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  • Atlantic Primary School Cricketers bring home Charlie Griffith Championship Title

    The Atlantic National Primary Schools Cricket Team emerged champions of the 2015 Charlie Griffith Preparatory Cricket Tournament, beating the Beechwood Park School team from the United Kingdom in the final held on July 17 at the Franklyn Stephenson Academy in Barbados.  Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Atlantic team scored 158/2 in their allotted 20 overs. In reply, the Beechwood Park team was restricted to 138/9, giving the Trinidad and Tobago team the 2015 title. 

    This was only the second time that the young cricketers coming out of the Atlantic National Primary Schools Cricket League competition participated in the Under-13 limited overs tournament, which was held from July 9-17. In their first outing in 2014, the team made it to the semi-finals. 

    Atlantic’s Manager, Branding and Communications, Derek Daniel expressed his excitement over the team’s success in the recent tournament and commended the work of the National Primary Schools Cricket League and its partnership with Atlantic over the last 12 years to help take primary school cricket to the next level. 

    “Cricket at the primary school level continues to evolve to meet the developmental needs of the young children who participate," Daniel explained.  "The league was restructured to facilitate a higher standard of performance, and we also introduced the Atlantic Coaching Excellence Programme, ACE, which facilitated training of our coaches.  Under the ACE Programme, our coaches were internationally certified to Levels One and Two by Cricket Australia.  The strong performance that we saw in the Charlie Griffith tournament demonstrates how the application of this training on the actual field of play can enhance the standard of our young cricketers’ performance." 

    Following the close of the 2015 season of the Atlantic National Primary Schools’ Cricket League, the top 30 players were called up for trial, before a final 15 cricketers were selected for the Charlie Griffith Tournament. The final team comprised of Aaron Bankay (captain), Cameron Loubon, Sion Hackett, Abdur Rahmaan Juman, Rondell Ramlogan, Christian Ramroop, Chadeon Raymond, Kristian Dookree, Vishram Narine, Narad Kissoondath, Dariel Roberts, Mikal James, Olando James, Christopher Orosco, and David Cruickshank. Skipper Aaron Bankay was also the final’s Man-of-the-Match. 

    The team was accompanied by Manager, Brent Francis; Assistant Manager, Shazad Khan; Coach John Pollard; and Assistant Coach, Kenneth Samuel. Manager Francis was pleased with the team’s performance in this year’s tournament. 

    “We were determined to go all the way to the finals this year, as we narrowly missed out last year," Francis explained. "The tour was critical for the league since it provided our young cricketers with an opportunity to play in different conditions against quality teams. It is a good indicator of where our players are and can help shape our development programmes in the future." 

    Established in 2012, the Charlie Griffith Preparatory Tournament is an Under-13 Twenty/20 competition, which also uses 35-over games to allow the young players to spend longer periods at the crease. This year, the tournament attracted participation from nine (9) teams from the United Kingdom, Antigua, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.