December 4, 2013 By
December 4, 2013 By
Kingston, Jamaica – The board of The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) announced the appointment of Richard Bevan as Chairman of the CPL with immediate effect.
Richard Bevan is a leading figure in the world of sports administration with over 20 years’ experience working within elite level sport. He is the current Chief Executive of the League Managers Association (LMA) in the UK, having previously held the role of CEO at the English Professional Cricketers Association (PCA). He was a founding Director of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) and continues to be a Trustee of the Team England Players’ Partnership.
Commenting on behalf of the board, Mr. Damien O’ Donohoe, CEO of The CPL said; “I am delighted that Richard has taken on the role of Chairman of The CPL board. Richard has huge experience in the business of sport and a track record in leading organisations through significant growth and expansion. His knowledge of international sports administration, especially in cricket, will be of huge value to The CPL as we look to build on the successes of our first year. The CPL is very honoured to have him lead the team.” (CPL)
December 4, 2013 By
The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior Inter-County four-day tournament bowls off today with Berbice playing the President’s XI at the Everest Cricket Club ground and Demerara opposing Essequibo at the Enmore Community Centre ground.
The tournament was originally scheduled to commence last Thursday. However, consistent rains had left venues waterlogged, leaving the organisers with no alternative, but to reschedule the three-round tournament.
The tournament forms part of Guyana’s preparation for next year’s regional competitions.
This year, the GCB has included a President’s XI, increasing the number of teams to four. The competition is of utmost importance to the GCB since it is being used by the senior selectors to pick the best possible Guyana team.
Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Hand-in-Hand Insurance joined forces with the GCB as co-sponsors of the tournament.
Round two is scheduled from December 10 and will see Demerara playing Berbice at the Enmore Cricket Club ground and the President’s X1 opposing Essequibo at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.
The final round is fixed from December 15 where Demerara will face President’s XI at the Uitvlugt Community Centre ground and Essequibo will oppose Berbice. That game is tentatively scheduled for the Demerara Cricket Club ground.
Demerara squad reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell (vice-captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Trevon Griffith, Rajendra Chandrika, Chris Pattadin, Derwin Christian, Steven Jacobs, Amir Khan, Totaram Bishun, Trevon Garraway, Randy Knights, Zaheer Mohamed and Paul Wintz.
Essequibo team reads: Anthony Adams (captain), Royan Fredricks (vice-captain), Kevon Boddie, Ricardo Peters, Avenish Persaud, Herry Greene, Mark Tryll, Parmesh Parsotam, Rajiv Balgobin, Rovindra Parsaram, Kemo Paul, Keanu Harry, Dellon Heyliger and Gilford Moore.
President’s XI team reads: Vishal Singh (captain), Shemroy Barrington (vice-captain), Robin Bacchus, Ryan Ramdass, Seon Hetmyer, Shaquille Williams, Jason Sinclair (wk), Romario Shepherd, Collis Butts, Steven Sankar, Kellon Carmichael, Andre Stoll, Dominique Rikhi and Seon Daniels.
Berbice team reads: Sewnarine Chattergoon (captain), Devendra Bishoo (vice-captain), Anthony D’Andrade, Assad Fudadin, Kandasammy Surujnarine, Eugene LaFleur, Jonathan Foo, Royston Crandon, Rajiv Ivan, Devon Clements, Anthony Bramble, Krisendatt Ramoo, Raun Johnson, Keon Joseph
December 4, 2013 By
Guinness Street Football- Georgetown leg…
Action in the Georgetown leg of the sixth annual Guinness Street Football competition continued on Tuesday evening with another eight teams recording victories at the National Cultural Centre tarmac.
Highlighting the latest round of play were doubles from Quason Winter of Stevedore Housing Scheme, Nigel DeCamp of Norton Street- West, Jermaine Scott of Bent Street and Shem Porter of Alexander Village.
In the opening game of the night, North Sophia defeated Festival City 3-1 on penalties after they played to a nil-all draw, while North East La Penitence outplayed Back Circle 3-0 with Calvin Moore (fifth minute), Carl Tudor (20th) and Alwyn Moore (30th) being the goal scorers.
Stevedore Housing Scheme won 5-4 on penalties against Norton Street-West after a three-all stalemate at the end of regulation time. Winter scored for Stevedore Housing Scheme in the 10th and 11th minutes, while Fitzroy Witherspoon scored in the ninth.
DeCamp was on target for Norton Street-West in the seventh and 21st minutes, with Dillon Legal adding the other goal in the 24th minute.
The match between Berlin Massive and North-Last Entrance was also decided on penalties with the former winning 3-2 after a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation time.
Devon Charles gave Berlin Massive an early lead after just 44 seconds, but Shawn Goodluck and Orin Massiah pushed North-Last Entrance into the lead with two unanswered goals in the first and fourth minutes.
However, Sherwin Cadogan ensured Berlin Massive equalised and forced the game to penalties by scoring in the 15th minute.
