Primary schools’ cricket off to blazing start
Barbados Advocate article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - The Guardian Group Guardian General Insurance Herman Griffith 2013 Primary Schools Cricket competition got off to an impressive start with a press launch at its offices at Lower Collymore Rock.
Representatives of the sponsors Guardian Group and organisers of the National Sports Council gave a history of the 33 year-old competition. The Guardian Group has been sponsoring this competition for the past 15 years and it continues to be one of the most popular on the schools’ calendar.
The competition opened in a blaze of glory at the Friendship playing field where defending champions Wesley Hall took on George Lamming. Once again another impressive ceremony took play prior to the game where officials met the players of both teams and heard from both coaches on their chances in the competition.
The young players got additional encouragement from former St. Stephen’s Primary all-rounder Justin Greaves, who like them represented his school while he was educated at the Black Rock institution.
Greaves has gone on to represent the West Indies Under-19 team and also played a few games for the national senior side.
Just back from a cricket scholarship in the United Kingdom, he told the young players to practise hard and to always listen to their coaches. Presently enrolled at the Barbados Community College, Greaves represents a player who has been able to combine academics and sports.
On the field itself, the tournament’s first century was scored by Wesley Hall's ten-year old batsman, Rivaldo Clarke, who smashed an unbeaten 129 runs off 63 balls, which included 18 fours.
The defending champions went on to score a challenging 224/3 before dismissing George Lamming for a 108.
This game has set the tone for what promises to be another interesting competition sponsored by the insurance giants who have committed not only to sponsoring this competition, but also the Combined Schools team that plays in the Barbados Cricket Association’s Elite Division.
Unfortunately, the island encountered two days of non-stop rain which caused a number of the games scheduled to be washed out. These games will now be rescheduled for a later date but the competition resumes in earnest on Wednesday with another 27 matches slated to be contested.
Senior coach at the National Sports Council Adrian Donovan stated that they were very happy to be working with the Guardian Group once again and both parties are doing everything possible to expose our young athletes to living a healthy lifestyle while pursuing an activity that they love to play.
This competition has produced the majority of national players at both the junior and senior level and is seen as the nursery of cricket in Barbados.