GFSCA 4th International Tournament
The Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) will bowl off the fourth edition of the Guyana Softball Cup on October 31 at various venues across Guyana.
At the launching of the of the tournament on Wednesday at the Georgetown Cricket Club Players Pavilion, it was revealed that the top winning prize will be G$800,000 while the second place finishers will receive a total of G$200,000. Twenty four teams will vie for the top prized with seven teams coming from New York, three from Florida and two from Canada.
Minister of Sport Dr Frank Anthony, on hand for the launching was impressed with the growth of the event.
“All my wishes for your tournament have exceeded our expectation. Cricket as a whole is very important to Guyana and is regarded as our national game. Softball cricket is the way you were introduced to the game so cricket is engrained in us. "
"You have filled a much needed niche in taking an unorganized style of cricket and making it organized and for that should be commended,” Anthony stated.
President of the GFSCA Ramchand Ragbeer highlighted that the tournament has become a flagship event of the association.
“I can assure that this year will be bigger and better. Several teams from the USA and Canada will be here and we at the GFSCA pledge that we will take softball cricket to the highest level in cricket,” Ragbeer stated.
The tournament that started in 2011 has grown and will see Trophy Stall aiming to defend their open title while New York Better Hope will look to retain the Master’s title.
Thirty six preliminary games are expected to be played along with four semi-finals and two finals. There will also be a couple of women’s exhibition games on the final day which is scheduled for November 2.