By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Eight teams began playing in the BVI Cricket Association’s Corporate tape ball League last night at the Old Recreation Grounds where softball is played. The league is expected to run through Nov 15.
Teams registered include: Conyers Dill and Pearman, Maples, Nagico insurances
KPMG, Delta Petroleum, Antarctica/BCQS, RTW and Harneys.
The BVICA hopes the League will help to raise funds for a Primary School tournament in 2016 where 15 schools—12 on Tortola and three in Virgin Gorda—will compete.
Additionally, funding from the league will enable the BVICA to invite professional coaches from abroad to train promising primary school players and help refine the BVI National senior and youth squads.
“There was a need to disseminate cricket skills from established teams to the wider community,” said Jadid Khan, Committee member BVICA. “We have been in consultation with the cricketing community on island for a few months and all signs pointed towards a need for cricket to become accessible to more people.”
Khan noted that those observing cricket from the sidelines now have a genuine opportunity to be involved in an official cricket tournament. He added that they especially wanted to push the inclusion of female players as they would like to identify potential members of a BVI women’s squad.
“It was important for us to showcase cricket in Road Town and we are grateful to the BVI Recreation Trust and the BVI Softball Association for facilitating the use of the ground,” he said.
BVICA president Charlie Jackson said that cricket had been going through and explosion of interest that they need to include not just the current players, but to broaden the fan base and increase the participants, get women, more kids involved and reach out to the wider community. This aim he pointed out is to reach out to the community and get back to how sports used to be in the territory when thevillages had teams and everybody came to watch on a given Sunday.
“This is just tape ball cricket so it’s not going to be a danger to anybody,” Jackson said. “This is designed to attract the companies. The idea is before they leave to go home, the can come to the softball field, have a game of cricket, maybe a bite to eat, a drink or two, bring family, bring friends and have an enjoyable sharp evening of cricket.”
The schedule of matches is as follows:
Oct 1st: Game 1 Harneys vs Delta – Game 2 Conyers vs Nagico
Oct 8th: Game 1 Maples vs RTW – Game 2 KPMG vs Antarctica/BCQS Oct 15th: Game 1 KPMG vs Nagico – Game 2 Maples vs Delta
Oct 22nd: Game 1 Nagico vs Antarctica/BCQS – Game 2 Delta vs RTW
Oct 29th: Game 1 Harneys vs RTW – Game 2 Conyers vs Antarctica/BCQS
Nov 5th: Game 1 Conyers vs KPMG – Game 2 Harneys vs Maples
Nov12: First Semi Final – Winner Group A vs Runner Up Group B Nov 12: Second Semi Final – Winner Group B vs Runner Up Group A
Nov 12: Final