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ANTIGUA - cricket

Date November 02, 2006 by COLIN JAMES in ANTIGUA Compliments of the Nation News

SIR VIVIAN RICHARDS, a cricket hero all over the world, has been accorded the highest award of his native land. The Antigua and Barbuda Government yesterday conferred on him the title of National Hero on the occasion of the country's 25th anniversary of independence. < Read more >

July 11th 2006 Compliments of the Nation News

Stanford 20/20 cricket off to a flyer. The most lucrative cricket tournament in the history of the game opened in Antigua yesterday evening with glitz, glamour and razzmatazz. The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) scored the first victory of the much heralded Stanford 20/20 competition with an easy 47-run victory over St Maarten. It was the first match of the US$36 million project bankrolled by Texas billionaire Allen Stanford. In this revolutionary version of the game in which the players traditionally wear white clothing, the combatants wore brightly coloured uniforms, bowled an orange ball, and batted with black bats. Above, Allen Stanford (left foreground) and West Indies cricket legend Sir Viv Richards greeting each other ahead of yesterday’s opening match. In keeping with the festival spirit of the contest Stanford sent down a few balls to Sir Viv. (Picture by Colin Cumberbatch for Stanford 20/20.)

Corey Collymore, centre, celebrating while teammates Daren Ganga, left, and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin look on, after taking the wicket of India's opener Virender Sehwag, who was caught by captain Brian Lara,

COLLY'S MOMENT IN TIME. Corey Collymore, centre, celebrating while teammates Daren Ganga, left, and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin look on, after taking the wicket of India's opener Virender Sehwag, who was caught by captain Brian Lara, unseen, for 36 during the first day yesterday of the first Test match at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St. John's, Antigua on April 28, 2006.

It was, to some extent, the most crucial wicket of the day. After tea, Collymore had two more wickets. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

West Indies A's fast bowler Tino Best celebrating the wicket of England A's opening batsman Alastair Cook on the first day of the first test at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St John's, Antigua February 24th 2006 West Indies A's fast bowler Tino Best celebrating  in Antigua 2006
DWAYNE BRAVO was in the nets yesterday afternoon at the Jolly Beach Cricket Ground in Antigua and has declared himself fit to bowl again. In background is Corey Collymore. (Picture by Brooks LaTouche Photography.) Cricket is played everywhere and at any time, though official matches tend to be held on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The cricket season lasts from January to July and is interspersed during most seasons with regional and international matches. The Antigua Recreation Ground, which became in 1980-81 the 52nd international test venue, is one of the most exciting places in the world to observe a match. The local crowd is extremely devoted to the game, and the facilities themselves are outstanding.

Date March 07, 2006
by Tony Cozier In AUCKLAND Compliments of the
Nation News

BENNETT KING, based in Antigua, is elated over Allen Stanford's US$28 million investment in West Indies cricket.

"Certainly, the Stanford proposals and some of the things he's got in place actually aid our (team) development as well as aid development around West Indies cricket in general because of the resources they're putting into the (cricket) communities," the head coach said here yesterday.

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Sir Viv Richards interview

Date December 25, 2005 Compliments of the Nation News by PHILIP SPOONER

SIR EVERTON WEEKES wants to see Brian Lara go back to the top and leading the
West Indies cricket team, but Sir Vivian Richards isn't sure who should get the job.
When Sir Everton, a West Indies cricket legend, made this disclosure last week in Trinidad, it stunned some observers.
Sir Viv Richards, another West Indies cricket legend, does not necessarily disagree
with Sir Everton, but he's not as positive that Lara's return to the helm would solve the problems facing the Windies.
In an interview from Antigua, Sir Viv said the situation was so dire he was not sure which member of the team he would pick.
"I don't know. I don't know . . . It's a really tough one . . . I just don't know," was Sir Viv's initial reply.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul has struggled in the job since he took it up earlier this year.
He replaced Lara who was sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Read more

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Brian Lara in AntiguaSEALED WITH A KISS. West Indies captain Brian Lara kissing the ground in celebration of his record-breaking score on the third day of the fourth and final Test against England at the Antigua Recreation Ground.. (Picture by Brooks LaTouche Photography.)
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Sir Viv Richards

Viv Richards, click on photo to purchase a limited edition signed poster Vivian Richards, the pride of Antigua, in his prime was probably the most awesome batsman of his generation. A sense of anticipation rippled through the stands when "Smokin' Joe" swaggering up to the crease striking fear into the heart of the waiting bowler! Always determined to dominate the field, Viv was indeed awesome! With a keen sharp eye, tiger-like reflexes and an athletic body Vivian was a power house.

Click to learn more about Sir Viv Richards and purchase this picture as a large, signed, limited edition poster.

Viv seen here signing this fantastic poster Richards has received an honorary knighthood for his services to cricket, and was named in Wisden 2000 as one of the Five Cricketers of the Century. In the good company of Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Jack Hobbs, Shane Warne and Sir Garfield Sobers.

Viv is deservedly adulated on his island home Antigua, his bat has been placed in the Museum and Richards himself remains involved in the Antiguan, West Indian, and International cricket scene. Spinnakers Beach Bar and Restaurant in Dickenson Bay is the home of the Vivian Richards Cricketeer Club. Here he can be found relaxing with friends.

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Don't forget, these specialist prints are only on offer in strict limited edition runs, making them a collector's item, and therefore once a particular sporting master print sells out, it will not be reprinted - so be sure to order now!

Curtly Ambrose

Curtly Ambrose was the most lethal pace bowler of his generation. Regarded as a giant of the game in every sense, Curtly Ambrose was the most lethal pace bowler of his generation. Ambrose when bowling in tandem with his friend Courtney Walsh, formed part of one of the most feared and respected partnerships in Test cricket.

In 1992 he was selected at the Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
Seen here bidding farewell to the crowd at The Oval, London in his last game there in 2000. This picture is avaiable for sale as a poster signed by the man himself!

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Andy Roberts

Sporting Master's authentic  signed cricket posters, purchase this wonderful cricket memorabelia on lineAnother Antiguan cricket superstar was Andy Roberts, who emerged as an international star during the mid-Seventies. Roberts' outstanding career as a fast bowler during the heyday of West Indian cricket in the early 80's it took Andy less than two and a half years to reach 100 test wickets, the quickest in history at that point. Andy achieved 202 test wickets at an average of 25.61 runs.
This outstanding bowling career was followed by his tenure as the coach of the West Indies team Caribzones is pleased to be able to offer this exclusive, limited edition, authentic signed poster of Andy Roberts, seen here doing what he does best instilling fear amongst batsmen!

(Click on picture to purchase poster online)

Sporting Master's authentic  signed cricket  posters like this one signed by Andy Robers himself
Andy Roberts seen here signing his poster, where he is about to unleash another famed fast delivery during the World Cup in 1983.

Price - US$89.95 (limited edition of 500)
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Antigua Under 19's

True to form, Antigua contines to produce the next generation of sporting heroes.

Gavin Tonge, 'Babas" was born in Antigua on 13 January 1983. He is a right-arm medium fast bowler who also bats right handed. He has been in the under 19's team now for a few years and spearheaded the attack for the Leeward Islands in the Regional Under-19 tournament in 2001, capturing 21 wickets! Now 6' 4" he is maturing into a first class cricketer, one the Caribbean will be proud of. Locally he plays for Bethesda Village, enjoying what most young Antigueans enjoy music and food!
His favourite band is Burning Flames and he enjoys rice and fish!

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