Sport

Leaders join forces to take on under-11s

  • In the firing line: David Burt takes part in last year’s event (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Political opponents David Burt and Jeanne Atherden will play on the same team for a good cause on Saturday when the tenth annual Hiscox 11-and-under Celebrity Cricket Festival is held at the National Sports Centre North Field.

The Premier, who played last year as the Opposition leader, and Atherden, the present Leader of the Opposition, will be on the same Celebrity team that is aiming to claim a first victory in the fixture.

The Celebrities have cast their net far and wide in the hopes of coming up with a winning side, naming sports minister Michael Weeks in their team along with high jumper Sakari Famous, the Carifta Games bronze medal-winner.

Bermuda captain Terryn Fray and 2007 World Cup captain Irving Romaine are also named, along with national team player Charles Trott, although they cannot bat or bowl with their “strong” hand. Trott, who played in the match almost ten years ago, will have to bat and bowl right-handed.

The day will begin at 8am with the 11-and-under league Skills and Drills competition, followed at 11am with the opening of the free kids zone and the free barbecue lunch and T-shirt stall opening at 11.30. The Celebrities v 11-and-under match will start at 1pm.

Mike Krefta, chief executive of Hiscox Bermuda said: “Hiscox is once again delighted to be sponsoring the Hiscox Celebrity Cricket Festival, now in its tenth year. This event was the brainchild of our current chairman, Rob Childs, as a way to celebrate Bermuda’s 400th anniversary in 2009. The celebrity cricket day is a day the players and their families all look forward to. The support of so many senior island figures in giving up their time to support our young girls and boys cricketers is part of making the day so special.

“The event sets an example to our future leaders some of whom we hope will come from these fantastic young players.”

This will be the first Hiscox Celebrity Festival for Lloyd Smith as president of the BCB and he, too, is looking forward to the occasion.

“We are very excited to be able to celebrate our long partnership with Hiscox with the tenth annual 11-and-under Celebrity Cricket Festival. I am also proud to recognise a current young national squad player, Charles Trott, who actually played in the inaugural event in 2009.

“Hiscox have supported our Under-11 League since 2006 and since that time we have enjoyed well over 1,000 games of cricket for our primary school boys and girls. In addition to thanking Hiscox for their investment in our community and national sport, I would like to thank the many sponsors who donated raffle prizes.

“All the money raised from the raffle goes directly to the Youth Development programme. I look forward to continuing our partnering with Hiscox and many more great family events for years to come.

“So, if you enjoy cricket and are looking for a great family event, come out and bring your kids or grandkids and spend the day with us.”

Eleven-and-under team: Sanaa Berkeley, Grace Amaradasa (Axis Angels), Luke Fulton, Freddie Twite (Warwick Knights), Amara Richards, Deigo Barclay (PHC), Rahkeem Wilson, Jayden DeSilva (Warwick Workmen’s), Roydon Grant, Ai’yah Pitcher (St George’s), Nakai Smith, Sekou Rabain (Flatts), Christia Lugo-Elibox, Eva Tuzo (St David’s), Tom Wells, Noel Johnston (Warwick Pages), Dashun Smith, Ja’shay Trott (Cleveland County), Kchef Butler, Kush Butler (Western Stars), Jahzai Hill, Antonio Wilson (Southampton Rangers), Tajae Brown-Dill (Somerset).