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Lara goes to Tobago next

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Brian Lara autographs a bat for two children at the Barataria Oval during the Brian Lara Island Wide Cricket Tour’s first game on Saturday. PHOTO: CA-IMAGES

Legendary former West Indies batsman Brian Lara is looking to take his cricket caravan to Tobago on March 3, on the eve of his close friend Dwight Yorke’s carnival fete, which is carded for March 4.

Lara embarked on an Islandwide Cricket Tour festival last weekend in Barataria and from all reports it was very successful. The intent of his project is to embark on an island-wide ‘community-focussed’ cricket tour in an attempt to reinvigorate cricket at the grassroots level within Trinidad and Tobago.

Speaking about the first event the batting master said :”We most definitely acheived what we set out to at that opening game on the weekend. The crowd support was phenomenal and the it was great to see all the players coming out and having a great time as well. The opportunity afforded the players a chance of great camaraderie and we are hoping to build on this as we move around. We had players like Lendl Simmons, Fidel Edwards, Darren Bravo, Philo Wallace, Kevon Cooper and young Jacob Bethell out of Barbados. As a matter of fact young Bethell went back home the next day and scored an unbeaten 122.”

Lara said that he will fit in an least one match a month in a different area despite his hectic travel schedule. “I am going to find the time for this project because there is so much to be achieved from it. The next stop I am thinking of is Tobago. I will have a chat with Dwight Yorke and his brother Clint to see if we can pull off a game on March 3, which is one the eve of Yorke’s fete in the Sister Isle.

“Realistically speaking and given my schedule this is the only date that we can have a match in March. I have commitments in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Australia, so if we can’t pull it off on March 3, then we may have to look at playing two games in April.

“We will try our best to have the game though as it will be nice coming just before Yorke’s event.” The crowds came out on Saturday and took in the action and was very involved, as a number of youths were able to see their heroes.”

Wallace who was part of the event said: “This gesture by Brian is an excellent one and it is great to see him use his influence to bring out some positives especially with the youths at this critical time in Trinidad. We will continue to support his efforts as players and hopefully we would be able to touch a few lives in the process.”

Lara struck 65 including a six off the last ball of the match. Needing three runs of the last ball, Lara struck a six to get the Lara XI the victory over the (Dinanath) Ramnarine XI. Lara slammed eight fours and two sixes to lead his team to 112 for three off their 15 overs. Earlier the Ramnarine XI scored 108/4 batting first. The match was reduced to a 15-overs-per-team affair due to rain. Ryan Rampersad top scored with 22. Also making contributions were Wallace (21), Simmons (19) and Pooran (18).


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