Written by Loshaun Dixon Posted On: Tuesday, 15 May 2012
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Tuesday 15th May 2012)-The St. Kitts Cricket Association in Collaboration with the St. Kitts Sport Department will host a weekend of cricket in honour of Kittitian cricketer Codville Rogers in an effort to raise funds for his recovery from cancer. On Saturday (19th May) there will be a double wicket tournament starting at 12 noon at Warner Park.
Don Farrell of St. Kitts Cricket Association has stated that the Association is welcoming as many teams as possible and each registered team will be required to pay a subscription fee of $50 which will go towards the recovery fund. He added that on Saturday there will be live entertainment which will in the form of one of the top bands in the federation and Nevis that will perform after the games until about 8:30 pm.
On Sunday two cricket matches would be played at Warner Park where the Nevis Masters Cricket team will come up against the St Kitts Masters Cricket team in a twenty20 game at 10:00 am which will be followed by the St. Kitts Senior Team playing against the Nevis Senior Team in a 25 overs game. Farrell also said that a well stocked bar will be on hand selling drinks at a reasonable price and proceeds will also go to the fund.
He further called on members of the general public to donate drinks for the bar. He added that on Sunday spectators will be able to walk out onto the field and make whatever contribution they desire following the masters game and before the commencement of the second match.
The master’s game on Sunday will also feature former West Indies players Stuart Williams and Carl Tuckett out of Nevis Farrell further urged the general public to come out on the weekend to the events that are free of cost and enjoy some wonderful cricket while supporting a worthy cause.
The Cricket association has also asked the selectees of the St. Kitts Senior team to make a donation of $10 or more to be as a contribution on behalf of the playing members of the team. Donations can also be made through the recovery fund website which is www.codvillerogersrecoveryfund.com/ and by making a pledge at the National Bank account number: 10253202.
Codville Rogers has played cricket for the St. Kitts Senior National Team for the past 15 years and has also represented the Leeward Islands.
In a game against the England Test team on their 2009 tour of the West Indies, his two half-centuries for the St. Kitts-Nevis Invitational XI left many spectators, a few journalists and perhaps some of the English players wondering why he is unable to cement a place in an underperforming Leeward islands team in the regional first class competition.
Rogers was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, a type of blood cancer that affects the lymphocytes; a type of cell which forms part of the immune system.