Recently crowned Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association/Trophy Stall champions Regal XI, Trophy Stall Angels and Floodlights XI, are some of the teams registered in their respective categories to compete in this weekend’s Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. inaugural Independence Cup.
The tournament, which will see teams battle in three categories, namely Masters, Open and Female, is set for May 3, 4 and 5, at various venues in the city, culminating with the finals at the Everest Cricket Club next Monday.
This was disclosed yesterday by Assistant Secretary/Treasurer of the GSCL Inc. Russell Jadbeer, who said only eight Male teams will be doing battle in the Open category, while six female sides will compete.
“We were targeting 12 teams in the Male Open category, but unfortunately only eight of the country’s softball teams responded to the call. The show must go on so we accepted the eight teams, even though it forced us to reduce the initial prize money that was up for grabs” said Jadbeer.
In the Open category, Regal XI will compete with Wolf’s Warriors along with Trophy Stall, Speed Boat, Smith’s XI, Memorex, Farm and Karibee Boys for the top prize of $500,000 and a trophy, with the second placed team pocketing $100,000.
Trophy Stall Angels, Mike’s Wellwoman, Karibee Girls, 4R Lioness, Regal and Lady Jags will vie for the top prize of $50,000 and a trophy with the runner-up taking home $25,000.
In the masters division Floodlights, Regal, Parika Defenders, Industry Super Kings, Frontline Rangers and Superior Woodmasters will match skills.
The top prize in this category is $400,000 and a trophy, with the losing finalists collecting $100,000 and a trophy, making it more exciting, since several players will be looking to bring their talent to the fore, in order to be selected as a guest player for teams in this year’s GFSCA ‘Guyana Cup 4’.
Teams are asked to note carefully, that the GSCL Inc. will provide the Supreme balls to be used in the Open and Female categories, while for the Masters category the big ball will be used, even as round-hand and wrist-bowling will be tolerated.
Added information will be provided at the team briefing which will take place tomorrow along with the launching of the tournament, at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) pavilion from 17:00hrs, where Director of Sport Neil Kumar will deliver the feature address.
Some of the grounds identified for this tournament, which promises to be an annual affair are: GNIC, Demerara Cricket Club, Ministry of Education, Carifesta Sports Complex, Muslim Youth Organisation, St Stanislaus and Everest.
Among the sponsors so far are GuyTrac and Agri Parts, Goodwood Racing Service, Trophy Stall, Puran Brothers Topmix, Jialing, Digimax and Regal Stationery and Computer Centre.
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