Demerara_GuyConfident Uruguay Women’s team arrives for Pan American Cup title charge Oct 12, 2017 Sports , https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...an-cup-title-charge/ By Calvin Chapman Uruguay women are the first of seven (7) international teams to arrive in Guyana for the anticipated and historic 7th Indoor Pan American Cups (IPAC) that will be played in the “land of many waters” for the first time with all the stick battles set for the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) from Monday, October 16th to Saturday... [ more ]
Demerara_GuyUSA South hold off Guyana to claim RAN 15’s title Jul 30, 2017 Sports , http://www.kaieteurnewsonline....claim-ran-15s-title/ The United States of America South withstood the challenges of a determined Guyana team to win the final of the RAN tournament 23-19 yesterday at the National Park. Played on a soggy ground in front of a colourful crowd, USA South opened their account in the 17th minute when Zach Miller scored a penalty. Hein Erasmus stretched the visitors advantage10 minutes later... [ more ]
Cricket is an exciting team sport game that is well-loved and watched throughout the world. Because of its large fan base, cricket boasts players with top earnings and expansive net worths. While India tends to reign supreme with some of the largest earners in the game, cricket’s top breadwinners come from a variety of locations around the globe.
11. Chris Gayle- $15 Million Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chris Gale is one of only four cricket players in history to have ever scored two triple centuries at Test level and the first batsman to score a double century against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup. With an estimated net worth of $15 million, Gale made his riches playing for a variety of teams including his current team the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Demerara_Guyencrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com 2. Ricky Ponting- $65 Million Ricky Ponting earned all of his estimated net worth of $65 million as a professional cricketer. He boasts more records than any other player in Australian history. [ more ]
Demerara_Guys.wsj.net 3. Sourav Ganguly- $55.5 Million Well known as the Prince of Calcutta, Souvrav Ganguly has a net worth of $55.5 million. Ganguly is currently a member of the Indian cricket team and is known for doing stints at the IPL. He inherited part of his wealth after his fathers death. [ more ]
Demerara_Guyimg.timeinc.net 4. Imran Khan- $51 Million Born in Lahore, Punjab in 1952, Imran Khan is one of the richest Pakistani cricketers of all time. With an estimated net worth of $51 million, Khan left the game in 1992 to become a politician in Pakistan and he founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf political party. Imran is also a cricketer commentator. [ more ]
The Dorado Speed Swim Club (DSSC) is celebrating its 25th year as a club this month. They have already completed a successful Inter-Club Meet on Sunday last among other activities held. Kaieteur Sport is pleased to share with you our readers, a history of the club which has as its motto: “Winning Is Our Attitude”.
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Our Story: Our Head Coach, Stephanie Fraser reintroduced a Learn-to-Swim programme at the Hotel Tower in 1989. The response was overwhelming and the then participants were both talented and dedicated. Ms Fraser was impressed with the progress and skill of her young charges. Being the visionary she is, the hard working Fraser decided that such talents needed to be nurtured and channeled to competitive levels. In a bold step of faith, she got together with the parents, presented her plan and a competitive club was formed that would change swimming history in Guyana. The Dorado Speed Swim Club (DSSC) was officially accepted as an affiliate of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) on March 23, 1993.
Britany van Lange and Niall Roberts just before the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.
The first Executive Committee comprised of: Stephanie Fraser (President and Coach), Reginald Rodrigues (Vice-President), Rupa Harisingh (Secretary), Bibi Bandoo (Treasurer), David Fraser (Assistant Secretary/Treasurer), Committee Members: Edna Rodrigues (Coach), Seema Persaud (Parent Representative). The Name: Selecting a name for the club proved quite a challenge. Multiple suggestions were proposed, but none seemed to be the right fit. After several deliberations El Dorado was the front runner; this was because of its meaning “City of Gold”. However, a few parents expressed concern that the name had a strong affiliation to our world class signature rum. After much debate, and on consultation with a marine biologist, the “El” was dropped leaving Dorado. DORADO is a marine fish, also known as Mahi Mahi and can be found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters. The body of the Dorado allows them to be very fast and efficient swimmers; travelling at a tremendous speed (92.6 km/h, 57.5 mph) in a short space of time. This beautiful fish with its spectrum of vibrant colours – gold, blue, green, purple and silver – makes a magnificent spectacle. The Executive chose two of the brilliant colours of the mascot (Blue & Gold) as the official club colours. True to its name, being fast, tantamount to being visionary, the club distinguished itself by initiating and leading the resuscitation of the defunct Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA). Over the last 25-years, Dorado has been able to successfully engage the services of several notable personalities as Administrators, with a wide range of business, legal, political, programme management, health and organisational and management skills such as: Mr. Hamilton Green, Ms. Pat Liverpool, Mr. Anthony Xavier, Dr. Jennifer Basdeo-Green, Dr. Karen Pilgrim, Ms. Barbara Freso, Mr. Leslie Soders, Ms. Sandra La Rose, Ms. Marcia Velloza (Sylvester), Mrs. Shianne Latchmansingh, Ms Jean La Rose, Mrs. Pat Helwig, and the list continues to grow. Prominent Fund-raising members were, Ms. Joanne Lowe, Ms. Marcelle Blackman and Mrs. Maureen van Lange. Achieving and maintaining the status of being the number one club both in terms of quality swimmers and financial stability is no small feat. Dorado continues to stand upon the hallmark qualities of integrity, discipline and, above all, staying the course of keeping the focus on the swimmers, still their best investment.
DSSC members involved in Water Polo – July 19, 2015.
Though the rate of progress is often times stymied by those opposed to this approach, the Club continues to conquer. Testimony to this is the following which are some notable milestones of Dorado swimmers, the Club dominated in the following: [1997-2003) Open water swimmer – Sean Hamilton, Edna Rodrigues, James Campbell. [1993-2003] GASA National Age-Group Championships: Nicholas Fraser, Dee-Anne Fraser, Marlon Henry, Danny Persaud, Ravel La Rose, Nadia Bhola, Shelly Anne D’Amil, Asanti Mickle, Andy Rodrigues, Justin and Jeremy Jairam, Roschmann Rodrigues, Alan Lowe, Errol Van Lange, Christina King. [2003-present] GASA National Age-Group Championships: Yannick Roberts, Jamaal Sobers, Henk Lowe, Noelle Smith, Soroya Simmons, Omar Adams, Antonio Hussein, Athena and Hannibal Gaskin, Britany Van Lange, Niall Roberts, Lian Winter, Alex Winter, Donna Carter, Daniel Scott. Making it all worthwhile, the Club captured coveted spots at the world’s highest level of FINA forums producing 3 of 5 Olympians to represent Guyana to date. * 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London) – Niall Roberts * 2012 (London) – Britany van Lange * 2016 (Rio) – Hannibal Gaskin Many of the abovementioned swimmers have gone on to attend prestigious universities, have successful careers and their respective parents continue to credit the discipline and integrity instilled by the management and training model of the club. Dorado is the Club that persistently requested a “50 meter” pool, whether through fund raising or informal forums, even though many may have forgotten, strategically utilising every opportunity to send “friendly” reminders to the Business and Political communities. Today, both competitive and non-competitive swimmers are benefitting from a 50m pool and the Club had the honour of hosting its 25th anniversary meet at that pool, The National Aquatic Center.
