The day is almost here when several softball cricket teams from Florida, New York, Canada and Guyana face off in three days of competitive action when the Guyana Softball Cricket Association (GSCA) presents the 4th edition of the Guyana Softball Cricket Cup at venues around the capital city Friday October 31 and Saturday Nov 1 and organizers are working assiduously to ensure that all systems are in place for a qualitative tournament.
The teams will engage in a total of 36 preliminary games, 4 semi-finals and 2 finals on those two days on several grounds including the Police Ground on Eve Leary, Everest Ground, GCC Bourda, DCC Ground, Lance Gibbs Street, Queenstown, Gandhi Youth Organization and the Muslim Youth Organization Ground, Wolford Avenue. Matches will also be played on the Enmore and Enterprise Community Centre Ground ECD.
When the tournament commenced in 2011, Essequibo team, Cotton Field Wild Oats, emerged champions in the Open Category, while Regal Seniors copped the honours in the Master Category. The following year the Open Champions were NYSCL of New York and local team, Savage Masters finishing in the second place slot. Trophy Stall and New York Better Hope carted off the honours last year in the Open and Masters’ Category respectively.
Preceding champions are Inaugural Guyana Softball Cup (2011)—Cotton Field Wild Oats from Essequibo in the Open Category and Regal Seniors in the Master Category, while in 2012 the champions were NYSCL New York (Open), while Savage Masters carted off the spoils in the masters category. Trophy Stall and New York Better Hope are the defending champions.
The teams will be battling for improved incentives as the Men’s Open will attract a top cash prize of $1,000,000 and a trophy while the winners of the Master’s category take home $600,000 and a trophy while the runners up receive $150,000 and a trophy. The player of the match in final receives one trophy. There will be two players of the series and each will receive a $400,000 gold bracelet decorated with diamond studs from Steve’s Jewelry.
Meanwhile, the organizers have said that spectators will be a part of the action as there will be lots of hampers and giveaways at the various matches. Further, two spectators will win return tickets to the beautiful island of Aruba compliments of Survival Travel Agency. As such, patrons are asked to retain their ticket stubs to improve their chances of winning this luxurious prize. The organizers further intimated that expenses associated with the tournament have surpassed ten million dollars but they have managed to meet the demands through personal funds as well as the input of corporate chivalry. “On previous occasions we have managed to liquidate all expenses,” they said in a release. They are optimistic of emulating this feat for this edition of the tournament. “We are confident that the efforts of our hard working and dedicated members will ensure success of this tournament once again; our sponsors, present and past, are pivotally responsible for the success and future of the Guyana Softball Cup,” the release stated.
Organizers also intimated that monies accrued thus far have been plugged into developmental works at the DCC Ground, Queenstown including the installation of 6 permanent light towers. “The project is 90% completed and we hope to complete it before the start of our imminent tournament,” officials promised.
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