The first is always the best, and the first team to cop the Future Warriors Tapeball title is Stella Maris Primary School after another dominant day in the field.
Led by outstanding captain, Tafari Softleigh, Stella Maris stormed to the title via a 10-wicket win over F.E Pollard Primary School at the Guyana Defence Force Ground on Sunday.
The tournament, sponsored by ExxonMobil, will now see Stella Maris have meaningful engagements with the Guyana Amazon Warriors and even play a novelty match against the Warriors at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, on Tuesday.
Though the intention was just for the winning team to interact with the Warriors, who arrive on September 11 for their home matches, the organisers, FL Sport, indicated the other two finalists, F.E Pollard Primary and St. Pius Primary School, will be invited.
Stella Maris aced the chase of 47 in just three overs led by Brandon Frank, who smashed 28 (2x4s; 3x6s) from 10 balls, while Softleigh made 19 (1×4; 2x6s) from eight balls.
Softleigh ended the tournament with 135 runs from five innings, with a top score of 63, for the most runs in the tournament while Christian Seenauth of F.E Pollard took seven wickets.
F.E Pollard reached the final after they defeated St. Pius in the virtual knockout match by three runs, managing to defend 55-2 from their eight overs.
The top three teams were decided after matches on Saturday at the Everest Cricket Club.
Ten schools participated in the inaugural tournament, and according to the Managing Director of FL Sport, John Ramsingh, the tournament was fascinating and created a platform for talent development.
Similarly, ExxonMobil Guyana Community Relations Advisor, Ryan Hoppie, applauded the organizers for a well-run tournament and charged the participants to keep playing the sport and find a balance between academics and sport.
Stella Maris Primary and the Amazon Warriors will head into the match unbeaten.