Cricket fans experienced a unique moment of nostalgia when a group of past cricketers, dubbed ‘Friends of Former Guyana Cricketers,’ residing in the United States of America, challenged a contemporary squad from the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) at their Lance Gibbs Street club, to a 12 overs a side match in commemoration of late cricket star, Andrew Lyght, yesterday afternoon.
Early morning showers almost forced the abortion of the match but the sun fought its way through the dark clouds and eventually prevailed. Despite this, the initial 40 overs encounter was slashed almost by half to facilitate the event.
‘Friends of Former Guyana Cricketers’ took first strike and on the back of sterling knocks by Faoud Bacchus (28), Dereck Kallicharran (24) and Andrew Lyght (jnr), who scored 26, compiled 108-6.
In reply, the DCC squad, led by Chris Barnwell, lashed 115-3 in 9.5 overs to take the honours.
Jamal Hinckson top scored with a swashbuckling 45 with support from Derwin Christian who struck an unbeaten 29. Hinckson was eventually adjudged man of the match while Lyght received a special trophy for his bowling prowess.
He was later presented with a pair of batting gloves and a bat while Mr. Kallicharran handed over a monetary donation on behalf of the overseas group.
Meanwhile, former captain of the West Indies Cricket team, Clive Lloyd graced the occasion with his presence and referred to the late cricketer as a ‘leading Lyght.’ “The Super Cat” as Lloyd was fondly called, also reminisced on the glory days of West Indies cricket and of Lyght’s contribution to the sport.
Several other colleagues of the late cricketer also spoke glowingly of his contribution including former West Indies spin bowler, Roger Harper while President of the entity that sponsored the tournament, Rockaway Auto Sales, Hafeez Ali, presented a plaque to the administrators of the club in commemoration of the late cricketer’s contribution to the sport at that institution.
Several cricket stars of yesteryear graced the event and included Derrick Kallicharran, William White, Ray Joseph, Ramcharitar and Tyrone Etwaroo, former Guyana & WI U19 player, Eon Grant, former Guyana U19 player, Godfrey Edwards and Safraz Ally.
Other past stalwarts also included Victor Benjamin, Hafeez Ali, Lyle Wilson, Nigel Harper, Jerry Persaud, Saheed Mohammed, Selwyn Smith, Wazir Khan and Jai Sharma.
The overseas players will once again be in action when they tackle an over 40 team from the Everest Cricket Club in a 20/20 affair at their Eve Leary sward this morning. The competition is the inaugural of what the organizers hope to be a yearly feature.
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