With the indefinite suspension of the 2021 national cricket competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elron Lewis – President of the Jules Anthony Sports Club and Coordinator of Cricket in the North Leeward – is not deterred and is optimistic that cricket in the area will unfold as per the plans already agreed.
“We have some good plans in store for cricket in the area,” Lewis said recently. “We want to bring back the Under-15 cricket which we recognise as where the development begins. The Under-15 Tournament is slated to start in the summer. We did one last year but this year we want to make it bigger where each village will be represented, something that the late Jules Anthony always wanted to see. We haven’t had for 10-15 years.”
Lewis also pointed to continuing the female Competition which was introduced last year with three team participating.
He also promised that the Male Competition will be staged this year.
Lewis continued, “We are also looking at the possibility of bringing back 50 Overs Cricket where the players will have a longer playing time, especially the batting.
“The North Leeward female team took part in the national tournament last year and our male team won the first division for the second consecutive year where we gained promoted to the premier division, so we are looking to promote out talent where in both male and female teams we have Under-19 and Under-15 players,” Lewis added.
And as for the resumption of national cricket, Lewis is of the view that the cricket administrators need to keep their focus in this difficult period.
“We would have already started our preparation for the new season but it’s a bit difficult with the COVID. The well-being of the players is our first priority so we encourage them to look at cricket on the TV and learn as much as they can until things get back to normalcy.
There is a lot can be derived from cricket – players can make a living from the sport – so we are hoping we can get back to cricket soon,” Lewis suggested.