Sundar Memorial Game
By Sam Sooppersaud
Oct. 9th, 2008
A small, but appreciable and thoroughly entertained crowd was on hand
to watch the 16th playing of the Harry Sundar Memorial Trophy Cricket
Match at Baisley Park, Queens, New York, on Saturday, October 4, 2008.
The annual event is put together by the Sundar family to honor the
memory of the family patriarch, Harry Sundar.
In the past, numerous big-name players have taken part in this event;
former West Indies Test batsman Alvin Kallicharran, being the most
well-known from the Sundar's family hometown of Port Mourant in Guyana.
Others who have graced this event are fellow former Test player Sew
Shivnarain along with Derek Kallicharran, Zamin Amin, Debo Sankar,
and other excellent cricketers too numerous to mention here.
Previous matches were staged at the Whitestone-Ferry Park field in
the Bronx; however principal organizer Ray Sundar and the rest of
the Sundar family decided to make a few changes. A new venue, Baisley
Park was acquired to play the game on account of its accessible location.
The family also elected to showcase the upcoming and very talented
young cricketers of tomorrow, from the New York and Connecticut metropolitan
The day's cricket featured a New York Under-17 squad taking on an
Under-17 team from Connecticut in the first of the double-header Twenty/20
matches. The second contest saw a Public School Athletic League (PSAL)
All-Stars XI battling it out with a select New York All-Star Youth
squad. This second game featured many players who represented the
NY Region in winning the Under-19 championship recently in Florida:
Akeem Dodson, Andre Kirton, Gregory Sewdial, Rasheem James, Azurdeen
Mohamed, and more. It was a rare occasion to have the opportunity
to witness the stars of tomorrow in action.
The New York Cricket Coaching School (CCS) is a cricket program run
by Glynn Hurley, Joe Siewharack and a few others who work untiringly
with the kids to further the growth and development of cricket. A
pilot program was begun this summer initiated by the Public School
Athletic League (PSAL) and the NY C.C.S. It featured 15 New York City
high schools from the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, in a Twenty/20
tournament. This competition commenced in April and had its final
game on June 1st. It was a satisfactory and successful inaugural season
for the administrators, the youngsters and cricket fans alike. Accolades
must go out to Messrs. Hurley and Siewharack, along with PSAL Cricket
Commissioner Bassett Thompson, his Assistant Commissioner Ricky Kissoon,
Executive Director Donald Douglas, and Assistant Administrator Lorna
Austin, and many others whose vision and hard work were brought to
Now back to the cricket at Baisley Park. A well-known DJ was on hand
to rock the crowd with his latest chutney, hip hop, reggae, and spicy
mix. Everyone had a grand time watching cricket, and at the same time
gyrating to the sounds of some tantalizing music. This mini-carnival
atmosphere was non-stop throughout the day.
As if all that was not enough, during the halfway break of the second
game spectators were treated to a live dance performance by the upcoming
chutney and modern dancer Alicia. I won't describe the performance,
let me just say that she wooed the admirers dancing to the beat of
Joe, Joe, Nah..... and other favorites. To top this all off, a Tassa
group took over from where Alicia left off, entertaining the crowd
with the beat of Chutney, Nagara, Tan, and other foot-shuffling sounds.
Two young ladies couldn't resist the temptation to shake their hips.
They joined in with their gyrating movements to the beat of the tassa
The legends of Port Maurant sponsored the Under-17 game, the rest
of the day's activities were sponsored by the Sundar family. With
the cricket and the rare chance to watch so many stars of tomorrow
in one game, the live dance performance by Alicia, the tassa music,
the food and drinks, the opportunity to meet old friends and make
new ones; everyone couldn’t help but have a great time!
I know that the very modest Ray Sundar feels uncomfortable being singled
out for praise. However, he should be praised for his efforts in keeping
the name and memory of Harry Sundar alive. Ray does what he does because
of the joy he derives from so doing. Ray, forgive me for doing this,
but I must say that you deserve all the accolades for staging such
an entertaining day for us. Here’s wishing you and your other
family members, the very best of everything.