Jul 27, 2018 Sports
According to Assistant Coach of the West Indies Female Blind Cricket Team, Guyanese Ganesh Singh, the five Guyanese players performed exceptionally well in the recently concluded Bilateral Blind cricket series between the West Indies and the England in Barbados.
Singh, a fast bowler in the West Indies Senior Blind Cricket team, informed that the Guyanese players were the backbone of the Windies team and performed beyond expectation throughout the series.
The Guyanese were Crystal Aulder and Rosemarie Ramitt (B1); Melieka Crawford and Ackila Smith (B2) and Robecka Edinboro (B3). They played five T20 matches over a five- day period following three days of intense training guided by the coaches from England and the Windies management teams.
”The training sessions were conducted to facilitate the gelling of the two teams and for the English to impart knowledge and skills to the Windies females; most of whom were new to this format of cricket,” Singh stated.
Aulder Captained the Windies team and according to Singh, she led the side with distinction and was the leading scorer for the series with 154 runs and a top score of 53, which was the only the fifty in the series.
Aulder also had three not outs from five innings, opening the batting and was named player-of-the-match and received a plaque in the game she scored her half-century. Edinboro, who opened the batting with Aulder, was named the Best B3 player of the series and received a plaque after making 112 runs with a top score of 36.
In addition to her batting success, she took two wickets and participated in seven run outs and was one of the best fielders in the series. Singh, who hails from Mahaica, a village that produced Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Colin Croft and female Windies player Indomattie Goordial, informed that Crawford was the Windies Wicket Keeper and did a good job behind the stumps although it was her first time keeping wicket. She also made some useful contributions with the bat when she was required to bat.
Smith, who did not get an opportunity to bat in any of the games but did an exceptional job being the runner for the other batters (B1) and some B2’ who required runners). She was also exceptional in the field having a few run outs and saving a lot of runs for her team.
Ramitt the only B1 player from Guyana was the main B1 batter for her team and was part of some useful partnerships with her captain. She also bowled well in the five games. The WI team won one of their five games. In the game that they won, Windies batted first and made 148 with Aulder being the top scorer. The English team was bowled out for 132.
”In the other four games the Windies performed very well although they did not win the games, commitment and passion was evident in all the WI players” Singh noted. He feels this was a learning experience for the cricketers and would only assist in growing the sport amongst the females with vision disabilities both in Guyana and the region.
The English team has been playing for a number of years and for most of the WI females it was their first exposure to blind cricket. The Guyanese girls had very intense training at the National Stadium prior to travelling to Barbados under the supervision of captain and vice-captain of the Guyana senior team, Kevin Douglas and Singh, both of whom are WI senior players.
The Guyana Blind Cricket Association (GuyBCA) wishes to express its gratitude to the following individuals and entities that made it possible for the players to travel to Barbados and participate in the series through their contributions: His Excellency President David Granger, Director of Sports Christopher Jones and the National Sports Commission, Ms. Shelly Bhagwandin and her team at the United Women for Special Children (UWSC), the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), P&P Insurance Brokers, Komal Singh and his team at Gico Construction Inc.; Noble House Seafoods; Goodwood Racing Service, Stadium Manager Anthony Xavier and his team at the Providence Stadium; Avinash Ramzan, Sean Devers and Vidya Ramnarine from the media fraternity.
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