Awareness Campaign At Uitvlugt
Inclement weather could not prevent a large crowd from participating in the GT&T 10/10 softball cricket competition 2011 Awareness Campaign which ended on Sunday last at the Uitvlugt Community Centre ground, West Coast Demerara.
The day’s activities were organised in collaboration with the Guyana Softball League and the Sports Ministry. Chief Financial Officer of GT&T, Royston Rachpaul, informed the gathering that GT&T was pleased to play its part in the advancement and integration of the various communities. He mentioned that more attractive prizes will be given to those who excel and promised that the 2011 tournament will be the biggest sporting event to be held in Guyana. Rachpaul also thanked the crowd, who braved the weather to be a part of the programme.
A one minute silence was observed for Mr. Benegal Singh, who recently passed away. Singh was part of the awareness campaign since it began on the November 14 in Berbice. He was also part of campaigns held in Linden and Essequibo.
The atmosphere was carnival-like and a strong contingent from Upper East Coast made their mark on the day’s proceedings.
Notably among the winners were the females from Mahaica, known as the Mahaica Queens, whose team’s average age is 12 years, and who stole the hearts of the crowd as they played unbeaten to defeat their more seasoned and experienced counterparts, Mahaica Princesses ‘ A’ and Mahaica Wreckers, whose average age is over 20. What was more amazing was the leadership of 11-year-old Mandy Mangru, who showed a lot maturity in handling the team. Below are the summarised scores from the games.
Match one: Wolf’s Warriors defeated Wales United by 24 runs. Wolf’s Warriors 85-3 from 8 overs (Amit Jairam 42*, Sunil Bachan 2-14); Wales United 61 (Amit Jairam 2-7).
Match two: Marshon SC Females defeated Monar Institute Females by 10 runs. Marshon SC Females 34-1 from five overs ( Nikita Singh 15, Ingrid Moreno 1-5); Monar Institute 24-2 from five overs.
Match three: Mahaica Queens defeated Mahaica Princesses ‘A’ by 6 wickets.
Mahaica Princesses ‘A’ 30-1 from five overs ( Shonette Duke 19); Mahaica Queens 34-4 from 4.5 overs (Extras 18, Hemwattie Singh 2-7).
In the final match of the day, Mahaica Queens defeated Mahaica Wreckers by 7 wickets. Mahaica Wreckers batted first and made 26- 2 from the allotted five overs and Mahaica Queens responded with 27-3 with two balls to spare.
While the action was in tense on the field, Bluie Max and Harbhajan Singh look-alikes kept the crowd entertained beyond the boundary.
At the end of the activities, Rachpaul congratulated the winning teams and expressed delight at the level of discipline shown by all the players. He also reminded those in attendance that the GT&T 10/10 tournament is around the corner and urged the teams to prepare themselves for a high level of competition.