Coaches pay tribute to deceased sportsman Minors
The flag at St David’s County Cricket Club was flown at half mast yesterday in honour of late club cricketer and footballer Landro Minors.
Minors, 27, succumbed to injuries he suffered in a fatal road traffic accident Tuesday night, leaving family, team-mates and an entire community in a state of mourning.
Just 48 hours prior to his tragic death the avid fisherman captained St David’s Warriors in their Premier match against Dandy Town at Lords.
Following his team’s 2-0 loss I approached Minors for comment. “Sorry Colin, I have nothing to say today,” was the reply I got. “I’ll speak with you later.”
Sadly, the nephew of former St David’s cricketer James Pace did not live long enough to keep his promise.
So far the 2011-12 football season has been an unforgiving one for a depleted and winless Warriors. And now they must soldier on without one the team’s key cogs up front.
“Landro is going to be a big miss because he was a leader for so many people,” commented Warriors’ coach and long-time friend Kameron Fox. “He was always our leading goal scorer when we were growing up. This is a big loss for us all the way around.”
Fox’s predecessor Jack Castle added: “While I coached at St David’s Landro was one of my favourite players. He always addressed me as ‘coach’ and always showed me respect.
“Not only was he a very good player but also a very nice respectful young man.”
Although he loved football, arguably Minors’ finest sporting moments took place on the cricket pitch.
In 2009 he stroked a maiden and chanceless century in an Eastern Counties match at Sea Breeze Oval to guide then cup holders St David’s to victory over Cleveland County. The sturdy left -handed batsman thumped 128 runs and along with skipper Delyone Borden shared in an unbroken record fifth -wicket stand of 214 that put the match beyond Cleveland’s reach.
On that momentous occasion Minors was not reluctant to speak about what was perhaps a career-defining innings.
“It was definitely one of my better knocks and I really felt confident batting with Delyone,” he said back then. “I was seeing the ball really well.”
Perhaps too well Cleveland’s bowlers might argue.
One influential figure throughout Minors’ cricket career was coach and relative George Cannonier.
“Landro was very eager and energetic and that’s what I liked about him most,” Cannonier said. “His mentality was to be the best and he was determined that he was going to be recognised in Bermuda sport.
“Landro was very easy to coach; he paid attention and never argued. He loved the game and was more of a self-made player who was always willing to train and pay attention to the coaches. He was a very mild-mannered nice young man and it is sad that he is gone in the prime of his life.”
Minors’ Eastern Counties century against Cleveland in 2009 virtually sealed his place in St George’s Cup Match team that year. Batting at number three as a colt, he scored 13 runs in St George’s first innings and eight in the second to help the East Enders retain the cup by way of a draw at Wellington Oval.
“Landro is family and that’s what made me even prouder to see him play Cup Match,” Cannonier added. “It’s always pleasing to see players you have coached excel and to be honest I believe Landro should’ve made Cup Match a couple of years before he did.”