Prime Minister hails inclusion of women as sixth softball T20 cup commences

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The sixth annual Prime Minister’s Softball T20 Cup has commenced at grounds in Georgetown and the East Coast of Demerara.

All finals will be staged on Sunday at the National Stadium, Providence.

In addition to teams in the Masters (Over-40), Legends (Over-50) and All-Stars (Open), the organisers, Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc., have added a women’s category in keeping with the request of Prime Minister,  Brigadier (Ret’d), Mark Phillips.

Prior to conducting the official bowl-off on Friday at the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) ground, Woolford Avenue, the Prime Minister stated, “We have female teams this year, so we have grown from just a tournament with just males. So, I consider this a complete tournament now that we have representatives from both male and female sides of cricket because cricket in the world today is not only an all-male sport.”

Part of the action on the opening day of the tournament  (Photos: Akeem Greene)

The Prime Minister said he is eager to see how the tournament plays without restrictions after two years of COVID and hopes that numerous people come and support the teams, especially for the finals.

Over G$2 million is up for grabs in cash and prizes and top teams across the male categories will cop $600,000 along with lucrative individual prizes while the four female teams will be battling for $200,000.

There are eight All Star and Legends sides and ten Masters teams.

Regal Legends, Fisherman Masters and Ariel All Stars are the defending champions of their respective categories.

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