West Demerara, Lower Corentyne score first round wins

—U17 Female Franchise T20 competition

West Demerara and Lower Corentyne notched up victories in round one yesterday as the historic Guyana Cricket Board women’s U17 Secondary Schools Franchise League T20 tournament bowled off.

Hikers maintain unbeaten run 

-Spice, Saints, Vintage claim wins 

Woodpecker Hikers followed up their opening night win against Saints with another triumph, this time against GCC Bingo Spartans on the second evening of the GTT National Indoor Hockey Championships at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) last evening.   

Klautky, Williams emerging as exciting junior hockey players 

In a climate where local sports associations are often divorced from the realities of what needs to be done to develop sports, kudos must be given to the Guyana Hockey Board [GHB] for their bold initiative to bring together a squad of young players to begin preparations for the Junior PanAm Games in 2020.   

Jameer’s hat-trick spurs Eco Champs to victory

A spectacular spell of spin bowling from Mohammed Jameer which resulted in a hat-trick, catapulted Georgetown Eco Champs to a 90-run win over Malteenoes Sports Club in the Georgetown Cricket Association/ Friends of Cricket U17, 100 overs tournament at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) Ground, Woolford Avenue Sunday.

One-nil victories highlight latest round of Mayor’s Cup

Kuru-Kururu, Plaisance, Crane, Sophia, Wales and Agricola secured hard-fought wins when the Mayor’s Cup  9-a-side Inter-Ward Birthday Anniversary Football Championship continued Sunday at the Den Amstel ground.

Sincere apology

An incorrect photograph was published in yesterday’s issue under the story headlined ”Norton says gov’t in the dark on $20b golf project.”    The photograph published, was an old photograph which depicted Banks DIH Limited officials, who have in the past sponsored golf tournaments.

England told to stay vigilant amid Sri Lanka crisis

COLOMBO, (Reuters) – England will continue their tour of Sri Lanka as planned but the cricketers have been asked to be careful amid the political crisis prevailing in the island nation, a team spokesman said yesterday.

Regal Masters capture consecutive titles

—Parika Defenders win over 50 title

Exactly one week after capturing the Prime Minister’s Cup title, Regal Masters last evening cemented their dynasty by collecting another purse, winning the over 45 category of  the 2018 edition of the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) International Softball Cup. 

Mere formality!

— Marooners make light work of Jaguars to clinch maiden title

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners etched their names in Caribbean cricket history when they brushed aside multiple-time champions Guyana Jaguars by six wickets here yesterday, to capture their first-ever Regional Super50 title.

Energised Windies plotting takedown of India: Samuels

MUMBAI, India, CMC – Veteran batsman Marlon Samuels says West Indies will come hard at India in today’s fourth One-Day International, as the Caribbean side look to capitalise on momentum from their stunning victory in Saturday’s third ODI.

Norton says gov’t in the dark on $20b golf project

-does not endorse multi-billion golf venture

Minister of Social Cohesion with Responsibility for Sport, Dr. George Norton has made it clear that he and by extension, the government, does not endorse the multi-billion ‘Jack Nicklaus’ lifestyle community project because his administration is in the dark on the project.

Cavs fire coach Lue after 0-6 start

The Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach Tyronn Lue and promoted assistant Larry Drew to interim head coach yesterday, general manager Koby Altman announced.

GBTI GCC, Woodpecker Hikers dominate opening night 

— Old Fort Lamborghini, Hikers also in the goal-scoring spree

Defending champions GBTI GCC Tigers along with arch-rivals Woodpecker Hikers, produced dominant showings in the women’s first division category on the opening night of this year’s annual GTT National Indoor Hockey Championships at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) last evening. 

Defending champs through to semis

Defending champion West Ruimveldt, St. Pius, Tucville and Mocha reached the semi-finals of the Courts Pee Wee Primary School Football tournament following play Saturday at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue.  

Defending champs General Services reach b/ball final

Defending champion General Services and Operations will face-off in the finale of the BOSAI Inter-Department Basketball Championship, following semi-final wins on Saturday at the Mackenzie Sports Club [MSC] hard-court.  

Fruta Conquerors `A’ and `B’ teams score lopsided wins

—Always Women’s League gets underway

Fruta Conquerors `A’ and `B’ teams secured lopsided wins when Guyana Football Federation [GFF] ‘Always’ Women’s League commenced yesterday at the Tucville ground. 

Marooners beat Jaguars by six wickets

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners defeated Guyana Jaguars by six wickets, in the Regional Super50 final at Kensington Oval here today.

Jaguars look to end 13-year drought

—But CCC Marooners stand in their path

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Guyana Jaguars’ captain Leon Johnson is hoping that his side can claim their first Regional Super50 title in 13 years, while Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners’ skipper Carlos Brathwaite will be looking to capture their first ever regional title when they clash in today’s final at Kensington Oval.

