Everest, GCC battle for top honours today

2018/2019 NBS 40-Overs 2nd Division Tournament…

By Timothy Jaikarran

The highly anticipated New Building Society (NBS) 2018/2019 Forty-overs’ Second Division tournament will culminate under lights, with the final fixture slated between Everest Cricket Club (ECC) and the Georgetown Cricket Club (ECC) at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) today from 14:30 hrs.

Dwayne Adams and Devon Lord will duke it out in today’s final at DCC

In the first semifinal, GCC battled MYO in a thriller that went down to the wire; while in the second semifinal, Everest defeated the in-form Police by 56 runs.
While both teams have had a different story on their way to the finals, they will definitely be putting on a show when they lock horns. In an interview with Guyana Times Sport, captain of the Everest Cricket Club, Dwayne Adams, said, “We are very confident. After losing the first two games, we knew that we had to win the rest of the games. As such, we played our hearts out and won the rest of the games. For the finals, we will be giving our all despite not being able to make a finals for many years.
“This is our first limited over finals, and the first thing that is different is that the team is being led by a new captain, who will listen to the advice of others in benefit of the team. Basically, our team is boosted by the variety of national players we have. One such is Amir Khan,” Adams said
Also speaking to this publication was caption of the GCC side, Devon Lord, who said, “I feel pretty confident in my guys, no nervous energy. I know my players are going to show up on the day, and do their job. In terms of the team and fine tuning, everybody is perfect in the world, there is always room for improvement, like in the semifinal; but coming into the nets this week, we have been practising our game plan coming down to the back end of the game.”
Lord also said that despite Everest boasting many national players, GCC will take the current situation as an advantage, since this is Everest’s first limited overs finals in a long time. He also related that despite the results, GCC will not underestimate their opponents, but will give their best and play as a team when they hit the field.
For Everest, they must be prepared and come to execute their plans, since nerves will be a key factor for the team in their matchup. Every player on the team must know their role, and back themselves if they are to take the finals.
GCC, who are no strangers to limited overs’ finals, will have their work cut out for them, since they are battling a team that everyone counted out from the tournament in the beginning.