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Content Foreword By The WICB President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Message By Director Of Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Message By GCB President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 GCB Secretary Report for 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 GCB Executive Committee- 2013/2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 2013 Awards Ceremony By Raj Singh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 My All Time Under 19 Guyana XI By Charwayne Walker . . . . . 22 Shiv Chanderpaul-150 Not Out By Brij Parasnauth . . . . . . . . 28 Ronaldo Alimohamed - A Rising Star By Calvin Roberts . . . . 37 2013 GCB Cricket Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 GCB Proposed Cricket Calendar -2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Thank You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Cover Feature: Managing Editor: Marketing: Administrative: Production: Graphics:

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Foreword Message from

Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron-President, I would like to extend a pleasant and prosperous 2014 to all cricket fans across Guy a na . H a v ing been t hrough s o m e t e s t y times in crick-

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et, I think we are back on course and making strides towards a more unified approach. The West Indies Cricket Board is relieved that international cricket has returned to Guyana and was a resounding success. We know that the fans in Guyana yearn for both international and regional cricket and we are committed to ensuring that Guyana is on the international and regional calendar as has become customary.

The game needs all hands on deck to support the move to grow. All those who contribute- from the volunteers, educational institutions, technical officials, corporate partners and the players; we are guaranteed a better environment if we all work towards a common goal. I wish to implore you as the administrators of cricket in Guyana to seek to expand the game beyond the coastland and into the farther reaches of Guyana where I am certain talent can be discovered, encouraged and nurtured. I look forward to the day when we can see competitive and strong teams coming from as many areas as possible. The integration is always a plus.

It is therefore our wish for 2014 that it is a year of progress and development for cricket in Guyana. While the reconciliation process is ongoing, we are aware of the challenges, but with the commitment of us all, we aim towards a desired partnership for the We are indeed happy that we have good of cricket. reached a consensus where cricket has emerged the winner. It is now West Indies cricket is time for us to re-engage all the in a phase of being stakeholders for a more meaningre-engineered, and ful partnership as we seek to grow the approach be- our cricket. I am optimistic that ing pursued is the this will happen and that those strengthening of who love cricket in Guyana will the work in the ter- step forward and serve the game in ritories to aid the the best interest. And I commit the performances at all full support of the WICB toward levels. For cricket this end. Consensus and teamwork in the territories to are required for progress and debe strong; cricket velopment. I have every confidence at the district, club that this will be achieved with the and school levels involvement of all stakeholders. must also be strong. A Guyana Cricket Board Publication

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Message from the Director of Sports, Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports

Mr. Neil Kumar ity venue which is considered amongst the best in the Region.

Cricket

is more than a game to Guyanese. It is a great unifier of our peoples’ diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. The Government of Guyana established its support for the game in this region and country when it invested valuable resources to build the Providence Stadium for the World Cup in 2007 and thereafter the T20 World Cup which also benefited from this facility. Ever since its construction, our Stadium has continued to host several international matches and events and we hope that our populace will continue to enjoy sports at this qual-

As the Director of Sports in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, for over two decades, I have always supported and promoted cricket in Guyana. The Government of Guyana would continue to do so and urges unity amongst all the various stakeholders. The development of cricket should be paramount in our minds going forward and I applaud the Guyana Cricket Board on this initiative to chronicle and showcase the records and achievements of our cricketers on an annual basis, through the publication of this inaugural magazine which incidentally coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Guyana Cricket Board.

schools. I am aware that the Board has restarted this process through the Scotia Bank Kiddies Cricket and the Digicel Grassroots Cricket Programs. However, I urge that you initiate plans for a secondary schools cricket program to take more advantage of integrating and promoting cricket at the higher level to enhance the education, progression and rounded performance of our youths. I take this opportunity to salute a great and iconic son of the soil, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, on achieving the milestone of 150 test caps and still going. Shiv has provided great inspiration to us all in endurance and discipline. Guyana and the cricket world salutes you “Tiger”!

We encourage the Guyana Crick- Once again congratulations to the et Board to endeavor to produce GCB for producing this timely more quality cricketers along the publication. ilk of Kanhai, Butcher, Solomon, Lloyd, Kallicharran, Gibbs, Croft, Sarwan, Hooper and Chanderpaul to keep our great tradition alive. In doing so, I challenge you to invest and promote cricket in our A Guyana Cricket Board Publication

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GCB’S PRESIDENT MESSAGE need to keep one step ahead of the inevitable changes taking place. Our men and women now enter and practice their trade with the distinct expectation of making lasting and fruitful careers out of this profession as the game’s global reach and financial rewards continue to attract and partner with the most powerful of businesses and conglomerates. Here in Guyana, our Board has survived a most tumultuous peMr. Drubahadur riod of time, though no cause It is my distinct honor to serve as of ours, but we must continue to the President of the Guyana Crick- forge ahead and make a positive et Board at a time when we are difference in the evolving landseeking to transform the way we scape of Guyana and West Indies manage and administer the game cricket. of cricket. The Guyana Cricket Board has just completed 70 years I am privileged to have a group of of yeoman service to the cricketing dedicated Executives and staff that public and it passed almost unno- understand the direction we intend ticed. to take in the development of the game. In order for us to achieve and Cricket is no longer a game that execute our ambitious goals and gentlemen play as a preferred extensive development plans, it is pastime but is now a global busi- essential that we maintain the conness and the landscape is rapidly tinued support of these committed changing. We, as administrators, Officers and personnel, especially

those w h o v o l u nt e e r their services pro bono to the Board. This magazine is one of the many initiatives that my Executives have proposed to improve the communication process with our highly educated cricketing public and to document and highlight to all stakeholders, the work and achievements of the Guyana Cricket Board, its Membership, Players and Officials on a regular basis. I must acknowledge the tireless work of our Marketing Manager, Mr. Raj Singh; Secretary, Mr. Anand Sanasie and former President, Mr. Ramsay Ali toward making this publication a reality. I would also like to thank our Director of Sports, Mr. Neil Kumar for the support he has provided to the GCB over the years. It would be remiss of me if I did not express our sincerest thanks and appreciation for the unswerving support of the West Indies Cricket Board towards the continued development of our Board, due process and the game of cricket in Guyana. We shall continue to serve all the Guyanese people as we prepare to transform the Guyana Cricket Board and develop the game with the help of all willing stakeholders. A Guyana Cricket Board Publication

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GCB SECRETARY’S The Guyana Cricket Board celebrated its 70th anniversary as the duly

authorized administrative entity for cricket in Guyana and, indeed, it is our ultimate goal to ensure Mr. Anand Sanasie that the GCB continues to be vibrant for the benefit of generations to come. Despite the many challenges faced by the GCB, and trust me, there were many, we were able to complete all of our planned cricket tournaments during 2013, even though at times we wondered whether god was also against us with the continuous unfavorable weather conditions. Under the cricket reports section of this inaugural 70th anniversary edition magazine, there is a comprehensive summary of all the inter county, regional, international and practice tournaments contested at all levels and formats, for both male and female, that were managed by the GCB during 2013. By and large, our teams did improve on their previous years’ performances, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Their performances could have been attributed to the sparse preparation that most of our teams had in the lead up to these regional tournaments due to the inclement weather that also frequently affected most of the competitions being played, both locally and regionally.

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REPORT FOR 2013

STAFFING

In late 2013, the Guyana Cricket Board re-acquired the services of Territorial Development Officer, Colin Stuart, a former West Indies test player, to its ranks. Colin has already started to make a huge difference to our Kiddies and Grassroots cricket programs which has already been re-launched countrywide in January 2014. Other development initiatives are being actively pursued by our TDO and 2014 is expected to be the “Year of the New Beginning”. Other support staff hired during the year included Assistant Administrator, Melinda Bishundyal and Receptionist/Data Clerk Xhavana Lake.

SPONSORSHIP

The GCB is especially pleased to, firstly, thank all of our sponsors especially those that stuck with us throughout the very difficult times and to extend a special welcome to our new sponsors, namely, Limacol, GTT, Pepsi and Hand in Hand, on board and urge corporate Guyana to continue to assist in the development of our game. We also would like to extend special thanks to all the sponsors of our Counties, Associations and Clubs. We hope that our Marketing Manager, Mr. Raj Singh, can continue to convince sponsors that investment in cricket sponsorship can afford them tremendous benefit for their companies and society at large. It would be most beneficial to both the corporate community and all sporting organizations if the Government would consider full tax credit for all sponsorship dollars. This move would surely provide sports with the tremen-

dous boost that it needs. Further, I am heartened by the tremendous support that we received by the corporate community for this inaugural 70th anniversary edition magazine where we attracted close to 50 sponsors. We are deeply appreciative of the continued support from the corporate community.

