Cricket returns to Barbuda

Antigua Observer article.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Barbuda is getting set to host its first competitive hardball cricket match in over two years.

This is according to Peter Cuffy who is responsible for sports on the sister isle.

According to Cuffy, the Wanderers club team out of Australia is scheduled to play a match against Barbuda later this month, while on a tour of Antigua.

“Presently we are doing some work on the cricket field and getting ready for basically a Twenty20 match on the 27th of this month. There is a team from Australia that should be touring Antigua and in speaking with the Cricket Association President (Zorol Barthley) in a meeting he had with us, he promised that once we get ourselves ready that we will be doing a match against the team from Australia here in Barbuda so that’s what we are working towards hopefully,” he said.

Cuffy added, however, that some work is needed on the proposed playing area but hopes the initiative will serve to rekindle interest in the sport on the sister isle.

“We doing some work on the outfield, doing some preparation on a temporary pitch that we can use for now because if we have to use the area that we had to use before the outfield has a lot more work to do so it is another small area that we are using temporarily and continue working on the original field. What we want to do is use this initiative as a venue to actually try and propel hardball cricket back in Barbuda,” he added.

Wanderers Cricket Club has been operating for 46 years and is affiliated with Townsville Cricket Inc.

First Published In Antigua Observer.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 04:34