St Helena’s cricket heroes have been presented with their first international caps – donated by an overseas Saint who was inspired by their achievements in South Africa in April 2012.
The caps were handed out on Saturday 3 November 2012 after the first match of the new season – a 40-over game between the national side and a captains’ eleven.
Barbara George, who was a driving force in fund-raising for the South Africa trip, reports that efforts are now being made to build on the island team’s success in its first international tournament, in which it beat several African national squads.
“We’re hoping to get a cricket coach here in the new year with funding from the African Cricket Association, if our bid is accepted, in preparation for our next invitation, and to focus on our youth,” says Barbara.
“Some squad members have regular Saturday morning cricket clinics on Francis Plain with our youth.”
The Saint who donated the caps wishes to remain anonymous.