While most cricket administrators continue to pay lip service to the development of game in Guyana, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC) continues to implement new programmes to further advance the game and its main asset, the players.
The club on Thursday last launched two new cricket tournaments for Secondary Schools in the Lower and Central Corentyne areas. An Under-15 tournament for players born on or after September 1st, 1999 and a Female tournament would be held with sponsorship from the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI).
Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, at the launching ceremony held at the Bank’s Port Mourant Branch, stated that the Club was dedicated to the development of the game at all levels and the main objective of the two competitions was to identify new talent for the Ancient County.
The schools to be involved are Lower Corentyne, J.C. Chandisingh, Port Mourant, Corentyne Comprehensive, Manchester High School, Winifred Gaskin and Central Corentyne. The male Under-15 knock-out tournament would be 30-overs per side while the female competition takes on a tapeball format, 12-overs per side.
The tournaments start this Thursday (January 30) with a March Past of the seven teams. The Female teams of Corentyne Comprehensive and J.C. Chandisingh Secondary Schools will get competition underway at 10:00hrs, while the male teams of both teams would clash at 12:30hrs.
The Lower Corentyne Secondary teams would take on their Port Mourant counterparts on Friday at 10:00hrs and 12:30hrs respectively, while on the same day, Central Corentyne Secondary and Manchester High School will face off at the Kennard’s Memorial Cricket Ground.
Winifred Gaskin Secondary School has drawn the bye for the first round. The semifinals are scheduled for February 6 and 7 at the Area ‘H’ Ground, while the finals would be played on Thursday February 13 at the same venue.
At the opening, each school team would be displaying banners promoting the “Say Yes to Education and No to Drugs and Suicide Messages”. Ten less fortunate students from each of the schools would receive educational packages during the finals of the tournament while the top two teams would receive trophies and medals.
Foster stated that the RHTY&SC was confident that the tournaments would achieve their objectives and would lift the game to a higher level in the Corentyne area. He expressed gratitude to the Management and Staff of GBTI for their sponsorship of the two tournaments at short notice while pledging that they’ll be well organised and successful.
Branch Manager Mr. Ghoeblall Mahadeo in handing over the cheque informed that GBTI was pleased to be associated with the RHTY&SC, an organisation with an unmatched list of activities and achievements. He expressed confidence that the tournaments would be well organised and that new and exciting talent would emerged.
GBTI is fully conscious of its corporate responsibility and would continue to invest in sports and education, Mahadeo stated while wishing the schools success.
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