GCB resumes training camp for regional 4-day tournament

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - With the aim of capturing Guyana’s seventh Regional First-Class title, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) on Wednesday commenced a three-day camp at the Chetram Singh Centre of Excellence at LBI, East Coast Demerara.

The camp serves as preparation for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-Day Cricket Competition, which will bowl off on February 28, and consist of all the reserve players not selected for the Super50 tournament currently underway in Trinidad and Tobago.

The three-day camp is supervised by senior coach Julian Moore and is assisted by Quasen Nedd, while the trainers for the camp are two fitness experts from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Patrick King and Carl Stephenson.

The camp will end on Friday. However, the reserve players will be joined by the Super50 squad upon their return for a short period to facilitate at least one practice match, before the final squad is announced.

 Meanwhile, in an invited comment, at the conclusion of the first training session on Wednesday, Moore said the three-day camp will focus primarily on the cricketers’ fitness, as well as the different aspects of the longer version of the game.

The players encamped are: Sewnarine Chattergoon, Jason Sinclair, Rajendra Chandrika, Anthony Adams, Ryan Ramdass, Keon Joseph, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Vishal Singh, Rajiv Ivan, Ricardo Adams, Totaram Bishun, Zaheer Mohamed, Amir Khan, Shaquille Williams, Jonathan Foo, Royan Fredericks, Andre Stoll and Ron Thompson.

Guyana has not tasted success at this level since 1998, when they won the last of six Regional First-Class titles against Barbados at the Kensington Oval.

The Guyanese finished at the bottom of the points table last year with their only win being against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC). Guyana drew with the Leeward Islands in their opening game, but suffered defeats at the hands of Barbados, Windward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica.

Last year, Leon Johnson was the top Guyanese run scorer with 430 from six matches, with a highest score of 87, while Assad Fudadin (289) was Guyana’s next best batsman.

Veerasammy Permaul, with 30 wickets, Bishoo, 20 wickets and Steven Jacobs, 17 wickets were the Guyanese most successful bowlers.

Further, the WICB in an effort to increase the popularity of the tournament, has decided to return to night cricket in the upcoming 2014 season.

This experiment was tried a couple of years ago and now with the popularity of the longer format of the game waning, the board has decided that there will be one day/night game for every round of the new season with a total of seven day/night matches to be played during the tournament.

The fixtures have been drawn in order to give all teams two day/night games. It is expected that the teams will play with a pink ball for the day night matches because this has been used for matches of these kind.

The CCC will join the established six teams Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, defending champion Jamaica, Guyana, the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands for this year’s tournament.

The Regional Four-Day Competition, formerly known as Shell Shield and Carib Beer Cup, is the first class cricket competition in the West Indies. It is administered by the WICB.

The winners of the tournament are awarded the George Headley/Everton Weekes trophy.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 05:37