By Sean Devers
The fifth annual New Building Society (NBS) 40-over second division cricket competition organised by the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), scheduled to commence Saturday, was launched yesterday in the conference
room of the NBS Georgetown Headquarters.
The simple ceremony was chaired by Assistant Secretary/CEO Anil Beharry who participated as a player in the NBS cricket in Berbice, while GCA President, former Guyana and West Indies all-rounder Roger Harper, NBS Chairman Floyd McDonald and GCA’s Competitions Committee Head Shawn Massiah provided brief speeches.
The 53-year-old Harper, who played for the West Indies at the International level between 1983 and 1996, thanked NBS for their continued support of cricket in the City and noted that the Company is playing a big role in developing players.
“West Indies under-19 player Tevin Imlach has participated in the NBS tournament, while seven members of Guyana’s team which won the Regional U-19 one-day Championship in St Vincent played in NBS cricket,” Harper disclosed.
The former Guyana Captain explained that while only teams in Georgetown are allowed to play in the NBS competition, players from ‘all areas’ can participate in the tournament once they are registered with the GCA.
“This year DCC dethroned GCC, who won the previous three competitions and it’s clear that the NBS is playing an important role in honing the skills of the youngsters who play in their competition,” Harper pointed out.
Harper told the gathering which included team Captains, NBS officials and the Media, that usually the competition include 16 teams but this year school team Saints Stanislaus College informed they were unable to participate.
Massiah informed that over 100 players from as young as 15 years old to the over-40s play in the NBS cricket with defending Champions DCC, Sophia, Third Class, GDF, Everest, Diplomats & Police playing in Zone ‘A’, while Runner’s up GCC, MYO, GYO, GNIC, TSC, MSC, UG and Ace Warriors are contesting in zone ‘B’.
Massiah said in an effort to encourage fast bowling the GCA playing conditions state that pacers must bowl 40% of the overs bowled in an innings.
McDonald informed that NBS considers Sports to be very important to the lives of the youth, especially cricket.
“Cricket locally has been through some challenging times due to certain Administrators but we continue to support cricket here in Georgetown and Berbice. Our motto is value for money and we are satisfied with this competition,” McDonald stated.
The first round on Saturday has only one game in each zone with GCC hosting TSC and DCC opposing Everest at DCC. On Sunday Ace Warriors face UG at DCC in the lone game of the day.
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