July 26, 2014

Guyanese cricketers continue to shine in Canada

Eugene LaFleur

Eugene LaFleur

By Ravendra Madholall in Toronto

Several Guyanese cricketers continue to dominate in Canada after a number of impressive, individual performances over the weekend for the annual Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite and Premier divisions at King City ground.

Former Guyana Under-19 captain Eugene LaFluer captured a five-wicket haul in the Premier League division for Victoria Parks Cricket Club while his compatriot Travis Blyden chalked up an attractive century (122*) for Civics Cricket Club.

Soraine Durand also waltzed his way to an unbeaten 118 for Vikings while former Guyana and West Indies batsman Royston Crandon turned in with a fine all-round performance for Vikings making 33 runs and picking up three wickets.

Travis Blyden

Travis Blyden

Left-arm orthodox spinner LaFluer spun web around Mississauga Ramblers batsmen to collect five wickets for four runs from his economical four-over spell.

In another game, he snatched three wickets to help Victoria Park beat Lords by 17 runs. His team batted first and made 179 all out with former Canada Under-19 batsman Ryan Lall topscoring with 61.

Islanders Cricket Club had mixed fortunes on Saturday and Sunday. They lost to Brampton by a massive 182-run margin while they rebounded on Sunday to defeat Toronto Cricket Club by five wickets.

Former Guyana Under-19 and Canada fast bowler Eion Katchay proved his batting capability by making a fighting 44 on Saturday while Shan Shadrose compiled 46 runs the following day.

Meanwhile, Blyden, who has scored four centuries this year so far in different competitions, expressed delight with his form, thanking former Guyana and West Indies batsman Keith Semple for his support.

Semple, who captained Guyana at the highest level, was with him on 33 while fellow Guyanese Fredi Pestano chipped in with 30. Off-spinner Elton Baker, another Guyanese, grabbed four wickets for 19 runs from five overs when they bowled out the opposition cheaply.

Ex-West Indies opening batsman Ryan Ramdass also showed rich form with his consistency in the Etobicoke and District Cricket League with another composed half-century (69) on Sunday. The right-hander so far has cracked two centuries, including a double, and four half-centuries.

Other Guyanese Ricardo Jadunauth, Dominick Rikhi, Anthony D’Andrade, Rajindra Chandrika, Harrinarine and Hemnarine Chattergoon, Krishna Deosaran, Ian Gonsalves, Zaheer Haniff, Trevor Henry, Rakesh Goberdhan, Trevor Garraway, Garvin Singh, Ejaz Mohamed, Wasim Haslim, Arjune Nandu, Troy Gobin, Kenneth Wong, Rovendra Mandolall, Damodar Daesrath, Jeremy Gordon, among others are plying their trade in the competition as well.

The action continues on Saturday and Sunday with a number of matches across the Greater Toronto Area.

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