Adventure/JC Masjid crowned champs
Inaugural MYO/RAF’S T10 Inter Jamaat softball cricket final…
Adventure/JC Masjid were crowned champions of the inaugural Muslim Youth Organization of Guyana/RAF’s Variety Store Hajjin Zeleena Rafeek Memorial countrywide Inter Jamaat Ten10 knock-out softball cricket tournament which concluded on Sunday last at the MYO Ground, Woolford Avenue. Under the sparkling sunshine and windy conditions, Adventure/JC Masjid defeated Enmore Masjid by 32 runs to lay hands on the first trophy.
The champions took first strike and posted a challenging 146 for 4 with Sunil Bissoon blasting 73 not out decorated with four fours and six sixes. He was well supported by Munir Amin who made a breezy 25 that included four sixes. Imran Ally took 2 wickets for 31 runs for Enmore Masjid.
In reply, Enmore’s Masjid never looked threatening as they kept loosing wickets regularly; in the end they only managed 114 for 7. Wasir Majid and Imran Ally were the main contributors with 27 and 26 respectively. Sunil Bissoon capped a splendid day for the winners taking 2 for 24 while the pick of the bowlers was Eh-Waas Baksh with 2 for 10.
MYO took the Third place trophy by virtue of a walk over from Corneila Ida Masjid.
Earlier in the day Enmore Masjid defeated tournament favourite MYO by 7 wickets. MYO batted first and compiled a decent 130 for 7. Richard Latiff made 24 while Asif Mohamed and Sheriff Hassan bagged 2 wickets each. When it was Enmore Masjid turn at the crease, they reached their target off 9.1 overs as Naresh Motilall smashed the ball around the ground to end on 92*.
The Adventure/JC Masjid team received $200,000 a trophy and medals for winning the tournament while runner-up Enmore collected $100,000, trophy and medals.
The man-of-the-match of the final was Sunil Bissoon who was rewarded with $5,000 and a trophy. The batsman with the highest individual score in the tournament was Munir Amin who made 118 when Adventure/JC Masjid played Anna Regina Masjid. He received a trophy and a bat.
Fazeer Khan was also rewarded with a trophy and a bat for being the leading run scorer in the tournament with a total of 174 runs. Erasto King had the best bowling figures of 5 for 3 when Grove Masjid played Sisters Masjid; he collected a trophy for his effort.
The lead wicket taker was Aquaib Hussain of Corneila Ida Masjid who captured a total of 11 wickets, he also received a trophy.
At the presentation ceremony, tournament sponsor, Mr. Fazal Rafeek expressed his satisfaction at the outcome of the tournament. According to him, the tournament which is held in memory of his late wife (Zaleena Rafeek) was a last minute decision, so the successful response was heartwarming with a total of 46 Masjids competing.
He said his late wife was a passionate cricket fan and the tournament would be held on a yearly basis.
Chairman of MYO Sports Committee, Imran Ally, said that the six-week tournament fostered discipline and brotherhood among the Masjids, and is historic in nature since MYO had never undertaken a competition of such magnitude. Ally stated that the tournament was challenging as matches were played at various Grounds across the country. He expressed sincere gratitude to all the persons who assisted in one way or the other to ensure the tournament was successful. The teams came in for high praise with Ally stating that they gave their all in every game.