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By Sam Soopersaud
The cricket fraternity in New York City sends its congratulations and best wishes to two young cricketers who have been included in the ICC Americas Under-19 squad for the West Indies Cricket Board U-19 Championship, to be held in Guyana, August 1 -13/ 2014.
This regional tournament will go ahead as planned. The staging of this premier youth tournament was in doubt due to the Guyana parliament passing the controversial Cricket Administration Bill. The government's actions were interpreted as being "tantamount to government interference in the Guyana Cricket Board". ICC has made it clear that all cricket coming under its jurisdiction must be free and clear of political control. However, representatives from the WICB, the Guyana government, and the opposition parties met and they were able to successfully hammer out an agreement which paved the way for the staging of this premier youth tournament in the West Indies.
The High School for Construction senior, Keifer Phill (Pictured Right), of the Public School Athletic League cricket program along with Travis Ross of the Big Apple Cricket Club in the Eastern American Cricket Association have been included in the ICC Americas squad to travel to Guyana for the tournament. The Windward Islands would be defending the championship, won in 2013, against Barbados, T & T, Jamaica, The Leeward Islands, Guyana, and Team ICC Americas.
Both these young men have had excellent performances in this years cricket programs, so far. In the recently concluded PSAL cricket season Keifer Phill scored 302 runs in the 8 games he played for his school; his highest score being 113 runs and an average of 75..00 runs. As a utility bowler he has taken 8 wickets. He has also kept wicket for his school.
Big Apple's Travis Ross has shown a remarkable ascendency in his cricket potential. He is an 18 year old who was born in Berbice , Guyana. He started playing cricket since he was 9 years old. He played for the,Bush Lot Elementary School, West Coast, Berbice, as a batting all-rounder. He was their top scorer during his time at the school while also scoring two centuries. He did reasonably well in the bowling department. Travis then went to the Bush Lot High School where in 2008, he took them to the finals of the high school competition. He scored three centuries during his time at BLHS. After high school he played for a short while with the Achievers Cricket Club in the Senior West Coast competition. He also represented County Berbice at the Under 15 level.
The Ross family then migrated to the United States. Young Travis continued to play the game he has learned to love. In 2009 he was selected to represent the USA in the ICC Americas Cup at the Under 15 level. The Opponents were Canada and Bermuda, competing in a Round Robin format. It was keen tournament with some very passionate and exciting young on display.
In both preliminary games, against Bermuda and Canada, Travis contributed significantly to the victory over the opponents. Against Bermuda he scored 40 runs and came back to capture 4 wickets for 18 runs. He scored a half century against Canada. In the Finals against Canada he did not do so well. USA lost that game. He then went on to captain the New York Cricket Region at the Under 15, Under 17, and the Under 19 level in USACA tournaments.
As a result of his exploits at the Under 15 level, he was sought after by numerous clubs competing in the senior leagues. He enlisted with Enmore Cricket Club, and later moved on to the Big Apple Cricket Club where he is still a member. He plays alongside many senior players, including the former West Indies test player, fast bowler, Adam Sandford. His captain is the former Guyana national Under 19 batting star, Zaheer Saffie.
Travis Ross is an exciting batsman, a joy to watch. He is capable of blasting bowlers to all parts of the field. He has shown his power to hit them over the fence, also. So far this season he has scored over 300 runs. He has a high score of 91 runs against his former team, Enmore CC. This very entertaining young cricketer has scored 6 Under 19 centuries, and 1 century, in 2013, in the senior leagues. He is yet to score a ton this season. But with his batting prowess, this will happen, sooner than later.
Travis is the "Baby" of the club. The senior guys lovingly tease him, non stop. Captain Saffie is his "steady tormentor". For instance, he would playfully tell a fieldsman to "back up Travis because he would misfield the ball". But, in reality, Travis is an excellent fielder. A good catcher in the deep. Any ball hit within his range ends up being caught.