Barbados’ blind cricketers outfitted
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - In a further gesture to bring the two organisations closer together, the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) presented the Barbados Blind Cricket Association (BBCA) with fifty uniforms to outfit their members for upcoming competitions.
The presentation, which took place at Kensington Oval yesterday, saw the BCA’s Cricket Operations Manager Rollins Howard making the donation to the Blind Cricket Association.
During his address, Howard revealed that in the not-too-distant future, the Blind Cricket Association would have a place under the BCA’s umbrella.
“The BCA, as part of its mandate of developing cricket, is responsible for all cricket in Barbados. In the last two years, we have fully taken women’s cricket under our wings and we are trying to tighten our bonds with the Barbados Blind Cricket Association.
“We are trying to create a more structured relationship with the Blind Cricket Association, and the executives of the two associations are working towards that so that certainly, in the future, we hope that the Blind Cricket Association would be fully integrated into the Barbados Cricket Association so that the BCA would definitely be looking after all forms of cricket in Barbados.” he said.
Also on the cards for the integration of the BBCA is a series of courses in Sports Management to be conducted by the Barbados Olympic Association. An invitation made by the BCA to the BBCA was extended for the first round which commenced yesterday and continues until next week.
The BBCA, which has six of its members short-listed for the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind tour to India later this year, will be taking on a celebrity team in a game this Sunday at the Pine Basin. With three of their players to be blindfolded and given a double run handicap, the celebrities will be looking to repeat last year’s win, which was their first against the BBCA.
The celebrity team reads Roxanne Forte, Leslie Reifer Sr., Michael Worrell, Clifford Gooding-Edgehill, Mac Fingall, Patrick Gollop, Robin Parris, Dexter Toppin, Daniel Small, Vasbert Drakes, Hartley Reid, Elvis Howard and Rollins Howard.
Playing for the BBCA are (totally blind) Anthony Cummins, Granville Carter, Osmay Edwards, Ann-Marie Lee, (B2’s) Ricardo Manning, Mark Goddard (captain), Adrian Daniel, (B3’s) Trevor Broomes, Kci Ward-Ryan, Patsy Cummins and Tremaine Forte, while the reserves are Trevor Bishop, Sheryl Griffith and Halden Forde.