Banks Sponsors Beach Softball
Banks DIH, Berbice, launched its first 10/10 softball beach competition last Friday in front of the company’s New Amsterdam branch and the event is expected to bowl off on Sunday at the Number 63 Beach.
Branch Manager Reginald Matthews said that the company was happy to team up with the Berbice Softball Association (BSA) to make the tournament a reality. The tournament will see 32 teams vying for the top prize of $150,000.
Marketing Manager Joshua Torrezao thanked all the teams for coming on board and noted that the second prize will be $75,000 and third prize, $50,000. There will also be four female teams playing in exhibition matches.
“Banks DIH has been sponsoring many disciplines of sport: football, cricket, basketball, darts, chess, bodybuilding. Of course, we do not focus only on sport. We do believe that the mind is a very important weapon that is to be curbed, that is to be educated. So we also focus on academics,” Torrezao said.
The tournament will be played on a knockout basis and will be run by the BSA.
Organising Secretary of the BSA Omeshwar Sirikishun said the tournament was organised with four objectives in mind: strengthening relations amongst communities, provide entertainment for youths in a safe environment through recreational activities, use physical activities as a vehicle to promote good health and to assist to reduce the instances of chronic and non-communicable diseases.
Meanwhile, in results from games played on Sunday Super Venish & Sons chalked up 95-5 off 10 overs with Rian Monya making 38 and Ravi Maniram 20. Young Warriors were dismissed for 84 in 9.5 overs. M Ramlall top scores wit 30.
Untouchables beat Number 59 Super Star by six wickets. Batting first Untouchables reached 73 all out in 9.3 overs. In reply Number 59 hit off the required runs in 7.3 overs with Nickie Dhanmen scoring an unbeaten on 41.
Number 68 Village made easy work of Vipers of Skeldon. Number 68 rattled up 123 in their 10 overs with Tilaram Persaud making 64. They then dismissed Skeldon for 36 in 8.5 overs.
Meanwhile, there was some disappointment on that day with Sea View forfeiting their game against Number 56 Village while Crabwood Creek forfeited their game against Optimistic. Three other games also ended in similar manner.
The feature match on the first day between Oleandoff and Memorex lived up to expectations. Batting first Memorex hit 121 for 6 with Farouk Edwards making 27. In reply Oleandoff could only reach 95-7 when their 10 overs ran out.
Also in the winners’ row was Black Bush All Star. Batting first Black Bush All Star made 107-3 with Naipaul Ayana scoring 55. In reply Wrong Turn took a wrong turn and were bundled out for 47 in 6.1 overs with A. Muhammed taking 3 for 6 off one over and R Bounar 3 for 12. Whim Police top brass were dismissed for 82 in 6.3 overs replying to 124-7 made by Young Star, to lose by 42 runs.