Hannibal Gaskin at Rio 2016.
Dorado continues to forge ahead, encouraging strong family values, and remains steadfast in its belief that sports (swimming) and academics complement each other. Dorado’s swimmers and parents acknowledge that it is the best return for investment and the most rewarding fulfillment when you can add value to a person’s character and development. Present Executives: President (Maurice Watson), Vice-President (Han Granger-Gaskin), Secretary (Shonette Winter), Treasurer (Marcel Watson), Assistant Secretary/Treasurer (Karen Pilgrim), Committee Members: Christopher Williams, Jason Allen, Christopher Woodroffe, Stephanie Fraser, Kathryn Chan-a-Sue, Kamala van Lange and Colleen Roberts. Coaches: Stephanie Fraser, Jaime Skeete, Shyka Gonsalves, Nicholas Fraser, Ewin Enmore and Marcel Watson. Instructors: Damien Pilgrim, Steveanna Mootoo and Denroy Trotman. Our deep gratitude: This is a suitable time to express our appreciation to the parents and guardians of all our swimmers for their commitment, efforts, contributions and resisting the temptation to hit the “snooze” button on the alarm clock – for having the swimmers on deck at 05:30hrs and returning again in the afternoon. To the past and present Coaches – thank you for the passion and commitment that you brought and bring daily to the deck, putting aside all other challenges, thus ensuring our Club remains, the best.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russia has hosted 16 games across four venues during the Confederations Cup over the past fortnight as the country prepares to host the World Cup in a year's time.
Russia 2018 will be played on a much greater scale, with 32 nations aiming to win the trophy during a monthlong tournament. But after successfully staging the Confederations Cup, which saw Germany emerge as winners with a 1-0 victory over Chile in St. Petersburg on Sunday, is Russia now ready to stage the World Cup?
Games were played at four venues during the Confederations Cup: St. Petersburg's $1.4 billion Krestovsky Stadium, Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Kazan Arena and Sochi's Fisht Stadium. All are sparkling, cutting-edge arenas built within the last five years.
Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, which will stage the World Cup final, is ready after a three-year rebuild and is due to stage its first game in November.
There are some hitches, with worries over the problematic pitch in St. Petersburg, but nothing which threatens to cost the city the right to stage games.
Away from the Confederations Cup, however, there are issues over the progress of the new stadiums in Rostov, Samara and Saransk.
Saransk, which will only stage group games at the Mordovia Arena, insist the stadium will be ready by December, but that appears optimistic.
However, with just under 12 months to go before the World Cup begins, Russia is undoubtedly way ahead of Brazil and South Africa at the same stage of their preparations for the 2014 and 2010 World Cups, respectively.
Demerara_GuyCLIMATE The weather during the Confederations Cup has emphasised the problems facing supporters and competing teams alike in 2018. It is unpredictable to say the least, with Moscow and St. Petersburg as likely to bake in plus-25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) heat as they are to be deluged in rain. On the weekend of the final in St. Petersburg, the city experienced heavy rain and strong winds on Saturday before enjoying a glorious, sunny day 24 hours later. Kazan is another city which... [ more ]
Demerara_GuySECURITY Russia will adopt a zero tolerance approach to fans intent on causing trouble in 2018, and the country's determination to project a strong, secure image was evident throughout the Confederations Cup. Large numbers of police patrolled the streets in each host city, and they were also deployed on Metro trains, sometimes with dogs, and more often than not were armed. Armoured riot police were a common sight outside stadiums on matchdays, but despite the ever-visible presence, it did... [ more ]
Demerara_GuyFAN EXPERIENCE Russia 2018 will be a whole new experience for many travelling supporters because of the Fan ID system which was successfully trialled during the Confederations Cup. Supporters get a Fan ID, which enables them to get match tickets and secure a free Russian visa. Other benefits include free bus, Metro and train travel in and between host cities. The system worked well at the Confederations Cup, although there were lengthy queues to get into stadiums as IDs were scanned and bags... [ more ]
The Indian bowlers put in a stupendous performance on Day five as they combined to bowl out West Indies for a paltry 108 and win the third Test by 237 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series. This was the first time India had managed to win more than one Test in a series in the Caribbean, but that has more to do with cricket's decline in the region more than India's ascendancy.
But India'sa scendancyc annot be completely wiped off, either. At Lunch on Day four, the match looked set for a draw. West Indies had gotten themselves to 202 for 3 and India needed a near-perfect show from their bowlers to make a match out of this. Bhuvneshwar Kumar stepped up with a five-wicket haul to bowl out the West Indies for 225.
Despite that, West Indies had a more than decent chance of drawing the Test. They needed to bat out a tad lesser than they did on the final day of the second Test, to get themselves another draw. India needed another near-perfect display with the ball. But this time around, they were more lethal, more accurate and more ruthless.
Earlier, India had declared 45 minutes into the fifth morning after adding 60 runs to their overnight score of 157 for 3, Ajinkya Rahane top-scoring with 78. Miguel Cummins picked up all four Indian wickets that fell to finish with figures of 6 for 48. That, perhaps, was the only silver lining for the home side.
Having set the hosts a target of 346, India started brightly. Rohit Sharma plucked off a brave catch at short-leg to send Leon Johnson back for a duck, and give India their opening. Bhuvneshwar removed the other opener, Kraigg Brathwaite who had scored 64 in the first innings, soon after. When Ishant Sharma bowled a superb inswinger to send Marlon Samuels' off-stump cartwheeling, the writing was on the wall.
But they still had a middle order that has performed better than expectations so far. India came into the second session not wanting to leave anything to chance. India had found themselves with a better chance to take the game in Jamaica, only to be thwarted by a defiant West Indies middle-order. This time around, there were no such heroics.
Chase and Bravo pushed the score along to 64 for 3 in the second session before the procession of wickets began. Ishant Sharma bettered the ball he had bowled to Marlon Samuels in the morning, and ended Roston Chase's stay at the crease. The right-armer got the ball to nip back in after pitching, and with Chase's feet not moving much, the ball snuck in to uproot the off stump.
Jadeja accounted for Jermaine Blackwood when the batsman went for a vicious cut and could not get his backfoot back in time to the crease. Wriddhiman Saha whipped the bails off, and the third umpire, after much deliberation ruled the decision in India's favour.