DEVELOPMENTAL INITIATIVES

The GCB intends to forge ahead, in the year 2014, with some serious development initiatives and plans that are intended to add excitement and value to players, coaches, administrators and most of all the spectators. We have decided to prioritize the following activities for 2014 and build on these initiatives in the future years. In February 2014 you will see the launch of our inaugural 70th anniversary magazine called “THE

GUYANA

CRICKETER”,

which will highlight and capture all the events and activities hosted by the GCB that occurred during the previous year and will thereafter be an annual feature. We will intensify our efforts to develop the LBI facility into a complete facility that can host, coach and develop our young cricketers, as we continue to negotiate with the Government of Guyana and GUYSUCO to allow us full responsibility for this facility under mutually agreed conditions. The surrounding ground and stands next to the Chetram Singh Center of Excellence can be developed into our local Academy as we desperately need to mould the mental


capabilities of our cricketers for the next generation. Another major task on our front burner is to pursue the necessary authorities to ensure that all or most of our community grounds are upgraded to a state that is satisfactory for club cricket, as this is necessary and fundamental for the development of the game countrywide. We have requested assistance from the WICB to facilitate the training of 30 Foundation and Level One WICB accredited coaches so that the counties, associations and clubs can have a full complement of coaches to execute their respective programs. In 2013, 5 level two coaches attended a one week WICB sponsored coach tutoring clinic in Jamaica which will greatly assist us

in executing the above plans.

two weeks period to dovetail with the Caribbean Premier League on Secondary Schools Cricket Com- an annual basis. petition is high on the agenda for 2014. The GCB has been negotiat- CONCLUSION ing with sponsors for this compe- Over the last year, we must adtition and we are extremely confi- mit that, at times, we wondered if dent that this can be launched in it was all worth it, but would adearly 2014. mit also that it has made us into a stronger unit. We are very positive Stronger emphasis will be placed that had all of our collective efon more quality cricket competi- forts and resources been centered tions and coaching for our female around cricket development alone, cricketers at all levels who contin- rather than staving off the nuue to make us proud. merous legal challenges and hurdles, what miracles we could have In January 2014, the WICB Sco- achieved with the development of tia Bank Kiddies Cricket and the cricket in Guyana. We, at the GCB, Grassroots Cricket Programs intend to ensure that, in 2014, all would have been re-launched in willing stakeholders are involved full as these were suspended over in our programs and at this time the past two years. We are also in next year we would have much the planning stages of a local T20 more successes to unveil when preLeague that would be played over a senting that review.

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2013 GCB CRICKET

Awards Ceremony

Raj Singh After a brief hiatus in 2012, the GCB, once again, held its Annual Awards Ceremony to honor those cricketers and service personnel for their significant achievements and accomplishments during the year, on and off the field, and this event was held at the Georgetown Cricket Club Members Pavilion on Tuesday, December 3rd 2013. This year, after more than 2 decades as the Chairman for this Ceremony, Mr. Terrence Holder was unavoidably absent from this function due to his illness, and the event was chaired by the author of this article, Mr. Raj Singh (Unfortunately, Terry succumbed on

January 8th 2014). The audience included several Directors of the WICB, a few past Presidents of the GCB along with the former Chancellor of the Judiciary. Also in attendance were several Clubs’ and Associations’ Officials and other members of the cricketing fraternity along with sponsors, other invited guests and media personnel. The presence of the spouses of a few Executives was noteworthy.

plored the Government to pay more attention to the state of grounds across the country. Mr. Neil Kumar, Director of Sports, graced us with his presence and made some stirring remarks encouraging the WICB to make some genuine efforts to resolve “the issues within the GCB” and congratulated the awardees for their dedication and sacrifice in keeping up with the sport. He also congratulated the GCB for completing all of their scheduled competitions and for, once again, recognizing the talents emerging during the year at this awards ceremony. Mr. Kumar noted that Guyana possessed several cricket grounds and there seems to be a problem with its upkeep and maintenance and promised his Ministry’s support in their upkeep and development in the future.

In the absence of President Drubahadur, the Vice President, Mr. Fizul Bacchus, deputized by presenting the Board’s detailed report which carefully outlined all of the competitions/tournaments in which the GCB participated and hosted during 2013 at all levels and formats of cricket. During his presentation, Mr. Bacchus made several important announcements regarding the plans and cricket developmental initiatives that the GCB has in store for 2014, which included the launching of this inaugural 70th anniversary edition of “THE GUYANA CRICKETER” magazine and the GCB plans to The keynote address was delivreintroduce secondary schools ered by WICB Director, Mr. Balcricket in 2014. In addition, he im- dath Mohabir, who is also an Ex-

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The following persons were recipients of awards during the presentation:

AWARDEES

IN RECOGNITION OF: SPECIAL CRICKET AWARDS

RONSFORD BEATON TAGENARINE CHANDERPAUL CHRISTOPHER BARNWELL VEERASAMMY PERMAUL CHRISTOPHER BARNWELL RONALDO ALIMOHAMED TAGENARINE CHANDERPAUL SHIMRON HETMYER GUDAKESH MOTIE-KANHAI NARSINGH DEONARINE VEERASAMMY PERMAUL ASSAD FUDADIN LEON JOHNSON TAGENARINE CHANDERPAUL GUDAKESH MOTIE-KANHAI TAGENARINE CHANDERPAUL

SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL ANAND SANASIE CHETRAM SINGH TERRENCE HOLDER CALVIN ROBERTS HARDAT THOMAS RYAN BANWARIE LIMACOL HAND-IN-HAND DDL ALBION SPORTS CLUB JUNE OGLE LEON JOHNSON

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Most improved player-Lance Gibbs trophy Junior cricketer of the year 2013- Roy Fredericks trophy Senior domestic cricketer of the year 2013- Rohan Kanhai trophy Senior Regional cricketer of the year 2013 Outstanding performance in Regional T20 2013 Outstanding performance at Regional under 15- 2013 His selection to the WI under 19 team His selection to the WI under 19 team His selection to the WI under 19 team His selection to the WI A team-2013 His selection to the WI A team-2013 His selection to the WI A team-2013 His selection to the WI A team-2013 Highest individual score- Regional under 19 2013- TCL Guyana Inc. Trophy Most wickets in the tournament- Regional under 19 2013- TCL Guyana Inc. trophy Most Valuable Player- Regional under 19 2013-TCL Guyana Inc. Trophy SPECIAL SERVICE AWARDS Achieving the unique distinction of representing the West Indies cricket team in 150 test matches to date His indomitable and undying spirit and commitment towards the development of cricket in Guyana Long, outstanding and dedicated service towards the development of cricket in Guyana Long, outstanding and dedicated service towards the development of cricket in Guyana Outstanding services rendered as a cricket journalist Outstanding services rendered as a curator Outstanding performance at the 2013 West Indies Cricket Umpires Association written examinations CORPORATE AWARDS Outstanding contribution to the development of cricket through sponsorship Outstanding contribution to the development of cricket through sponsorship Outstanding contribution to the development of cricket through sponsorship PREMIUM AWARDS CLUB OF THE YEAR 2013- GCB PRESIDENT’S TROPHY FEMALE CRICKETER OF THE YEAR 2013 MALE CRICKETER OF THE YEAR 2013


ecutive of the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board. Mr. Mohabir urged the GCB and the entire Guyana to focus on value added for the gems and natural resources possessed by our country. He stated that Guyana has the potential to supply the West Indies with its batting stock and urged us to pay special attention to the state and type of pitches that our batters are trained upon. He suggested experimentation with a few grounds to develop bouncier pitches for the overall development of our batters.

entry into Test cricket, was invited to make the Special Award presentation to Shiv Chanderpaul for his achievement of having represented the West Indies for 150 tests to date. Mr. Chetram Singh himself was honored for his long, dedicated and outstanding service to the development of cricket in Guyana and the West Indies. Mr. Terry Holder was also honored for his long, dedicated and outstanding service to the development of cricket in Guyana. The Senior Male and Female awards were copped by Leon Johnson and June Ogle reThe Master of Ceremonies invited spectively. Albion Sports Club won several notables from the head the Club of the Year award. This table and within the audience to year, the Awards Committee demake presentations to the awar- cided to experiment with a nomidees. Significantly, former GCB nation process for the 3 premium President, Chetram Singh, who awards whereby the winners of the also hails from Unity, Mahaica CLUB of the YEAR, the MALE and was instrumental in Shiv’s and FEMALE CRICKETERS of

the YEAR were announced on the night of the awards with appropriate recognition being highlighted for the other contestants in these categories. This experimentation has proven to be a success since many knowledgeable administrators agreed that based on the facts and statistics presented on behalf of all the contestants for the respective awards, the winners truly deserved their awards and the process lends itself to more transparency and accountability by all and sundry. The Secretary of the GCB, Anand Sanasie, delivered the vote of thanks at the conclusion of the formal program. ( Raj Singh is the Marketing Manager of the GCB and CEO of Raj Singh Insurance Brokers)

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Premium Awards MALE AND FEMALE CRICKETERS OF THE YEAR

Leon Johnson receiving his award from Mr. Anand Sanasie, Secretary of GCB

June Ogle receiving her award from Mr. Baldath Mohabir, the guest speaker

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Mr. Neil Kumar presenting the Club of the Year trophy to Mr. Kanden of Albion Cricket Club

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MY ALL TIME UNDER 19 GUYANA TEAM (1968 TO 2013) by Charwayne Walker

1. Paul Persaud GCC- Opener.

that year would later prove invaluable for him. He was Guyana’s leading run scorer at the 1996 championship in Jamaica. His century against the Leewards was his first at the Regional level and when the tournament returned to Guyana in 1997, Azeemul, again, was the leading Guyanese run scorer. His 139 against Barbados at Everest remains his career highest at that level. The highlight of his youth career was the 102 he scored against young Pakistan at the Kensington Oval in 1996. He was also selected for the Second ICC Youth World Cup in South Africa in 1998 but had to withdraw because of a mix up between the WICB and the tournament organizers involving players’ ages. Azeemul is the only Guyanese opener to top the aggregates in consecutive tournaments.

