ROSE HALL TOWN, CORENTYNE – Berbice’s top female cricketer Erva Giddings is set for her tour to Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Last week, members of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club held a special function to honour the young cricketer. She was also presented with the necessary equipment and gear along with other paraphernalia to aid in her aim at victory.
Chief Executive Officer of the club Hilbert Foster said that since the organization was established in 1990 the aim was to produce a player to represent the West Indies at the senior level, “We have to date produced a cricketer who has represented the region at the under-15 and under-19 levels but we have to date failed to achieve the main goal. If anyone had asked us to identify a cricketer who might go on to the top, the names we would have called would have been Assad Fudadin, Royston and Esuan Crandon because they are our senior players.”
But as fate would have it, earlier this year the club launched a female cricket team with the main aim of improving female cricket in Berbice. Since its formation the girls have won all their matches and produced nine Berbice under-19 players, seven Berbice senior players and three for Guyana.
Two weeks ago, members of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club were informed that a member of the club was selected to be a part of a West Indies senior team.
According to Mr. Foster, the fates have spoken, “Believe it or not, the club has achieved its goal but unbelievable as it is, it was not a male but it was a female – Erva Giddings.”
Erva Giddings is a left arm fast medium bowler who also bats and is a brilliant field woman at any position.
Erva represented Berbice at the senior level and Guyana in the West Indies Female Cricket Tournament. There she was the 2nd overall best bowler with twelve wickets.
Mr. Foster said, “We are very proud of Erva and she is a perfect example of how discipline, hard work, patience and dedication can be rewarded. We are quite confident that her selection at the highest level would inspire others to follow in her footsteps and we would see a rapid development in female cricket in Berbice. The fact that she is the only Guyanese on the team should be enough to highlight the magnitude of her achievements.”
The club expressed gratitude to the Berbice Female Coach Michael Hyles for working along with Erva so as to improve her skills. They thanked the Management and of Metro Office and Computer Supplies for their sponsorship of the female cricket team.
Metro made it possible for Erva to play cricket on a regular basis and thus her rapid improvement.
Mr. Foster told the young woman that she would not only be an ambassador for the West Indies but also for all persons, “While we are confident that you would continue to make us proud, we want to advise you to be humble, be disciplined at all times, give of your best at all times, follow all instructions and lift up your head at all times despite of the result on the cricket field.”
Further he implored the young woman, “As you leave for Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Erva we would lift you in our prayers so that you would continue to shine and be a role model to all your peers.”
The 22-year old resident of Alness Village on the Corentyne and member of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club Cricket Club thanked the club and Metro for their bigheartedness and for giving her that opportunity to shine, “I will do my best to make the West Indies, Guyana and its people proud.”
She has been playing for one year. Erva Giddings departs Guyana on October 12th.
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