American University to inaugurate cricket field in Antigua

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – American University of Antigua (AUA) will inaugurate its cricket field on campus grounds on Saturday, September 17 at 1 pm, with a Twenty20 cricket match against a Combined Schools team. The brain-child behind the cricket field, Vice President of Administrative Services and Community of the University Basil Stuart, said the call by Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer during his address to open the facility that he expects to see a cricket field on the campus drove home the point. Stuart said the university intends to get involved in all aspects of local sports and plans are ahead to have a team from the university playing in the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association First Class competition very soon. The university was very instrumental in assisting the Combined Schools U-19 cricket team to participate in the Sir Garfield Sobers U-19 Cricket Tournament in Barbados since 2008. Therefore, it is very fitting to have this year’s team that travelled to Barbados take part in this historic event to signal the start of the use of the cricket ground. The institution and the Ministry of Sports will work hand-in-hand in the development of sports, Stuart said. In this regard, Senior Sports Officer in the Sports Division Austin Richards, who is also co-ordinator of inter-schools cricket, has called up the following cricketers for the event: Nino Henry, Ian Eusebe, Elijah Peters, Marcus Francis, Omarvi Benjamin, Kelvin Murraine, Neikie Martin, Dorian Meade, Daryl James, Kumar Samuel, Keon Scott, Jasani Browne, Shakimba Williams, Mali Benjamin and Darren Benta. Ridley Jacobs is the coach and Pernell Watley his assistant. -First published in Antigua Observer
Thu, 09/08/2011 - 11:26