Hercules hoping to represent E’bo
After another successful season in England
Overseas Professional Ryan Hercules returns home from another successful sojourn in English cricket playing for the Winston Parish Cricket Club in the South Yorkshire and he harbors hopes of returning to the Essequibo side for this year’s Pepsi Inter County 50-over tournament, scheduled to commence on September 21.
The 25-year-old fast bowling all-rounder scored two centuries and a fifty from 22 matches and captured 39 wickets this season in the division-one League to gain selection on the South Yorkshire T20 side.
Hercules made his Inter County debut in 2006 against Berbice at Everest after representing Guyana at the Under-19 level from 2003-2006, but the versatile cricketer has not played a match at that level since he played against Demerara at Anna Regina in 2009.
“I arrive home on September 23 and I am available for the final preliminary round of the competition on September 26. My Agent is in the process of doing a letter for the Essequibo Cricket Board,” Hercules informed.
The talented right-hander from the Village of Parika says this year has been his best so far since first playing in England in 2009.
“Playing for Guyana has never come out of my mind because it’s still one of my goals to play First-Class cricket for my country. But I guess I have to play for Essequibo to qualify. I know I am a much more matured player now. Next year I should complete my level three Coaching certificate because I will be working with the England Cricket Board as a Coach,” Hercules disclosed.
Hercules, who scored an unbeaten 135 last Saturday in the England for his club, explained that in October last year, he was enlisted by Berwick Cricket Club in Melbourne, Australia and remained there until March of 2013.
“I believe my trip to Australia helped me to develop a lot as a player. Even with my batting ….because I think I benefitted from good Coaching from my teammate Bathiya Perera, the former Sri Lankan player” Hercules opined.
Hercules says, “You have to be very fit to play in England. You can be fielding all day without even breaking a sweat, so it is easy to cramp up,” and, “I have gone to England to work. Cricket is my job. I am not on a holiday.” Hercules credits his mom with advising and supporting him all the way, and current Guyana senior team Manager Alvin Johnson for being his “Manager, Coach and everything else.”
Hercules is one day hoping to join former Test pacer Otis Gibson as West Indians with a Coaching jobs with the English team sometime in the future. But for now his focus is on improving his performance on the field and hopefully breaking into the Guyana team. (Sean Devers)