By Sean Devers
Despite a 45-minute late start and the last half of the ceremony being conducted in ‘blackout’, the Georgetown Cricket Association’s (GCA) Cellink two-day 1st division cricket competition officially concluded with a well put-together Awards Ceremony at the GCC pavilion yesterday evening.
Everest and GNIC emerged as joint defending champions after 2 days of their 3-day Super League final was washed out at Bourda, while Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) who shared the inaugural title with GNIC last year, won the league trophy by ending with the most points.
MSC Skipper Steven Jacobs (Most runs), Berbician Damien Vantull of MSC (Most wickets), Everest’s Rajendra Chandrika (highest score) and former Everest Captain Sauid Drepaul (best all-rounder) received individual awards while in addition to the trophies, Everest and GNIC collected $50,000 each for sharing the title.
“GT&T is committed to giving back to those who use our service and those who will use our service. I am a new fan of cricket and from listening to my husband talk about the great old days of West Indies cricket and the outstanding players I release how cricket unites Caribbean people,” GT&T’s Marketing Officer Phaedra Phillips told the gathering.
“Looking at this competition and seeing the talent we have here I don’t see why we can’t have youngsters who go on the play for the West Indies and return us to the glory days,” Phillips added.
The GT&T official urged the cricketers not to forsake their academics for cricket since both aspects of their lives are needed to compliment the other and promised that GT&T will always be on board to give back to society.
President of the GCA, former National under-19 batsman Alfred Mentore, told the audience (which included the Harper brothers (Roger and Mark), former GCA President Bish Panday and members and officials of the three winning teams) that the tournament was a success.
“By success I mean everything we set out to do was achieved. Our intention was to use this tournament to simulate conditions that are experienced in the Inter-County 4-day cricket and the regional First-Class tournament where players have become accustomed to batting for long periods. I understand from the coaches of the 8 teams that the emphasis was on consistency of efforts.
This attitudinal adjustment was one of our objectives,” Mentore disclosed.
Mentore said that the tournament statistics was used to select the Demerara and Rest teams for the GCB 4-day competition and informed that 16 of the 21 players chosen for those two teams are from Georgetown clubs.
“It is easy for promising players to get distracted. However, with vigilant coaches, attentive parents and astute cricket administrators we can prevent many youths from becoming disillusioned and waste their talent,” Mentore added.
Mentore said he commended the GCB for placing special emphasis to the 3-day format of cricket. “This initiative I completely applaud and am extremely happy that a long term plan is put in place to sustain this form of the game. This is the fundamental stage where young cricketers can learn their skills and perfect their trade,” Mentore continued. Mentore thanked GT&T for their sponsorship and the GCA members for their hard working in making the competition a success.
“I would also like to thank the media without whom coverage of the matches would have never seen the light of day,” Mentore concluded.