The first edition of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) and Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) inter-secondary school tournament bowled off on Thursday with a highly impressive opening ceremony at the Area “H” ground.
All seven schools participating in the tournament turned up with their Under-15 and female team and were involved in a colourful anti-drug and suicide march.
The seven teams carried educational banners and posters promoting the “Say no to drugs and Yes to Life” message and also shouted out impressive slogans as they marched pass GBTI’s Port Mourant Branch Manager, Ghoeblall Mahadeo, who took the march pass salute.
Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RHTY&SC, Hilbert Foster, in brief remarks to the assembled cricketers, advised them to stay in school, develop a culture of respect and discipline and most importantly to always say no to drugs.
He described life as a gift from the almighty and urged the youths to never consider suicide, as any problem they would face is temporary and would go away with time. The veteran cricket administrator called on the 14 teams to play the tournament in good spirit and to be proper ambassadors for their respective schools.
Foster also expressed gratitude to the management and staff of GBTI for their sponsorship of the tournament.
In the female 10-over tapeball match, Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary, led by national cricketer Plaffina Millington thrashed J C Chandisingh by 23 runs to advance to the semi-finals. Batting first, CCS amassed 80-4 off their allotted 10 overs with Millington topscoring with 33 not out with five boundaries, while Whitney Poyer and Tatyana Blair both supported with 10 each.
Bowling for J C Chandisingh Secondary. Zian Yarrick took 2 wickets for one run. In reply, J CChandisingh Secondary was restricted to 57-7 with Lisa Yorrick topscoring with 12. Tatyana Blair returned with the ball to claim 2-9 for CCS.
Later in the day, J C Chandisingh Secondary got sweet revenge when their Under-15 team got past CCS by 39 runs in a match reduced to 20 overs due to rain. Batting first, J C Chandisingh Secondary rattled up 115 all out in 19.5 overs as S.purbaskh top scored with 37 and received support from Kevin Hooper (15) and Vitendra Kumar (13). Bowling for CCS, Avinash Ramnarine took 3-19, Emanuel Seecharran 2-8 and Ronald Rowe 2-27. In return, CCS was bundled out for 76 as only Surendra Budhoo with 24 and Seecharran with 12 offered any resistance to Sayaad Pir Baksh, who had the remarkable bowling figures of 6-16 from four overs.
Coordinator of the tournament, Moonish Singh, stated that the RHTY&SC was delighted at the launch of the tournament and also the high standard of play. He expressed pleasure at the high turnout of spectators at the matches with all three pavillions in the Area “H” ground packed to capacity.