The St. Mark’s based Samaritan Presbyterian School has retained the Kiddy Cricket Festival Title beating Grand Roy by 9 wickets in the finals at the La Sagesse Playing Field last Friday to claim their second consecutive title in this format of the game.
Batting first, Grand Roy only mustered 32 for 8 from their allotted 10 overs, Samaritan easily overpowered that total for the loss of one wicket, Teril Young was the star with the bat 27 not out to bring the bacon home for the defending champions.
In a prize giving ceremony that followed the game Young was voted player of the final for his contribution with the bat, he was also voted best fielder in the tournament.
Other awards went to Sheon Alexander from the Samaritan Presbyterian School, for the highest individual score, a total of 64 runs; the award for the individual taking the most wickets went to Marquez Jacob from St Pauls RC, a total of 8 wickets.
Forty–two teams participated in the initial stages of the 2014/5 Festival however last Friday’s activity, saw the best eight teams in competition, St Paul’s Government, St David’s RC, Crochu RC, St Andrew’s Anglican, St Mary’s RC, Hermitage RC, Samaritan Presbyterian and Grand Roy Government.
The Kiddy Cricket Festival is an initiative of the West Indies Cricket Board executed by Grenada Cricket Association in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports with sponsorship provided by Scotia Bank.
Addressing last Friday’s closing ceremony Meryl Lord representing the Ministry of Education called on the players to see sport as an important component of their school curriculum and take it seriously since according to her a number of people who started at this stage have gone on to a successful life.
Scotia Representative Sterl Lyons congratulated the various schools for their participation, thanked the GCA and Ministry of Sports for executing the programme and the champions for winning for the second consecutive year.
Grenada Cricket Association’s Second Vice President Lex Mc Bain also addressed the young cricketers and called on them to think beyond the level of the primary school. Mc Bain said given the present state of West Indies Cricket it is of paramount importance that primary school cricket be taken seriously since they would determine the future of West Indies Cricket. The GCA Vice president also thanked the Ministry of Sports and Scotia Bank for staying on board to ensure the Festival happened.
Assistant Coordinator in the Ministry of Sports Bruce Swan was also on hand to address the young cricketers and used the opportunity to thank all the stakeholders for another successful tournament.