Broad Street needled Laing Avenue 1-0, while Tucville had a similar result against Riverview. Jimmy Gravesande and Dennis Edwards netted for Broad Street and Tucville respectively, both in the ninth minutes.
The Bent Street boys were 4-2 victors over Durban Street with Scott’s double in the first and fifth minutes leading the victory charge. Desmond Cotton (20th) and Michael Stuart (24th) contributed to Bent Street’s success.
Chris Galloway and Jamal Nicholas scored for Durban Street in the ninth and 14th minutes respectively.
In the final game of the evening, Alexander Village and East La Penitence played to a 2-2 draw, and in the penalty shootout, Alexander Village emerged 3-2 winners.
In the game, Porter scored in the 22nd and 24th minutes for Alexander Village, while Jermaine Weekes and Devon Millington found the small goal in the 10th and 23rd minutes respectively.
Meanwhile, the competition will continue this evening with another eight games at the Burnham Court on Middle Street starting at 19:00 hours.
Cross Street will take on East Front Road, followed by Albouystown A against Sophia South and defending champions Leopold Street against Castello Housing Scheme.
Island All Stars will do battle with West Front Road prior to the intermission, while Kingston and South Ruimveldt will clash when the action resumes.
Norton Street-East will tackle Queen Street-Tiger Bay, followed by Globe Yard against Albouystown B and Hope Street- Tiger Bay against California Square.
The competition has attracted 32 teams battling in eight groups of four. During the group phase, the teams will compete in a round-robin format with the top two advancing to the round of 16, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.
The champion team will receive $500,000, while the runner-up will collect $300,000, third $200,000 and fourth $100,000. All the other teams will receive participation stipends of no less than $10,000.
Zone competitions will also be held in Berbice, East Coast, West Demerara, Linden and Bartica in the coming months with the top two teams advancing to the national playoff. The winner of the national playoff will earn the right to represent Guyana at the Caribbean Street Challenge in July 2014.
December 4, 2013 By
… former champ Meusa takes lead in senior national chess championship
Former national senior chess champion Wendell Meusa last weekend delivered a stunning blow to reigning national champion Taffin Khan, defeating him in a clash that lasted more than three hours in the Vita Malt Plus 2013 national senior chess championships.
Playing at the Ocean Spray Hotel in Kitty, Khan also drew his previous encounter with former junior national champion, Anthony Drayton. Both matches have severely dented the scores of the defending champion and are a telling indicator of his loosening the grip on the title he has held for the past three years.
After three rounds played last weekend, Meusa now sits on top of the table with the maximum three points, while Glenford Corlette and Errol Tiwari follow with two points apiece.
Drayton and Khan are on one and a half points each, while Roberto Neto and Davion Mars have scored one point each so far.
Rashad Hussain, who entered the competition following the withdrawal of Neil Khan, is yet to score. Hussain’s entry means four junior players are now competing in the senior championship.
The competition will conclude this weekend when the national champion will be crowned.
December 4, 2013 By
Former head coach of the Golden Jaguars, Jamaal Shabazz, made a generous contribution to the Kashif and Shanghai’s Secondary School football tournament, set to kick off on Sunday.
The Trinidad-based football coach has presented a quantity of balls for the tournament, while he has made available some playing bibs for schools in Linden, which had requested Shabazz’s assistance.
Shabazz made the presentation to co-director of the Kashif and Shanghai Organisation, Aubrey “Shanghai” Major, who expressed appreciation for the kind gesture.
The champion school in the tournament will pocket $1.2 million, 75 percent of which will be used to finance a project identified by the school. The second, third and fourth placed finishers will receive $750,000, $500,000 and $250,000, 25 percent of which will be used for a project at those schools.
The Most Valuable Player will be the recipient of a laptop, as well as a one-month stint with a top club in Trinidad and Tobago.
Admission to the games will be $500 and the participating schools are Wismar/Christianburg, Wisburg, New Silver City and McKenzie High School of Linden; St George’s, Lodge, East Ruimveldt, North Georgetown, Queen’s College, Dolphin Secondary, Charlestown Secondary, Christ Church and Queenstown of Georgetown; Waramadong Secondary of Region Seven; Leonora, Stewartville, Uitvlugt and Patentia of West Demerara; Bladen Hall, President’s College, Ann’s Grove and Annandale of East Coast Demerara; Ash Education Trust of Berbice; and Friendship of East Bank Demerara.
The tournament will conclude on New Year’s Day 2014 with the grand final.
December 4, 2013 By
National handgun captain Dale Hing shot his way to a comfortable position at the end of the second round of the Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA) handgun section’s end-of-year championships following the Practical Pistol Shoot held last Sunday at the Timehri ranges.
Hing finished with an overall combined score of 209 points in the two-stage competition. The first stage was won by David Dharry with Gordon Richards finishing second, Hing, third, Ryan McKinnon, fourth, and Azaad Hassan, fifth.
Hing won the second stage followed by McKinnon, Hassan, Hemant Narine and Dharry respectively.
The combined stages results were: Hing, 209 points, McKinnon, 158 points, Dharry, 142, Hassan, 136, and Gordon Richards, 123 points.
