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Cricket heroes are capped for St Helena

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.

St Helena Online is back – with belated congratulations

This website has been inactive for a few days due to outside pressures (a small matter of 13,000 words of university work to be handed in, many of them relating to St Helena).

The absence has meant St Helena Online missed the chance to add its congratulations to the island’s national cricket team at the end of its first-ever overseas tournament. Barbara George posted the following on Facebook a few days back:

Our guys won the Fair Play & Commitment Award and 4 Man of the Match awards – 2 to Dax and one each to Greg and Scott. They are now back in Cape Town; 6 more days and they will be back on the RMS travelling home…what a party we are going to have for them.

The normal thing for returning sporting heroes is a celebratory ride on an open-top double-decker bus. So – how many people can squeeze into Mr Corker’s charabanc?


Maybe Basil Read will lend us their enormous (by St. Helena standards) lorry.

John Turner, St Helena
Random Thoughts From Offshore

Cricket: Saints end on a win, after missing final by three runs

by Barbara George

St Helena beat Morocco on the final morning of their tournament in South Africa – the team they lost to a day earlier.

They have come fifth in the league but as Damien O’Bey put it, with three more runs – one against Seychelles and two against Rwanda – they would have been playing Zambia in the final.

They absolutely deserve a break after such an intense tournament. Not even the associate guys play so many games so quickly.

No more getting up at 5:30am mornings – one more week and then back on the RMS St Helena.

What heroes they have been. They have made their mark on the international cricket scene.

I have had masses of phone calls and people stopping me in the street to talk about our team. They are certainly putting St Helena on the map.

Official report from International Cricket Council reporter Zuraida Badat:

St Helena won the toss and elected to bat
St Helena scored 127 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs
Best batting figures, St Helena: D Richards 33
Best bowling figures, Morocco: B Bikouri 3 for 24
Morocco scored 100 all out
Best bowling figures, St Helena: P Stroud 2 for 13; G Johnson 2 for 16

St Helena won by 27 runs.

Seychelles faced the invincible Zambians on Sahara Park Willowmoore’s main oval and
after winning the toss, Seychelles were bowled out for 102, after being 80 for 2.

Zambia bowler I Patel took five wickets for seven runs.

Zambia scored a victorious 103 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 15.5 overs, becoming Africa World Cricket League Division 3 champions by 5 wickets.

Gambia beat defending champions Rwanda with 125 runs for the loss of 6 wickets, with Rwanda scoring 121 for the loss of eight wickets.

Cameroon bowled out Mali for 43 runs and then won the game with 47 runs for the loss of three wickets.

Saints fifth on table after four days’ play
So close… Saints lose to champions by a single run
Saints give Moroccans a 40-run win at Sahara Park
Now island winners must face champions Rwanda
Father and son give St Helena third win, by George!
Dax outruns Mali’s entire team – but Seychelles sneak win
St Helena cricketers beat Cameroon, then fall to Zambia