West Indies hopes dwindled further when Shane Dowrich was out to Shami. The homeside had slipped to a sorry state at 84 for 6. The collapse, however, was still going on. Two overs later, Jason Holder took off for a run after pushing the ball wide of mid-off. Ashwin threw down the stumps at the non-strikers end, and India were suddenly looking at finishing the game before Tea.
Darren Bravo had been the helpless non-striker as all this unfolded, scoring 59 off a hundred balls. But with pressure mounting, India's fans' voice getting louder and the visitors going for the kill, Bravo succumbed and became Shami's third victim of the innings.
Jadeja wrapped the game up with the wicket of Shannon Gabriel. India had won by 237 runs. Anil Kumble had won his first series as coach of the Indian side. He was out in the balcony with his camera, capturing the winning moments as the team huddled around Virat Kohli to celebrate the series win.
Demerara_GuyFormer national player and administrator Winston ‘Cally’ Callender passes on Dec 28, 2017 Sports , https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...callender-passes-on/ The football fraternity was plunged into a state of mourning when former National player and Administrator, Winston Alwyn Callender passed away on Christmas Eve Day, December24, 2017, last in his adopted homeland, USA. Callender, aka, ‘Cally’ was also a former Banks DIH employee, serving the company for 36 years before retiring in 1995. [ more ]
Demerara_GuyResults: Category A Daniel Islam beat Taylor Fernandes 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4. Anthony Islam beat Samuel Ince-Carvalhal 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 Category B Michael Alphonso beat Demetrius DeAbreu 11-1, 11-4, 8-11, 14-12 Lucas Jonas beat Ethan Jonas 11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 Kirsten Gomes beat Abosaide Cadogan 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 Category C Mohryan Baksh beat James Mekdeci 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9 Jason Gomes beat Zachary Persuad 11-5, 10-12, 20-18, 11-3 Nicholas Verwey beat Louis DaSilva 11-8,... [ more ]
Demerara_GuyFarfan & Mendes Junior Skill Level Squash Tournament…Daniel Islam beat Fernandes in last match of exciting tournament Dec 18, 2017 Sports , https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...exciting-tournament/ By Sean Devers Yesterday at the Georgetown Club, the curtains came down in thrilling fashion in the six-day Farfan and Mendes Junior skill level tournament with 15-year-old Daniel Islam pushing Caribbean U-19 Girls Champion Taylor Fernandes hard before winning 3-2. Daniel’s older twin Anthony had... [ more ]
Opener Romaine Muniram struck fine half century, while off-spinner Kelvin Leitch grabbed four wickets as Nandy Park registered back to back victories when the East Bank Demerara Cricket Association/ Sterling Products Ltd/ ISG T20 tournament continued last weekend at Everest CC. Nandy Park defeated Providence by 62 runs on Sunday. Muniram struck five fours and one six in a top score of 58 and got support from Tevin Imlach with 21 (2×4) as Nandy Park posted 153-6, batting first. Omar Parma snared 3-18 and Colin Benn 2-40. Providence were bowled out for 91 in 18.4 overs in reply. Terrence De Cunha made 22 and Devon Paul 18; Michael Sultan claimed 3-14, Kevin Leitch 2-10 and Sagar Hathiramani 2-11. Nandy Park overcame Herstelling by 33 runs. Nandy Park managed 108-7, taking first strike. Tevin Imlach hit two fours in a top score of 46, while John Champayne made 14 as Delroy Williams claimed 2-18 from 2.4 over and Anand Bharat 2-29 from 4. Herstelling were sent packing for 75 in 17.2 overs in response. David Alert slammed three sixes in 18 and Anand Bharat got 13; Kelvin Leitch grabbed 4-12 off 4 overs and Keon Morris 3-4 off 3. Herstelling beat Providence on Saturday at the said venue. (ZM)
Several activities including sporting event on the cards
The Guyana Chapter of the JC Chandisingh Secondary School Grads Association is busy putting the final touches on what is expected to be a truly grand reunion to be held on August 4, 5, and 7 on the Corentyne.
After months of intense planning and hard work, the excitement of the grads to soon being able to “meet, greet, and be sweet” is understandable.
Grads who have not yet obtained their tickets should do so at their earliest opportunity.
The three-day event will get started on Friday, August 4 with a flag-raising ceremony on the school ground and then a procession to the Rose Hall Town cemetery where the grads will lay flowers at the graveside of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Lillian Chandisingh.
The fun and games will then begin at 10:00am at the Area H Ground. The JCCSS games master Mr. David Brigbhukan has arranged a limited-overs cricket match between JC grads and grads of Corentyne
Comprehensive Secondary School. There will be another match involving JC overseas grads and JC local grads. Football and rugby tournaments are also expected to draw a huge crowd. Novelty events will include sack race, late for school race, lime and spoon, 100m, 4x100m relay, watermelon eating race, enter hole, frisbee throwing, and board games (Chess, Draughts, Scrabble). Grads will also be given a chance to fly a mini drone. A dancing contest will bring the day’s events to a close.
Some grads are already referring to the day’s action as a mini-Olympics. The next day, Saturday, August 5 will be the Dinner and Dance at the St. Francis Hall starting at 4:00pm. Grads are really looking forward to this event because, until now, all the big JC reunions have been done in New York and Toronto.
An important part of the night’s proceedings will be the recognition of teachers, athletes, and students who have performed with distinction.
Saturday’s dinner and dance will not be the end of the Reunion. There will be a Big Lime on the grounds of the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club in Bush Lot Farm on Monday, August 7. Grads will chill out listening to music, playing softball cricket, and do an old-fashioned bush cook.
To stage an event of this magnitude required many months of planning and hard work. Some of the leading planners are Frank Sanichara, Sarah Foo, Rene Ramdin, Rihanna Ameir, Tiffania Williams, and Syd Latchana.
Demerara_GuyCalvin Ming and his Pabst Racing team enjoy success at Road America circuit Jun 26, 2017 Sports , http://www.kaieteurnewsonline....oad-america-circuit/ Guyana’s Calvin Ming and his ‘Pabst Racing’ team fellow drivers Rinus Veekay of Holland and Lucas Kohl of Brazil, all had a very successful weekend in the 4th round of the USF2000 series, which was held on Friday and Saturday at the ‘Road America’ circuit in Wisconsin. The 6.5 kilometers circuit has 14 turns over very undulating terrain with... [ more ]
Top Brandz Sales and Marketing Manager Pratima Prashnajeet and Petra Co-Director Troy Mendonca hold a replica of the championship trophy in the presence of GFF President Wayne Forde (far left), GFA Vice-President Aron Fraser (3rd from right) and other representatives.
