GIHA Jahaji cricket c/ships set for Bourda
Stabroek News
September 1, 2003

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The GCC Ground at Bourda will come alive on Saturday, September 6th when young cricketing stars from Berbice and Demerara will vie for the second Annual GIHA Jahaji Championship Trophy and cash awards. West Indies Vice Captain and star batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan will captain the Demerara team against a strong team from Berbice that will be led by West Indies Youth Captain, Narsingh Deonarine.

Other top players who will be participating in the 50- overs match include Assad Fudadin, Asib Ali Haniff, and cricketing brothers Krishna and Vishal Arjune.

Play will start at 10 a.m. and popular cricket analyst Naim Chan will provide open commentary for the match.

This Jahaji Championship will be played in memory of the late Baldeo Chaitram who was a popular West Coast Demerara cricketer and GIHA member. Chaitram was killed in a car accident last November.

Among the trophies and cash awards to be won are the Man of the Match, and the Best Bowler and Best Batsman.

The first Jahaji Championship was played in Berbice in 2001. Berbice won that match, and Deonarine was named Man of the Match. (No championship was played last year because of bad weather.)

The championship is an integral part of GIHA's objective to help build strong, fit and disciplined future leaders and ambassadors for Guyana. The Jahaji Cricket Championship will provide inspiration for younger cricketers and the star cricketers are always good role-models for up-and-coming players.

The Jahaji Championship will be a wonderful family fun day with lunchtime entertainment that will include tassa drumming, a Chaka display by students of this Indian martial arts, and dancing by the West Demerara Dance Troupe. The Shakti Strings sound system will also be on hand to entertain with musical interludes.

Two sponsors for this event, KFC and DDL, will provide food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for cricket fans. As with all GIHA events, the Jahaji Cricket Championship will be a non-alcoholic event.

Admission for adults will be $200, and children under 12 will be admitted absolutely free. Fans are asked to use the Bourda Ground's Regent Street entrance to the Rohan Kanhai stand, and the New Garden Street entrance.

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