|Full name:||Vincent Adams|
|Born:||26 Jan 1950, Dalgin, West Bank Demerara, Guyana|
|Teams:||Demerara (FC: 1972, 1974); Guyana U-20 (1969); Guyana (FC: 1969); All teams|
|Club:||Demerara Cricket Club, Georgetown|
|School:||MacKenzie High School|
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Vincent Adams was the first person born in Linden to represent Guyana at regional cricket. Hailing from Dalgin on the Demerara River, his father started a ferry service in Linden many years ago. He started playing cricket in Linden at a very early age, going on to captain Mackenzie High School and representing Guyana.
He made his first class debut for Guyana in the 1969 Shell Shield Tournament at the age of 19. Opening the batting with Isaac Surienarine, he scored 47 in the 2nd innings of his first match, against the Leewards in St Kitts, and his future looked promising. He failed to make any further noteworthy scores in this tournament, however, but much was expected of him in the regional youth tournament, for which he was still eligible.
The 1969 British-American Youth Tournament was held in Trinidad and Tobago and Adams opened the batting again for Guyana. Steady but not spectacular, he scored 99 against Jamaica in the last match of the tournament against a Jamaican attack that included Uton Dowe. He finished the tournament with a decent average of 44.25.
Adams, however, could not retain his place in the Guyana team, competing against the likes of Roy Fredericks, Len Baichan and Romain Etwaroo. His next appearance in first class cricket was for Demerara, in the 1972 Jones Cup, at Rose Hall in Berbice. Adams top-scored in the match with 121, helping Demerara to defeat Berbice outright, even though the Berbice team included Roy Fredericks, Len Baichan and Alvin Kallicharran. (Lance Gibbs cleaned up the Berbicians, taking 5 wickets for 49 runs in their second innings.)
Adams failed to regain a place in the Guyana team but opened the batting again for Demerara in 1974. In what was to be his last first class match he managed scores of only 26 and 2.
At the end of his youth cricket career Adams moved to Georgetown, studying engineering at the University of Guyana (UG) and playing First Division cricket for the Demerara Cricket Club. An automobile accident, however, ended his cricket career abruptly and forced him to concentrate on his studies. He graduated from UG in 1973 with a Bachlor's degree in Civil & Public Health Engineering, after which he worked for 4 years as an engineer with the Guyana Water Authority.
Adams then migrated to the USA where he obtained 2 Master of Science degrees - in Groundwater Hydrology and in Geological & Petroleum Engineering. He then obtained a doctorate in Environmental Engineering. He worked 5 years with Amoco Oil company, after which he joined the US Department of Energy, becoming a high-ranking career professional after over 20 years of distinguished service.
Vincent Adams is also the current Chairman of the Linden Fund, USA - an organisation that is helping to revitalise the Linden area.