Former Berbice and National cricketer Vibert Johashen, who passed away recently,
was on Saturday laid to rest at a moving church service which was held at the People’s Christian fellowship at No7 West Coast Berbice. Johashen, who was born on August 17, 1948, was 68.
Johashen, who played for a number of clubs, was a ruthless swing bowler in every sense of the word and was a thorn in the flesh of many batsmen who had to face up to him. Johashen played nine First-Class matches, four for Guyana and five for Berbice.
He played for Berbice from 1973 to 1978. In a memorable performance in the Jones Cup final in 1977 at Bourda against Demerara, he had figures of 2 for 73 in the first innings and 5 for 43 in the second to help bowl Berbice to a memorable 161 runs victory and the Cup. He also played three four day matches for Guyana in 1977 and 1978 including one against the touring full strength Pakistan team and took 4 for 84.
At the first division level, Johashen played for Police Mental Hospital and Guymine (Bermine) where he was employed. Although he was a “gentle giant” off the field, a real gentleman, the minute he crossed the boundary, he was a fierce competitor.
Vibert will be fondly remembered for his exploits having made his mark in the annals of Berbice Cricket. Even after his cricketing days, he always showed a keen interest in Berbice Cricket.
A number of players, former players and executives of the Berbice Cricket Board (The Guyana Cricket Board was not represented) were on hand to give tributes and help bear the body out of the church.
Among those on hand including former BCB President Malcolm Peters, Former Secretary Carl Moore, former first national player Michael Hyles, Jeremy Gordon and national Pacer Raun Johnson. His body was interned at the No 9 cemetery West Coast Berbice.
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