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$1m love affair

Harold Eastmond

$1m love affair

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HIS LOVE AFFAIR with Barbados cricket is now worth $1 million.
British peer Lord Gavron revealed yesterday that the contributions he has been making to the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and young promising cricketers since 2001 has now reached that figure.
“This year, brings the total contribution to  $1million and even at my age I’m hoping to be here standing making this presentation again when it reaches the two-million mark,” he said after the announcement that Combermerians, Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase were joint winners of the 2010 Lord Gavron Award.  
“At 80 years old, I cannot make any long-term promises but I am prepared to continue in the future,” Lord Gavron told NATIONSPORT in an interview.
BCA’s chief executive officer Dr Roland Toppin announced, to loud applause during the ceremony in the President’s Suite of the Three Ws Stand at Kensington Oval, that Lord and Lady Gavron had been made honorary members of the BCA for their contribution to cricket in Barbados.
Before the ceremony started, Lord Gavron told NATIONSPORT he had such love for Barbados, that even though afternoon showers
washed out the second half of his annual Awards Twenty20 cricket match against a BCA Select XI, he was not disappointed.
“I have been coming to Barbados for almost 20 years and the people of Barbados have all treated me well and made me welcome,” he said after the premature end to the match.
“I am happy and honoured to be a contributor to the BCA. The association has been both pleasant and friendly from the time I was introduced to the BCA by Trevor Carmichael.
“I am pleased that the BCA really cares about the development of our boys’ education and cricket progress,” he noted.        
 On the field of play, overcast skies turned into heavy showers and the game was abandoned after 17 overs of the Lord Gavron XI innings.
Barbados Twenty20 hopeful Rashidi Boucher was on 45 not out with five boundaries when the rains came with his team on 104 for three in 17 overs.
Boucher shared a 42-run first-wicket stand with the belligerent Martin Nurse, who scored 20 with two massive off-side sixes off pacer Carlos Brathwaite.
 This year’s Lord Gavron awardees, Chase and Dowrich, both past student of Combermere, had constrasting innings. Chase stroked a 36-ball 33, while Dowrich was out for a “duck” just before the rains came.
Leg-spinner Shadd Simmons (2-23) was the leading wicket-taker while giant Select X1 captain Jason Holder bowled impressively as his opening spell of two overs only cost nine runs with Nurse and Boucher on the rampage.