Essequibo crowned GCB Franchise League three-day champions

September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgESSEQUIBO rode on an excellent all-round effort throughout to win the second edition of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Franchise League three-day tournament, which concluded yesterday.The achievement landed Essequibo their maiden title. The League, which was played over a seven-week period, saw over 100 of the country’s best cricketers participating.However, Essequibo do deserve great appreciation. They played some phenomenal cricket from round one, and the trend of an overall team effort continued throughout.Their dominance was so eventful, that Anthony Adams was voted the best all-rounder and Most Valuable Player in the tournament.Meanwhile, Coach Michael Franco Hyles hailed the team’s performances, saying it’s an amazing accomplishment, not only for this team, but also for Essequibo and Guyana’s cricket.“It was a superb commitment in all departments… everyone contributed, and I am happy for the end results,” Hyles said in an invited comment from this publication.GCB’s Secretary Anand Sanasie said that Essequibo have silenced the critics. He urged the players to stay focused and replicate at all formats and levels.Sanasie, who is also a director on Cricket West Indies (CWI) hoped that through this League, the game can continue to improve.“This, the second edition of the League, can clearly be considered better than the first. It is the hope that we can continue to improve at all levels to make this the primary first class competition in the longer version of the game,” he disclosed.According to Sanasie, the board has expended in excess of $20M on this tournament, with the hope that more cricketers and officials can be developed for national duties, and thereafter making the grade for selection at the regional and CWI levels.Sanasie congratulated the team and the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB). He indicated that initiatives in Women and T20 cricket development are high on the GCB’s agenda.Meanwhile, when play resumed yesterday at Tuschen, West Demerara were 81-5. They added a further 73 runs before they were bowled out for 154 during the morning session.Left-arm spinner Anthony Adams was again among the wickets, claiming four of the remaining wickets to finish with figures of 6-44.Of the five remaining batsmen, only Jamal Gomes (25), Richie Looknauth (17), and Mahendra Dhanpaul (12 not out), offered some form of resistance.Chaitram Persaud (3-45), and Kevin Gordon (1-28), were the other successful bowlers for Essequibo.With a first innings lead of 110, Essequibo, batting a second time, declared at 128-5. Set 233 to win, West Demerara reached 24-1 when the game was called off.At Bush Lot, West Berbice were bowled out for 296, with a lead of 222. When the game was called off after 42 overs, Lower Corentyne were 151-2.At Everest, no final day scores between East Bank and East Coast were made available up to press time.Meanwhile, Gudakesh Motie accumulated the most wickets (61), and was also voted the best fielder in the tournament.Akshaya Persaud scored the most runs in the League (523). The best wicket keeper award went to Kemol Savory.Ronaldo Ali Mohamed was adjudged the Most Promising Player of the League, with an aggregate of 447 runs and 13 wickets.Upper Corentyne finished on 78.7 points, and received the runners-up trophy and $250,000. …- Coach Hyles hails team performance, Sanasie says Essequibo have silenced the criticslast_img



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