Everest Cricket Club

Name: Everest Cricket Club (previously East Indian Cricket Club)
Location: Camp St & Carifesta Ave, Thomas Lands, Georgetown
Telephone: +592-226-6289, 225-1975
Website: http://www.eccgy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Everest-Cricket-Club-Guyana/133198250084396
Email: everestcricketclub_gy@yahoo.com

In 1914 John Aloysius Veerasawmy founded the East Indian Cricket Club (EICC), which later became Everest Cricket Club, with the support of prominent Indo-Guyanese. These included Alladat Khan, bookkeeper from Berbice, and a Muslim. The club opened in Queenstown in on 13 December 1915, on land leased to it by Veerasawmy, on which a pavilion was built.

The club's very first executive (1915-1916) was: Thomas Flood (president), RR Kerry (vice-president), JA Veerasawmy (secretary/treasurer), E Bacchus, RB Gajraj, Francis Kawall, JS Pariag, A Rohomon, J Rohomon, R Rohoman, P Sawh, J Subryan (committee members) and JA Luckhoo (captain). Governor Egerton and a large crowd attended the first match played at the EICC ground in Queenstown, on 18 December 1915.

EICC initially participated in the second division Garnett Cup, in 1915 and was one of the four teams that tied for first place in 1919. The Club won the Garnett Cup in 1925, 1926 and 1927 - the first club to do so on three successive occasions. In 1927 the club's application to be promoted to the first division Parker Cup was rejected, because the Queenstown ground was not big enough.

EICC then acquired a lease on a large piece of swampy land on Camp Road, a few hundred yards from the ocean. The land was quickly transformed into a proper cricket ground, with a sizeable pavilion. The new EICC ground was opened on 30 April 1928 by Governor Cecil Rodwell and the club was admitted to the first division in 1929, to compete for the Parker Cup.

Mohamed Insanally succeeded JA Luckhoo as EICC captain in 1919 an remained captain until 1927. He was succeeded by A Rohoman. Thomas Flood was succeeded by HB Gajraj as president.

On 24 June 1929 Reverend CF Andrews, a personal friend of Gandhi, addressed EICC members on the subject of Indian unity. He was satisfied with the state of affairs in British Guiana in this regard and counselled EICC members and other Indians to recognize the unifying role of the EICC and to continue supporting the club.

In 1929 the EICC executive included: HB Gajraj (president), Francis Kawall (vice-president), Ramprashad (junior vice-president), David Iloo (secretary) and Ranjit Singh (captain from 1930 to 1941).

The EICC provided many players for matches between the Indians of British Guiana and the Indians of Trinidad, which began in 1914. JA Veerasawmy played first class cricket for British Guiana in 1921 and 1922 while he was an EICC member, but the club did not play first division cricket at that time. Veerasawmy apparently played first division cricket at the British Guiana Cricket Club (later Guyana Sports Club) at that time.

In 1937, however, Chatterpaul 'Doosha' Persaud, an EICC member playing first division cricket for the club, made a sensational first class debut for British Guiana, against Barbados, at Bourda. Chatterpaul scored 174 in his very first first-class innings, and put on 381 with Peter Bayley, who scored 268. British Guiana won by an innings and 229 runs.

In 1935 Ranjit Singh became the club captain and the club toured Suriname. Club member Sonny Edun was a member of the West Indies team that toured New Zealand in 1955/1956, though he did not play in any Tests. Club members Sonny Edun and Abdul "Waqar" Hassan played for the Guyana Indians against the touring Pakistan team at Bourda on 21 March 1958.

In 1971 the club changed its name to Everest Cricket Club.

The Everest Cricket Club facilities have been used for international and regional matches. In 2007 it was one of two clubs selected as practice venues for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.

Over the years, Everest has produced players representing Guyana and the West Indies, including: Dr MS Alli-Shaw, Krishna Arjune, Rajendra Chandrika, Sunny Edun, Sen Gopaul, Waqar Hassan, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Eion Katchay, Amir Khan, Edwin Mohamed, Zaheer Mohamed, Lal Munilall, Ajodha Persaud, David Persaud, Ryan Ramdass, Shameer Sadloo, Zaheer Sadloo, Rohan Sarjoo and Ranji Singh.

