Finalists To Be Decided Today
The finalists for the third edition of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company Limited/National Sports Commission/Guyana Softball League nationwide 10/10 softball tournament will be decided today, after the four top teams in both the male and female categories will contest the semi-finals at the Everest Cricket Club ground.
In the male category defending champions Wolf’s Warriors will seek to maintain their dominance and retain the title when they are challenged by Unstoppables while Rockaway Auto Sales A XI and Regal XI face off in the other semi-final while in the female category Trophy Stall Angels will face Mike’s Wellwoman while 4R Lioness will play Rising Star.
The inclement weather could play a big part in today’s matches, but captains of the male teams are not worried about the weather. On Friday the four captains spoke to Guyana Times Sport on their teams’ chances of qualifying for next Saturday’s final.
The general consensus is that the Wolf’s Warriors are the best in the business of softball cricket and today’s clash with Unstoppables can easily be dubbed as walkover. However, Wolf’s Warriors captain Amreth Rai is resolute that his team “won’t be complacent” against their opponent, since at this stage of the tournament no side can be considered weak or strong.
“The team is aware of their rival. We will not take them lightly. However, we have a combination of strategies that will definitely confuse them,” Rai added. “I know all our supporters would be eager to see us in another final and as such the team is equally up for the challenge. We’re optimistic that we’ll do well since we showed good performances in the tournament so far and there’s no reason why we can’t repeat that,” Rai emphasized.
The West Coast Demerara based team which won last year’s tournament by a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Celebrity Times of Berbice, has one change to the team that played in last year’s tournament so the challenge today for the Berbicians will be an uphill task.
So much so that the Unstoppables skipper, Vinod Nankishore said that “he has never known a game to be played on paper”.
“Let’s get one thing straight, we know we are the underdogs, but we are coming to play cricket and that's what we will do,” Nankishore said. "I don’t think we got to this stage of the tournament by wings, but instead we have played hard and competitive cricket,” Nankishore added. The Unstoppables skipper further said that his team is fully aware of its opponent’s accomplishments over the years, but his team knows what it takes to compete against the sport best team.
Meanwhile, the Rockaway Auto Sales A XI and Regal XI clash could produce a cliffhanger contest, given that both teams have the mix of youth and experience. Rockaway’s captain, Kumar Bishundial, says that his team wants this game to be a special one and would love to reach the final.
“We did not go far into the competition in the previous two years but this year we are confident of winning. We want all those who have faith in us to be proud of us,” Bishundial said. He said the team’s success is due to the all-round performances and togetherness. Bishundial further said that each member of the team has made a significant contribution along the way and for today’s contest he expects no different.
The Rockaway team comprises players from Mon Repos, Good Hope, Lusignan and Annandale on the East Coast Demerara and according to the skipper the boys are eagerly awaiting today’s semi-final match-up.
Regal XI Captain Throy Kippins expressed confident of reaching the final, but said that his team is more focussed on today’s game. “I have faith in my boys, I know they will deliver and will do so at the right time. Our main aim is to play positive cricket,” Kippins said.
Meanwhile, our last Friday edition the leading contenders in the female category were keen to outline their ambitions, with no shortage of confidence existing within the camps of the four leading contenders. The four captains expressed confidence while being happy to reach so far in the tournament that had 112 female teams making their exit at the end of the preliminary rounds and quarter final stage.
Game time on today is 10:00 hours.
Meanwhile, the competition will culminate on Saturday, May 12 with both the male and females finals along with the GT&T inaugural International 10/10 game before the super concert at the Guyana National Stadium.
The concert will feature, Trinidad’s number one crossover band comprising Ravi B; Nesha B and Soca sensation, Gregory; Guyana’s Road March King 2011, Mahendra Ramkellawan and GT&T Jingle and Song Competition winner, Brandon Harding. There will also be live entertainment from the “Feel the Beat Dancers”, the Heat Waves Band, Shakti Stings Band and the Fusion Sound System.
Other corporate sponsors of the event include Impressions, NCN, and Cellphone Shack, Banks DIH Limited, Gizmos and Gadgets, King’s Jewellery World and Guyana Lottery Company.