St. George’s Crush Opponents To Capture Under-17 Cricket Title

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St. George’s emerged champions of the inaugural Sir Richie Richardson Under-17 Cricket Tournament in grand style on Sunday, crushing St. Mary’s by 164 runs when they clashed in the finals of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) competition at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Put in to bat, St. George’s was propelled by half centuries from Man of the Match, Essan Warner, who had 63 runs and Omar Francis with 52 as they reached 192 for five off 30 overs.
St. Mary’s were then bundled out for a paltry 28 off 14.4 overs. Kyian Joseph was the pick of the bowlers, bagging four wickets for eight runs in four overs.
Coach of the winning team and former West Indies wicketkeeper, Ridley Jacobs, took comfort in the fact that apart from winning the tournament, his players enjoyed its competitive nature.
“I must say kudos to the cricket association for a job well done but I honestly think that the players really enjoyed this tournament because of the competitive nature and I must say that from what I have seen over the past couple of days it was really heartening, it was really good,” he said. 
The national coach said that the tournament also served to highlight a number of areas in need of attention.
“Some of the areas we need to work on is the technical aspect of these players. We realize when they step up to the next level we
find they are not very consistent and we realise that we need to work on the technical areas. The mental strength and the technical areas  – we have started that a few weeks ago and that is going to continue,” Jacobs said.
The cricket association will now turn its attention to the hosting of the Tri20 cricket tournament slated for 6th – 14th October here at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

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