Minister responsible for sports Dr Natalio Wheatley is batting for cricket to return as a popular sport in the British Virgin Islands.
He made the statement when the BVI Cricket Association (BVICA) launched its first cricket tournament of the year in Greenland, East End on Sunday.
“I look forward to the day — and I believe that day is coming very soon — when persons who are born and bred in the Virgin Islands will once again embrace the game of cricket” Dr Wheatley said
Eighth District representative Marlon Penn — one of the sponsors of the tournament — said he will be working closely with sports minister to return cricket as a school programme
He further said he supports the development of sports tourism, especially considering the positive benefits sports have on communities.
“Sports bring communities together. I see a lot in persons in this community, persons who come out on
The BVICA said the tournament was renamed in honour of the former premier because of his ‘years of contribution’ to the sport.
Meanwhile, public relations officer of BVICA Daniel Singh said up until one week prior to the launch of the tournament, there were no signs of sponsorship. That was when local insurer NAGICO came on board.
The tournament runs until July 21 and comprises eight teams including Vincy CC, Royal Knights, RTW, Vikings, Grenada CC, Cavaliers, the Police cricketers and VG Spartans. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of $2,500 while second and third place will win $1,500 and $500, respectively.
Matched played Sunday, April 14
The first match of the day saw the Vikings defeating Police to win by eight wickets.
Sent into bat first, Police were bowled out for 130 in 17.3 overs with Jamal Mickle top scoring with a well-played 73 runs including 12 fours and three sixes
For Vikings, the player of the match was lead bowler Deko Khemraj who took five wickets in three overs.
Vikings then went in to bat 134 for two in 12.1 overs to win by eight wickets
Meanwhile, in the second game of the day saw the Cavaliers defeating VG Spartans by a massive 126 runs. Batting first, the Cavaliers posted a healthy total of 212 for eight with opening batsman Avishkar Sewkarran top scoring with 89 runs inclusive of 10 fours and 6 sixes.
VG Spartan, in their chase, were bowled out for 86 in 11.1 overs.
All games will be played on Sundays with the next fixture set for April 21