Chanderpaul named MVP
Guyana are the most successful team in the history of Regional Under-19 three-day cricket claiming their 13th title and first since 2007, when they captured the 2014 tournament last month.
The Brian Sattaur led unit, who are also in today’s one-day final, received the coveted three-day trophy from Director of Sports Neil Kumar who represented the Government of Guyana at the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Regional Under-19 cricket tournament at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Pavilion on Wednesday night.
West Indies U-19 opener Taignarine Chanderpaul who scored the second most runs including the highest score of the tournament with an unbeaten 132 to average 61.75, was adjudged the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while Leeward Islands batsman Kacey Carty from St. Marteen, with 248 runs, captured the award for the batsman with the most runs after scoring a single run more than Chanderpaul.
Barbadian Chad Williams with 26 scalps took the Bowler with the most wickets Award while Bajan Keeper Leniko Boucher walked away with the Award for the Most Dismissals with 6 catches and a stumping.
Chanderpaul copped the Award for highest score while West Indies Under-19 pacer Alzarri Joseph from Antigua and the Leewards was adjudged the most promising fast bowler on show on pitches which were generally low and slow.
Each Umpire and the three Match Referees also collected medals for their service to the tournament. The Match Referees included former Guyana and West Indies fast bowlers Reon King and Colin Stuart while another former West Indies player, 40-year-old Vincentian left-arm pacer Deighton Butler, who played five Test matches, was the only First-Class player among the Umpires.
Parliamentarian Kumar congratulated the Guyana team for their three-day success adding that despite all the issues he was pleased to see the outstanding performances of the Under-19 and U-15 teams resulted in them winning titles in their respective age groups while he noted that the National Female Senior Team lost in the final of the Regional Women’s tournament on Wednesday.
Kumar said since there were no awards for All-Rounders, the National Sports Commission (NSC) would ‘put up’ a prize for the Best All-Rounder in the limited overs tournament which will be presented at the end of today’s Final.
President of the Guyana Cricket Board, Drubahadur, lauded the Government of Guyana and the West Indies Cricket Board for agreeing to have the tournament hosted in Guyana, after the third and final Test match between West Indies and New Zealand was pulled from Guyana owing to administrative issues.
He told the players that cricket is not just a sport, but can be a career, as he urged them to make maximum use of the opportunities being afforded to them. The GCB Head said that all court cases against the Board did to prevent it from providing the type of preparation to ensure the youngsters played to the best of their abilities.
GCB Secretary and WICB Director Anand Sanasie, who delivered the vote of thanks, said his Board tried to provide the best possible preparation for the teams and congratulated the players for repaying all those who spent their time and energy in assisting them, with championship titles.
“May the better team win on Friday, I will not say who my heart wants to win but I will say again may the better team win” Sanasie told the gathering which encompassed past players and parents of the players, including prolific Test batsman Shiv Chanderpaul, the father of Taignarine Chanderpaul who turns 40 tomorrow.
Sanasie thanked the WICB for sticking by the Board’s side throughout its turbulent times and all the teams, officials and the media for making the tournament a success. He challenged the players to stay fit and also qualify themselves academically, as more often than not its smarter players who enjoy success at the game.
Master of Ceremonies Sean Devers provided a brief history of the tournament and told the youngsters that players like Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chanderpaul, among others, came out of the youth system while urging them to be disciplined, committed and work hard.
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