Already celebrating their 35th anniversary, Eden Lodge Primary had yet another reason to celebrate as their Kiddy Cricket Festival-winning team was feted at the school today.
Eden Lodge won the 2015 edition of the Kiddy Cricket Festival over the Independence weekend, a step up after making the semi-finals in 2014.
Scotiabank Wildey branch manager Brian Clarke, himself a former student of the school and former captain of the cricket team, hailed the team for their improved performance.
“I’ve heard a lot about the hard work you put in to make this victory a reality. All the prizes you won –– from Most Improved School to Kyron King winning Best Batsman and Jaden Holder winning Best Fielder definitely show that your hard work paid off,” Clarke said.
West Indies captain Jason Holder and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite joined the celebration and had some words of advice for the cricket team and the other students.
Holder commended Scotiabank for “being involved in the development of cricket” through the Kiddy Cricket program and urged the children present to “continue to strive to be what you want to be.”
Brathwaite noted the glamour factor that was associated with the game “when you see the Chris Gayles and Jason Holders on TV” and reminded the cricketers that in order to get to that level they needed to “look to your coach for knowledge and guidance”, adding that the skills learned at this stage were crucial.