His Royal Highness on winning side in cricket match
Afriendly game of cricket was certainly not a priority on a packed agenda, during his Royal Highness’ visit to St Lucia following his arrival here on Thursday.
However on Friday His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales, was certainly a big hit in more ways than one, when he captained his side against Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s 11, in an exhibition match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.
Proceedings got underway about 9:30 am with brief opening remarks from Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet, Lenard “Spider” Montoute. He told the Prince: “A very hearty welcome to you at Beausejour, where this ground is nestled in this beautiful sight. You are sure to have a beautiful time here. I made an application for good weather and I can guarantee you will have a wonderful time here today.”
For his part, the Prince who may have had a crash course in patios, recognized the audience which consisted mainly of school children with the familiar greeting “Saint Lisi sake fete.”
Following his brief remark, there was a coin toss with the Prime Minister’s 11 side winning and elected to send the Prince’s 11 team to bat. The team consisted of Senators Hermangild Francis and Fortuna Belrose; Minister of Sports, Edmund Estephane; Sportscaster, Kensin Casimir; national female player Qiana Joseph; youthful players Johnnel Eugene, Garvin Serieux, Kester Charlemagne; and senior National player Dalton Polius.
The star studded Prime Minister’s 11 led by Prime Minister Chastanet, included former Windwards batsman, John Eugene; Youth players Kimani Melius, Simeon Gerson, Akeem Auguste and Rayhm Josesp; along with Government Ministers, Dominic Fedee, Montoute; Opposition elected MP, Shawn Edward; Former Police Commissioner, Vernon Francois; Former National St Lucia National Cricket Association President, Denis James; along with national female cricketers Nerissa Crafton and Allyah Alfred, Patrick Clarke, George St Marthe and Murland Sammy.
The Prince’s 11 team scored 79 runs in their allotted six overs. Charlemagne led the way smacking 28 runs from only six runs. His Royal Highness made good on his turn at bat with two fours from two balls.
The Prime Minister may have led his side to victory in the recent election, but as he found out the hard way, captaining a cricket team to victory is a whole different ball game. Seventy nine runs proved insurmountable for The Prime Minister’s 11. They succumbed to the superior bowling and fielding of the opposition and could only muster 53 runs.
Following the game there were presentations and gifts of appreciation with Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette taking part in the proceedings.
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales taking his turn at bat.
Judging by his expression His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales took pleasure in dismissing Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
Governor General, Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy and His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales during a presentation of gifts.
One lucky student received gear courtesy of the Royal Highness.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet joined in the festivities during a break in the action.