Legendary former West Indies fast bowler Joel “Big Bird” Garner has completed a hat-trick!
The outspoken Garner retained the presidency of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) for a third consecutive term during yesterday’s ninth Special Meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
About 200 BCA members out of an estimated membership of 1 800 attended the meeting.
When the votes were tallied, Garner earned a whopping 148, compared to a mere 49 for Calvin Hope. There were two spoilt votes.
It was the second time Garner had “yorked” the former Barbados Youth team captain and now attorney-at-law. Back in 2007, when they both first contested the position, Garner won by 40 votes.
Garner was unopposed in his second tenure from 2009 until yesterday. His third spell as president will run from now to July 2013.
“I think the members were quite happy at the last annual general meeting with the report we had given them,” Garner told WEEKEND SPORTS after his victory.
“We were nearing the end of our five-year plan of making Barbados cricket strong again and we will continue on that path.
“Our focus is to develop players, right across the spectrum and not only at the top tier,” he added.
Questioned about his leadership style that came under the microscope from Hope, Garner answered: “Anyone who knows me will say that I get on with my work quietly.
“At the end of the day the board gets results in whatever it is doing.
“We are going to be looking a semi-professional league in conjunction with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) when we get down to ten teams,” he said.
Hope, a former national senior selector, was gracious in defeat.
“I would not say that I am disappointed as such. “I am extremely satisfied that I let the people out there know what my vision was and still is.
“If you do your research of cricket in Barbados, the information is different from what has been espoused by certainly the president.”
He added: “I wish him well, he has a mandate now, he has to speak and to be seen.”
In other results, newcomer and former Barbados footballer Maurice Gaskin won the showdown for third vice- president, counting 60 votes, as opposed to Philip Nicholls with 53, Adrian Griffith (49) and Hartley Reid (53). They were seven spoilt votes.
Also elected to the board were former Barbados and West Indies opener Adrian Griffith, a newcomer to the board (116 votes); Ikins Clarke (95), another newcomer; Patricia Greenidge (99) and Hartley Reid.
Members of the executive who were re-elected unopposed ahead of the meeting were: first vice-president Conde Riley, second vice-president Wendell Kellman, honorary treasurer Orson Simpson and honorary secretary Gregory Nicholls.
The rest of the board is completed by Winston Stafford, Timothy Boyce, Anthea Ishmael and Hope who still have one year left of their two- year term.
Garner and Riley were retained as directors of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Simpson (105 votes) and Greenidge (87) were elected to represent the BCA at the WICB’s annual general meeting. They defeated Boyce who got 81 votes.