His Royal High­ness on win­ning side in cricket match

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By David R Pas­cal

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.

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