(CNS Local Life): Two West Indies cricket legends will be in Cayman in April for a fundraising golf tournament. Barbadians Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes formed a dominant opening partnership for the West Indies in the 1980s; together they made more than 6000 runs, as well as 16 100-run stands. Proceeds from the “Legends Reunited” tournament, which will benefit Cayman Cricket, is set for 17 March, with a gala dinner the following evening. Greenidge and Haynes will attend both events.
Private bank NCB Cayman has teamed up with Cayman Cricket to support the event as a gold sponsor. Phillip Harrison, the company’s managing director, said of the sponsorship, “This is going to be a great event and NCB is very proud to be a part of it. Cricket is a sport that can do so much good in our community.
“By helping young people to achieve physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction with positive role-models, we can help them achieve much more in other parts of their life. We would urge other local companies to get involved, and support Cayman’s cricket development programmes.”
Abali Hoilett, chairman of Cayman Cricket, added, “We are very excited to have our special celebrity guests here in Cayman for the weekend. Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes were a legendary partnership and it will be an honour to have them here.”
Hector Robinson, vice president of Cayman Cricket, spoke of the organisation’s five-year plan to revitalize the sport in Cayman. “The aim is to start with the support and development of cricket at youth level, and further down the line to achieve performance at senior level,” he said.
“The funding we receive from the International Cricket Council and government is not enough to allow us to fully implement our development plan, so we are calling on the private sector to get involved and support us. We are very grateful that NCB Cayman has been able to partner with us this year.”
Companies and individuals can get involved in the fundraiser by attending the gala dinner either at $1,500 for a table or $175 per person. The golf tournament, in which both the West Indies legends will play, costs $800 for a team of four.