Mar 28, 2016 Sports
By Sean Devers
The Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) yesterday launched its Ministry of Public Health (MPH), PAHO/WHO, Guyana Diabetic Association (GDA) and Smalta under-17 t20 cricket competition at DCC yesterday with a Diabetic Symposium and exhibition game between DCC and a Rest team.
After lengthy lectures on Diabetics by four members GDA including its President Ms Glynis Beaton-Alonzo who bowled the first ball in the exhibition game, ANSA McAL’s representative Angelica Rodney and GCA’s President former West Indies Test spinner Roger Harper also spoke at the launching of the eight-team tournament which was attended by the players, their parents and club officials.
Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton was unavoidably absent, while Chairman of the GCA’s Competitions Committee Shawn Massiah explained the format and regulations for the Competition which is divided into two zones.
Zone ‘A’ comprises DCC, GCC, GNIC and MSC, while Zone ‘B’ includes TSC, GYO, Saints Stanislaus College and Everest. The tournament bowls off tomorrow with DCC facing GNIC at DCC and GCC taking on MSC at Bourda with both games scheduled to commence at 14:00hrs.
A player has to be born on or before September 1, 1999 and Massiah informed that the competition will be played with all t20 International laws including free hits for all no-balls.
After playing each other once in the zone stage the first and second placed teams from each zone will advance to the semi-finals of a tournament which will be played with white balls, white pants and colored shirts which were presented to the teams yesterday.
Among the regulations for the competition are ‘pace bowlers must bowl 40% of the overs in a match that has the full 20 overs. While batting points in increments of 30 runs up to 150 runs, while bowling points will also be awarded.
The second round will be played on Wednesday with two matches at MSC and Everest starting at 09:30hrs and 13:30hrs.
In yesterday’s game, the first ever t20 for U-17s in Guyana, DCC beat the Rest team by six wickets after the Rest Team were restricted to 87-8 when their 20 overs expired. Navindra Persaud hit three fours in a top score of 22 but Joel Micheal who was run out for 17 was the only other batsman to reach double figures.
Off-spinner Sagar Hetheramani had 2-13 from four overs for DCC, who responded with 89-4 from 13.4 overs. Sachin Singh (17) looked good before he was caught at cover off Elnaton Sukhandan, who also removed Pramchan Ghanshan (5).
But an aggressive 32 by Robin Williams led the way for the home as Sukhandan finished with 2-12 from his four overs.
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