St Catherine Cricket Club’s Oraine Williams believes he is getting closer to a West Indies call-up, following his 146 runs against Kingston Cricket Club on Saturday. The knock was crucial as St Catherine CC registered their third successive hold on the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island 50 Overs title. Williams was the star of the show as the defending champions brushed aside the challenge of Kingston by nine wickets. The former West Indies Under-19 batsman, who opened his team’s inning with Shacaya Thomas (43), after Kingston posted 220 runs, smashed 15 fours and five sixes before partnering with captain Danza Hyatt to see out the inning with one wicket lost. “The season didn’t start well, but in life, it’s not how you start but how you finish. I kept working hard and kept pushing. So when the captain asked for someone from one to five to bat the 50 overs and we will win, I put up my hand and accepted the challenge and carried it home for my team,” he reasoned. Williams says confidence is never an issue with him, but making 86 in the quarter-final and 49 in the semis was a great boost heading in the decider. “I am always confident but I was just not getting the big scores (this season), but I knew time would come. I just remained patient and did the work. But getting 86 and 49 in a quarter-final and semi-final leading was a significant boost, so I was confident going into the final,” said the 24 year old, who has been a part of all three St Catherine’s title wins. STILL WAITING KEPT PUSHING However, he believes his consistent performances over the last few years warrant a chance in the West Indies set-up. “The ambition is to play for West Indies and I believe I am that much closer now. I have been performing consistently over the years and I am still waiting on my time, but I don’t think it should be long,” Williams told The Gleaner. “It’s just for the selectors to take a look and give me a chance because I have been sitting and waiting on my time, and when it comes, I plan to take it with both hands,” Williams added. “This is my highest score in a final. It’s a great feeling to get a hundred in a final … Former captain Tamar Lambert told me someone is always remembered in a final, so I tried to push hard. But it’s just hard work and dedication over the past few months.. so it’s just the hard work paying off,” continued the former Innswood High school student.
…says Essequibo still to record a successful conviction for 2019Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-HackSexual offence cases continue to dominate the courtrooms across the country and although there are notable increases in convictions nationwide, the county of Essequibo (Region Two) is yet to record a successful prosecution in this regard for 2019.According to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack, since the commencement of the year, there has been a 32 per cent conviction rate for the county of Demerara and a 12.5 per cent conviction rate in Berbice.However, earlier this year, the 2019 February Criminal Assizes got off to at the High Court in Essequibo where some 81 cases were listed to be heard. Sex-related offences accounted for 44 of these cases.Rape of a child under 16 years heads the list of sex-related offences, accounting for 31 of the 44 cases.Thus far, there has been zero conviction in Essequibo. Nonetheless, the DPP acknowledged that with the advent of the Sexual Offences Court in November 2017, much work has been done to have such cases dealt with in Demerara.It was also noted that in the June 2019 Assizes for Demerara alone, there were 177 cases for sexual offences, out of a list of 301 cases. Of these 177 sexual offence cases, 126 are for children, either sexual activity (no penetration) or rape (penetration).“The counties of Demerara and Essequibo have more sexual offences listed to be heard (for 2019) and they are on an average 55 per cent of the cases on the list…it is important for us to consider the jury’s reaction as this sometimes is indicative of the thinking and attitude of our people towards sexual violence in the society. For 2016, there was an average 10 per cent conviction rate, 2017 there was an average 25 per cent conviction rate and in 2018 there was average 60 per cent conviction rate”.Zeroing in on the prevalence of sexual offences committed in Guyana, the DPP highlighted that statistics reveal that in 2018, of 922 cases listed to be heard, there were 618 sexual offence cases.“The conviction rate in 2018 for Demerara, there were 37 cases and 23 of those cases, there were convictions. Ten acquittals and four hung jury. That was 62.1 per cent conviction. In Berbice, there were nine cases and six convictions out of the nine and three acquittals that is 66.6 per cent. Essequibo: seven cases, one conviction, five acquittals, one hung jury and that is 14.2 per cent”.She reiterated that over the past three years, sexual offence cases continue to account for the majority of cases heard in the courts.“In 2017, the sexual offences cases on an average comprised of about 55 per cent of the cases listed. In 2018, an average 60 per cent of the cases listed. And in 2019 an average of 55 per cent of the cases listed to be heard”.In 2016, there was a two per cent conviction rate of all sexual offences cases in Demerara. In 2017, there was a 27 per cent conviction rate, and last year, there was a whopping 62.1 per cent conviction rate, she stated.The Sexual Offences Act of 2010 stated that a sexual offence is any sexual violation on an individual that includes rape, and any other form of sexual assault, such as touching or causing the complainant to touch a third party in a sexual way.