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Sierra Leone Sports: British High Commissioner hosts cricket reception

The British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Guy Warrington, said cricket is the sport that is closest to his heart and that is why he hosted a reception for Sierra Leone Cricket U19 Boys team and the women’s national team. Warrington said, “Back home in the UK, my house is 100 meters close to the Cricket Oval in Surrey.” He further commented on the state of cricket within the country as he stated that cricket in Sierra Leone is doing fantastic work but lacks the facilities. John Hunt, whom the British High Commissioner jokingly referred to as the President of the Anglophone Cricket Association for his commitment to cricket and who made a donation of cricket equipment worth millions of Leones to both the Sierra Leone Cricket Association and the Kent Cricket Club, was the Chair of the reception and during the event he read a congratulatory message from an England International Female Cricketer, Natalie Sciver. Hunt further stated, “My journey with cricket in Sierra Leone started in December 2017 when I was invited to a match by Emmanuel Pessima and I was impressed with the amount of youngsters playing the game. This is a huge compliment for the cricketing talent within the nation and should act as a motivator to keep cricket growing within Sierra Leone.” In his speech, the Chair of the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA), Beresford Bournes-Coker thanked the High Commissioner for hosting the cricket family and stressed that cricket has a proud history and is the most successful sport in Sierra Leone. This success has been achieved despite not being as popular as football. Bournes-Coker announced that the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will be touring Sierra Leone in December 2019. The CEO of the Sierra Leone Cricket Association, Francis Trevor Samura, expressed gratitude to the British people for introducing such a wonderful sport to Sierra Leone and to all the British owned institutions in Sierra Leone.

12/11/18

By Bernard Turay

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Tuesday November 13, 2018.

 

 

 

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