Demerara_GuyTop Brandz Distributors sponsors Corona Invitational Football Jun 25, 2017 Sports , http://www.kaieteurnewsonline....vitational-football/ Top Brandz Distributors under the Corona Beer brand confirmed its partnership with the Petra Organisation to host the inaugural Corona Invitational Football Tournament involving twelve of the top teams in Georgetown. This disclosure was made on Friday, during a simple ceremony that was conducted at the company’s Head Office on Broad Street. In attendance... [ more ]
Demerara_GuyBanks DIH Powerade Rep. Errol Nelson presents the 1st place prize to Warren ‘Forty’ McKay. [ more ]
Demerara_GuyBanks DIH Powerade 11 Race NP Cycle Meet … Smart riding by Warren McKay delivers #1 place in feature race May 21, 2017 Sports , http://www.kaieteurnewsonline....ace-in-feature-race/ Smart riding by Warren ‘Forty’ McKay saw him taking the first prize in the feature School Boys and Invitational 35-Lap race when the annual Banks DIH Powerade 11 Race National Park Cycle Meet came off yesterday at the Mecca for the sport. The main event, which was dominated for the most part by the trio of Paul... [ more ]
Demerara_GuyGRDB overcome GSA by eight wickets Nov 17, 2016, Sports , http://www.kaieteurnewsonline....sa-by-eight-wickets/ Guyana Rice Development Board defeated Guyana School of Agriculture by eight wickets to win the final of the Ministry of Agriculture inter agency softball cricket competition which was played recently at National Park. GSA, who drew the bye to the final, batted first and scored 88-7 with A. Narine getting 16, S. Franklyn 14 and C. Fraser 12. Nimron Bahadur took two wickets. GRDB... [ more ]
Demerara_GuyWICB to spend US$600 000 boosting women players fees, retainers By Staff Editor , September 21, 2016, 2 hours ago , http://www.stabroeknews.com/20...yers-fees-retainers/ ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC — The West Indies Cricket Board said Wednesday it planned to pump more than half-million United States dollars into the women’s game, in a move that will see an increase in player retainer contracts and fees starting next month. In a media release, the regional governing body for the sport said it... [ more ]
NEW YORK (Reuters) Germany’s Angelique Kerber began her reign as world number one in imperious style battling past a determined Karolina Pliskova 6-3 4-6 6-4 to win the U.S. Open final on Saturday and claim her second grand slam title of the year.
Angelique Kerber, of Germany, holds up the championship trophy after beating Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, to win the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Kerber, who will officially take over from Serena Williams as the world’s top ranked player on Monday, underlined her number one status displaying the heart of a champion as she fought off a fierce challenge from Czech 10th seed Pliskova on a steamy Arthur Ashe Stadium court.
Pliskova, who arrived at Flushing Meadows with the reputation of grand slam under-achiever having never before been beyond the third round of the major, shed that label by making it all the way to the final and going toe-to-toe with second seed Kerber for just over two hours of suspenseful, high-quality tennis.
Kerber began the grand slam year winning her first major at the Australia Open and ended with a U.S. Open title to go along with a runner-up finish at Wimbledon.
Basil Fitzherbert Butcher would have played a lot more if his career had not coincided with some of the greatest batsmen of all time. Playing alongside the likes of the Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Seymour Nurse, and Conrad Hunte meant that Butcher had to bat consistently to keep his position in the side.
A batsman with supple wrists and tremendous concentration levels, Butcher was one of the most technically sound batsmen in the strong West Indian outfit, which was saying something. He was generally a crisis man, bailing his side out of trouble as frequently as any of his teammates.
Despite what Christopher Martin-Jenkins called “a chequered career”, Butcher’s numbers read 3,104 runs at 43.11 with seven hundreds from 44 Tests. The numbers, though not spectacular, are sound. In 169 First-Class matches, Butcher scored 11,628 runs at 49.90 with 31 hundreds. He also bowled some innocuous leg-breaks, but more of that later.
A general career overview will, however, never provide with a true picture of Butcher’s role: often sandwiched between the glamorous Sobers and Kanhai, Butcher managed to create a niche of his own and played the all-important role of holding the batting together — a role similar to Larry Gomes had played in the 1980s.
A proof of his ability to perform under the most adverse of conditions is the fact that Butcher averaged 35.09 at home and 46.41 overseas, crossing the 40-mark in Australia, England, India, and New Zealand.
Wisden wrote of him: “Butcher's grim, resolute approach to the game is typically Guyanese — and even more typically Berbician. He has been known to smile during an innings, but rarely before the four-hundredth run.” Of the adventurous, destructive West Indians the trait has been replicated the best by another Guyanese who played his cricket decades after Butcher — Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Basil was a son of Ethelbert Fitzherbert Butcher, a Barbadian who had moved to British Guiana (later Guyana) to take up a job in the Port Mourant Sugar Estate, and Mathilda Elizabeth Love, who ran a bakery. Basil studied at St Joseph Anglican and Corentyne High School. Cricket was his passion.
“Cricket was the main thing. Everybody played cricket. We played every day. There were 24 cricket teams on the estate. We made balls out of wood, we played with coconut and monkey apple bats, we played with soft and hard balls,” said Butcher in an interview for Kaieteur News. Twenty-four teams in a community of 5,000 people was indeed a high count.
It was difficult in those days for the country boys to play in the Shell Shield, let alone Test cricket. Butcher reminisces: “We never thought of cricket at any other level than at the Port Mourant cricket ground. When John Trim was selected to play for Guyana, we felt very excited that a man from Port Mourant had represented British Guiana, but we never thought of emulating him.”
But Butcher rose. He rose playing cricket on the rough countryside without any protection. He knew that if he missed the ball it would hit his shins, so he had to use his bat for self-defence more than anything. He began to middle the ball more, the technique improved, and a future star slowly made his way through the ranks of country cricket.
Once he quit school Butcher took up numerous jobs — as a school-teacher, as a Public Works Department clerk, as an insurance salesman, and as a Welfare Officer. More importantly, Butcher joined the Port Mourant Sports Club, a place where Joe Solomon ran supreme. Solomon recruited Butcher, Kanhai, and Ivan Madray — all future Test players.
In the inaugural Jones Cup Inter-County Tournament of 1954, all four men played for Berbice under Robert Christiani. Butcher impressed with the bat, and went on to make his debut against Barbados at Kensington Oval in 1954-55, scoring a duck and nine. A month later he scored 34 and 62 against the same place at the same ground. When the Australians played against British Guiana at Bourda the same season he got eight and 46, and was dropped for the next season.
The next level
Roughly about this time Clyde Walcott came to British Guiana as a coach. The facilities improved as a result, as did the number of matches; finally a structured championship came into existence. Butcher got his chance to play against future stars like Lance Gibbs and Colin Wiltshire. Berbice and Demerara developed as breeding grounds for British Guiana cricket under Walcott.
