Gibbs gives back to Demerara Cricket Club : …charges recipients to aim high

Guyana Chronicle article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Former Guyana and West Indies legendary off- spinner Lancelot Richard Gibbs, on Thursday afternoon last, made a generous donation of cricket equipment to some members of the Queenstown based Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), his home club. 

Also receiving cricket gear in their absence, were two players each from Malteenoes Sports Club, Georgetown Cricket Club and Everest Cricket Club, who were randomly chosen by DCC’s president Alfred Mentore and the club’s head coach Gavin Nedd.

Some of the recipients from DCC include Guyana Amazon Warriors duo Christopher Barnwell and Trevon Griffith and their national teammates Paul Wintz, Kemol Savory, Dexter George, Keanu Harry, Ashmead Nedd, Sagar Hetheramani and Jadell McAllister.

Steven Sankar and Vishal Narayan were the recipients from MSC, Denesh Mangal and Darshan Persaud of Everest and Renaldo Mohammed and Devon Lord of GCC, who along with their DCC counterparts, were charged by Gibbs to make good use of the donation and to aim high in their cricketing endeavours.

Gibbs donation included jerseys, pants, wicket keeping apparel, boots and scorebook, while he described the last item as a crucial one in the development of a cricketer.

It was way back in 1953, before Guyana gained Independence and was known as British Guiana, Gibbs made his national debut, having played at the club level alongside the late Berkeley Gaskin, Fred Wills, brothers Haniff and Saccoor Mohammed and Colin Wiltshire.

Gibbs was to play a few more first-class games for British Guiana over the ensuing years, and with some good performances (including 4-68 in the final of the Quadrangular Tournament against Barbados in 1956–57) gained him selection for the West Indies side to host Pakistan the following season. 

He made his debut in the second Test at Port-of-Spain, taking four wickets in the match, and retained his place for the rest of the five-match series, his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket coming when he claimed 5-80 in the fourth Test at Bourda.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 05:41