Trophy Stall Bow Out Of GT&T 10/10
Defending male champions Trophy Stall have been booted from the second annual GT& T 10/10 nationwide softball cricket competition as they were beaten by Universal Solutions Tigers in the quarter-finals yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road.
After several weeks of keen 10/10 action featuring teams from across the three counties, the winner of both the Male and Female categories will be decided today at the National Stadium, Providence. The results from yesterday are as follows:
- Universal Solutions Tigers 94-3 (Javid Mohamed 39) defeated Trophy Stall 93-5 (Surajpaul Deosarran 23).
- Wolf Warriors 116-5 defeated Adventure Sports Club 75-5.
- Celebrity Times 63-1 defeated Sandust XI 59- 9
- Regal XI 119-3 defeated Affiance Storm 80-5.
- Lusignan Street Warriors 105- 5 defeated MTWTFSS Warriors 71-8
- Trophy Stall Angels 71-3 defeated Falcon Girls 72-1
- Mike’s Wellwomen 146-3 defeated Rising Star X1 47 all out.
Today's matches commence at 09:30h with Male Semi-finals: Wolf Warriors versus Regal XI and Celebrity Times versus Universal Solutions Tigers. Female Semi-Finals: Trophy Stall Angels versus Lusignan and Berbice All Star versus Mike’s Wellwomen.
Meanwhile, GT& T’s Chief Executive Officer, Yog Mahadeo, has assured Guyanese of a family-oriented day, full of entertainment and giveaways. “It’s not about the money, but fun and family entertainment,” he mentioned at a press conference at the company’s Head Office at Brickdam. “Tons of excitement is guaranteed; we have a packed programme catering for all, and there will millions of dollars to be given away. So just come out and have fun.”
Apart from the on-field prizes, (the champion male team will receive $2 million and female champion team $1 million) Mahadeo revealed that $20 million in credit will be given away to patrons at the venue, while there will be several other giveaways.
The CEO noted that GT&T is pleased with the growth of the tournament since its inception in 2010, when it attracted a then record 584 teams (all males) with a first prize of $1 mil lion. Mahadeo had challenged the organisers to “double the teams, double the prize money”, and so the 2011 edition now has an overwhelming 1,224 teams (male and female) vying for more attractive monetary prizes.
Carmachand Rambarran, head of the organising team, said the semi-finalists will assemble at the venue by 08:00h, while the action will get underway at 09: 30h. The semi-finals will be contested during the day and they will be followed by the official opening ceremony with President Bharrat Jagdeo, Sport Minister Dr. Frank Anthony, and Mahadeo expected to grace the occasion.
It is expected that Dr. Jagdeo will bowl the first ball of the final, which will take place under floodlights. The presentation ceremony will follow immediately after the final. Thereafter, fans will be treated to a concert featuring Karma Band, Benjai, Patch, Guyana’s Timeka Marshall, Mahendra Ramkellawan, and reigning Chutney/ Soca Queen, Fiona Singh.
Hits and Jams’ Simeon Francis, who is in charge of all the security arrangements, urged patrons to cooperate with personnel at the venue in order to ensure a smooth flow of traffic. He explained that the entire venue will be decked out with signs giving clear instructions. Francis also divulged that all the rules pertaining to the hosting on an international event will be enforced, as patrons will not be allowed to enter the venue with glass bottles, firearms, and large coolers.
Kerwin Bollers, also of Hits and Jams, stated that persons with tickets for the cricket will automatically gain entry to the concert, but persons wishing to attend the concert only will have to pay $1,000. “There is a fabulous lineup of artistes to entertain everyone,” Bollers declared.