Determined to make it big Butcher made the most of his next opportunity, scoring 154 not out and adding an unbroken 281 with Solomon against Jamaica at Bourda. In the match against the touring Pakistanis Butcher scored 122, once again adding 217 with Solomon. With the Ws having retired and West Indies in search of new batsmen Butcher was selected for the subsequent twin tours of India and Pakistan.
Butcher began his tour well with 95 not out against Services at Khadakvasala: as the Services bowlers kept picking up wickets he top-scored in an innings of 308 for nine when Gerry Alexander declared the innings closed with Butcher on 95. A few days later he piled up 76 against Maharashtra at Solapur, and was rewarded with his Test cap.
Butcher made his debut in the first Test of the series at Bombay alongside Wes Hall. Coming out to bat at 118 for four he was all at sea against Subhash Gupte. He took off his gloves at lunch, sat dejectedly, and told the manager Berkeley Gaskin: “Mr. Manager, I don’t know what that man doing, I play to four balls and I miss all four.” Gaskin replied: “Butch, if you in doubt, push out.”
He eventually sorted out Gupte on his own and scored 28, helping Collie Smith add 54 for the sixth wicket. In pursuit of quick runs in the second innings, he matched Sobers stroke by stroke and remained unbeaten on 64 in an unbeaten 134-run partnership when Alexander brought things to a halt. India held on grimly to a draw.
After failing in the first innings Butcher scored 60 in the next Test at Kanpur in a 90-minute partnership of 163 with Sobers. In the next Test at Eden Gardens, however, Butcher finally delivered what he had been promised till then.
By the time Butcher had walked out to bat at 180 for three Kanhai had already scored an astonishing hundred. The two Guyanese batsmen scored at a breakneck pace, taking an attack comprising of Gupte, Ghulam Ahmed, and Dattu Phadkar to pieces.
Butcher eventually made his maiden Test hundred before Ghulam trapped him leg-before. His 103 had taken three hours, and he had added 217 with Kanhai for the fourth wicket. With Sobers also joining in the fun, Solomon contributing, and Kanhai scoring 256 — for several years a record on Indian soil — West Indies scored 614 for five before Roy Gilchrist bowled India out for 124 and 154.
He went a step ahead in the fourth Test at Madras: he lifted the West Indies from 248 for five to 500, added 101 with his old mate Solomon, and helped West Indies reach 500. West Indies won by 295 runs. India managed to save the final Test at Delhi by a whisker, but there was no escape from Butcher, who scored 71. He finished the series with 486 runs at 69.42 with two hundreds, and ended up scoring fifties in each of his first five Tests.
In the next Test at Karachi Butcher top-scored with 45 in the first innings and followed it with 61 in the second as West Indies slipped to a ten-wicket defeat. Butcher thus became the third batsman after Bert Sutcliffe and Saeed Ahmed to score fifties in each of his first six Tests (Sunil Gavaskar is the only other batsman to have achieved this feat).
After this Test Butcher’s runs dried up suddenly: he scored 68 runs in six innings at 11.33 and got dropped from the Test side, to be recalled after three-and-a-half years. He was not selected for the would-be-historic Australia tour. Not disheartened, Butcher enlisted himself as a professional for Lowerhouse. The experience in English conditions helped as he earned a spot for the England tour of 1963.
Butcher began the tour with a bang with 57 not out against Worcestershire at New Road, 82 against Cambridge University at Cambridge, and 55 against Lancashire in his first three matches. A week before the first Test he top-scored with 130 against Somerset and virtually gate-crashed into the First Test at Old Trafford.
He scored only 22 but West Indies won by 10 wickets (they required a single run in the fourth innings) thanks to Hunte’s 182 and Gibbs’ 11-wicket haul. Despite the failure he was selected for the second Test at Lord’s, probably because the selection committee did not want to mess with the winning combination.
Once again Butcher failed; he scored only 14, and it looked like a comeback gone all wrong. England conceded a four-run lead, and Butcher walked out after Fred Trueman and Derek Shackleton had West Indies reeling at 15 for two. Kanhai had just been in.
At lunch, Butcher received a letter from his wife in Berbice; she had had a miscarriage. It was going to be their first child. Butcher’s career, on the other hand, hinged on this performance. “I had not made many runs in the first Test or in the first innings, and this letter came at a time when I might have been dropped,” Butcher later said.
Take a moment to realise what went through the Berbician’s mind. His personal life had received a serious blow, and his passion, his profession was in jeopardy. He went back with the single-minded aim to bat on and on.
Butcher grafted. And grafted. And grafted. Time passed. Shackleton removed Kanhai after a 49-run partnership. Sobers fell for eight, Solomon for five. There were two 20-minute phases with a single run each, one involving Kanhai and Butcher and the other Butcher and Sobers. West Indies were 104 for five just after tea, only 108 runs ahead. The English, sensing blood, gathered around the bat.
Trueman was sending down one thunderbolt after another; Shackleton, making a comeback at 39, was determined to give it his all; with the pitch offering turn as well, David Allen and Fred Titmus joined the action.
It was attrition of the highest order. Worrell hung around to provide Butcher with some support, but it was the Guyanese who did the scoring with some excellent strokes all around the wicket. Butcher eventually reached a well-deserved hundred. The pair remained intact at stumps with Butcher on 129 and Worrell on 33; West Indies were 214 for five and the danger had been averted.
Butcher eventually fell for a 261-ball 133 the next morning. He had hit 17 fours and two sixes. West Indies had scored 229, which meant that Butcher had scored 58.08 per cent of the runs scored in a complete innings. This was a new record for West Indies, going past Walcott’s 57.44 per cent (220 out of 383 at The Oval in 1954). The record is currently held by Gordon Greenidge, whose 134 out of 211 at Old Trafford in 1976 accounted for 63.51 per cent of the team total.
Trueman blew out West Indies at Edgbaston with five for 75 and seven for 44, bowling out the tourists for 186 and 91, levelling the series. In the fourth Test at Headingley, West Indies were down to 20 for two after they led by 223. Butcher top-scored with a 110-minute 78 and West Indies won by 221 runs.
With the series at stake Butcher produced another obdurate innings of 53 at The Oval. West Indies trailed by 29 and needed to chase 253 for a victory. Butcher came out with 64 to win, scored 31, and West Indies pulled clinched the inaugural Wisden Trophy.
Butcher was back for good: he scored 383 runs at 47.87 in the Tests and 1,294 runs at 44.62 on the tour. In the last match of the tour at Scarborough he finished off TN Pearce’s XI with his first First-Class wicket when he had Keith Andrew caught by Nurse.
