BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, October 04, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – The name James Bernell Harris-Matthew, well-known cricketer in St. Kitts, will be forever immortalized come Sunday, October 06, 2019, when the Mansion Playing Field will be officially renamed in his honour.
The renaming ceremony commences at 3:00 p.m. and will be attended by Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative for the area, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sports, the Honourable Shawn Richards and other officials from the Ministry of Sports; members of the cricket fraternity throughout St. Kitts and Nevis, including representatives from the St. Kitts Cricket Association, as well as family and friends of the late James Harris.
The Ministry of Sports is inviting residents and all cricket loving fans to come out and be a part of the event, as several exhibition cricket matches are scheduled to take place following the renaming ceremony, while musical entertainment will be provided by Excess Band.
The Mansion Pavilion was recently rebuild and refurbished by the Ministry of Sports after it sustained substantial damages during the passage of Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Mr. James “Heads” Harris passed away in March of this year at the age of 65. Known well for his bowling prowess, Mr. Harris played first class cricket for the Leeward Islands team between 1978 and 1984, making his debut in a match against the Windward Islands. During that span, the right-arm medium-fast bowler played 19 first class matches, collecting 38 wickets at a bowling average of 39.52 playing for the teams Leeward Islands and Combined Islands.
Mr. Harris is also remembered in his community through the staging of the longstanding James Harris T20 Cricket League.