GCB Under-17 Inter-County : Nedd looking for competitive tournament when action bowls off today
Guyana Chronicle article.
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Having coached Georgetown to the Demerara Cricket Board Under-15 Inter-Association and later Demerara to the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)-organised, Limacol-sponsored Under-15 Inter-County titles, coach Gavin Nedd is looking to add the GCB Inter-County Under-17 silverware to his list of credits for this year.
In fact, mention the name Gavin Nedd in Queenstown and readily, without hesitation, the Demerara Cricket Club’s (DCC) Youth Clinic would be the topic of discussion, since the former national off-spinner has one of the most vibrant youth clinics ongoing at the Lance Gibbs Street-based club.
Nedd and his close associate Robert ‘Pacer’ Adonis will be the key men in charge of the Demerara Under-17 lineup, who will be battling with defending champions GT&T Berbice and Essequibo for supremacy in this year’s GCB Under-17 tournament that is scheduled to bowl off today.
“I am very confident Demerara will do well in this tournament, the guys are ready and raring to go, while some of the key players such as skipper Travis Persaud, Ronaldo Renee, Tevin Imloch, Sherfane Rutherford, Clitus Johnson, Carlton Jacques, Daniel Basdeo and Chetnarine Pooran, all play for DCC.
“This is a core of players whom I can relate with and along with the other members of the squad who deservedly were selected to compete in this tournament, I think Demerara can come out on top as long as we stick to our game plan on the day,” Nedd believes.
The 40-year-old Nedd, who was appointed coach of the national Under-17 team which will be selected at the end of this tournament to represent Guyana in the West Indies Cricket Board tournament, said he is hoping for good weather, so the players can have a chance to showcase their talent for the selectors.
Without hesitation, he disagreed with an article that was published in another section of the media, yesterday, saying that the tournament has nothing to do with either GT&T Berbice’s coach Andre Percival or himself.
“As National coach, I will be looking to see worthy performances from some key players in this tournament. I know the weather will be hovering over the smooth flow of things, but certainly it would be a pleasure to go out there and see all three matches being played to the fullest.”
He added, “Many people would say that this tournament is a Nedd versus Percival thing, since we are coaching two powerhouse teams, but to me I don’t see it that way. I am happy that Andre will be coaching Berbice, while I will be in charge of Demerara, for at the end of the day the development of cricket at the youth level is our main focus.
“We always use to talk about doing this as youngsters and even when we led Guyana to the 1992 WICB Under-19 championships, when Andre was the skipper and I was his deputy, we used to look ahead to the future and talked about coaching, so for me this is all about development of cricket at the youth level and what we can both do to see things happen in that regard.”
He believes the players are the ones whom the spotlight needs to be shone on at this time, since the work of the coaches will only be highlighted through them, when they go on the field to execute their respective duties on the day.
“It’s more about the players. Andre and I contributed to Guyana on the field and now we are doing so off the field. I never see myself in any opposition with him now, even though we had some tough contests back in the day, when I represented Demerara and he played for Berbice.
“I don’t wish to take anything away from the players, but add to what they know; so for me, this tournament is an opportunity for some key players to go out there and grasp the opportunity to impress the selectors and go on to represent Guyana,” said Nedd.
The action swings into gear today at the Everest Cricket Club ground, with the Percival-coached GT&T Berbice taking on Essequibo, followed by Essequibo playing Demerara tomorrow at the same venue, before GT&T Berbice and Demerara meet on the following day in a final round clash.
Teams will be chosen from: GT&T Berbice: Shimron Hetmyer, Balchand Baldeo, Leon Andrews, Brandon Persaud, Deon Esau, Adrian Singh, Parmanand Ramdhan, Daniel Lewis (vice-captain), Ritish Omroa, Narendra Permaul, Suraj Dookna, Kassim Khan, Grisean Grant, Kevindra Persaud. Leslie Solomon is the manager, with Andre Percival executing the duties of coach.
Demerara: Travis Persaud (captain), Tevin Imloch (vice-captain), Ronaldo Renee, Chetnarine Pooran, Sherfane Rutherford, Clitus Johnson, Devendra Chunilall, Navindra Seeraj, Navendra Persaud, Keshram Seyhodan, Mark Hamilton, Daniel Basdeo, Carlton Jacques, and Shamar Graham. The manager is Robert Adonis and the coach is Gavin Nedd.
Essequibo: Kemo Paul, Rayan Adams, Akine Adams, Parmesh Parsotam, Mohindra Balbadar, Kevin Martinborough, Keanu Harry, Neiland Cadogan, Nathan Persaud, David Williams, Miguel Jones, Travis Drakes, Latchman Dindyal, Insaf Latchman. The manager is Nasir Mohamed and the coach is Andy Ramnarine.