GCC left-arm spinner pleased with performance
Guyana Chronicle article.
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - “If anyone had told me I would have picked up close to 40 wickets while playing in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Central Zone Division One for Esperenza Cricket Club, I would have laughed it off and walked away.”
Those were the words from Georgetown Cricket Club’s (GCC) 20-year-old left-arm spinner Raj Nannan, who recently returned from the Twin Island Republic, where he represented the club for the second successive year, following a dream debut season last year.
According to Nannan, he accumulated 414 runs from eight matches with a highest score of 104 that was scored against Orange Field, which went along with two half-centuries, while his feats with both bat and ball, enabled his side to win the zone and gain a place in the National Championships for next year.
He scalped 39 wickets in his 8 games, with best bowling figures of 4 for 9 from 10 overs, 8 of which were maidens, before he was invited by Aranguez Sports Club (ASC), which the Malteenoes Sports Club duo of Kellon Carmichael and Dion Ferrier represent, to play a few T20 games.
Nannan happily accepted the offer to represent ASC in their quest for championship honours in the TTCB National One T20 tournament, where he played three matches and took six wickets (2 3-wicket hauls), including his best returns of 3 for 14 against Comets Sports Club.
He also played against Queen’s Park Cricket Club, who has among their ranks West Indies middle-order batsman Darren Bravo, and picked up 3 for 27, with Bravo being one of his victims, after he struck one back to Nannan, but not before he had contributed 54 to his team’s total. He had the impressive figures of 4-1-14-0 against Merry Boys.
Asked if he will be making a return back to the Land of the Hummingbird next year, a jovial Nannan replied in the affirmative, without any hesitation, but said he has his eyes on making the Demerara and later Guyana national team for next year’s Regional championships.
“Yes I will be looking to play another year in Trinidad next year. I helped my team achieve success this year and if I can contribute to them achieving more success next year, then I am more than happy to do so.
“However, I will be looking to get some good returns for GCC in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) competitions, which will then place me in a good position to first make the Demerara and later Guyana team for next year’s regional season,” said Nannan.
He added, “Ever since I joined GCC, I wanted to be like the next Neil McGarrell, meaning I would like to be the next left-arm spinner from the club to not only represent Guyana, but also the West Indies and I have been working hard to make that dream a reality. Only time will tell whether or not I will achieve such.”