Seonarine and Deopaul Bringing NYSCL To Guyana

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James Persaud

Two strong teams, consisting of some of the best players in softball cricket, will represent the New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL) in the Guyana Cup and Master Cup, to be played in Guyana from October 28 - 30. Led by former Guyana national player Vijay Seonarine and Boodram Deopaul, the two teams were drawn from the entire league and consist of players in two age group categories: open and over-40.

NYSCL Legends captain Boodram Deopaul
NYSCL All Stars Captain Vijay Seonarine

Vijay Seonarine and Boodram Deopaul will be in Guyana for at least a week as the captains of the 2011 NYSCL Independence and Legends Cup champions. They will be ably assisted by their vice-captains, Bobby Pahalad and Linden Langhorne respectively.

Vijay Seonarine comes from Port Mourtant, a town in the county of Berbice that has produced some of best Guyana and West Indies cricketers, like Rohan Kanhai. Seonarine played for Port Mourtant before representing Berbice in the county championship. He then represented Guyana in 1997 and 1998 before migrating to the United States.

Tall, lanky and built like a fast bowler, the role in which he started playing cricket, he later took up wicket-keeping. Both his keeping and batting have since improved considerably. He is now a hard-hitting opening batsman who fields in the covers when not keeping. He led his team, the Guyana All Stars, to the 2011 NYSCL Independence Cup championship.

Boodram Deopaul played "hard ball" cricket for his native village Triumph, in the county of Demerara, and for the Guyana Defence Force in second division competition. In the mid 1980's he played softball cricket for Kerry Packer, one of the most prestigious clubs in Georgetown. He is the captain of the NYSCL Legends (for players over 45), whom he led to four finals, losing only one.

NYSCL President Eric Ferrier

The NYSCL All Stars team has dominated the United States Interstate tournaments, winning in Florida and New York many times. The players representing the league are most suited to the Twenty20 format, including many all-rounders.

The strength of the team is their bowling, which will be led by two times NYSCL Cricketer-Of-The-Year Bobby Pahalad, with support from his brother Bhola. Bobby bowls with genuine pace and Bhola bowls well on dirt wickets and gets a lot of swing. Also in the team is Amit Moonsammy, who is probably the best leg spinner in the game today.

They will be well supported by captain Vijay Seonarine and Mo Khan, Mahendra Seeram, Karan Ganesh, Vicky Subkarran, Shazam Hussain, Tulsiram Mangroo, Ryan Ramjas, Satesh Parsram, Ricky Edwards and Vijay Bersford.

The NYSCL Legends has dominated the softball cricket competitions that has as an age limit. In the United States the age limit is 45 but in the Guyana Masters the limit is 40. These mature players are very eager to display their skills to their counterparts in Guyana.

Tony Fernandez, the champion of "age limit" softball cricket batting, looks forward to playing in Guyana. He has won batting awards in Interstate competition for four consecutive years. He is a hard hitting batsman who plays for Country Boys and is still one of their leading batsmen.

This Legends team is also packed with all-rounders and has added some new faces in Ravi Etwaroo, Ronald Evelyn, Ravi Sugrim, Jagdesh Arjune, Onkar Singh, Rickford Mayers and Orin Jackson. 

This team has one of the best all-rounders at this level of cricket in Cedric Beaton. He is one of the leading bowlers on the team and will be supported by Linden Langhorne, Ronald Evelyn and Boodram in the pace bowling. In the spinners' corner there is Ravi Etwaroo, Ivor Chan, Cecil Hodge and Onkar Singh.

The team also has two of the best wicketkeeper/batsmen in the game: Rabindranauth Singh and Jagdesh Arjune. Other batsmen include Julian Holder, Orin Jackson, Rickford Mayers, Joseph Jerrick and Ravi Sugrim.

The managers for the tour will be Sase Radhay for the Legends and JP Singh representing the All Stars. The NYSCL President Eric Ferrier will be traveling with the teams and will be a Manager/Coach.

The two NYSCL teams in Guyana are sponsored by Hafeez Ali of Rockaway Auto Sales and Car Rental. Mr. Ali has businesses in New York and Guyana and is ardent supporter of cricket. At the presentation meeting Mr. Ali said that he knows how hard it is to send a team to Guyana and praised the league for sending two teams. He also stated that he was glad to be associated with the league.