LaFleur aims for success at first outing in Canada

Guyana Times article.

From Ravendra Madholall in Toronto Former Guyana Under-19 captain Eugene LaFleur is aiming to be successful by the conclusion of this year’s Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite and Premier Leagues with Victoria Park Cricket Club in his first year.

The left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner played his first game recently but the inclement weather halted proceedings just after the beginning and several games were also abandoned.

However, LaFleur was willing to share his anxiety, having made his debut. He promised to make a great impact in both departments of the game. He stated that he wants to score heavily and take wickets on a regular basis.

The Berbician, who represented Guyana at both the under-15 and under-19 levels, feels that playing in North America will ultimately lift the standard of his game as he harbours thoughts of playing for West Indies in the near future.

“I [am] indeed grateful to get the opportunity to represent a club up here and I promised to do my best; I haven’t got a full match as yet after arriving only few days ago but I am feeling really excited and ready to go; this part of the world I think can be very competitive and that is one of the reasons to come and play here and so far I am comfortable,” the 22-year-old athlete related.

LaFleur led Guyana’s youth team in 2008 when the tournament was hosted in Barbados. Guyana were the runner-up that year but his performance was impressive.

“Playing at home, representing your country at any level always is remarkable; my aim now is to win a spot on the Guyana’s senior team and then try to wear the prestigious maroon colour but I know you have got to make runs consistently to impress the selectors,” LaFleur declared.

On Sunday, LaFleur proved his ability with the ball, grabbing two wickets before the rain interrupted.

“Well, I went out there and got a good feel; my captain gave me the ball early and fortunately I had two early wickets which boosted my confidence tremendously so I am anxious to go out there again and perform with both bat and ball for Victoria Park,” LaFleur, who plays for Bermine in Berbice, divulged.

Recently LafLeur was named one of the five cricketers-of-the-year for Trinidad and Tobago’s Preysal Cricket Club after his all-round performance. He dominated with bat, scoring over 500 runs and taking 41 wickets.

He revealed it was also great to play cricket in TT and come out with such statistics.

“I was happy to be recognised as a top cricketer for Preysal in Trinidad and Tobago; the competition was definitely stiff down there and I think I learnt a lot there too so hopefully I can continue with same kind of form here; the good thing many players from around the Caribbean participating and I know them very well,” LaFleur .

Meanwhile, on Sunday West Indies one-day player Royston Crandon bagged six wickets for Vikings Cricket Club who beat Mississauga Ramblers Cricket Club. Former Guyana middle-order batsman Zaheer Haniff, also representing Vikings, scored 40 not out.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 06:55