The first round leaders, reigning Caribbean fullbore shooting champion Lennox Braithwaite, female shooter Vidushi Persaud and Hemant Narine, who held the top three positions, slipped down the order and only Narine remained in the overall top five.
The final leg of the championships, an Action Pistol match is scheduled for this Sunday at the TSU range at Eve Leary.
The overall championship will be determined by the combination of points for all three events and the standings so far read: Hing in the lead followed by Dharry, Richards, Narine and McKinnon. The winner will be declared on Sunday.
The presentation of prizes for the handgun and fullbore championships will be presented during the GNRA annual presentation ceremony to be held during this month at a date and venue to be finalised.
December 4, 2013 By
With little or no female football played in Guyana in the recent past, the newly formed Little Diva Football Club will embark on what it calls “an ambitious venture” by organising and staging a tournament for female Under-24 players.
The club is hoping to host the tournament during February 2014, closer to the Mashramani day celebrations.
The organisers are hoping to attract participation from teams in Linden, West Demerara, Berbice, East Coast, East Bank and Georgetown to compete against Little Diva FC.
According to president of Little Diva FC, Lawrence Griffith, “female football has been struggling to survive in Guyana and to date the ‘Lady Jags’ is the only representative team to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. For us to have meaningful local representatives on national team there is a need for the females to play regular and competitive football.”
It was Griffith’s idea to form the Little Diva FC so that prospective female players can an avenue to train and enhance their skills, while at the same time, fulfill their desire to represent Guyana in the future.
With this is mind, Griffith is calling on well-wishers to partner with the club to pull off the proposed tournament.
“A budget is being prepared in the interim and will be available by weekend,” Griffith assured.
Meanwhile, the Little Diva FC will recommence training today at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground, Bourda, commencing at 16:00 hours. Additionally, the club has been invited to participate in a tournament in Lethem during the Easter weekend.
December 4, 2013 By
By Ravendra Madholall in Toronto
Guyanese Eion Katchay is confident about becoming a good cricket coach in Canada, an aspiration long overdue since his migration to North America almost a decade ago.
An athletic cricketer during his days for both Guyana’s youth team and Canada, his advocacy for a better cricket structure is paramount.
His remarks came following Canada’s early elimination from the just-concluded T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Abu Dhabi.
He is a member of the Islanders Cricket Club at the Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite tournament and was satisfied with his all-round performances, despite their failure to make it to the playoff.
His representation for Canada at the international level was reasonably successful but he feels he can be more instrumental by imparting his cricketing knowledge and expertise from the under-15 stage. He is about to begin his level one coaching programme.
“I want to become a cricket coach; I think I have what it takes to be one especially a good one as well; I love cricket and I think it is time to give back something to it; I have already started off with my club and the players appreciated what I had been doing during this year’s competition,” Katchay, 35, related.
The right-arm fast bowler was a member of the victorious Guyana Under-19 team in 1997 at the West Indies Cricket Board regional youth tournament which was held in Guyana; he represented the senior team soon after.
He stated that the experience he gained playing on the regional scene was invaluable and that spurred him to continue with the game since his arrival in North America. He first played for Victoria Park Cricket Club.
“As soon as I came up here I began playing cricket professionally and had the aim of making the Canada’s team because I was confident of doing it; I really enjoyed the game but I think the guys at the administrative level will have to ensure the young cricketers can be more involved and just take away the political part from the game,” the former Demerara Cricket Club and Everest first division player indicated.
He reckoned that they have a responsibility and they must work in harmony for the betterment of Canada’s cricket.
He was apparently angry after Canada once again failed to make the 2014 International Cricket Council T20 World Cup in Bangladesh from mid-March to early April. They won two of their stipulated seven matches in Abu Dhabi, and it was a clear indication of poor preparation.
“I think they prepared poorly for this big event; yes, insufficient turf practice may have contributed to the early knockout but again I think it came back to the preparations and proper organisations of the people who [are] responsible for the game in Canada,” Katchay, who is a right-handed batsman as well, pointed out.
Katchay recommended that Canada have a second string team to tour various destinations and gain the exposure which can be vitally important for the development of the game. He reasoned it will generally help the game and further bolster the players’ confidence for international assignments.
“Yes, I think they should have “A” team tour and that be beneficial for the country if they really serious of making an impression on the international stage; no doubt talent and but just a matter of getting the right ideas and put into practice on a consistent basis,” Katchay divulged.
Like Katchay, many cricketers who have worn the Canadian colours, lamented the sub-standard cricket played over the years and feel the continued, political affiliation can be detrimental. He is optimistic however that there are the resources to improve the standard of the game but the necessity and strategy must be implemented now.
According to Katchay, the winter weather is part of the problem which most of the time keeps the players indoor but he felt the influx of overseas players from around the world can be great for the steady participation that will ultimately lift the spirit of the sport generally.
With the number of sponsors who have come board over the years the popularity of the game continues to rise.
December 4, 2013 By