July 29, 2014

Former WI opener Ryan Ramdass slams double-century in Canada

By Ravendra Madholall

Former West Indies and Guyana opening batsman Ryan Ramdass slammed a magnificent unbeaten double century (200*) for Classics

Ryan Ramdass

Ryan Ramdass

Travis Blyden

Travis Blyden

Cricket Club (CCC) in a Brampton limited-over tournament last Sunday.

He also scored a half-century for Islanders Cricket Club on Saturday at King City when action resumed in the Toronto District Cricket Association 50-over Elite competition.

The elegant right-hander cracked 10 fours and four effortless sixes as his team whipped Britannia Cricket Club by 65 runs. His side piled up a 298-7 off the 50-overs while the opposition only scored 233 all out off 48 overs.

In the Elite competition, Ramdass, who only featured in a solitary Test and ODI for West Indies, produced another fine batting display to lead Islanders Cricket Club to a thrilling four-run win. He made an even 50 to see Islanders post a challenging 206-6 from the allocation of 50 overs.

Vincentian Rodriques Thomas hit an impressive 82. Jamaican and Canada national player Austin Codrington stroked a boundary-studded 82 to put up a fight for Caribbean Limers but his side fell agonisingly close for 202 in the penultimate over.

Guyanese leg-spinner Raakesh Goberdhan bowled with great accuracy on a docile pitch to pick up 3 for 23 from seven tidy overs.

In the Premier League division, Victoria Park continued with their winning ways after humbling nemesis, Vikings Cricket Club also at the King City ground on Saturday. Victoria Park batted first and scored 145 with former Guyana under-19 batsman Anthony D’Andrade weighing in with 23.

In reply, there was no resistance from the batsmen as former Guyana under-19 captain Eugene LaFleur bagged 2 for eight from an economical spell of eight overs.

On Sunday several games were rained out but the action is scheduled to resume this Saturday and Sunday at various venues across the Greater Toronto Area, weather permitting.

Meanwhile, Ramdass told this publication after the game on Sunday that he was ecstatic to be back in Canada to start both Toronto and Brampton competitions on a high note.

“I [am] definitely delighted to return to Canada and started off things in a great manner; I just came up from Trinidad and Tobago where I scored a lot of runs and my aim now is to make runs on a consistent basis to regain my place on the Caribbean side soon,” Ramdass related.

According to Ramdass, he scored over 660 runs with three centuries and believes these performances will certainly impress the regional selectors.

“I am mentally and physically fit as you can see that I am playing regularly and competitively over the past year since coming back from my injuries; cricket in Canada is fantastic especially playing with a number of the guys who have represented Guyana at various levels, so I am keen of making another good impact in North America,” Ramdass revealed.

Meanwhile, Guyana Defence Force first-division all-rounder Travis Blyden continued from where he left off in Trinidad and Tobago, representing Civics Cricket Club for the third successive year.

He stated that he scored over 800 runs and took approximately 35 wickets before moving over to North America to ply his trade. His ambitious is to represent Guyana at the senior level, and by extension the Caribbean side but he is fully cognisant of the fact that hard work and commitment is the key.

“I am once again happy and proud to be back in Canada; over the past two years I think I learnt a lot and as an aspiring Guyana senior player, you have got to be consistent with the runs and taking wickets too,” emphasised Blyden.

Blyden also mentioned that it is a great pleasure to play among some senior players for Guyana and West Indies, including Keith Simple, Zaheer Haniff, Royston Crandon, Ramdass and Kenneth Wong, among others.

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