Endeavours Sports Club win Christiff Barnes Memorial T10 competition

Guyana Chronicle article.

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - The Endeavours Sports Club won the Christiff Barnes T10 Memorial Cricket competition for teams in the riverine communities.

The competition which was played at the Sand Hill Community Centre Ground saw Endeavours win the keenly contested final by 27 runs. 

The win earned them the championship trophy and $20 000 cash. The competition which was contested by four teams was held in honour of Christiff Barnes the cricket enthusiast who tragically lost his life on May 25.

According to a secretary of the Vreed-en-Rust Sports Club, organiser James Allicock, the completion was organised in an effort to raise needed funds for the six children of Barnes who are facing dire financial constraints. Allicock told Chronicle Sport that the club was approached by the Barnes’ eldest child, who requested help in honouring his father in a very tangible way via the competition.

“His son Trivette who is the eldest child approached us to lend some help and indicated that if we really wanted to recognise him that we should seriously consider hosting a competition in his honour while using it as an avenue of generating needed finds to help the six children,” Allicock said.

He noted that after recognising the many contributions that the late 32-year-old father made to the club it was easy for them to proceed with the competition. “Christiff was a passionate and faithful member of the club and we were all touched by his sudden death and therefore seek to create avenues by being proactive thus resulting in opportunities for the rapidlygrowing number of young people within the community,” he said.

The club secretary said that the ages of the six children range from one year plus to 14 years and the club felt compelled to do something, as they recognised that with the children having tragically lost their father who was a logger, they need all the possible assistance that they can get.

“We are not just a sports club but also we are a community-oriented organisation and the young man died tragically at a very young age as a result of logging and therefore we wanted to help in a very tangible manner. The child felt also that holding this competition in his father’s name was the least that we could do in his honour,” he said.

In one semifinal; Endeavours made light work of Low Wood. Endeavours made 133 in their allotted overs while Low Wood could muster only 78 runs. In the other semifinal, Sand Hill Sports Club took care of Santa Mission Sports Club. 

Sand Hills, batting first, amassed an impressive 103 with C. France leading the pack with 31 runs while both M. Allicock and S. Davidson each contributed 16 runs. Santa Mission in their turn at the crease could come up with only 94 all out. T. Defriestas and P. Brown were the primary scorers making 19 and 15 runs respectively.

Meanwhile in the final, Endeavours batted first and made 75 for the loss of one wicket. Melroy Gomes led the charge with 34 not out which consisted of four huge sixes and two fours while the other not-out batsman, Lloyd Roberts, ended on 29 laced with three sixes and two fours.

However when Sand Hill took to the crease some very tight bowling restricted them to a total of 48 runs for the loss of three wickets. Marvin Allicock top-scored with three fours in his 13 runs while supporting him very well was Andre Allicockwith 12 runs which included one six and one four.

Sand Hill took home the runner-up trophy and $15 000 for their efforts. Curtis Gomes from Endeavours won the $5 000 and the Best Bowler’s award with Delroy Gomes winning the Best Batsman award and $5 000 cash. The Best All-rounder award went to Lloyd Roberts who took home the award and $5 000 cash. The three awards were won by Endeavours. The organisers presented the $65 000 raised from the one-day competition to the six children of the late Christiff Barnes.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 18:55