All Saints Primary crowned National Champions of inaugural Republic Bank ‘Five for Fun’ Cricket Programme in Guyana

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana – All Saints Primary have been crowned the National Champions of the 2023 edition of the Republic Bank Five for Fun Cricket programme, after close and intense competitive encounters with rival county finalist St Lawrence Primary from Essequibo and Enterprise Primary from Demerara.

The three schools took to the playing field of the Police Force Sports Club Ground in Georgetown on Friday, March 10, to compete in the Republic Bank Five for Fun Cricket National Festival Finals, in front of their school mates, family, well-wishers and stakeholders.

Among those present were: the Honourable Charles Ramson – Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport; representatives of the Ministry of Education; Mr. Stephen Grell – Managing Director of Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited; Mr. Bissoondyal Singh – Director of CWI and President of the Guyana Cricket Board; Dr. Ritesh Tularam – Deputy Chief Education Officer; Mr. Deleep Singh - Director of Cricket West Indies and Executive Member of the Guyana Cricket Board, Ms. Denise Hobbs - General Manager – Operations of Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited, Mrs. Jonelle Dummett – Manager - Marketing & Communication of Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited; and Mr. Kurt Braithwaite – Acting Administrator of the Unit of Allied Arts.

Also present were several former Guyana and West Indies players: Clyde Butts, Colin Stuart, Reon King, Leon Johnson and Steven Jacobs, who attended the finals to take-in action and support the junior cricket spectacle.

The Republic Bank “Five for Fun” programme, created by Republic Bank and Cricket West Indies was launched in Guyana in 2022. “Five for Fun” is a new cricket format designed around the principles of fun, inclusion and equality, and is part of Cricket West Indies’ Future Stars Programme to drive grassroots participation and creating a pathway to international cricket.

The three teams competed in a round robin format, playing 2 games, with each game consisting of 10 overs, with each team batting for 5 overs. The overall champions were determined by the highest run score of their two combined matches. Based on the two matches played by each school, All Saints Primary emerged the champions with a combined total run score of 180, as St. Lawrence Primary and Enterprise Primary scored 178 and 171 respectively.

A formal closing ceremony and awards presentation followed the conclusion of the matches, which ensured that all players received programme participation certificates, in addition to medals and trophies for first, second and third place.

Managing Director of Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited - Stephen Grell commented: ‘Republic Bank is very aware that cricket flows through our veins as Caribbean people and is indigenous to our West Indian culture, especially here in Guyana. We are quite proud to be a part of this growing grassroots cricket initiative which has generated much interest over the past weeks and months, as we’ve witnessed passion, dedication and determination from over 1,000 boys and girls from 75 primary schools across Guyana’s three counties. This is a clear indication of the magnitude of the Five For Fun programme which seeks to drive participation with inclusivity and equality.”

Grell continued; “We are particularly proud of the regional partnership between Republic Bank and Cricket West Indies, in collaboration with the Guyana Cricket Board, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports who have all come together to ensure that the first Republic Bank Five For Fun in Guyana was executed to highest of standards. From the cricket skills on display here today it is obvious that the teams have been well prepared and trained, leading me to give a heartfelt thanks to all our coaches, teachers and parents across the country, who have made this cricket concept a reality, through your participation and commitment. As the 2023 Republic Bank Five for Fun programme has excelled and exceeded our expectations, we look forward to the 2024 edition to be bigger and better, to positively impact the sport and the development of our children. This has truly been a Big Win for Guyana and the game of cricket!”

CWI Director and GCB President, Bissoondyal Singh said: “This is indeed an important and positive restart to foundation cricket in Guyana, with exceptional participation numbers and stakeholder collaboration and assurance, which fits into the local and regional strategic cricket pathway development to ensure player progression. With over 1100 youth cricketers involved – both boys and girls, supported by over 45 committed coaches and coordinating staff, almost 1600 coaching sessions completed, and over 390 soft ball cricket matches contested, leading up to this important moment that is the Republic Bank ‘Five for Fun’ Cricket National Festival Finals – we are extremely proud as CWI and the GCB, on what has been collectively accomplished in collaboration with our local private and government stakeholders, to reignite and support cricket in our primary schools across Guyana. CWI & GCB stand committed to this important grassroots programme in Guyana, and will work with all stakeholders to review and improve the programme, ensuring its expansion in 2024, and sustainability well into the future.”

The formal closing ceremony and awards presentation segment of the Republic Bank Five for Fun Cricket National Festival Finals was moderated by Mr. John Ramsingh, journalist and cricket enthusiast.

About Republic Bank “Five for Fun” Cricket: “5 for Fun” a new cricket format designed around the principles of fun, inclusion and equality. The ‘fun’ elements of the game are rooted in its speed, energy, and uncomplicated rules. Each 5 For Fun game involves five (5) players per team playing five (5) 6-ball overs each. Each batter faces an over from a single bowler. If a batter is ‘Out’, they will still face their allotted over, but 3 runs will be deducted from the team score. The ‘inclusion and equality’ elements ensure boys and girls of all abilities have the opportunity to play together as equals.

Republic Bank & Cricket: Five For Fun is the third pillar of Republic Bank’s region-wide investment into the Caribbean’s favourite sport. Republic Bank is also the Official Banking Partner of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and one of the tournament’s long-standing supporters. Alongside CPL, Republic Bank launched its Spirit of Caribbean Cricket platform in 2019. Spirit of Caribbean Cricket is a digital media property whereby all the stakeholders of cricket ranging from fans to legends are invited to share their memories, anecdotes and opinions about the past, present and future of the game. Please see

CWI Future Stars Programme: The Future Stars Programme covers all aspects of participation and development from primary school age through to our “Rising Stars” Programme. For players showing true potential, our “Rising Stars” community and school programmes for secondary age children is the next stage of player development. And for those who demonstrate the ability and passion to excel further, the Future Stars pathway extends into our U17s and U19s regional programmes, and then the opportunity to represent the West Indies at U19 level and then hopefully onto a full-time professional career.

About Cricket West Indies (CWI): CWI takes great pride and responsibility in growing, guiding and organising cricket throughout the English-speaking Caribbean countries which form the West Indies, represented internationally by the West Indies Men’s, Women’s and Age-Group teams. The West Indies international team is unique in cricket and in international sport. It is the only team in cricket that represents a group of nations, drawing on the strength, skills and passion of each nation to unite through cricket and take on the world. CWI is the governing body for all professional and amateur cricket in the region, from the West Indies international teams and home series to regional tournaments such as the West Indies Championship (4-Day), the One-Day CG United Super50 Cup and the Women’s T20 Blast.

March 17, 2023
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