Feb 04, 2009 Sports Comments Off on Guyanese part of L&L Radio team for England series
“Our aim is to assist regional stations” –
Former Guyana first-class cricketer Neil Barry is set to make his International debut as a radio cricket annalist during the Digicel West Indies home series against England which starts in Jamaica tomorrow.
Barbadian Barry Wilkinson, Managing Director and Executive Producer of the newly formed Line & Length Network said Barry, who played nine first-class games between 1988 and 1996, will join fellow Guyanese Colin Croft, Roger Harper, Sean Devers and Mark Harper on the panel for the series.
This is the first International series for the L&L Network after broadcasting the regional one-day tournament from Guyana last November.
Their team for the English series includes leading Caribbean commentators Andrew Mason, Fazeer Mohamed and Simon Crosskill along with Englishman Jonathan Agnew.
Former West Indies greats Sir Garry Sobers, Courtney Walsh, Courtly Ambrose and Vivian Richards are also among those on the panel.
Devers, who was a member of the Guyana 1998 First-Class squad but did to play in the series, is the only Guyanese on the panel without first-class experience as a player. He is the youngest member of the team.
“We hope to bring more regional and international cricket to the airwaves and have a good working relationship with the Stations.” Wilkinson, who holds a Master in International Journalism from City University in London, disclosed.
Wilkinson, who worked at the Barbados Advocate, Sky TV (London), BBC (Caribbean) and CBC TV added that Line and Length is working along with Digicel and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), to ensure personnel from the various regional territories are involved in the series.
“It has been frustrating to know that some stations haven’t been able in the past to mount commentary teams because of cost, so Line & Length Network will be doing the ground work to assist stations where possible to provide commentary. We will work with each Island and Country to ensure that local personnel are involved” Wilkinson added.
Line & Length has launched it’s website at www.lineandlength.net.
The 55-year-old Croft, who took 125 wickets from 27 Tests and 30 scalps from 19 ODIs, is the most experienced Guyanese broadcaster on the panel while the 38-year-old Devers and the 45-year-old Roger Harper (who played 25 Tests and 48 ODIs) are the other Guyanese with Test match experience as radio commentators.
The 51-year-old Mark Harper, who scored four centuries from 42 First-Class matches, made his International debut when he was a part of the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) radio team during the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup
Croft, who lives in Trinidad, and Devers, the only Guyanese ball-by-ball commentator on the panel, were the Guyanese on the CMC radio team for the 2007 World Cup semi-final in St Lucia between Australia and South Africa.
The 42-year-old Barry has worked for CMC during regional matches and was a member of the L&L panel during their inaugural coverage of the last regional one-day competition.
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