Port Mourant Secondary School and Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary School
both retained their championship titles when the curtain came down on the highly successful 3rd edition of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sport Club organised Inter Secondary School Tapeball Competition. The event was sponsored for the third successive year by the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry and was contested by the Lower Corentyne Secondary, J.C Chandisingh Secondary, Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary and the Port Mourant Secondary Schools.
Playing in front of a large gathering at the Area ‘H’ Ground, Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary easily defeated J.C Chandisingh by four wickets to clinch the 3rd in the female category. Port Mourant Secondary played a fine all round game to clinch the male 3rd place with a three runs victory over a disappointed J.C. Chandisingh Secondary School.
In the female finals, PMSS won the toss and elected to bat first, after the match was reduced to six overs per side due to early morning rain which delayed the day’s event by over 3 hours. Openers Kumarie Goberdhan 18 not out and Kavita Ramsammy 16 not out batted well to allow PMSS to reach 40 runs without loss after their allotted overs. Both batswomen each hit two
boundaries in an impressive display. Needing to score 41 runs from 6 overs, LCSS never threatened the defending champions and were restricted to 26 for 5 off their allotted overs as only Seeta Samaroo 10 offered any resistance to the bowling of Lynese McKenzie who took 2 for 6, while Dennesser Fraser and Shenika Burnett each claimed a wicket.
The male finals was reduced to seven overs a side and LCSS were invited to take first strike by CCHS. They lost their three main batsmen – Kevlon Anderson, Junior Sinclair and Keith Simpson via run outs and were restricted to 46 for 7 with Armesh Kasinauth 18 and Devindra Somara 10 being the main batters. Bowling for CCHS, Brandon Mangal took 2 wickets for 6 runs. CCHS then raced to 49 for 4 in 5.2 overs to successfully defend their title, which they won in 2015. National youth player Kevin Umrao topscored with 18, while Jermine Pollard contributed 11. Keith Simpson and Joshua Wilson each took 2 wickets for a disappointed LCSS team.
A special five overs exhibition Match was played between the RHTYSC Metro Female Cricket team and the GBTI female Champions, the RHT Metro Female team reached 70 for 3 with Sheneta Grimmond scoring 25 and Sheican Campelle 30. In reply, GBTI were bundled out for 18 in 4.4 overs as Grimmond 4 for 2 and Campbelle 2 for 6 bowled well for RHT Metro.
Secretary/CEO of the RHTYSC Hilbert Foster hailed the tournament as highly successful and stated that it had achieved its objective of promoting the Club’s Say No to Suicide, Drugs and Crime Message to students in the Lower Corentyne area. Foster challenged the attentive students to always cherish life as it was God’s most precious gift to humanity and to remember at all times that Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. The long standing RHTYSC Secretary/CEO expressed gratitude to the Board of Directors and Management of GBTI for the support of the anti-suicide Tape ball tournament. The RHTYSC, Foster stated would be hosting at least 20 Cricket tournaments at all levels in 2016 as part of a comprehensive cricket programme.
The cricket top three winners of each category received trophies, while Kevin Umrao and Kumarie Goberdhan also received trophies for being named Players of the Finals. Goberdhan received the best female batter and Kevin Umrao best Male Better, while Brandon Mangal and Lyness McKenzie won the award for best bowlers in the finals. They each received a cricket Medal as a prize.
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