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The T&T Blind and Visually Impaired cricketers
made this country proud by winning the 2015
Caribbean T20 and 40-Over Championships at the
West Indies Council for the Blind Cricket Champi-
onship in St Lucia, earlier this year.
Teams from Barbados, Windward Islands, Guyana
and Jamaica also took part in the tournament and it
was the determination of the T&T team that brought
them victory in both formats of the game.
The success was possible thanks to the assistance
T&T match referee/manager Hayden Bruce will
have his name inscribed in regional cricket history
when he officiates in his 100th game in the inter-
national women s series involving hosts West Indies
and the visiting Pakistan team, today.
Bruce, widely respected by officials and players
alike for his professionalism and no-nonsense manner
started his career in October 2010 and has so far per-
formed duties in 99 matches.
The facilities officer/project officer with First Citizens
Bank will achieve the coveted milestone in the second
One-Day International (ODI) at the Beausejour in St
Lucia today. At the end of the four-match ODI series
Bruce will have officiated 102 times as match
referee/manager making him the most decorated in
the history of the game in the West Indies.
On the eve of this momentous occasion Bruce
admits that it has not been easy to reach as far as he
has and is thankful for the support he has received
from all quarters along the way including the T&T
Cricket Board (TTCB). Over the years Bruce has
improved his craft by leaps and bounds and has won
plaudits for his objective judgements and fair appraisals,
as well as the grudging respect of players whom he
had cause to discipline as part of his responsibilities
as match referee.
On his induction into the profession five years ago,
Bruce was fully trained by internationally acknowledged
head of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Panel
of Match Referees and Umpires Vince Vanderbilt in
Before the women s series began, Bruce said he was
anxious since his stint in the ODI series will have a
big bearing on the ranking of the teams on the ICC
ladder. "The teams will be eligible for championship
points in the latter three ODIs so it will be very impor-
tant for all concerned that the matches are played in
the spirit of the game and that everything is on board
since the eyes of the cricket world will be focused on
us," said Bruce.
He stressed that the level of importance and respon-
sibility of his duties will be ramped up as he will be
asked to report directly to the ICC after the matches
in the crucial series with specific regard to the team s
world rankings based on his assessment and recom-
T&T Blind Cricketers
secure two titles
of The Massy Foundation, which provided an additional
$12,800 to the T&T Blind and Visually Impaired Cricket
Association (TTBVICA) to complete its training for
In presenting the cheque to Rajandra Ramnarine,
president of the TTBVICA, Gregory Sloane-Seale,
director of The Massy Foundation stated that, "The
Foundation has been sponsoring the TTBVICA over
the last five years and is proud to again partner with
the organisation which has been an inspiration to
many with disabilities.
You have proved that with perseverance, one can
achieve great things even though the odds seemed
stacked against you."
In accepting the cheque Ramnarine thanked The
Massy Foundation for its continued assistance. Ram-
narine said: "Our accomplishments in 2014 and 2015
are testimony to the fact that once you put your mind
to the task, regardless of your shortcomings, great
things can be achieved." Training for the competition
which began in January had to be extended for one
month to July to accommodate the one month delay
in the start of the 2015 competition.
The victorious T&T Blind and Visually Impaired cricketers team on their arrival at
Piarco Airport with their trophies after winning the 2015 T20 and 40 Overs
Caribbean Championship in St Lucia.
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