Guyanese cricketers performed well in Canada 2013 season
Toronto, Canada - The Ministry of Tourism in any country will admire the frequency of visitors and no doubt Guyanese cricketers find Canada a perfect destination to play the game on an annual basis. Their dominance again in 2013 demonstrated their commitment and willingness to be part of the action.
When this year’s edition concluded, many of them left with some handsome performances and already expressed profound aspiration to return next year, thanks to Toronto and District Cricket Association (T&DCA) for its invitation.
In the Elite League, and more specifically the 50-over version, there was a great sense of satisfaction as they churned out impressive performances in both the batting and bowling departments.
Over twenty cricketers from the Land of Many Water travelled up to participate in the 2013 season and proved their capabilities with a large number of attractive scores and bowling supremacies.
Former West Indies one-day player Royston Crandon has been a steady player over the past four years and he showed his class for Vikings Cricket Club in the Major League while he emerged as a leading player in the Scarborough Cricket Association competition, too representing the championship team, Hawaii Artic Cricket Club.
Ryan Ramdass, a determined opener, would have also attired in the prestigious maroon colours and has come to North America to play in the Elite competition. His representation for Islanders Cricket Club in this year’s tournament was reasonably successful. He featured in Brampton/Etobicoke League in which he registered a double-century at his time off from the big league.
As much as these cricketers are pleased with their performances and their core focus in Canada to enhance their cricket skills, special appreciation must go to the administration of T&DCA. They have continued to play a pivotal role in the social fabric of Canada’s society and instill a deep passion in the hearts of Canadian sportsmen. It is very rare to find a unifying force such as this, which surpasses all boundaries of age, gender and ethnicity where players from all walks of life present here.
The national team has been quite inconsistent with their international performances over the years despite featuring in several International Cricket Council 50-over World Cup tournaments but with the talent coming from Guyana and being proactive with the game is indeed commendable.
Guyana’s opening batsman Rajindra Chandrika made his first appearance this year wearing the Vikings’ colours and he said he was overwhelmed to be in Toronto plying his trade and was very grateful for the opportunity so he can able to showcase his talent and more importantly playing in a competitive manner in Canada’s cricket calendar.
Former Guyana under-19 captain Eugene LafLuer was also a debutant this year and his contributions for Victoria Park Cricket Club in both Elite and Premier Divisions were absolutely remarkable. He stated that he was anxious to play for Guyana at the senior level and that was one of his primary reasons to be in Canada.
He is a solid left-handed batsman and scored over 300 runs in both competitions while he had taken 20 plus wickets with his left-arm spin. His fellow Berbician and another ex-youth player Dominic Rikhi certainly enjoyed his second stint having scored a century (176*) also for Victoria Park.
At the moment in excess of 50 Guyanese cricketers are involved in the annual T&DCA Elite and Premier Divisions while several players have featured in the first and second-division tournaments.
Travis Blyden and Elton Baker had done exceedingly well for Civics Cricket Club scoring a substantial amount of runs while they took wickets and led their team to the next divisions for the 2014 season.
Just before his departure to Guyana, the right-hander and leg-spinner Blyden related that he was delighted to be back in Canada and played professional cricket. He also mentioned that playing with the likes of former West Indies batsman Keith Semple was a great honour.
That really once again impressed him and by the high degree of talent he also saw here, teamwork and the sportsmanship displayed on a continuous basis by all teams.
Fast bowler Trevon Garraway was outstanding in the Scarborough League bowling with speedy and accuracy in the final for Haiwaii. He was so devastated that he had taken four wickets for just six runs to help skittle out the oppositions for an embarrassing 25 in a grand finale.
It is also a great opportunity to say that both Canadian-based Guyanese and visitors have dominated in the Canada and Ontario Softball yearly Leagues. They achieved tremendous successes again and they are the catalyst to the transformation of softball in North America.
Some of the other Guyanese who came this year are as follows: Gavin Singh, Wasim Haslim, Ejaz Mohamed, Ricardo Jadunauth, Anthony D’Andrade, Harrinarine Chattergoon, Krishna Deosaran, Herman Latcha, Ian and Roy Gonsalves (brothers), Trevor Henry and among others. And some of the Guyanese who are living and playing in Canada are as follows: Zaheer Haniff, Eon Katchay, Raakesh Goberdhan, Ian Baldeo, Hemnarine Chattergoon, Kenneth Wong, Arjune Nandu, Sunil Dhaniram, Azib Ally Haniff, Glen Robinson, Jeremy Gordon, Damodar Daesrath, Mark Montfort, and Farouk Hussain among others.