Scotiabank gives more to Prep cricket
Scotiabank has announced a 25 per cent increase in sponsorship for this year's Scotiabank/Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Prep Schools cricket competition.
The increase will bring the sponsorship package to $5 million.
"This increase in sponsorship is a testimony to our continued belief in the importance of investing in youth through developmental sports," said Yanique Forbes Patrick, vice-president - Scotiabank Marketing, at yesterday's launch, held at the Lucas Cricket Club in east Kingston.
Chief executive officer Courtney Francis, lauded Scotiabank for continuing to partner with JCA to promote the game among young players.
Quest were crowned National champions for the first time last year, defeating Hydel Preparatory by 10 runs at Lucas.
Quest coach, Leonard Malcolm told STAR Sports that his team is missing about eight players from last year, "but we are a competitive school, and we are going to compete to try and retain our crown."
The competition will run from today to June 12 and feature a total of 48 teams, with approximately 121 matches across three counties.
The competition began in 2003 and has grown from 24 schools to 48; 24 from Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine, 12 from Middlesex and 12 from Cornwall.
Prep school standouts to come from the competition include Brandon King, who has represented Jamaica at all levels, Brad Barnes in 2013, Raewin Senior in 2014 and Kirk McKenzie last year.
West Indies players Marlon Samuels and Stafanie Taylor signed bats and balls for the youngsters yesterday.