The Gleaner, North American July -07, 2022

his goal was to promote the airport as an economic engine for the City of Atlanta. The event also honoured the contributions of some of the community’s most impactful leaders, among themNaeemah Charles, entrepreneur and nurse, Grady Memorial Hospital; Dr TamekaWalker Blake, entrepreneur and director of emergency medicine, Piedmont Newton Hospital; Ezron ‘Ezzy B’ Benjamin, media personality and founder, The Ezzy B Show and Life Safety Specialist, Northside Hospital. The annual event, which took place for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, is also a fundraiser for the Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation. The non-profit supports disaster relief, preparedness, and response efforts in the United States and the Caribbean, supports educational mentorship and cross-cultural exchange. It also meets the needs of the ageing population and promotes Caribbean arts, culture, and humanities. CACAF Chairman Michael Thomas said that this year’s event was a true success. “Our celebration of diversity and inclusion is paramount to the continued success of the region and the United States. This event will continue to further the work and vision of CACAF. The organisation has made strides over the past few years in bridging the gap in cross-cultural exchange for students in local Atlanta schools connecting them to leaders in higher education across the Caribbean. CACAF was also pivotal in connecting the Caribbean community and the global community during the SOLACE Virtual series which providedmental health services to local Atlanta students and families during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. The event was sponsored by The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta; HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport; United States Virgin Islands; The Islands of the Bahamas; Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill; Panton Equity; Onyx Media Services; Renansant Bank; Integral; the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, and the Westside Parent Avengers. 11 By Rohan Jones SOUTH HUDSON CC made light work of Jersey City as the 10th round of matches in the Garden State Cricket League (GSCL) regular season/limited overs (40 overs) competition which concluded on Sunday, July 3. The game, which was played at Lincoln Park in Jersey City, saw the home team (Jersey City) taking first strike on a fast wicket, much to their disadvantage as the procession was quick and costly. The batsmen were sent packing in quick succession, bowled out for a miserly 51 runs. Paceman Mario Lobban took 5 for 15 from seven overs. He was well supported by Roger Williams, 2 for 11; and Marvin Lobban, 2 for 10. In their turn at the bat, South Hudson raced to 55 runs without loss from six overs, with Alfred Quincy 27 not out and Awad Hansraj, 22 not out. At Cedarbrook, defending champions TrinJersey CC beat home teamCommonwealth CC in a high-scoring game with quite a bit of fireworks. Batting first, TrinJersey amassed 391 for 2 off 40 overs. Iquia Craig led the way with a dashing 141 and Delroy Nelson 117. In reply, Commonwealth made 217 all out, with Adrian Sami getting 79 and Erskine Herbert 44. Skipper Sheldon Bhurasingh took 5 for 39 and Kumar Natgendra finished with 2 for 40. At Watsessing Park ‘A’, the visiting team Eclipse, got the better of the home team New Jersey Rebels. Taking first strike, Eclipse finished on 261 for 9 off the allotted 40 overs. Top scorers were Tanush Patel 78 and Steven Jones 58. The leading wicket-taker for NJ Rebels was Arya Garg with 3 for 51, from eight overs. In their turn at the bat, NJ Rebels finished on 237 for 8, with Kevin Deerope making 61 not out and David Forbes making 55. Ketan Patel took 3 for 29. At Watsessing Park ‘B’, New Jersey CC 129 for 3, beat Elite CC 127 all out, by 7 wickets. And over at Orange Park in Orange, NJ, home teamWestern All Stars with a ‘ton’ from A.J. Salmon 113, scored 321 for 8, to beat Dominica CC 237 for 9, by 84 runs. The competition continues on Sunday, July 10, with a number of matches across the state, all starting at 12:00 noon. Montego Bay v TrinJersey @ Orange Park; Dominica CC taking on South Hudson CC at Watsessing Park ‘A’ in Bloomfield; NJCC v Jersey City CC @ Watsessing Park ‘B’; Commonwealth CC/Western All Stars @ Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield and Eclipse CC v Elite CC meeting at Warinanco Park, Bloomfield. Wins for champs TrinJersey, South Hudson CC in Garden State cricket West Indian Sherfane Rutherford who leads NJCC v Jersey City in their Round 11 meeting at Watsessing Park, Field ‘B’ on Sunday, July 10. CONTRIBUTED AWARDS CONTINUED FROM 10 Dr David Panton accepts his award. Dr Tameka Blake with award in hand. Michael Thomas (left), chairman of the CACAF; and host Ivan Shammas, general manager of Univision Atlanta & Raleigh NC. CACAF gala event co-chair Alrene Barr presents the award to Balram Bheodari, general manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Contributed THE WEEKLY GLEANER | JULY 7 - AUGUST 6, 2022 | www.jamaica-gleaner.com | NEWS

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