an effort to attract greater spectator interest in the game, Nishi
Ramharrack, vice-president of Pizza Hut will offer incentives and
features in each of the four days of the annual Pizza Hut/Gerry
Gomez Cricket Classic at the Queens Park Oval.
This was revealed by Ramharrak at the official launch yesterday
at Oval. The 2008 Pizza Hut/Gerry Gomez Classic will take place
from December 28-31.
Ramharrack,said her company has added entertainment during the intervals
with steel bands, at what is the final opportunity for players to
address selectors, for the National team for next years regional
And spectators who choose the correct 14 selected for the T&T
team, will have the opportunity to win iPods, cellphones or tickets
for two to Barbados to see the match between T&T and Barbados,
and several prizes of snacks.
In addition, transport will be provided for children to come to
see the match and to begin to recognise and appreciate the countrys
Earlier, Bryan Davis cricket advisor at Queens Park CC gave
a short history of the match which has been running since 1907,
first as the Decle Cup which North won for three years in succession.
That brought in the Beaumont Cup which was played in alternate years
in North and South.
It was moved to South when the TTCBC came into existence and was
then sponsored by Trintoc.
QPCC then took sponsorship and control of the match in 1996, the
year in which Gerry Gomez, a former T&T and West Indies allrounder
and later a respected administrator, died. It became known as the
Gerry Gomez North-South Classic. The sponsorship of the match was
considerable and in came Pizza Hut to make sure that an exciting
and important sporting event continues.
Colin Borde, manager of the T&T team, was pleased with the progress
and with the competitive spirit of what is now the dominant team
in regional cricket.
He is confident that the match would produce sparkling cricket as
players seek to impress the selectors, while the WICB tries to have
the games first class status revived.
Play on each day is scheduled to begin at 10 am.