The kiddies’ Cricket festival hosted jointly by the West Indies Cricket Board and Scotia bank, was held at the ET Willett Park on Friday 19th May.
The ceremony which preceded the actual matches, was chaired by Mr. Carl Tuckett and the invocation was rendered by Mrs. Govanie Hendrickson.
In his opening remarks, Tuckett led out in a rousing round of applause for Scotia Bank, sponsors of the Kiddie’s cricket program.
Leeward Islands Territorial Development Officer, Mr. Junie Mitchum, then addressed the gathering. He warmly welcomed all ten participating schools: St. Thomas’ primary; Charlestown primary; VOJN; Maude Cross Preparatory; Elizabeth Pemberton; Nevis Academy; Jocelyn Liburd; Ivor Walters; St. James’ and the Montessori school, which was participating for the very first time.
He noted that the program provided an opportunity for the participants to play cricket in a competitive but fun atmosphere
He elaborated on some new initiatives for this year’s program: The two top schools will receive a brand new desk top computer each; the participants in the top four schools will receive medals; the females for the first time, will be judged in their own category: Best batter; best bowler; best fielder and MVP.
However, he announced the biggest initiative yet. This year, the two top schools in St.Kitts will engage the two top schools in Nevis to determine the federation’s champion team. That play off is scheduled for July.
Mr. Tyrone Hendrickson, Vice president of the Nevis Cricket Association then addressed the gathering, in bringing remarks on behalf of his Association. He wished the participants a safe time and asked them to learn as much as possible and to respect and listen to the coaches.
He also asked them to play as hard as they could but still have fun, all the while displaying sportsmanship and respect for the game.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development, Mr. Keith Glasgow, then addressed the gathering.
He gave some historical information of the history of the game and noted that the West Indies team and the Nevis Cricket team would have had tremendous success over the years.
He pointed out that the festival was an investment in the participants, because they are important. He saluted Scotia Bank for putting the money into the program.
He also indicated that the festival was a collaborative effort between several entities: The WICB; Scotia Bank; Nevis Cricket Association; the schools; the coaches; the Ministry of Sports, among others.
He asked the participants to look at the program as an alternative to deviant behaviour and also as a means of enhancing themselves economically in the long term.
He then declared the festival open.
Immediately following the opening ceremony, the games started, as the schools competed against each other.
The results were not immediately available.