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20/Twenty cricket in honour of Williams


Neil Williams to be laid to rest tomorrow

The SVG Cricket Association announced on Wednesday that it will name its national 20/Twenty competition in memory of the late Vincentian, Windwards and England cricketer, Neil Williams.

Williams died here last week after a brief illness, and will be buried this Saturday. {{more}}

The competition will be called the Neil Williams 20/Twenty competition, and will be open to all clubs participating in the RBTT Premier and the Bottlers First Division.

President of the Association, Julian Jack, has said that this development is an indication of the esteem, honour and respect that Williams deserves for his contribution to the development of cricket in St.Vincent and the Grenadines.

Jack said that Williams could have remained in the United Kingdom, where a lucrative career in coaching was his for the taking.

Jack feels that the decision by the late Neil Williams to return to his homeland, to contribute to the country which nursed him during the early days of his cricketing career, deserves the highest recognition.

The competition will begin this Sunday at six venues in the state. The 19 teams in the RBTT Premier and the Bottlers First Division will be combined into two groups for the purposes of the competition.

Following Sunday’s start, there will be a break in the action to complete the national competitions.

Details of the grouping and the fixtures for the competition will be released through radio and television announcements later this week.

Meanwhile President of the Association Julian Jack has appealed to all cricketers in the state to turn out in their numbers to attend the funeral of the late Neil Williams.

Jack said that all cricketers need to attend the funeral as a mark of respect for a fellow cricketer who has made a significant contribution to the development of the game in St.Vincent and the Grenadines.

The funeral service for the late Neil Williams will be held at the Kingstown Methodist Church this Saturday, from 2pm.