The battle lines have been drawn in the annual Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup, and teams are getting ready to take the field for yet another highly competitive tournament.
Last Sunday, at the GNIC Sports Club ground on Woolford Avenue in Georgetown, the 26 teams that have confirmed their participation in the three categories of play were placed into groups for the tournament, to be contested from November 1 to 3.
In the Open (male of any age) and Masters (male over 45 years old) categories, there are eight teams drawn in two groups of four. Each team will play the other teams in their group, with the top two teams after their three preliminary games qualifying for the semifinals.
In the Legends (male over 50 years old) category, there are 10 teams in three groups. The three teams in Group ‘A’ will play the three teams in Group ‘B’, while the four teams in Group ‘C’ will play each other once. The top two teams from Group ‘C’ would join the winners from groups ‘A’ and ‘B’ for the semifinal matches.
In the Open category, the teams are: Group ‘A’ – SVC NY, Farm All Stars, Bartica All Stars and Cotton Field Wild Oats. Group ‘B’ – Regal All Stars, Grill Masters, Speed Boat All Stars, and United Brothers.
In the Masters category, the teams are: Group ‘A’ – Success Masters, Invaders, Narine Masters and Corriverton Masters. In Group ‘B’, the teams are – Wellman Masters, Fishermen Masters, H.S. Masters, and defending champions Regal Masters.
In the Legends category, the teams are: Group ‘A’ — Savage Legends, Guyana/Florida Hope, and NYSCL Pro.
Group ‘B’ — Marine Legends, Parika Defenders and President’s XI
Group ‘C’ — Regal Legends, Orlando Legends, Rockaway Legends and Ramchand’s Legends.
As organisers, the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc (GSCL) will shortly release the full fixtures, including the match venues.
Sponsors, meanwhile, have also confirmed support for the third edition of this prestigious tournament, since they anticipate tremendous exposure and, ultimately, value for their advertising dollars.
Last Thursday, GSCL Treasurer Russell Jubeer was on hand to collect the sponsors’ contribution from Ink Plus, KFC, and Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop. Among the other sponsors on board are Banks Beer, I-Bet Supreme, Crown Mining Supplies, Bedessee Sporting Goods, Star Party Rentals, Cyber Sports, and USA Cricket Zone.