GCA-Ramchand Auto Spares/Survival Group/Trophy Stall U-19 Tourney Launched

Two years after the local sports fraternity’s activities were forced to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) on Friday evening launched its first U-19 50-Over tournament since 2019. Local companies Ramchand Auto Spares, Survival Group of Companies and Trophy Stall have thrown their invaluable support behind the tournament which began on Saturday (March 12).

Speaking at the launch which was held at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), GCA President Neil Barry expressed gratitude to the sponsors for coming onboard despite all that is going on in the world.
“It is heartening to see our local companies throwing their weight behind the GCA, especially in sponsoring this tournament at the Under-19 level which is an important stage of our young cricketers’ development. Without these types of tournaments, we cannot produce the talent to improve Guyana’s cricket and ultimately take West Indies back to where it ought to be” Barry posited.

GCA President Neil Barry

Meanwhile Mr. Ramchand Ragbeer of Ramchand Auto Spares noted that his company is pleased to be onboard and is looking forward to some exciting cricket in the coming weeks.
Speaking on behalf of the Survival Group of Companies, Mr. Mark De Freitas stated that it was an honour for the Survival Group to be accepted as a sponsor of the GCA’s tournament.

De Freitas pointed out; “It is our company’s first time being involved in the sponsorship of cricket, but it most definitely won’t be the last time, to the participants we wish you all the best and may the best team win”. In addition to sponsorship of the tournament, the Survival Group of Companies through their Travel Agency has put up a Most Valuable Player (MVP) incentive in the form of a trip for two to the Kaieteur Falls.

The competition will see over 170 youths from in and around Georgetown (registered with Georgetown clubs under the GCA) showcase their skill sets over the coming weeks. Twelve teams will compete for top honours within two zones with the top two from each zone securing a berth in the semi-finals. The twelve teams are Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), GNIC, Muslim Youth Organization (MYO), Queens College (QC), Everest Cricket Club (ECC), Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC), Transport Cricket Club, 4R Lions, Bel Air Rubis, Agricola and Georgetown XI.

Zone A comprises GNIC, GCC, 4R Lions, GT XI, DCC and Malteenoes while Zone B will pit MYO, Transport, Bel Air Rubis, Agricola, QC and Everest against each other.
The competition got underway on Saturday (March 12) with two matches; 4R Lions took on GCC at the latter’s home ground while QC hosted Agricola. Matches will be played at venues across Georgetown.

GCB outraged at non-selection of Guyanese cricketers by CWI

Following the announcement of the West Indies 15-man squad for the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has expressed their displeasure with the choices of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel which is headed by Guyanese Roger Harper.

Among the 15-man squad, the woefully out of form Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher and Oshane Thomas has been named ahead of the likes of Guyana’s Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd and Jamaica’s Odean Smith. Rutherford is among the top five leading runscorers in the ongoing CPL while Shepherd is the leading wicket-taker with Odean Smith not far behind. The selections by the CWI has left the public and the cricketing fraternity of the Caribbean perplexed.

In a release to the media, the GCB noted; “The Executive and members of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) wish to once again express our extreme concern with the continuous omission of Guyanese players from representative teams of Cricket West Indies (CWI) as well as from the players’ retainer contracts of CWI.”

Sherfane Rutherford

“On May 17, 2021, the GCB had cause to issue a strongly-worded press release and also a letter to the CEO of CWI, Mr. Johnny Grave, detailing our concerns with the selection process. We requested that CWI furnish the GCB with the criteria used for the retainer contracts as well as the selection of our players to CWI representative teams.”

“In response to a request by the GCB directors (CWI), CEO Johnny Grave stated that there was no requirement or obligation for CWI to explain the decision(s) of their selection policy. The present selection process appears riddled with inconsistencies, clearly subjective and discriminatory.”

The release continued; “Because of the noticeable omission of our players-Romario Shepherd, Sherfane Rutherford, Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul and Chandrapaul Hemraj, we reiterate our call for an explanation of the reasons for these omissions together with the selection policy information used. The impression is created that there is no selection criteria document or it is a closely-guarded secret that cannot stand up to scrutiny.”

“The GCB is perplexed with the contention by CWI selectors that Sherfane Rutherford is unfit. CWI should advise the Caribbean cricket public regarding the standard and schedule for fitness tests for regional cricketers. The GCB holds the view that Rutherford is game-fit as clearly indicated by his outstanding performances in the 2021 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and his selection to the Sunrisers Hyderbad team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The GCB regards the issue of Rutherford’s fitness as an excuse to exclude one of the talented young cricketers in the Caribbean”.

“The CWI selection panel has disappointed Guyana and the Caribbean at large. The GCB (as a shareholder of CWI) is insisting that the selection panel be accountable to all cricket institutions and stakeholders in the region and to justify this latest selection fiasco. Failure to do so, the GCB calls on CWI to dismiss the selection panel and to replace it with a more competent one which will represent the best interests of West Indies cricket”.

Nandu’s all-round brilliance hands Dem U-19s the win over Essequibo

The Guyana Cricket Board/Hand In Hand 2020 U1-9 Inter County Tournament got off to an exciting start today at the LBI ground, East Coast Demerara.

Demerara won the toss and decided to bat. However, the Essequibo bowlers presented a challenge to the Demerara batsmen, limiting them to an unexpected reasonable score of 162 for 8 off reduced allotment of overs to 38, to facilitate Essequibo’s travel.

Opening batsman Matthew Nandu stroke a consolidated 53, inclusive of 4 fours, in 147 minutes at the crease off of 97 balls. Number 3 batsman, Ushardeva Balgobin was the other major contributor with the bat, who in 89 minutes at the crease, slammed 45 off of 59 balls, in a knock which includes 4 fours and 2 sixes.

However, in the over prior to his dismissal, Balgobin was adjudged not out by the ruling umpire, on a controversial diving catch by Azim Mohamed about three feet inside the mid-wicket boundary. The only other batsman to reach double figures, was sensational youth national batsman Mavendra Dindyal who stroked an entertaining 27 off 37 balls in 52 minutes, including of 2 fours.

Fast bowler Jason Holder bowled impressively to finish with figures of 2 for 28 from 7 overs with one maiden, inclusive of national youth opener Sachin Singh for duck and Dwain Dick for 4. Wazim Mohamed was the other main wicket taker with 2 for 26 from 5 overs. Mohamed dismissed Andrew Samaroo and wicket keeper, Shamar Yearwood, for 6 and 5 respectively.

In reply, Essequibo struggled to make a resounding impact, scraping their way to 86 all out off 27.2 of their allotted 38 overs. Sheldon Charles batting at number 3, provided some initial resistance for the Essequibians with his 51 minutes knock of 25 off 33 balls. Nicko Vincent was the only other Essequibo batsman to reach double figures with, 12. Bowling for Demerara, Dwain Dick led the way with 3 for 15 from 7 overs, which included 2 maidens.

Chaitram Balgobin took 2 for 10 from 2 overs, while Man of the Match, Matthew Nandu returned figures of 2 for 21 from 5.2 overs, to add to his half-century. Richard Jhoda picked up a single wicket for 5 runs as Demerara won the match by 76 runs.

The second round will see Berbice competing with Essequibo on Friday (February 12) at the LBI ground from 08:45 hrs.