Grand finale at PSC ground this afternoon … Hosts looking to arrest GCC
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Subsequent to their comprehensive showing in the Georgetown Cricket Association/Ansa McAl Carib Beer first division T20 tournament to date, where they upset the highly favoured Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in last week Saturday’s semifinal, Police Sports Club (PSC) will be brimming with confidence when they host and oppose Georgetown Cricket Club in today’s final.
The action starts at 13:00hrs and based on the number of supporters who were at DCC last Saturday to cheer the lawmen to victory, another large partisan crowd is expected today, especially since they will be playing in their first division final, following a lengthy absence from such a stage.
When the tournament was launched last year, nine first division teams were placed in two groups of four and five at the draw for the preliminary round matches.
The result was that Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) topped Zone ‘A’ with 69 points, having played unbeaten in all four of their matches.
Police Sports Club (PSC) ended as runners-up in that Zone with 54 points, winning three matches and losing one, while in Zone ‘B’, defending champions DCC claimed the pole position with 66 points, Guyana National Industrial Corporation second, having accumulated 57 points, with both sides winning three matches and suffering losses to each other.
However, GCC stopped GNIC while Police arrested DCC, despite the presence of Christopher Barnwell, Trevon Griffith, Paul Wintz and Andre Stoll. Hence today’s final can certainly be seen as a humdinger.
For their part, the home team will be looking to the energetic Trevor Benn and his older brother Troy, along with skipper Royan Fredericks, Jason Heyliger, Rawle Browne, Jermaine Reynolds, Kelvin Leitch, Randolph Knights, Seon ‘Big Neck’ Daniels and the hard-hitting Ricardo Adams, the man who singlehandedly won their semifinal encounter against DCC.
On the other hand, the GCC unit, despite the absence of inspirational skipper Leon Johnson – away on West Indies Sagicor High Performance Centre ‘A’ team duties – and Ramnaresh Sarwan, can still be a force to be reckoned with.
As always, the absence of key players from any team creates the opportunity for other players to step to the fore and for GCC today, recently selected Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Robin Bacchus will hold the reins of captaincy in the absence of Johnson and Sarwan.
Bacchus will be looking to Devon Lord, Martin Pestano-Belle, Royston Alkins, Treon Forde, Joshua Wade, Ellon Fernandes and Chidanand Shivram for full support, as the Shivnarine Chanderpaul Drive-based GCC team seek to stop the lawmen’s winning streak and take home the trophy and $110 000, leaving their opponents to settle for the runner-up prize of $60 000.
Apart from the two top prizes mentioned above, trophies and medals will be issued to the leading batsmen, bowlers, fielders and MVPs from the two zones in the preliminary rounds while the man-of-the-match, batsman with the highest score, bowler with the most wickets and fielder who effected the most dismissals in the final will also be rewarded.