Sarwan calls time on cricket career

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after making 286 international appearances for West Indies.Sarwan, 36, made the announcement on Thursday during a ceremony at the Stella Maris Primary School in Guyana, where he launched his career by scoring two centuries in a now-defunct Under-12 competition.Also a former Guyana captain, Sarwan was given a hero’s welcome as students lined up and chanted his name on arrival.”Sarwan always loved cricket. I remember when he was just 10, he was first picked for Stella Marris. He was in third standard and got the Man of the Match award, making 49 in the final,” recalled Surendra Khayyam, Sarwan’s vice-captain at Stella Marris.Sarwan, who made his first-class debut for Guyana against Barbados in the Red Stripe Cup of 1995-96 at the age of 15, had an international career that lasted 13 years.He featured in 87 Tests, 181 one day internationals (ODI), and 18 Twenty20 internationals and boasts 15 Test centuries.”Carl Hooper saw me at Georgetown Cricket Club when I was 14 and told me that I would play Test cricket,” said Sarwan, who launched his Test career in 2000 by scoring 84 against Pakistan in Barbados.HARD WORK”That inspired me to really train and work hard, and here I am today.”Sarwan has identified the high points of his career as his 105 in Antigua which led West Indies to a record 418-run successful chase against Australia in May 2003, his 84 on debut against Pakistan, and his career-best 291 against England in Barbados in 2009.”When I made the Guyana team at 15, my roommate was Keith Semple. I was being peppered by the pacers since I was a little boy from Wakenaam, and I was intimidated by guys who were big and tall and did not do well,” recounted Sarwan, who captained West Indies in four Tests, five ODIs and two T20s, and who finished his career with a total of 11, 994 international runs, spread across all three formats of the game.”I was batting well in practice, but I was afraid to play shots in the games. Semple said I should bat the way I batted in the nets, and I started to do that.”Sarwan’s career was not without controversy.In 2005, he was one of seven players who were dropped for the series against Pakistan and South Africa following a contract conflict between individual sponsor Cable and Wireless and the team sponsor Digicel.Sarwan’s last appearance for West Indies was during the 2013 Champions Trophy, but he was dropped after poor performances against Pakistan and India.last_img read more

AFC presses APNU for more influence

first_imgLGE talksThe A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) have officially met to commence discussions on reaching an agreement to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections which are slated for November this year.The meeting took place on Monday afternoon following the insistence of the AFC and the dispatch of several pieces of legislation between the two coalition partners.An AFC executive, who spoke with Guyana Times briefly on Tuesday evening said the discussions went well between the two sides and more meetings are scheduled to take place to work out the various agenda items, which require in depth analysis and full agreement.“We had an agreement the last time there was the hosting of Local Government Elections. While we were satisfied with some of the arrangements in place, I think we were concerned about some of the candidates and the allotment of seats in various areas. We were also concerned about the post electoral arrangement and the quality of the candidates that were fielded,” the executive said briefly.The AFC executive declined to say where the meeting actually took place or who were some of the persons present at the initial discourse.“I think we agreed to keep all of those kinds of information confidential until we are at an advanced stage of discussions… so I will not divulge any information about what was actually discussed during that first encounter”, the executive said.Efforts to contact APNU General Secretary Joseph Harmon and AFC General Secretary Marlon Williams for a comment proved futile but the Government’s Department of Public Information did confirm that the meeting took place.Meanwhile, Guyana Times was reliably informed that the AFC is intent on demanding an equal number of candidates to the APNU for the upcoming polls. The party also wants to have more members on the joint slate contesting key areas in Georgetown, with the aim in the end of having the mayorship of the Capital City rotated based on a formal agreement.The talks between the AFC and APNU come on the heels of the first partner issuing an ultimatum last week to discuss several key issues before a formal decision by the AFC to coalesce for the polls.On May 1, 2018, the AFC gave President David Granger 14 days for the meeting to take place after its executives raised concerns about neglect, disrespect and unfair treatment by APNU.last_img read more

PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP Chadwick maintains its focus

first_img“We kept our focus the whole game and never let up,” Mavredakis said. Defensively, Chadwick surrendered only 23 total yards to St. Monica, which didn’t get a first down until the last minute of the game. “Obviously, it was a one-sided game,” Chadwick coach Gary Willison said. “What I was really happy about was how well our defense played.” – Geoffrey Nielsen Brown wins it for Waves South Bay Lutheran scored a touchdown and added a two-point conversion in the final minutes to defeat host Avalon, 51-50, in Catalina. Avalon (4-1) led, 50-43, but South Bay Lutheran’s Elijah Brown scored on a 9-yard touchdown run. South Bay Lutheran (5-0) decided to go for the win and took the lead on a Brown two-point conversion run. Avalon led, 36-29, at halftime, but South Bay Lutheran took the lead when Tyrod Anderson opened the second half with a 46-yard kick return touchdown. Avalon responded with two more touchdowns, but Brown, who rushed 14 times for 150 yards and four touchdowns took over in the fourth quarter, opening the quarter with a 60-yard touchdown run and scoring on the game winning 9-yard run. Rolling Hills Prep rallies Jacob Serrano threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Green with two seconds left, and Rolling Hills Prep rallied for a 12-12 tie with visiting Joshua Springs in a nonleague game. Kicking woes plagued both teams all afternoon, and Rolling Hills (4-0-1) missed the extra-point attempt that would have won the game. The Huskies had to settle for a tie with Southern California’s top-ranked eight-man program. It was the fourth missed extra point of the game between the two squads. Rolling Hills got possession for its game-winning score after Joshua Springs (4-0-1) came up short on a fourth-and-3 with a little more than a minute left in the game. Serrano finished 16-for-22 for 154 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Instead of going around him, Mavredakis hurdled over a teammate on his way to a 45-yard touchdown. On the third punt, St. Monica decided to kick away from Mavredakis, so far away in fact that the ball sailed over the fence and out of the stadium. “I thought we played excellent,” Mavredakis said. “We sometimes have a problem of playing to the level of competition and today I think we kept our focus throughout the game.” Magee had an efficient, productive afternoon, completing 12 of 13 passes for 188 yards and the six touchdowns. Magee’s favorite target was Tim Watson, who had five catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns. From staff reports Andy Magee threw six touchdown passes and George Mavredakis had 285 all-purpose yards and a pair of punt returns for touchdowns as Chadwick scored on every possession in a 70-0 nonleague drubbing of St. Monica on Saturday afternoon at Chadwick. Chadwick improved to 4-0; St. Monica is 0-4. After returning the first punt 75 yards for a touchdown, Mavredakis took the second punt, faked to the left, then quickly cut back to the right, directly into the path of one of his own players. last_img read more