DCC Earned GCB Club Award

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Guyana Chronicle
K. Amsterdam

(Letter to the Sports Editor)

With reference to the letter in your newspaper last Thursday titled ‘There was a strange selection of awardees at the Guyana Cricket Board Awards Ceremony, we wish to set certain records straight. The Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) is a long-standing and prestigious organisation and will be happily celebrating a great and memorable milestone of 100 years come 2012. Like any other cricket club, DCC has given its all to the development of cricket in Guyana and the West Indies.

DCC has produced great legends to the game of cricket over the years and continues to produce talented individuals whether as manager, coach, administrator or cricketer.

As such, there is no doubt that DCC is one of the best clubs in the region. However, like The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC), DCC has nothing to prove but only to provide information about the Club’s performance during the year to the public. The performance of the club is as follows:

First of all, the DCC Under-13 team played unbeaten winning in the process the Banks Pee-Wee Under-13 and DeSinco Under-13 tournaments.

In addition, like the Under-13 team the DCC Under-15 ‘A’ team has played unbeaten winning the Under-15 Brain Street Tournament, while the DCC ‘B’ team placed fourth in the same competition.

The Under-15 DCC players representing Demerara at inter-county level are Michael Shalim, Quacy Lewis, Cleon McEwan and Khemraj Rupee, while Tevin Imlac and Travis Persaud were on standby. Shalim and Rupee went on to play for Guyana.

DCC had four cricketers representing Demerara at the Under-17 inter-county level namely, Dexter George, Khemal Savory, David Mohamed and Michael Shalim. Savory and George gained places on the Guyana Under-17 team that will be competing in Trinidad & Tobago in 2012, while Shalim was on standby. Jahron Byron was the lone DCC Under-19 player in the Georgetown and Demerara teams.

DCC First Division team won the Digicel 20/20 for 2010-2011 and the Carib Beer & Friends of Cricket ‘Heroes Cup’ two-day competition.

The First Division team has also reached the final of the Queensway Cup final 50 Overs where they were beaten by GCC. DCC to date is the leading team in the Carib Beer Friends of Cricket two-day First Division 2011-2012 competition.

DCC lost the Noble House Seafood Second Division semifinals for 2010-2011 and are currently leading in the Noble House Seafood two-day Second Division 2011-2012 competition.

At the senior level, DCC players Travis Dowlin, Christopher Barnwell, Derwin Christian, Paul Wintz, Gajanand Singh, Trevon Griffith, Totaram Bishun, Jamal Hinckson and Andrew Lyght Jr represented Demerara and Guyana in various competitions, while Totaram Bishun was often a standby for the Guyana senior team.

A total of nine DCC players took part in the GCB Big Smash 20/20 Tournament. The players are: Christopher Barnwell, Derwin Christian, Trevon Griffith, Totaram Bishun, and Denver Greaves, as well as Paul Wintz, Andrew Lyght Jr, Cohen Ismond and Omesh Dhanram who all played for West Demerara/Essequibo.

The DCC cricketers who played or were selected to represent Guyana at the junior and senior levels are: Michael Shalim, Khemraj Rupee, Dexter George, Khemal Savory, Travis Dowlin, Christopher Barnwell, Derwin Christian, Paul Wintz, Gajanand Singh, Trevon Griffith and Andrew Lyght Jr. Totaram Bishun and Michael Shalim were all on standby for Guyana .

Editor, the DCC ground has been the most used cricket venue in Georgetown/Demerara, hosting practice sessions for touring international teams, and cricket matches for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) and the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA).

In addition, the club hosted inter-county matches at the Under-15, Under-17, Under -19 and Senior inter-county levels.

It must be mentioned that DCC sometimes forsake its own members to accommodate others since Country and West Indies interest supersedes that of the Club.

The DCC has made the club available beyond the call of duty. The GCB and the GCA can attest to the fact that unavailability of other clubs has affected the development of cricket in Demerara. DCC’s coach Garvin Nedd hosts daily net sessions that often include the members of GCC and Maltenoes Cricket Club amongst others.

However, if the weather was much kinder to GCA, the DCC would have hosted many more matches and would have had the opportunity to win more competitions or tournaments.

In a nutshell DCC have rendered and committed to more than 360 degrees to cricket-related services including softball cricket for 80 percent of the year barring weather.

DCC hosted the WICB/Digicel Series practice sessions and West Indies two-day matches from May 4 to May 14, Women Inter-County Cricket matches in July, four 3-day Regional Under-19 matches, 4 Regional 50 Overs matches, 2 2-day practice matches for women Under-19, 16 GCA matches, 9 practice sessions for Under-17 and senior Inter County teams, 4 days of practise sessions for Guyana senior team, 11 days of practice sessions for regional Under-19 and senior teams, 3 Under-17 matches, 2 senior Inter-County games and 2 senior Regional 50 over matches ended for the period of November and the list goes on.

A product of DCC is Mark Harper who coached the Guyana senior team in the Regional four-day and Super50 Tournament and against the touring Pakistan and Trinidad & Tobago teams and Garvin Nedd who was appointed coach of the national Under-17 team.

In addition, to our coaches we also produce two 20/20 West Indies players in Christopher Barnwell and Derwin Christian. Barnwell went on to represent in the tour to Dubai and West Indies A Team in the touring series against Bangladesh. Barnwell was also the captain of the Georgetown Pitbulls and is now the appointed captain of the Guyana T20 Senior team, whilst Michael Shalim was the Demerara Under-17 captain. Also, Derwin Christian was named Regional Super50 wicketkeeper.

As part of our effort to develop cricket, DCC held its annual Summer Camp in collaboration with United Kingdom Aid Programme being managed by Commonwealth Games Canada ‘Bowling Out AIDs’ in August 2011 at which 75 Under-17 players, including two females attended and were awarded certificates. In addition, DCC has been holding its regular executive meetings, as well as meetings for our plan centenary (1912-2012).

Dear Editor, unlike RHTY&SC, we chose not to make mention of the various friendly matches and privately organised competitions that we participated in since we see those as irrelevant to our qualifying for a GCB award. We are comfortable that our record speaks for itself and clearly shows that DCC is one of the leading cricket clubs in Georgetown, Guyana and by extension the Region and is deserving of the award bestowed on it.

DCC would like to sincerely thank all associations and boards for running off various competitions and tournaments which allowed DCC to continue to develop more West Indies players and play an integral part in the development of Guyana and West Indies cricket.

K. Amsterdam
Public Relations Officer
Demerara Cricket Club