Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) President Handel Lamey says it is the new administration’s vision to make the annual Mayberry Schools Swimming Championships the biggest swim meet in the region.The meet takes place today and tomorrow at the National Aquatic Centre, Independence Park.Speaking at the launch of the 18th staging of the competition at Mayberry Investments Limited on Wednesday, Lamey said the almost-two-decades-old event continues to be a corner stone in the development of young Jamaican swimmers and that it is the administration’s desire to see the event fulfil its true potential and extend further overseas.”This meet has the potential to be bigger, … and based on our vision, we want to make this meet the biggest in the region. Not only to attract schools from the Corporate Area, but islandwide, and going forward, we want to invite overseas high schools to participate as well,” he said.18-YEAR PARTNERSHIP”Mayberry has partnered with the ASAJ for 18 years and that speaks of commitment in sponsoring community development for the long-term and we appreciate it,” he added.High schools and university competitions are on for today’s opening day and prep and primary schools will compete on the final day. More than 60 schools (30 prep/primary and 33 high schools/universities) and over 600 swimmers are down to participate.Mayberry’s assistant vice-president of marketing, Anika Smith, told the gathering they are committed to swimming in Jamaica and called on other corporate entities to come on board.”Here at Mayberry, we value any role we can play in the development of our communities, especially our young people. We have recognised that sports provide a productive outlet for them. This swimming champion-ship has been the signature sponsorship for our company for the last few years. We want to grow the championship, and that’s why we invite other corporate partners to come on board and make it bigger and better,” she said.
AB de Villiers returned from his sabbatical with a blistering 176 off 104 balls to set up South Africa’s series-clinching 104-run win over Bangladesh in their second one-day international on Wednesday.De Villiers hit his career-best score in 50-over cricket in his first international innings in four months, taking South Africa to 353-6 after it was put in to bat by Bangladesh at Boland Park.A career best score in ODIs wins @ABdeVilliers17 the POTM award for the 2nd #SAvBAN ODI: https://t.co/epZ3pd0iz0His best ever ODI innings? pic.twitter.com/07a4XqCoin- ICC (@ICC) October 18, 2017Round of applause for these career-best performances. #ProteaFire @ABdeVilliers17 @andileluck19 #SAvBAN pic.twitter.com/8t6jOzyI80- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 18, 2017Bangladesh replied with 249 all out, with 21-year-old seamer Andile Phehlukwayo claiming 4-40.South Africa leads the three-match series 2-0, and now has the luxury of resting some of its big names for the final game on Sunday. Bangladesh is still searching for its first win over the Proteas on the tour, having also lost the test series 2-0.Imrul Kayes made 68 for Bangladesh at the top of the order and Mushfiqur Rahim hit 60, but it wasn’t enough as they chased South Africa’s big score.That big total was mainly down to the improvisation and power-hitting of De Villiers, who arrived with South Africa on 90-2 and left just over two overs from the end with his team 343-4.He was part of century stands with Hashim Amla (85) and JP Duminy (30), and was the driving force of both, making 86 of the 136 runs he put on with Amla and 90 of the 117 he put on with Duminy.advertisementCongratulations @OfficialCSA – you’re back on top of the @MRFWorldwide ODI team rankings! ???? #SAvBAN pic.twitter.com/ZLa4E0rpzx- ICC (@ICC) October 18, 2017De Villiers’ last international was at the Champions Trophy in England in June. He skipped the test series against England and Bangladesh to rest and spend time with his family.The break appears to have been well-timed for the 33-year-old former South Africa captain. He collected 15 fours and seven sixes on his way to the fourth highest score by a South African in ODIs. He was out caught in the deep only 12 runs short of Gary Kirsten’s South African record of 188 not out.De Villiers took only 68 balls to get to 100, and only 25 balls to go from 100 to 150, when he launched a flurry of sixes over square leg and midwicket.Amla and Quinton de Kock (46) set South Africa up with a solid opening partnership of 90 but it was De Villiers’ acceleration in the middle and late overs that took the game beyond Bangladesh.Rubel Hossain was Bangladesh’s best bowler with 4-62, including the wicket of De Villiers and two in two balls in the last over.