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Garner ready to serve cricket

sportsjoelgarneritsallaboutcricketFormer West Indies fast bowling great Joel Garner says he has no personal ambitions other than to serve Barbados’ and by extension regional cricket.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY last night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre after being re-elected for a fourth successive stint as president of the Barbados Cricket Association when the 11th special meeting of the body took place, Garner was very humble in his latest achievement.

The cricket icon said the membership of the BCA had acknowledged the work he had  done but like everything in life there had been challenges during his tenure as president.

“I don’t have any personal ambitions at this stage in my life and I am here to serve cricket as I have been doing for the last 43 years,” Garner said.

The towering Garner defeated out going  first vice-president of the BCA Conde Riley by 166 votes to 121.

Riley, who served on the BCA’s board for the last 18 years, accepted defeat in a dignified manner. Riley, who also contested and lost the post of first vice-president, said he was disappointed at the result but the voting membership had spoken.

Deighton Smith, a former acting chief executive officer of BCA, defeated Riley 145 votes to 136 for the post of first vice president. Wendell Kellman was re-elected second vice-president unopposed, Maurice Gaskin defeated Pat Greenidge 171 votes to 77 for the post of third vice-president. Former Empire and Carlton player Jason King is the new treasurer and Anthea Ishmael created history by becoming the first woman to be elected secretary of the BCA.

The other members of the board are: Hartley Reid, Ikins Clarke, newcomer  Kamal Springer and Roland Butcher, the first black West Indian to play test cricket for England. (DH)

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