Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) announced the squads for the upcoming Demerara Cricket Board/Sawh Voltcom Construction Inc./Precision Service Center Inc.
Inter-Association Senior T20 Blast. The tournament is set to commence on Saturday, December 9, 2023, with two first-round matches scheduled at the renowned Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda.
Leading the charge for West Demerara Jaguars is the national all-rounder Akshaya Persaud, who has been appointed as the captain.
Persaud, known for his prowess on the field, will be supported as the vice-captain by Richie Looknauth, recently selected for the National Super 50.
Adding experience to the team’s leadership, former National opener Shemroy Barrington takes on the role of vice-captain.
The team boasts a dynamic lineup featuring players such as Ushredeva Balgobin, Navindra Persaud, and Jamal Gomes, promising an exciting competition ahead.
Meanwhile, Georgetown Panthers have entrusted the captaincy to Devon Lord, a standout player from the Demerara Senior Inter County team.
Lord’s leadership skills will be complemented by the vice-captain, Shemroy Barrington, who brings a wealth of experience as a former National opener.
The squad showcases a mix of talent, including Raymond Perez, Brandon Jaikarran, and Adrian Hinds, adding depth to the team’s composition.
The tournament, sponsored by Sawh Voltcom Construction Inc. (SVC), a well-established construction company with vast experience in the USA, marks its entry into the Guyanese construction landscape.
Precision Service Center Inc., located at Lot ‘Y’ Area ‘B’ Good Hope Public Road, East Coast Demerara, is the proud partner for this event.
The service centre, known for its modern technology in auto repairs and diagnostics tools, is set to contribute to the success of the tournament.
With a total prize purse of two million dollars, the competition will unfold in a round-robin format, involving all five Associations of the Demerara Cricket Board – Georgetown Panthers, East Coast Canje Pheasants, East Bank Eagles, Upper Demerara Scorpions, and West Demerara Jaguars.
The preliminary rounds will be crucial as the team with the most points will face the fourth-placed team, while the second- and third-placed teams will clash in the semi-finals.
The victorious teams will then battle it out in a grand final, preceded by a third-place playoff between the two losing semi-finalists.
Adding to the excitement, the semi-finals and final day events will be live-streamed, allowing fans to catch every thrilling moment.
The teams will be donning colourful attire, and with cash incentives, trophies, and medals up for grabs, the competition promises intense and riveting matches.
To promote youth development, each Association is required to select a minimum of two under-19 players eligible to represent Guyana in the Regional Under-19 tournaments next year.
Moreover, at least one under-19 player must participate in every game. Teams are mandated to represent the area they reside in, with the exception of Upper Demerara, which can include guest players from standby players of other Associations.
The squads for West Demerara Jaguars and Georgetown Panthers have been unveiled as follows:
West Demerara Jaguars:
Akshaya Persaud (captain)
Richie Looknauth (vice-captain)
Devon Lord (captain)
Shemroy Barrington (vice-captain)
Jonathan Van Lange
The anticipation is high as game one kicks off at 9 am, followed by game two at 1 pm next Saturday at the GCC ground, Bourda.
A large turnout is expected at this historic venue as cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the thrilling battles for supremacy in the Demerara Cricket Board Senior T20 Blast.
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