Beverly Harper lauds GCA officials for integrity and dignity
By Sean Devers
The Roger Harper led Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) is known for its professionalism and their presentation ceremony at the DCC Pavilion for the 2010 Carib Beer and Friends of cricket ‘Heroes Cup’ two day first division cricket competition was well organised even if the attendance was disappointing.
Only three members of the runner-up team GCC turned up to collect their medals and, trophy and $80,000 while a few members of the champions DCC, were also absent as the Queenstown club received their $120,000 prize money, winning trophy and medals from CEO of Ansa McAl, Beverly Harper.
DCC’s Totaram Bishun, the former Guyana under-19 left arm spinner, was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the eight-team competition after taking 41 wickets and making 18 runs as he gained 83.6 points on the rating which awards two points per wickets and a point for every 10 runs scored.
With the exception of Guyana Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan who received the award for the highest score (203 for GCC vs TSC) but is presently overseas, all of the individual awardees were on hand to collect their awards.
Jason Heyliger (8-44 for Police against DCC) copped the best bowling performance award, his team mate Rawle Browne received an award for most dismissals, DCC’s Trevon Griffith took home the award for most runs (385, Ave. 48.12), Bishun had the most wickets award while Heyliger, who scored 250 runs and took 28 wickets got the best all rounder award.
The presentation was opened with a prayer from Secretary of the Georgetown Umpires and Scorers Association Matthew Kissoon before PRO of the GCA Umpire Colin Alfred welcomed those present.
GCA Vice-President Neil Barry provided an overview of the 2010 competition before Roger Harper and Beverly Harper, representing the GCA and the sponsors respectively, gave speeches.
Harper, a former West Indies off-spinner and Guyana Captain, stressed the importance of two innings cricket and commended the sponsors for supporting such a competition at a time when most sponsors are drawn to the fast-pace and shorter t20 format.
”The GCA is pleased to see that the sponsors also recognize the importance of two-day cricket to the development of our players. I believe that really good players in the longer version can perform well in all formats,” Harper said.
The 48-year-old Harper who played 25 Tests and 105 ODIs between 1983 and 1996, urged the players to strive for excellence both on and off the field and to be good ambassadors for the sponsors.
Harper was high in praise for the work of GCA’s competition committee Chairman, Shawn Massiah, who also played in the competition for the Transport Sports Club.
“Shawn worked really hard and did a fantastic job in organizing the matches especially since the adverse weather and the unavailability of grounds were major problems for the GCA this year,” Harper disclosed.
Beverly Harper, who recommitted her company’s support of the competition for this year’s tournament which starts this next weekend, explained that because she has a very competent Marketing team she does not attend such functions but felt it necessary to do so on Wednesday evening.
“Ansa McAl is well represented on occasions like this but because of the present juncture we are in cricket in Guyana and the West Indies I had to come to show support for an administration like the GCA which displays integrity and dignity,” Harper said.
“At a time when there is so many negatives and unprofessional behavior by many cricket administrators in Guyana it is encouraging to see progressive attitudes and interest in cricket development from cricket entities like the GCA and the Berbice Cricket Board,” Beverly Harper, a former GCA executive, added.
Massiah revealed the this year, nine teams will participate in the Carib Beer and Friends of Cricket Heroes competition since GYO has been re-admitted to the first division level.
It was also disclosed that the GCA had received request from teams outside of Georgetown to participate in the competition, but since the GCA’s mandate is only for teams in the city the Association was mindful of all the legal problems affecting cricket and felt it best to only be responsible for city teams in the competition.
The cheque for the 2011 competition was handed over to the GCA by Beverly Harper, while Ansa McAl’s Darshanie Yussuf and Nigel Worrell also shared the moment.
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