Jamaica Manager praises team for great effort

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Manager of the Jamaica Team, Derron Dixon, has praised everyone in his team for the great showing during the recent West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB’s) Regional Four-day First-class Competition.

The Jamaicans were comfortable winners of the expanded tournament, which saw matches being played on a home and away format. They ended with 106 points from their 12 matches to win the George Headley/Everton Weekes Trophy.

“The players did very well this year and have reason to be proud,” Dixon said. “The effort that they put in all season was very good. It was a very long season and they realised that a good start would be very important. We had a good start and maintained the momentum throughout. They guys showed the kind of commitment and dedication which was required and that helped to pull us through. They deserved to win the title.”

The former Jamaica allrounder also noted that having a team of experienced players helped. He added that the “hard work” put in the lead-up to the season also worked in their favour and “everyone contributed when required”.

“We have an experienced group of players who were always willing to offer advice and they understood what was required. We did not have some of our main players available, as they were on West Indies duty [against England] but we still had enough depth. Also, the pre-season preparation was very good and from that point it was clear the team was on a mission to succeed.”

The Manager also noted that Coach Junior Bennett and Trainer David Bernard Snr, worked well together with the players.

“These gentlemen have been involved in Jamaica’s cricket for a long time and they understand the game. They work very well with the players and the players are very comfortable. They are crucial to the team’s success.”