Defending champions Demerara will open the defence of their Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/Castrol sponsored Under-15 Inter-county cricket competition today when they face Essequibo at the Anna Regina ground.

President of the GCB Chetram Singh said that the GCB is looking to decentralize cricket and he noted that this year’s tournament will be played on a limited overs format over two days with the matches being 50 overs-a-side.

All three counties have listed their teams for this tournament and  the Cinderella County  will be hosting the first two rounds while the Demerara/Berbice clash will be held at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.

Demerara will be under the astute leadership of 14-year-old Malteenoes Sports Club off spinning all rounder Shaquille Williams, who earlier led Georgetown to the retention of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB)/Nalico/Nafico Under-15 Inter-association tournament.

Essequibo, who began their preparations earlier this year, will be led by Ricardo Adams while  Berbice who look like the stronger team on paper will be under the leadership of Shawn Pereira.

Teams for the competition are: Demerara from: Shaquille Williams, Brian Sattaur, Christopher Surat, Chandrika Persaud, Sunil Rupee, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Tyrone Bobb, Dinesh Mangal, Poorandra Jaigobin, Mark Rigby, Kaveem Naughton, Ceon Critchlow and Daquan Murray.

Berbice from: Shawn Pereira, Veeripen Permaul, Lloydel Lewis, Jamal Jarvis, Trevon Thomas, Videsh Lall, Linden Austin, Kevin Ramdeen, Rajendra Dasrat, Bisham Deolall, Gudakesh Motie, jamal Henry, Devendra Jainabi and Shalendra Shameer.

Essequibo from: Ricardo Adams, Fizul Kavim, Vijay Surajpaul, Mark Tyrell, Henry Greene, Fabian Durant, Herman Kowshand, Zameer Zaman, Ahmad Khan, Quincy Jones, Mark Gonsalves, Ravindra Persaud, Javed Azeez and Mohammed Razack.