PMSS wins female tape ball, JCCSS cops male under-15 title
Guyana Times article.
Georgetown, Guyana - The curtains came down on the first ever Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club/Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (RHTY&SC/GBTI) Inter Secondary School cricket tournaments on Friday last at the Area “H” Ground in Rose Hall Town.
Port Mourant Secondary School (PMSS) was crowned champions of the female tape ball tournament after they crushed Central Corentyne Secondary School (CCSS) by nine wickets in the finals.
In the male under-15 finals, J C Chandisingh Secondary School (JCCSS) defeated pre-tournament favourite Lower Corentyne Secondary School (LCSS) by four wickets in a closely contested final to become the inaugural champions.
Batting first after winning the toss, the CCSS females were bundled out for a paltry 35 in 8.5 overs, with only Tiffany Moore, 17 not out, offering any resistance to the PMSS bowling attack of Shabika Gajnabi, 2 for 8, Erica Lashley 3 for 8, and Kavita Ramsammy 3 for 4.
In response, PMSS coasted home to victory in 4.1 overs, as Alima Arokium, 12, was the only batsman to be dismissed. Ramsammy, 10 not out, and skipper Erica Lashley, 5 not out, were unbeaten at the end.
Moore was the only wicket-taker with 1 for 7 from 2 overs. Ramsammy was adjusted the player of the finals for her 10 not out and brilliant bowling performance.
In the male under-15 finals, JCCSS after winning the toss surprisingly invited LCSS to take first strike. LCSS reached 95 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs, as Junior Sinclair top scored with a patient 30 and received good support from Allaz Ally 15 and Kellon Anderson 10.
Bowling for JCSS, Pir Baksh claimed 2 for 14 and Jairendra Kumar 2 for 16. Needing to score 96 to win in 20 overs, JCCSS held their nerves to reach 97 for 6 in 19.2 overs.
Vasladeo Otto led the charge with a polished 28 and received good support from Shaide Pir Baksh with 15. Sinclair returned with the ball to claim 3 for 17 in a losing cause. Otto was named player of the finals for his vital innings of 28 to lead his team to victory.
Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RHTY&SC Hilbert Foster hailed the tournaments as an outstanding success, saying they surpassed the organisers’ expectations.
He disclosed that several new and promising talents have been identified, especially at the female level, and specially mentioned Ramsammy, Moore and Arokium.
Foster expressed gratitude to the management of GBTI for their sponsorship of the two tournaments, which formed part of the club’s anti-drugs and anti-suicide campaign for youths.
Former West Indies Test player Basil Butcher advised the youths to always strive for excellence, to develop a culture of discipline, and to always listen to sound advice.
The former Corentyne High School (now JCCSS) student stated that he was proud to be present at the finals, as he was able to notice some promising talents for the future.
Manager of GBTI Port Mourant Branch Ghoeblall Mahadeo expressed great satisfaction at the success of the tournament and the organizing skills of the RHTY&SC.
He also advised the youths to say no to drugs and suicide, noting that that GBTI fully understands its role as a corporate entitiy. He also said the bank will continue to invest in youth related activities.
Both winning teams received a trophy each and medals, while each player received a personal collection of books and educational materials.
The losing finalists received a trophy and collection of pens for their players. Each school also received a large anti suicide banner.