Belize National Cricket Team wins Central America championship

By on May 2, 2019

Belize National Cricket Team

Punta Gorda, TOLEDO. May 2, 2019. The Belize National Cricket Team are champions of Central America. The team won the championship in Mexico City at the end of April.

According to a release from the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA), Team Belize defeated Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica during the regular games, falling once to the Marylebone Cricket Club, MCC.

In the championship game, Belize exacted revenge on the Marylebone Cricket Club, scoring 138 runs in the 19th Over.

MCC was able to score 137 runs.

According to the official release, the Central American Championship games, from April 25 to April 28, 2019 are classified as “official T20Is matches” which means that “the games are recognized by the International Council for Cricket (ICC).”

The BNCA release says that 4 players from Team Belize came home with individual awards.

Belize National Cricket Team

They include Bernan Stephenson, Glenford Banner and Andrew Banner, Jr who earned Man of the Match Awards for their performances in the regular games.

Garrett Banner, Jr was awarded “best match” for his performance in the championship game. He was also recognized for being the youngest player in he tournament at 17 years old.

Furthermore, Team Belize players Andrew Banner Jr., Bernan Stephenson, Glenford Banner and Aaron Muslar emerged in the top 10 for most runs scored.

Aaron Muslar, Kenroy Reynolds and Herbert Banner are listed in the top 10 for most wickets.

Aaron Muslar took 13 wickets, the most in the tournament.

The President of the BNCA Dr. Roy Young, has expressed his greatest satisfaction with the outstanding performance and effort of all the players.

The ICC umpires and teams complimented our team for its youthfulness and motivation to win, according to the BNCA press release.

Going forward, the Association says that “Belize Cricket’s next goal is to compete against South American
Champions to further elevate our international ranking.”

To achieve this goal, they plan to work with primary and secondary school children “to further expose them to
the game and have under 15 and under 19 competitions.”

Training for coaches and umpires is also part of the plan for the way forward.

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