GREAT START FOR FIRST-EVER NATIONAL 20/20 CRICKET CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
ST. GEORGE’S, January 17th, 2010_ The Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Sport’s first-ever National 20/20 Cricket club championship, sponsored by the National Lotteries Authority (NLA), got off to a tremendous start on Saturday at Progress Park, St. Andrew.
The competition, a spin-off of last year’s 40-Overs Club Championship
boasts 16 teams including L’Esterre and Mt. Royal from the sister Isle
With some teams being village teams, it is the hope of Tournament
Director and Senior Cricket Coach in the Ministry of Sports, Raphael
Croney, that “those that are not yet clubs [will] begin to form
themselves in a structured group, so as to enhance the sport in their
village or community.”
Furthermore, it is the hope that the competition, due to its
inclusiveness of youngsters, such as Keon George, captain of the
National Under-15 Cricket team, will go a long way in enhancing the
cricketing skills and character of young men throughout Grenada.
“If we have to develop cricket, we have to start at a very early age,”
said Cecil Greenidge, president of the Grenada Cricket Association.
Greenidge stated that to this end, the Association will be starting a
Talent Identification Programme and hosting an Under-13 competition
In keeping with 20/20 tradition, the competition offers up for grabs
cash prizes including a first place prize of $8,000, a second place
prize of$ 5,000, a third place prize of $3,000 and other individual
But by far, the greatest outcome achievable by teams and even more so
individual players is the potential to gain regional exposure.
According to NLA General Manager, Kenneth Noel, “If the tournament is
successful, recommendation would be made [to other Super Six members]
to have a windward island 20/20 competition next year. Such a
competition could serve as the perfect platform in allowing talented
Grenadian cricketers to be identified by greater regional bodies.
It is the potential for such discovery and the reality of the
“importance of the game to Grenada, the Windwards and to the region,”
according to Hon. Patrick Simmons, Minister for Youth Empowerment and
Sports that made it necessary for the Ministry, when approached by the
NLA to host this competition, to partner with the Grenada Cricket
Association in making it a reality.
SIX OF GRENADA’S GREATS RECEIVE AWARDS
Whilst attempting to create opportunities for Grenada’s players to
become more developed in their craft and be recognized by regional
bodies, the Ministry and Association’s partnership saw it fitting to
take the time to acknowledge those, who excelled at the sport in
yesteryear, but who due to the unfortunate culture at the time were
unable to realize their full potential.
Six previous national players, including James “Ox” Johnson, Evelyn
Gresham, Victor Joseph, Joseph Gibbs, Tyrone Harbin and Oswald Clovey,
were celebrated for their development and the talent they exhibited in
the decades in which they played.
Though only four of the six greats were present, each and every one of
the honourees had their claims to fame broadcasted by master of
ceremony Jason Skeete before receiving a chiselled glass award from
It is the Ministry’s hope to continue this new tradition of honouring Grenada’s great cricketers in the coming years.
THREE MATCHES PLAYED ON DAY ONE OF THE NATIONAL 20/20 CRICKET CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
With the formalities concluded, three matches were held simultaneously at different fields in St. Andrew and St. David.
At Progress Park, Idlers, batting first, took on Hermitage/Rose Hill
but were unsuccessful in their attempt to start off strong. Their 153
runs in 18 overs was beaten by Hermitage/Rose Hill’s 155 for five in
At Victoria Park, Morne Jaloux, having reached 70 without loss in eight overs, bowled out by Mt. Royal for 69 in 15 overs.
Playing at the La Sagesse Playing field, L’Esterre, having batted first
producing 137 for 6, defended their score to the very end, limiting
Police to 133 for 6.
The games continue today Sunday, January 17, at four grounds around the island.
At the Tanteen playing field, L’Esterre will play Morne Jaloux from 10 am and G.C.C. will play Westerhall from 2 pm.
At La Sagesse, Police will play Mt. Royal from 10 am and Mt. Horne will play Requin from 2 pm.
At Progress Park, Idlers will play Gouyave Estate from 10 am and Lesborne will play Hermitage/Rose Hill from 2 pm.
And at Fond, Redmud will play Maran from 10 am and Mt. Rich Will play Youths from 2 pm.