wicket partnership of 53.

McKenzie recorded four fours in his innings, while Bulli was more cavalier stroking three boundaries and two sixes.

But once the two were gone it was a case of damage limitation for Greater Portmore as Old Harbour skipper Lascelles Davis (3-22) and Deron Royal (2-15) brought their chase to a grinding halt.

Old Harbour, the 2011 and 2012 national champions, have secured themselves $100,000 for winning the parish title, while Greater Portmore are assured of $50,000 as runner-up.

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Old Harbour and Greater Portmore registered comfortable wins in Super 8 action of the SDC Community T20 on Sunday.

In a Zone A double-header played at Chedwin Park, Greater Portmore defeated Old Harbour Bay by 65 runs in the early game, while Old Harbour crushed Dela Lions by seven wickets.

Greater Portmore’s victory was spearheaded by Odane Hartley’s brilliant half century at the top of the innings that came off 49-ball knock, comprising of 10 fours and two sixes and was the base of Greater Portmore’s 211 for five from 20 overs.

He shared in an opening partnership of 144 with Robert Heron, who made 49 (4x4s; 2x6s) from 33 balls in a contest that they dominated from the start

Old Harbour Bay, having won the toss, fought back with the quick departures of Hartley, Heron and Oniel Weir, who was LBW for naught to the bowling of Maurice People, as Greater Portmore slipped to 145 for three.

But the experienced Dennis Bulli seized the initiative once more for Greater Portmore with a blistering 42 from 16 balls, smashing four boundaries and three sixes.

Robert Johnson was the pick of the bowlers for Old Harbour Bay, claiming two for 27.

In reply, Old Harbour Bay lost crucial wickets at key moments and were left at 146 for eight when their chase ended. Middle order batsman Ricardo Stewart topscored for Old Harbour Bay with 32 (3x4s; 1x6s) from 28 balls after opener Cleon Thompson made 25.

Bulli ended with match figures of three for 24, while Dwayne Guthrie bagged two for 29.

Old Harbour's strong all-round line-up overpowered the Lions despite Roy Williams’ top score of 78.

Williams and David Morgan (41) formed the basis of Dela Lions 151 for six off 20 overs, as Lascelles Davis took four for 30 bowling for Old Harbour.

In reply, Old Harbour cruised to 155 for three from 18 overs with Mariano Dixon and Dempsey Salmon unbeaten on 57 and 29 respectively after Ronville Brown made 44.

Action continues in the zone on May 29 at Chedwin Park with Old Harbour playing Old Harbour Bay in the feature match after Greater Portmore take on Dela Lions.

The top two teams from the zone will advance to the parish semi-finals.

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A vessel, believed to have originated from Venezuela, laden with 21 drums of fuel, was discovered in Jamaica waters by a police team attached to the Old Harbour Bay Marine Division.

Acting on information received, the well stocked boat was found in the mangroves of Portland Cottage, Clarendon on Wednesday at approximately 11:30 am Supt. Carl Ferguson, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Marine Division confirmed to Old Harbour News when contacted yesterday.

No arrest was made as the La Piragua-registered vessel was unoccupied at the time of the discovery.

However, the police are theorizing that the 35-feet Eduaradona vessel is being used in the illicit guns-for-drug trade involving the South and Central America regions, the Caribbean and North America, given the high volume of fuel loaded on to the vessel.

With precisely 1,090 gallons of fuel aboard, the vessel was also equipped with two 200-horsepower engines and two batteries.

Investigation continues.

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For the second year in a row Martin Wynter of London, England is on a fundraising drive with full proceeds going to the St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney.

This year, however, Wynter - a social media junky of the sort - will undergo a self-imposed 30-day social media sabbatical while aiming to at least match the £4,000 raised last year.

Beginning January 17, the 48-year-old Wynter will not only be offline on Facebook but also Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“It started as a joke. I created a ladies group called TeamShoeDoctor and my admin ladies said I could not come off Facebook,” said Wynter, whose parents are from Old Harbour, Jamaica.

“So last year just before I started the challenge I decided to raise money for a charity, and I chose St Joseph's Hospice where I saw a lady spend her last days there. In this we raised £1000 in the first week, on to £4,000 plus at the end.”

Over £200 has been donated already by the public for this worthy cause.

“We are so excited that Shoe Doctor is supporting us again this year with his ‘No Social Media Challenge’. Last year's challenge raised almost £5000 which has made a huge difference to the quality of life of our patients and their families - and his 2016 challenge is even bigger!

“At St Joseph's Hospice we care for people living with a terminal illness, as well as supporting their friends and family. When people like Shoe Doctor take on a challenge in memory of a loved one, it makes our work even more meaningful,” said Anita Brien, community fundraiser at St Joseph’s Hospice.

Wynter, the franchise owner of James Shoe Care in Barkingside, added: “After 30 days off social media, I will still take donations for a week when I’m back”.

For his kind effort, Wynter was officially recognised with an award from the St Joseph’s Hospice last year.

“Let me see what I can do this year,” said Wynter who visited his parents in Jamaica last year.

To donate visit the website www.justgiving.com/shoesnosocialmediachallenge.

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Old Harbour were ousted at the quarter-final stage of the INSPORTS St Catherine Community Netball, losing 26-18 to Knollis.

In the feature of four games played at the Marlie Acres Sports Complex, Old Harbour shot out of the block scoring the first three goals of the contest. Knollis clawed their back however, but Old Harbour ended the first quarter 6-5 ahead.

