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GAIA T20 starts tomorrow

Ezra Stuart

GAIA T20 starts tomorrow

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The Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) Twenty20 Tapeball cricket competition, featuring 12 teams, bowls off tomorrow night at Rices, St Philip.

Details for this year’s tournament, which starts with the opening ceremony and parade of teams at 7 p.m., followed by the first match between Fire Service and Customs at 8 p.m., were revealed at a Press conference at the airport yesterday.

Defending champions Caribbean Aircraft Handling Ramp will play their first game on Tuesday against DHL at 10 p.m. This will be preceded by a 7 p.m. clash between Fast Rangers and CAH Passenger Service Agents.

The tournament, which has attracted several sponsors, offers a first prize of $2 000, with $1 000 going to the losing finalists and $750 for third place.

Once again Divi Southwinds Hotel will be offering weekend staycations for the Player Of The Match in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, which is set for November 29.

Other sponsors include Banks Holdings Ltd, through its PowerAde drink; Lynch Insurance Brokers, G4S Security, Cave Shepherd, Tropical Flags, duty-free shop Caribbean ARI, Wibisco, the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and Ocean 2 Hotel.

Each team will be allowed three guest players but current Barbados and West Indies players won’t be allowed to play unless they work with an aviation team.

GAIA’s corporate communications specialist Keith Goddard, who is also the tournament coordinator, said interest in the competition – conceptualised “to bring about camaraderie among the 4 000 airport employees” – continues to grow.

“We have set a standard and the goal and vision for the GAIA T20 tournament is for it to become the premier national community T20 tournament on the island,” he said.