April 20, 2014

Toronto Police Cricket Club to tour Guyana

…win warm-up match against Sugarcane Thunderbolts

By Ravendra Madholall in Toronto

Toronto Police Cricket Team strikes a pose just after the match

Toronto Police Cricket Team strikes a pose just after the match

Toronto Police Cricket Club, in conjunction with Sugarcane Thunderbolts Cricket Club, will be embarking on an inaugural tour to Guyana early next year.

They are set to participate in several limited-over matches across the country during their two-week visit. In addition, the side commenced their preparation with an empathic five-wicket win over Sugarcane Thunderbolts Cricket Club recently at the Police ground in Scarborough.

The team of lawmen will be comprised of players from the army, ambulance, airport security and civilian personnel. Notably, Toronto Police Club was formed in 1992 by retired Deputy Chief Keith Forde and Superintendent Dave McLeod.

According to the current president of the club, Mansoor Ahmad, the team is excited to make the trip a reality but is awaiting an approval from Guyana Police Force Commissioner Leroy Brumell.

He further stated that tour that will feature matches against the GPF and other tours to tourism destinations will be beneficial for both countries.

“We [are] very excited about making the trip to Guyana; I am confident the guys will make an impression because we have begun preparations and keenly looking forward to it,” Ahamd declared.

President of the Sugarcane Thunderbolt team, Raj Singh, also reiterated the significance of the tour to his native country in May and also feels it will generate greater unity and interest.

 “We firmly believe that interaction with our fellow officers from different parts of world in the form of sports leads to lasting friendship, camaraderie, exchange of ideas and meaningful dialogue that will be of benefit for our official duties,” Constable Singh related.

Singh, who is also a founding member of Toronto Police Cricket Club, took the opportunity to mention that the team featured in several international tours, including visits to Australia, England and Barbados over the years and has gained tremendous exposure.

“Our previous tours were fantastic and now going to Guyana I think we will be more than happy to play cricket in Guyana; a country that has a rich tradition for the game and going there to play with cricketers who have done well for their country and clubs will be of great pleasure,” Singh mentioned.

Meanwhile, at the practice match, 48-year-old opening batsman Nadeem Khokhar stroked an attractive 80 to lead the Toronto cops to the victory. Thunderbolts took first strike at the invitation of Toronto Police and only managed an insufficient 165-7 from their allotment of 35-overs.

Khokhar, the left-handed and man-of-the-match, hit seven fours and four sixes during his innings as his team surpassed the total in the 30th over. He was supported by skipper Asad Khan with a steady innings of 20.

Earlier, Richard Moore, a retired officer and former Toronto Police club captain, topscored for the visitors with 38, which included two fours and a similar number of sixes, while veteran officer Dwarka Rampersaud and Deo Ramlochan chipped win with 25 and 22 respectively.

Barbadian and retired Toronto Police Officer Arthur Jones grabbed 3 for 17 runs from five overs of off-spin while another off-spinner Zappy Greaves claimed 2 for 27 off seven overs.

At the presentation ceremony after the match, several players were given trophies for their outstanding performances, courtesy of the two teams.

Singh told the gathering that they were all delighted to have matches played in such friendly manner as they are enthusiastic to play on a regular basis. He said that Toronto Police Cricket Club plays friendly matches with various communities throughout the GTA to promote awareness with the police while Sugarcane Thunderbolts participated in the Etobicoke and Brampton Cricket League annually.

Tour Chairman Feizul Ally also stated that they have been working feverishly to make the trip a success. He was in Guyana recently and spoke to several senior individuals, including Cammy Ramsaroop and Police Sports Coordinator Colin Boyce to organise the games.

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