Some members of the Barbados team that played against the Rest of the World XI at Kensington Oval in 1967, were recognized for their contribution to Barbados’ cricket over the years at a ceremony to mark the opening of the National Assistance Board’s Seniors T20 Tournament.
The ceremony took place this morning at the 3Ws Oval, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, under the patronage of Steve Blackett, Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development.
Among the legends honoured were Robin Bynoe, Peter Lashley, Arthur Bethell, Charlie Griffith, Sir Wesley Hall, David Holford, Sir Everton Weekes, Seymour Nurse, David Allan and Rawle Brancker. Cricket commentators were also recognized and among them was former commentator Algy Symmonds whose certificate was collected by his daughter and well known commentator Donna Symmonds, and Tony Cozier.
That 1967 cricket squad that played against the Rest of the World also included Sir Garfield Sobers, as well as the late Sir Conrad Hunte and Alfred Taylor.
Blackett said his ministry felt that it was an opportune moment to bridge the gap between cricketers of different generations and to showcase skills which they had perfected over the years.
“My ministry is always prepared to fulfill its collective mandate of facilitating any initiative which consists of its goal of enabling different ages to interface with and closely work together,” Blackett said.
Senator Dr David Durant said cricket was a sport that brought people together, the young and the not-so young and Barbadians were emotional and enthusiastic about the development of their cricket game.
“This is why the month of September, the month of senior citizens, a seniors cricket game was chosen to celebrate and acknowledge the sterling contribution older persons have made to the development of this island.”
Poet Winston Farrell who grew up next to former West Indies icon and now Barbados Cricket Association president Joel Garner, performed a piece called Rights which was written by Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite.
Following the various remarks was a match which started around 11 a.m. at the 3Ws Oval with some of the legends playing against some of Barbados’ young emerging cricketers.
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