Baker Fails To Stop Guyana From Defeating Caribbean
By Orin Davidson
The games did not play out as expected, but Orlando Baker took the
opportunity to send the national selectors a message when the 14th
Sundar Memorial cricket day was staged last Saturday at Whitestone
Park in the Bronx.
slammed an exciting 94 in a fruitless effort for Rest of the Caribbean
who were beaten by Guyana in the feature game of a program reduced
to two games from three originally planned.
The much anticipated display by the ex legends of West Indies cricket
did not come off, as all except Basil Butcher and Joe Solomon could
not make the trip to New York for different reasons.
Rohan Kanhai who had indicated that illness to his wife prevented
him journeying from London, earlier in the week, was joined by Clive
Lloyd and Lance Gibbs who were sidelined at the last minute.
Sobers and Gibbs were called into emergency service Saturday for the
Stanford 20 overs million-dollar competition for which they are special
Originally scheduled to fly to New York on Saturday morning, they
had to cancel all plans as rain forced the last two Stanford quarter
final gamesinto Saturday from Friday in Antigua, hence the no show
of the two greats at Whitestone Park.
Butcher and Soloman along with ex- West Indies opening batsman Leonard
Baichan were present, but due to the unavailability of the three main
attractions, the Hong Kong type six-a-side game for them was not played.
Nevertheless a fair sized crowd showed up and was treated to exhilarating
batting by the overlooked U.S. all rounder Baker who cracked nine
fours and one six to carry Rest of the Caribbean to 145 all out in
29.1 of their alloted overs.
They were chasing 168-7 put up by Guyana when they batted first. Baker
who did not find favor with the national selectors for the Americas
Cup competition, took his omission in stride and went on to post the
highest score of the day.
Outstanding late change bowling spells sent Rest of Caribbean crashing
to defeat as Under-19 players Andre Kirton and Saud Hossein engineered
the demise, capturing three wickets for 13 runs and 3-20 respectively.
The ever green Deryck Kallicharran proved that his leg spin is still
primed to kill as he joined in the carnage, bagging 3-23.
Only Livingstone Puckering of the other Rest team batsmen displayed
any resistance, making 24, in the process.
Kirton, the national Under-19 player, who captured his three wickets
from on five overs, also pulled off two brilliant catches in a classy
performance on the field to crown his telling left arm orthodox spin.
Andrian Bevaun was the star of Guyana’s batting as he hammered
66 to spearhead Guyana’s victory.
Bevaun crashed five sixes and two fours batting at number five after
Guyana was pressured early by the Rest of Caribbean opening bowlers.
Hossein craved out a fine 24 to steady the innings early after the
openers failed, due to the incisiveness of gangling David Ravello
who snatched a match best haul of 5-20 from six overs. Baker was also
effective with the ball, capturing 2-26, but his efforts needed matching
by at least one other played. But he took the Man of the Match award.
Kallicharran revealed the game was his last in the Sundar series as
he is now officially retired. “At 49 years, I have had plenty
of cricket and it is time to call it a day,” the former Guyana
He received heaps of praise from Glen Lorrick who has played in all
of the 14 Sundar Memorial series games. “ As far as I am concerned,
Deryck is still one of the finest all rounders in America and it is
sad to see him go,” the veteran batsman said.
The day’s activities were marred by the behavior of the Whitestone
Parks security officials, who created ugly scenes while searching
and seizing alcohol taken to the Park by fans.
The ruling prohibiting use of such consumption was rigidly enforced
by the over zealous officials who created several confrontations with
Chief coordinator of the series Ray Sundar deemed the officials behavior
ultra aggressive, stating that many people’s rights were infringed
when containers and coolers were invaded without permission.
Otherwise Sundar said the day’s proceedings were well executed
but he expressed disappointment the fans were not afforded the chance
to see the legends in action. He also was peeved that some top U.S.
players were not given the chance to play.
In the junior game played, Hossien with 38 Gregory Siewdial with 35
retired and Andre Kirton 27 shone when Brian Ajodhi’s team played
a Rest team over 20 overs. All the participating players were presented
with playing gear by the organizers.
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