While most cricket administrators continue to pay lip service to the development of cricket in Guyana, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC) continues to unveil new programmes to further develop the game.
The club on Thursday launched two new cricket tournaments for secondary schools in the Lower and Central Corentyne area. An Under-15 tournament for players born on or after September 1, 1999 and a female tournament would be held with sponsorship from the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI).
Club Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hilbert Foster, at the launching ceremony at the bank’s Port Mourant branch stated that the RHTY&SC was dedicated to the development of Berbice cricket at all levels and the two tournaments’ main objective was to identify new cricket talents for the Ancient County.
The schools to be involved are Lower Corentyne Secondary, J.C. Chandisingh Secondary School, Port Mourant Secondary, Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary, Manchester High School, Winifred Gaskin Secondary and Central Corentyne Secondary School.
The male Under-15 tournament would be 30 overs per side on a knockout format, while the females would be a tapeball 12 overs per side tournament.
The tournament will start on January 30 with a march pass of the seven teams. The female teams of Corentyne Comprehensive and J C Chandisingh Secondary Schools would bowl the tournaments off at 10:00 hours, while their male counterparts would clash at 12:30 hours.
Lower Corentyne Secondary’s two teams would clash with their Port Mourant counterparts on Friday at 10:00 hours and 12.30 hours respectively, while on the same day Central Corentyne Secondary and Manchester High School would clash at the Kennard’s Memorial Cricket ground.
Winifred Gaskin Secondary School has drawn the bye for the first round. The semi-finals are scheduled for the February 6-7 at the Area “H” ground, while the finals would be played on February 13 at the same venue. The march pass of the teams would involve each of the teams carrying placards promoting the “Say Yes to Education and No to Drugs and Suicide Messages.”
Ten less fortunate students from each of the schools would receive educational package during the finals of the tournament, while the top two teams would receive trophies and medals. Foster stated that the RHTY&SC was confident that the tournaments would achieve their objectives and would lift the game to a higher level in the Corentyne area.
He expressed gratitude to the management and staff of GBTI for their sponsorship of the two tournaments at the cost of $100,000 at such short notice and pledged that they would be well organised and successful.
Branch Manager, Ghoeblall Mahadeo, in handing over the sponsorship stated that GBTI was pleased to be associated with the RHTY&SC, an organisation with an unmatched list of activities and achievements.
He expressed confidence that the tournaments would be well organised and that new and exciting talents would emerged. GBTI is fully conscious of its corporate responsibility and would continue to invest in sports and education, Mahadeo stated while wishing the schools success in the tournament.