The under 19 cricket team from St. David is the new champions of the Grenada Cricket Association (GCA) Republic Bank under 19 Cricket Tournament, which culminated last week Friday at Progress Park in St. Andrew.
Cheered on by a lively crowd of supporters, St. David dethroned defending champions, St. Andrew to win the coveted title.
St. Andrew won the toss and decided to bat making a total of 132 runs all out, in 43 overs and their opponents replied scoring 136 for 8 in 30-overs.
Captain of team St. David, Ryan John, led his team to victory making a total of 53 runs not out in the final game.
John, who was a member of the winning West Indies under-19 team at the recently concluded International Cricket (ICC) World Cup, was named Player of the Match based on his excellent bowling and batting skills.
He amassed more than 250 runs during the one-week tournament.
Anil Matthew, who made a total of 201 runs was named best batsman of the tournament, while his team-mate Darren Nedd, was named best bowler taking more than 9 wickets throughout the tournament.
The 50-over tournament commenced last week Wednesday with six (6) teams competing for the title and a chance to be selected for the national cricket team, which will compete in the Windwards under 19 tournament at the end of June.
“The match was a biting match and all in all it was a great day of cricket,” said Dwain Gill, President of the Grenada Cricket Association (GCA) in an interview with THE NEW TODAY Monday.
In an interview with this newspaper following the opening of the tournament, Gill said the primary objective apart from the development of the players is to give the young players in the country an “opportunity to gain selection on the national team, the Windwards team and then the West Indies team.”
The GCA Republic Bank under 19 Cricket Tournament is endorsed by the Ministry of Sport, which has also played a huge part in terms of preparing the field and providing technical support to ensure that the tournament was executed properly.