GSCL Inc Republic Cup..Arjune stars as Regal thump Floodlight to take Masters title
By Zaheer Mohamed
Skipper Mahendra Arjune stroked a fine unbeaten half century as Regal defeated Floodlight XI to win the masters final of the inaugural Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc (GSCL Inc) Republic Cup twenty 20 overs competition yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club.
Arjune slammed six fours and three sixes in a top score of 78, guiding Regal who batted first to 163-5 in 20 overs in front of a fair size crowd. Troy Kippins then grabbed 4-16 to help restrict Floodlight to 141-7 in 20 overs, in reply.
Regal found themselves in a spot of bother at 34-4, but Arjune and Eric Thomas resurrected the innings with a fifth wicket stand of 78 with sensible batting before Thomas was dismissed for 33. Mahase Chunilall joined his skipper and added an unbroken 85 for the sixth wicket to see their team to a respectable total. Diaram Persaud took 2-8.
Floodlight in reply lost a few early wickets, but Wayne Jones and Randy Khellawan steadied the chase somewhat with a fifth wicket stand of 58. Jones was then bowled by former West Indies test off-spinner and current chairman of selectors Clyde Butts for 40 (4×4). Khellawan soon followed for an even half century with six fours and one six. Patrick Khan (13) and Ramesh Narine (12) were their next best scorers. David Harper and Sahadeo Hardeo were the other wicket takers for the winners.
Regal received a trophy and $500,000, while each player was given a medal. Floodlight collected a trophy and $200,000. Arjune received the man of the match award.
The open final was contested last night between Wolf’s Warriors and Trophy Stall.