GCA/NBS Div2 Tourney Launched

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

The Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) has joined hands with the New Building Society (NBS) as they aspire to arrest the decline in Guyana’s cricket by providing quality competition for the city’s cricketers.

Vice-President of the GCA, Neil Barry making his remarks at yesterday's official launch of the 40-overs second division competition.

The 40-overs second division competition that will target 14 city teams was yesterday officially launched at the bank’s new location on North Road and Avenue of the Republic.

Vice-President of the GCA, former national player Neil Barry disclosed that the competition is a good and timely one to have, since the GCA had recently concluded its two-day version.

Barry explained that the competition will be played on a league basis where points will be allocated.

A number of new initiatives will be taken during this tournament and one such initiative is the emphasis on developing fast bowlers. We have put conditions in the regulations to mandate that at least 40% of the overs in the game must be bowled by fast bowlers,” Barry revealed.

One bonus point will be issue for the team that passes 100 runs and thereafter the team will collect one bonus point for every 25 runs, also the team will collect a bonus point for every two wickets taken,” Barry explained.

The tournament in divided into two zones with GNIC, Third Class, Everest Cricket Club, Vikings-Cricket Club, Georgetown Cricket Club, Gandhi Youth Organization and Guyana Defence Force slated in zone ‘A’, while zone ‘B’ consists of Demerara Cricket Club, Transport Cricket Club, Malteenoes Sports Club, University of Guyana, Muslim Youth Organization, Police and Ace Warriors.

The first game is scheduled to bowl off on Saturday, providing weather permits.

NBS CEO, Ahmad Khan hands over the sponsorship cheque to a GCA representative.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Frank Anthony in his remarks congratulated the GCA for organising such a tournament. The Minister told the audience, which included a number of NBS officials, Chairman of the West Indies Senior Selection panel Clyde Butts and other prominent cricket personalities, that this tournament is timely and important for the development of the game.

I want to thank the GCA for taking such leadership in ensuring that we have cricket in Georgetown and its environs so that this beautiful game can continue,” Dr. Anthony added.

Anthony further said that NBS should also be congratulated for taking this initiative to sponsoring the tournament.

Currently, when people from the cricketing fraternity approach business entities, because of the challenges (local) cricket is going through, many of the corporate entities do not want to associate with, or invest in, this area. I am extremely pleased that NBS would show faith in the development of this game by investing in this competition - and not only for a one-off competition, but instead for one that will become a regular event in our sport calendar,” Dr. Anthony stressed.

NBS incoming Chairman, Moen Mc Doom in his remarks said that NBS is happy to go ahead with the sponsorship. “As a corporate citizen, it is our duty to assist the society at large in whatever fields are required,” Mc Doom said. Mc Doom further stated that discipline in sport is of utmost importance and as such he urged the GCA to be strict in this area when running the tournament. The incoming Chairman expressed the view that cricket needs to get back to where it used to be, saying “we need to get our cricket, lovely cricket back”.

President of the GCA and former West Indies vice Captain Roger Harper thanked NBS for so willingly partnering with the GCA in running this tournament and investing in youths. Harper noted that the GCA is focused on the development of young cricketers and also in taking the game to a higher level.  He assured that the tournament will be run at the highest standard and the GCA’s commitment to NBS will be fulfilled.

The first round matches will see GNIC facing Third Class at GNIC, GCC taking on GYO at GCC; Everest playing Vikings at Everest while GDF has drawn the bye. In Zone ‘B’ DCC plays Transport at DCC, MYO face Police at MYO and UG face off with MSC at MSC. Ace Warriors have drawn the bye.