Guyanese batsmen continued to be impactful in this year’s Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite and Premier League 50-over competition when another round of matches concluded over the weekend.
Guyana and former West Indies ODI batsman Royston Crandon stroked an impressive 127 to inspire Vikings Cricket Club to an emphatic 60-run win over Headstar Eastern while 20-year-old former Guyana under-19 batsman Dominique Rikhi cracked a splendid, unbeaten 182 for Victoria Park Cricket Club against Hagee Sports Club also in the Premier League Division.
The right-handed Crandon hit five boundaries and four effortless sixes as his team tallied 230. Headstar replied with 170 all out with Trinidadian off-spinner Jason Patraj grabbing three for 18 from six probing overs.
Rihki, in his second year with Victoria Park, batted aggressively, spanking 10 fours and seven sixes to see his side accumulate a formidable 334-4 at the expiration of the 50-overs; Headstart Sports Club could only respond with 91 all out.
Former Guyana Under-19 captain and left-arm orthodox spinner Eugene LaFleur captured three for 13 from nine economical overs.
At the same venue on Sunday, defending champion Brampton Master Tranzac Cricket Club humiliated Yorkshire Cricket Club by six wickets. The losers were skittled out for a paltry 82 in 38.4 overs while Brampton galloped to 83-4 in the 18th over.
Meanwhile, in an invited comment with Rikhi, the diminutive batsman expressed great satisfaction with his innings and his trip to North America so far.
“I [am] delighted to be back in Canada to represent Victoria Park Cricket Club and more importantly getting some wonderful scores; my aim is to make Guyana’s senior team in the upcoming regional four-day tournament,” the Berbician related.
Rikhi played for Guyana under-15 team 2008 in Dominique while he featured at the under-19 level too in 2010 and 2011.
According to him, cricket in North America has proven to be very competitive and his annual visit provides an opportunity for him to improve his batting skills and technique.
“I came here with the intention of making an impression and so far my form is great and I just want to continue with this sort of consistency; yes, runs will always count and I have got to score heavily and regularly to impress the selectors back home wherever I am plying my trade,” Rikhi divulged.
In addition, a number of Guyanese cricketers are also making a steady impact with bat and ball in the country.
The action will continue this Saturday and Sunday with several matches across the Greater Toronto Area.