A permanent fixture in the side
The England tour made Butcher a permanent fixture in the Test side. He began the home series against Australia with 39 and 71 at Sabina Park and followed it with 117 and 47 at Queen’s Park Oval. With 405 runs at 40.50 he proved as obdurate as any West Indian with only Hunte and Kanhai scoring more than him in a series that West Indies clinched 2-1.
During the tour he also led a First-Class match for the first time and scored 157 out of 284 against the tourists for British Guiana at Bourda. It was after this series that Richie Benaud rated him as the most difficult of all West Indians to get out.
He toured England in 1966 and had picked up from where he had left three years back, scoring 137 and 56 against MCC at Lord’s. He scored 44 at Old Trafford and 49 at Lord’s, but innings of three and five did not do justice to his reputation.
After West Indies had scored 235 at Trent Bridge they were defied a lead by Tom Graveney, Cowdrey, and Basil D’Oliveira as England recovered to 325 from 18 for three. Butcher walked out to join Kanhai with West Indies still 25 behind and well over two days left in the Test.
“Two and a half hours later the score had been advanced by 73, England's rosy prospects of victory had faded and the Sunday sports pages were filled with sarcastic obituaries on the death of calypso cricket,” wrote Wisden on the subsequent proceedings.
Butcher batted with grim determination: he lost Kanhai after a 110-run partnership, but it did not matter; he had Nurse for company. Sensing victory, Nurse stepped up the accelerator, and the duo added 107 in 106 minutes; the stage was set for Sobers now.
The West Indian captain took the matter in his own hands: he scored a 138-ball 94 as 173 were added in 127 minutes. He waited for Butcher’s first double-hundred and eventually declared at 482 for five. Butcher had batted for 461 minutes, had faced 416 balls, and had hit 22 boundaries in his unbeaten 209.
Not only had he batted England out of the Test, he had also paved the way for the bowlers to seal the Test. The Test was won on the fifth evening thanks to some hostile bowling, especially from Charlie Griffith. West Indies won the series 3-1, and Butcher finished with 420 runs at 60.00. On the tour Butcher scored 1,105 runs at 48.04 with three hundreds.
It was in this Test that Butcher claimed five for 34 in the first innings, claiming the last five wickets (including Cowdrey’s, who scored 148); he took four wickets in three overs during the spell. Strangely, these remained his own Test wickets, which made him join a rather queer band of bowlers whose only Test wickets had come in a five-for.
All Test wickets in a single five-for
5 for 34
Queen's Park Oval
5 for 38
5 for 79
St George's Park
5 for 59
7 for 95
Note: Among current cricketers, all of Rahat Ali's six wickets have come in a spell of 6 for 127 against South Africa at Centurion in 2012-13
Butcher eventually got to tour Australia and New Zealand, and proved his mettle on both tours. He began with 74 against Western Australia at WACA, and followed it with 115 and 172 in the next match against a Western Australia Combined XI at the same venue. A few days later he scored 106 against Queensland at The Gabba and prepared himself for the first Test at the same venue.
Butcher had a torrid time to begin with, scoring 93 from his first five innings. Then he came to his elements in the second innings at SCG after West Indies had conceded a lead of 283. He nursed the innings, scored a 233-ball 101 with 14 fours but could not save his side from defeat.
Continuing his impressive form to the next Test at Adelaide scoring an aggressive 191-minute 118 with 18 fours, almost winning the Test for his side to victory as Australia clung on for dear life, finishing at 339 for nine chasing 360. Australia eventually claimed the series 3-1, but Butcher finished the series with 405 runs at 40.50. He finished the tour with 1,191 runs at 54.13 with five hundreds. His fine form stretched to the New Zealand tour as well.
The final hurrah
West Indies toured England for a three-Test series in 1969. Butcher, now close to 36, was among the senior members of the side. He began the tour with 113 against DH Robins’ XI at Eastbourne and followed it with 109 against Minor Counties at Stoke-on-Trent. He started the Test series innocuously, not reaching scoring a fifty in the first two Tests as England went up 1-0.
He brought out his best in the last Test. He top-scored with 35 on a difficult wicket as West Indies were bowled out for 161 and had conceded a 62-run lead. Chasing 303 Butcher walked out to bat at 69 for two for what would be his last Test innings.
It was Butcher at his best. The wicket had deteriorated enough for Derek Underwood to take advantage, but Butcher carried on, adding 108 with Steve Camacho for the second wicket. Butcher looked absolutely immovable as he and Lloyd took West Indies closer to victory.
Then Butcher played forward to Underwood, the ball kicked and turned, took his edge, and flew to Alan Knott. Butcher walked back for the last time, shaking his head, and lamented later: “Anybody who brings his bat down as I do is liable to get his shoulder in the way.” Underwood picked up four for 55 and England won by 30 runs.
Despite Gibbs being Sobers’ deputy he got to lead the tourists thrice, and opening the batting against Glamorgan at Swansea, scored 151 and added 335 with Lloyd for the fourth wicket. He eventually finished with 984 runs at 61.50 with three hundreds and more surprisingly, six wickets at 17.16. As a result he was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year – one of those rare men to have been named so after their international career was over.
Humiliated by the Irish
Before they finished their tour West Indies did a short detour of Ireland. An injured Sobers stayed back in England while Butcher led the side for a one-day and a two-day match on three successive days (the first match was actually scheduled to be a two-day affair, but as per prior agreements, if a side had managed to acquire a first-innings lead on Day One they would be announced the winner).
West Indies were so relaxed that their manager Walcott played in the first match at Sion Mills. Butcher had arrived late, went for a toss in a suit, and decided to bat without inspecting the pitch. An agitated Joe Carew told Butcher: “You’d better get out of that suit quick and get your pads on because you're going to be out there in a minute.”
Alec O’Riordian (four for 18) and Douglas Goodwin (five for six) bowled out West Indies for 25 in 25.3 overs. Even that had looked distant, but Grayson Shillingford (who top scored with an unbeaten nine) and Philbert Blair added 13 for the last wicket. Ireland added to the humiliation by declaring at 125 for eight.
Things looked terrible once again as Goodwin removed Camacho and Maurice Foster with two runs on the board. Butcher then remained unbeaten on 50, reaching the highest score of the match as the tourists finished with 78 for four, and lost the match as per the rules.
LD Roberts, reporting for Gleaner, had noticed that the West Indies flag in the ground was set upside-down. He wrote “Half-mast might have been more appropriate,” and added: “Nothing that the West Indians may do in this two-day match against Ireland can eradicate the awful memory of their frightening nightmare performance in the first match.”
A fuming West Indies tried to avenge their defeat in the next match at Belfast (Walcott played again), but Ireland hung on grimly, scoring 165 for nine after facing a deficit of 162. Butcher had top-scored with 61 but was not a happy man on return.
