The Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) one-week Academy for Under-15 and 17 players, which was sponsored by W&H Rambarran Marine, concluded yesterday at the DCC ground with a 30-over cricket match.
The Academy, which began on Monday last was deemed a resounding success by recently appointed Demerara Head Coach and former National off-spinner Gavin Nedd, who added that this was a good opportunity for him to see some new players while at the same time inculcating the right attitudes in the youngsters through the various sessions they were exposed to during the week.
Nedd and former GNIC wicket-keeper Clive Grimond conducted the Coaching sessions while several experts in their respective areas of competence delivered lectures at the Academy.
DCB Vice-President Anand Sanasie, standing in for DCB President Raj Singh who is overseas, told the participants that he hoped they would have enjoyed the various sessions and benefitted from the time and effort invested by the tutors.
The DCB executive informed that the camp would be an annual affair and assured that next year it would be much longer and be divided into specialist areas. Sanasie thanked the sponsors for their support at a time when ‘tight budgets’ and other issues encountered by the ‘Board’ make getting sponsorship for programmes like this difficult to acquire.
Also present yesterday was Manager of W&H Rambarran Marine, Bharatt Singh who congratulated the players for their involvement and said his company was proud to be associated with sponsoring such cricketing programmes.
“My Boss, Alvin Rambarran was a well known cricketer on the East Bank and loved cricket very much. He even had his own ground on the Highway and knew the DCB President personally so when approached for sponsorship he readily agreed.
Marketing Manager of the DCB, Ray Persaud runs the United Awning workshop in Eccles and said with the off-the field problems now being fixed the job of marketing cricket in Guyana should be a lot easier now.
In the match played, Joshua Persaud’s X1 beat Raymond Perez’s X1 by 15 runs in bright sunshine on a slow track and heavy outfield.
Man-of-the match Stephon Campbell fell one short of his fifty while Skipper Persaud contributed 17 to lead his team to 115-6 when their overs expired. Bhujnarine Singh took two wickets for Perez’s X1 who were bowled out for 100 in 24.4 overs despite 47 from the Captain who opened the batting and was the last man out.
However, he got no support as only National Under-15 left-arm spinner Ashmed Nedd, the son of Gavin Nedd, managed to reach double figures with 11. Leg-spinner Juspice Jones captured three wickets and got support from Adel Bacchus and Jeremiah Benjamin who took two wickets each.Persaud was presented with the W&H Rambarran Marine trophy for winning the inaugural Match. (Sean Devers)
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