Players on the Prospect Primary school cricket team were on-hand at a recent cricket awards ceremony held at the school. Prospect Primary was named the winner of the 2007 Cable & Wireless Inter-Primary cricket competition.
The presentations were made by representatives of Cable & Wireless, the Department of Education, Principal of Prospect Mrs. Gloria Pollard and the Cayman Islands Cricket Association.
Finishing second behind Prospect in the league was John A Cumber (West Bay) while Red Bay Primary took third place. John A Cumber won the rally followed by Savannah in second place and Prospect in third.
Prospect captain Rayshawn Connor, an all-rounder who bowls leg spin, was MVP for the second round of the playoffs. Paul Laidlaw of West Bay was awarded the prize for the bowler with the most wickets.
Laidlaw’s team mate Ajani Anderson took the prize for the batsman with the highest score in the second round. Meanwhile Dimitri Chambers, also of West Bay, received a special award for the only half century in the league, 50 off 20 balls against Bodden Town. Chambers also scored the most runs in the second round.
Christopher Theaker of Red Bay won the prize for the bowler with the best analysis after a six wicket haul against Prospect. On the other hand, Prospect’s Cody Wright received the award for the most outstanding fielder.
Awards were also given to Jacques and David Wright of Prospect for their last wicket partnership that took the side to victory and the championship in the final match.
Special awards were also made to Cerrone Glasgow, Rhuel Smith and Benjamin Maynard for their contributions to primary school cricket in the areas of administration and coaching.
Peripatetic Physical education teacher Philip Hackett, chairman of the organizing committee, expressed satisfaction with the enthusiasm shown by the young cricketers throughout the season.
‘There is not a great difference in interest among the students from one school to another. All the youngsters display a keenness for the competition that is encouraging for the coaches and others, who work hard to ensure these students have the opportunity to express themselves through cricket,’ Hackett said.
‘However, the various activities done at the schools sometimes make it difficult for some of these schools to participate fully. Prospect, West Bay and Red Bay showed full commitment to the tournament this year and thoroughly deserved the top three positions. Special mention should be made of Savannah for doing so well in the rally after a couple of seasons in which they struggled in the competition. I know that Coach Benjie Maynard and manager Selwyn McCall are very proud of what the youngsters have achieved,’ Hackett said.
Hackett, who is also the coach of the victorious Prospect team, was particularly happy with the performance of his side in just their second year playing in the competition.
‘When the school opened in 2004, most of these boys had never played cricket before. Some of them had not even been present at a formal cricket match. They have come a long way in a short time. This is due to the high level of discipline they have shown. I would also like to give praise to the cricket managers at the school, Ms Oxilly and Ms Glasgow, as well as the principal Mrs. Gloria Bell and former principal Mr. Michael Walker.
‘This success would not have been possible without the co-operation of parents and teachers who contributed in a variety of ways.’
The Inter-Primary cricket tournament is an annual event organized as a joint effort between Cable & Wireless, the Cayman Islands Cricket Association and the Education Department.