Former national cricketer Clement Neblett passes away


FORMER  Police Sports Club  and Guyana all-rounder Clement Everton Neblett, popularly known as “Nebbo” passed away a few days ago in St Vincent and The Grenadines, reportedly of a heart attack. Neblett, who celebrated his 62nd birthday on March 10 last, was reportedly on the island on a business trip and also witnessed the West Indies versus Australia One-day international matches there.
The once burly six-footer, who  migrated to Canada in the 1980s, played six first class matches for Guyana, making his debut in the 1977/78 season. . He lost both legs several years ago.
The Mahaica-born Neblett, was a member of the once-feared Guyana Police Force Case Cup first division team which included the likes of the late Guyana off-spinner William Jeffrey, robust middle-order batsman Leonard McRae, Hubert Carrington, Eddie Nichols, Milton Pydanna, Keith Cameron and Vibert Johashen.
Neblett  first  came to prominence as a youth player, representing Guyana as an opening batsman in the then Benson and Hedges regional youth tournament in 1968/69.
Despite his creditable all-round performances for Police in first division competitions,  Neblett never made it to the national level until he donned whites for the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC).
Neblett also had the unique distinction of captaining the Ontario and Canadian national team and also skippered club team Vikings in the Toronto and District league.
According to a well-placed source, funeral arrangements are still being worked out.