GT&T Makes Successful Start
The GT&T 10/ 10 has begun with over 400 matches completed over the weekend. The atmosphere at most grounds was very heartening as lots of people witnessed exciting cricket. The first day saw Sport Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony, and Mr. Yog Mahadeo, GT&T’s Chief Executive Officer addressing the media and the gathering at Everest cricket ground.
The participants and supporters of cricket also saw Dr. Anthony facing the first ball to usher in the tournament and that ball was bowled by Mr. Mahadeo, after which they both addressed the gathering and agreed that this tournament is a first for Guyana and the Caribbean, where 1,224 teams have been entered. In addition, 209 of those teams are females, which augurs well for the general interest in cricket. A total of 409 matches were completed at the weekend.
The teams played some entertaining cricket with 4 centuries scored in the male category and several records were broken. The female category saw the highest score of the weekend (140 not out) from R. George of Buxton All Stars. She smashed 20 sixes to lead her team to a 117-run win over Annandale Panthers.
Other records created were 2 helmet-tricks (4 wickets in 4 consecutive deliveries), while in Berbice, one of the semi-finalists of the 2010 tournament, Memorex XI, made the highest score, surpassing the previous highest by rattling up 278-2 from 10 overs. They beat the opposing team by 266 runs. In that match, 44 runs were scored in one over in which Michael Ramdial (Memorex XI) clobbered 6 sixes. The over was bowled by Royden Fraser. Troy Kippins also took 4 wickets for 1 run from 2 overs in that match. Roy Jafferally, also of Memorex, made 117 not out.
In the other zones, Shawn Grovesnor of Adventure Sports Club of North Essequibo hit a top score of 121 which included 20 sixes as his team won by 95 runs. Shannon Jagmohan of All Stars, who are playing in the North Essequibo zone, also made a destructive 119 as his team amassed 219-1 and then destroyed Ledgen Boys by 119 runs.
Ramnauth of Sandust XI, playing in the Lower East Coast zone, also scored a century (102*) as his side defeated their opponents by 139 runs. The lowest total was made by Angoy’s Avenue Youth Friendly Space as they went down for 12 playing in the New Amsterdam zone. One of The helmet-tricks was achieved in the East Bank Zone.
There were other notable achievements that were very heartening for softball cricket. The youngest player was 9 years old and the oldest was 62 years old. The game brought out numerous families as all the grounds were filled with participants and supporters. The GT&T models and marketing staff were also out at the venues as lots of giveaways and as well as promotions were on show.