Kensington will host the University of The West Indies (UWI) at Kensington Park, while title-holders St Catherine will play away to St James at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium in semi-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) 50-overs tournament today.In what is expected be two close encounters, Kensington, with several national representatives, will square off with the University of the West Indies (UWI), led by new national four-day captain Paul Palmer Jr.Coached by Robert Haynes, Kensington, who defeated St Elizabeth in quarter-final play, will look to David Bernard Jr, fast bowlers Nicholson Gordon and Jason Dawes, and batsmen Horace Miller and Cassius Burton.This makes them a formidable unit, and UWI, coached by Robert Samuels, will have to be at their best to advance. UWI, who surprised the title-hopefuls Kingston in the last round, will look to Palmer Jr, who, with 394 runs from six matches, averages 75, and Jamaica Scorpions trials invitee, all-rounder Rovman Powell.Also expected to do well are Chrishna Graham, Nicholas Walters, Oshane Walters, Romaine Morris, Chris Powell, and Omar Samuels, who are former national Under-19 representatives.”Kensington are an experienced team at this level, while we are participating in the tournament for the second time, and as such, they are favourites,” noted Palmer.”However, we are a good all-round team and have been playing positive cricket, and as such, if we play to our potential, it should be a competitive game.”At the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium, hosts St James, who surprised St Catherine CA in the quarter-finals, will enter as huge underdogs.St Catherine CC, captained by Danza Hyatt, will have Barbadian Kirk Edwards and Jamaica representatives Tamar Lambert, Shacaya Thomas, as well as former players Odean Brown and Gavin Wallace in their line-up.”One thing I like about us this season is that we are coming together at the right time,” Hyatt stated.”Although we miss AndrÈ Russell, our narrow quarter-final win over St Ann showed how much we are a team, and if we can play like that again, we will be in the final.”St James, new to this stage at the national level, have so far been led by outstanding Jamaica Under-19 batsman Leonardo Friginette as well as batsman Vinroy Crooks.
An accident in Corentyne, Berbice has left a mother of one dead as family members were returning from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Monday morning.Soorajine Surjraj and her daughter Nesa SukhraDead is Soorajine Surjraj, also called “Pammy”, of Lot 13 Grant 1805 Crabwood Creek, Corentyne.Injured are Surjraj’s only child, Nesa Sukhra, 15, and her 70-year-old mother, Khemnie Surjraj. Fifty-two-year-old Surjraj, a gas station pump attendant, along with her daughter and mother, were returning home after taking her sister to the airport to board a flight back to the US.The car was being driven by a family friend, who works as a mechanic, but was moonlighting as a taxi driver. The group left Crabwood Creek on Sunday afternoon about 17:00h. However, the accident occurred at Number 58 Village, Corentyne about 07:30h on Monday. Reports are that the driver of the car, HC 2217, might have fallen asleep at the wheel, which resulted in him losing control of the vehicle and driving into a lorry, GMM 9207, which was parked on the eastern parapet.The parked lorries at Number 58 VillageThe impact sent the lorry forward about two meters, causing it to hit another lorry and moving that lorry about one metre.As a result of the impact, the driver, Avenash Premnaught, 25, also of Crabwood Creek, sustained injuries and was taken to seek medical attention.The impact also caused the dead woman’s mother to suffer a fractured leg and her daughter, minor injuries. The daughter was treated at the Skeldon Hospital and sent away.Kumar Tulsi, who lives in close proximity to the scene of the accident, said he was at home when he heard the impact and rushed to the scene. According to him, by the time he reached the scene, the grandmother and daughter were already out of the car. He said the driver was sitting on the ground and seemed to be in some discomfort.The car the dead woman as traveling in“Me see one auntie and a young girl and she bin ah cry… when I look in the back I see the next auntie lie down, she didn’t moving; like she did done dead already. I hear the driver tell the Policeman that he really can’t say how come this thing happen. Nothing did wrong wid he, but all what I hear he say is he stomach ah pain am and the Police carry him to the hospital,” the 57-year-old villager related.Another villager, Sace Baddel was at a bus shed nearby at the time of the accident. He said he assisted in pulling the dead woman from the car, but she appeared dead.He said after the impact he heard someone shouting for help and he pulled the teen out from the wreckage first, then her grandmother. He said he did not initially see the third passenger.“She get a cut to she head and a cut through she breast,” he related.Meanwhile, the now dead woman’s sister, Savitry Persaud, 65, said the news quickly reached their home.“Is very hard for us, because it is a shocking something,” she related.Surjraj’s father died several years ago following a road accident and two of her siblings have suffered injuries as a result of road accidents.Taxi driver Avenash PremnaughtThe driver of the car is currently assisting the Police with the investigation.In 2016, a man was killed at the same spot when a car swerved from an animal on the road and in an attempt to avoid hitting a parked lorry, struck a villager.Several villagers voiced their concerns over the dangers posed by parked lorries on the road shoulder.At Number 58 Village, a lorry has been parked on the road shoulder for the past five years. It was the scene of a fatal accident in 2015, in which a man, who lived at Number 70 Village, was killed. (Andrew Carmichael)