Treasurer of the Dominica Cricket Association, Andy Matthew has commended the Dominica Senior Men’s Cricket Team on winning the 2018 Windward Islands Senior Men’s 50 Overs Cricket Tournament Championship.
Matthew was speaking at the welcome home ceremony hosted for the team on Friday 1 June 2018, where officials from the Association, coaches and team players welcomed the team as they returned from St. Lucia where the tournament was hosted.
“The success that you have returned with is no doubt a reward for the efforts and the hard work that you have put in, and you should no doubt celebrate as a team,” Matthew said.
“However the bigger picture is the celebration of us as a nation and as a people…This championship speaks volumes to our new national slogan, that is, we are a resilient people and we are a resilient nation,” Matthew continued.
He added that many cricketing facilities were destroyed during the passage of Hurricane Maria and there were challenges in actually restoring them to playing condition.
“To date, the Botanical Gardens pavilion is under a tarpaulin and the Windsor Park Stadium is a far cry from the glory days,” Matthew stated.
“Events from Hurricane Maria would have also had personal effects on players; many suffered the destruction of their homes and as a result they lost their cricketing gears, while many players may have suffered otherwise,” he noted.
Matthew added that the team’s performance amidst challenges is a tremendous display of dedication to the sport of their choice.
“You demonstrated your willingness to represent your county and despite all the adversities, you as a team went on there and you guys came out as champions and that is something that we should all be proud of,” Matthew added.