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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.

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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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.

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

St Helena cricket heroes make the front page

St Helena’s national cricket team has made the front page of the British national newspaper, The Daily Telegraph – nine days beating four African nations in its first-ever international tournament.

Writer David Millward names 57-year-old Gavin George as one of the star players, partly thanks to a game in which he and his son David each scored 48 runs against Gambia.

Millward’s story has some engaging touches, including training matches on board the RMS St Helena.

Shipping schedules had prevented the team accepting a previous tournament invitation, but this time it favoured the team’s ambitions.

“There was still the odd hurdle to be overcome before the Saints could make their international debut,” writes Millward.

“Participating in a ‘pyjama cricket’ tournament, the team discovered to its horror that it did not have green wicketkeeper pads.

“This was rectified with a swift and judicious application of a coat of green paint.”

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Cricket fever sweeps St Helena – Daily Telegraph

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?

COMMENT:

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.

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Dax outruns Mali’s entire team – but Seychelles sneak win
St Helena cricketers beat Cameroon, then fall to Zambia

Saints fifth on table after four days’ play

St Helena’s three wins in the Africa division three tournament in South Africa place the team fifth in the results table after four days – though the official table has yet to be published.

Only the Zambians have had fewer runs scored against them.

St helena cricket team logo - a red ball bearing a map of the island, smashing a wicketRankings (two points per win):

Zambia – 14 points
Seychelles – 12
Gambia – 10
Rwanda – 8
St Helena – 6
Morocco – 2
Cameroon – 2
Mali – 0

Highest runs (number against in brackets)*:

Zambia – 923 (476)
Rwanda – 857 (749)
Gambia – 838 (848)
Morocco – 744 (720)
St Helena – 740 (682)
Seychelles – 740 (744)
Cameroon – 574 (733)
Mali – 488 (751)

*St Helena Online has not calculated the run rate, which is worked out on the basis of the number of overs played.

So close… Saints lose to champions by a single run

Rwanda 114 runs – St Helena 113

If you balanced runs against wickets taken, then St Helena had the best of a tantalising game against defending champions Rwanda. But only the runs count, and the Saints were one short.

The final score in South Africa this afternoon: Rwanda 114 for the loss of nine wickets; St Helena 113 for the loss of six.

The Saints had gone into the fourth day of the contest at third place in the table, behind Zambia and the Seychelles, with six points from three wins. Their tally of runs was also third highest, and only the Zambians had had fewer runs scored against them.

After today, the rankings will look a little different, but this has still been a superb international debut.

The islanders’ afternoon game was the second to produce an agonisingly close result – after level-pegging with the Seychelles at 128 runs, but then losing the game in a deciding “super over”.

Rwanda’s coach had told his players to go full-on to get the runs, even if it meant dropping a wicket or two, and they clearly took him at his word.

The irony was that this should have been the tougher of St Helena’s two matches in the fourth day of the Pepsi ICC Africa division 3 tournament in South Africa – and yet it was the tighter of the two.

Here’s the report from ICC reporter Zuraida Badat:

On the main oval of Sahara Park Willowmoore, Rwanda decided to bat after winning the toss against St Helena.

Rwanda scored 114 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs, with A Kayitera scoring 53 runs. On the bowling side, St Helena’s G Johnson took three wickets for 15 runs.

St Helena scored 113 for the loss of six wickets, making the Rwandans winners by one run. D Richards scored 38 runs, and taking wickets for Rwanda, S Vardhineni took 2 for 13.

In other matches, Zambia beat Gambia by 98 runs (185 for seven against 87 all-out), and the Moroccans – after beating the Saints by 40 runs in the morning – lost to Cameroon by eight wickets.

And the Seychelles knocked up the biggest win of the day: a ten-wicket victory over Mali – meaning the victors did not drop a single wicket.

The Seychelles and Zambia meet each other tomorrow to decide the tournament winner.

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Saints fifth on table after four days’ play (unofficial rankings)

Cricket: Saints give Moroccans a 40-run win at Sahara Park

St Helena 83 runs – Morocco 123

It should have been the least-troublesome of St Helena’s two matches in South Africa today – but this morning the islanders fell to Morocco’s national cricket team by 40 runs.

It gave the Moroccams their second win on the Sahara Park pitches in the Pepsi ICC Africa division 3 tournament.

Zuraida Badat, official International Cricket Council reporter, writes:

On Field ‘B’ of Sahara Park Willowmoore, the spirited Moroccan side decided to bat after winning the toss against St Helena.

Morocco scored 123 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs with contribution from all batsmen. P Stroud took 3 wickets for 16 runs on the St Helena bowling.

St Helena were bowled out for 83 runs in 17.4 overs, making the Moroccans winners by 40 runs.

In other matches, Rwanda lost to the Seychelles by 30 runs, Gambia beat Mali, and the “fearless” Cameroonians fell to Zambia by 112 runs.

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St Helena cricketers set sail

LINKS:
Tournament website

Cricket: now island winners must face champions Rwanda

St Helena’s cricketers still have one of the big challenges to face in their debut tournament this week in South Africa.

St helena cricket team logo - a red ball bearing a map of the island, smashing a wicketThey can take confidence from their three victories and one exquisitely close defeat so far, but today (Saturday) they take to the crease against the defending champions, Rwanda – who went into the contest “expecting a good scrap”.

Rwanda claimed the title last year by beating the Seychelles – the team that fought St Helena to a tantalising 128-run draw on Thursday, but then scored highest in a deciding “super over”.

But there is every reason for optimism on the basis of Rwanda’s results at Benoni this year.

They secured a strong victory against Cameroon, but so did the islanders.

Yesterday they lost to tournament favourites Zambia by eight wickets – a far greater margin than St Helena experienced against the same team.

But Rwanda was beaten by Gambia – who were themselves beaten by St Helena yesterday. Both matches ended with only 11 runs between the teams, suggesting a close-run battle today.

It may come down to the quality of the bowling: although Rwanda lost the match, they took eight wickets from Gambia in an innings that ran to the full 20 overs.

Rwanda Cricket logo - a ball superimposed on the Rwandan flag The Rwanda captain told allAfrica.com his team was in great shape for the ICC Africa Division 3 festival after a “promising” tour of Uganda two weeks ago.

“The lads are very keen to get on with the action after three weeks of intensive training,” said top-order batsman Eric Dusingizimana. “We have played in the competition since 2004 and have good experience at this level and can comfortably say that the team is really competitive and is going to get stuck in.

“People will be looking out for us because we won it last year, but we’ve been together another year and we know we can get over the line. We have that in our advantage.”

Rwanda’s coach, Collin Siller, told allAfrica.com that his batsmen had struggled against pace bowlers and much faster spinners on the Uganda tour.

The Saints can expect the Rwandans to go all-out in the first six overs in order to “disorganise” their opponents.

“It’s crucial that we go on the attack early on when the fielding restrictions are still in play,” he said.

Dusingizimana saw the key threat as coming from Zambia – the only team that has convincingly beaten the South Atlantic islanders. He was expecting a tough game against them yesterday.

But one comment might leave Saint fans slightly baffled:

“Unlike all the other teams, we have not played against Zambia and know very little about them,” he said.

St Helenians will have to do some serious head-scratching to recall a previous encounter between Rwanda and the islanders.

Before the start of this week, none of the other nations knew very much about St Helena’s cricketers.

They do now.

St Helena also faces Morocco today.

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Cricket: 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

LINKS:
Tournament website

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