2013 Guyana Inter-County Games
By John L. Aaron
The 2013 Guyana Inter-County Games presented by www.newyorkcricket.com will this year add a Caribbean flavor twist. In addition to the traditional clash of the Guyana counties – Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo, this year’s tournament will feature a Rest of the Caribbean XI competing for the top honors.

Tournament director Telston Johnson.

The traditional inter-county matches have attracted large crowds of fans over the years; however, it is hard to deny the abundance of talent evident within the ranks of the representative Caribbean countries of the cricket Diaspora in New York. Therefore, adding a Rest of the Caribbean XI to the mix is seen as a very visionary bit of genius on the part of the organizers led by Big Apple Cricket Club’s president Telston Johnson. Can a return to the Caribbean Red Stripe, or Corona with a wedge of lime, be far behind?

The four teams with equal amounts of supporters will converge at the Baisley Pond Park Cricket Ground located at Rockaway and Baisley Boulevards in Queens, NY on Saturday, September 7, for what promises to be an exciting day in September to remember.

In addition to the excitement of the cricket matches, there are raffles scheduled to be drawn on the same day at the ground. Tickets are only $2. Each and are being sold in advance of the September 7th games. Prizes include a Complete Bed Set as the first prize, followed by an Android Tablet as the second prize, an iPhone 4 as the third prize, and a “Bowl of Chance” bowl-off, requiring some skill and a bit of luck, as the fourth prize. There will be cash prizes for the winner and runner-Up teams.

The New York broadcast duo of Lenny Achaibar and Carl Bennett will be on hand to add live colorful commentary to the matches, which will also feature live entertainment. Families are encouraged to come out and enjoy the picnic-like atmosphere.

Among some of the most talented players in the New York area expected to participate, are Richard Ramdeen, Troy Mars, Alex Amsterdam, Troy Dudnauth, Telston Johnson, Azrudeen “Andy” Mohamed, Richie Sieuchan, Ryan Girdhary, Michael Noble, Zaheer Saffie, Dwayne Smith, Karan Ganesh, Clain Williams, Andre Kirton, Charlton Senior, Triston Carmichael, and Randall Wilson.

Tournament flyer.

This year’s tournament has some added 5-overs per team round-robin features to make the day an even more exciting one. Among the new features are ways teams can add points to their tally. For example, each team will bat only five overs, with only one over allowed each of five bowlers. The winning team will get five points. A bonus point is awarded to each team scoring more than 50 runs from their allotted five overs. 75 or more runs will get that team two bonus points, while a team with five or more wickets within the five over spell will earn that team one bonus point. Ten wickets will earn the team two bonus points.

Should a match be tied at the end of the respective five overs, the team that loses the least amount of wickets wins the match, however, if the loss of wickets are the same for both teams, then the team scoring the most boundaries wins. If the teams have the same amount of fours, then the greater number of sixes will decide the winner, and if there is a tie for sixes, then  each team will be awarded five points each.

Two power-play overs are allowed, one over for the bowling team and one over for the batting side. In the two power-plays, only three fielders are allowed within the 30-yard circle. The first over is the mandatory bowling power-play, while the batting power-play can be taken between the second and fourth overs.

All of the International Cricket Council (ICC) playing conditions will be enforced, and the organizers are cautioning teams that no indiscipline by individual players or teams will be tolerated.

Since time is a crucial factor in getting all of the round-robin matches completed, teams are being asked to have all five of their batsmen fully dressed, padded up and prepared to go in to bat at the fall of each wicket.

All ICC rules will apply for the 20/20 finals.

The Games are expected to get underway at 10:00 AM following a 9-9:30 Opening Ceremony and Breakfast Session.

The 5-overs per side Round Robin schedule is:-
10-10:50 AM GAME 1: BERBICE vs. REST OF THE CARIBBEAN XI
11-11:50 AM GAME 2: DEMERARA vs. ESSEQUIBO
12-12:50 PM GAME 3: BERBICE vs. DEMERARA
1-1:50 PM GAME 4: ESSEQUIBO vs. REST OF THE CARIBBEAN XI
2-2:50 PM GAME 5: BERBICE vs. ESSEQUIBO
3-3:50 PM GAME 6: DEMERARA vs. REST OF THE CARIBBEAN XI
4-4:20 PM Raffle Drawing and Half-Time Entertainment
4:30-7:30 20/20 Finals of the top two teams from the above Round Robin Format

The 2013 Guyana Inter-County Games is sponsored by Blackhawk Security School (718-877-6040), Air Wave Air Conditioning (718-933-1011). Others wishing to provide sponsorship and/or make their products available to the cricket fans and supporters are asked to contact the organizers at 347-723-3284.

For more information on the 2013 Guyana Inter-County Games, contact Telston Johnson at 347-723-3284, Kerk Higgins at 917-667-7835 or send an e-mail to newyorkcricket@aol.com

 
 
 
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