The nursery of Barbados youth cricket better known as the Guardian Group National Sports Council Herman Griffith Cricket Competition came off successfully this year but not without many unforeseen challenges.
The 39th edition of the highly anticipated competition, won by four time champions Bayley’s Primary, was severely hampered by bad weather. Tournament director from the NSC, Adrian Donovan, said it was one of the most expensive tournaments to run from as a result of several postponements.
“I believe it was by the grace of God that we were able to finish before the school term ended as planned because from the time we got to the playoff stage we were rescheduling due to the weather. We were also faced with a lot of activities that affected the small running of the competition because they were a number of activities undertaken by the schools that involved the 50th Independence Anniversary celebration.
“We had visits by the Governor General, journey of the broken tridents, we also had postponements due to, flag raising ceremonies at the schools, and prefect installation days. Then we got into a period of severe bad weather but I believe this was one of those years where nobody could have predicted what was going to happen.
“We always wanted the final to play in the best possible conditions and I am really happy to say it was an amazing atmosphere. The ground staff at the Empire Cricket Ground did a tremendous job and the combination of the National Sports Council and it sponsors Guardian Group staff really ensured that the final had a festive atmosphere and presented a show that those who took part would never forget in their young cricketing lives,” Donovan said.
Donovan also commented on the drop in participation.
“There are a number of schools that did not participated this year for various reasons ranging from, female games teachers who were unable to motivate boys to play cricket, to a lack of cricket equipment in schools, the cost of cricketing equipment for parents is just too expensive and you find many parents are choosing to have their children play in sports that are much cheaper.
“So these are challenges that the Ministry of Education, Barbados Cricket Association (BCA)and all of us have to see how best we can solve.
“I am however happy to say that the BCA will undertake a program in donating some cricket equipment to those needy schools, which we will be identifying sometime soon, and I think that will definitely go a long way for the development of cricket at those respective schools,” Donovan said.