The French Verandah SVG Community College Cricket Team will participate in the 2017 edition of the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament to take place in Barbados from July 9th to 24th, 2017.
The sixteen man squad will be led by the SVG National Under 19 Cricket Captain and Windward Island Under 19 Selectee, Jeremy Layne, a first year student at the Division of Arts, Sciences and General Studies, pursuing Physical Education, Sociology and Communication Studies.
Ronaldo Franklyn, a former National Under 19 offspinner and a year two student at the Division of Arts, Sciences and General studies, pursuing an Associates Degree in Business Studies, will be the team's vice captain.
The unit on tour will also include SVG National Under 19 players; Urnel Thomas, Tilron Harry, Rayon Williams, Jerremy Haywood and Rayshorn John.
Alex Samuel, Romando Browne, Randall Roberts, Zivon Walker, Gregory Wyllie, Zidan Sutherland, Donte Hinson and Aleon Caesar are also members of the French Verandah SVG Community College Cricket Team. One guest player, Dillon Douglas, a Vincentian selected to the Windward Islands Under 19 cricket team, completes the squad, as part of a program between the SVG Community College and The SVG Cricket Association Inc. to give one Windward Islands Selectee who is not a member of the colleges' cricket team, an opportunity to participate in the Tournament. Othniel Lewis was given that opportunity in 2016.
The team officials for the tournament include Roxell John, Sports Coordinator at the SVG Community College, who will be the team Manager/Coach. Kody Horne will act as the team's assistant manager as part of the college's Player Developmental Program. Kashaka Bulze will complete the tour party as the team's trainer.
The French Verandah SVG Community College have been placed in Group A for the tournament and will play against the following teams in the preliminary round:
- Tuesday 11th July - Harrison College of Barbados
- Wednesday 12th July - Bolton School of the UK
- Thursday 13th July - Combermere of Barbados
- Friday 14th July - School of Nations of Guyana
- Monday 17th July - St. Leonards of Barbados
- Tuesday 18th July - Bryanston School of the UK
- Thursday 20th July - Presentation College of Trinidad
This is the second consecutive year the French Verandah SVG Community College Cricket Team will participate in the tournament, having placed 5th in the sixteen team competition in 2016.
This year, twenty four teams - eighteen from the Caribbean (nine of which are from Barbados), four from England, one each from the USA and Canada - will play in three groups in the preliminary round; before the Semi Finals and Finals which are scheduled for July 21st and 23rd, 2017 respectively.