Junior Cup champs Mico bat for top-tier status
Coach of the Mico University College Altamont Solomon is hopeful that now that his team has proven their worth as Jamaica Cricket Association Junior Cup champions the institution will be considered for invitation to top-tier national competitions.
Mico, on the back of standout performances from outgoing Jamaica Under-19 left-arm spinner, George Walker, outclassed favourites the Jamaica Defence Force by 10 wickets to claim the Junior Cup at Sabina Park at the weekend.
The champions first dismissed the army men for 114 in the 50-over affair, with Walker claiming four for 32 and Antwain Stephens, three for 18.
Randre Christie then struck 40 not out as Mico cruised to 115 without loss.
"You have to win and dominate the Junior Cup in order to play in the Senior Cup and other major national competitions," said Solomon.
"Now having won the Junior Cup without losing a match, I think it could be said that we played a high standard of cricket.
"The hope, therefore, going forward we will be invited to play the national one-day tournament and eventually the Senior Cup."
Solomon, having watched his players perform well, is also anticipating positive results.
"It was the first time we were competing in the Junior Cup, and I thought the players really demonstrated a big level of understanding," he said.
"It also pleasing to see the performances of Walker and batsman Odean McCatty, who played Jamaica Under-19s two years ago as well, and hope their showings will enhance their chances over time of getting a national senior call-up."