May 29, 2016

Softball teams confirmed for BCCDA Inter-agency tourney

Captains of the participating teams and other officials from the Berbice Chamber of Commerce

Captains of the participating teams and other officials of the Berbice Chamber of Commerce

– Preparations on track, says Saccoor

By Rajiv Bisnauth

Sixteen softball teams have been confirmed for this year’s Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association’s (BCCDA) Inter-agency Corporate Business in Sports (CBIS) 10/10 cricket competition.

The day/night event is slated for Saturday at the Albion Community Centre ground, beginning at 09:00 hours.

Imran Saccoor

Imran Saccoor

The confirmed teams for the event are: Regional Chairman XI, Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Karibee Rice Boyz, Hand-in-Hand Insurance, Demerara Bank, Banks DIH Limited, Oldendorff Carriers, Guyana Power and Light, Metro Office and Computer Supplies, Neal and Massy, Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated, New Building Society, Republic Bank, Ansa McAl Stag Boyz, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and GT&T.

Coordinator of the event, Imran Saccoor, told this publication on Monday via telephone that each team is permitted two guest players.

He said employees’ spouses and children can register as staff of the company if there are not enough employees to make up the team.

Saccoor further indicated that each preliminary game will be eight overs per side, while the full ten overs will be played during the semi-finals and final.

Further, wides and no-balls will be counted as runs. Front foot no ball will be counted as runs and will earn the batsman a free hit.

Runs earned as a result of overthrows will be counted as legal runs. Each bowler will be allowed two overs during the preliminary stage and three overs during the semi-finals and final.

During the preliminary stage of the competition, bowling will be permitted from one side only so as to conserve on time. For the semi-final and final, batting and bowling will be done from both sides.

In the event of a tie a Super Over will be bowled. An over should not exceed three minutes. Therefore, a game should not exceed 60 minutes. Teams are asked to assemble at 08:45 hours with the list of players of their respective squads.

Attractive prizes will be at stake for the top teams and outstanding individual players, which will include cash and trophies.  The winning team will walk away with the BCCDA trophy, $50,000 and medals. The runner-up will take home a trophy, $30,000 and medals, while third place will collect a trophy and $20,000.

The Man-of-the-Match in the final will get $10,000 and a medal. The bowler with the most wickets will also receive $10,000 and a medal, as well as the batsman with the highest score in the tournament.

Meanwhile, the day’s activity will also feature a 20/20 hardball exhibition match featuring Albion Cricket Club and Rose Hall Town.

Meanwhile, Saccoor said that preparations for the event are almost complete.

“As of today [Monday] ninety-five percent of the preparations have been completed; we are on track with that aspect of things,” Saccoor assured.

The event, which started in 2010 as a friendly game among business entities, has now grown to become an agenda item on the calendars of the corporate community, aimed at building unity, and exchanging opinions among corporate officials.

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