100 Not Out

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), the ‘Home of the Legends’, this year is celebrating 100 years of existence and yesterday launched its celebration itinerary to commemorate the auspicious occasion at the Queenstown location.

The event was launched under the theme ‘Transcending the Demerara Cricket Club Sprit into the Next Century’ in Lance Gibbs Street a street named after a West Indies legend that learned his cricket at the club. The launching was well attended by both past and present club members, included Roger and Mark Harper, Christopher Barnwell, among others.

Delivering brief remarks was the club President, Alfred Mentore, who stated that the Club had survived some difficult times since its creation, while paying tribute to the past generations of legends who contributed to the Club’s legacy.

During those hundred years countless dedicated people have helped to make the DCC what it is today, and I am proud to be able to pay my tribute to those people who have worked unselfishly and who are continuing with the work for the improvement of the club. The vision of the founding fathers was initially to encourage the playing of cricket, lawn tennis, Croquette and other forms of recreational activities.

We now as a club in the 21st century are expected to produce, train players and also turn out students with leadership, scholarly, moral and religious qualities full of honour, vigour and wisdom capable of positively influencing Guyana cricket and on a wider scale,” Mentore outlined.

Mentore continued, “This was a club where an initial level of attendance in any particular year was based upon the exigencies of the seasons, (be they farming, fishing, commerce and cultural festivals). Presently, and by comparison, the coach literally is overwhelmed by clusters of new recruits and is surely in the need of further assistance. This is a testimony to the full circle we have traveled as a club in one hundred years and beginning of a long trek in this current century. The DCC saw its formative years building a strong reputation, image and brand to last for decades to come and will seek to do so in this humble environment the Queenstown Community”.

He noted that the centenary celebrations would serve a platform to forge ahead. Mentore urged all to bury their differences, remain focused and resolve to push the club towards greater heights.

It is pertinent to say that we know what DCC would be in the years to come and in particular a century from today. Will the DCC continue to influence the destiny of Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana and West Indies and maintain that long legacy set by its predecessors? Only time will tell,” Mentore opined.

The club President disclosed that in order to attain that desired end, each living members, and those yet unborn, will have to play pivotal roles in shaping the destiny of the club and nation.

Former club member and coach of the Atlantis Cricket Club, New York, Carlyle Miller gave a brief history of the club, which was established in 1912 by Portuguese businessmen of British Guiana M. Gonsalves, E.C. Buck and Joseph Gonsalves.

Miller said that while the club has carved a niche for themselves as one of the most successful clubs in the country, it has produced some of the best cricket legends in Clive Lloyd, Lance Gibbs and Roy Fredericks, and many others.

Other past club members who played at the highest level are: Cyril Christiani, Robert Christiani, Roger Harper and Travis Dowlin, while current club members Christopher Barnwell and Derwin Christian have also played at the highest level. Ernest Christiani, Harry Christiani, Mark Harper, Colin Wiltshire and Trevon Griffith and are also products of the club that have represented Guyana.

Nigel Harper, a former club member and who is currently the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer of the Atlantis Cricket Club, New York, in his speech pledged unflinching support to restore the club to its glory days. He described 100 years in the life of an institution as a no mean achievement and advised the management of the club to be abreast with modern trends of club management to propel DCC to its deserved status.

Former club president and current Georgetown Cricket Association president Roger Harper, former Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) president Anand Goolsarran and Christopher Barnwell also spoke on the auspicious occasion.

As part of the centenary celebrations, the club has already concluded two cricket matches that were played last weekend, as well as the President’s Reception Cocktail that was concluded on Wednesday evening. Also on Wednesday, a fund-raising activity, dubbed ‘Cricketers Wear and Costume Affair’ was held at the Edge Lounge.

The celebration continues today with the Atlantis Cricket Club taking on hosts DCC from 13:00 hours in a T20 match at the Eve Leary ground. Tomorrow hosts Police will challenge Atlantis Cricket Club from 10:00 hours. Also on tomorrow is a black and White affair Dinner and Ball at Tower Poolside from 19:00 hours. Tickets, which cost $6,000, are available at DCC, Tower Hotel front desk and Nigel’s Supermarket.

On Sunday, there will be a tour to Splashmin’s Fun Park, while there will be a karaoke session from 20:00 hours at DCC. The following day, DCC will collide with Police at DCC from 13:00 hours, with the final of the three-team series set for next Tuesday 24 at DCC from 13:00 hours.