St Catherine CC, Kingston meet in 50 over finale

first_img However, if Kingston, coached by Terrence Corke, is to have a say in the outcome of the decider, St Catherine will have to show up as the men from the capital have been performing all season. Led by former national Under-19 batsman, Garth Garvey, Kingston has won all seven of their fixtures, including impressive quarter-final and semi-final wins over St Thomas and Kensington, respectively. These victories were spearheaded by West Indies Under-19 World Cup all-rounder Odean Smith, the tournament’s leading runs-scorer, opener Aaron Johnson, and left-arm spin duo, Patrick Harty Jr and Paul Harrison. There is also sidelined national all-rounder Derval Green and Garvey, who throughout the campaign have played leading roles, and according the latter this along with the confidence of the team makes them formidable contenders. “I think people might underestimate us based on the faces of the players but I prefer to go into this final as the underdog,” said Garvey. “People might look down on us and say that St Catherine has the better team, but we know what we can do, and we know what we are up against on Saturday (today).” “Our team is fairly young, but we have a few players who knows what it takes to win matches, and championships,” he added. CONSISTENCY REQUIRED Back-to-back defending champions St Catherine CC will seek to make it three in a row when they take on unbeaten Kingston CC in the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island 50-Overs Tournament at Chedwin Park today. The contest, scheduled to get under way at 9:30 a.m., will see St Catherine with a cadre of national players beginning the game as favourites against a fairly young but enterprising Kingston unit. Coached by Milton Thomas and boasting the likes of sidelined national players, batsmen Danza Hyatt and Shacaya Thomas, fast bowler Brian Buchanan and all-rounder Gavin Wallace, St Catherine has one of the strongest teams on paper . This is complimented by former national youth batsmen Oraine Williams and Peat Salmon as well as emerging leg-spinner, Stephan Casey. “All the guys are confident and ready to take the three in a row,” expressed St Catherine captain, Hyatt, who has guided his charges to six wins in seven matches. “The season has gone well for us outside of the game that we lost to St Thomas earlier on in the season, and we have playing together well as a team, and that is what I think will make it difficult to beat.”last_img read more

Puerto Viejo holds first annual chocolate festival this weekend

first_imgIf you’ve had the opportunity to taste chocolate made from local, organic Costa Rican cocoa, then you might want to check out Puerto Viejo this weekend. The southern Caribbean beach town is hosting a chocolate festival through Sunday.Local restaurants and chocolate shops participate in this three-day event, where visitors from different countries have a chance to taste and judge chocolate from a variety of small and family-owned cocoa farms in the Talamanca region.The tasting contest will take place at Puerto Viejo’s Farmer’s Market and Cultural Center on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  The public will choose the winner of the First Annual Cacao Producers Award in Costa Rica.The chocolate champion will receive $500 from CariBeans Coffee & Chocolate, a popular local producer that recently opened a chocolate tasting lounge in Cocles last month. They also offer 14 different flavors of chocolate bars, ranging from tequila-flavored to spicy chili.The festival also offers workshops where participants can experience the chocolate-making process, from tasting the cocoa fruit from local farms to handcrafting the seed to obtain chocolate in different stages.In addition, participating restaurants will prepare low-priced tapas dishes with the main ingredient being, of course, chocolate.Restaurant Bar and Lounge Koki Beach, for example, advertised on their website a chocolate martini made to perfection. Chili Rojo, which specializes in Thai cuisine, plans to concoct a Mexican favorite called Chile Mole Negro, made with organic chocolate.  Local dessert and breakfast joint Bread and Chocolate is offering samples of their chocolate truffles and cakes to all of their customers throughout the weekend.Other participating restaurants include: Lazy Mon, Flip Flop, El Paso, Stashu’s con Fusion, Lotus Garden and Mon Li, among others. Find the festival on Facebook at Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival.  Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more