Guyana’s cricketers have a strong
following throughout the Caribbean, and the entire region will want Ramnaresh
Sarwan’s men to do well at the Airtel Champions League in South Africa next
Even though Guyana beat defending
champions Trinidad & Tobago in the semi-finals, their coach Kelvin Williams
congratulated the new champs on their close victory over Barbados in the
Caribbean Twenty20 final at Queen’s Park Oval on Saturday night and admitted
that captain Ramnaresh Sarwan’s deserved to win the competition.
The heroes were teenagers Jonathan
Foo and Devendra Bishoo who got the runs in the last over after Guyana’s cause
looked completely lost at point, but it was Sarwan’s leadership too that played
an important part throughout the tournament.
T&T also saw action on Saturday
in a lopsided ten-wicket third place play-off victory over Jamaica. It was the
first step towards getting back on track, Williams explained, praising his team
for a performance that they and the T&T public have grown accustomed to.
“It is nice to know that the guys
came back and put out a good performance. Fans came out to support us, and we
gave them something to cheer for,” he said.
The tournament was well attended.
Williams said it shows that West Indians still love cricket and will come out
to support their team.
Even after T&T lost their
semi-final, the fans at the Oval gave the home team a lusty cheer and after
their third place win Daren Ganga led his team in an appreciative lap to even more
Williams said: “It is nice to know
the fans are behind you, and that says a lot about the character of the team.
We know we were capable of doing it, and we did it against Jamaica. It is
unfortunate that we could not do it against Guyana but we will give them our
Williams is hopeful Guyana will do
well in the Champions League. “Guyana play smart cricket just like T&T and
you will see a similar type of cricket played throughout the region. I believe
they can and I want them to emulate us in the Champions League.”