Annandale, Diamond to battle for top honours

Inter Secondary School Cricket Competition

The best of the best secondary school cricket teams are scheduled to clash on Friday, as the Region Four REO office concludes its Inaugural Inter Secondary School Cricket Competition, with Annandale Secondary and Diamond Secondary coming up against each other at the Everest Cricket Club Ground in Georgetown.

With both teams showcasing superb form and talent throughout the competition, the final is expected to be a thriller with Regional Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas, Regional Education Officer (REDO) (ag) Tiffany Favourite-Harvey, Regional Chairman Genevieve Allen and excited schoolmates in attendance.

In an exchange of competitive words, Annandale’s Captain Daniel Prashad stated, “We’re a school that focuses a lot on sport and sport development and therefore we are very confident of winning this title, as we started the competition with a mission to claim the title one match at a time, and we are almost there, just one more match.” Highlighting that his team is not fazed by the fact that Diamond has a secret weapon in the form of West Indies Under-15 player Mavindra Dindyal, Prashad boasted about his team’s West Indies Under-15 player in Chanmdrapaul Ramraj and national player Romel Datterdean. We are not putting all of our hope on one individual player but rather on the entire team as this is a team sport and we will play it that way,” the youngster said.

In reply, Diamond Secondary’s captain, Philip Mc Turk noted that his team members are upbeat about winning the competition, the school’s confidence was boosted recently when they won the East Bank’s finals of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) organised National School’s Cricket competition for a fourth consecutive year thus ruling the East Bank. “We have been winning several matches and competitions over the years and this will be treated like just another match as we remain confident of winning it,” he said.
Aside from the highly anticipated finals, the third place playoff is also expected to bring some excitement to the Everest Cricket Club Ground today. Starting at 10:00h, tournament favourites Hope Secondary will clash with the underdogs Friendship Secondary. The school which is popularly known for being the alma mater of West Indian Cricketer Shivnarine Chnadrapaul, missed their opportunity to advance to the finals when they made a number of critical blunders in their semi-final match against Annandale. Nevertheless, the Hope boys will do their best to ‘save face’ when they meet Friendship today.

The winning trophies and 10 special prizes are expected to be distributed at the conclusion of the finals on Friday.

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