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Despite the inclement weather, hundreds of cricket fans turned out at the new Trelawny multi-purpose stadium on Saturday, September 30, to see a Jamaica select team beat a US Invitational XI by 36 runs, winning the Air Jamaica Cup.
The match was played at the new stadium to see how ready the facilities are for Cricket World Cup 2007.
Captain of the Jamaica team, Tamar Lambert said that the members of the team played very well and that he was happy for the achievement.
“The Jamaica team played very good cricket. What we would like to improve on is getting singles in limited overs cricket,” he said, noting that the latter part of the game saw the members showing a level of improvement and that made him proud.
“It is a very young team and we just want to continue improving as we go along. I know what this team can do. I believe in them and they believe in me also,” he said.
David Bernard Jr. was voted ‘Man of the Match’ at the event. He was presented with a plaque and two first class tickets, courtesy of Air Jamaica.
“I can’t complain. I’ve been out for a while with injury. This is my first match for Jamaica after three months and I enjoyed the game very much,” he said.
Meanwhile, Manager of the US invitational XI, Robert Laing said that the team would be coming back for a re-match some time in the future. He commended the Jamaicans on their victory and wished them success in future competitions.
“We appreciate the hospitality. It was a warm welcome and we are looking forward to be back soon to play another game here in Jamaica and have a good time,” he said.