Thursday 14 November, 2019

'Billy' Heaven whips Mark Neita to retain JCA Presidency

Business executive, Wilford 'Billy' Heaven arrives at at the Medallion Hall Hotel in St Andrew on Thursday for the Jamaica Cricket Association's elections. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Business executive, Wilford 'Billy' Heaven arrives at at the Medallion Hall Hotel in St Andrew on Thursday for the Jamaica Cricket Association's elections. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Business executive, Wilford 'Billy' Heaven, has been re-elected as president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).

Heaven, Chief Executive Officer of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, will head the association for a third two-year term after turning back the challenge of Mark Neita 62 to 37, during the association's annual general meeting at the Medallion Hall Hotel in St Andrew on Thursday.

Neita, who is president of Melbourne Cricket Club,  only claimed victory in one of the four divisions, winning 17-10. Heaven easily won the other four divisions with scores of 21-5, 16-6, 15-9 on his way to the big victory.

Neita was Heaven's second vice-president during the previous administration.

Mark Neita at the Medallion Hall Hotel on Thursday for the Jamaica Cricket Association's elections. 

It was the second time that Heaven was challenged for the top post since becoming president in 2013 when Lyndel Wright did not seek re-election. In that year, Heaven whipped Milton Henry 71-25.

In 2016, Heaven was challenged by Fitz Harris and prevailed 52-47. 

Neita was without a first vice-president candidate on his executive slate and as a result, Dr Donovan Bennett was returned unopposed.

Fitz Harris defeated Nehemiah Perry 64-34 for the post of second vice president, while Diann Campbell whipped Neil Reese73-25 to take the honorary secretary position.

The executive slate is completed by Clinton Clarke (honorary assistant secretary),  Kerry Scott (honorary treasurer) and Michael Atterbury (honorary assistant treasurer)

 

 

 

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