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Riley wins BCA presidency in landslide

Published:Saturday | July 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

Cricket West Indies director Conde Riley won a landslide victory here, Thursday night to become the new Barbados Cricket Association president.

The veteran administrator garnered 284 votes to easily beat out challenges from former Director of Sports Erskine King, who collected 85 votes, and former BCA acting president Deighton Smith, who picked up 80 votes.

Riley, an outspoken retired banker who has served in various capacities both at the BCA and Cricket West Indies, replaces legendary former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner, who is now the senior Windies team manager.

"I am very surprised at the number of people who voted for me. I have served on the board of the BCA with my two opponents, and I know their ability," Riley was quoted as saying afterwards.

He said that one of his first priorities would be seeking an end to a dispute that has marred the Everton Weekes Under-13 Championship.

Lawyer Calvin Hope was also elected as vice president after picking up 170 votes to defeat former England Test batsman Roland Butcher (118), Maurice Gaskin (107), and Kamal Springer (37).

Another lawyer, Gregory Nicholls, has returned as board secretary after winning the race with 172 votes, with Anthea Ishmael (142) and Winston Stafford (112) failing to gain sufficient favour with the BCA membership.