Anderson Matheson has walked away with the Grenada Cricket Association’s most Outstanding National Umpire for the last year while top Cricketer, Emmanuel Stewart won the prize as the most impressive cricketer throughout the sister isles for the same period.
The two were awarded at the GCA’s revived award ceremony, which took place at the Grenada Trade Centre last week Saturday.
Stewart was present to collect his award while Matheson was unable to attend the function but collected his award during the current T20 competition at the Hillsborough recreation grounds last Saturday.
Matheson said that the award should be seen as a victory for those in the umpiring fraternity throughout the sister isles. Matheson who has already officiated at various levels in the Windward Islands tournaments, third umpire in the West Indies women’s competition and did duties during last year’s Bangladesh verses Grenada match in Grenville, added that this achievement came through sacrifice and diligence.
Having begun umpiring in 2005, Matheson pointed out that he hopes this accomplishment would serve to motivate more people to get involved in the field of umpiring. He then launched an appeal for those with the passion for the sport to step forward to assist with officiating.
“We need people to step forward to learn the art of umpiring,” requested Matheson who is better known as Leftist. However he said that the accomplishment would serve to motive him to strive to even greater heights in the future.
Stewart led the national under 15 squad to several regional competitions, was a member of the Windward’s under19 team, travelled to Australia with the Trinidad under 17 contingent and participated in several games with the national team.
The talented middle batsman, wicket keeper and tactical captain said that this recognition would provide him with a great impetus to continue delivering on and off the cricket field.
In congratulating both Stewart and Matheson, President of the Carriacou United Cricket Board Brian Whyte, said that he expects the achievement of the two would serve as an inspiration to all those who are affiliated with the sport throughout Carriacou and Petite Martinique.