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March 27, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
MARCH PAST WINNERS
Friends, family and members of the
cricket fraternity remembered former
T&T and West Indies cricketer Rangy
Nanan as a passionate, dedicated and
determined man at his funeral service at
Inshan Ali Park, Preysal, yesterday.
Nanan passed away on Wednesday after
suffering a heart attack. He was 62 years
old. Among those in attendance were for-
mer West Indies cricketers Larry Gomes
and Tony Gray, former national footballer
Clayton Morris and numerous T&T Cricket
Board members, including president Azim
Bassarath and CEO Suruj Ragoonath.
Nanan leaves to mourn his wife Martha
and his two sons Gary and Kevin Nanan.
Many attendees reflected on the life of
Nanan during the service including
Ragoonath. Ragoonath remembered Nanan
as a friendly person off the field, but when
it came to cricket he was a competitor.
"A very affable man off the field but
once Rangy crosses that white line onto
the field he transformed. He was the ultra
competitor, very passionate, very deter-
mined and very dedicated. When Rangy
played cricket he played to win, whatever
Rangy did he gave it his best. I would like
to thank Martha and his kids for sharing
Rangy with us. Today we applaud a national
hero," he said.
Bassarath spoke about Nanan s love for
West Indies cricket. "How many of us my
dear friends whispered to Rangy that West
Indies has qualified for the semifinals of
the T20 World Cup. I did, ladies and gen-
tleman, and he just gave me a little twinkle
in his right eye so he is very happy."
Bassarath remembered Nanan as not
only an excellent player but a great human
In an emotional eulogy, his son Kevin
Nanan said, "He was humble and willing
to do any job. My father was one of the
most passionate men I knew. Passionate
about cricket and passionate about his
family and friends."
He said cricket was his father s life and
he would always follow T&T and West
"My father will fall asleep watching
cricket with the control in his hand. Some-
times I would try to take the control out
of his hand so I could watch something
else. But when I almost got the control
out of his hand he will wake up and say
boy, boy, boy I watching that," he said.
Others reflecting on the life of Nanan
were his former youth cricket coach at
Preysal, Zahir Bakash, longtime friends
Theo Cuffy and Tony Harford, former T&T
cricketer Zaheer Ali, and Christopher Lewis,
who was a member of the T&T Police
Service with Nanan.
Nanan, who was an off break bowler,
played one Test for the West Indies against
Pakistan in 1980. In his 19-year playing
career Nanan turned out for 94 First Class
matches, scoring 2,607 runs and taking
366 wickets, in addition to 35 List "A" fix-
tures. He also had one hard-hitting century
to his name.
His best bowling came in the 1981-1982
regional season when he took 32 wickets
in just five matches in the Shell Shield and
retired as the leading wicket-taker in 1991.
Nanan remembered as
passionate human being
LONDON---Out-of-favour West Indies fast bowler Ravi
Rampaul will turn out for Surrey in the English County
Championship starting next month, after signing a
two-year deal with the London-based club.
The 31-year-old Trinidadian will reinforce Surrey s
fast bowling stocks especially after frontline seamer Jade
Dernbach recently suffered an injury setback in his quest
to overcome a stress fracture of the back.
He joins 20-year-old Tom Curran whose 76 wickets
last season made him the joint highest wicket-taker as
Surrey captured the Division Two title.
Former England captain Alec Stewart, Surrey s Director
of Cricket, said Rampaul would be a boon to the squad.
"Ravi will add experience to our seam bowling attack
and we look forward to him joining the squad," Stewart
Right-armer Rampaul has taken 49 wickets from 18
Tests at an average of 34 and 117 wickets from 92 One-
Day Internationals with an economy rate of five runs
He last represented West Indies on the Caribbean
side s limited overs tour of Sri Lanka last November but
has not played a Test in four years nor a first class game
in three years.
Rampaul is expected to arrive at Surrey this weekend.
T&T goalshooter Samantha Wallace showed no signs
of rustiness as she came off the bench to sink 93 per
cent of her shots in her two quarters of play for Hert-
fordshire Mavericks in a 64--40 blowout of Team
Northumbria in the 2016 Vitality Netball Super League
Playing in front of their home crowd at the Hert-
fordshire Sports Village Complex, Mavericks coach Sam
Bird decided to rest the Toco-born Wallace who was
coming off a 51 goals from 54 attempts, in her team s
67--45 slaying of Celtic Dragons 67--45 in their last
outing at the same venue on March 7.
But despite the absence Wallace in the first half because
of an slight ankle injury, Mavericks held a 17--10 lead
at the end of the first 15-minutes period and extended
it to 27--20 by half-time, with Georgina Fisher and
Sophie Hankin doing the scoring.
However, at the start of the third quarter, Bird intro-
duced Wallace for Hankin and the T&T stand-out, who
converted 14 of 15 attempts in two quarters when both
teams met in the first round for a 62--45 win, wasted
little time as she proved a handful for her opponents
as her team dominated the period 19-10 to extend its
lead to 46-30.
The final quarter was more of the same from Wallace
as she ended with 25 goals from 27 attempts in leading
her team to the comfortable 24-goal triumph to improve
to 8--1 record and 24 points on the eight-team table,
three points behind Manchester Thunder (9--1) which
steamrolled Team Bath 69--51 in another match.
Defending champions Surrey Storm, remained third
on the table with a 7--3 record after beating winless
Yorkshire Jets 56--39 in the day s other match.
Loughborough Lightning is fifth with 15 points and
its 5--4 record, and the only other team with a real
chance to get into the semifinals at the end of the reg-
Celtic Dragons and Team Northumbria, with identical
2--8 records are next with six points apiece, while York-
shire Jets is without a point and a 0--10 record.
Wallace and her team-mates will return to action
tomorrow for a clash away to Loughborough Lightning
before they face fierce rivals, Manchester Thunder, in
a key contest on April 2 at the Wright Robinson Sports
Martha Nanan, wife
of former West
being consoled by
her two sons Gary,
centre, and Kevin,
left, and other
during the funeral
service at the
the Milo Games,
which won them
the West A
march past title
on March 15.
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