Andrew Samaroo and Ayodha Joseph took the best batsman and bowler accolades when the Ogle Cricket Club held its annual awards ceremony on Sunday last.
The ceremony, which was also held to commemorate the club’s 85th anniversary, saw a number of promising young cricketers receiving awards for their efforts throughout the year.
Samaroo, a former national U15 player scored 939 runs from 24 innings at an average of 44.7, with his best being 158 versus Strathavon; he also notched up seven half centuries.
Khemchandra Dindyal took the runner up spot in this category with 254 runs followed by Michael Deonarine on 242 runs. Rudranauth Kissoon who scored 101 against Strathavon and Shivanand Gobin were rewarded for their all-round performances.
Joseph grabbed 33 wickets from 13 innings including a best of 4-7 with an economy rate of 3.8. Kissoon placed second in this category with 24 wickets while Dambuka Ngqondo was third with 21 wickets.
Ngqondo (7-24 vs Lusignan), Dion Thomas (5-20 vs Transport SC), Ajay Gainda (5-23 vs Demerara) and Shankar Sahadeo (5-20 vs Gandhi Youth Organisation) were rewarded for taking five or more wickets in a match.
Special awards were given to several players who represented Guyana at age group levels; Samaroo (U15-2016), Daveanand Khemraj (U15-2017), Shafeek Khan (U15-2018), Ajay Gainda (U15-2018), Omari Lallbachan (U15-2019), Ajay Gainda (U17-2019) and Cassie Charles (female U19-2019). Charles is the first female cricketer from the club to don national colours.
Receiving prizes as promising cricketers were; Danvir Singh, Matthew Geer, Arun Gainda, Alex Mangra, Vivek Sugrim, Davin Ramlall, James Persaud, Shazim Juman, Shahid Haniff, Rene Goberdan, Danpaul Mohan, Tyriq Walters, Shankar Sahadeo, Nikel Cornelius, Shivanand Gosain and Tarick Haynes.
A number of players have made significant improvement during the year and were also given prizes; Mark Sukhai, Samaroo, Khemraj, Ajay Gainda, Kissoon, Daniel Goolab, Josh Alves, Joshua Alves, Rohan Sooknandan and Lallbachan. The club is being coached by David Harper.
President of the Club, Ashmul Ali said being able to observe the club’s 85th anniversary is a won
derful achievement. He added that after some years of difficulty, the club is on the right track once again stating that this was only possible through the voluntary efforts of the current executive and membership.
“Our club has an excellent mixture of youth and experience whose collective talents combine to form a formidable group of cricketers and leaders.”
He urged the membership to remain resolute in their purpose as they strive to maintain standards of excellence on and off the field. He expressed gratitude to all members and congratulated the national representatives.
Public Relations Office Lalta Gainda stated that over the past few years the club’s image and status have improved significantly, but there is a lot of hard work left to be done.
He added that there is a dire need for the club to continue to contribute towards the development of cricket on the East Coast. “No longer must we tolerate certain sections that deem us as a non-associated member when in fact we have a long decorated history. We have been one of the founding members of East Coast Cricket when it gained recognition from the Guyana Cricket Board in the early 1960s, and has, ever since, been one of the most vibrant cricket clubs on the East Coast.”
Gainda said that they intend to take an active role in the management of East Coast Cricket. “We must now, henceforth, take our rightful place as far as management of East Coast Cricket is concerned.”
The PRO congratulated the recipients and thanked his fellow executive for their support.
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