ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA; THURSDAY DECEMBER 06, 2018 – The Windward Islands Lottery (WINLOTT Inc), will once again be joining forces with the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control, by throwing their corporate support behind the WINLOTT Inc WICBC Under-15 Tournament to be hosted in Saint Lucia, December 10-17, 2018.
Winlott Inc which is owned by the four lotteries of the Windward Islands, will provide sponsorship in excess of EC$150,000.00 for tournament’s expenses, covering uniforms, travel, accommodation, meals, trophies, and prizes.
A brief handover ceremony was held on December 4, 2018 at the National Lotteries Authority headquarters in Kingstown, St. Vincent, where Executive Director Ms Allison Thomas presented the cheque to Director of the WICBC, Dr. Kishore Shallow.#
“We are pleased to be associated with the development of youth cricket in the Windwards through our partnership with the WICBC, with whom we have developed a good working relationship over the years,” WINLOTT Executive Director Ms Allison Thomas stated.
She continued: “We have seen the success and are proud of our youth cricketers from these tournaments, many of whom have gone on to play for their senior national, Windwards and West Indies teams, and urge the public in the islands to continue to support them, by playing our Super 6 game.”
Shallow, the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control Director in his response stated, “the ongoing support from WINLOTT Inc. goes far beyond their financial input, what they continue to do for young cricketers in the Windward Islands by creating this platform for development is incalculable and indeed worthy of the highest of gratitude.”
Acting CEO of Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control and is also the president of the Grenada Cricket Association – Dwain Gill echoed the significance of this contribution.
“WINLOTT Inc. has once again showed its commitment to the development of our next generation of cricket stars in Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We are confident the investment in our youngsters will bear fruits in the not too distant future,” said Gill.
The December matches will see the four islands playing in a double round-robin format where each team plays the other twice in 50-over matches. At the end of the tournament, a Windward Islands Under-15 team will be selected for the April 2018 Cricket West Indies Under-15 tournament.
Last year saw Grenada Under-15 team emerging the winner of the tournament, which was held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Meanwhile, based on their performances in the 2017WINLOTT Inc/WICBC Under-15 tournament, and subsequently on the Windward Islands Under-15 team in the Ccricket West Indies Regional Under-15 Tournament, players Ackeem Auguste of Saint Lucia, and Yawani Regis of Dominica, were selected for the CWI Under-16 team which toured England in August 2018.
Emmanuel Nathan, President of the Windward Islands Islands Cricket Board of Control, cites WINLOTT Inc’s contribution as invaluable to young players’ development and success.
“We are very proud of our guys and the level of sportsmanship they display. The patronage of WINLOTT Inc afford our young players the opportunities for success. On behalf of the board I want to express our gratitude to WINLOTT Inc. for their commitment to Windward Islands cricket and the development of our youth players,” stated Nathan.
WINLOTT Inc also sponsors the Windward Islands Under-19 tournament, and since 2015 has contributed over $940K to both Windward Islands Under-19 and Under-15 tournaments, and by covering costs for training camps ahead of Cricket West Indies regional tournaments. The company also sponsored the Windward Islands Twenty20 Tournaments from 2010-2013.