Harper retains GCA presidency

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Guyana Chronicle
Calvin Roberts

… executives elected unopposed

FORMER Guyana and West Indies all-rounder Roger Harper was on Monday night entrusted with the stewardship of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), when that entity held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and election of office-bearers for the year 2011 to 2012.

So confident were the delegates in Harper’s handling of the GCA’s affairs, that the 47-year-old Harper, who took 46 wickets from his 26 Test matches since making his debut against India way back in December 1983 at Kolkata, that he chalked up a 28-7 victory over his opponent and former GCA president Alfred Mentore. Not only was Harper entrusted to run the cricket in Georgetown, but his executives were all elected unopposed, including Neil Barry, Harry Parmesar, Dennis Wilson, Shawn Massiah and Colin Alfred.

Barry, Parmesar, Wilson, Massiah and Alfred retained their positions as one of two Vice-presidents, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Public Relations Officer and Competitions Committee Chairman respectively.

There are: a new Vice-President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Marketing Manager in Captain Ron Daniels of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Ms Deborah McNicholls and Eric Whaul respectively, with the former Secretary Keneimo Alphonso opting not to execute such duties again, while PKF Barcellos, Narine and Company was elected to act as Auditor of the GCA.

Prior to the meeting, Harper, Alphonso and Parmesar read the President’s, Secretary’s and Treasurer’s reports, with questions being raised and matters discussed at the end of each report, among which was the non-playing of Female, Under-15 and U-19 cricket respectively.

Both points were raised by Mentore and Emily Dodson, with Dodson expressing immense concern at the non-playing of female cricket, which is her stronghold, to which Harper, whose brother Mark is the present senior national cricket coach, promised to look into during his second term.

The first order of business for the Roger Harper-led GCA, will be the selection of the various committees and their members, and that will be done at a meeting scheduled for this afternoon at a venue to be named. They will also be looking at an application made by the University of Guyana (UG) who applied for full membership of the GCA at the AGM, along with Ace Warriors Cricket Club’s application for assistance with building and owning their own venue.