RHTYSC/GBTI Inter-Secondary School tourneys
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - When the curtain came down on the first-ever Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club-organised Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI)-sponsored Inter-Secondary School cricket tournaments at the Area ‘H’ ground last Friday, Port Mourant Secondary School (PMSS) and J.C Chandisingh Secondary School (JCCSS) were crowned female and male champions respectively.
PMSS crushed Central Corentyne by nine wickets in the female final while JCCSS made light work of pre-tournament favourites Lower Corentyne Secondary School (LCSS) to win by four wickets in a closely contested encounter.
Batting first after winning the toss, Central Corentyne were bundled out for a paltry 35 in 8.5 overs with only Tiffany Moore’s unbeaten 17 offering any resistance to the PMSS’ bowling attack of Kavita Ramsammy and Erica Lashley who took 3 wickets each for 4 and 8 runs respectively and Shabika Gajnabi 2 for 8.
In response PMSS coasted home to victory in 4.1 overs, with Alima Arokium (12) being the lone player to be dismissed in their innings, as they reached 36 for 1, with Ramsammy (10) and Lashley 5 being the not-out batters for the victors, as Ramsammy took home the Player-of-the-Finals.
In the Male Under-15 final, JCCSS surprisingly asked LCSS to take first strike. They scored 95 for 7 from their allotted 20 overs, with Junior Sinclair topscoring with a patient 30 and he received support from Allaz Ally 15 and Kellon Anderson 10.
Pir Baksh claimed 2 for 14 and Jairendra Kumar 2 for 16 for JCCSS who held their nerves to reach 97 for 6 in 19.2 overs, thanks to Vasladeo Otto who was later declared Man-of-the-Match in the final. He scored 28 and received good support from Shaide Pir Baksh 15, along with Sinclair’s 3 for 17.
Secretary/CEO of the RHTYSC Hilbert Foster hailed the tournaments as an outstanding success, adding that it surpassed the organisers’ expectation.
He disclosed that several new and promising talents were identified especially at the female level, with Foster making special mention of Kavita Ramsammy, Tiffany Moore and Alima Arokium, even as he 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 player and Test legend Basil Butcher advised the youths to always strive for excellence, to develop a culture of discipline and to always listen to sound advice, saying he was proud of the JCCSS students who made it to the final, adding he was able to spot some promising talents for the future.
Manager of GBTI Port Mourant Branch, Mr Mahadeo expressed his satisfaction at the great success of the tournament and the organising skills of the RHTYSC and advised the youths to ‘Say No to Drugs and Suicide’.
Mahadeo said GBTI fully understands its role as a corporate entity and would continue to invest in youth-related activities.
Both winning teams received a trophy and medallions while each player received a personal collection of books and educational materials and the losing finalists received a trophy and collection of pens for their players, while each school also received a large Anti-Suicide banner.