This left ha nder holds the record for the most runs at the Regional under 19 level for Guyana. Paul played in four Regional Championships from 1987 to 1990 with a highest score of 75 vs Trinidad and Tobago. The highlight of his youth career is a flamboyant 102 against young Australia at Sabina Park in 1990. The Australian attack had the likes of Shane Warne, Damien Fleming and Brendon Julien. Paul also toured Canada with the West Indies under 19 in 1989. 3. Timur Mohamed GCC-Middle Order

beaten 104 at Bourda against the same opponents. Timur, also, was the first Guyanese to be appointed West Indies under 19 Captain. He led the Region in one Youth Test against young England in 1976 at Queens Park Oval. He toured the United Kingdom with the West Indies under 19 in 1974. The St. Stanislaus standout led Guyana to back to back under 19 championships in 1975 and 1976. Timur and Carl Hooper are the only Guyanese with three centuries at the Regional under 19 level in the three day tournament.

4. Carl Hooper

GCC-Middle order/all rounder

2. Azeemul Haniff GCC- Opener

Carl Hooper is the only player to score over 400 runs and capture over thirty wickets at the Regional under 19 Level in the same tourTimur is the first player in the nament. His dominance with bat Caribbean to score centuries in and ball led Guyana to the 1985 each Innings in Regional under19 tournament in Georgetown. His Azeemul’s first taste of Regional cricket. The elegant left hander 185 against the Leewards is only youth cricket was in 1995 when schooled Wayne Daniel and com- bettered by club mate, Leon Johnhe replaced his club mate, Nicho- pany at the mecca for fast bowlers, son’s 200 against Barbados in 2005. las Degroot, who had broken his Kensington Oval in 1975 with 158 The highlight of his youth career thumb during that tournament in and 103 not out leading Guyana to was the century he scored against Grenada. Although he failed to the Benson and Hedges title in that young England at the Kensington make an impressive showing in year. The previous year (1974) he Oval in an ODI in 1985. St. George’s, the experience gained had rescued Guyana with an un-

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5. Shivnarine Chanderpaul GCC- Middle order

Mark Harper is the only player in the Caribbean to play in 6 Regional under 19 Championships. Mark played in 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977. He is also the first Guyanese batsman to score consecutive centuries at the Regional under 19 level. He scored centuries against the Windwards and Trinidad and Tobago at Gilbert Park in the 1975 Benson and Hedges Championship won by Guyana. He represented the West Indies under 19 in 1976 vs Young After topping the averages at the England at the Queens Park Oval. 1991 tournament in Jamaica, Shiv Chanderpaul was the MVP for the 7. Andre Percival next two Regional under 19 ChamPort Mourant- Captain pionships in Guyana (1992) and St. Kitts (1993). His first century was scored against Trinidad at Bourda in 1992, a tournament in which he was the most consistent batsman. The following year he dominated with both bat and ball in St. Kitts. His century and ten wickets against Trinidad is probably unmatched at the Regional under 19 level. Highlight of his under 19 career is his 202 vs young England in the United Kingdom in 1993. This is the only double century by a West Indies batsman in a youth test. Percival played in five Regional un6. Mark Harper der 19 championships scoring only DCC- Middle order/All rounder one century. He remains in history to be the only captain to win three consecutive Regional under 19 championships. Percival led Guyana to glory in 1992, 1993 and 1994, a feat that is still unmatched in Regional under 19 cricket. He, also, has the distinction of leading the West Indies under 19 to a series victory over young England in 1995. He also toured the United Kingdom in 1993 with the Ian Bradshaw led youth team. Anoth-

er highlight of his youth career is his century in his last youth match against Trinidad and Tobago in Barbados.

8. Vishal Nagamootoo Port Mourant- Wicket Keeper

Vishal Nagamootoo remains the only Guyanese to have the proud distinction of wicket keeping for the West Indies at the under 19 Level. Vishal, who represented the Land of many Waters at the under 19 level from 1993 to 1996, was the man behind the stumps for the Region in Pakistan and Bangladesh (1995) and was Shirley Clarke’s deputy the following year (1996) against young Pakistan in the Caribbean. Vishal is the only Guyanese wicketkeeper to lead Guyana to a Regional under 19 title. He was the man calling plays from behind the stumps when Guyana won Championship # 10 in Jamaica (1996). His 95 against the Windwards in Grenada (1995) remains the highest score by a Guyanese wicketkeeper at the Regional under 19 level.

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9. Mahendra Nagamootoo Port MourantLeg spinner/allrounder

No other Guyanese bowler has more wickets than Mahendra Nagamootoo at the Regional under 19 level. He, also, is the only Guyanese to score a century and take seven wickets in an Innings at the Regional under 19 Level. Mahendra scored 107 and took 7 for 95 against the Windwards in a drawn encounter in Grenada in 1995. The same year he was named MVP for the West Indies under 19 against young Pakistan, a series he dominated with both bat and ball.

10. David Fingall

Port Mourant- fast Bowler

Although David Fingall was not a prolific wicket taker during the 1987 Northern Telecoms Youth tournament in Jamaica, he topped Guyana batting averages with 231 runs with a highest score of 67 not out. The following year Fingall led Guyana bowling with 18 wickets. His 7 for 33 against the Windwards at Bet Wildley is still the best figures by a Guyanese fast bowler in an Innings at the Regional under 19 level. Fingall finished the match with 11 for 118. His series tally of 18 wickets was, at that time, the most by a Guyanese fast bowler at the Regional under 19 level in a tournament.

11. Eion Katchay

He was selected in the West Indies under 19 team for the second ICC Youth World Cup in South Africa 1998 but had to withdraw for reasons already stated earlier.

East Bank- Fast bowler (Charwayne Walker is a noted Katchay is the only Guyanese fast cricket enthusiast and statistician bowler to capture 12 wickets in a of Guyana and West Indies cricket) Regional under 19 match. He took 6 in each innings against the Leewards in 1997 at Everest. This performance is bettered only by Suresh Ganouri (13 for 59) vs the Windwards (1976) at Rose Hall and Sen Gopaul’s 12 wicket haul vs Jamaica at Sabina in 1976 and Carl Hooper’s 12 wicket haul vs the Windwards in 1984. Katchay finished the 1997 tournament with 25 wickets. A Guyana Cricket Board Publication

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Shiv Chanderpaul 150 not out

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NOT OUT SHIV CHANDERPAUL - Symbol of Longevity and Resilience By BRIJ PARASNATH

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

has established many fabulous cricket records during his illustrious cricket career, but he remains West Indies cricket team greatest symbol of reliability, longevity and resilience. Over the years, thousands of Guyanese and West Indian supporters have shared many wonderful moments, either watching him directly in action in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & the Grenadines, or live action on television during the past two decades of international cricket in the Caribbean or at the major grounds in the other leading cricketing nations.

