Marvan Prashad dominate GCA U-19 competition …tournament hailed a success by Roger Harper

In the recently concluded Georgetown Cricket Association’s (GCA’s) American Youth Cricket Premier League (AYCPL), Marvan Prashad, the lad from Blairmont, West Bank Berbice, topped the overall batting charts.
Representing the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) in the competition, Prashad emerged from the encounter as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
The elegant right-hander accumulated the most runs in the tournament’s Zone stage, and recorded the highest individual score. His 287 runs were of superior quality, and he had a batting average of 59 in his dream season.
A former Guyana U-15 player and a prospective Guyana U-17 player in 2019, Prashad scored 165 runs against the Gandhi Youth Organization (GYO), held 13 catches in the tournament, and engineered one run-out.
For his great success in this tournament, Prashad received numerous prizes, including medals and cricketing gear.
Meanwhile, in the zone stage of the tournament, the best bowling figures were recorded by Ntini Permaul from the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC), who had 7-24.
The off-spinning bowling performance of nine-star hero Ezekiel Wilson of the DCC came in the semis, while the awards were given based on Zone performances.
Akeem Clarke from Transport Sports Club (TSC) had the most wickets in the zone stage — 15 at an average of 11.3. The best fielder in the tournament was also the man declared Man of the Final, Tamesh Persaud, who had 14 dismissals (13 catches and one run out) for the New York Tri-State team.
Zone ‘B’ MVP was Devon Allen of TSC, who recorded 274 runs, with six catches, two stumpings and one run-out.
At the presentation ceremony, GCA President Roger Harper hailed the tournament as a success, and expressed delight at the NY Tri-State team for the way they played in the tournament.
He also congratulated the makeshift DCC team. “That is what club cricket is all about. When players move on to a higher representation…” Harper stated. The GCA boss was addressing the likes of Ashmead Nedd and Sachin Singh, who had been called up for West Indies U-19 training camp duties, while the others were engaged in the DCB inter-association.
The winning team of the tournament, NY Tri-State, received a trophy and cheque worth Gy$75,000, among medals. DCC, the runners-up team that showed some spirit, received medals, a trophy and a cheque for Gy$50,000.
At conclusion of the presentation, the NY Tri-State team showed their appreciation by giving back to the GCA. The NY Tri-State team gave their first place prize, along with their individual awards, to the GCA in what they described as a small token of appreciation.
Other match officials were rewarded with medals of appreciation for the hard work they had put in throughout the final. (Brandon Corlette)