The Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL), in collaboration, with other sponsors will host their inaugural 12/12 softball cricket tournament this weekend at the Everest Cricket Club ground.
President of the Guyana Softball League Halim Khan (second left) gives the confirmation handshake to president of the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Seewchan in the presence of Samuel Kingston, Ian John and Rafman Ally
The tournament was launched on Tuesday afternoon at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) Sports Club, where GSCL president Seewchan and president of its parent body the Guyana Softball League (GSL) Halim Khan expressed pleasure at having the tournament played.
“It is indeed an honour for us to be launching this tournament for the first time, after having it in the pipelines for over two years but could not make it materialise, due to the numerous tournaments that were being played and sanctioned by the GSL” said Seewchan.
The GSCL president said it was the initiative of the captains, players and fans, which prompted the GSCL to organise the tournament and due to the largesse of their list of sponsors, it became a reality.
“The GSCL with the support and blessings of the GSL intend to make this tournament an international one soon and weather permitting, we are hoping to complete this tournament within the stipulated time frame, using daylight, with the GSCL supplying all teams with T-shirts” stated Seewchan.
In his brief remarks, Khan applauded the GSCL for organising and commencing the tournament in a professional manner, adding that the 12 teams competing should be branded “Super 12” for future tournaments.
“You should name the 12 teams in this tournament ‘Super 12’ for future tournaments, since they will be doing battle to decide who is the best in such a tournament that promises to be an exciting one” stated Khan.
He called on the players to respect the decision of the umpires at all times, since it is not the vision of the GSL to have unnecessary protests being filed, especially if the player (s) in question is wrong, adding that no player would be allowed to play for another team, after their original team has been eliminated.
Meanwhile, the 12 competing teams were placed in four groups of three, from which the draw for Saturday and Sunday’s matches, along with the semi-finals were held.
Group A consists of Memorex, Herstelling and Smith XI; Group B is made up of Speed Boat, Recharge and Farm XI; Trophy Stall, Hill Foot Vipers and Universal DVD Titans comprise Group C; and Cotton Field Wildoats, Bartica Challengers and Regal XI will compete out of Group D.
For Saturday’s matches, which follow the opening ceremony that Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony is expected declare open, Speed Boat will oppose.
Teams competing out of group D will complete the day’s action which will have Universal DVD Titans taking on Regal XI in the first encounter, with Hillfoot Vipers taking on the loser of the opening match followed by a contest against the winner.
In Sunday’s matches, Memorex, playing out of Group A, will oppose Herstelling in the opening encounter, with Smith XI taking on the loser of the first encounter. Group D’s Bartica Challengers will oppose Regal XI in the first match, with Cotton Field Wild Oats taking on the winner and loser respectively.
At stake in the competition is $600,000 and a trophy for the winner; the loser will receive $200,000 and a trophy; the best batsman and bowler $5000 and a trophy each while the man of the Series will receive a three-piece suite, a Black and Decker oven and a Hamilton Beach juice extractor.
Dilo Enterprise, DC Promotions, Five Star Minerals, El Dorado Trading and Ryan and Reuben Mahadeo (all out of Bartica), Star Party Rentals, Regal Stationery and Computer Supplies, Romain Car Wash, Bank of Baroda, Ravi Sarwan and Trophy Stall are some of the sponsors on board with this tournament.
Play on both days is expected to start at 09:30 hours.