[www.inewsguyana.com] – West Indies A team batsman Leon Johnson is the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) cricketer-of-the-year for males.
The middle-order batsman was selected in the male category while June ogle was crowned on the distaff end on Tuesday, December 3 when the 16th annual awards presentation ceremony took place at the Georgetown Cricket Club Ground Bourda.
Among his markings for the year, Johnson would have excelled in the regional first-class competition being the third highest run scorer with 430 runs from six matches at an average of 35.83.
After receiving his prizes and many cheers, the Guyanese all rounder said that he is reaping the fruits of hard work and dedication.
Meanwhile, Tagenarine Chanderpaul was named the junior cricketer of the year which was among the three awards he received on the night.
He was also awarded for being named in the West Indies under 19 team as well as for the highest individual score during the regional under 19 tournament.
The junior Chanderpaul is in Dakha Bangladesh on duties with the West Indies Under 19 team in a 7 match One Day International youth series.
His father Shivnarine Chanderpaul was recognized for representing the West Indies in 150 test matches.
Other awardees were Christopher Barnwell for outstanding performances in the regional T20, Shimron Hetmyer, Gudakesh Motie Khani, Versammy Permaul, Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin for their achievements with the West Indies team.
Several members of the Guyana Cricket Board, as well as WICB Director Baldath Mahabir made presentations.
Mahabir called on the present crop of players should try to emulate those who have passed through the halls of the cricketing fraternity in Clive ‘Supercat’ Lloyd, Rohan ‘The Corentyne Thunder’ Khani and Royston ‘Fredo’ Fredricks among others.
He noted that in the past Guyanese cricketers were among the best in the Caribbean and challenged the current batch of players to emulate those top performers.