Sunday, 5th July – Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has announced that the All-Star charity cricket match, which featured greats of the game like Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara alongside celebrities, politicians and upcoming CPL players, raised $10,000 (US) for the St Kitts-Nevis National Education Foundation (SKNNEF).
SKNNEF is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide deserving disadvantaged students with an opportunity to receive an excellent education. The Foundation’s goal is to award 30 scholarships to disadvantaged students in the Federation and today’s donation will make a vital impact in helping them reach that goal.
The match took place at Warner Park, St Kitts on Thursday, July 2nd between the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis XI and Sir Vivian Richards XI – proving a huge success with fans and players alike. The many memorable moments from the evening included, Manchester United legend, Dwight York dismissing record breaking batsman (and his close friend) Brian Lara, along with Sir Viv Richards walking out to bat in front of an electrified crowd.
The match marked the pinnacle of an exhilarating two weeks in St. Kitts and Nevis, with Warner Park hosting ten Hero CPL matches from 30th June – 11th July. The game boasted a stellar list of all-star names, including former English fast-bowler Darren Gough; Indian spin legend, Murali Kartik; former West Indies batsman, Daren Ganga; Ashes winning Australian, Damian Martyn; former New Zealand cricketer and sports commentator, Danny Morrison and his fellow commentator and former West Indies paceman, Ian Bishop. These legends were joined by three current CPL coaches; Simon Helmot and Stuart Williams, alongside one of the best West Indies women’s cricketers in the region, Stafanie Taylor.
Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of the Hero Caribbean Premier League commented; “The night proved a massive success – bringing fans, players, legends and supporters together to enjoy the Biggest Party in Sport while raising money for this fantastic cause. We were joined by some great names from the worlds of cricket and entertainment who made it an unforgettable evening. I’d like to thank everyone who took part for their support and I’m proud that the money raised will have an impact on changing lives for young people in St Kitts and Nevis.”