GCA Under 15 bowls off this weekend
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - ‘Developing quality players, capable of representing Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana and West Indies with distinction’ is the Mission Statement being employed by the Roger Harper-steward Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA).
At that entity’s launching of its third annual Brainstreet Under-15 100 overs-a-side competition which was held at the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) pavilion, Thomas Lands yesterday, former national middle-order batsman Mark Harper used Tagenarine Chanderpaul’s ascendancy to the national team as a true testament to the GCA’s Mission Statement.
“Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who now plies his trade for Everest Cricket Club, starred in the first-ever GCA/Brainstreet Under-15 tournament which is played during the Easter holidays, while being a member of the Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) and now he is representing Guyana at the first class level,” stated Harper, the chairman of the GCA’s Senior Selection Panel.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brainstreet, Lance Hinds, said his group was pleased to partner with the GCA for the third year in a row, in the conduct and hosting of the Under-15 competition.
“We supported this tournament really on a company philosophy which is built on the fact that it is the fundamentals that make you better and it is the fundamentals that make you stronger and we believe that at this level and certainly for our sponsorship here, fundamentals must be developed first.
“The results of that fundamental is evident in young Chanderpaul, as was mentioned by Mark Harper and we have also seen what the lack of those fundamentals has turned out in our cricket at the local and regional level,” stated Hinds.
He said his company has watched the tournament grow from strength to strength, having a wider participation and an increase of teams and they are pleased, to which he pledged his company’s partnership with the GCA in the future.
In his capacity as GCA president, Roger Harper highlighted Hinds’ reasons for giving the youths, whose club participates in cricket competitions organised under the auspices of the GCA, the opportunity to compete, the opportunity to showcase their talent.
“He believes that you build from the bottom up and also it is youths that we need to build that development and discover that talent, reinforce that talent and develop it, to which the GCA wishes to thank Mr Hinds and all of Brainstreet for their support.
“We have seen young players come through this tournament and get to higher heights and we want to keep building that. The tournament is structured in such a way, that it forces the players to think and play smart cricket as well, something that would be highly appreciated by the sponsor, since the tournament allows the players to not only think from a technical perspective, but a mental one as well.”
According to Mark Harper who was at the time outlining the format for the tournament, the team batting first will have a maximum of 55 overs to post a score and should they be bowled out within that amount, the team batting second will have the remaining overs to get the required runs, along with their 45 overs.
A team will receive 10 points for a win, 5 for a tie, 2 if the contest is drawn along with additional bonus points, which sees teams receiving 5 batting points at the first 100-run mark and an additional point for every 25 runs scored thereafter, while they can collect a bonus point for every two wickets taken.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the GCA’s Competitions Committee Shaun Massiah said 10 teams, among which are two-time defending champions Demerara Cricket Club ‘A’ and a ‘B’ team, the female national team and Queen’s College will do battle for supremacy when the tournament bowls off this Saturday.
It will be played in two phases for which DCC ‘A’ are the double champions, consisting of a league format where teams will be allocated points from which the top four teams will compete in the Cup format which is played on a knockout basis and he called on all team managers and coaches to be familiar with the playing conditions.
Weather and the availability of grounds would see the tournament last for a period of one month, with the winners of both categories receiving $60 000 and a trophy while the runners-up will pocket $35 000 and a trophy.
Individual prizes will be issued to the batsman with the highest score, bowler with the best bowling performance, the Most Valuable Player and the man-of-the-match in the finals for both phases of the tournament, while Hinds has committed his company’s sponsorship of a special prize to the player from each team whose academics is of a high standard.
The 10 teams are: DCC ‘A’ and ‘B’, MSC, Everest, Queen’s College, GYO, GNIC, GCC, TSC and the national female team. For Saturday’s fixtures, GCC will oppose Everest at Camp Road, DCC ‘A’ and ‘B’ will clash at MYO, TSC will face GYO at GYO, GNIC will host MSC and QC will square off with the Ladies at YMCA.