Guyanese help Canadian club gain historic promotion
By Sean Devers
Guyanese cricketer Travis Blyden concluded a fine performance for his Canadian club Civics Cricket Club as the North American club became the first club to get two teams promoted in the same season.
CCC won the Premier League and will be going up to Elite division, while the second division side won to move up to first division for the 2014 season.
In Sunday’s finals, played at Kind City between Civics and Gasnavy Sport Club, Civics batted first and made 226/6 in 50 overs with Guyanese Elton Baker top scoring with 63, Ankush Vohar (52), Freddy Pestano (35), Javed Bacchus (23) and former Guyana and West Indies ‘B’ team wicketkeeper Kenneth Wong (20) supported well.
When Gasnavy batted they were bowled out for 138 in 39 over with Baker taking 3-29 and Pestano 2-18.
On Saturday’s semi finals, Civics took on Brampton Masters Civics emerged victorious with Blyden making an unbeaten 67 with two sixes and three fours. Baker contributed 20 as Civics were bowled out for 143 in 42 overs. When Brampton Masters batted they were bowled out for 93 in 30 overs.
“After scoring over 600 runs for my club in Trinidad, making the most runs for them in the championship League, I again scored over 600 runs in the Toronto league with two hundreds,” Blyden said.
His 122 not out and 104 were also supported by four half centuries and only 12 wickets with his leg spin. Baker scored over 400 runs and captured 19 wickets. He made two tons for the season (129 and 100).
“Pestano, the other overseas player for civics, played some important match winning knocks for us when he got the chance to bat and helped with the promotion of the team. He got over 200 runs with a highest score of 75,” Blyden informed.
Former Guyana and West Indies ODI batsman Keith Semple now reside in Canada and was very consistent, scoring over 400 runs with his highest being 93 not out. The right-hander also took 13 wickets.
“Semple was the guy the whole team took example from and Wong had a great time with the gloves, taking the most dismissals in the League, he also made some runs whenever he got the chance to bat,” Blyden informed.
The GDF all-rounder thanked God for the health and strength to complete another successful season. He thanked Semple, former Guyana left-arm spinner Glen Robinson who resides in Canada for their assistance with his cricket development and Neil Barry and Roderick Lovell of the GCA for allowing him the opportunity to play overseas.
“I also want to thank the President of Civics Cricket Club Arif Juman Yassin and everyone who were involved in the success of the team,” Blyden concluded.