Hetmyer Hurricanes, Rutherford Renegades clash in Golden Republic T20 bash
Judging by the names of the teams – the Hetmyer Hurricanes and the Rutherford Renegades, the Golden Republic T20 bash will hold all the fireworks that the 50th Republic celebrations need next week.
Next Friday, February 21, the National Stadium Providence will come alive to pay sports’ respects to Guyana’s Republic celebration.
The T20 event was made possible through collaborative efforts of the Guyana Cricket Board and the Ministry of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport.
Speaking to the significance of the event, GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie highlighted Guyana’s rich cricketing history and noted that it was important to chronicle the evolution of the sport over the past 50 years.
“When you’re looking back on 50 years as a Republic, how cricket evolved in the Republic during that time is very important. I would say, today we can say, at least in cricket, Guyana has produced so much talent that we’ve exporting that talent. So, that’s a simple notion on where we are now,” Sanasie explained.
Also onboard with the one-off event is the National Communications Network (NCN), whose Marketing Manager Dellon Murray shared what the media communications entity is bringing to the table on February 21.
“NCN’s role is not just an archiving role, but we’ll be bringing the live broadcast of the Jubilee cricket. Persons will be able to hear it live on VOG Radio, Radio Essequibo. So, we’re giving persons national reach so that they can participate and experience the Jubilee celebration,” Murray disclosed.
According to the GCB, the celebrations next Friday will begin at 14:00h with a softball championship clash between Regal Superstars and Ariel Speedboat Team, which is a precursor to the headline event.
Thereafter, the T20 clash featuring the Hetmyer Hurricanes, the Rutherford Renegades and the best of Guyana’s core cricket players is expected to bowl off at 18:00h (6pm).
However, cricket fanatics who plan on swarming the National Stadium will have more familiar faces to look forward to as GCB Secretary Sanasie disclosed other regional players that have indicated their interest to participate.
“I would not like to go into that, but Carlos Brathwaite, Rayad Emrit and Chadwick Walton are all people we’re having ongoing discussion with,” Sanasie revealed.
The cash prize for the softball playoff is $200,000 while the winners of the main event will cash in on $1 million. Admission to the National Stadium will be $2000 for any stand in the ground. Fans can also get into the action with gate prizes up for grabs. Ticket sales will begin Monday, February 17 at the GCB’s Regent Road, Bourda office. (Jemima Holmes)