T20 showdown today at Providence

— as Guyana Festival enters second day

The stage has been set and the battle lines drawn for what should be a grudge match between two sides boasting some of the finest cricketers this country has ever produced.

This afternoon’s T20 match at the Providence National Stadium between the President’s XI and the Masters’ XI is part of a much bigger act, the inaugural Guyana Festival, an event which showcases the best that Guyana has to offer in several genres.

The brainchild of the Ministry of Tourism, the objective of the Guyana Festival is to expose Guyana’s cultural heritage, local manufactured products and services and local celebrities.

 Minister of Tourism Irfaan Ali, right and Trophy Stall CEO Ramesh Sunich show off some of the trophies which will up for grabs at today’s sporting events of the Guyana Festival.
Minister of Tourism Irfaan Ali, right and Trophy Stall CEO Ramesh Sunich show off some of the trophies which will up for grabs at today’s sporting events of the Guyana Festival.

According to the event’s website,”‘Destination Guyana’ boasts an irresistible combination of fascinating and breathtaking natural beauty; pristine Amazonian rainforests; immense waterfalls;, amazing wildlife all blended with a vibrant indigenous culture, rich heritage and the most hospitable and friendly people in the world.

“We believe 2014 holds a lot of optimism for our tourism sector as we seek to make ‘Guyana – the Amazon Adventure’, the destination of choice through a series of unique and exciting events, including the Guyana Festival…Sound, Soul and Taste of the destination,” the website stated

Led by former West Indies players Clayton Lambert and Ramnaresh Sarwan today’s match which is expected to get underway from 4pm, is expected to produce the customary fireworks associated with T20 cricket.

And if the crowds that flocked to see the recent Limacol Caribbean Premier League matches at the stadium featuring local franchise the Amazon Warriors, then today’s match will be played before a full house.

Sarwan led Guyana to the inaugural win of the Allen Stanford T20 tournament and will be keen to lead his side to another victory today.

Lambert, 52 never played a T20 match for the West Indies but will be remembered as a pugnacious batsman in the One Day format.

His team will include players of the caliber of Travis Dowlin, Sew Shivnarine, Derrick Kallicharran, Clyde Butts and Colin Stuart while Sarwan’s team will include West Indies test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Lennox Cush, one of the few bowlers to record a hat trick in the T20 format, former West Indies `leggie’ Mahendra Nagamootoo, former West Indies speedster Reon King and Esaun Crandon.

Meanwhile Ramesh Sunich, the popular proprietor of Trophy Stall has again come to the support of another mega sport event in Guyana.

Sunich has donated two lien trophies for the winning cricket team and the winners of a special football match between the Guyana Defence Force and Slingerz.

That match will be played immediately after the cricket match.

Sunich recently presented the trophies to Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister, Irfaan Ali, himself a staunch cricket fan.

Ali praised Sunich’s efforts in assisting sports events with sponsorship while Sunich in reply expressed the view that the gesture was an action of demonstration for the support and success of the Festival.

Teams: Master’s XI reads: Clayton Lambert – Captain, Travis Dowlin, Sudesh Dhaniram, Rabindranauth Seeram, Faoud Bacchus, Steve Messiah, Sew Shivnarine, Derrick Kallicharran, Sheik Mohamed (wicketkeeper), Kevin Darlington, Arjune Nandu, Clyde Butts, Keon Joseph, Raun Johnson, Colin Stuart, Hubern Evans and Amir Khan. Manager/Coach – Mark Harper

President’s XI reads: Ramnaresh Sarwan – Captain, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Azeemul Haniff, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Assad Fudadin, Lennox Cush, Vishal Nagamootoo – (wicketkeeper), Mahendra Nagamootoo, Roderick Lovell, Rayon Griffith, Zaheer Mohamed, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Anthony Bramble, Reon King, Esaun Crandon and Jermaine Neblette. Manager/Coach – Garvin Nedd

Following the matches will be a `Night of the Legends’ concert which will feature a number of local artistes of considerable repute such as

Dave Martins, Sammy Baksh, Terry Gajraj, the Yoruba Singers, Mighty Rebel, Sash Persaud, Celia Samaroo, Teddy Jones, Johnny Braff, Glenn Miller, Hilton Hemerding, Winston Caesar and Aubrey Mann.




More in Sports

The Guyana players are ecstatic at becoming overall champs for a 12th successive time.

Guyana crowned overall junior squash champions for 12th time

Despite failing to win the girls team title Guyana yesterday retained the overall team title at the annual junior Maples Caribbean squash championships for an incredible and unprecedented 12th successive year.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite defends a delivery during his top score of 74 on the third day of the opening Test against India yesterday. (Photo courtesy WICB)

Dowrich shines but Windies battling to avoid defeat

NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich struck his second half-century in only his third Test but West Indies were staring at a possible innings defeat after being forced to follow-on by India, on the second day of the opening Test here yesterday.

default placeholder

Contrsating wins for Bounty GCC, Hikers and GCC Vintage

Bounty Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), Hikers and GCC Vintage secured contrasting wins when the Lucozade Indoor Hockey Championship continued on Friday at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue.

default placeholder

Riddim Squad, Camptown win by walkovers

Riddim Squad and Camptown secured walkover wins when the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) Stag Beer League continued yesterday at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground in Bourda.

default placeholder

Wolf’s Warriors Masters stop Floodlights

Wolf Warriors Masters secured an upset win over Floodlights Softball Cricket team last Sunday when the Wolf’s Warriors Challenge Cup softball tournament continued at various venues.

23 July 2016; Zouks captain Daren Sammy (C) celebrates the wicket of Ahmed Shahzad (out of shot) as Andre Fletcher (R) completes the catch and Kyle Hope (L) looks on during Match 22 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile

Sammy stars again as Zouks sink Tridents

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – St Lucia Zouks closed in on the top four when they cruised to their second straight home win with an easy seven-wicket verdict over Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League here yesterday.


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: