Let the games begin
Sporting action takes centrestage tomorrow night as Tourism Week 2012 celebrations shift to the flood-lit Dover Playing Field, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, for exciting netball and cricket.
First to take to the court will be the netballers at 7 p.m. for a two best in three Fast Five Netball match-up where a select Minister of Tourism team will take on a Tourism Sector lineup. Some of Barbados’ current and former national players will be on the court for what is anticipated to be a keenly contested encounter.
The Minister of Tourism team comprises Latonia Blackman, Nadia Blackman, Samantha Browne, Sheldene Clarke, Faye Sealy, Rhea Holder, Nineka Archer, Camillah Burke and Shanice Wharton. The team will be managed by veteran administrators/players Julie Phillips and Sonia Banfield.
The Tourism Sector team is Nikita Piggott, Shonette Bruce, Shekira Boxhill, Kizzy Marville, Sabrina Browne, Janelle Brathwaite, Keshara Corbin, Lashonta Wickham, Shannon Hackett and Stephanie Patrick. They will be managed by Denise Alleyne and Tracey Leacock.
Following the netball encounter a Minister of Tourism XI will clash with a Tourism Sector XI where players who have represented Barbados and the West Indies at both the junior and senior levels will take to the field. Also in the line-ups will be some of the players selected to represent Barbados at next month’s Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament slated for Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia.
Representing the Minister of Tourism XI are Ryan Hinds, Jonathan Carter, Hendy Bryan, Ashley Nurse, Justin Brathwaite, Joel Leacock, Marlon Graham, Rondel Yearwood, Henry Austin, Martin Nurse, Alcindo Holder, Courtney Browne, Jefferson Goodridge and Pedro Agard.
The Tourism Sector XI line-up will comprise Jamar Griffith, Schofield Hewitt, Jared Gilkes, Tennyson Roach, Andy Payne, Elvis Medford, Amory Holder, Kevin Stoute, Ryan Nurse, Shamarh Brooks, Javon Searles and Andre Evelyn.
For Stoute, who was shockingly omitted from the national squad to take part in the Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament, tomorrow night’s game gives him another opportunity to put the selectors’ decision in perspective. He was the only player to score over 400 runs in the just concluded domestic Sagicor General T20 Championship.
Prize money will be up for grabs for the sports participants as well as for spectators.