HACC president confident of continued success

Guyana Chronicle article.

TORONTO, Canada – Action in the 2014 Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) Premier League is due to start in a few weeks’ time and president of the Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) Guyanese Narchand ‘Archie’ Mohan is confident of another bumper season.

HACC have been flying high over the past four seasons, romping to consecutive championships, an unprecedented feat in the SCA and, according to Mohan, his club has no intention of relinquishing the title.

The club’s reign of successes in finals started in 2010 when they defeated Panoli Cricket Club and this was followed by triumphs over East West XI in 2011, Victoria Park in 2012 and Bawa XI in 2013.

With outdoor training still not possible because of the dampness of most grounds, HACC players have been undergoing rigorous indoor exercises and Mohan is extremely happy with their progress and told Chronicle Sport that his charges are raring to go.

The predominant Guyanese squad, which also includes a few Trinidadians, will once again be strengthened by the inclusion of former West Indies one-day middle-order batsman Royston Crandon, former Guyana fast bowler Trevon Garraway and former National Under-19 player Hemnarine Chattergoon who also leads the team.

Diminutive wicketkeeper Azib Ali Haniff, who represented Guyana at both Senior and Under-19 levels, is also a prominent member of HACC while Ramnarine Chattergoom, the youngest of the Chattergoon siblings, and Georgetown Cricket Club’s Ryan Rajmangal are also set to be included.

It will be recalled that Garraway played a pivotal role in last season’s Premier League final with the astonishing figures of four for six against rivals Bawa XI in a lop-sided game while Crandon and Chattergoon were consistent in the batting department, registering useful scores in the preliminary round matches. Garraway’s effort earned him the Most Valuable Player in the Final award.

An excited Mohan is full of praise for the contributions of his players past and preseent, pointing out that they must be commended for their sterling efforts both on and off the field. The long-standing president disclosed that success has been attained through hard work and determination and once the players maintain the same attitude there’s no reason why they should not continue their winning ways.

HACC was formed some 20 years ago and Mohan stressed that the current achievements are a testimony to the dedication and perseverance shown by the founding members, including vice-president Iqubal Rahaman, secretary/treasurer Eon Gunraj and executive member Kishaj Sukhu.

Acknowledging their contributions over the years, Mohan said they have demonstrated great leadership skills and are very passionate in their approach to the club’s activities and successes.

At last year’s SCA presentation ceremony, HACC took the lion’s share of awards which included the Frank Faubert Trophy, sponsored by Shiv Persaud of Primerica for winning the Premier League and also copped the Speedway Motors-sponsored trophy for being the Conference One champions.

The club also handed out artificial diamond rings to all the players for their outstanding achievements during the season.

Mohan also reserved special accolades for one of the club’s main sponsor in IR Construction and disclosed that Faizal Ishmael’s R&R Auto will be on board this new season.

Among the past players recognised were former Guyana national players Damodat Daesrath and Krishna Arjune, along with aspiring fast bowler Keon Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago’s Mukesh Persaud, David Sultan and Krisendat Ramo.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:00