day for Cricket
Carib and Digicel girls come together to celebrate West
Indies victory against Sri Lanka at the Queens
Park Oval. Photo: David Wears
is my hope that as you read this, West Indies would have
won yesterdays cricket ODI at the Queens Park
Oval against Sri Lanka. Last Sunday marked the first time
in eight years that the regional team won a test match at
this venue, also maintaining its record of never being whitewashed
in a home series.
integral part of international cricket at the Queens
Park Oval, the conch shell blower.
Photo: Anthony Harris
I couldnt have picked a better day to pick up on the
invitation to be a guest of Digicel at the Oval. It was
the second anniversary of Digicel in T&T and, aside
from spending the day in the company of legendary West Indies
spin wizard Lance Gibbs, and being hosted by Digicels
charming Marita Laurent, Natalie Black, Sasha Thompson,
and CEO Niall Dorrian, there were also the additional treats
of Bernard Longs cooking and the Digicel Girls.
The team captain of the international award-winning T&T
culinary team, Long concocted a menu fit for royalty that
included French trimmed rack of lamb, Peking duck, curried
crab and dumpling, a chocolate fountain, plus champagne,
fresh strawberries and other goodies.
Though I missed the aroma of fried shark being prepared
under the Dos Santos Stand, and the picong and camaraderie
of the Concrete Stand, Sundays experience afforded
yet another vantage point of enjoying cricket at the Oval.
boys and girls of Scotias Kiddy Cricket are delighted
by Sundays result. Photo: Anthony Harris
Celebrations on the Avenue
last Saturdays cricket at the Queens Park Oval,
Sunny Group of Companies bossman John Wallis turned on his
heart light to the children of the Cyril Ross Home by treating
them all to dinner at his Sweetlime Restaurant, on Ariapita
Avenue in Woodbrook.
Wallis also played host to visiting prime ministers David
Thompson (Barbados) and Denzil Douglas (St Kitts/Nevis);
and his football team, Mau Pau Sports Club, debutantes in
this years Premiership football tournament. Though
not having the start they would have liked in the tournament,
having lost that evening 1-3 to Clico Jabloteh, the footballers,
led by manager Louis Charles and coach Ron La Forest, seemed
to be high spirits as they were entertained by former Scouting
for Talent star Errol Asche.
Though a Laventille-based team, without a facility at home,
Ma Paus home ground is Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in South
Trinidad, where they will play W-Connection tomorrow evening.
the risk of seeming insensitive, aside from hypertension
and extreme stress, West Indies cricket can be lethal, in
spite of Sundays victory against Sri Lanka.
Hours into the second day of play at the Queens Park
Oval, with the visitors in their fist innings seemingly
set to establish a formidable score, Michael Hosam actually
keeled over and died in the Learie Constantine Stand.
Described by his family as an avid West Indies fan, Hosam
went without a word or fanfare, going to meet his maker
while doing one of the things he loved best.
Hosams untimely passing caused almost every spectator
hearing of his demise to scurry to the nearest Play Whe
outlet to play 4, the mark for Dead Man, no doubt still
remembering a similar tragedy a few years ago in the Concrete
Stand, when the mark 4 actually played, almost bussing NLCB.
But, the Play Whe man had the last laugh as he played 36
(Jackass) for the 6.30 pm draw, also an accurate choice,
as it was symbolic of the idiots who lost their money last
Seriously, though, as we return to the Oval tomorrow for
the second ODI, spare a thought for Hosam who literally
died for West Indies cricket. Condolences to his family
and loved ones.