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He started his international cricket career in 1994 and twenty years later, Chanderpaul has outlived and outlasted all his contemporaries. It was a real baptism for him and a dream come true when he played his first Test match against England at his home town club ground, Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC); and in front of his adoring Guyanese supporters. Chanderpaul responded in a positive manner and many took an instant liking for him when he registered a heart-warming half century in his first outing and followed up with fifties at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago, the Kensington Oval in Barbados and the Antigua Recreation ground where he proved his mettle as a reliable player. He displayed attritional and

fighting abilities, which became part of his major characteristics, in the heat of fierce and toughest of battles on the cricket fields globally. At GCC, better known as Bourda; the unflustered 20-year-old scored 62 off 135 balls and then made 19 (52 balls) and 50 (124b) in the next Test at the QP Oval. Those knocks were followed by 77 (231b) and 5 (29b) at the Kensington Oval. However, the innings which brought him instant fame was his unbeaten 75 (182b), that catapulted him into the record books, when together with Brian Charles Lara they defied the English bowlers during the redoubtable Trinidadian’s epochal journey to his new cherished world record score of 375 not out. Lara became an in-


stant cricketing celebrity, with his new highest individual score at the ARG, but the diminutive Guyanese left-hander also emerged as a player with a bright future. Chanderpaul signaled to the world that he can handle the pressure and demands of international cricket as he was seen counselling his more established and senior West Indian contemporary to overcome the nervous tensions associated with such a history-making event. The Test series against the Englishmen served as the major examination of his aptitude and attitude to the rigors of international sporting conquests. He displayed unflappable qualities that became the hallmark of his international career in both Tests and One Day Internationals. After four Tests and six innings, Chanderpaul had amassed 288 runs for an impressive average of 57.60. He did not maintain the same level of consistency throughout his career and had scored only two centuries in the first 51 Tests that he appeared in, before the return of Carl Llewellyn Hooper to Guyana and West Indies cricket in 2001. With Hooper’s guidance and mentoring, Chanderpaul found a new lease on his international career when together with his senior Guyanese compatriot, they took the attack to the India team that had just trounced the mighty Australians in India during their 2001 series. The Indians had arrived in the Caribbean, amidst much hype that they were ready to dominate world cricket, but they soon found themselves battling for top honors against a determined West Indies team. Hooper demonstrated astute leadership qualities and also helped revive Brian Lara’s prolific rungetting habit against the Sri Lankans in 2001. The double world record holder had posted 688 runs

(114.66) in a three-match Test series including 221 and 130 in the third Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo during the three-match Test series in Sri Lanka. Surprisingly, Lara was off color against the touring Indians in 2002. He recorded relatively low scores of 0 at Bourda, 52 and 47 at the Queens Park Oval, 55 at Kensington, 4 at the ARG and 9 and 35 at Sabina Park for a series aggregate of 202 (28.85). It was a complete contrast to his big scores against Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, who are known to be complete masters on their pitches. While the first Test at Bourda was a drawn affair and India snatched the lead with victory at the Queens Park Oval where Tendulkar registered his 29th Test century to equal Sir Donald Bradman; Hooper’s West Indies team bounced back in dramatic fashion and won the third at the Kensington Oval and sealed a great come-from-behind victory at Sabina Park after the fourth Test at the ARG in Antigua ended in a high-scoring drawn fixture. Chanderpaul, like his captain Hooper, registered three centuries and together they shared in three highscoring partnerships, which were the cornerstone for West Indies historic 2-1 triumph against the Indians, which team included their iconic megastars Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly (captain), VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. Chanderpaul tallied 562 runs with three undefeated innings to finish with an incredible average of 140.50, while Hooper topped the aggregate with 579 (82.71). While Lara’s returns were paltry in 2002, he regained A Guyana Cricket Board Publication

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confidence and form and rebounded in magnificent fashion as he dominated international cricket for the next three years. He showed the world that class is always class and that form is temporary as he enjoyed the most prolific series in 2003 (1344 runs, 5 centuries and 5 fifties); 2004 (1178 runs, three centuries plus four fifties) and 2005 (1110 runs, five centuries). And to crown off an outstanding 2004 season, the legendary Trinidadian reclaimed the most coveted cricket record when he hammered an unbeaten 400 against the Englishmen at the ARG in the fourth Test. In 2006, he also went on to claim another major milestone and ascended the summit of the Test aggregate by surpassing Australian Allan Border’s 11,174 runs (156 Tests) during his eighth double century (226) against Australia at Adelaide. To the astonishment of everyone, Lara subsequently retired from international cricket during the 2007 ICC World Cup, which was staged

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in the Caribbean and finished his illustrious Test career with a new world record aggregate of 11,953 runs from 131 Tests, one Test less than Courtney Walsh, who held the record for most Tests from amongst all West Indians.

bai where Chanderpaul also played in his 150th Test. Australia’s Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting played 168 Tests, while South Africa’s recently retired all-rounder, Jacques Kallis finished his Test career with 164 matches. India’s Rahul Dravid with 164 matches and Border with Lara’s aggregate Test record is one 156 are the others ahead of Chanof the records that Chanderpaul derpaul who celebrated his 39th has within his sights after he re- birthday on August 16 last year. cently moved ahead of Border’s tally when he had reached 98 dur- Chanderpaul moves to the sixth ing his unbeaten 29th Test century, spot in the all-time aggregate Test an unbeaten 122; versus New Zea- list that has Tendulkar as the ulland in the Third Test at Seddon timate leader with 15,921 runs, Park, Hamilton between Decem- Ponting (13,378); Kallis (13,289); ber 19 and 23, 2013. He finished Dravid (13,288) and Lara (11,953). the 2013 season with an overall Test tally of 11,219 runs from 153 Chanderpaul hails from Unity Vilwhich puts Chanderpaul at the lage on the East Coast of Demerara top of the all-time list of most Test and played previously for GCC in matches by a West Indian player. Guyana’s domestic competitions. He is now 21 ahead of Courtney He did not complete high school Walsh and 47 behind the world re- (Hindu College, now known as cord holder Sachin Tendulkar who Cove & John Secondary) to pursue retired last year in his 200th Test his passion and love for cricket. at the Wankhede Stadium, Mum- Aided with his insatiable appe-


tite for prolonged batting stints and coupled with his doggedness, determination and dedication to master the nuances of the game; Chanderpaul has accomplished the majority of his goals. Once he maintains his high fitness levels, he will undoubtedly celebrate his twentieth year of international cricket when New Zealand tours the Caribbean later in 2014. During his successful career, Chanderpaul debunked the English coaching manual and coaches’ insistence of having the right coaching-book technique and being side-on with a oneeye stance when batting. His unorthodox batting style has been over analyzed, while he displays complete mastery of the world’s best bowlers during his two decades of intense battles. Remarkably, the constant grind and enormous pressure of travelling and adjusting to varying climatic, ground, and weather conditions against all-comers is truly a noteworthy lesson of inspiration for cricketers all over the world. In fact, apart from Misbah Ul Haq, he is currently the oldest player still playing Test cricket but he does not look like a typical veteran who will celebrate his fortieth birthday

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on August 16, 2014. And despite all the pressure from within and outside of the team environment, Chanderpaul remains steadfast to the cause and remains West Indies greatest fighter. Based on his prolific run-getting habit and his inte-

class players. His adaptability and penchant for long batting sojourns against the best bowling attacks makes him the ideal role model for emulation. His wonderful, steelylike determination and stickability out in the middle provides hope and optimism that West Indies will still be a fighting force when they do battle with high quality and top-rated teams like England, Australia and South Africa within the next twoyear period. No cricketer in the history of the Test cricket has scored as prolifically as Chanderpaul after their thirty-fifth birthday. A closer look at his performances will show that he had tallied 9,179 runs after his 131st Test, the cutoff point for Lara who finished with 11,953 runs. Since then and from the 132nd Test at the Windsor Park ground in Dominica where he scored a heroic unbeaten 116 to draw the Test, which started on July 6, 2011; against the much celebrated and vaunted MS Dhoni’s Indian team; Chanderpaul has appeared in 21 other Test matches and mustered 2,040 runs from 28 innings, of which there were ten not out innings.

gral role as the backbone and inspiration of the fragile West Indies team, he should be able to enjoy at least two more years of international cricket. He is still more reliable than anyone one of his younger counterparts and his knowledge and experience are vital components in helping the younger guys He crafted seven more centuries, establish themselves as truly world during this two-year period, which


pushed his overall tally to equal Sir Donald Bradman’s 29 Test hundreds. In the process, he surpassed Sir Garry Sobers 26 hundreds (93 matches) and Sir Vivian Richards 24 (125 matches). Currently, he is ranked ninth on the all-time leading Test centurions list which is headed by Tendulkar with 51 centuries. The other productive centurions are Jacques Kallis with 45 hundreds, Ricky Ponting 41, Dravid 36, Lara and Sunil Gavaskar with 34 each, Kumar Sangakkara 33, Steve Waugh 32, Mahela Jayawardene 32 and Matthew Hayden 30. It should be noted that both Jayawardene and Sangakkara are

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still actively playing the game and their class and temperament will see them challenging those ahead on the prestigious honor board. There is also enough motivation and incentive for Chanderpaul to push for a significantly higher position before his inspirational career ends.

