By Sean Devers
Guyana’s under-19 team’s success was described as a great achievement for the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) by its President Dru Bahadur after team teenagers beat Trinidad & Tobago by an innings and 41 runs at Bourda Friday to capture their 13 Regional under-19 cricket title and their first on home soil in eight years.
The GCB Head told Kaieteur Sport that the win for Guyana was even sweeter due to the limited time the Board had to prepare for the tournament because of the uncertainty of the host venue due to the issues between the GCB and the Guyana Government which have now been addressed.
“The adverse weather was also a concern for us (GCB) in getting the grounds ready for this tournament. But despite all of this we were able to have the guys encamped and tried to ensure that they had the best possible preparation at the indoor facility (Chetram Singh Centre of Excellence) at LBI,” Bahadur stated.
“It is indeed a good feeling to go two up, following our under-15 team’s success in Jamaica this week. I am sure this win today (Friday) will inspire the guys going into the one-day series. I am confident that with the team we have we can do the double,” Bahadur opined.
Guyana have never won a limited overs title and closest they have come to winning the double was in 2007 when Horace Miller decimated the Guyana bowlers as Jamaica won the one-day final at Warner Park in St Kitts after Guyana had won the three-day title.
“I also want to encourage the public to come out and support our team by attending the matches. Guyana will be playing on the East Coast, Georgetown, East Bank and in Berbice and admission is free and school is closed,” the GCB top man said.
Bahadur also informed that on Monday the senior National female cricket team leaves Guyana for a Caribbean senior tournament, adding that he hoped the ladies will be motivated by the success of the under-19 and under-15 teams.
Bahadur said that the wins by Guyana at both under-15 and under-19 levels now makes Guyana the winners of two West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) youth championships out of possible four for this year.
The GCB reminded that the Guyana Under-17 team had also given a good account of themselves in Tobago but, unfortunately, suffered from having their game against Barbados completely washed out.
“However, the GCB is extremely encouraged by the professional attitude, dedication and teamwork displayed by this bunch of players. Our Under 19 boys played like champions and deserve nothing less than the coveted three- day title which had eluded them for years.
Guyana started the tournament with a draw against the Leewards before West Indies under-19 and First-Class left-hander Shimron Hetmyer scored a century in the win against the Windward and Tagenarine Chanderpaul, another Windies U-19 and First-Class left-hander, scored an unbeaten hundred in Guyana’s win against T&T Friday.
A release from the GCB said the Board joins with the rest of Guyana in congratulating the management and entire team of players on a well-deserved victory and notes the synergy and teamwork displayed by the entire team.
“There were some praiseworthy individual performances from a few players; against Trinidad and Tobago, Tagenarine Chanderpaul held the lone Guyana innings together with a remarkable unbeaten century; and, when Guyana were staring down the barrel of defeat in their second innings against the (Leewards) Islands, Kemo Paul’s determination and resilience resurrected the innings with a brilliant 90. Against (Windwards), Steven Sankar was exceptional with the ball, capturing a 5-wicket haul, while Shimron Hetmyer registered a classy century” the GCB release continued.
The Board said it now urges the team to remain focused and make the necessary adjustments for the 50 overs format of the game during the next few weeks and ensure that they make their home advantage count with a third youth championship for this year.
“We have been blessed with a month of relative stability on the cricket administrative front and this environment has been capitalized upon by our youngsters who have demonstrated what can be achieved when the determination and stable environment is present. These young players have proven that Guyana is rich with talent and can produce world class players again once everyone works together to put the interest of cricket and the players first. The Executive and members of the GCB recommits to continue working to move cricket forward in Guyana and further afield,” the GBC added. According to GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie the outdoor practice nets and changing room facility at GNIC is being ‘worked on’ presently and will be ready for use by weekend. Sanasie informed that Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Head Coach Gavin Nedd, the former Guyana off-spinner, will have his office at GNIC facility on Woolford Avenue.
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