On Monday, the Guyana Cricket Board announced the start of its U-15 Inter-County Super50 One-Day tournament with two matches in Demerara bowling off yesterday.
At the Everest Cricket Club ground, Berbice will take on the GCB Select XI while Demerara will battle Essequibo at the Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club ground.
This year, the tournament will be played for the first time in coloured clothing with a white ball.
Businessman and sports enthusiast, Dexter ‘Bushman’ Garnett, will be backing youth batting sensation Kishan Silas.
Silas was named on the GCB XI and was in action against Berbice at the Everest Ground, and Garnett, through his Bushman Pawnshop and Money Lending business, will be offering $1,000 to Silas for every run scored in the Inter-County Championship.
Silas enjoyed an exceptional outing at the crease for Georgetown during the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Inter-Association U15 tournaments.
The nifty right-handed batter had several top-scoring innings while playing a pivotal role in seeing his side over the line in many matches.
The Charlestown Secondary School student is patient at the wicket and can score in bunches whenever he’s asked.
“He’s a promising player, and I like seeing youths excelling at something they love and are good at, especially those that need as much support possible to keep them in the sport,” Garnett said.
According to the businessman, his support will go towards the Charlestown resident’s purchasing of equipment and cricket gear and to assist in his travel to training and matches.
“I didn’t just want to give him the money but put it as an incentive to motivate him to do well for the team. In other words, I wanted him to work for it and know that through hard work, he’s going to be rewarded,” Garnett said.
He added, “This support is to also ensure that young Silas stays the course in the sport and be a role model for youths in the Charlestown community and to show that sport can be used to elevate their lives.”
Garnett is known for his support for many budding talents in the disciplines of basketball, football and tennis, while also assisting several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
After facing Berbice, Silas and his GCB XI team will play Essequibo today, followed by a mouth-watering encounter with Demerara.
Matches will be played at Enmore, Everest, and the Georgetown Cricket Club Ground (GCC). First-ball time is 9:300 am at each venue.