The Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) has for the first time in its history last Thursday received a cricket bowling machine, several flex mats and other equipment for training.
The donation is the first the SLCA has received since it became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2002, thanks to Michael Colin of ‘Make It Happen’ charity organization.
In a delighted mood, Chairman of the SLCA Board, Beresford Bourne-Coker, said “words couldn’t express our delight in receiving these equipment”. He was quick to advise cricketers to use the facilities with the utmost care.
He said: “These must be utilized well. We can’t pay the people who made this happen with words but to achieve success by winning the title in the forthcoming ICC Division III tournament.”
Deputy Minister of Sports, Ishmael Al-Sankoh Conteh, said the ministry was pleased with the performance of the Association and impressed about the equipment donated. He commended the SLCA for their lobbying ability to get the equipment, which will help improve the game of cricket in the country.
“As a ministry, we know the problems and we are working with the SLCA to help improve cricket in the country, and also to help the project at Success Town become fruitful,” Conteh said, and pledged the ministry’s support to the team in its participation at the forthcoming ICC Division III tournament in South Africa.
Captain of the national team, Lansana Lamin, thanked the donor organization for the equipment and promised that they would be used with utmost care. He said the equipment will no doubt help improve the standard of the game in the country.