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Les Harris T20 Cricket - St. Lucia

Date: Tuesday Oct 01, 2013

Jamaica’s Wayne Morgan takes Lion’s Share of Awards at Les Harris 2013

Indra Ramsingh-Geoffroy – Deputy Chairman, CUT Public Relations Committee

 

Jamaica’s Wayne Morgan walked away with the lion’s share of the prizes at the just concluded Caribbean Union of Teachers’ (CUT) Biennial Les Harris T20 Cricket Competition hosted by the St. Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU). The closing ceremony was held at the Orchid Gardens Conference Center and attended by the Hon. Shawn Edward

Minister for Youth Development and Sports, whose Ministry also sponsored the event. Dinner was served and players mingled and socialized to the sweet sound of Caribbean music.

 

Jamaica was declared winner for the third consecutive time, with T&T second, Barbados and Guyana in third, followed by Bermuda and hosts St. Lucia.

 

Jamaica’s Wayne Morgan secured four Man of the Match Awards for his performance in the final, semi final, and in the game Jamaica vs. St. .Lucia. T&T’s Keshava Raphael was recipient of two man of the match Awards; T&T vs. Bermuda and T&T vs. Barbados. Barbados’ Dwight Carter was Man of the Match in their game against Bermuda and Guyana’s Wayne Osborne received the award for his performance in the Guyana vs. St. Lucia game.

 

Wayne Morgan also copped the prizes for most wickets and most runs in the competition. All teams were awarded medals.

 

After an impressive semi final between Jamaica and Barbados and an abandoned match between Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, the final seemed somewhat like an anticlimax.

 

In the semi final game at Gros Islet, Barbados batting first made 174 for 5 off the allotted 20 overs to which Jamaica replied with180 for 3 in the last over. In the other semi final at Mindoo Phillip Ground, Trinidad scored 82 all out losing the last wicket in the last ball. Guyana responded with 32 without loss in 2.4 overs after which the umpires deemed he game abandoned. T&T therefore went into the final as the team with the better run rate.

 

The final played at Gros Islet saw Jamaica amassing a massive total of 205 for 6 in a shortened 15 over final. T&T could only muster 131 for 7 in reply. Congratulations must be extended to Jamaica.

 

More information will be given on the details of the games in a subsequent article. The games were highly competitive and except for one instance, mostly played in the spirit of camaraderie and Caribbean unity.

 

All participating teams were welcomed on Thursday evening at a lavish reception hosted by the Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Kenny D. Anthony at his home. Unfortunately, the honorable Prime Minister could not attend but was represented by the Minister of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis and the Hon. Shawn Edward, Minister for Youth Development and Sports. The teams were addressed by the Ministers, President of the CUT, Mr. Marvin Andall and President of the SLTU and 3rd Vice President of the CUT, Mr. Julian Monrose.

 

Apart from playing cricket, players enjoyed the night life, beaches and other social activities in the land called the “Helen of the West Indies.”

 

All the teams must be commended for the standard of play and the commitment made by them towards participation in the tournament.

 

Kudos must be extended to the SLTU and its local organizing committee for being such gracious hosts and for the highly professional manner in which the activity. Thanks to all the volunteers who made the 5 days stay on the island a very enjoyable experience.

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