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Governor honours St Helena’s cricket heroes

Governor Capes with St Helena’s cricket team at Plantation House. Picture: St Helena Government

St Helena’s national cricket team has been formally congratulated on the success it achieved in its first international tournament.

Cricketers relax at Plantation in team shirts and jeansGovernor Mark Capes and Mrs Capes honoured the squad and supporters with a reception at Plantation House.

St Helena won four of its eight matches in the ICC Africa Division 3 T20 Tournament in Johannesburg in April, missing a place in the final against Zambia by only three runs. The squad finished in fifth place among eight competing nations, and won the Fair Play and Commitment Award.

The team thanked fundraisers and business sponsors who made the trip possible.

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Derek adds role of Coroner to a varied career

Derek Richards has taken the oaths of office as St Helena’s new coroner – after a career that has taken in a variety of jobs.

He has worked on Ascension, been a news reader at Radio St Helena, and run the island fire service, training in disaster management and investigations. He then moved to be head of the Public Works department at The Castle before leaving to do consultancy work – which led to a role as General Manager of Services at Solomon and Company.

In his spare time, he and wife Linda run the Island Images website, selling honey, jewellery and mosaics. The site also has details of their activities as amateur radio operators.

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Cricketers return to heroes’ welcome… and a hug

It started with a win and it finished with a group hug in front of watching wellwishers. Long after all the other national teams reached their homes, St Helena’s cricketers have returned to the island after competing in their first-ever overseas tournament.

It saw them beat four African nations and end up on the front page of a UK national newspaper. They came ashore in their green and yellow team strip and ended the month-long trip with a team hug outside the customs building.

Visit Derek Richards’s Island Images website for a report and picture.
See the Saint FM Facebook page for a gallery.

St Helena Online cricket reports

Pictures from the International Cricket Council website. See pictures of other teams here (look for galleries marked ICC Africa Division 3).

St Helena cricketers beat Cameroon, then fall to Zambia

St helena cricket team logo - a red ball bearing a map of the island, smashing a wicketSt Helena’s cricketers have won their first match in South Africa – competing in their first-ever international tournament. But they came unstuck in their afternoon match against Zambia.

The outcome of the second match was no surprise, against a team that has declared its ambition to win the tournament and return to its Division Two ranking. Even so, the island boys made the Zambians work for their victory.

St Helena’s “emphatic” win was the headline story in the tournament report from Benoni on the opening day of the Pepsi ICC Africa Division 3 match on Wednesday (25 April 2012).

Cameroon chose to bat first and were bowled out for 36 runs. Gary Coleman, “the chief destroyer for the islanders”, claimed five wickets for only eight runs. St Helena reached the target for victory in just 6.1 overs.

It was a different story in the afternoon at the  Sahara Park Willowmoore ‘C’ Field.

St Helena won the toss and elected to field. By the time they went into bat after 18.5 overs they were chasing a score of 108 all out.

B George (3 for 23) and A Coleman (2 for 17) were the chief wicket-takers, closely matching the performance of the best of their adversaries.

In the battle for runs that followed, St Helena were bowled out for 71 – well short of victory against a side that goes into the second day unbeaten.

Read a match report by Derek Richards here.


Cameroon v St Helena
Willowmoore Park
Cameroon scored 36 runs all out in 11.2 overs
Best Bowling: St. Helena: G. Coleman 5 for 8; D. Leo 3 for 1
St. Helena scored 37 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in 6.1 overs
Best Batting: St. Helena: D. Richards 15*; G. George 14
St. Helena won by 9 wickets

St Helena v Zambia
Willowmoore Park
Zambia scored 108 all out
Best Batting Figures Zambia: Sarfraz Patel 24
Best Bowling Figures St. Helena: B. George 3 for 23; A. Coleman 2 for 17
St. Helena scored 71 all out in 19.5 overs
Best Batting Figures St. Helena: S. Crowie 15
Best Bowling figures Zambia: I. Mohamed 3 for 22; S. Yousuf 2 for 15
Zambia won by 37 runs


No pressure on island cricketers… but Zambia wants to win

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Well done lads!  (Lucinda Corney)

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Tourist cash sails away – in a ‘millpond’ sea

Arcadia lies off Main Street, Jamestown
Off-shore funds: tourist cash stayed on board P&O's Arcadia (picture: Hazel Wilmot)

She came, we saw, she left – the words of hotelier Hazel Wilmot after the P&O cruise ship Arcadia left James Bay without allowing passengers ashore.

Questions are now being asked about why the island traders lost the chance of tourist income,  despite “millpond” conditions at the landing steps. It is understood some passengers were too elderly to be able to manage conditions at the wharf.

“We were left with catering for 1,800 passengers and a mini market, with no buyers. Such is life,” said Hazel, who owns the Consulate Hotel in Jamestown.

She declined to rush to judgment without knowing the reason for the failure.

She cited the case of the Aurora, whose captain declined to land passengers even though the sea was calm – because he knew conditions were due to worsen later in the day and some might be stranded ashore.

P&O's Arcadia in the bay
Tantalising: passengers weren't allowed to land

The adults-only Arcadia stayed in the bay long enough to pick up eight passengers who were joining the ship at St Helena.

Earlier this month, councillors were told there was a shortfall in funding needed to build a breakwater to reduce the risk of the island losing income – up to £10,000 a day – when passengers cannot land.


‘There was a murmur of frustration and discontent’ – Derek Richards
‘A sombre reminder how hard it is to make a living here’ – Gillian Scott Moore


I think we should also express our sympathy for the ship’s passengers, who missed out on what would doubtless have been the highlight of their holiday – seeing the delights of St Helena!

John Turner, St Helena

Funding shortfall delays safer landing stage
St Helena cruise passengers stranded in the cold

P&O ship Arcadia
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