Guyanese first division player Wasim Haslim wrapped up his tour with Scottish Premier League team Ferguslie by contributing to their triumph in the 2008 Scottish Cup.
Ferguslie won the Cup for the second time in four years on August 24, defeating first division side Penicuik by 26 runs at Bothwell Castle Policies. Haslim grabbed the last opposition wicket in the 43rd over to secure victory for his club in the 50-overs contest.
Batting first, he contributed 17 in an unbeaten 43 opening partnership with his skipper Stewart Murray to amass 164. His bowling efforts yielded 2 wickets for 37 in the game.
This cup victory was the highlight of Haslim’s stint in the cricketing nation of Scotland which made it to the preliminary stages of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
He returned to Guyana a few days ago having enjoyed a good season, contributing with the bat and the ball. He continued in the same vein he left Guyana, amassing 520 runs, some in very explosive fashion.
His 92 not out against league leaders Greenock characterized his bating display which left him unbeaten on many occasions.
He captured 31 wickets, including a four-wicket haul bowling off-spin as he fulfilled his all-round duties for the club which won the first division league in the previous season.
This performance is more than consolation for the club’s poor performance in the league format after being elevated to premier league status.
According to the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) and former Guyana U-19 reserve player the level of competition in the premier league division is competitive.
This he attributed to the highly organised nature of competitions and the firm financial backing of teams which have allowed some teams to field international test players such as Australian Mike Hussey and Adam Gilchrist in the past and currently, New Zealand’s Matthew Horn.
While he enjoyed the attention the players and the sport receives in general he admitted that the weather which dips as low as minus three degree celsius can be a major setback for Caribbean players.
Nevertheless, he concedes that the talent of Guyanese and Caribbean cricketers is well respected in that country.
The twenty-year old, who has also represented the University of Guyana at inter-campus competitions, was in good form when the left for Scotland.
He was one of the highest runs scorers in the Pepsi/Carib 20/20 competition averaging over fifty with scores of 78 not out against Police and 52 against Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) both in winning causes for his club.
The left-handed opening batsman has already restarted training with his club and eyes selection to the Demerara senior team.
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