Where To Catch A Little Afternoon Cricket in Kingston
Track and field mega stars like Usain Bolt may get all the headlines these days, but to me, the soul of Jamaican sports is still cricket.
The venerable old game, brought to Jamaica as elsewhere across the former British Empire by English aristocracy, was once the most popular sport on the island. The era of Cricket World Cup dominance by the West Indies Team in the 1970s and 80s only made the sport more popular.
In more recent years, though, as the Windies team hasn't quite lived up to its glorious past, I wondered if cricket remained as popular among kids growing up in Jamaica.
While visiting Kingston recently, I got my answer at the Sports Complex within the University of the West Indies MONA Campus.
A tip from the front desk attendant at The Courtleigh Hotel led me to what seemed like a remote field. There, on a brilliant Saturday afternoon, I saw them – young cricketers outfitted in traditional crisp, white uniforms, practicing the old game with all the reverence and competitive vigor you might expect at the Kennington Oval back in the UK.