Butcher played in the Shell Shield in 1969-70, leading them towards the end of the season. Coming out to bat at 37 for two against Barbados at Bourda, he added 251 with Roy Fredericks and an unbeaten 156 with Lloyd. He eventually finished with 203 not out, his second double-hundred.
He played for another season, and quit cricket for good after scoring 162 against Trinidad and Tobago at Bourda in his last innings. However, he played a single match the next season, leading Berbice against arch-rivals Demerara; he scored 30 and picked up two for 30 in his last First-Class match. In the nine First-Class matches he led he scored 719 runs at 79.88 with three hundreds and picked up nine wickets at 25.11.
Butcher moved to Linden after retirement and became a coach at Mackenzie Sports Club. He shaped the careers of future First-Class cricketers like Vilbert Johashen and Keith Cameron, and later on coached Clayton Lambert as well.
He became a national selector and was subsequently elected to the Chairman of West Indies team selection committee. He was also the Vice-President and Assistant Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board. In 2008 he was among the first group of cricketers to be inducted into the Berbice Hall of Fame, the others being Trim, Kanhai, Solomon, Roy Fredericks, and Alvin Kallicharran.
He is a father of seven, the most famous of whom is also called Basil. Basil jr currently coaches the USA Women’s team.
(Abhishek Mukherjeeis a cricket historian and Senior Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He generally looks upon life as a journey involving two components – cricket and literature – though not as disjoint elements. A passionate follower of the history of the sport with an insatiable appetite for trivia and anecdotes, he has also a steady love affair with the incredible assortment of numbers that cricket has to offer. He also thinks he can bowl decent leg-breaks in street cricket, and blogs athttp://ovshake.blogspot.in. He can be followed on Twitter athttp://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)
CPL Carnival Cricket Seen as Boost to Cricket Development and Tourism
Kaieteur News – The President and Executive members of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) have commend His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfan Ali President of the Republic of Guyana and his cabinet on his recent disclosure that the CPL finals will be held in Guyana over the next three years. Also, that seven preliminary matches are scheduled to be played leading up to the semi-finals and finals in a release to the media.
President Dr. Irfan Ali
The board noted that, President Ali announced this historic achievement at the launch of CPL 2022 held at the National Stadium, Providence on Wednesday March 30, 2022. He highlighted the fact that the event would present a Caribbean flavour of cricket and carnival for two weeks, with Guyana showcasing its full cultural repertoire together with a variety of equal tourist attractions. He predicted that the splendor of the occasion will be unrivalled internationally within the tenets of the modern game of cricket. That’s why government has seen it fit to invest heavily in sports and the national budget reflects the unprecedented 2.2 billion dollars allocated for sports in Guyana for 2022.
This emphasis on sport has catapulted the development initiative in Guyana and is expected to enhance the social aspect of society with its contribution to career pathway, healthy lifestyles, and an avenue away from society ills. Apart from the career pathway for cricketers, the game provides for several cricket related jobs. Further, this historic announcement on the playing of CPL semi-finals and finals over the next three years, will enable Guyana to explore avenues for sport tourism. Additionally, with the expected influx of foreigners to Guyana for the matches, Guyana will benefit economically from the historic CPL investment.
Minister Charles Ramson jnr.
The approach by government to ensure these CPL matches are assigned to Guyana over the next three years, underscores government’s comprehensive understanding of the value of sport to society. This budget allocation would provide sport organizations with the requisite resources necessary to realize the transformation of most sports in Guyana from an amateur status to a professional sport.
The GCB’s President Bissoondyal Singh, in an invited comment, praised His Excellency President Dr. Ali for the historic announcement on the CPL tournament decider to be played in Guyana. He opined that this is a significant achievement, and an indication of the value government is placing on sports. His Excellency President Dr. Ali is obviously keen on having all sport disciplines employ systematic ways to administer sports in Guyana and has indicated that the characteristics of transparency, accuracy and integrity should be guiding principles of sport administrations. Dr. Irfaan Ali’s government has witnessed several positive changes in cricket administration. From March 2021 a new executive took the reign of the GCB.
GCB President Bissoondyal Singh
This change continues to see cricket being administered in a structured and progressive way with the three county boards now working more harmoniously to realize common goals and objectives.
President Singh once again commended Hon. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson for his unwavering commitment to the development and promotion of sports in Guyana. He said that Minister Ramson’s intervention has been instrumental in resolving outstanding issues within the administration of cricket and that his continued support for cricket has ushered in new purposeful working relations between government and the GCB.
The GCB looks forward to the continued development of national stadiums and the proposed National Academy which will lay a significant platform for the identification and development of players across the country. The GCB views the Academy as an integral measure in developing the mental, technical and skill acquisition of potential players with the impetus to excel at the regional and international levels, the release informed.
Kaieteur News – Guyana’s Badminton Champion Narayan Ramdhani received the MVP award for the third year in a row at the Kings University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he is studying and competing in the sport.
Narayan even in the Covid-19 pandemic is trying to keep up with his training as a Badminton hopeful for the Tokyo Olympics. The award was presented to the young player by Head Coach Naeem Haque recently.
Narayan’s major achievements to date: Guyana Current National Ranking No.1 Guyana’s Junior Sportsman of the Year 2016 Highest British Colombia (Canada) Ranking No.3 (2017) Highest Pan Am Junior Ranking No.3 (2016) Highest World Junior Ranking No.53 (2016) AB Canada Current Kings University Ranking No.1 AB Canada Current ACAC Ranking No.2 Canada Current CCAA National Ranking No.4 4-Times Athlete of the Week Kings University (Canada) 2019 & 2020 2-Times ACAC All Conference Award (Canada) 2019 & 2020 3-Times MVP Kings University (Canada) 2019. 2020 & 2021 Athlete of the Year Kings University (Canada) 2018-19 ACAC Championship Gold Medalist (Canada) 2019 CCAA Championships Bronze Medalist (Canada) 2019 Yonex Alberta Series #1 Gold Medalist (Canada) 2019 VCR Jack Under-Hill Tournament Gold Medalist (Canada) 2018 VCR Remembrance Day U-23 Tournament Gold Medalist (Canada) 2017 Caribbean International Bronze Medalist (Suriname) 2018 Caribbean Regional Juniors Gold Medalist ((Aruba) 2016 Caribbean Regional Juniors Bronze Medalist (Dominican Republic) 2015 Caribbean Regional Juniors Silver Medalist (Jamaica) 2014 Caribbean Regional Juniors Bronze Medalist (Puerto Rico) 2013 Caribbean Regional Juniors Bronze Medalist (Dominican Republic) 2012 Caribbean Regional Juniors Silver Medalist (Barbados) 2011 Caribbean Regional Junior Gold Medalist (Suriname) 2007 Peru International Bronze Medalist (2016) Suriname Easter International Gold Medalist (Triple Champion) 2016 South American Youth Games Bronze Medalist (Peru) 2013 Inter Guiana Games Team Silver Medalist (Suriname) 2014 Participated at the CAC Games (Mexico/Colombia) 2014 & 2018 Participated at the Pan Am Games (Canada/Peru) 2015 & 2019 Participated at the Pan Am Olympic Festival Games (Mexico) 2015 Participated at the Commonwealth Games (Australia) 2018 Participated at the South American Games (Bolivia) 2018 Guyana’s Team Captain at the World Juniors (Peru) 2015
June 30, 2018, will forever have a significant mark in the annals of Guyana’s basketball history as it was the day the men played undefeated and won their first Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC) title.
