Saint Lucian cricketer Nick Elibox will be taking advantage of a scholarship opportunity in the United Kingdom when the new term opens.
Elibox, a graduating student of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School, got the chance to study and play cricket at Woodhouse Grove School through the intervention of noted radio and television commentator, Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira.
Nick is actually the third Saint Lucian in recent years to take up a scholarship at Woodhouse, following in the footsteps of Dalton Polius and Larry Edward.
The 2015 season has been kind to Nick. Playing for CCSS, he scored 74 against Sir Arthur Leis Community College in March, and then a massive 184 against Entrepot Secondary.
In that match against ESS, he also demonstrated his bowling prowess, taking five wickets. He also took three wickets for just 10 runs playing for BAYS Sting Rays in the final of the South Castries Cricket Association Lotteries T20, guiding his team to the title.
Turning 17 in September, Nick was the second-youngest member of the Saint Lucia team at the Windward Islands Under-19 Championship in Dominica. He gathered two half centuries in the first weekend of trial matches.
Along with Under-19 teammate, Johnnel Eugene, Nick will join the Windward Islands team for the West Indies Cricket Board Under-17 tournament starting this week in Tobago.
Woodhouse has been cited in ‘The Playing Fields Of England’ as one of the top 100 cricket-playing schools in the United Kingdom.
Founded in 1812, the school was established in a rural setting in the heart of the Aire Valley in the north of England. Woodhouse boasts four grass pitches, six artificial practice nets and one artificial pitch, as well as a purpose-built Sports Centre Complex, with four indoor nets.
Interestingly, Nick is set to return home next year with his school. The young cricketers have been touring overseas every years since 1998, and the Woodhouse First and Second XI are meant to travel to Grenada and Saint Lucia.