ROSEAU, Dominica: The Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control is pleased to announce that the 2019 WINLOTT Inc. / WICBC Under 19 Tournament will be hosted in Dominica from June 29th to July 3rd. The tournament forms part of a partnership between WINLOTT Inc. and WICBC which commenced in 2015 where WINLOTT Inc. under their brand, Super 6 committed to sponsor the Windward Islands Under 15 and Under 19 annual tournaments.
Winlott Inc has been sponsoring both the Windwards Under 15 and Under 19 Tournaments since 2015, as well as contributions to the Windwards Team preparation camps for the Regional tournaments, at a total of approximately EC$1,575,000 to date. WINLOTT Inc.’s support through these tournaments not only benefits the cricketers but also generates economic activity in the host country especially in the hospitality sector.
On Saturday June 29th at the Benjamin’s Park and Botanic Gardens, the U19 tournament will commence with Dominica playing against St. Lucia and defending champions Grenada, will battle against St. Vincent and the Grenadines respectively. The competition this year will be a 50-over where each team will against each other once in a round-robin. The top two teams will play for the championship, while the other two will compete for third place team. At the end of the Tournament, a Windwards U19 team will be selected for the upcoming CWI Regional U19 tournament.
WICBC and Winlott Inc looks forward to seeing more competent players emerge from the upcoming tournament, who will further go on to deliver great performances at the regional tournament and earn a place on the West Indies U19 team ahead of the World Cup next year in South Africa.
President of the WICBC, Dr. Kishore Shallow was upbeat about the continued partnership with WINLOTT. “The WICBC is yet again grateful to WINLOTT Inc. for their continued sponsorship. In a collaborative effort, we are able to provide young talents with an ideal platform to realize their potential. The tournament will most definitely be competitive and entertaining,” said President Shallow.
Through the sponsorship of WINLOTT Inc. over the past five (5) years, many Windward Islands players have excelled, namely: Obed McCoy, who has played ODI and T20 for West Indies; Roland Cato, vice captain of Windwards Volcanoes, was recently selected as a West Indies emerging player for a 2-week camp; Alick Athanaze was West Indies Under 19 leading batsman at the last youth world cup, he is also now contracted by the Volcanoes Franchise; and Current West Indies U19 player Kimani Melius, represented Windies B at the 2018 CWI Regional Super50. The WICBC will be launching its website ahead of the tournament, where all updates and media releases prior and during the tournament will be published.