Guyana to open Regional U-17 campaign against Leewards
Guyana will begin their quest to win the Regional Under-17 50-over tournament against the Leeward Islands July 8 at
Bon Accord, Tobago. The team which is currently undergoing intense training sessions under Coach Garvin Nedd will depart on Sunday.
Guyana finished in the penultimate position in last year’s tournament registering their only victory against Jamaica. Travis Persaud has been chosen to lead the team while 2013 regional Under-15 MVP Ronaldo Ali Mohamed will serve as his deputy.
Talented all-rounders Sherfene Rutherford and Keemo Paul are expected to weigh-in big for their team while Raymond Perez, Ronaldo Renee and Ramnarine Chatura are likely to offer valuable support.
In an invited comment, Manager Nazeer Mohamed told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that team spirit is high and the players are ready to go.
“Our preparation was somewhat affected by the rain, but I am confident we can go all the way this time around. Most of the guys played in last year’s tournament so they know what to expect”, he added.
Guyana will take on Barbados on July 9 at Louidore, Trinidad and Tobago on July 11 at Shaw Park, Jamaica on July 13 at Bon Accord and the Windward Islands on July 15 at Mt. Pleasant.
Meanwhile, the U-17 team defeated the national U-15 team by seven wickets in a warm up game played yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club. Batting first after the game was reduced to 25 overs due to rain; the U-15 lads managed 106-7 off their allotted overs.
Kurt Lovell stroked 25, Akenie Adams and Timothy Mc Almont grabbed two wickets each. The U-17 team replied with 107-3 in 21 overs. Perez slammed 40 while Adrian Sukwah made 23 not out, Renee 17 and Rutherford 15.
The full team reads: Travis Persaud (captain), Ronaldo Ali Mohamed (vice captain), Adrian Sukwah, Raymond Perez, Ronaldo Renee, Sherfane Rutherford, Ramnarine Chatura, Timothy Mc Almont, Brandon Prashad, Keemo Paul, Kelvin Shewprasad, Akenie Adams, Richie Looknauth and Retesh Umroa. The coach is Garvin Nedd and the manager is Nazeer Mohamed.