November 4, 2005
NY Cavaliers Club honours cricketers

Caribbean people have their way about them, whether words or actions reveal it.

The word cavalier could in some circles be associated with matters not so serious, a trait which many have ascribed to Vincentian and Caribbean society on a whole.

But there will be nothing cavalier about tomorrow’s Dinner and Awards function. {{more}}

Cavaliers Sports and Social Club was founded by Cadman Marksman in 1970. That was in New York. The organsiation has grown to represent perhaps the best of St. Vincent and the Grenadines outside the Caribbean.

Perhaps the thread that keeps the unit together is cricket. Their getting together has served as a means of maintaining links with home for those who have migrated but whose hearts and souls remain Vincentian and distinctly Caribbean.

Cavaliers have never severed their cricket links, and have embraced the Vincentian Women’s Cricket Association.

The pinnacle of that coordination will be unveiled in tomorrow’s function.

Two Cavalier members, Junior ‘Bullet’ Edwards, PRO, and Ayrton Clouden will be part of the affair.

Cavaliers are determined to assist young men and women to use sport as a stepping stone to social, academic and economic advances.

Edwards is looking forward to a long, fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship with the Vincentian Women’s Cricket Association.

And Clouden is happy to be returning home.

He has been one of the nation’s notable sports personalities.

Clouden represented the nation at cricket from 1957 to 1965. He also appeared for St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the Texaco Southern Games in Trinidad 1966.

He recalls his taking 7 for 16 against St. Lucia in a Windward Islands tournament in Dominica 45 years ago. Although slimly built, Clouden was a devastating fast bowler. He partnered the legendary Frank O. Mason on many occasions, but he was an allrounder of immense worth.

Additionally, Clouden is perhaps this country’s most renowned javelin thrower.

He was an athlete of merit and at the Southern Games he competed in ten events in two days. Those were 100, 200, 400, 110 hurdles, mile, shot put, long jump, high jump, pole vault and javelin.

Clouden is a pharmacist based in Miami, but it was his house at 164 East 94 Street in Brooklyn New York that served as the meeting place for the Cavaliers for many years.

Among the list of Cavaliers honorees in tomorrow’s show will be Ayrton Clouden.

It will be something of a who’s who when the award list is read.

Besides Clouden, other awardees are Joseph ‘Speedy’ Anthony, and Dougie Cambridge both deceased. Eldon Bramble, Garnet Brisbane, Alfred Bynoe, Elliot Cambridge, Edgar Cruickshank, Cameron Cuffy, Samuel ‘Sparrow’ Duncan, Joseph ‘Disco’ Jack, Owen ‘Manning’ Jackson, Ken Mars, Ashford Lewis, Ben Marksman, Frank O. Mason, Garnet Niles, Ken Mercury, Sydney Murphy, Washington Emmanuel, Michael Findlay, Vincent ‘Killer’ Hadaway, Douglas ‘Pork up’ Haynes, Lawrence Hunte, Sam Isles, Cadman Marksman.

Also on the list is former One-Day International World record holder Winston Davis.

There is Dominican and former West Indies batsman Irvin Shillingford.

Allan Smith, Albert Texiera, Fred Trimmingham, Monty Warner, Wayne Wilson, and Dr. Eitell Providence will also be receiving awards.