Stadium To Rock With GT&T Softball

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

The Guyana National Stadium comes alive from 14:00 hours today when the biggest stars in softball cricket collide in four exciting matches of the third annual GT&T 10/10 softball cricket competition that will culminate this year’s tournament.

A capacity crowd of 15,000 is anticipated and after weeks of intense battles at venues throughout Guyana and the dust has finally settled as defending champions Wolf’s Warriors will seek to maintain their dominance and retain the title when they are challenged by Regal XI in the male final contest. On the other hand, a new female title holder will be crowned when the battle is over between Trophy Stall Angels and 4R Lioness.

Apart from the two finals, the inaugural international cup between Guyana and Canada and a third place playoff between the losing semi-finalists in the male category will also be contested before the mega concert.

Yesterday when Guyana Times Sport spoke with the captains of the male and female teams, each captain expressed confidence of upstaging each other. Wolf’s Warriors captain Amreth Rai said his team is eager for another title.

Just last week Saturday we won the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) Hadi’s sponsored softball tournament, so come tomorrow (today) we will definitely back ourselves for the GT&T title. I know they (Regal XI) will come hard at us, but they will have to come really good, we are ready for the battle,” Rai said. The defending champions’ skipper further said the toss can be the deciding factor of the game.

Throy Kippins Captain of the Regal XI team said his team does not have any surprises for the Warriors, but is looking forward to the challenge. “Both teams know each other, but I feel the team that plays the best cricket on the day will win the title,” Kippings added.

On the other hand Trophy Stall Angels captain June Ogle-Thomas disclosed that her team is focused on winning the title. She sent an ominous message to her opponents saying that “look out friends we are coming hard at you.” However, captain of the 4R Lioness Tracy Glasgow said her team is not worried about the message. “My team expected them to come hard at us and equally we will go hard at them, but on the day the best team will win,” Glasgow said.

The male third place game between Unstoppable and Rockaway Auto Sales A will bowl off action on the field. The International Cup will follow, after which the female final will be played.

On the entertainment side of things, Contestants from GT&T Feel  the Beat Competition, the English and Bollywood Jingle and Songs competition winners will also be performing along with the Karma Band of Trinidad and Tobago.

Gates will open from 12:00 hours and admission to the venue is $1500 for any seat in the stadium.

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.

Teams for today’s finals are as follows:

Wolf’s Warriors team read: Amreth Rai (Captain), Chetram Jainarine, Saphie Asif Rahaman, Chetram Jainarine, Riaaz Mohamed Karim,  Ameer Nizamudin, Vishu Tamechandra, Safraz Mohamed Karim, Narine Bachan, Azad Azeez, Rahimat Saphie, Davanand Persaud, Diaram Persaud, Azaradeen Saffee, Dhanraj Champalall.

Regal XI team read: Throy Kippings (Captain), Richard Latif, Mohamed Ayume, Pritvinath Motielall, Zulficuar Ali, Chien Gittens, Krishnanano Balgobin, Ricky Sargeant, Uniss Yusuf, Balram Roopnarine, Lakeram Roopnarine, Wasim Haslim, Patrick Rooplall, Medha Dhanpaul.

4R Lioness team read: Tracy Glasgow (Captain), Chandnie Mahadeo, Vanneta Chunoo, Monique Benn, Anita Ramdeo, Amanda Mahadeo, Lashuna Toussaint, Shameeza Williams, Shyon Goodluck, Indrowtie Albert, Jeanette Daniels, Nikita Madramootoo, Youlanda Maynard.

Trophy Stall Angles team read: June Ogle-Thomas (Captain), Heema Singh, Kavita Yardram, Junelle Nero, Nalini Sumintra, Aricia Allen, Tanisha Isahack, Rukminee Persaud, Anjela Walron, Roxanne Demonic, Leana Harris, Kesha Lall, Fiona Athly-Ward.