The Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports cricket team, unavoidably playing without the services of Minister Dr. Frank Anthony and Permanent Secretary Alfred King, were still able to defy the odds to emerge winners when the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development
Association (BCCDA) –Cooperate Business in Sports (CBIS) Inter Agency held their fourth edition of the 10/10 Softball cricket, competition at the Albion Community Centre ground under the theme – “fostering unity amongst corporate businesses.”
In the final between surprise packages Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports (MCY&S) and Oldendorff Carriers under floodlights in front of a crowd in excess of two thousand patrons, the game was reduced to a five overs affair with the Ministry team winning the toss and taking first strike and amassing a challenging 71-3 with Brian Rahim 31 and Alvin Ramdass 27. Oldendorff Carriers in reply made a spirited effort to end on 61-8 with Keon De Jesus top scoring with an undefeated 34. Ramdass who returned to grabbed 1wicket was adjudged man of the match finals.
In the semifinals, MCYS hammered 90-2 with Ramdass 58 not out as they whipped Neal and Massy who made 72-4 by 18 runs.
The next semifinal saw Oldendorff Carriers blasting 108-2 with De Jesus hitting a blistering undefeated 60 as they demolished Karibee Boyz (48-4) by 60 runs.
In the preliminary rounds, Regional Chairman Eleven were knocked out by Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Republic Bank were sent packing by Ansa McAl Trading, GT&T were sent wheeling by Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, Banks DIH were ousted by Demerara Bank, Hand in Hand went down to Karibee Rice, Neal and Massy sent Metro Office back to the pavilion, NBS destroyed the Berbice Bridge Company and GPL got “blackout” in the middle at the hands of Oldendorff Carriers.
At the presentation Ceremony Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports were presented with the winning cheque compliments of Berbice Bridge, Ansa McAl and E Networks, plus the Trophy compliments of Trophy Stall. Oldendorff Carriers were presented with their rewards compliments of Republic Bank and Hand in Hand along with the Roger Greenidge Refrigeration Trophy.
Neal and Massy were presented with the third prize compliments of Banks DIH and the Sukhpaul Auto Sales trophy. Individual prizes were also awarded to Alvin ‘Max’ Ramdass of the MCYS for copping the man of the match in the final, compliments of Asheik and Sons, while Keon De Jesus was presented with a cricket bat compliments of “Batman Bat Supplies” for scoring the most runs in the final.
Prizes were also awarded to the highest individual run scorer of the Tournament and bowlers with most wickets in any single innings.
The chamber wishes to acknowledge the sponsors , Guysuco, Berbice Bridge Company Inc, Republic Bank Guyana Limited, E- Networks, Hand in Hand Insurance, Sukhpauls Gas Station and Auto Sales, Greenidge Refrigeration Services, Asheik and Sons Motor Supplies, Neal and Massy, GTT, Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall – Bourda Market, Demerara Bank Limited, Mohindra Persaud of Karibee Rice, Akash Singh of Sunshine Supermarket, Banks DIH, Ansa McAl Trading, Metro Office and Computer Supplies, Oldendorff Carriers, New Building Society Limited, Regional Chairman David Armogan, Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, GPL, J’s Printery and Rubber Stamps. (Samuel Whyte)
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