Wednesday 12th January, 2005


Kyron Lynch from Toco with fire

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Kyron Lynch celebrates his first wicket in regional cricket, when he dismissed Krishna Arjune.

Photo Noel Saldenha

”When Bishop brought Lynch to our club, we found him to be a good listener and keen to learn. These are two essential incredients to success and he has shown this.”


ON a routine visit to his place of birth, former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop would have expected to see what was the biggest catch by the fishermen of Mission Village in Toco that weekend. Little did he know that he would come across the third national fast bowler to come from the tiny Eastern village.

On spotting the fast bowling talent of Kyron Lynch that weekend fours years ago, Bishop immediately went across to the young man and told him there is a future in the game for him and he should go to one of the national league clubs to develop his obvious skill.

Bishop did the needful and made a call to Anthony Harford, chairman of Clico Preysal cricket club, and the career of the third national fast bowler to come out of Mission Village was launched. Bishop and his cousin, Mervyn Dillon, are the two pacemen who have previously made the sleepy coastal village proud with their cricketing exploits. Both went on to bigger things in cricket with Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) before breaking into the national cricket team.

They even went further — to play Test cricket for the West Indies. Bishop is now retired after a very successful career with the West Indies and Dillon is currently in Australia with the regional side for the VB Triangular limited overs tournament.

Bishop moved out of Mission Village at an early age and has settled in Belmont but Dillon stayed in the East until he got into the West Indies team a few years ago. He now resides at Maraval. He and Bishop go back to “Mission” regularly.

Lynch is surely following in their footsteps and could march his way into the West Indies team with credible performances for T&T in the Carib Beer Series. In 2001 the lanky Lynch made his move and was rostered to play for Preysal in the national league. Club manager Rangy Nanan remembers :”When Bishop brought Lynch to our club, we found him to be a good listener and keen to learn. These are two essential incredients to success and he has shown this.”

Lynch was coached by former West Indies middle order batsman Keith Arthurton, former pacer Kenneth Benjamin and resident Preysal coach Debideen Manick during his stint in Central and was immediately hitting the national headlines with good bowling performances in a spin-dominated Preysal attack.

After one year he opted to move on and Tile It Central Sports officials Vonney Roberts and Chris Ramdat heard of him and sought his services. Roberts remembers: ”When we heard he was free, we decided that this man had talent and we wanted to get to him before anyone so we made the move.” One Saturday, Vonney and Ramdat took a drive up to Toco and entered Mission Village looking for Lynch. As soon as they mentioned his name they received directions as this youngster was already turning heads in his way.

They met with him and he agreed to join Tile It Central Sports. Roberts and Co. were so impressed with the attitude of the youngster that they decided to house him close to their cricket ground in Central so that he can get in extended practice. Roberts remembers: ”For a man to leave Toco and come down to play cricket in the national league, it is very difficult. We realised that Kyron wanted to learn and decided to rent an apartment next to the Presentation Colege cricket ground so that he can get more time to play his cricket.”

While at Tile It Central Sports Lynch developed quickly under the watchful eyes of coach Dasrath Maharaj and added an extra yard of pace with a fine-tuned bowling technique. He was instrumental in the successes of Tile It Central Sports last season and this did not go un-noticed by the national selectors.

He was called to trials late last year and troubled all with his pace and accuracy. He also bowled well in the prestigious Gerry Gomez North/South Classic — to keep Atiba Alert out the national side.

His big day arrived on Sunday when he was chosen to open the bowling against Guyana but his first over in first class cricket did not come until the afternoon of Sunday 9 - and the wicket of Krishna Arjune signalled the arrival of the “Man with a Mission.”





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