Yadram, Albert dominate Enterprise Busta SC 2017 awards

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West Indies Under-19 all-rounder Bhaskar ‘Sachin’ Yadram and Vivian Albert copped the majority of the awards last weekend when the Enterprise Busta Sports Club (EBSC) hosted its 2017 awards at a gala ceremony in the club’s auditorium.

The 18-year-old Yadram, who represented West Indies in the ICC Youth World Cup in New Zealand this year, lifted the prestigious Cricketer-of-the-Year award, along with three other trophies.

The right-handed batsman and right-arm seamer, who can also bowl spin, was rewarded for making the Guyana senior team and the West Indies Youth side, which toured South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2017. He was recognised for being one of the club’s centurions during the last season, and also carted off the Most Improved Player accolade.

EBSC President Parmanand Dindyal is flanked by top awardees Bhaskar Yadram (right) and Vivian Albert

In 2017, Yadram made his First-Class debut for reigning and four-time champions Guyana Jaguars, playing against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the National Stadium, Providence. He also made his maiden List A appearance, turning out for the West Indies Under-19 side in the Super50, playing eight games.

On the tour to South Africa, Yadram emerged as the Man-of-the-Series. He was West Indies leading runscorer with 205 runs in five innings at an average of 41 and strike rate of 72.69.

He made two fifties with a best of 81. Yadram was one of only three West Indian players to score a fifty in the series, and the only one to do so twice. He was also effective with the ball, claiming five wickets at an average of 22.60.

Pradesh Balkishun (right) receives his trophy from Jai Kishun

He finished with an economy rate of 3.89 and a best of 3-37, which was incidentally the best bowling figures by a West Indian in the series. Notably, Yadram was the only West Indian player with over 170 runs in the series and one of only three players on either side to cross 200 runs. He was also the second highest wicket-taker for the West Indies.

Meanwhile, Albert also bagged four awards after an outstanding year with bat and ball. The talented cricketer got the most runs by an Enterprise batsman during the season, 637, and also captured the most wickets, 24. Ameir Habib and Bhaskar Deodat got the second most runs and wickets respectively.

Such was Albert’s dominance with the bat that he also recorded the highest individual score of the year, 150 not out, and was also recognised for being one of the centurions.

Other centurions were Rajendra Chandrika, Kamesh Yadram and Ameir Habib. Siblings Pradesh Balkishun and Shelly Balkishun and Chandrika were also rewarded for making the national team.

Shelly Balkishun (right) receives her award from Feiona Wordsworth of the National Sports Commission

Bishram Samaroo copped two awards- one for the best bowling figures (4-14) and the best bowling average of 3.5- while Chandrika’s batting average of 112.3 was the highest for the club during the period under review.

Off the field, several persons were hailed for their contributions to the success and smooth operations of the club. Seemangal Yadram, V. Gobin and Khalel Mohamed were recognised under the category of Outstanding Helper, while Curators Chatterpaul Singh and V. Gobin were given medals for their work in 2017.

Club Secretary, Chandrapaul Tickaram, was also honoured by President Parmanand Dindyal for his dedicated and hardwork during the past season.

Additionally, the club presented trophies of appreciation to News Room Sport Editor/News Anchor Avenash Ramzan, Guyana Times/TVG Sport Editor John Ramsingh and Kaieteur News Sport Reporter Zaheer Mohamed for their coverage of the club’s activities during the past 12 months.

During the formal proceedings, Dindyal and Tickaram told the gathering that the club had an outstanding year, both on and off the field, hence the reason to show appreciation to those who made it possible.

National Sports Commission Administrator Gervy Harry and East Coast Cricket Committee executive Jitlall Jowharilall were also present at the event and delivered remarks. 

Several businesses and individuals partnered with the EBSC to pull of the ceremony. They are Muneshwar Hardware, R.P Construction, Star Sports, Rajesh Woodworking and Construction, Puran Lumber Yard, Harry Sanichara, Navin and Sons Construction, Factory Price, Trophy Stall and Super J’s Fashion.

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