Shillingford satisfied with weekend finals

POSTED: 11/15/12 12:56 PM

St. Maarten – The conclusion of the Nagico/Leeeward Island 50 over cricket competition which took place on November 11, had all the ingredients of competitiveness, tension and excitement among the huge turnout at the Charles Vlaun Ball Park.

Among that gathering to witness a nerve rattling conclusion to the finals between Antigua and Barbuda, the favorites and Anguilla who ended up winning the game was the LICA President, Gregory Shillingford.

“Over the past three years we have seen some exciting conclusions.  In 2010, we saw Anguilla losing by one run to Antigua, last year in St Kitts we saw Nevis losing in a close game to Antigua and this year we saw Anguilla coming back and pulling it through with a number of young players. Again it went to the last over, it was a weekend of exciting cricket which is good for Leewards cricket,” Shillingford said.

As the highest ranking member of LICA and by extension the West Indies Cricket Association, Shillingford took the opportunity to laud the efforts of the Cricket St Maarten Management Team.

“I am satisfied by the turnout and the support from Nagico, the people have shown their support for cricket instead of going to the beach on this special holiday to see what we can call a home town victory because Anguilla is just over there and even the local people were rooting for Anguilla,” he concluded.

CEO of Nagico and Chairman of Cricket St Maarten Management Team Imran Mc Sood Amjad was also available to offer his views at the conclusion of the thriller. “I think that Anguilla played a good game and I actually predicted that they would win. I thought that Chesney Hughes would have had to play a good game. But it all went down to Kelbert Walters and Ashaun Hodge to bring it home,” he said.

According to Amjad, the staging of the finals did well for Anguilla and St Maarten, however  he sees the need for more competitive cricket between Anguilla and St Maarten who did not do so well this year. “There is a lot of people here and they love the excitement,” he said.

But competitions of this nature only takes place once a year and it would be nice to see new sponsors coming on board to help with the development game and boost the competitiveness between young players at the domestic level and internationally.


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