The New Amsterdam Multilateral School (NAMS) of Berbice and the Christianburg Wismar Secondary School of Linden have confirmed their participation in the 27th annual Sir Garfield Sobers Under-19 international schools cricket tournament to be held in Barbados from July 8-26.
This is the first time a school from Linden will be participating in the tournament and according to the manager of the team Sherwin Graham, school officials and coach are looking forward to support from corporate Guyana in a bid to make this an historic event for the country and the young cricketers of Linden.
“Our youngsters are eager to go and compete in Barbados due to the lack of cricket in Linden,” said Graham during a telephone interview on Friday. “The boys are excited by their selection and are desperate to go and represent their country,” he added.
On the other hand, this will be NAMS third year in the tournament. Last year they finished seventh out of 20 teams and in 2011 they were the highest placed Guyanese team, ending in fifth out of 25 teams.
Coach and former Guyana Under-19 player and Physical Education teacher Andrew Williams is expecting better results this time around.
“We have a group of excellent young cricketers and I am positive of better results this time around” Williams told this publication on Friday.
Graham and Williams said the players are looking forward to support from corporate Guyana, since most of the players cannot afford the individual fare to go to Barbados.
According to Williams the school will be holding a series of fundraising activities to assist in offsetting expenses for the tournament. A school fair is planned for June 29, while there will donation sheets and raffle.
The NAMS squad consists of a number of players who have represented Berbice at the Under-15 and Under-19 Inter-County competitions: Leon Andrews, Martin Singh and skipper Parmanand Narine.
The school has produced a number of talented cricketers including Shawn Pereira, Hakeem Hinds and Shailendra Shameer who went gone on to play the game at the national level.
The Linden team will be captained by Linden and Demerara U-19 player Stephan Browne.
Named after the renowned Barbadian cricketer and national hero Sir Garfield Sobers, the annual tournament attracts school teams under 19 years to compete with the local, regional and international counterparts.
Since 1986, the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament has given school boys the rare opportunity of playing in an international tournament.
To date this tournament has groomed the likes of retired West Indies captain, Brian Lara, Darren Ganga, Roland Holder and other notable players such as West Indies’ Sherwin Campbell and Philo Wallace, Dale Benkenstein of South Africa, and Chris Adams and Alastair Cook of England.
Schools from the United Kingdom, the Caribbean and Barbados will participate in this tournament.
Christianburg Wismar Secondary School squad reads: Stephan Browne (Captain), Julian Fortune, Ray Peters, Lawrence Browne, Phillip Benjamin, Cleylon Benjamin, Shyon Vigilance, Deron Wilson, Dave Charles Jr., Delon Williams, Tryon Rowland, Mark Hermanstine, Stephan Chapman and Jamal Lynch. The team will be coach by Dellon Peters and Andrew Richmond.
New Amsterdam Multilateral School squad reads: Parmanand Narine (Captain), Martin Singh, Gavin Moriah, Kwesi Mickel, Kassim Khan, Joel Seitaram, Colwyn Burnette, Suresh Dhanai, Derrick Narine, Kevon Jawahir, Nick Ramsaroop, AkshaI Humraj, Devendra Baldeo and Elon Shultz. The team will be managed by Tamesh Mohabir.