Constant rain fall has forced the executive of the East Bank Demerara Cricket Association (EBDCA) to re-schedule the Neville Sarjoo Memorial 40-over tournament.
Last Sunday’s fixture between North Soesdyke and Farm was rained out with out a ball being bowled at Everest.
Following three rounds of matches some of which were affected by rain, Laluni sit atop of Group A with three wins in as many matches followed by North Soesdyke with one win and one abandoned fixture, Sandpiper one win, Bayrock and Ruimveldt two and one abandoned games respectively, Farm and Peter’s Hall with one loss each complete the group.
Providence with two victories lead group B followed by Silver Bullet with one win and one loss, Eccles one win, Herstelling, Uprising, Nandy Park and Rome Athletic are yet to register a point.
Vinash Rampersaud of Sandpipers with 82 runs from two matches is the leading run scorer, while Troy Domingo of Laluni, Melroy Gomes, Teekaram George, Navin Singh and Wayne La Rose are the leading wicket takers so far. Secretary of the EBDCA Mohamed Baksh said over $200,000 in cash and prizes are up for the taking, adding that the competition will resume as soon as the weather breaks. He stated that the winning and runner up teams along with the MVP, best batsman and bowler in tournament as well as man-of-the-match in the final will be rewarded.
Baksh added that EBDCA has embarked on a plan to host tournaments at the various versions so players can be better prepared for bigger assignments. He noted that one of the major factors affecting the EBDCA in hosting matches is the unavailability of grounds some of which are not in suitable conditions and have been so for quiet sometime now.
Baksh indicated that acquiring sponsorships sometimes proved to be a difficult task and this place added pressure on the Association to stage tournaments and is calling on businesses to lend support since the youths are the ones stand to benefit the most.
Baksh stated that there are a number of young talents that have been unearthed from the area but due to the unavailability of grounds, some of these players ply their trade in the city. (Zaheer Mohamed)
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