his Test best of 203 not out versus Bangladesh at the Sherle Bangla Stadium in November of that same year. Significantly and unnoticed, Chanderpaul also eclipsed Hooper First Class aggregate record of 23,034 runs (339 matches, 535 innings). He finished the threematch Test series against New Zealand, his last First Class outing of Co-incidentally, his 29th Test cen- 2013 with an overall aggregate of tury brings him alongside Hoop- 23,321 runs from 316 matches and er’s First Class century aggregate 516 innings. He has already surof 69. With his 103 not out against passed Lara’s First Class aggregate Australia at the Kensington Oval of 22,156 runs (261 matches, 440 in April 2012, he matched Lara’s innings). First Class triple-figure numbers of 65 and then moved ahead with While Hooper and Lara retired in


squad scheduled to participate in the 2014 ICC Under 19 World Cup to be contested in Dubai during the month of February, 2014. Tagenarine, also known as Brandon, is another bright prospect and some knowledgeable observers are convinced that he is also destined to follow in his illustrious father’s footsteps. But before the youngster carves his own niche, Shivnarine Chanderpaul would Shivnarine Chanderpaul and son Tagenarine have embellished his 2002 and 2007 respectively, Chan- His son, Tagenarine, shared legacy as one of the game’s greatest derpaul continues to provide the a unique distinction of playing performers. necessary solidity and enormous alongside him in the West Indies powers of channeled concentra- Cricket Board 4 Day competition (BRIJ PARASNATH is a leading tion for the benefit of his team- match against Trinidad and Toba- West Indian Sports Analyst/Commates who need to imbibe the go at the Queen’s Park Oval during mentator and also the Editor of great qualities that has made this the 2013 season. CRICKET RECORDS Magazine). West Indian stalwart a true hero of epic proportions. Tagenarine is currently a member of the West Indies under 19

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Ronaldo Alimohamed A RISINGSTAR

Uncle inspired me to play gentleman’s game…says Alimohamed By Calvin Roberts

From the tender age of five, when

most young boys would be thinking about toys or gifts for the Christmas season or even wondering what mischief to do, Ronaldo Jonathan Alimohamed wanted to play cricket and emulate his uncle, Ricardo Mohammed. “It was such a wonderful feeling, when as a lil boy, I would see my uncle’s friends from Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) visiting after a cricket g a m e and hear them talk about the opposition and how they performed, while they

themselves made their own plans in return to ensure that they don’t put in mediocre performances. From that experience, I decided I wanted to play cricket, especially after Uncle Ricardo told me that “I can go a far way once I remain disciplined, committed and be prepared to work hard”.

lost wickets carelessly and at times when we should not have.” Despite the loss, Alimohamed picked himself up and made upward strides within the club, playing for its Under-17, 19 and second division team, while he is now a member of the first division squad. One of the biggest news in his young and budding career, was when he heard that he had made the Demerara team to play in the 2013 Limacol Under-15 InterCounty tournament, since he knew he had what it took to gain a national call up. “I felt really good when I was told I made the Demerara team. The feelings I had overshadowed the one that took me over, when I saw my name in the GCC lineup for my first Under-13 game, so you can guess what it was like for me, when I made the Guyana team. I got the news after Demerara played its last game and right away, a smile appeared on my face and stayed there until I got home and spread the news around, informing my mom, grandmother, uncle Ricardo and many other friends” stated Alimohamed who had a gleam on his face as he recounted the experience.

With those words of advice, Ronaldo Alimohamed went and applied to become a member of the GCC, where he played his first game against Georgetown Cricket Association/Banks DIH Pee Wee Under-13 champions, Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), shortly thereafter. Recounting that experience, Alimohamed said, “It felt real good playing my first game and after looking at some of the other teams before we played our first match, memories of my uncle’s conversations, after his games, came back to mind. We won the first game and went on to play DCC in the final, a game that we lost and I felt sad inside. I felt that I should have done more to help us win that game, After the news of his selection had especially as we sunk in, Ronaldo decided to put his A Guyana Cricket Board Publication

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best foot forward to ensure Guyana came out on top in the WICB Regional Under-15 tournament which was held in St. Kitts. But déjà vu struck, wherein Guyana failed in its bid to capture the title, even though Alimohamed was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and was then selected by a Trinidad and Tobago School team to tour Australia as their guest player for a Tri-Nation International Under-16 series. “Being named MVP is a personal honor and one that I am grateful for, but not being able to bring the bacon back home for Guyana affected me a lot, since it was my personal aim to do so, something several other members of the team shared as well. I think that our performance could have been better as we lost the game when our skipper dropped the Trinidad and Tobago captain at a crucial point in the match and after that, we let our guards down and Trinidad went on to win the game” said Alimohamed. Quizzed on his aspirations for the future, Alimohamed like so many other cricketers said he is looking forward to one day wear the maroon cap of the West Indies cricket

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team, adding that he never had a change of mind when he started playing cricket, even though he fooled around with many other sporting disciplines. “I am one day looking forward to playing for the West Indies. My aim is to make my mom, grandmother and Uncle Ricardo very proud of me and I know that I can do it. My immediate focus is to make the Guyana Under-19 team at an early age, giving myself several years in the mix before I use that as a stepping stone to playing for the West Indies Under-19 team and later the Guyana and West Indies senior team.”

He added, “I need to become a better cricketer than my uncle (no disrespect). He always tells me I can do it, that I can go far and I want to make him proud. Not only him, but others who have encouraged me along the way, especially Leon Johnson, whom I admire, along with former national players, Travis Dowlin, Reon King and Lennox Cush.” Alimohamed played for Guyana at the Under-19 level last October against the touring Bangladesh Under-19 team. (Calvin Roberts is the sports journalist with the Guyana Chronicle)


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Final WICB 2013 Caribbean T20 Tournament (REGIONAL)

Guyana began the year with an impressive showing in the last WICB Regional Caribbean T20, which was eventually replaced by the CPL. • Guyana beat CCC in their opening game on January 7th. CCC batted first and made 159/3 from their allotted 20 overs. Bishoo took 1/25. Guyana replied with 160/8. Narsingh Deonarine top scored with 57 and Shiv Chanderpaul made 38. • Guyana got the better of Barbados on January 10th. Guyana batting first made 108 all out from 18 overs. Shiv Chanderpaul made 23. Barbados was bowled out for 66 in 17.2 overs. Steven Jacobs took 2/13, Barnwell 2/11 and Permaul 2/14.

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• Guyana lost to T&T in their last game in Trinidad. TT made 191/4 in 20 overs and Guyana could only muster 111/6 from their 20 overs. S. Chanderpaul was once again among the runs with 53. • Guyana then lost to Jamaica by five wickets, in another low scoring match. Guyana 93 all out in 19.4 overs. Jamaica 94/6 in 18.4 overs. N. Deonarine 2/8, S. Jacobs 2/14. Chris Barnwell 27 and R. Crandon 20 were the main scorers for Guyana. • Guyana beat the Leewards by 14 runs. Guyana batted first and made 156/3 in their allotted 20 overs. D. Christian 28. Leewards then responded with 142/5. Beaton, Crandon, Deonarine Bishoo and Barnwell took one wicket each • Guyana versus Windward Island saw another last ball thriller Windwards 117-7. S. Jacobs 2-12, D. Bishoo 2/26, R. Beaton 2/25. Guyana in response made 118/6. Christian made 39, L. Johnson 23 and Chris Barnwell 17.

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• Guyana got past Jamaica by six wickets in the semifinals in St Lucia despite Chris Gayle’s belligerent 122. Barnwell made a magnificent 89 from 43 balls to propel Guyana to the finals with Trinidad and Tobago. • Trinidad & Tobago beat Guyana by nine wickets with 45 balls to spare in the lop-sided Final after the South Americans made 116-6 off 20 overs with Barnwell and Griffith making 23 and 29 respectively whilst T&T responded with 120-1 from 12.3 overs. Chris Barnwell scored the most runs in the tournament (245 from 8 matches) while Chanderpaul (153 from six matches) was the only other Guyanese with more than 150 runs. Bajan Tino Best finished with the most wickets (10) while Ronsford Beaton and Steven Jacobs (7) were the leading wicket takers for Guyana. Barnwell had a useful all-round display by taking six wickets, the same as leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.

January 10th-24th

GCB 2012 Senior Inter-County four-day Competition (LOCAL)

Without their senior players, who were in Trinidad for the Caribbean T20, Demerara still emerged winners of the 2013 four-day Inter-County tournament when they defeated Berbice by four wickets in the final round of the competition at Everest. Half-centuries from Rajendra Chandrika and Shemroy Barrington and a five-wicket haul from off-spinner Zaheer Mohamed led Demerara to the title after the other final round game at Wales between Essequibo and the President’s X1 ended in a draw.

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Sewnarine Chattergoon scored the only ton in the competition although fellow Berbician Anthony Bramble fell for 96 against the President’s X1.

Feb 9th - March 7th:

WICB 2013 four-day Tournament (REGIONAL):

This was the 47th first-class cricket tournament held in the West Indies and seven teams competed in the round-robin tournament followed by the semifinals and final. Barbados beat T&T in the Final after Guyana who drew with the Leewards in their opening game but lost to Barbados, Windwards, T&T, and Jamaica. Guyana’s only win was against CCC. Devon Smith (700) scored the most runs in the tournament while Leon Johnson was the top Guyanese run scorer with 430 from six matches, with a highest score of 87.

