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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: High praises for Windies teams

Rev Errington Massiah

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: High praises for Windies teams

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Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands and put out your hand and place it in my side, do not be faithless, but believing Thomas answered him, “my God” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

OH WHAT A DAY it was last Sunday! It was the day when the West Indies Cricket teams created history with two historic wins in the World Twenty20. The women beat Australia and the men beat England at Eden Gadents Park in Kolkatam India – it was unbelievable. To be honest, Twenty20 cricket is not my thing – my thing is Test cricket, but a win is a win and I congratulate the West Indies and am very proud of them.

If anyone had told me, when the West Indies reached the semi-finals, that they would have won the tournament. I would have said no, but they have proven this writer (the doubting Thomas) wrong, thanks to the innings played by Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell against India.

This writer is not one of those persons who will get on the bandwagon after victory – no, I had my doubts. I did not expect them to win the World Cup either after Charles was caught by Stokes running in from deep-mid-on with one run on the board and Gayle picked out the same fielder at long-off two balls later and Simmons was LBW to left-armed David Willey off the first ball of the next over. But in came Carlos Brathwaite, who had different ideas with four sixes off four balls that gave us the victory.

Thanks very much to Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite for a job well done because your innings brought joy for people across most of the English – speaking Caribbean and millions of people around the world.

There are now three wins in a row for the West Indies this year, which started with the win of the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. What a year it has been for the West Indies which will go down in history.

Although we won these titles there are some things that I do not like:

(1) when Marlon Samuels took off his shirt and ran around the field is a no-no. Suppose the members from the women’s team had taken off their shirts and did the same thing?

(2) I like Sammy, but he was out of place when he made those remarks.

(3) Darwin Bravo receiving his trophy in short pants is also a no-no.

(4) Carlos Brathwaite during an interview said that if he was not on TV he would have used some expletives – which was not called for.

(5) Carlos Brathwaite should have been given the Man Of The Match award for his three wickets and match winning runs of 34 not out with four sixes off four balls.

Congratulations to the teams once more. But I think that a course in the rules of etiquette should be taken by all the West Indies players – and not only them but people generally.


The St Joseph branch of the Men’s Fellowship will be holding a Police Band Concert on Sunday, April 10, at 4 p.m. at Grantley Adams Memorial School. The public is invited.

Annual gospel concert

The Diocesan Church Army will hold its annual gospel concert on Sunday, April 10, at St Paul Anglican Church, Bay Street, St Michael, at 4 p.m. featuring the Barbados Defence Force Band and the Gospel Persuaders Band. The public is invited.

Moravian T20 cricket

The Moravian Church’s Rev. Rudolph Holder Tape Ball T20 Cricket Competition continues tonight at the James Bryan Pavilion, Market Hill, St George. Dunscombe Moravian vs Bethlehem Moravian at 7 p.m. Moravian sports day

The Moravian Church annual Sports and Fun Day will be held tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at the Briar Hall Sports Pavilion, Christ Church. The public is invited.

Harvest festivals

The annual harvest festival of the St Philip Moravian Fellowship, Six Roads, St Philip, will be held on Sunday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. at Princess Margaret Secondary School. The host Pastor is the Rev. Roslyn Hamblin. All are invited.

Vacancies for organists

The All Souls Anglican Church has a vacancy for an organist. Please apply in writing to Rector Rev. Kim Welch-Taylor, C/o All Souls Anglican Church, Bank Hall, St Michael.

The Christ Church Parish Church has a vacancy for an organist and choirmaster. Apply to The Rector, Christ Church Parish Church, Christ Church.

23rd annual evening of sacred music

The Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church will hold its 23rd annual evening of sacred music on April 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church, Whitepark Road, St Michael.

Health and wellness fair

The Church of God at Chapman Street is hosting a health and wellness fair tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.