The 10 team competition which was played at the Anthony Nesty Sports Hall in Suriname, saw Guyana defeat Antigua and Barbuda 83-70 led by captain Stanton Rose with a game-high 23 points.
Ray Victor dropped 13 points while Shaine Webster and Anthony Moe both had 12 points.
Dushmantha Chameera rattled England's lower order Getty Images
Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera is in doubt for Sri Lanka's Test tour of the West Indies in June, due to a back complaint.
He has also been ruled out of at least the first three weeks of the IPL, and remained in Colombo instead of joining the Rajasthan Royals squad. Further medical tests will determine the exact length of his layoff and recovery.
"He has had some back stiffness, so we expect it to be three more weeks at least before he can return to bowling," Sri Lanka chief selector Graeme Labrooy told ESPNcricinfo. "We'll reassess after that and see where he is."
Initial tests were inconclusive but did not out a stress fracture, the likes of which had kept Chameera out of action for several months in late 2016. The injury was sustained last week during first round of the Super Fours Provincial Tournament - a tournament Chameera will now take no further part in.
For Royals, who had bought Chameera at his base price of INR 50 lakhs (approx. USD $77,000), his absence is unlikely to be a major loss, given the presence of other overseas quicks Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Ben Laughlin in the squad.
If it transpires that Chameera is out of the tour of the West Indies, however, Sri Lanka will go into that series without the pace-bowling firepower they would have liked, with Nuwan Pradeep and Shehan Madushanka also under injury clouds. The first of the three Tests begins on June 6.
There was a real buzz in the air as the Toucan Distributors Junior Skill level Squash tournament came to a close on Saturday at the Georgetown Club Camp Street. The 42 players who took part in this year’s annual tournament fought hard and passionately for a spot in their category winners line up and in many of the groups it was a close competition.
The winners show off their trophies with Coach Carl Ince (left) on Saturday night. (Sean Devers photo)
In Category H, the youngest contender, Matthew Daby, was triumphant after his win over Maya Dean 11/ 5, 11/7, which saw him unbeaten in this competition. Serving his way to victory in Category G was enthusiastic Brenno DaSilva. In his match against Tianna Gomes he displayed an array of powerful almost untouchable serves which led him to his 11/3, 11/1 win to secure his first place position. Monisha Persaud took the top spot in Category F, while Lajaun Munroe earned himself not only the win of category E, but also the most improved boy of the tournament title. Absent Chad DeAbreu who had played out all his matches earlier in the week remained unbeaten in his category, while Jason Gomes fought a long and hard battle against Zachary Persaud to decide the winner if category C. The match went to five games as both boys refused to let up, but Gomes’s power shots proved too much for Persaud and he finished his final match with an 13/15, 7/11, 13/11, 11/9, 11/7 win. Category B gave the thriller of the night when Abosaide Cadogan took on Kirsten Gomes to defend her unbeaten record. Gomes had other ideas as she stormed the court to match Cadogan’s brilliance and dominated the first game to win 11/7. The battle continued as Cadogan executed breathtaking killer shots to inch past her opponent in an equaliser 11/9. The ensuing three games held a captive audience who enjoyed a display of outstanding squash from the girls who won another game each before Cadogan took the final game and match 11/7. Cadogan earned the well deserved Most Outstanding Girl title. Top seed Shomari Wiltshire was crowned King of the tournament after defeating Samuel Ince-Carvalhal in great style 11/3, 11/1, 11/1 in the last match of the night. Other special awards were given to James Mekdeci who performed extremely well after being moved up to a higher category and Christiana Fernandes was bestowed with Most Improved Girl for her development this year. Scores and results: Category H Matthew Daby beat Maya Dean 11/5, 11/7 JnaeSingh beat Solomon Ince-Carvalhal 7/11, 11/4, 11/9 Category G Brenno DaSilva beat Tianna Gomes 11/3, 11/1 Leshaunte Berkley beat Thandi Dean 11/13, 11/9, 11/7 Category F Monisha Persaud beat Chtistiana Fernandes 11/8, 11/7 Keenan Naraine beat Demetri Lowe 11/7, 11/3 Kaden Pynaendy beat Malia Maikoo 16/14, 13/11 Category E Lajuan Munroe beat Rayad Boyce 11/4, 11/8 Arvin Seelall beat Angel Rahim 8/11, 11/8, 11/8 Jared Saul beat Aram Chan 11/9, 11/6 Category C Jason Gomes beat Zachary Persaud 13/15, 7/11, 13/11, 11/9, 11/7 Kamir Khan beat Louis DaSilva 9/11, 7/11, 11/5, Da Silva retired at 5/7 Category B Abosadie Cadogan beat Kirsten Gomes 7/11, 11/9, 11/6, 9/11, 7/11 Ethan Jonas beat James Mekdeci 11/5, 6/11, 11/4, 11/6, Category A Michael Alphonso beat Gianni Carpenter 11/7, 11/6, 11/4 Shomari Wiltshire beat Samuel Ince-Carvalhal 11/3, 11, 1, 11/1 Category A Winner Shomari Wiltshire Second Samuel Ince-Carvalhal Third Michael Alphonso Category B Winner Abosadie Cadogan Second Demetrius DeAbreu Third Ethan Jonas Fourth Kirsten Gomes Fifth Madison Fernandes Category C Winner Jason Gomes Second Kamir Khan Third Zachary Persuad Category D First Chad DeAbreu Second Osmond Mack Third Teija Mack Category E First Lajuan Munroe Second Arvin Seelall Third Rayad Boyce Fourth Angel Rahim Category F First Monisha Persaud Second Keenan Narine Third Christiana Fernandes Fourth Kayden Pynaendy Fifth Noah Rahaman Category G First Brenno DaSilva Second Safirah Summer Third Tianna Gomes Category H First Matthew Daby Second Mya Dean Third Jnae Singh Most Outstanding Boy Lajuan Munroe Most Outstanding Girl Abosaide Most Improved Boy James Mekdeci Most Improved Girl Christiana Fernandes