GCB One-Day Franchise League bowls off tomorrow

Flashback! The victorious Georgetown team after winning the title last year

The 2018 season of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) 50-over Franchise League is set to begin with four matches tomorrow.

For the month of September, there will be seven rounds of action running until September 27. This was confirmed by GCB Territorial Development Officer, Colin Stuart.

According to the official fixtures, tomorrow will see defending champions, Georgetown taking on East Coast at Lusignan; runners up Essequibo battling East Bank at Everest; Lower Corentyne and Upper Corentyne squaring up at Albion and West Berbice tackling West Demerara at Bush Lot.

Successful skipper, Leon Johnson has signalled his confidence in his side and their ability to retain the title.

“We are very confident going into Friday’s  first game against East Coast, we have a good composition of players to defend our title,” Johnson, also the national skipper said.

“Seven games in 13 days won’t be easy, so we’ll have to be up for it mentally and physically. Our aim is to play smart cricket throughout and the results will take care of themselves,” he noted.

With Guyana Amazon Warriors reaching the final of the 2018 HERO Caribbean Premier League, a few of Guyana’s top players are set to miss the first few rounds of the tournament such as Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherfane Rutherford and others.

The league will also see a five-day break which, according to the GCB Territorial Development Officer, is to facilitate a Cricket West Indies fitness test for the contracted and academy players which is billed for September 22 and 23 at the Leonora Track and Field Facility.

The fixtures read:

September 15

West Berbice v Georgetown at GCC

Essequibo v East Coast at Lusignan

East Bank v Upper Corentyne at Port Mourant

West Demerara v Lower Corentyne at Albion

September 17

West Berbice v Lower Corentyne at Bush Lot

East Bank v East Coast at Enmore

Upper Corentyne v Georgetown at GCC

West Demerara v Essequibo at Everest

September 19

Lower Corentyne v Essequibo at Albion

Georgetown v East Bank at GCC

East Coast v West Demerara at Everest

West Berbice v Upper Corentyne at Port Mourant

September 24

Upper Corentyne v Essequibo at Port Mourant

Georgetown v West Demerara at Everest

East Bank v West Berbice at Bush Lot

Lower Corentyne v East Coast at Enmore

September 26

East Coast v West Berbice at Bush Lot

Georgetown v Essequibo at GCC

Lower Corentyne v East Bank at Everest

West Demerara v Upper Corentyne at Port Mourant

September 27

Essequibo v West Berbice at Bush Lot

East Bank v West Demerara at Everest

Lower Corentyne v Georgetown at GCC

East Coast v Upper Corentyne at Enmore

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