The tournament was created to honor Brian Breese, a retired and accomplished sports administrator. He was one of the founders of JAVICA
The Jamaica Visually Impaired Cricket Association revealed that they are happy with the recently-staged Brian Breese T-13 Blind Cricket contest. The organization claimed that the tournament has boosted the growth of cricket for the blind in Jamaica.
The tournament is made up of four teams. The Super Vision team won the competition after recording 126 runs against the Cataract Strikers. The tournament was played in the Lucas Cricket Club’s Nelson Oval base in Kingston. It started in early November and came to an end on December 2.
Jason Ricketts, the JAVICA public relations officer, revealed that the tournament was “a great success.” He told journalists that most of the participants only registered for the competition towards the end of 2023.
Ricketts revealed that they used the feeder programme to recruit more than 17 visually impaired players. He also revealed that some of the players were playing the sport for the first time. He said that these new players have committed to continue growing in the sport.
Most of the players are attendants of the Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In September, they were introduced to cricket during their physical education classes.
In the T-13 final, Super Vision showed their dominance by racking up a daunting 174-3 off their allotted 13 overs. Gregory Stewart was one of the stand-out players; he delivered a blistering 30-ball 71. He struck seven fours and a six. The team began the game by winning the toss and taking the first strike.
Cataract Strikers fought back through Alvin James. He was the top bowler with 1-39.
In reply, Cataract Strikers batters were restricted to single figures. The Super Vision bowlers were led by Joshua Courier with 2-12.
Scores: Cataract Strikers 48 (7.1 overs); Super Vision 174-3 (13 overs).
The other teams that were involved in the T-13 competition were Retina Warriors and Blind Royals.
The tournament was created to honor Brian Breese, a retired and accomplished sports administrator. He was one of the founders of JAVICA.
The tournament was sponsored by Lucas CC, Hy-Lite sport drink, Sport Development Foundation, WB Trophies, and Jamaica Cricket Association.