Kennedy Venkersammy

Full name: Kennedy D Venkersammy (spelled incorrectly as "Venkasammy" by several prominent sources)  
Born: 19 Oct 1953, Albion, Berbice, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Leg-break googly
Teams: Guyana U19 (2in: 1970-1971); West Indies U19 (Var: 1970); Berbice (FC: 1971, 1975); USA (LO: 1980-1986); All teams
Club: Albion (Berbice)
Relations: Stanley Venkersammy (brother), Madan Gopal (uncle), Sen Gopaul (cousin), Rohan Kanhai (cousin), Romain Etwaroo (cousin) and others.
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Kennedy Venkersammy comes from a family with a rich and proud cricket tradition. His uncle Madan Gopal was a prominent opening batsman in British Guiana in the 1950s, while his cousin Sen Gopaul (Madan's son) represented Guyana in the 1970's. Ken's brother Stanley opened the batting for Berbice with Roy Fredericks in the 1960's.

His cousins include Rohan Kanhai and the Etwaroo brothers.

Ken made his debut for the Guyana youth team in the 1970 (British-American Tobacco) regional youth competition, in Guyana, as a middle order batsman and right-arm leg-spinner. His talent was evident despite moderate success, and he toured England with the West Indies Youth team in the summer of 1970, along with Guyanese Gopie Beasmonie and Syd Matthews.

He scored 61 to help the WI Youth team to reach 218 on the opening day of their two-day match against the English National Association of Youth Clubs X1 at Nottingham. He was the only batsman to offer resistance to Arther Hill, who took 5 for 27. (Scorecard)

At the end of the six-week tour, Ken had the most runs (482) with a top score of 83. He was also second in the batting averages, with an average of 40.17.

After a good season in the Davson Cup (Berbice First Division), Ken was called to Berbice county trials along with Gopie Beasmonie. He made his first class debut for Berbice county in 1971, playing alongside the likes of all-rounders William Jeffrey, Lal Munilall, Randolph Ramnarace and Sew Shivnarine. (Scorecard)

He emigrated shortly after to the United States but represented Berbice again in 1975.

In March 1977, while on vacation in Guyana, he represented Berbice again, against Pakistan. This was in a warm-up limited overs match before the One Day International between Pakistan and the West Indies at Albion. It was said that Kennedy hit 4 consecutive fours in an over from Safraz Nawaz in that match.

In 1980 he represented the USA for the first time. He played for the USA in the ICC Trophy in 1982 and 1986, both times in England. He represented New Rochelle in the American League in the 1980s.

Batting and Fielding
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Guyana U19 2in 5 6 0 110 43 18.33 0 0 2
West Indies U19 Var 6 9 2 259 61 37.00 0 1 10
Berbice FC 2 2 0 27 18 13.50 0 0 0
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Guyana U19 2in 348 11 203 8 4-62 25.37 0 0 43.50 3.50
West Indies U19 Var 24 1 14 1 1-14 14.00 0 0 24.00 3.50
Berbice FC 42 0 42 1 1-42 42.00 0 0 42.00 6.00