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March 19, 2010
Windies maintain winning record in SVG

The staging of the three One Day Internationals between the West Indies and Zimbabwe here at the Arnos Vale Playing Field must have put this country in good stead for immediate future allocation, with India and Pakistan set to come to the region next year.{{more}}

This, after rave reviews were given by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) officials.

The man who was appointed by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association (SVGCA) as its Cricket Operations Manager for the matches, Samuel Holder, told SEARCHLIGHT soon after Sunday’s last match that his organization and its support staff had been given high marks for the execution of their duties.

“Based on the reports from the WICB officials, we have done well,” Holder said.

“They were pleased with our administration of the game. Things were in place, and all in all we have done a good job according to the officials,” Holder added.

“They were also happy with the way the pitch played, except the teams (mainly Zimbabwe) did not make enough runs,” Holder, who is also the Secretary of the SVGCA related.

As it related to the attendance, Holder said that the WICB officials were satisfied with the turn out by Vincentians on the three days, especially the last day, Sunday.

Holder told SEARCHLIGHT that in particular Brenda Lee Browne, one of the Accreditation Officers of the WICB, was overwhelmed with the response of the Party Stand and the energy they displayed throughout Sunday’s match.

Browne confirmed her sentiments to SEARCHLIGHT as she said: “This is what you want at Cricket. I have not seen this at Cricket in the Caribbean for a long time,” as she observed the stand in action at the fall of a Zimbabwean wicket.

Holder admitted that there were some hiccups, in the area of security, but they were quickly addressed.

This country was asked to host an unprecedented three ODI’s, which were played Wednesday, March 10, Friday, March 12, and Sunday, March 14.

The West Indies won all three matches, and completed a 4-1 triumph over the visitors. The West Indies won game one on Wednesday by 141 runs, and by four wickets on Friday and Sunday.

The two other ODI’s were played in Guyana, with Zimbabwe winning the first by two runs and the West Indies by four wickets in the second. (RT)