Awareness Campaign In Essequibo
A large crowd turned up at the Anna Regina Community Centre ground on Sunday when the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T), in collaboration with the Guyana Softball League and the Sport Ministry, took the GT&T 10/10 nationwide softball cricket competition’s awareness campaign to the county of Essequibo.
Persons from as far as the Pomeroon were present to participate in the deals GT&T had on offer, while they were treated to giveaways and exciting matches, which were reminiscent of the inaugural GT&T 10/10 softball competition played earlier this year. The day’s activity was opened by GT&T 10/10 Organising Committee Chairman, Carmachand Rambarran, who said that should there be double the amount of teams that participated in 2009, GT&T will double the prize money of $1 million for the 2011 edition.
He also announced the introduction of a female category for next year’s tournament, with the champions carting off a handsome first prize. Rambarran challenged the Essequibians to produce over 200 teams for the second annual event next year. The crowd also saw the GT&T models, along with crowd favourite Bluie Max in entertainment mode, and they loved every moment of it. In addition to the entertainment, there were three exhibition matches.
In the opening game, Cottonfield Sports Club demolished Richmond Youths by 91 runs. Cottonfield SC won the toss and piled up 127–3 from the allotted 10 overs, with former inter–county player Latchman Rohit hammering 51 off 27 balls in a brutal display. He was supported by Dinesh Joseph, who scored an uncharacteristically sedate 23. Bowling for Richmond Youths, Naresh Narine finished with 2- 22 from 2 overs.
When Richmond Youths batted, they were immediately in trouble at 12-4 and were eventually restricted to 36-8 with Narine Doodnauth collecting 4-9 from 2 overs.
In the second match, Capoey Warriors beat Cottonfield Lasses by 11 runs in a female encounter. Bating first, Capoey Warriors managed 79-7 from 10 overs, with Wanda Solomon top-scoring with 27. Skipper Sonia Benn took 2- 12. In reply, Cottonfield Lasses were limited to 68-2 when their allotment of 10 overs ran out. Benn returned to score 23. Stephaney Allicock took 2- 4 for the winners.
In the feature match of the day, GT&T Blue XI defeated El Dorado Sports Club, who were in the Super Eight of the inaugural GT& T 10/10 tournament.
GT&T Blue XI made 109-6 from the quota of 10 overs with Ravi Sewnarine leading the way with 36. D. Hardyal supported with 33, as Munir Amin bagged 2-25 for El Dorado, who responded with 89-7 when the overs ran out. Carmachand Rambarran picked up 2-20, while Nar Jaipaul and Leonard Harprashad had 1-9 and 1-13 respectively.
The awareness campaign moves to the Uitvlugt Community Centre on Sunday with GT&T Blue XI billed to take on defending champions of the GT&T 10/10 competition, Trophy Stall XI. Several other games are also listed for the day including Regal XI versus Superior Woods XI, Wolf’s Warriors versus Wales United, Monar Institute Angels versus Marshon SC Females, and Trophy Stall Angels versus Ariel Divas.