Cricket chief on Nevis, Denrick Liburd, took time out to thank the Nevis Island Administration and more specifically Minister of Sports, Hon. Eric Evelyn and the Sports Department, headed by Mr. Jamir Claxton, for the continued financial assistance rendered to the Nevis Cricket Association.
He was speaking on Monday 17th September, in an interview with NTV Sports, shortly after the Nevis team left for Montserrat, via boat, to participate in the 2018 edition of the Leeward Islands 50 overs tournament, which will be played in Montserrat, starting today-Tuesday 18th September.
Liburd noted that just like the individual territories, the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA), is undergoing severe financial difficulties and in hosting the upcoming tournament, the territories had to assist by covering the major expenses of sending their respective teams to participate in the tournament. The Nevis Island Administration came through, as per usual, for the team.
The fact that all of the matches are being played on one island, is also a cost cutting measure.
He stated that he was pleased with the preparations of the Nevis team, even though there were some unscheduled breaks, including the passage of Tropical storm Isaac, which actually forced the tournament to be postponed, but he is confident that the Nevis team, as joint champions from last year, will give a good account of itself and will actually return as solo champions, this time around.
He listed the team as follows: Javani Tyson; Kian Pemberton; Jason Campbell; Saheed Williams; Nelson Boland (vice-captain); Ross Powell; Duan Webbe; Tonito Willet; Adelvin Phillip (captain); Marcus Dubberry; Kezron Archibald; Joseph Williams; N’Cosie George and Jamie Cornelius.
The Manager is Errol Somersall; the coach is Gerard TRINI Charles and for the first time ever, the team is taking along a qualified Physiotherapist, in Josephine France. The scorer is Sharlene Martin.
Liburd indicated that the team will be required to play matches on a regular basis and the Physio would certainly be required. He is hoping that this will be a feature for any travelling Nevis team in the future.
Nevis will play its first match on Wednesday 19th September, versus the Antigua and Barbuda team, captained by Rakeem Cornwall, incidentally, Independence Day in the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The matches will be streamed live and running commentary will be available via ZJB radio. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday 18th September Montserrat vs SXM. Salem Park. Live Ball by Ball Commentary ZJB Radio and Streaming LiveIslands.
Wednesday 19th September. Nevis vs Antigua & Barbuda. Salem Park. Live Ball by Ball Commentary ZJB Radio and Streaming LiveIslands.
Thursday 20th September. Montserrat vs Nevis. Little Bay Park. Live Ball By Ball Commentary ZJB Radio and Streaming LiveIslands.
Friday 21st September. Montserrat vs St Kitts. Salem Park. Live Ball by Ball Commentary ZJB Radio and Streaming LiveIslands.
Saturday 22nd September. St Kitts vs Nevis. Little Bay Park. Live Ball by Ball Commentary ZJB Radio and Streaming LiveIslands.
Sunday 23rd September. St Kitts vs Antigua & Barbuda. Little Bay Park. Live Ball by Ball Commentary ZJB Radio and Streaming LiveIslands.
Monday 24th September. Montserrat vs Anguilla. Salem Park. Live Ball by Ball Commentary ZJB Radio and Streaming LiveIslands.
Tuesday 25th September. Montserrat vs Antigua & Barbuda. Little Bay Park. Live Ball by Ball Commentary ZJB Radio and Streaming LiveIslands.
All Matches Start at 10:00 am Daily at Each Venue.
The Leeward Islands Cricket Board will hold its Closing Ceremony on Tuesday 25th September 2018.