Blyden enjoying successful season in Canada
By Sean Devers
Guyanese all-rounder Travis Blyden is enjoying a successful 2013 season playing for top of the points table Civics Cricket Club in the Canadian Premier League.
The 24 year-old, who played his only Senior Inter-County match for Demerara in a T20 encounter against Berbice in Berbice in 2008, is in his third season in North America and admitted to still be learning to cope with the changing Canadian weather and cricket conditions.
Sunday was the final game of the regular Premier Season and Blyden made an unbeaten 58 to keep his team, which also includes former West Indies batsman Keith Semple and Windies ‘B’ Keeper Kenneth Wong
On Saturday, Blyden got his second century for the season a polished 104 decorated with 11 fours and a six against West Indian Cricket club after scoring his first ton for the season (122not out).
This is Blyden fifth hundred for the year after scoring two for his Trinidad &Tobago club (127 not out & 167). He also made 101 for GDF in Guyana.
Blyden who informed that fellow Guyanese Semple is having a good season with five fifties with a highest score of 93 not out while according to Blyden, Wong is still keeping very well and also scored two half- centuries for the season in only the few opportunities he got the chance to bat.
“This is my third season here and so far I have learned a lot here in Canada and still learning because the conditions are way different from the Caribbean. Sometimes the first session of a game the wicket will be playing one way and in so little time it changes and plays another way because the weather got a lot to do with it,” Blyden explained.
“I have Semple working with me in the nets at every practice session, so all the time I’m just looking to improve my cricket and up my level,” Blyden informed.
Blyden, who played in Trinidad for Evergreen in the National Championship League after playing for GDF since 2009 when he left Transport Sports Club, has also taken 12 wickets with his leg-spin for the season in Canada.