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Assad Fudadin (289) was Guyana’s next best batsman while Nikita Miller and Shane Shillingford captured 52 wickets each to top the bowlers. Veerasammy Permaul (30) Bishoo (20) and Steven Jacobs (17) were most successful Guyanese bowlers. At the end of the Preliminary Rounds, Guyana ended at 6th position with 18 points.

Feb 7th-April 21st:

WICB 2013 Super 50 Tournament (REGIONAL).

• Guyana’s first round (day/night) match was played on 7th February, 2013 in Antigua. Guyana defeated Leeward Island by five wickets. Leewards batted first and made 162 all out. Barnwell took 4-31, and Bishoo 3-35. Ronsford Beaton claimed two wickets. In reply Guyana reached 164/5 wickets in 44 overs. Leon Johnson made 30, Chandrika 28, A. Fudadin 22 and T.Griffith 21.

Ronsford Beaton

• The second round match was played on 20th February, 2013, in Barbados. Barbados defeated Guyana by five wickets. Scores in the match: Guyana 111 all out in 40.3 overs, with L. Johnson making 28, Fudadin 25 and Griffith 17. Barbados in reply made 114/5 wickets in 26.1 overs. Paul Wintz 3-40, Beaton 2-29. • This 3rd match was played at Arnos Vale stadium in St. Vincent on the 24 February, 2013. Windard Islands brushed aside Guyana by seven wickets. Scores in the match: Guyana 198/8 wickets. Trevon Griffith

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made 55; Leon Johnson made 52 and Chris Barnwell 35.Off spinner, Dalton Polino took 2-16, and Fast bowler Nelon Pascal 2-36. In reply, Windward’s reached their target of 199 in 46.5 overs, losing only three wickets in the process. Devon Smith slammed 110 not out, Keddy Lesporis 41. While S. Jacobs, P. Wintz, and D.Bishoo one wicket each. • Guyana versus Trinidad and Tobago (day/night match) played in Guyana. Guyana batted first and made 234 all out, thanks to C. Barnwell 66 and D. Bishoo 52 who helped Guyana to reach a respectable total, after struggling 94-6 at one stage.T&T in reply reached 235/8. A. Barath made 65, Pollard 15, Bravo 32, S. Narine 28 and Yannick Cariah 26 unbeaten saw them through (to a win). Jacobs took 3-39, Barnwell 1-18, Beaton 1-52 Wintz 1-24 and Bishoo 1-57. • The 5th match was played on April 4th, 2013 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. Guyana defeated CCC by 3 wickets. Scores in the match CCC after winning the toss and deciding to bat made 175 all out in 48.3 overs. Anthony Allen scored 58. Bowling for Guyana Paul Wintz took 2-28, D.Bishoo 2-31, Jacobs, Permaul and Beaton took one wicket a piece.Guyana in reply reached the target having lost 7 wickets in the process. Narsingh Deonarine made a patient 51, Trevon Griffith 33, Leon Johnson 27. • This final round match was played on 7th April, 2013 at the National Stadium, Providence. Here, Guyana squandered their chances to play in the semi-finals, when a last ball six was hit by Nikita Miller, giving Jamaica victory over Guyana. Scores in the match, Guyana 190 for 9, Bramble 31, L. Johnson 26, S. Jacobs and Permaul made 24 runs apiece. Chasing 191 for victory, Jamaica were 67 for 5 at one stage, due to purposeful bowling by the Guyanese at that stage. Beaton finish with 3-47, Permaul 2-20, Bishoo, Jacobs and Wintz took one wicket each.

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Guyana won just two matches in this tournament which was won by the Windwards. Like in the First-class competition, Devon Smith scored the most runs (344) while Johnson was again Guyana’s top run getter with 204 runs from six matches. Trevon Griffith (152 from 6 matches) was the only other batsman to reach 150. Shillingford had 17 wickets while Beaton was the leading wicket taker for Guyana with nine. Bishoo and Paul Wintz with eight each were the next best bowlers for Guyana.

April 14th 21st

GCB/Limacol 2013 U-15 Two-Day Competition (LOCAL)

The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) was delighted to have the New GPC’s Limacol brand as the sponsor of its 2013 U-15 Inter-County Two-Day Competition. This Competition was won by Demerara in a keenly contested final at GCC ground, Bourda, on the 20th -21st April, 2013. Demerara ended with 43 points with runners-up Berbice finishing with 25.3 points.There were some outstanding performances from Bhaskar Yardram, Adrian Sukwah and Raymond Perez with the bat; and Richie Looknauth, Ronaldo Alimohamed, Joel Seetaram and Sagar Hatheramani with the ball. Hatheramani had the most wickets in the Competition.

June 14th -16th

GCB Inter County 2013 Under 17 50 Overs Competition (LOCAL)

This Under-17 was scheduled for the 14th, 15th and 16th June, 2013. However, it was badly affected by rain, with rounds one and two matches being played with the overs being drastically reduced. Essequibo emerged as the winner with 8.5 points. Berbice gained the runner-up position with 6.5 points, while Demerara was left in the cellar with three points.

June 29th-July 8th

WICB 2013 Under-17 Competition (REGIONAL):

Trinidad and Tobago won the Regional under-17 tournament held in Trinidad with Guyana finishing last despite Shimron Hetmyer (192 runs) finishing fifth among the run-scorers. The Berbician was one of only two batsmen to score a century in the tournament. No Guyanese bowler had 10 wickets. The team was a fairly young one and most of the players are eligible to play again next year.

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June GCB/GTM 2013 Under 19 three day Competition (LOCAL)

Demerara defeated Essequibo by 10 wickets within two days at the Police ground in Eve Leary, after the first day was washed out. Good performances came from Brian Sattaur, with a well-played century, and an unbeaten half century by Kemesh Yardram. Henry Green grabbed 6/68 for Essequibo. In the other first round match played at Everest, Berbice took first innings points from the President’s XI; rain prevented a possible victory for Berbice. Set 78 runs to win, in the last hour, Berbice began their second innings and were 17 without loss from two overs when the rains came and stopped the match. At this point both captains decided to call the match off. In the second round, both Berbice and Demerara won their matches inside two days. At Eve Leary, Berbice defeated Essequibo by and innings and 108 Tagenarine Chanderpaul runs. Shawn Pereira took 7/21 from 3.4 overs. The second match was played at Everest ground. Demerara was set 69 to win in a day and 44 overs, by the President’s XI team. Demerara won by 8 wickets just after tea. Scores in the match: the President XI 81 and 128, and Demerara 141 and 69/2. Demerara was declared the winner of the Competition after rain severely affected the Third Round of the Competition.

GCB/GTM 2013 U-19 50 Overs Format (LOCAL)

Demerara also won this format having defeated Berbice in the finals.

July 9th-17th:

WICB 2013 under-19 50 overs Tournament (REGIONAL)

Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai Jamaica won this tournament while T&T left-hander Jeremy Solozano scored the only century. Guyana finished fourth in this tournament with Shimron Hetmyer leading the aggregate for Guyana, scoring 167 runs with a highest score of 92. Tagenarine Chanderpaul (127) was the only

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other Guyanese to get a fifty while Shawn Pereira was the only Guyanese to take 10 wickets. Chanderpaul, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, Shimron Hetmyer were selected for the West Indies U-19 team to engage the Bangladesh U-19 team in a series of matches played in Guyana which commenced from the 5th October, 2013 and concluded on the 21st October, 2013.

July 11th, 14th & 16th: Pakistan vs West Indies (INTERNATIONAL):

International cricket returns to Guyana .

The West Indies opposed Pakistan in the first two ODIs in a five-match series at Providence, marking a return to International cricket to Guyana after a two-year absence. The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) successfully hosted Pakistan and West Indies senior teams from 9th to 16th July, 2013. Pakistan played a practice match against a Guyana XI at GCC, Bourda on the 11th July, 2013 then engaged West Indies in the two ODI’s on the 14th and 16th July, 2013, at the National Stadium in Providence. The hosts lost the first match before leveling the series in the next.

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July 12th -26th:

WICB 2013 Under-15 Tournament (REGIONAL):

Guyana finished third with 43.5 points in this year’s Regional under-15 tournament in Jamaica behind Windwards with 52 points and Trinidad with 55 points. Guyanese Ronaldo Alimohamed copped the Most Valuable Player Award. Alimohamed’s teammate, Richie Looknauth won the trophy for Best Bowler while T &T’s Captain Kirsten Kallicharan was adjudged the Best Batsman. Alimohamed, known more for his batting, was the leading bowler in the Tournament, finishing the tournament with 33 wickets, inclusive of a match haul of 14 wickets against the Leewards. Guyana was adjudged the Most Disciplined Team while Guyana’s Ashmead Nedd was identified among the most promising players.


