Guyanese Frederick Pestano has scored over 650 runs including four half-centuries and one ton (102) for the Civics Cricket Club in the Toronto District League and Rebels Cricket Club in Ontario Cricket League (OSCL) for the
2015 season in Canada which ended two weeks ago.
The 23-year-old who grew up in Subryanville and attended the Christ Church Secondary which produced former West Indies Captain Carl Hooper, disclosed that the standard in the Elite level and Premiere leagues are very high and matches are played on turf pitches.
Royston Crandon and Darwin Christian, who both played limited overs cricket for the West Indies, are some of the Guyanese who play in the Elite League in Canada, while according to Pestano, Davi Jacobs is in the league this year. Jevon Searles and Devon Smith played last year.
“I didn’t bowl much, just got 15 wickets, my all round performance helped my team rebels to be promoted to the Division 1 and also Civics staying up in the elite Division,” informed the right-handed batsman.
“I also represented the New York Enforcers for the Labour Day Cup 20 overs competition. That’s a team from New York that came over for the Labour Day Competition, which we went on to win by beating Dant CC in the finals by 7 wickets,” Pestano added.
“This is my third year playing in the Canadian league and has been a wonderful experience thus far going back to 2013 my first season when my team Civics won both Division 2 and Premiere.
Having former national players like Keith Semple, Kenneth Wong and Eion Katchy as team-mates has boosted me tremendously as a cricketer and improved my game both mentally and physically I must say it was a pleasing season and looking forward to a better Season come 2016 in Both the Trinidad and Canada leagues,” Pestano said.
Pestano, who represented the University-of-Guyana (UG) in Guyana’s club cricket when he was a student there, says he is always hopeful of playing for Guyana at the senior level.
Pestano will not return to Guyana for another month since he is staying for the annual Awards Ceremony at which he has to collect two trophies. (Sean Devers)
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