Cricket, Lovely Cricket: VC XI vs Zimbabwe

Larry Gomes (left), a Trinidad-born left-hander, whose calm and efficiency established him as a number three batsman for the West Indies during his career, received a plaque from Professor Clement Sankat (right), UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and St Augustine Campus Principal and Sir Hilary Beckles (centre), UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and Cave Hill Campus Principal, at the 2010 UWI Vice Chancellorís XI cricket match.

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On Friday 26 February 2010, The UWI Vice Chancellor’s XI led by Simon Jackson (UWI Mona) competed against Zimbabwe in the 2010 Vice Chancellor’s Cricket Match. The practice match paved the way for the Zimbabwean 2010 tour of the West Indies which comprised a five-match One Day International (ODI) series and one Twenty20 International between 26 February and 14 March 2010.

The match which was played at the Sir Frank Worrell Field UWI Sport & Physical Education Centre (UWI SPEC), St. Augustine Campus, honoured cricketing legend Larry Gomes, the Trinidad-born left-hander whose calm and efficiency established him as a number three batsman for the West Indies during his career. In his acceptance speech Mr. Gomes noted “As a past international, it is always nice to be remembered.” He added that he was very humbled by and appreciative of the award and dedicated it to his wife, children and large family network from whom he has had support over the years.

Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, St. Augustine Campus, Professor Clement Sankat who was also part of the ceremony gave opening remarks and president of the Student Guild Mr. Hillan Morean read the citation to Mr. Larry Gomes.

The Vice Chancellor’s Cricket Match, which has become a tradition in regional cricket over the last fifteen years this year featured young, promising West Indian cricketers including Boris Hutchinson (University of Technology, Jamaica), Ruel Brathwaite (UWI Cave Hill), Nekoli Parris (UWI Cave Hill) Shervon Penco (UWI St. Augustine), Clifton Halls (UWI St. Augustine), Adeko Collymore (UWI St. Augustine), Issac Nicholas (UWI St. Augustine), Anthony D'Anadrade (University of Trinidad and Tobago), Marlon Richards (University of Trinidad and Tobago), Yannic Cariah (Trinidad and West Indies Under 19) and Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Kevin Stoute and Jamar Griffith (all of the Barbados and West Indies Under 19 cricket teams). The Vice Chancellor’s XI played under the management team of Roland Butcher (Manager), Annette Walrond-Joseph (Assistant Manager), Richard Kelly (Coach) and Anthony Walcott (Physiotherapist).

Although the VC’s XI put up an admirable fight the visitors went on to win the match scoring 282 from their 50 overs. Tatenda Taibu was named man of the match and top scored for the visitors with an impressive 107 runs. Kraigg Brathwaite top scored for the Vice Chancellor’s eleven with 80 runs while Yannic Cariah was the most economical taking two Zimbabwe wickets for 43 run off his ten overs. Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Campus Sir Hilary Beckles who was also present at the ceremony honouring Larry Gomes, presented the Vice Chancellor’s Cricket Match Challenge trophy to the Zimbabwean skipper.

The Vice Chancellor’s Match is the product of a historic partnership between The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the West Indies Cricket Board of Control (WICBC) in 1996. This partnership aimed to develop UWI’s cricket programme while at the same time recognize the contribution of West Indies’ cricketing legends. The inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Match was played on March 23, 1996, at Sabina Park in Jamaica when the Vice Chancellor’s XI came up against New Zealand. Over the last 15 years the Vice Chancellor’s XI has comprised UWI students, current West Indian test players, retired West Indian cricketers, West Indies “A” Team players and international cricketers on the verge of making their test debut. The Vice Chancellor’s Cricket XI Honorees to date include such West Indies cricket greats as (Sir) Vivian Richards, Gus Logie, Gordon Greenidge, Jeffrey Dujon, Desmond Haynes, Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Richie Richardson, Curtley Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Jimmy Adams, Ian Bishop, Ridley Jacobs, Roger Harper, Irving Shillingford and Larry Gomes. UWI remains committed to the resuscitation and development of the cricket in the region and has made significant investment on all its campuses towards this end, both in terms of physical facilities and in promoting serious study of the history and art of the game.

Read Larry Gomes’ Citation.