Runako Morton/TDC Inter Primary Cricket Tournament Bowls Off

A brief but very significant ceremony took place at the ET Willet Park on Thursday 30th May.
It was the official commencement of the now annual Runako Morton/TDC primary schools’ cricket tournament.
The ceremony was ably chaired by Adelvin Phillip, coach at the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School, who kept the proceedings lively by quizzing the young cricketers on some of the accomplishments of the late former West Indies batsman, in whose honour the tournament is named.
The opening prayer was delivered by Pastor Wayne Maynard and the national anthem was sung by all present.
Minister of Education, Hon. Troy Liburd, in making remarks, noted that he would have played against Runako Morton while they both attended the Gingerland Secondary School and noted that at that time, he was a feared fast bowler. He wished the young cricketers well and hoped that at least three or four of them could make it to the international stage.
Mr. Warren Moven, the TDC representative, noted that his esteemed company, was always happy to be a part of youth development and vowed the continued sponsorship of such a tournament.
Hon. Eric Evelyn, Minister of Sports, did not miss the significance of the fact that the tournament’s starting date, coincided with the start of cricket world cup 2019 and so urged the young cricketers to think big and aspire to being a part of such world tournaments in the future.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Kevin Barrett, stressed on the word, DETERMINATION and asked the young cricketers to show determination in representing their respective schools, but to play the game fair and hard.
Sister of the deceased champion cricketer, Midge Morton, in declaring the tournament open, urged the youngsters to aspire to the great ideals that her brother represented and indicated that her heart was filled with joy, as her son was present as one of the aspiring players.
The vote of thanks was delivered by coach at the St. Thomas’ Primary School, Eddy Caines-Richards.
Immediately after the opening ceremony, defending champions, Ivor Walters’s primary engaged the St. Thomas’ Primary School and won that encounter. (Details of the game will be forthcoming).

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