The Police ‘B’ Division is forging ahead with its community relationship and sports. Following the establishment of a number of youth and scout groups and recently teaming up with a few other organizations to honour senior citizens in the East Canje, the Police ‘B’ Division under the commanded of Assistant Commissioner Brian Joseph and Second in Command Senior Superintendent Marlon Chapman has taken the initiative to honour Guyana’s Leading U-15 all rounder Kevin Sinclair.
Sinclair, who is a product of the Police Youth group and a member of the Police Sports Club in Berbice, has been honored for his outstanding performance at the recently concluded Regional U-15 tournament and his excellent showing throughout the year.
Sinclair was presented with a cricket bat and a substantial monetary donation by Assistant Commissioner Joseph at the simple presentation ceremony which was held in the office of the Commander at B Division Police Headquarters, Station Street New Amsterdam on Friday.
The young all rounder, who hails from Patrick Dam in the Angoy’s Avenue (Cow Dam) area in the outskirts of New Amsterdam, is the current captain of the Police U-15 cricket team.
In his sojourn in the recently concluded West Indies U-15 tournament, Sinclair had an outstanding performance which was instrumental in helping Guyana to win the tournament. He snared 11 wickets in the five matches during the round robin tournament, ending as the leading wicket taker. He was also outstanding with the bat, compiling 127 runs at an average of 31.4. Sinclair was on the go from the first game when he hit an unbeaten top score 52 against the Leeward Islands. He then followed up with a good all round performance against Barbados where he first compiled a crafty 32 to take Guyana out of trouble before returning with his right arm off spin to snare 4-32 to help his country win the game.
The release continued that Sinclair, also part of the Berbice Under-15 Chico Inter club tournament where he hit 100 not out and took 7 wickets against Rose Hall Canje Cricket Club, then slammed an undefeated 110 against Tucber Park and returned to grabbed 5-25. In the Inter County U-15 competition representing Berbice, Sinclair made scores of 55 against Essequibo and 34 verses Demerara.
He also played U-17 cricket where he made 53 against Tucber Park and 55 against Young Warriors.
In second division competition the versatile Sinclair played for the Police ‘B’ Division team and also made his mark picking up 3-10 against Young Warriors and 4-37 against Tucber Park.
Speaking at the simple presentation ceremony Assistant Commissioner Joseph congratulated Joseph for his outstanding achievement. Joseph also urged him not to get too big too quick and admonished him to pay attention to his attitude and discipline. “You must be focused… Don’t let friends carry you astray.” The commander told Sinclair that he is a shining example of what dedication and good discipline could achieve regardless of your circumstances.
He made mention of Shivnarine Chandrapaul who came from a humble background but reached the highest level in cricket.
Commander Joseph said the division will continue to support Sinclair. “But you cannot forget your books. Education is a very important part of development. I will want to see you going well in school. Take your education seriously,” he urged.
Sinclair lives with his grandfather, former Berbice cricketer Carlton Sinclair, who is also his mentor and coach. He was described as a genuine all rounder who is a bright prospect for the future by both his coach the elder Sinclair and coordinator of the police cricket programme Sergeant Michael Newland.
Also present at the ceremony was chairman of the ‘B’ Division Sports programme Traffic Officer and Assistant Superintendent Persaud. (Samuel Whyte)
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