July 17th -21st:

WICB Female 2013 Under-19 Tournament (REGIONAL):

Our National U-19 Female team participated in a five-team Under-19 Tournament hosted by Trinidad and Tobago from the 17th – 21st July, 2013. The participating teams were Guyana, St. Lucia, Barbados, and two teams from Trinidad and Tobago. Despite the unfair weather, our players did very well under challenging circumstances. The first game against Barbados was rained out. The second match was against St. Lucia which Guyana won convincingly. We lost the third match to Trinidad ‘B’ team. In the final match against Trinidad ‘A,’ Trinidad ‘A’ batted first and were bowled out for a meagre 65 runs. When it was Guyana’s turn to bat, the rain came and brought an end to the match, without Guyana facing a ball. As a consequence, Guyana ended in third position, with four points. Trinidad ‘B’ took second place with five points and Barbados six points capture the Championship trophy. Phiffiana Millington excelled with the ball and young Lashuana Toussaint was outstanding with the bat.

July 19th -August 9th:

WICB 2013 Under-19: Three-Day Tournament (REGIONAL)

Jamaica won both the Regional under-19 three-day and one-day titles in St Kitts as Guyana failed to win its first one-day title since the competition began in 1998. In 2007, also in St Kitts, Guyana was crowned three-day champions. This was the last time they won a three-day under-19 title. Guyana finished third in the Threeday competition and along with T&T, who finished second, were the only teams to register two outright wins. Guyana suffered a 131-run loss to T&T and lost by eight wickets to Barbados before rebounding with two wins in their last three matches. Tagenarine Chanderpaul made 66 and then 66 not out while Berbician Ashkay Homraj scored a first innings ton when Guyana defeated the Windwards. Pereira took five wickets in the first innings and Motie-Kanhai four in the second. Guyana finished with a 10-wicket win over the Leewards as Chanderpaul fashioning a classy unbeaten 104 and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai took two five wicket hauls in the game. Guyana took first innings points in a draw against Jamaica. Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai was adjudged the best bowler in the ThreeDay format with the most wickets (30) in the Tournament.

July 30th –August 24th:

CPL in Guyana (REGIONAL):

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the inaugural CPL tournament by beating the Ramnaresh Sarwan led Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Final as the Guyana based team produced an impressive run until the finale. The Warriors whipped T&T in the semis after they had gotten past them in their opening game on home soil at Providence. Barbados Tridents’ Shoaib Malik (272 runs from 8 matches) was the tournament’s leading run scorer the while Trinidadian Lendl Simmons scored the most runs for the ‘Warriors’. Next on the aggregate list for Guyana Warriors was New Zealander James Franklin (203), the only other batsman in the Guyana based side to reach 200 runs. Jamaican left-arm seam bowler Krishmar Santokie, playing for Guyana, was the top wicket-taker in the competition with 16 scalps while Permaul was the next most successful Guyanese bowler with 10 wickets. The CPL was a huge success and attracted massive crowds which produced a carnival-like atmosphere for all the games in Guyana.

Aug 5th-14th:

WICB 2013 Female super 50 Tournament (REGIONAL)

Demerara Captain June Ogle scored the most runs (226 from 4matches) in the Women’s Super 50 tournament in Grenada and was one of only two batters to make a century while Berbicians Tremayne Smartt (103) and Shemaine Campbell (165) were among the top 10 batters in the tournament. Campbell was the only Guyanese to finish among the top 10 bowlers with five wickets. Guyana did very well reaching the semi-finals, where they were defeated by Trinidad and Tobago by eight wickets under the

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Duckworth/Lewis method. Guyana batted first and made 191/5 from their allotted 50 Overs. Captain June Ogle made 58, Tremayne Smart 47, and Shermaine Campbell 44. Trinidad and Tobago in reply, reached 71/2 from 20.5 overs when the rains came and put a halt to the match. Jamaica emerged the Champions after defeating Trinidad and Tobago in the final by seven wickets.

August 16th-21st:

WICB 2013 Female T20 Tournament (REGIONAL) The T20 tournament was played just after the 50 overs tournament and Guyana led again by the batting of Campbell (101) and Ogle (89) played unbeaten to reach the semifinals which they lost to Jamaica who went on to clinch a double by defeating Barbados by six wickets. Scores in the Guyana versus Jamaica match. Guyana took first strike and only mustered 97 all out off 19.4 overs. Jamaica in reply made 99 runs from 19.4 overs losing five wickets in the process. Guyana’s outstanding performers during the Tournament were June Ogle, Tremayne Smart and Shermaine Campbell. These players were all selected along with Subrina Munroe to participate in a Pre-Tournament Camp, which was preparation to face England and New Zealand in T/20 and ODI series, which was played in October, 2013.

August 30th-31st

Guyana vs Trinidad and Tobago (PRACTICE MATCHES)

On August 30th and 31st, 2013, the GCB hosted Trinidad and Tobago in 2 practice matches at the National Stadium, Providence. This short tour was arranged to assist Trinidad and Tobago to prepare for their T/20 Champions League Tournament in India. The first match was won by Trinidad and Tobago, while the second was won by Guyana.

September 21st-28th:

GCB/PEPSI 2013 Senior Inter-County 50 overs (LOCAL) Defending champions, Demerara and Berbice played to a historic first ever Tie in the Pepsi Inter-County 50-over final at the Albion and were thus declared joint winners. Set a revised target of 151, Demerara finished on 150 -9. Needing 13 from the final over, Demerara’s last pair of Paul Wintz and Andre Stoll scored 10 runs off the first five balls. With 3 runs required off the last ball, a fumble allowed the batsmen two runs to tie the scores.

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October 5th -21st:

Bangladesh tour to Guyana

(INTERNATIONAL): Cricket returns to Albion The Bangladesh under-19 team embarked on their first tour to the West Indies and for the first time ever an entire series in the West Indies was played in a single country. The conditions and pitches in Guyana more suited Bangladesh and they won the seven-match series 4-3 as the West Indian teenagers struggled badly against spin. The sixth ODI was held at Albion in Berbice as WICB cricket returned to the venue for the first time since September 2011. An inspection team from the WICB had earlier declared the ground unfit to host the regional one-day between Guyana and Barbados after the Berbice Expo had badly damaged the ground. The crowd in Berbice for the Youth ODI was the biggest of the series and the condition of the Albion ground and Media Centre was once again fit for First-Class Cricket. Guyanese Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shimron Hetmyer and Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai represented the West Indies youth team.

December 5th-18th:

GCB Hand-in-Hand/GT & T 2013 Senior InterCounty four-day Competition (LOCAL):

The 2013 Inter County Competition, unveiled a new marketing initiative as two leading and outstanding entities joined forces to ensure the effective execution of Guyana Cricket Board’s most coveted senior domestic competition. This Championship involved a round robin competition among and between the three counties of Essequibo, Demerara, and Berbice, as well as the President XI, which team comprises the extra players from all three counties.

Royston Crandon

From a GCB’s perspective this initiative of partnership between Hand In Hand/GT&T, to sponsor this popular format of the game, releases new ideas and energies for collaborative efforts towards ensuring that cricket competitions are administered under quality assurance implemented measures and through the most realistic, effective and efficient methodologies. As a result of Hand In Hand/GT&T sponsorship, the GCB was able to ensure that the Senior Inter County Competition was organized and played to a desired standard. Berbice ensured that they came to the party ready and prepared and they clearly out played their opponents,

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inclusive of the defending champions, the star studded Demerara team, which team included the likes of Ramnaresh Sarwan, Christopher Barnwell, and Leon Johnson. It must be noted, that the competition was initially scheduled to commence on 21st November, 2013, but was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions, to the rescheduled date of 5th December, 2013.

The first round saw Berbice playing the President XI in Georgetown

at the Everest Cricket Club ground and Demerara coming up against Essequibo at the Enmore Community Centre ground. Berbice won first innings points from the President XI in their drawn encounter, while Demerara beat Essequibo by an innings and 54 runs.

Scores in the matches: President XI 185 and 260 for 7 wickets. Berbice 319 for 8 wickets declared.

Amir Khan

In the other match, Essequibo made 198 and 110 all out. Zaheer Mohammed grabbed 6 wickets for 11 runs in the first innings, finishing with 10 for 57 in the match. Amir Khan took 5 wickets for 62 runs in the second innings and grabbed a match haul of 8 for 110 runs. Demerara made 362 for 8 declared, with Christopher Barnwell making 81, Mohamed 70 and Chris Pattadin 63.

The second round of the competition was played from the 10th Dec,

2013, with Demerara facing Berbice at the Enmore Community Centre ground and with Essequibo taking on the President XI side at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground. Here, Berbice exerted their dominance in the competition by beating Demerara by 10 wickets. Demerara in their first innings were only able to make 161, with Berbice replying to post 243 all out. Demerara then, batting a second time struggled and only managed to make 96, leaving Berbice to make 15 to win. Berbice then made light work of the task, reaching their target without loss before lunch on the third day.

Vishaul Singh

In the other match, the President XI defeated Essequibo by an innings and 52 runs, well inside three (3) days, gaining for themselves full points from the match. Scores in this match: Essequibo all out for 104 and 141. President XI 297 all out in their first and only innings.

