Regal & Trophy Stall Angels are GT&T 10/10 kings and queens
Guyana whip Canada to win Int. Cup
By Franklin Wilson
The Third-Edition of the GT&T 10/10 nationwide softball cricket competition, held in association with the Guyana Softball League and the Ministry of culture Youth and Sport came to an absorbing end on Saturday night at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Fans were treated to two third-place games apart from the International Cup and the male and female finals of what was has been described as another excellent year for the tournament.
New male and female champions were crowned; Regal X1 dethroned former champions Wolf’s Warriors in grand style romping to an impressive 6-wicket triumph in what was a fitting finale to the competition, the game ending n the final over of a pulsating showdown.
The wolf and the lioness were kept roaring on the night; Trophy Stall Angels won their inaugural title after defeating 4R Lioness by 18 runs.
In the inaugural International Cup match, Guyana made light work of their Canadian rivals, hammering them by 48 runs.
In 3rd place matches, Mike’s Wellwoman defeated Rising Stars by 9-wickets. Batting first, Rising Stars were restricted to 88-8 off their 10-overs with Manthana Cambridge stroking 20, extras top scoring with 24.
Mike’s Wellwoman in response coasted to 89-1 in 9.3 overs; Onika Wallerson top scored with a well played 46 while Joanna Van Sertima made an unbeaten 33 decorated with a pair of fours and sixes.
Winning the male third place game was Rockaway Auto Sales ‘A’ X1 who brushed aside Unstoppable by 46 runs. Rockaway took to the crease first and rattled their way to 117-4 off their 10 overs, Kumar Bishundial slammed 61 (4×6 1×4) and Rushie Samaroo 29.
Unstoppable in reply were limited to 76-8 with Vinod Nandkishore 23 and Surendra Sookdeo 12, the only batsmen to reach double figures.
Trophy Stall Angels, led by their dependable and inspiration Captain June Ogle, who was named player-of-the-match, were asked to take first strike by her opposite number Tracy Glasgow. The Angels, who are comfortable chasing exhibited their ability to also set up winning totals.
Ogle, who is the only player not to have ever been out in this year’s tournament, having also scored four (4) half centuries, again led her side with assurance and coolness, ending unbeaten on 47. Kavita Yadram contributed 15 and Monica Seales 14 as Trophy Stall Angels posted 87-2 off their 10 overs.
With their eyes set on the big prize, 4R Lioness began their quest for the victory target in confident style posting 36 for the first wicket having changed up their batting order, Captain Tracy Glasgow opted to drop down the order which turned out to be a strategic blunder that cost them the game.
The breakthrough was all that The Angels needed as wickets fell regularly thereafter at 36, 36, 48, 55, 69, 69 which slowed up the run rate considerably.
Shameeza Williams was their best batter with 22; Lashuna Toussaint made 14, while extras contributed 11.
For Trophy Stall Angels, Alicia Allen took 2-7 while Rukminee Persaud, who was on a hat-trick, had 2-13 as they designed a memorable championship win for their side.
The match that the thousands of fans on hand were waiting to see saw the defending champions, who have decimated all and sundry en-route to final being asked to bat first on a picturesque and lush green field.
Regal, like Wolf’s Warriors, played unbeaten also and is regarded as one of the better teams in this version of the game. They came with a plan and executed it to perfection against a side that has some devastating stoke makers who were not allowed to get into their stride.
The Warriors were subdued by some excellent bowling and equally impressive fielding by Regal and apart from their dependable Captain Amerith Rai (28) whose ability to destroy bowlers was not evident on the night, no other batsman was able to get going. Vishnu Tannechandra contributed 12 and Youghister Bachan 11 as the Warriors posted 77-6 when their 10 overs expired. They were 37-2 after the first 5-overs.
Leading the bowling for Regal was Ayume Mohamed with 2-15 from his 2 overs. Troy Kippins, Balram Roopnarine and Ricky Sergeant took one wicket each.
Their score of 77 was never going to be a tough ask for the opposing side which went about the task of overhauling same, in businesslike manner.
But like true champions, Warriors went about the task of defending, stoutly. Regal lost their first wicket with the score on 15 when Patrick Rooplall fell to a stupendous catch by Azad Azeez running in from the boundary. Despite that loss, smart batting by Regal urged on by their fans, helped them maintain the momentum as a few big sixes and fours came their way.
Ayume Mohamed who stroked 28 (2×4) and Chien Gittens, run out for 25 with the score on 76-4, did their team proud by taking on the Wolf Warriors bowlers to snatch a unforgettable win for their team and with it, the champions trophy, cash and bragging rights for the next year.
Regal ended on 78-4, Wazim Haslim 2 and Richard Latiff 0 were the not out batsmen when the win was achieved which sparked an invasion of the pitch as the fans and fellow players celebrated a deserving win.