The one-day version of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Fire and Life Insurance-sponsored (GTM) Under-19 Inter-County cricket competition bowls off today with two matches from 09:30h.
In the opening round the President’s XI will oppose Essequibo at the Everest Cricket Club ground while Demerara will play Berbice at the Albion Community Centre ground.
Round two will be played on Thursday with Berbice facing the President’s XI at the Demerara Cricket Club ground and Essequibo playing Demerara at the Everest Cricket Club ground.
The third and final round is scheduled for Saturday with the President’s XI opposing Demerara at the Wales Community Centre ground and Berbice facing Essequibo at a venue to be announced shortly.
Meanwhile, the final round in the three-day version between Demerara and Berbice and the President’s XI and Essequibo were both washed out as a result of consistent showers over the weekend.
Demerara won the three-day version of the tournament after registering two wins from two matches and led the table with 31 points. Their closest rival Berbice had one victory from two games and finished second on 22.5 points.
In the first match played at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary, Demerara defeated Essequibo by 10 wickets inside two days. And, in their first match over at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Berbice secured first innings points against the President’s XI in their drawn encounter.
In the second round Romario Shepherd-DeJonge’s all-round performances led Berbice to an outright victory over Essequibo while Demerara recorded an eight-wicket victory over the President’s XI.
The competition is being used as a yardstick by the junior selectors to pick the Guyana team for the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Regional Under-19 competition scheduled for later this year.
The competition, which began in 1976, has produced all but two of Guyana’s Test players. Clyde Butts and Neil McGarrell are the only two Guyanese players to play Test cricket without participating in the GTM competition.