PMCC to hold fund-raising match on March 30
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Rohan Kanhai, Basil Butcher, Alvin Kallicharran and Mahendra Nagamootoo were all members of the Port Mourant Cricket Club (PMCC), who went on to wear the maroon cap of the West Indies, while Andre Percival, Homchand Pooran and Vishal Nagamootoo, just to name a few, represented Guyana, also out of the club.
Now under new management, with its president being cricket enthusiast Vicram Seubarran, the PMCC will be holding a one-day fund-raising four-team cricket tournament at its ground on Sunday March 30.
According to Seubarran, who was elected to head the club last month, the main purpose of this fund-raising drive is to acquire funds for the purchase of covers for the club’s pitch.
“We will be extending invitations to three other teams, namely Bermine out of Berbice along with Demerara Cricket Club and Everest Cricket Club from Demerara, to join us on this day, for which we have sought and got permission from the Berbice Cricket Board, to host the activity.
Each team will be entitled to three guest players, which means all four clubs can use players of the calibre of former Guyana and West Indies fast bowler Brandon Bess along with the hard-hitting Jonathan Foo, to bolster their chances of winning,” said Seubarran.
A winners’ purse of $60 000 and trophy will be up for grabs while the runners-up will pocket $40 000 and a trophy, with the Man-of-the-Match in the Final receiving a trophy as well. Admission to the venue would be $100 without a lunch ticket and $500 with a lunch ticket.
Drinks and food will be on sale while a trampoline and Granny Ivelaw Dancing Girls, coupled with a sound system, will keep the fans active during the matches and intermissions. The two semifinals will be 15 overs each, while the final will be 20 overs per side.
On a brighter note, Seubarran expressed gratitude to Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club Hilbert Foster, who issued to both Lloydel Lewis and Arif Chan, their transfer papers, enabling them to don the colours of PMCC from April 1.
“While I am happy that these two players were given the permission to play for Port Mourant, for which I must say thanks to Hilbert Foster, it would have been wonderful for us to utilise their services in our upcoming Busta ‘Champion of Champions’ semifinal against Albion on Saturday.
“However, I am confident that PMCC, who have undergone some intense training under the watchful eyes of coach Gavin Nedd, will triumph over Albion on Saturday and book a place in the final,” said Seubarran.
He urged all past members of the club to return and give of their support, since it is his aim to take the club back to its glory days of yore, when the Kallicharrans, Nagamootoos, Poorans, Percivals, Kanhais and Butchers played for Guyana and later West Indies in their own rights.
“The club has a rich history, since in Kanhai it has produced Berbice’s greatest Test cricketer, while Mahendra Nagamootoo is the Regional record-holder for Most Wickets, even as Percival contributed to Guyana’s successful reign as a youth team in the early 90s.
“It is my aim and heart’s desire to take it back to those days of yore, but I cannot do it all by myself, hence I am appealing to those players who once donned the club’s colours, to come out and give their support, especially in the lead-up to this event on March 30,” said Seubarran.