Bassettere, St. Kitts – As the West Indies and Pakistan teams do battle in the Second Digicel Series Test, dozens of primary school cricketers from St. Kitts and Nevis are getting ready for their big debut at Warner Park.
Over 140 primary school children will take centre stage at Warner Park as part of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme for the energetic International Interval Display.
The students will demonstrate their cricketing skills and love for the game during the lunch interval on the second and third days (Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd ) of the Digicel Test.
The talented boys and girls have been chosen from 14 primary schools from St. Kitts and Nevis, and will be displaying their batting, bowling and fielding skills under the supervision of their coaches and school supervisors.
The featured schools include: St. Thomas Primary, VOJN Primary, St. James Primary, Gingerland Primary, St. Johns Primary, Charlestown Primary, Ivor Walters Primary, Dean Glasford Primary, Edgar T. Morris Primary, Dr. William Connor, Newton Ground, St. Pauls Primary, Violet Petty Primary, Saddiers Primary and Bach Allen Primary.
In addition to the display, Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Ball Boys and Girls will be part of the action the Second Digicel Test Matches to aid players with the recovery of balls hit to the boundary at Warner Park.
Commenting on this year’s Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket activities for the Digicel Series, WICB Project Officer for Kiddy Cricket, K. J. Singh said: "The Kiddy Cricket interval displays over the years gave our children the opportunity to showcase the cricketing skills they have developed through the programme and more importantly, it allowed them to build confidence by performing on an international stage."
Mr. Charles Morton, Manager of Scotiabank Nevis commented: "The St. Kitts Cricket Association is ready for the final Digicel Test and the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket personnel are also geared up and ready to go. On Wednesday 18th May in Nevis, the Elquimido Willett Park was filled with Kiddy Cricket practice activities as the kids prepared for their big day at Warner Park on Saturday 21st May. Scotiabank is excited to be in this dear partnership with the WICB as cricket is a religion to the people of the region."
Simone Hull, Scotiabank’s Regional Sponsorship commented: "Scotiabank and the WICB will be partnering to offer the Kiddy Cricketers an opportunity to expand their role in the game with the new Kiddy Cricket Ball Boys Feature.
"We are certain that the children will be looking forward to sharing the field with professionals cricketers. The students will be selected from among the older students who have been trained in advance for this role to ensure that they will perform effectively and safely on the field."
In January 2011, the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme resumed in St. Kitts and Nevis and is scheduled to deliver programme resources such as Cricketing Kits and coaching from certified WICB coaches during the course of the year. A WICB & Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival and Camp are scheduled to be held in St. Kitts & Nevis later in the year.