CaribbeanCricket.com Wins Fete Match
Wed, Feb 22, '06
West Indies great Lawrence Rowe and the Mayor of Lauderhill were on hand last weekend at CaribbeanCricket.com's "Curry Goat Challenge". The event, which brings together members of the site's message board and local cricket fans to play friendly cricket, was judged a great success by those who attended.
"What we are hoping to do is promote cricket as an expression of West Indian culture, " said event organiser, Sean Mitchell. "We have a large community of cricket fans, and this is a way to bring them together beyond just typing on a chat board".
The match was the fourth that the site has organised since the first in 2003, with venues in both Canada and the United States. The ground was provided by the City of Lauderhill, which promotes itself as a venue for cricket tours . Mayor Richard Kaplan came out before the match to welcome the players and presented Editor-in-Chief Ryan Naraine with a plaque commemorating the event.
Former West Indies batsman Lawrence Rowe came out to enjoy the atmosphere, and graciously agreed to present the trophies. 'Yagga' chatted with the spectators, signed autographs, and posed for pictures with fans. The many members of the south Florida cricket community who came out were clearly very proud of their star, who now lives in Florida.
Regional carrier BWIA West Indies Airways provided prizes -- round trips along the carrier's routes -- for best batsman and best bowler. The prizes were were awarded to Peter DaSilva and Gerald Singh, respectively.
"BWIA West Indies airways Limited is proud to support the International Caribbean community in the common experience of cricket, one of the greatest unify forces in the region," said company spokesperson Dayanand Birju, who took part in the event.
Hardcore, a local sportswear manufacturer, donated souvenier shirts for the participants.
The next Curry Goat Challenge is scheduled for the Independence Day/Canada Day weekend this July, at the prestigious Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club in Toronto, Canada.