Due to the persistent rainfall experienced over the past four days that left the Everest Cricket Club ground in a soggy condition, the Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL) has been forced to postpone its organised 12/12 championships from today to next week Sunday, weather permitting.
Last year’s Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company nationwide 10/10 softball champions, Regal XI, Speedboat, Memorex XI and Trophy Stall have all earned the right to compete in the semi-finals, following their domination over their group opponents.
Playing out of Group B on last Saturday’s opening day, Speedboat XI defeated Recharge XI and Farm XI to book a meeting with Group C winners Regal XI, who mauled Bartica Challengers and Cotton Field Wild Oats last Sunday.
The other semi-final will pit Group A winners, Memorex XI, who defeated both Herstelling and Smith’s XI in their preliminary round encounters, taking on Trophy Stall, who topped Group D, with victories over Universal DVD Titans and Hillfoot Vipers.
To date, Speedboat XI’s Greg Singh, who has so far scored the lone century in the tournament; Regal XI’s Patrick Rooplall and Memorex’s Shimron Hetmyer have all placed themselves in contention for the Man-of-the-Series price.
Singh scored 126 and 51 in his team’s opening matches; Hetmyer, a national under-19 opener, made an unbeaten 82 and 72 for Memorex XI, while Rooplall missed out on being the second batsman to chalk up a century, ending on 99 not out.
As an added attraction to the hundreds of spectators who are expected to witness the action free of cost, there will be a raffle at $100 a ticket and carries a first prize of one Daewood double door refrigerator.
The second to fifth place prizes for the raffle, which will be drawn on the final day of the tournament, are a three-piece living room suite, 32” LCD Sony Bravia television set, Royal four-burner gas stove and a G-Shock mountain bicycle respectively, with all proceeds from the raffle going to charity.
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.