NBS, GCA extend partnership for second division 40-over tournament
For the seventh year in succession, New Building Society (NBS) and the Georgetown Cricket Association (NBS) have forged a bond for the hosting of the Second Division 40-Over tournament for teams in the city.
Though the launch occurred on Wednesday at the company’s Avenue of Republic location, the tournament is already in full swing since the organisers took opportunity of conducive weather for cricket and made an early start.
One of the major changes this yeat will be players using coloured clothing instead of whites.
GCA President Roger Harper revealed the tournament offers a nurturing platform for young players to reach the highest level.
“We have seen a number of players moving up the cricketing ladder. This year some 16 players would have represented Guyana at different age groups. There is no restriction on where players live, it is just that the clubs must be from Georgetown. The benefits spread and the opportunities (are) for everyone,” the former West Indies all-rounded stated.
Chairman of one of the country’s premier lending agency, Floyd McDonald, noted they are happy to play their role in financing the future, given the dire state of Windies cricket.
McDonald also noted they will consider the offer of having the semi-finals and final played under lights once a feasible plan is submitted by the GCA.
Zone A: Demerara Cricket Club (Defending Champions), Diplomats, University of Guyana, Muslim Youth Organisation, Gandhi Youth Organisation, Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC), Malteenoes Sports Club and Everest Cricket Club.
Zone B: Georgetown Cricket Club (runners-up), Guyana Defence Force, Police Sports Club, Third Class Cricket Club, Sophia, Ace Warriors and Transport Sports Club.
Approximately 52 matches will be contested, with the top two sides in the respective groups progressing to the semi-finals.
One important rule is that once 40 overs have been bowled in an innings, 16 of those must come from fast bowlers.