SDC, Wray & Nephew All-island T20 community cricket bowls off Saturday
From left: Pavel Smith, Brand Manager, Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum; Dr. Dwayne Vernon, Executive Director of the SDC; Wilford 'Billy' Heaven, President of the JCA and Wavell Hinds, President of WIPA pose for a picture during the launch of the 2019 SDC/Wray & Nephew National Community T20 Cricket Competition.
The Social Development Commission (SDC) Wray & Nephew National Community T20 Cricket Competition, endorsed by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), bowls off on Saturday, promising to bring communities closer together while sharing the spirit of cricket.
For the 13th year, 229 teams from 327 communities across Jamaica will engage in a healthy and fun competition, a platform for hidden cricket talent to come to the fore.
“Community sports is used to capture the attention at the community level, bringing people together for collaborative community efforts, sharing their passion, pride, and spirit,” said Pavel Smith, Brand Manager, Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum at the launch on Wednesday.
To that end, J Wray & Nephew Ltd, through its flagship brand Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, is pumping $40million into the competition.
“The Social Development Commission uses T20 cricket as a unifying force igniting the energies within these communities. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum has always been a part of Jamaican communities and building Jamaican pride through our sport,” Smith shared.
He reasoned that cricket touches consumers in their communities at the grassroots level and with T20 cricket it is even more exciting.
For the investment, $6 million in cash will go to the SDC; and the rest will be utilised for visibility for the competition in advertising and awareness about the sport and increasing the fun element for the patrons at the matches.
At every match, cricket fans will enjoy specially priced Wray Rum mixes and freebie fanfare gear like thunder sticks, horns, T-shirts among other goodies and giveaways.
At the National Stage, the Wray & Nephew Music Machine, their disc jockeys, and hostesses will provide the spirit for select venue parties that will have ‘community’ bars ready to partake in the fun with featured matches having extra fanfare.
In a bid to ensure that only the highest quality of cricket is played, especially as the competition enters the National stage, coaches will be engaged in cricket clinics that will help them further hone their skills.
“We will be working with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) to conduct coaching clinics for the final 13 teams just before the start of the national stage,” Smith explained. “We will have coaches, from the qualifying national round teams, training on the three cricketing disciplines: batting, bowling, and fielding as well as man-management and leadership training.”
He sees Wray and Nephew’s investment in the tournament as having positive long-term effects on Jamaica’s cricket, by reinforcing and highlighting Jamaican sporting talent and creating much-needed exposure for community cricket and by extension community talent.
“We want to play our part in positively impacting the lives of communities in the hopes to showcase their cricket stars and assist in driving business for the small business owners in the communities during match weekends,” Smith said.
The SDC has welcomed its first co-branding partner since the competition started in 2006.
Dr. Dwayne Vernon, Executive Director of the SDC said: “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership, as we work together through sports and other capacity development initiatives in the development of communities across Jamaica.”
The SDC Wray & Nephew National Community T20 Cricket Competition will have two phases to the competition - parish and national.
In the first round, teams will play on a knockout basis, with the winners advancing to the second round. They then divide the eight remaining teams into two groups of four. The teams play on a round-robin basis with three points awarded for each win and one point each for no result. The top two teams from each group will contest the semi-finals with the winners advancing to the parish finals.
Organisers will divide the 13 parish winners plus the three best losing teams (two of which will come from the parishes that fielded the highest number of teams) into four groups of four and play in a round-robin format.
All four winners are ranked using Net Run Rate (NRR) the two teams with the best NRR move ahead up the semi-finals.
The two winning teams with lowest NRR will then be paired with the two best losers of the quarterfinal (determined by NRR) with the winners from these matches joining the two strongest winners from the second round to contest the semi- finals.
The winners of the semis will play for the National Championship honours, while the losers will play-off for third.
The Finals will be held on Sunday, August 25 at the Noranda Port Rhoades Sports Club in St. Ann.