Watching a game of cricket on St. Maarten may soon become a thing of the past as this land on which they play the game is up for sale by its owners.
For over 20 years now the Cricket Association was granted permission to use the field to play the sport and has been successful in producing St. Maarten cricketers who have played the game at the highest level, even for the West Indies under 19 team on the world stage. The name Kayce Carty who was responsible for holding the West Indies under 19 innings together to win the World Cup comes to mind.
The Cricket association has also done an excellent job of keeping the area clean and cleared of growing wild brushes and trees associated with a property that is not well kept, but they were served notice that they will have to vacate the location since it’s up for sale. That also mean there will be no more Regional Tournament held here that brings in Sports Tourism dollars to small hotels and business when these matches are held on the Island.
The sports field has also served the schools who would buss their students to the location for sports, recreational use and gym classes. That should make the case for how important this piece of real-estate is to the social and recreational development of our people and should be bought and preserved for that purpose.