WJ Enterprise onboard with Guyana Softball Cup 8

Organisers of the Guyana Softball Cup 8 received corporate backing from Regent Street store, WJ Enterprise, to ensure the three-day tournament, which concludes today is a success.

Champion of Champions Dominoes Part Two on today

Part Two of the Champion of Champions Dominoes competition featuring the country’s top teams will get cracking today from 1pm at the Green City Restaurant and Bar, Lot `H’ Durban and Vlissingen Roads.

Three exciting finals on this evening under lights at DCC

—-GFSCA International Softball Cup 8 

The final of the Open category of eight edition in the annual Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) International Softball Cup will cumulate this evening under lights between SVC Cricket club and either defending champions Ariel Speedboat or Regal All-star who were locked in battle at DCC as of press time. 

‘Jaguars not taking CCC lightly’ – Johnson 

Guyana Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson is hoping that his side can veer from a more than decade-long pattern of not being able to capture the Regional one-day title when they come up against the Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners in the Regional Super 50 final today.  

John dominates Payless Variety Store cycle event

Briton John made hay in the brilliant sunshine yesterday dominating the juvenile 10-lap and the feature 35-lap event of the seventh annual Payless Variety Store multi-race programme.

Albion eke out one-wicket win over RHTG&G

A low-scoring match which saw two half centuries and two five wicket hauls, also saw Albion Cricket Club eke out a one-wicket win over Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets yesterday in the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB)  Pepsi 50 overs tournament.

First win!

-Windies overcome Kohli’s historic achievement to level series

PUNE, India, CMC – The West Indies finally got their first win on the tour of India, as they produced a disciplined batting and bowling performance on their way to a 43-run victory over the home side despite another Virat Kohli century in the third One Day International at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here yesterday.

Holder hails team’s “outstanding” performance

PUNE, India, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder has lauded his charges for an outstanding all-around performance in the team’s 43-run win over India yesterday which helped the visitors level the five-match One Day International Series at 1-1.

Kohli’s third straight ton in vain as Windies stun India

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli struck his third consecutive hundred but it was not enough as West Indies defeated the hosts by 43 runs in the third one-day international on Saturday to square the five-match series at 1-1.

Marooners grab spot in final

…behind Jordan’s heroics

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – The Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners qualified for their second final in a regional competition when they shocked title favourites Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by seven wickets in the second semifinal of the Regional Super50 at Kensington Oval here yesterday.

Gov’t inks deals for synthetic tracks in NA, Wismar

-Minister Norton concerned about deterioration of Leonora facility

The Ministry of Social Cohesion yesterday inked two contracts worth $220 million for phase three of the construction of  Synthetic Tracks in Regions Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) at the Ministry’s Main Street location.

Gov’t coughs up US$160K for stadium replay screen

-proposed sponsors pulled out

It was revealed yesterday by the Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for sport, Dr George Norton that Government is now standing the cost of the replay screen that is required for the Women’s World T20 to be hosted by Guyana just days away.

Byass smashes 193 and takes 5-5 in 418-run win

-Cotton Tree crushes No. 4 by 319 runs

The Berbice Cricket Board/New Building Society 40-Overs Second Division Tournament continued last weekend with matches across the Ancient County and saw Skeldon Titans thumping All Family by 418 runs and Cotton Tree crushing No.

Guyana Softball Cup 8 underway 

—Semi-finals billed for DCC under lights this evening 

The eighth edition of the annual Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) international softball cup, bowled off yesterday at a number of venues across the City.   

FIFA set up task force over new tournament plans

KIGALI,  (Reuters) – FIFA have set up a task force to examine president Gianni Infantino’s plans for a new Club World Cup and Global Nations League, avoiding a damaging split with UEFA over the controversial proposals.

Batsmen have forced India to bring back best bowlers, says Law

PUNE, India, CMC – West Indies head coach Stuart Law has praised his side’s batting performance in the One Day International (ODI) series against India, saying that the home side has been forced to bring back their two best bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the third ODI which begins here today.

Zhang, 26, appointed Inter Milan president

MILAN, (Reuters) – Inter Milan appointed 26-year-old Steven Zhang as their new president on Friday and the Chinese businessman immediately promised to lead the club into a new era.

Tennis Video Review system to trial at Next Gen Finals

LONDON, (Reuters) – A Video Review system for judgement calls will be available to umpires and players for the first time at a tennis tournament when this year’s Next Gen ATP Finals starts in Milan next month, the men’s governing body confirmed on Friday.

Outgoing Cricket Australia CEO reveals ‘Sandpaper-gate’ regret

(Reuters) – Outgoing Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland regrets not being able to intervene earlier in the infamous ball-tampering incident in Cape Town, saying the fallout from the scandal may have been less had he not turned off his television.