The Kares Engineering/Bushy Park Sawmills 10/10 Tapeball tournament Super Eight round bowls off today with the male, female and school categories at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Bourda, and the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue.
The winners of these matches will proceed to the semi-finals before the final is held on September 4 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Managing Director of Kares Engineering/Bushy Park Sawmills, Radesh Rameshwar, said his biggest wish at this time is for favourable weather, especially since during the past week the city has been affected by heavy rains and unusual weather patterns.
At the GCC ground in the male open competition, Firelinks will play Invaders XI; Cottonfield Wild Oats tackle Georgetown Pitbulls; Albion CC go up against Young Warriors and Dynas Bravado compete against Cotton Tree Die Hard XI.
On the distaff side Rising Stars XI will go up against Mike’s Wellwoman; All Star Conquerors will look to conquer the 4R Lionesses; Karibee Strikers will seek to dethrone Trophy Stall XI and the Rose Hall Town Metro ladies will do combat with Gas XI.
Over at the Ministry of Education ground, Leguan Young Blood step up to the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI); Charity Secondary School play Leonora All Star; J.C. Chandisingh face Shivta Business College and St. Rose’s High go up against IPE All Stars in the schoolboys championship.
In the schoolgirls version L’Adventure Secondary will clash against Corentyne Comprehensive; San Souci will look to advance over Divas XI while Shivita’s Business College will play Royal All Stars.
Organisers said yesterday that the tournament has progressed well and at this stage of the competition the level of play will be even higher.
“We’re generally satisfied with the way things have gone. There were a few hiccups along the way which we have ironed out, and we hope to learn from them and make it better next year,” Rameshwar said.
He said further that, as was done in the Super 16 round, all the travel expenditure and meals for the teams will be taken care of by the sponsors.
Moreover the sponsors will present the Super Eight teams with free tickets to witness the eight games that will be played at the stadium on September 4.
Apart from that Rameshwar said that tickets for the after-cricket-concert, which features Grammy winner Shaggy and other top Caribbean and local artistes, are already on sale and the response has been overwhelming.
A ticket to enter the match is $1,000, while entry to the concert is $3,000. However, patrons wishing to attend the concert after viewing the cricket can do so at an additional cost of just $500. Those tickets will be sold exclusively on the day of the final.
It is expected that patrons will come out and have fun at the games and then enjoy a well put together concert with quality artistes, according to Rameshwar.
On the other hand, Stabroek Sport learnt that 200 tickets were given to the Guyana National Blood Transfusion Centre.