NYSCL: Exciting and Competitive

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Guyana Times
Avenash Ramzan

The country’s most high-profile softball tournament – Guyana Softball Cup 4 – is set for bowl off in just over a week, and one team has promised to deliver “exciting and competitive softball cricket” when the three-day event is hosted from October 31 to November 2.

2012 Open champion New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL) is coming to Guyana, bubbling with confidence and optimistic of once again returning to the top podium spot.

In a letter to the organisers – the Guyana Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) – President of the NYSCL, Eric Ferrier, expressed pleasure at being invited to once again participate in the competition.

“To the President of the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association and the executive board, the organisers, fans, supporters and sponsors of Guyana Softball Cup 4, we the New York Softball Cricket League salute and extend our heartfelt thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate once again in such a wonderful, colourful and competitive competition,” Ferrier said.

He added that the experience since competing in the Guyana Cup Softball in 2011 has been a mixed one.

“We have seen highs and lows over the past three Guyana Cups. Yes, we experience the ultimate high when our All Stars team was crowned the 2012 champions, and lows when we did not make the playoffs in the other years,” Ferrier explained.

He added, “We would like to extend good luck to all the participating teams and make no mistake, the NYSCL has high expectations for both of our teams to return to New York as All Stars and Masters Guyana Cup 4 champions. We are coming to Guyana to play exciting and competitive softball cricket, and at the same time, rekindle old acquaintances and to enjoy the great hospitality of our Guyanese brothers and sisters.”

Tournament format

The champion team in the Men’s Open is guaranteed a whopping $800,000 first prize and a huge trophy, while the losing finalist will have to settle for $200,000 and a trophy. In the Masters’ division, the winning team will pocket $600,000 with the runner-up assured of $150,000. The Man-of-the-Match in both finals will receive a trophy.

As has been the case in the past, the Most Valuable Player of each category will become the proud owner of a softball bracelet, made of gold and diamond studs, compliments of Steve’s Jewellery. On the day of the final, apart from the trip to Aruba, there will be lots of hampers and give-aways for spectators.

Two dozen teams will compete in this year’s event, with 12 from Guyana, seven from New York, three from Florida and two from Canada. During the three-day championship, there will be a total of 36 preliminary games, followed by four semi-finals and two finals.

In an effort to expand the reach of the competition and ensure maximum participation from spectators, the organisers have increased the number of venues this year. Grounds earmarked to host games are Police Sports Club, Everest Cricket Club, Georgetown Cricket Club, Demerara Cricket Club, Ghandi Youth Organisation, Muslim Youth Organisation, Enmore Community Centre and Enterprise Busta Sports Club.

Trophy Stall and New York Better are the defending champions of the Open and Masters categories respectively, while the previous champions were NYSCL New York (Open) and Savage Masters in 2012 and Cotton Field Wild Oats (Open) and Regal Seniors (Masters) in 2011.