-would like to organise a tourney locally
After enjoying overwhelming success in Florida, the Orlando Softball Cricket League (OSCL) which was formed in August 2012 is desirous of organizing a tournament locally. Public Relations Officer (PRO) Tasleema Jiawan told Kaieteur Sport on Thursday last that the OSCL wants to inject some of their experiences in Guyana and to also establish an association here.
Jiawan, who hails from Guyana but now resides in Orlando said the OSCL started with ten teams but has grown to 20 and the response from the West Indian Public there has been great.
“Softball cricket is a West Indian sport and we want to keep our culture alive and enlighten the youths about our sports and culture. We want the youngsters to get involved and the OSCL will arrange a cricket coaching programme in Olrando in the near future”, she added.
She stated that with the advent of the OSCL, softball cricket has grown from strength to strength. “The matches attract large crowds, there is always a picnic like atmosphere, the game promotes togetherness, everyone enjoys the competition and the support from the business community has been good”, said Jiawan.
She indicated that their next tournament which will be in the Fall, will commence on Sunday October 13 in Florida and some of the teams expected to battle for supremacy are Blazers, Strikes, West Side, United, Tigers and Ocala.
She pointed out that each team is allowed 17 players with an addition of 3 players who are 18 years and under. The OSCL was founded by Hakim Bacchus, Jiawan, Jainarine Bajnauth, Daniel Sadeo, Subah Sawh, Kenneth Sadeo, Errol Ramnarine and Rex Jiawan who are all West Indians.
The present executive is Hakim Bacchus (President), Jainarine Bajnauth (Secretary), Shavesh Sarran (Treasurer), Eon Lewis (Statistician) and Jiawan (PRO).
The last OSCL competition was won by Strikers who defeated West Side by 7 wickets in the final at Ocoee ground, Florida. Westside CC batted first and were shot out for 140; Steven Haricharran led with 33, Larry Charlevy 21 and Rocky Ganesh 18. Jameel Juman grabbed 4 wickets for 7 runs in 4.4 overs.
In reply, Strikers raced to 141 for 3 in 22.3 overs. Faoud Bacchus led with 37 not out and Paul Singh 35. Anyone who is willing to assist the OSCL can contact Jiawan on 407 516 4941.
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