Everest Masters Awards Ceremony 2022: Saheed Mohamed, Randy Lindore cop top prizes
-‘Tage’ Chanderpaul, Ramesh Sunich conferred with Life Membership
The Everest Cricket Club Masters Team recently held their Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala after a year of sterling performances on the field, and each of those enthusiastic players received a token for their contribution to the team’s success in 2022, while the overall top run-scorer and wicket-taker have each received individual prizes.
Despite the extended wet weather attending the latter part of this year, Everest Masters were able to play unbeaten in their 15 completed matches – a record since their establishment in 2010, and a feat that was special to the group.
Batsman Saheed Mohamed, a consistent and compact right-hander who scored 513 runs that included one century and four half-centuries, was the clear winner, ahead of Basil Persaud, who scored 253 runs, and Sahadeo Hardaiow, who scored 195 runs in the year. This has been Mohamed’s fifth consecutive award as Best Batsman.
Right arm off-spinner Randy Lindore has received the Best Bowler’s Award for the second consecutive year, after capturing 13 wickets. He was followed closely by right-arm seamer Ronald Jaisingh, who took 12 wickets, and Rajesh Singh, who took 11 wickets.
Captain Rajesh Singh was elated to present the statistical report of the matches played in the year. The skipper charged his troops to be consistent in order to equal or improve the already formidable record.
In his address, Singh also made special mention of the supporters who contributed to the overall success, including the staff and Directors of Everest CC, and the various sponsors, especially Trophy Stall.
It was also a historic occasion in the Members’ Pavilion for West Indies’ latest Test Cricketer Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Businessman Ramesh Sunich who were named Everest Cricket Club’s new Life Members. It is a policy of the 108-year- old club to bestow the prestigious award to its members who achieve the distinction of playing international cricket.
However, Chanderpaul was not present to receive his new membership card, while Sunich, of Trophy Stall, was slightly emotional as he accepted his card from the special guest of the night, Honourable Minister of Natural Resources, Vickram Bharat.
Sunich’s recognition as Honorary Life Member is as a result of his consistent and dedicated contribution to the club using his business establishment as a vessel of empowerment. Over the years, Everest CC was on the receiving end of Sunich’s generosity as he provided trophies, other tokens, printed signs, uniforms, balls and gear, sometimes without any formal request.
Another Test player that represented Everest CC in his early playing days, Clyde Butts, became a Life Member after making his debut in 1985, but was never presented with his Membership card. The former right-arm off-spinner was on hand to receive his card, and later thanked the Executives and membership of the club for the recognition.
Butts also congratulated the Everest Masters side for their achievements on the field and for putting on the gala event to recognize the performances of its members.
In his remarks to the audience of mainly players and their spouses, Minister Bharat was full of praise for Everest Masters, for their remarkable accomplishments and for organizing games to keep the game which is a unifying force alive.
The Honorable Minister also spoke glowingly of Everest Cricket Club and its members, for being the shining example of what other clubs should be.
Charismatic international cricket commentator John Ramsingh, who is also an executive member of Everest CC, was the Master of Ceremonies for this annual event, which was itself lively and well attended.