Cricket group gets liquor licence

The Cayman Islands Cricket Association can serve alcohol and feature music during games at the Jimmy Powell Oval in future.

This follows last Thursday’s annual Liquor Licensing Board meeting at Custom’s Headquarters, after which a Retail Liquor Licence and Music and Dancing Licence were granted to the Cricket Association for this playing field.

However, the decision on the same application for Smith Road Cricket Oval has been deferred until December’s Quarterly meeting. The decisions were made by the board when it went into closed deliberations following the meeting.

The applications for new licences had been made as a result of the lifting of the moratorium on the granting of new licences, which came into effect on 18 July, 2006.

President of the Cayman Islands Cricket Association Courtney Myles voiced the association’s case at Thursday’s meeting. With regard to the Smith Road Oval, Mr. Myles said it has been there for years and there had never been cause to apply for a licence.

Now, however, Cayman is in the World Cricket League and cricket has exploded here.

Teams, he said, are being brought in to play from abroad, and each time this happens the Cricket Association needs to apply for an occasional licence to serve alcohol.

‘We’ve been asked on numerous occasions when we intend to get our own liquor licence,’ he said.

Mr. Myles noted that profits go back into the Cricket Association and the development of cricket in the Cayman Islands.

He said it is costly to apply for a licence for each event and the whole country would benefit from the Cricket Association’s obtaining licences. This would save money and enhance the association’s ability to develop cricket in the Cayman Islands, he said.

Jimmy Powell Oval

With regard to the Jimmy Powell Oval, he said it would be completed shortly – in two months’ time – and would be going on the market in early January in order to host 2007 World Cup teams to come here to help acclimatise them before the big competition, which is being staged elsewhere in the Caribbean.

‘Teams carry a big fan-base and they like to have alcohol at cricket games,’ said Mr. Myles.

The ability to serve alcohol at games would add more flavour to the facility when it goes on the market, he commented.

Mr. Myles told the board that all liquor would be confined to the cricket oval properties.

The application listed was for licences from 11am to midnight Saturday and Sunday. Mr. Myles said games generally start at 10am but if the board was minded for the licence to not be applicable until 12pm or 1pm that would be acceptable to him.

With regard to the applications for a Music and Dancing Licence for each of the venues, Mr. Myles said music adds a flavour to the game and the spectators like to dance and have a few drinks as they watch.

Chairman Mitchell Welds asked if the music would be live or pre-recorded and Mr. Myles aid they would consider pre-recorded for the Smith Road Oval. At the Jimmy Powell he said there could be the possibility of live music for a ‘cricket crazy’ weekend, but this type of weekend only happens once every two years.

Board member Craig Nixon asked if there had been any consideration for fencing being put in along the roadside of the Smith Road Oval in order to control access to the area.

Mr. Myles said that whatever is necessary and whatever the board instructs can be implemented.

Chairman Mitchell Welds asked if residents near the Jimmy Powell Oval might be inconvenienced by music played there.

Mr. Myles said they would not because music has been played there before and there was no problem. It will be played at a reasonable level, he said.

When asked by board member Craig Nixon if music would be played during matches on Sundays, he said it would not.

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