Dover Playing Field in the south of Barbados was the venue on Friday 14 June for enthusiastic amateur cricketers from the European Delegation and the British High Commission to test their prowess against a team drawn from the Barbados government. Ably abetted by Cricket Legends Sherwin Campbell and Vasbert Drakes, the teams got off to a cracking start, with the Barbados side racing to 144 runs. The EU team battled bravely to the final ball, losing by an incredibly close margin of 1 run. Scoring was by no less a cricketing great than Joel ‘Big Bird’ Garner.
The supporting crowd enjoyed the spectacle of heads of mission and co-captains Mikael Barfod and Paul Brummell successfully wielding bat and ball, and cheered them and all the players on. Player of the Match was Karon Bolden of the Deighton Griffith School (kind hosts of cricket practices beforehand) who played for the EU team. Much to the delight of all present, prizes were presented by cricketing greats Desmond Haynes, Sir Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith. Commentary – excited, loud and continuous – came from Stephen Brathwaite.
The event helped raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados, whose nurses were on hand to measure spectators’ blood pressure, pulse, BMI and fat indexes, as well as hand out information on healthy living. For more information on the Foundation go to www.hsfbarbados.org