The Sir Everton Weekes Under-13 Final between Christ Church Foundation and Combermere which was boycotted by the Barbados Association of Public Secondary Schools’ Principals (BAPPSS) four months ago is to be played.
On May 15, when spectators turned up at the Empire Cricket Club to witness the final between the two powerhouses in junior cricket only the umpires and scorers were at the ground. BAPPSS, annoyed at new regulation by the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) which stated: “From the BCA 2017 season, no school team shall be eligible for promotion beyond the Intermediate Division”, had pulled the respective schools from the final. This new rule prevented other schools from joining Combermere and Foundation in Division One competition
The BCA in a subsequent press release stated that “there would not be rescheduling the final”. But in an interview with Barbados TODAY, recently elected president of the BCA Conde Riley revealed that after a meeting between BAPPSS and officials of the BCA on September 8, the final will now be played.
“We had a meeting with BAPPSS and both parties agreed that the final will be rescheduled, the logistics are now being worked out by our director of cricket Steven Leslie and the principals. I have asked the director of cricket and BAPPSS to do their utmost best to ensure the final will be played before the end of this year,” Riley said,
Immediately after he was elected president of the BCA two months ago, Riley indicated that the schools would be the main focus of his board, and one of the top priorities of the new executive was to resolve the burning issue of students from Combermere and Foundation opting to play for their school in the BCA’s First Division competition instead of representing Barbados Youth in the Elite Division.
At that time Riley said: “There is an impasse with the schools that must be sorted out immediately. I have my views, as soon as we have our first board meeting, I want to address that issue and get it solved.”
Today Riley noted: “The status quo will remain, we have decided that Combermere and Foundation will continue to play in the First Division, and will be allowed to select their best players to represent them. The boys selected to represent Barbados Youth will be chosen from the other twenty secondary schools on the island,” he explained.
Riley disclosed that Barbados would be hosting the 2018 Regional Super50 tournament.
“Zone A of the 2018 Regional Super50 Tournament is being held in Barbados. This is the zone that normally hosts the semifinals and final. Based on the fact that Zone A is to be held in Barbados, it is logical to conclude that we will be hosting the semifinals and final,” the director of Cricket West Indies said.
Riley, who chaired the Barbados Pride from its inception three years ago, said he will remain chairman of the local franchise team.