Esse­quibo on the brink of first ma­jor ti­tle

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With Esse­quibo one match away from win­ning their first ma­jor ti­tle at any level in Guyana’s crick­et­ing chron­i­cle, skip­per An­thony Adams says that there is no room for com­pla­cency head­ing into to­day’s fi­nal round en­counter against third-place West De­mer­ara at the Tuschen Sports Club Ground.

“We are very con­fi­dent head­ing into the game, but at the same time, there is no room for com­pla­cency be­cause we are play­ing one of the bet­ter teams in this tour­na­ment; a team that is in third,” Adams out­lined.

Touch­ing on how it feels to be in the un­fa­mil­iar po­si­tion of win­ning a cham­pi­onship, he added, “The feel­ing is a very good one know­ing that we have done a lot of the hard work and there is only one game and we just want to end with a win,” the left-arm spin­ner who is lead­ing from the front, noted.

Esse­quibo are un­beaten af­ter six rounds, and are cur­rently atop the points ta­ble with 79.9 points, while Lower Coren­tyne with 66.7 points, sits in sec­ond place, as West De­mer­ara oc­cu­pies the third po­si­tion on 58.1 points.

A cham­pi­onship, Adams re­vealed, will en­cour­age more per­sons in Esse­quibo to in­vest in the sport while it may en­cour­age oth­ers to hold a keener in­ter­est in the sport.

Adams, on a per­sonal note, in­di­cated that he in­tends to end the tour­na­ment on a high note af­ter his impressive run with both bat and ball in the league thus far.

The en­counter between Esse­quibo and West De­mer­ara holds the added spark of Ta­ge­nar­ine Chan­der­paul com­ing up against his fa­ther, for­mer West In­dian Test leg­end, Shiv­nar­ine Chan­der­paul who should hold Esse­quibo’s bat­ting to­gether, in the ab­sence of Keemo Paul and Ri­cardo Adams who are on na­tional duty at the An­tigua and Bar­buda Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion T20 In­de­pen­dence Cup.

Mean­while, the other fi­nal round fix­tures will see Ge­orge­town tak­ing on Up­per Coren­tyne at Port Mourant, West Ber­bice against Lower Coren­tyne at Bush Lot, while East Coast and East Bank clash at Ever­est. Matches be­gin at 9:30 hours.

The win­ner of the league will pocket $500,000 and the run­ners-up $300,000 while there are also cash in­cen­tives for top in­di­vid­ual per­form­ers.

The league is ba­sis for the se­lec­tion of Guyana’s re­gional four-day team to de­fend the ti­tle which it has won for the last three years.

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