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GSCL INC. INDEPENDENCE CUP… Teams identified to do battle this weekend

… Launching set for tomorrow
RECENTLY crowned Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association/Trophy Stall champions Regal XI, Trophy Stall Angels and Floodlights XI, are some of the teams registered in their respective categories to compete in this weekend’s Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. inaugural Independence Cup.The tournament, which will see teams battle in three categories, namely Masters, Open and Female, is set for May 3, 4 and 5, at various venues in the city, culminating with the finals at the Everest Cricket Club next Monday.
This was disclosed yesterday by Assistant secretary/treasurer of the GSCL Inc., Russell Jadbeer, who said only eight male teams will be doing battle for supremacy in the Open category, while six strong female teams will be battling for supremacy.
“We were targeting 12 teams in the male Open category, but unfortunately only eight of the country’s softball teams responded to the call. The show must go on, so we accepted the eight teams, even though it forced us to reduce the initial prize money that was up for grabs,” said Jadbeer.
In the Open category, Regal XI, who defeated Wolf Warriors by 47 runs to take the GFSCA crown last Saturday night, will compete against the same opponents along with Trophy Stall, Speed Boat, Smith’s XI, Memorex, Farm and Karibee Boys for the top prize of $500 000 and trophy, with the second-placed team pocketing $100 000.
Like Regal XI, Trophy Stall Angels will go up against Mike’s Wellwoman, Karibee Girls, 4R Lioness, Regal and Lady Jags, for the female category prize of $50 000 and trophy, with the runners-up collecting $25 000.
Floodlights Masters were forced to work overtime in the GFSCA/Trophy Stall final against Success Masters, before they came out victorious by three wickets with one ball to spare and with teams such as Regal Masters, Parika Defenders, Industry Super Kings, Frontline Rangers and Superior Woodmasters entering this competition, another interesting battle can be anticipated as well.
The top prize in this category is $400 000 and trophy, with the losing finalists receiving $100 000 and trophy, making it more exciting, since several players will be looking to bring their talent to the fore, in order to be selected as a guest player for teams in this year’s GFSCA ‘Guyana Cup 4’.
Teams are asked to note carefully that the GSCL Inc. will provide the Supreme balls to be used in the Open and Female categories, while for the Masters category the big ball will be used, even as round-hand and wrist-bowling will be tolerated.
Added information will be provided at the team briefing which will take place tomorrow along with the launching of the tournament, at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) pavilion from 17:00hrs, where Director of Sport Neil Kumar will deliver the feature address.
Some of the grounds identified for this tournament, which promises to be an annual affair, are: GNIC, Demerara Cricket Club, Ministry of Education, Carifesta Sports Complex, Muslim Youth Organisation, St Stanislaus and Everest.
Some sponsors who have thrown their support into the tournament are GuyTrac and Agri Parts, Trophy Stall, Puran Brothers Topmix, Jialing, Digimax and Regal Stationery and Computer Supplies.
(Calvin Roberts)

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