Posted On: Thursday, 26 April 2012
Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Thursday 26th April, 2012)-National Bank, the leading sponsor of sporting events in the Federation has placed its indelible mark on the sport of cricket on the island of Nevis.
On Thursday April 19, the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited presented a cheque for EC$15,000.00 to the Nevis Cricket Association to host a local cricket tournament.
Dubbed The National Bank First-Class Two-Day Tournament, the competition is geared to prepare cricketers in Nevis for selection to a Nevis team for the upcoming Leeward Islands 3-Day Tournament scheduled for May 18, 2012.
Budding young players on the island are also expected to benefit by receiving coaching and mentorship necessary to prepare them for future possible selection locally and in turn, regionally and internationally.
In 2008 NATIONAL provided the Association with sponsorship in the amount of EC$15,000.00 for a similar tournament. According to the Association, this competition yielded players who competed in the annual Leeward Islands One- Day and Three- Day competitions. Additionally, significant strides were made in fostering camaraderie and discipline among players.
Shirna Pemberton, Marketing Manager, in making the presentation on behalf of NATIONAL reiterated the Bank’s commitment to ensuring the longevity of the sport of cricket in the Federation and highlighted the fringe benefits to be attained, simply by participating in the competition. She closed by encouraging participants to “play hard, play fair and enjoy themselves in doing so.”
President of the Nevis Cricket Association, Sterling Heyliger , lauded NATIONAL for its generosity on this as well as on other occasions He added that this relationship has added credibility, stature and professionalism to the local league.
NATIONAL is thrilled to be a part of this venture and plans to continue its thrust towards the development of Sports in the Federation.