Masters get off the mark on Day 1
Barbados Advocate article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Across the island yesterday some of the island’s top over-40 cricketers got a chance to strut their stuff when the 2014 edition of the G4S Masters Cricket Tournament got underway.
Getting started at 12:30 PM, 26 of the 29 registered teams began their respective campaigns at various grounds around the island. Vying for a top prize of $2000.00, all but Central, BRC and Police, who all drew byes, got into the thick of things when the competition bowled off yesterday.
During last week’s media launch for this year’s tournament, it was revealed that despite the current challenging situation, plans were in the offing to raise the first-place purse.
Speaking at G4S, Member of the Organising Committee Hensley Robinson stated that serious efforts were being made in that regard.
“Hopefully we may be able to increase the prize-money to the winner and the runner-up. Instead of a trophy for the zone-winners, the zone-winners might very well be able to get some sort of financial assistance as well.” he said.
Fellow OC member Sam Wilkinson, was also present at last week’s conference and explained that the proposed Masters-versus-Youth match up was a game that was eagerly looked forward to for some time but stood at the mercy of availability as the committee respected the precedence of the national team.
“Our planning is conditioned by the availability of the Barbados fixtures, where they are playing and when because we do not and will not, at any time play matches on Saturdays when the Barbados team is playing in Barbados.” Wilkinson said.
In his defence of the prize for the first place team and the other proposed contributions to the runners-up and zone winners, Robinson stated that the main focus was on providing a forum for past players.
“This tournament was never intended to be a financial area for any of the clubs. It was started with six or seven clubs many years ago to give those fellows who would have played competitively against each other years ago an opportunity to meet up again, have a chat and enjoy a cricket game. It is not intended to be of any financial benefit to anybody.” he said.