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Derrick Sealy Under-15 tournament bowls off tomorrow
By Petra Gooding
SIX teams will take to the field over the next two weeks to contest the inaugural Derrick Sealy Under-15 Hardball Cricket Tournament, scheduled for July 7–18.
The tournament will be played under the auspices of the Hamilton Lashley Foundation (HLF) at three grounds: Dash Valley, Parkinson Memorial Field and Meadow Road. The six competing teams are Parkinson Memorial Secondary, HLF Pinelands, St. Philip Juniors, Al Falah, Northern Cricket Academy and Powergen Sports Club out of Trinidad and Tobago.
At the launch of the tournament yesterday, tournament organiser Hamilton Lashley noted that they felt it extremely important to pay homage and respect to Derrick Sealy because very little is known by young people about a man who was one of the best West Indian cricketers.
“Very little is known by our young people about the achievements and exploits of Derrick Sealy on the cricket field. I had the discussion with Tony Cozier and he brought to the fore that Derrick of himself should be recognised, particularly among our young people because he was the youngest Barbadian to play for Barbados and the West Indies cricket team,” said Lashley.
The tournament will be played in a round robin format and the winner will be decided on who has the most points at the end of the tournament. The first, second and third placed teams will receive trophies while the winning Barbadian team will win a trip to Trinidad as the guests of Powergen Sports Club.
Lashley noted that this year’s inaugural tournament is an invitational tournament and will be running as a pilot project in the first instance. He added that they have already received tremendous requests to accommodate teams from other Caribbean islands and they are already in the planning stages for next year.
“Next year we will be doing this tournament at Easter because there is a tremendous response to this tournament, coming from the islands of not only Trinidad and Tobago, but St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Dominica, St. Lucia,” said Lashley.
Derrick Sealy was born in Barbados on September 11, 1912 and attended the Combermere School. Sealy went on to became the youngest ever cricketer to play a Test match when at age 17 years 122 days, he suited up for the West Indies against England in the January 11-16 Test in Bridgetown.
He played 11 Tests where he scored 478 runs with a highest score of 92 against England, and remains to date the youngest player to represent the West Indies. Sealy also played for both Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago and scored 3831 First Class runs at an average of 30.40 and took 63 wickets at 28.60 apiece. He died at the age of 69 on January 3 ,1982 in Trinidad.