The visitors from Linstead shifted gears in the second quarter and outscored their opponent 8-3 to open up a four-point gap at half-time.

From then onwards, the visitors were in full control of the game, widening the gap between themselves and Old Harbour with the deficit increase to seven points at the end of the third quarter.

Old Harbour looked dead and buried coming out for the final quarter and despite a slightly improved showing, Knollis ran out deserved winners, joining Friendship, Church Road and Spartans in January 17 semi-finals.

In the earlier matches, Friendship defeated Fraziers Content 24-21; Church Road scored a hard fought 22-20 win over 3West, while Spartans outclassed Tryall 31-18.

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Trans-Jamaican Highway, operators of Highway 2000, have kept its promise by opening up the east-bound off-ramp at Old Harbour by the end of 2015.

This particular exit facilitates motorists travelling from May Pen, Clarendon to exit on South Street, Old Harbour.

The previous measure was of severe inconvenience to many individuals and businesses, prompting several residents and civic groups to lobby the French company for a change.

Eventually the TJH accepted the concerns of the motoring public highlighted during a press briefing hosted at its Portmore-based head office last November.

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Every Wednesday, for the past year or so, Icylin Golding has led a team of ladies from the Women’s Fellowship committee of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in feeding the homeless in and around Old Harbour.

It’s an act of goodwill that comes naturally to her, given her childhood upbringing, she told Old Harbour News during a recent interview one Wednesday afternoon.

By late morning of each Wednesday, Golding and her church sisters, numbered around 15, would meet at the renowned church on Darlington Drive where the food is prepared.

By noon the food would be ready; however, distribution isn’t immediate as the group first engage in prayers, giving God thanks for yet another opportunity to assist the less fortunate, many of unsound mind, some just homeless, while others are incapacitated at their place of abode.

About 50 persons are catered for each Wednesday, she told me, but insufficient support is a major factor as they would like to feed more people.

“We like to create the smiles, and on the Christian side, to encourage people that there is a God,” she said after returning from the streets where many homeless persons were given a meal consisting of traditional rice and peas and chicken and vegetables.

“Sometimes you just need someone to talk to and most of the persons on the street just need a shoulder, or somebody to believe that they too exist, and they are a human being and like to be treated that way, so we reach out and touch as best as we possibly can with the little that we have.”

The programme is not a first for the church, as in the past a similar outreach initiative was being run, Golding informed. With the need greater than before the programme was revitalized when she took over as head of the committee. The group started its own fundraiser with every member making a weekly donation. Soon afterwards, the wider Church membership began to play its part in financing this noble deed, with additional help from non-member individuals.

Although contribution is small relative to the number of those in need, the positive impact is immeasurable.

“So it’s not only this church but other denominations who comes out. Especially Jennifer, the main cook, who is from another denomination. She comes out to assist every week to cook,” said Golding who is the sister-in-law of former Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

She added: “It is good to know that you touch others; you know when you see that little smile, and especially those that are shut-in. Remember that’s a lonely period for them. So they seeing you and you sharing spiritual thoughts with them it’s a nice feeling for us and for them also.”

For Golding, much of the credit goes to the team of women who work assiduously week in, week out, ensuring that the programme continues to grow while achieving its objectives.

One of the members is Rose Bell, a returning resident from the United Kingdom. She tells me that the work of the committee and the progress being made brings joy to her heart.

“Since I joined this group I find it’s progressing and they are doing many things for the community which I think is very nice,” Bell told Old Harbour News while the group was in fellowship.

“Feeding the sick and those who are shut-in, even those on the streets which is just wonderful for people to care about others as we should do. We all donate towards it and we hope that eventually it will grow and grow… and we will have more people join in.”

But in order to grow, Golding reiterates the need for increased benevolence.

“We can reach others if we have more support. Right now we have just two vehicles to move around to the shut-ins. If others in Old Harbour could come in and join with us and let us reach more people that would be very good,” she said, while urging the public to contribute to the initiative by donating food, clothing and household items.

“We try to reach out to the young too, try to mentor because there are two (young persons) who come to the prayer meetings who we ‘touch’ and they are doing well in school,” she said.

As a businesswoman managing several businesses, dedicating oneself to such a cause can be tedious as well as hectic. Making time available is never a question for this diminutive but vivacious lady, who believes her effort is a combination of several factors.

She said: “We can all find the time. We pass this way once, we must utilize the 24 hours God gives us. We got the gift of life and we must use it positively in any way we can. Sometimes I just stop the car and sleep for five minutes and sometimes I have to remember that I have a family. If it wasn’t for Tony (her husband) I’d be in serious trouble. It must be the genes in my mother because first time for Sunday dinner we had to walk around with our little shut pan to ‘Maas This’ and ‘Miss This’ before we could eat. So it’s part of growing up.”

In the summer of 2015, Golding was honoured by the Diaspora group known as the Old Harbour Friends Association for 22 years of service to the community of Old Harbour.

As the chairperson of the local chapter, she updated Old Harbour News about the work of the association. She informed that 10 students from five schools were offered five-year high school scholarships with the possibility of extending funding through to university.

The recipients must maintain a 95 per cent average, she emphasized.

“Sometimes they fall to 90, sometimes even less. So what we do is to find what the real problem is. Sometimes they have home issues so we have to mentor during that period. The school recommends, we interview the students, the parents because it does not make sense you recommending people who can afford. But although you can’t afford you must be ambitious,” she explained.

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