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Owia Strikers celebrate their victory against Byera Linkers.
Owia Strikers celebrate their victory against Byera Linkers.

Famalay and Friends secured their second consecutive win in the female category of the Shevern John North Windward T10 cricket competition, while Owia Strikers dominated the male category unblemished, winning all of their matches.

Each team received a trophy and prize money at the award ceremony after the final matches in the competition were played before a large, jubilant crowd on Sunday at the Owia Playing Field, where tournament organisers mounted a large screen on which instant replays were shown.

Several other awards and medals were also presented during the closing ceremony.

Barbadian and West Indies former fast bowler Tino Best was a guest of honour at the finals and presentation ceremony, where an exhibition match was also played between North Windward All Stars and the New Democratic Party (NDP) All-Stars.

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The victorious Owia Strikers.

Results

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Famalay and Friends outplayed second-place Pappy Walter 11 in a tight and exciting encounter.

Pappy Walter 11 batted first and scored 44 for 5 from their 10 overs. In response, Family and Friends opening batters scored 45 from just 4.3 overs, bringing an early end to the game.

Warriors 11 secured the third position when they defeated Passionate Girls the previous day, also at the Owia Playing Field.

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Famalay and Friends, winner of the female category of the competition, pose to Senator Shevern John, left, organiser of the tournament.

Also on Sunday at Owia, in the male encounter, Owia Strikers batted first and scored 78 for 5 from their 10 overs against Byera Linkers, who responded with 64 for 6 from their 10 overs, settling for the second position in the competition.

Diamonds are the third-place winners.

Areika Hooper was named the female MVP of the final while the judges selected Dillon Douglas as the male MVP of the final.

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Pappy Walter 11 placed second in the female category of the competition.

In her remarks at the closing ceremony John, an NDP senator said her party has “exciting plans for a multipurpose sporting facility here in North Windward to grow and nurture our exciting sporting talent.

“… let us reaffirm our commitment to the values of unity, resilience, and progress that define North Windward and St. Vincent [and the Grenadines] as a whole. As we stand on the threshold of a new era of opportunity and transformation, let us march forward with courage, compassion, and determination, knowing that the best days of North Windward are yet to come.”

John reflected and invited the audience to celebrate “the countless stories of resilience and perseverance that define North Windward. 

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Action in the finals between Owia Strikers and Byera Linkers.

“Let us honour the fishermen who brave the tempestuous seas to provide for their families, the farmers who toil under the hot sun to cultivate the land, and the artisans who preserve our cultural heritage through their craft,” she said.

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Opposition Leader and NDP President, Godwin Friday congratulates Famalay and Friends on their victory.

“But our celebration must also be tempered with a commitment to addressing the pressing needs and challenges facing North Windward,” said John, the NDP’s candidate for North Windward in the next general elections, constitutionally due in February 2026.

“As we gather here today, let us pledge to invest in infrastructure, education, healthcare, and economic opportunities that will empower the people of this region to unlock their full potential and achieve their dreams,” John said. 

The competition, which began on Feb. 4, saw 20 teams (14 males and 6 females) participating with games being played on the Owia and Fancy Playing Fields.

Organisers said that plans are already in place for the 2025 edition of the competition.