TORONTO, Canada – It was a night of jubilation and much pomp, and deservedly so, when Cricketers Cove Sports Club staged its annual dinner and dance at Mama Flor Restaurant and Bar, North York, Toronto here last Saturday night.
Having being crowned Grand Champions in the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) for a record third consecutive year and also West Division champions for the last four years, executive members and players celebrated their achievements in fine style.
The predominant Guyanese club whose president and owner Ramo ‘Rambo’ Purnwasi hails from Leguan, Essequibo, won the Grand Championship with a decisive victory over East Coast Sports Club in a hotly-contested final, thereby carting off the Paradise Travel Service Trophy, whose owner Albert Ramcharran is the OSCL president.
Former National Under-19 players Troy Gobin and Ejaz Mohamed were among the players in the forefront of Cricketers Cove consistent season but taking centre stage was Kumar Doodnauth, an all-rounder from the East Coast Demerara.
Doodnauth had the unique distinction of recording the most runs (286) and also capturing the most wickets (17) in the 2013 season. He also slammed a top score of 90.
Gobin, the former Malteenoes middle-order batsman, who now plies his trade in the softball arena here, registered the highest score of the season, an innings of 93 while Mohamed was also among the runs with a knock of 79.
Mohamed’s performance in the final, which also featured another former National Under-19 player in Krishna Deosarran in the East Coast side, earned him the much coveted Most Valuable Player award. The versatile Mohamed was, however, absent from the function since he’s back in Guyana.
Mike Mahadeo’s five for 25 was the best bowling figures for the club and he took home the Most Valuable Player for the Season prize.
All the players on the club’s roster were presented with trophies and plaques, including its captain Vijay Prashad and former Canadian player Desmond Chumney who had the distinct honour of representing the North American country at the 2003 World Cup. Chumney hails from St Kitts. President Purnwasi and manageress Sheri Mohammed were also among the recipients.
Special awards were handed out to Miguel Para, Indra Purnwasi and Sandy Sankardyal-Ramcharitar.
The sponsors also came in for much appreciation and received plaques for their contribution to the club. These include Terry Sawh of Top Notch Employment, Fiazul Ishmael of R&R Auto Body and Mark Yung Of Mama Flor.
An elated Purnwasi has vowed to make it four in a row come next season, boasting that his club will be having all the players back in its armoury.
A former player himself, the Essequibian disclosed that the club was established some seven years ago under the Novelty banner but changed its name to Cove Cricketers Club four years ago and has been reaping much success since,
Purnwasi reserved special praise for the OSCL, pointing out that the executives have been doing an excellent job, especially when taking into account the number of clubs involved in its many competitions. These clubs, he said number over 30 and is obviously a challenge for any association to manage.
According to Purnwasi, the OSCL executives need to be commended for their commitment to the advancement of the grassroots sports.
A beaming Sheri Mohammed, who is credited with taking care of the players’ welfare, expressed sincere thanks to the players for their fine showing and to all those who contributed to the club’s success.
Written By Frederick Halley