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Deonanan is top cricketer at Young Defenders

Friday, January 24, 2014
Parasram Singh, new president of the T&T Cricket Umpires and Scorers Council.

Talented batsman Shammi Deonanan walked away with the lion’s share of top honours when the Young Defenders Cricket Club held their presentation of awards functions for the 2012 and 2013 seasons recently in Plum Mitan, Biche.


Deonanan was named First team “Cricketer of the Year” after copping special awards for the highest individual score; most runs overall and for being the highest run-getter in the Two-Day League competition in the 2012 season.


He also recorded the highest individual score for the 2013 season, playing for the First Team.


Also claiming a share of the Young Defenders glory was bowler Deoraj Ramtahal who emerged the highest wicket-taker for the First Team in the Sunday League and Two-Day League competitions. He also took the most scalps in the Sunday League, again playing for the First Team in the 2012 season.


However taking the most wickets overall was Christon Charles while Darrel Billy was voted the Reserve Team’s “Cricketer of the Year.” The “Most Promising Youth” award went to Andel Kallicharan.


Receiving commendations for their performances during the 2013 season were “Cricketer of the Year” Richard Cassie who scored the most runs for the First Team in the Two-Day League, Sunday League and T20 competitions last season.


His outstanding feats with the willow was matched by bowler Deoraj Ramtahal who was handed the prize for taking the most wickets for the First Team in both competitions. However Prudencio Cedeno scored the most runs in the T20 competition.


Delivering the feature address at the function was Parasram Singh, new president of the T&T Cricket Umpires and Scorers Council; general secretary of the T&T Cricket Board Arjoon Ramlal; and Glen Ram, vice-chairman of the Rio Claro/Mayaro Regional Corporation.


Parasram congratulated the club on their achievements of the past two years campaigning in the Championship Division of the T&TCB’s North East Zone’s competition along with Cunaripo Sports Club. He said Young Defenders had a proud 39-year-old history keeping the Plum Mitan district together through the sport of cricket.


Singh said only when he was elevated to the leadership position in the umpires and scorers council did he realise how intense and sustained local cricket administration was. He said he has attended more meetings at Balmain, home of the T&TCB, in the past few months than in the past five years and praised the national organisation for their continuing efforts to promote the game. 


“Others are working hard to ensure that the 186 clubs in the board’s competitions remain viable and progressive. For example at the National Cricket Symposium held at the Preysal High School on January 4, members of the public expressed concern both of our cricket as well as at the West Indies Board level which the board and umpires must address. As a cricketing region, we seem to have lost the ability to win matches,” Singh said.


He said no governance model is static or forever fixed in time and place. “To grow and be innovative requires experimentation, careful but decisive decision-making in an informed environment and with detailed knowledge of the external challenges now and in the forseeable future,” Singh said.


He reminded his audience that other sports were equally aggressive in seeking to attract young athletes. “Our country are no longer principally cricket and football. It has over 60 registered national sports organisations. The challenges of running a multimillion dollar sports organisation have become exceedingly difficult in such a competitive environment,” he said.


He told the Young Defenders officials, players, supporters and sponsors that the T&TCB and the umpires council share their joy and urged the club to strive for excellence hoping that they gain promotion to the Premier League in the 2015 season.


“I wish further to emphasise your importance. You as a club represent an important segment of the best pool of players in the country. It is from this pool that the nation and by extension the West Indies draws its talent,” said Singh.





Reserve Team 
Most Runs: Darrel Billy
Highest Individual Score: Marcus Scarborough
Most Wickets: Salman Khan



First Team
Sunday League
Most Runs: Devon Nelson
Most Wickets: Deoraj Ramtahal



Two-Day League
Most Runs: Shammie Deonanan
Most Wickets: Christon Charles



Special Awards
Highest Individual Score: 
Shammie Deonanan
Most Runs Overall: 
Shammie Deonarine
Most Wickets Overall: 
Criston Charles
Most Promising Youth:
Andel Kalicharan
Cricketer of the Year: 
(Reserve Team): Darrel Billy
Cricketer of the Year: (First Team): Shammie Deonanan



Reserve Team
Most Runs: Kelly Johnson
Most Wickets: Kennedy Doodnath



First Team
Two-Day League
Most Runs: Richard Cassie
Most Wickets: Deoraj Ramtahal



Sunday League
Most Runs: Richard Cassie
Most Wickets: Deoraj Ramtahal



Twenty-Twenty (T20)
Most Runs: Prudencio Cedeno
Most Wickets: Richard Cassie



Special Awards
Wicketkeeper (Reserve Team): Kelly Johnson
Wicketkeeper (First Team): 
Clint Ramtahal
Rookie of the Year: Alex Ali


Most Promising Youth: Feiaz Ali
Highest Score (Reserve Team): Kelly Johnson
Highest Score (First Team): Shammie Deonanan


Most Runs Overall: 
Prudencio Cedeno


Most Wickets Overall: 
Deoraj Ramtahal
Cricketer of the Year (Reserve Team): Kennedy Doodnath
Cricketer of the Year (First Team): Richard Cassie



Special Awards
Mrs Anganie Ramroop, Manager, sponsor, Young Defenders Cricket Club
Enal Ramtahal, Coach, Young Defenders Cricket Club
Glen Ram, Vice-chairman  
Subesh Ramjattan, Sponsor
Anil Moonan, Sponsor
Vishnu Ragoonath, Ex-player
Kubir Ramtahal, Ex-Player


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