Inside the Region & WICB News
Date Published: 2019-08-21
Region & WICB News
BCA hosts luncheon for victorious Youth teams
Bridgetown, Barbados, August 21 - (www.bcacricket.org) - The Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) celebrated the recent success of three of its junior teams, with a luncheon at Kensington Oval on Tuesday, August 20.
Hosted in the President’s Suite, members of the victorious Barbados Under-19, Under-17 and BCA Everton Weekes Centre of Excellence (COE) Under-17 teams were joined by family, Directors and staff of the Association, selectors, coaches and support personnel in a toast to their outstanding performances.
The national Under-19 and Under-17 teams won the Cricket West Indies (CWI) “Rising Stars” one-day Championships which were played in St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago respectively, while the BCA COE Under-17 side were champions of the 2019 Sir Garfield Sobers Schools’ International Tournament.
BCA President Condé Riley was especially pleased with the outcome of the youth teams’ performance and underscored the Association’s commitment to doing its utmost to ensure the optimal preparation of our players.
Riley indicated that the recent announcement of additional revenue through the BCA’s agreement with CAGE Barbados Inc. will safeguard the ongoing investment into the COE and the junior player pathway.
Reflecting on the success of the Under-19 team, captain Nyeem Young was complimentary in his assessment of the level of preparation his squad underwent, noting that it was crucial to their success.
The Under-17 team captured the regional Championship for a second straight year, this time under the captaincy of 15-year-old Nimar Bolden, a former Barbados and West Indies Under-15 skipper.
In his remarks, Bolden highlighted his team’s commitment during the tournament, which was demonstrated through various match defining performances by different players.
Former Barbados Under-15 captain Renacko Belgrave led the BCA COE Under-17 team in the Sir Garfield Sobers Schools’ International Competition. The team was amongst the youngest in the Tournament and Belgrave paid special thanks to coach Ryan Hinds for his guidance in steering them to victory.
BCA vice-president Calvin Hope, who chairs the Cricket Development Committee, confirmed that the BCA is actively working towards building out a framework for local cricket, which will encourage talented players to remain committed to consistently developing their game. He highlighted the upcoming Barbados Under-23 team tour to Dominica as a demonstration of the BCA’s effort to ensure a sustainable pathway.