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Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL) this week gave a fitting send-off to one of St. Lucia’s brightest cricketing prospects and aspiring future West Indies opening batsman, Tarryck Gabriel.
Tarryck, who has been selected on the West Indies Under-19 cricket team, got a brand new kit compliments BOSL, complete with bats, pads, gloves and other cricket gear.
The presentation followed a request from the National Cricket Association after Tarryck’s selection to the West Indies Under-19 team to play Bangladesh in a home series from October 5-21.
At the recently concluded West Indies Cricket Board Regional Under-19 50-Over Tournament, Tarryck blasted 232 runs at an average of 38.67. This was the second highest total of the tournament. He also took five wickets at 15.4 runs per wicket.
He was voted best all-rounder.
Tarryck’s cricketing prowess first came to the fore when he played for his alma mater, Corinth Secondary. At the national level, he was the top scorer in the Coca Cola Mindoo Philip Division 1 Tournament in 2011/2012.
The 18-year-old cricketing prodigy was one of the rising stars featured in the ECFH 2013 Calendar. Tarryck’s success is the third in a series of achievements of the outstanding young St. Lucians who were featured in the ECFH Calendar.
Earlier this year, high jumper Jeanelle Scheper registered a record-breaking performance at the 2013 Carifta Games in The Bahamas, and budding musician Melody Fevrier emerged as Student of the Year at the St. Lucia School of Music.
In accepting his new cricket gear, Tarryck said: “As a young St. Lucian, I’m excited to have been selected on the West Indies Under-19 cricket team. I would like to thank my guardian for his input into my cricket career and I would like to thank Bank of Saint Lucia for sponsoring me with a full cricket kit. It will go a long way in helping me realize my dreams.”
Speaking at the presentation, ECFH Senior Manager – Marketing & Corporate Communications, Maria Fowell said: “BOSL is committed to the development of the island’s youth, particularly in the area of sports, which is at the heart of our corporate social responsibility policy. We remain unwavering in our commitment to youth development in a number of sporting disciplines at the community and national level.”
October will also see the launch of the BOSL T20 Community Cricket Competition in collaboration with the National Cricket Association.
BOSL and the wider ECFH Group would like to congratulate Tarryck on his selection to the West Indies Under-19 cricket team and wish him well in the home series against Bangladesh, which includes a warm-up match and seven one-day matches.