The club has also been represented by Clyde Butts, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Rohan Kanhai, Joe Solomon, Johnny Teekasingh and John Veerasawmy.

Everest Cricket Club participates in Georgetown Cricket Association competitions, such as the Carib Beer Heroes Cup first division 2-innings competition.

2013 Activities

Everest held its Annual General meeting and elections on the evening of 16 February at the club’s pavilion. The entire executive was returned unopposed. 

2013 Elected Officers
President: Rajesh Singh
1st Vice President: Stephen Lewis
2nd Vice President: Oncar Ramroop
Secretary: Caramchand Rambarran
Assistant Secretary: Shameer Shahib
Treasurer: Royston Rachpaul
Assistant Treasurer: Anthony Rampersaud
Club Captain: Paul Parsram
Committee Members: Karamchand Jaikaran, Manichan Rai, Ramjit Singh, Harry Yenkana

The club president said that that 2014 will mark 100 years for the club and the executive will organize several events to commemorate the event. He added that Friday night softball at the club was growing in popularity and the club will install permanent lights at the ground for these matches. The club would welcome donations from the public to help pay for these lights. The club was also planning to upgrade the tennis court.

GCA Division 1 Hadi 2-day:

  • (26, 27 Jan at ?) Match drawn. Everest got first innings points. Everest 306-6d (R Ramdass 150, T Chanderpaul 79, C Hemraj 22, J Shivgobin 4-26). GYO 160 (C Deonarine 34, A Khan 4-46, J Rasheed 3-30, C Hemraj 2-11). Everest 172-3 (S Mohamed 82, T Chanderpaul 51, C Hemraj 21).
  • (2, 3 Mar at ?) Match drawn. DCC 287 (K Savory 118, T Dowlin 57, A Lyght Jnr 35, J Rasheed 5-43, C Surat 2-46) Everest 166 (C Hemraj 39, R Dhanraj 36, A Stoll 3-?) DCC 113-3 (A Gibson 52*, and J Byron 39).

GCA Division 2 Noble House:

  • (12, 13 Jan) Everest Cricket Club defeated Ace Warriors by an innings and 79 runs.
  • (26, 27 Jan at GYO) Police 191 (S Agard 52, C Cort 34, A Mohamed 28, M Persaud 28, C Surat 5-33, G DeRoche 2-24). Everest 183-7 (R Sattaur 51*, Y Dhanraj 42, R Heeralall 27).

Players include: Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Garfield De Roche, Ryan Dhanraj, Yogeshwar Dhanraj, Rishi Heeralall, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shaheed Mohamed, Ryan Ramdass, Mohan Ramdeen, Javed Rasheed, Riyad Sattaur, Chris Surat, Deon Thomas.

2010 Activities

The Everest Cricket Club elected a new executive at its Annual General Meeting in January 2010. See a photo of the 2010 Everest executive here.

2010 Management Committee
President: Mark Singh
Snr Vice-President: Rajesh Singh
Jnr Vice-President: Stephen Lewis
Secretary: Carmachand Rambarran
Assistant Secretary: Neil Singh
Treasurer: Prataap Persaud
Assistant Treasurer: Royston Rachpaul
Club Captain: Malcolm Sonaram
Committee members: Ramjit Singh, Mohabir Sukhpaul, Feroz Khan, Safraz Ally

Players included: Rajendra Chandrika, Surendra Hiralall, Amir Khan (Under-19), Joseph Perry (wkpr), Ryan Ramdass, Mohan Ramdeen (Under-19), Christopher Surat.

2007 Activities

Everest and the Georgetown Cricket Club were practice venues for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, including Guyana. Everest president Devin Munroe said that the club did a total termite treatment of the building and built a new fence on the Carifesta end of the venue.

Players included: Chris Patadin (U-19), Ryan Rajmangal (U-19), Rajendra Ramkellawan (U-19)