Aug 04, 2017 Sports
The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club/Kares
Engineering Inc Patron’s Green Economy Softball Cricket Tournament got underway on Saturday last in a blaze of glory at the Hampshire Cricket ground.
Eighteen teams drawn from across Berbice assembled at the venue to be part of the tournament in honour of the RHTY&SC Patron’s 72nd Birthday and as part of its efforts to educate youths on Climate Change and Guyana’s Green Economy Drive.
The tournament was played in brilliant weather and the ground was filled to capacity, over flowing into the surrounding streets around the Hampshire ground. At the end of the day, nine teams advanced to the second round of the tournament and in with a chance of sharing in the $1M prize package.
Advancing are Hustlers, Letter Kenny, Grill Masters, Rising Star, Canje Pathfinders, Shamie Grocery Chasers, Hard Knock and Jai Hind. In the first match, Rising Star sponsored by Prophecy Bus Service defeated Set Up of Rose Hall Town by one run in a thriller get the tournament underway.
Set up could only reach 64-3 off their five overs after Rising Star had amassed 65-6. Canje Pathfinders defeated Force by 10 wickets; Grill Master cruised past Fyrish by 9 wickets; Shamie Grocery created a major upset by beating Toopoo by 5 wickets after restricting Toopoo to 68-1.
Shamie Grocery surprised the capacity crowd by blasting their way to 70-5 off 4.5 overs.
K. Narinesammy top scored with 20 with three huge sixes.
Letter Kenny cruised past Hustlers 11 by 7 wickets in another upset; Chasers defeated Tain by 8 wickets; Hard Knock of Alness defeated Maida of Central Corentyne by 8 wickets; Jai Hind Cricket Club of Albion hammered Underdogs by 8 wickets while Hustler of Lower Corentyne trounced No. 64 Marines by 9 wickets after restricting them to 35-5 off their allotted 5 overs.
Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster who is the Chief Coordinator of the event expressed satisfaction in the way the event has come off so far and the work of the Club’s Cricket Development Committee.
Foster stated that apart from a late start due to a wet section of the ground, the event was a huge success and praised the 18 contesting teams for playing to an entertaining standard in a disciplined atmosphere.
He noted that it was the club’s first venture in softball cricket and announced that many similar tournaments would be organised in the future as the club was tired of the visionless leadership of the Berbice Cricket Board, which seems more interested in personal vendetta.
The tournament would continue next weekend at either the Area ‘H’ or the Hampshire ground.
Jai Hind would clash with Letter Kenny in the first match with the feature game between Canje Pathfinder and Grill Master. Hustler I face Hard Knock in the 3rd match after which Rising Star oppose Shamie Grocery. Chaser which drew the bye would play the winner of Game four to decide the final semifinalist.
The winning team is set to pocket $500,000 and the Patron’s Trophy, the losing finalist will receive $300,000 and trophy, third place $100, 000 and trophy and the fourth place, $50,000.
The man-of-the-final would pocket $50,000 and trophy.
The Tournament is being sponsored by Mr. Radesh Rameshwar of Kares Engineering Inc, Ministry of the Presidency, KSM Investment, S. Jagmohan Construction, Annirud Ramcharitar Construction Firm and B.K. International, among others.
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