The third round matches which were set to commence on the 15th

December, 2013, were severely affected by rain with play at both venues only being possible after lunch on the final day. At Uitvlugt, the President XI batted first and made 102 all out, with Amir Khan taking 6 for 17 from 21. 2 overs, Demerara in reply were 28 for 2 wickets when the match ended. In the other encounter, Berbice were able to dismiss Essequibo for 156 but in reply were only able to reach 27 for 1 wicket at the end of play.

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The Competition concluded with a presentation ceremony at the

Everest Cricket Club ground, with Berbice winning the first placed prize money and championship trophy by virtue of them gaining the most points in the competition- 22 points. The President XI with 19 points gained the second placed prize money and runners’ up trophy, as Demerara finished in third position with 16 points, while Essequibo ended at the bottom of the points table with 4 points. However, apart from good team work, Berbice supremacy must be attributed to the consistent, and, at times, spellbinding and generally penetrative bowling by Devendra Bishoo. During the competition, Devendra Bishoo was able to bag 5 wickets in an innings on three occasions, on his way to a competition aggregate of 25 wickets, with match figure of 10 for 74 against a star studded Demerara team and 9 for 144 against the President XI, an accomplishment which gained him the prize for the most wickets in the competition. This performance separated Bishoo from the other spinners, who had also noticeably bowled very well.

Keon Joseph

Amir Khan and Zaheer Mohamed continued to impress and stake claims for the big stage with wicket aggregates in the competition of 20 and 13 respectively. Spinners Anthony Adams, Collis Butts and off spinning

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all-rounder Shaquille Williams were also strong contenders as they ply their trade in a very competitive and professional manner. However, it was Bishoo’s infiltratory bowling that fittingly earned him the competition’s Most Valuable Player award. His bowling performance ignited buzz around the grounds for a West Indies recall. Certainly, Bishoo must have his mind set on a return to the West Indies team. However, a lot would depend on his performances at the upcoming Regional tournaments. It must be acknowledged, that the spinners were not the only ones who bowled well, the fast bowling department showed great potential and promise. From the aggressive and ever improving fast bowling of Keon Joseph to the accurate pace bowling of Paul Wintz, to the effective left arm seam bowling of Andre Stoll, and to desirous and noticeable committed fast bowlers, Kellon Carmichael, Dellon Heyliger, Seon Daniels to the emergence of nagging and troubling fast bowlers of Raun Johnson and Romario Shepherd, the fast bowling department displayed a high level of competitiveness. As a consequence, fast, accurate and consistent bowler, Ronsford Beaton is likely to be ably supported during the 2014 regional tournaments; though, West Indies test cap player Brandon Bess and domestic seam bowler Keon Fraser, were not among this group of esteemed fast bowlers, their talents shall not be disputed. As such, the 2014 domestic competitions are expected to show heightened levels of fierce competition and commitment amongst the fast bowlers, so much so that next year’s Inter County Championships are set to stimulate much interest in this department and it may create formidable (challenging) situations as it relates to national selection.

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The batting department saw the likes of Vishaul

Singh and Royston Crandon standing out from the others, both with aggregates of over 200 runs in the competition. Even Christopher Barnwell who has been dominating the domestic season fell short of such aggregates attained by these batsmen, Vishaul and Royston. Royston Crandon batted with much command and authority; scoring 112 not out against the President XI and 95 against Demerara. On the other hand, Vishaul Singh demonstrated much grit and determination, as his batting character demonstrated good mental application that is needed at the Regional level and beyond, especially as it relates to the longer version of the game. In all his innings, Vishaul placed a high value on his wicket, and while there were sections of his innings that were more free scoring than other parts, he weathered the difficult times ensuring that he marked an even unbeaten 100 in the first round match against Berbice and narrowly missing out on a second century against Essequibo played in the second round. The characteristic feature of commitment to Vishaul Singh’s batting may also be drawn from his demonstrated good captaincy ability, as he led his President XI side to runner up position above the star studded Demerara team.

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PROPOSED CRICKET CALENDAR- 2014 DATES/MONTHS

COMPETITIONS

FIXTURES

JANUARY

WICB NAGICO SUPER 50

January 30th - February 15th

WICB NAGICO SUPER 50

Senior National Male Preparatory Camp Competition in TT

February 28th - April 29th

WICB REGIONAL 4 DAY COMPETITION

Various

Limacol Under 15- 2 days(Sept 1st 1999) March 23rd & 24th

Round 1

Demerara vs President XI

March 23rd & 24th

Round 1

Essequibo vs Berbice

March 26th & 27th

Round 2

Essequibo vs Demerara

March 26th & 27th

Round 2

Berbice vs President XI

March 29th & 30th

Round 3

Berbice vs Demerara

March 29th & 30th

Round 3

President XI vs Essequibo

GTM Under 19- 3 days(Sept 1st 1995) April 23rd - 25th

Round 1

President XI vs Berbice

April 23rd - 25th

Round 1

Demerara vs Essequibo

April 27th -29th

Round 2

Demerara vs Berbice

April 27th -29th

Round 2

President XI vs Essequibo

May 1st -3rd

Round 3

President XI vs Demerara

May 1st -3rd

Round 3

Berbice vs Essequibo

GTM Under 19- 50 Overs(Sept 1st 1995) May 6th

Round 1

Essequibo vs President XI

May 6th

Round 1

Demerara vs Berbice

May 7th

Round 2

President XI vs Demerara

May 7th

Round 2

Berbice vs Essequibo

May 9th

Round 3

Demerara vs Essequibo

May 9th

Round 3

Berbice vs President XI

Under 17- 50 overs (Sept 1st 1997) May 14th

Round 1

Essequibo vs Demerara

May 16th

Round 2

Berbice vs Essequibo

May 18th

Round 3

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May 16th

Round 2

Berbice vs Essequibo

May 18th

Round 3

Demerara vs Berbice

Junior Female- 50 overs May 21st

Round 1

Essequibo vs Demerara

May 23rd

Round 2

Essequibo vs Berbice

May 25th

Round 3

Demerara vs Berbice

May/June

National T20 League

Guyana

June 28th

1 T20- New Zealand Tour

June 29 July 2

th

nd

July 4th- 8th

st

WI vs New Zealand

nd

WI vs New Zealand

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1 ODI- New Zealand Tour

WI vs New Zealand

Junior Female Goodwill Tour

Guyana

2 T20. New Zealand Tour

Senior Female- 50 Overs July 9th

Round 1

Demerara vs Essequibo

July 10th

Round 2

Essequibo vs Berbice

July 12th

Round 3

Demerara vs Berbice

Pepsi Senior Male-50 Overs September 17th

Round 1

Essequibo vs Demerara

September 17th

Round 1

Berbice vs President XI

September 19th

Round 2

President XI vs Essequibo

September 19th

Round 2

Berbice vs Demerara

September 21st

Round 3

Berbice vs Essequibo

September 21st

Round 3

Demerara vs President XI

September 27th/28th

FINALS

GT & T/Hand-in-Hand Senior-4 day

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October 24th- 27th

Round 1

Berbice vs Demerara

October 24th- 27th

Round 1

Essequibo vs President XI

October 30th- Nov 2nd

Round 2

Demerara vs President XI

October 30th- Nov 2nd

Round 2

Berbice vs Essequibo

November 6th- 9th

Round 3

Berbice vs President XI

November 6th- 9th

Round 3

Demerara vs Essequibo

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THE GUYANA CRICKET BOARD

wishes to record its sincerest thanks and appreciation to all these corporate entities who continue to make the development of cricket in Guyana a tremendous success.

LIST OF SPONSORS Demerara Distillers Ltd,

Countryside Agri Centre/Brandi's Home Furnishings

Banks DIH Limited

Guyana National Shipping Corporation

Republic Bank Guyana Ltd Ansa Mc Al Trading Co Ltd GT&T

Bank of Nova Scotia

Sterling Products Ltd Limacol

GTM Group of Companies Nafico/Nalico

Assuria Insurance

Grand Coastal Hotel Guyana W & H Rambaran Marine Readymix Concrete Inc Unitech Awning GK Inc

Tiger Sports

The Trophy Stall

John Lewis Styles WJ Enterprise

Rohan Auto Spares

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All Seasons Horse Racing Service & Sports Betting Singh's Confectionery

Diamond Fire & General Ins Inc Impressions

G & P Jaigobin & Son Supermarket

Hand-in- Hand Mutual Group of Companies Universal DVD Store Universal Solutions

John Fernandes Ltd

Metro Office & Computer Supplies

Dynas Embroidery & Screen Prints Guyana Bank for Trade & Industry Windjammer Hotel

Tony's Auto Spares

Dave's West Indian Grocery Krsna Balram Printery

Lifetime Real Estate & Property Management R. Gossai Liquor & General Store


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