Power packed U19 cricket final in store

Power packed U19 cricket final in store

849acfb5-ec0e-4b31-b5dd-19bf90b6257eFor the second time in as many months, South Castries and Gros Islet will meet to decide domestic supremacy. Last time out, it was South Castries winning the Acynta Auguste women’s title.

This time, youth will be served, as the teams meet in the final of the National Lotteries Under-19 competition.

The game will be played at the Mindoo Phillip Park on Sunday from 10am.

The two sides will include a total of 11 players who have been called into the national age group squad, and three of whom were in the final national team in 2015. Of those in the current training squad, a whopping eight are from Gros Islet.

South Castries got past Mabouya to make it to the title match, whereas South Castries blasted their way past Central Castries.

The final will see the likes of talented fast bowler Kester Charlemagne, batsmen Colinus Calendar and Nixon Edmund lining up for South Castries. Both Kester and Colinus played for Saint Lucia last year in the Windward Islands competition.

Gros Islet feature just one player from last year’s national team, in the person of Babonneau Secondary alumnus Vernillus Gabriel. But they boast half a dozen names that would be familiar to persons who have followed the national Under-15 team in recent years.

Of course, Saint Lucia has won the last three Windward Islands Under-15 titles. Several of the prominent names from those teams are featured in the Gros Islet makeup. Those names include 2016 captain Simeon Gerson, the diminutive spinner from St Mary’s College, who is also captain of the Windwards team. So too Kimani Melius, 2015 Saint Lucia and Windwards captain, West Indies youth player, and a record-setting batsman for Gros Islet Secondary.

Also likely to feature on Sunday is Kimani’s West Indies youth teammate, Dane Edward, along with Jard Goodman, Stavone Gabriel, Veron Preville and Rene Montoute.

With bragging rights at stake, plus the chance to catch the eye of the national selectors, Sunday’s final should be highly competitive and hugely entertaining.

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