As the Lloyd family mourn the loss of the former West Indies cricket captain’s daughter, the Friends of Former Guyana Cricketers (FFGC), is expressing  its utmost regret at the sudden death.

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Chantel  Jeanesse  Lloyd-Owens  is survived by her father Clive and other family members. She died this week in North Carolina after an abrupt illness.

President of the  FFGC Derrick Kallicharran said  Chantel’s death is  shocking   and  he is extending  his  sincerest sympathy on behalf of the group to Clive Lloyd and his family.

“I know Clive is a man of solid foundation, but even he would’ve been setback with the death of  his daughter. I know he knows that  the FFGC will give him and his family, the strongest support possible in this time of grief,”  said Kallicharran, who played under Lloyd’s captaincy for Guyana in the 1980s.

Kallicharran  added that he spoke to Lloyd on Thursday after  the latter flew into the country from Guyana where he is heading the Interim management Committee, charged with restructuring the administration of the country’s cricket.

Lloyd-Qwens was 41 years old  and was born and bred in the United States and was living North Carolina at the time of her death. She will be buried on  Saturday  March 24th in New York at Greenfield Cemetery. The viewing will be  at St George’s Church at 319 Front  Street in Hempstead  on Friday.

The FFGC has been negotiating with Lloyd to be part of its next fund raising activity – a dance scheduled for April 7, where  it is planned to have him and another West Indies star player of the 1980s, have photo  opportunities and sign autographs with patrons, at the dance .

Meanwhile plans for  the FFGC’s trip to Guyana to honor its first recipient  is well on stream. The late Andrew Lyght, the dashing ex opening batsman will be honored through two matches involving FFGC members and  a presentation to a family member.

Originally planned for last year, the trip to Guyana was postponed and will now be held in July.

It will coincide with the Demerara Cricket Club’s 100th anniversary celebrations after the FFGC event was accepted as part of  the club’s week of activities.   Ex Guyana players  and group members including Milton Pydanna,  Sydney Matthews, Ray Joseph,  Kallicharran, Terry Etwaroo ,Leslaine Lambert and Linden Fraser will be in action in two limited overs games  against selected teams of Guyana based players,  to mark Lyght’s contribution to the Guyana team. He was  also a lifelong DCC player. Other top players  of the past including Victor Benjamin, Cuthbert Mendonca and Nigel  Harper will also be playing. One match will be played in Georgetown and the other at the famous Albion ground in Berbice.

A special Andrew Lyght award will be made available by the FFGC for an outstanding DCC player annually at the club’s  presentation awards. A monetary donation will be given  to Lyght’s family and other  benefits in the player’s name for DCC players are being worked out by the group.

The FFGC group will spend one week in Guyana, leaving on July 13 to return on July 21st. Members have until  April to confirm their participation for the trip and interested cricket fans from around the United States are invited.  Contact with the FFGC can be made by dialing telephone numbers 917-573-8078 or 718-840-7600.  A special reduced group fare negotiated with EZ Charter service will enable  the participants to fly to Guyana.

The FFGC’s next meeting will be held on Sunday at 215 Jamaica Ave, Queens, where plans for the tour will be upgraded.