East Berbice Windball Concludes
Edinburgh Primary School of East Bank Berbice and No 48 Primary of Corentyne were crowned champions in their respective categories when the action in the East Berbice leg of the Inter Primary School Windball Competition, sponsored by GT&T in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, concluded at the Skeldon Community Centre ground, Saturday May 26 last.
The two schools were subsequently declared champions of the East Berbice leg which encompasses New Amsterdam, Canje and the Corentyne.
The finalists were determined after the completion of the preliminary matches in various districts with the winners advancing to the finals. The boy’s final between Edinburgh Primary and Auchlyne Primary, the former school defeated the latter by eight wickets in a tense, action packed encounter.
Auchlyne batted first and compiled 46-2 in their 5 overs after which Edinburgh reached 50-2 in 4.5 overs. In the Girls finals, Corentyne champions, No48 Primary humiliated Betsy Ground Primary to prevail by 10 wickets. The latter team batted first and reached 35 for 4 off their allotted overs, but No 48 Primary needed just 6 balls to wipe off the deficit. They finished on 36 without loss with Nariefa Hussain unbeaten on 19 and the extras contributing 12 out of the total.
Several other games were contested to determine the finalists and in the boy’s category, Edinburgh Primary defeated Messiah Primary by seven wickets after the latter team took first strike and ended on 38-4. Edinburgh then knocked off that total (41-3) to take the honours.
Bohemia Primary then defeated Rose Hall Estate Primary by five wickets after the latter team batted first and compiled 71-3. Bohemia then took the match after scoring 74-5.
In some female matches #84 Primary batted first and scored 26-2 and then restricted Albion Primary to 20-1 to win by six runs, while Auchlyne Primary scored 72-4 then restricted Bohemia to 36-4 to prevail by 36 runs.
The winning teams will continue practicing in anticipation of the national competition to be held in Georgetown later in the year. The organizers will use the just concluded tournament to select the eventual squad who will then comprise a school cricket camp planned for the imminent August holiday.
Meanwhile, tournament coordinator, Alister Monroe, expressed profound gratitude to telephone‘ magnate, GT&T, for their continued support. He also beseeched other corporate entities to render support even as he explained that competitions of this nature are integral towards the development of the youngsters.
The coordinator said that the tournament allows children to interact while honing their competitive spirit. Mr. Munroe further said that sports activity of this nature fosters discipline while outlining the benefits of teamwork at an early age.
Manager/coach of Edinburg Primary, Roger Wilson, expressed deep gratitude to the organizers and sponsors saying that such competition is good for the children. He also acknowledged the keen competition among the participating schools.