Feb. 5, 2004 – The St. Thomas Cricket Association will host matches between the Leeward Islands and Barbados national cricket teams next week in Round 6 of the Carib Beer Cup 2004 series.
The matches will take place Feb. 12-15 at the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School field beginning at 10 a.m. daily.
Eight teams are participating in the Carib Beer Cup regional series — Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies "B" and Windward Islands.
The series is returning to the Virgin Islands after last year's first time for the territory serving as a host venue. Last year, matches were played in Charlotte Amalie and Christiansted.
Antigua's renowned cricketer Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, who played on a number of major teams over more than 15 years before retiring in 1992, is to make a guest appearance on St. Thomas. Richards, a batsman known as "the Master Blaster" for his scoring ability and agility, won honors as Wisden (West Indies) Cricketer of the Year in 1977 and as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Century in 2000.
According to a release from Martin Public Relations, the territory's mainland publicity agency, the local cricket association and the Tourism Department are organizing a welcome for Richards — "Sir Viv" to his fans — on Wednesday. On Feb. 13, there will be a cocktail event in his honor at beginning 8 p.m. at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort for which tickets are $20.
For more information about the cricket series or the cocktail reception, call the St. Thomas association at 715-6863.
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