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Caribbean Premier league set to bowl off at the end of July – 30th May 2013

images-1In cricket: The Caribbean Premier league is set to bowl off at the end of July and six Franchise teams will battle for the title of first Caribbean Premiere League winner. One of the Franchises is based in Guyana and one of Guyana’s finest cricketers, Former Captain Roger Harper, has been named coach of the Guyana Franchise team. He will be assisted by another West Indian legend, Curtley Ambrose. Local players will be looking to impress since each Franchise is allowed a certain number of overseas players and must include a certain number of local players, 2 of whom must be Under 23 years of age. Guyana will have spin sensation Sunil Narine of Trinidad and Mohammed Hafeez as its overseas players.

In swimming: Some local swimmers who missed the National swimming championships here in Guyana over the weekend said their outing at the Barbados Invitational meet was a good experience for them. We caught up with the five-member squad during training at the National Aquatic Centre at Lilliendaal and this was what some of them had to say.

The team returned home with 3 bronze medals and a silver and the youngest member of the squad was little Leon Seaton swimming in the 9 and Under catergory he copped 2 bronze medals.

I spoke with Coach of Orca swim club Sean Baksh, as well as Cuban coach Isabella Fals and they were very upbeat about the experiences and the exposure gained by the swimmers.

In Rugby: The National Rugby squad left these shores on Wednesday evening bound  for Trinidad and Tobago where they will seek to maintain their perfect record in the qualifying stages of the North American and Caribbean Region Association NACRA fifteens championships set for June. The team was told by President of the GRFU, Peter Green that they must work hard to secure a win since failure is not an option.

Manager Robby Roberts was also upbeat and said the team cannot  take anything for granted, since Trinidad beat Barbados and will be looking to knock out Guyana.

Guyana beat Barbados 91-17 just over  a week ago at the National stadium at Providence  and the game against Trinidad will be on Saturday afternoon at 4:30. It will be played at the UWI ground in St Augustine.

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