Number 1007• Friday, February 14, 2014

Annual Cricket Season Launches Next Week

by Merv-Ann Thompson



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Young Nevisians eye spots on Leeward Islands team

Nevis’ Elquemedo Willett Park will come alive next week when the highly anticipated annual cricket league launches.

The Nevis Cricket Association will host the event on Thursday, (Feb 20) at 1:00pm. Prominent figures in sports and government are scheduled to address the gathering; these include Junior Minister of Sports, Hazel Brandy-Williams; Technical Director of the Leeward Islands Cricket Team, Junie Mitchum; past NCA president, Carlisle Powell; and current president of the Association, Keith Scarborough.

The launch precedes a 4-month period of one-day and two-day matches between a number of local teams stated Scarborough. “The cricket season will begin with the launch and will run until the end of May. There will be five or six teams in the 1st Division tournaments, and at least four teams in the 2nd Division matches,” he told The Observer. Last year saw 12 teams participating, he added.
Scarborough described the composition of the teams and what fans could expect from each division.

“The 2nd division teams are a mixture of young and old persons so those matches are more entertaining while the 1st division teams are younger and the matches are taken more seriously.” Last year we had 12 teams participating.”

The Pennyless All Stars are the defending champions of the 1st division 2-day matches while teams Empire and Highlight share the top spots in the 2nd division.
The local cricket competition awards valuable prizes, and of course, bragging rights. Scarborough confirmed that the customary monetary prizes will continue this year as it is “a standing order”. These prizes are provided by sponsors, who Scarborough will name at the launch. He also revealed that new sponsors have come on board this year.

Team members will have an opportunity to represent themselves and Nevis in regional competitions after testings. “After the cricket league, there is the Leeward Islands Cricket Competition,” Scarborough said. “A 26-man squad goes through a trial stage after which 13 are picked to make up the team. The Leeward Islands Cricket Competition is usually in July but it seems that it will be later this year.”  

There is a lot at stake for the Nevisian teams as the island is the defending champion, he said.