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Falklands cricketers out to upset hosts

Some of the members of the Falklands cricket team.

The Falkland Islands cricket team will be visiting Barbados from November 29 to December 3 as part of a Caribbean tour, also taking in Jamaica and Belize.

The team will be playing matches against local sides Isolation Cavaliers on Independence Day and North Stars on Sunday, December 2, at their home grounds in St. Andrew and St. Lucy respectively.

Although cricket has been played in the Falklands since the 1920’s, the Falkland Islands only became a member of the International Cricket Council as recently as 2007 and played their first international tournament in June 2010 when they competed in the ICC Americas Championship in Mexico. Their historic opening fixture resulted in a victory over Costa Rica, with captain Elliott Taylforth claiming a hat-trick.

The team has adopted an official charity for each leg of their Caribbean tour and team members have been raising funds to ensure that they can give something back to the communities that they visit. Here in Barbados the team are supporting the Irving Wilson School for blind, deaf and autistic children.

A group of students and teachers from the school will attend the match against North Stars. School principal Wilmont Straughan will present a trophy at the end of the match to the winning team. He will also receive a cheque for the school from the visiting team. In addition to the cricket matches, the visitors will be exploring Barbados and having an opportunity to enjoy its beaches and tourist sites.

Speaking ahead of the visit, team captain Craig Paice said: “We’re really looking forward to visiting Barbados, a beautiful country with a rich cricketing heritage that has produced numerous world class players. We know that the standard of cricket will be very high but we’re excited about the challenge.”

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