St Helena is making History
St Helena is back to international cricket scene after 6 years, they will participate in their second ever international cricket competition.
They are playing consecutive 2 tournaments during the last week of October and first week of November. ICC World T20, Africa C Qualifier and ACA T20 Cup Southern Regional Qualifiers are bound to start in Botswana on 26/10/2018.
St Helena has accepted this opportunity with 2 hands and they are training hard with their skills and fitness. They have reached Botswana, a week advance to get used to condition and training.
A brief history of St Helena Cricket
Competitive cricket has been played in St Helena since the beginning of the 20th century. The St Helena Cricket League was founded by the Honourable Humphrey Solomon in 1903. He was a local businessman who later developed the League into the St Helena Cricket Association of which he was President for the rest of his life. Most of the players were expatriates from the UK who worked with the RG Artillery and the Eastern Telegraph Company.
The Association is today a part of the ICC global development plan.
St Helena Cricket and all affiliate members are prepared for new challenges and developments. The game is becoming more popular and a wide range of players participate from all districts of the island.
The Executive Committee
President – Terrence Richards. Terry has been involved in the game for more than 50 years. He started at the age of 13, recording scores - this meant walking to and from Jamestown to Francis Plain. The payment for scoring at the time was two shillings and six pence. His Cricket career started with Jamestown B when he was fifteen years old. Terry has been president of the Cricket Association for the past six years.
Vice President – Derek Richards. Derek has been associated with the St Helena Cricket Association for many years. He plays as a wicket keeper and captains the St Pauls B team. Derek is an avid cricket enthusiast and would like to see St Helena develop not only in its stature but also its standard.
Derek also believes that the participation of every player in the league contributes to the spirit of the game. He has served as a vice president for three years and his aspiration for cricket is to spread the sport to children and beginners in all corners of St Helena.
St Helena - The Nation
• The history of St Helena is fascinating and touches many aspects of world history. Discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, it became a Dutch then a British possession (initially under the East India Company then the Crown). It was a strategically important port of call during the British Empire, until the opening of the Suez Canal and the advent of steamships.
• The island's remote location meant it was used as a place of exile for key prisoners, including some 6000 Boers, King Dinuzulu, Bahraini princes and, of course, Napoleon, who died on St Helena. The island also played an important role during the abolition of slavery. St Helena’s heritage provides a significant legacy of fortifications, remains, historic buildings, and what has been described as “the quintessential Atlantic port” – Jamestown. In the capital of Jamestown, several buildings are listed because of its historic importance while Main Street has been described as ‘one of the best examples of unspoiled Georgian architecture anywhere in the world.
ST HELENA NOTES
• St Helena was discovered in 1502 by Portuguese discovered Juan De Nova Castella - St Helena Island is situated in the South Atlantic Ocean, at 15° 56′ south and 5° 45′ west. The nearest land is Ascension Island, which is 703 miles (1,125km) to the North West. It is 1 200 miles (1 950km) from the South-West coast of Africa and 1 800 miles (2 900km) from the coast of South America. St Helena is a 47 square mile island, it is one of the remotest settled islands in the world. A sub-tropical paradise, it is also one of the most spectacular as far as contrast goes.
• The climate of St Helena is controlled by the South Atlantic High Pressure Cell and the Equatorial Trough. Despite the island’s locality within the tropics, its climate is kept mild and equable by the South East Trade Winds. The trade winds blow from high to low almost continuously making our weather so changeable. A dull rainy morning can often lead onto a bright sunny afternoon.
• The four seasons are not recognised on St Helena, as there are no drastic weather patterns. The hottest months are between January and March and the coldest are between June and September, however our climate is suitable for a getaway all year round.
• For much of the year, temperatures remain between 70-80°F (20-27°C) but nights and early mornings can get colder in the months of June, July and August. Rains usually begin from March to early May, with April being the height of the rainy season and again in July to September, with August being the height of this period.
• Temperatures in Jamestown ( which is the Islands capital) range between 20°C – 32°C in the summer and 15°C – 26°C in the winter. The temperatures in the central areas are, on average, 5 – 6 degrees lower, which is why there are noticeable contrasts in climate between Jamestown (coastal) and the country areas. Jamestown can be sunny and lightly humid whilst areas like Longwood on the East of the Island experience chilly mists and a higher rainfall.
• There is a variety of restaurants and pubs on the island. You’ll find that the atmosphere is generally informal and that children are welcome. Jamestown has a range of restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and take-away establishments. Other eateries and pubs can be found in Half Tree Hollow, Longwood, Bottom Woods and Sandy Bay. There are also a number of mobile catering units in operation.
• If you have the opportunity, do try local St Helenian cooking. Typical dishes reflect the many historical influences of the island: Portuguese, British, Southeast Asian, Malagasy, Chinese and African. Many dishes are variants of international favorites, but you’ll find that "Saints" add their own twist. And it is often a fiery twist, as the islanders like to spice it up! Popular traditional dishes are St Helena fishcakes, battered or grilled tuna, grilled wahoo steak, meat or poultry curries and pilau (called plo locally).
St Helena has a small population, mainly descended from people from Europe (mostly planters, government employees and ex-soldiers serving in the local St Helena Regiment), Chinese and slaves (mostly from Madagascar and Asia, only a few coming from Africa from 1840 onward) The estimated population of St Helena at the end of 2016 is 4550. St Helenians, also known as "Saints", are known for their friendliness – everyone waves and greets each other, even to passing cars.
The climate of St Helena is controlled by the South Atlantic High Pressure Cell and the Equatorial Trough. Despite the island’s locality within the tropics, its climate is kept mild and equable by the South East Trade Winds. The trade winds blow from high to low almost continuously making our weather so changeable, a dull rainy morning can often lead onto a bright sunny afternoon. The four seasons are not recognised on St Helena, as there are no drastic weather patterns.
Numerous volumes describe the natural history of the island, documenting the endemic and endangered species ranging from the gumwood tree to the wire bird. Millions of years in the making, these fragments from the wreck of an ancient world include tree ferns, black cabbage trees, Jellico, a native dogwood and the golden sail spider. The Diana’s Peak National Park is a testament to the island’s pristine environment; a home to most of St. Helena’s endemic wildlife.