The weather was kind to the cricketers when the four winners of the respective zones clashed in the Essequibo Islands Ten10 soft ball cricket which continued in Region 2 Sunday last. The fans came out in support of their respective teams and were treated to some exhilarating cricket as Batavia Warriors of Bartica dominated the proceedings to give the fans from Wakenaam Island something to celebrate. Four top teams took partaking the day’s activities.
In the Finals Batavia Warriors humbled Young Warriors by 8 wickets after the latter team won the toss and batted making 74-8 in 10 overs with Marlon Narine striking 33. Mahesh Richard who was adjudged the most valuable player of the finals took 2-5 and he was supported by Harry Heeralall with 2-13.
Batavia Warriors started by blasting 21 runs from the first over and cruised to 75-2 in 7.3 overs with Harry Heeralall clobbering 39 not out opening the batting. He was supported by Mahesh Richard who struck an enterprising 20.
In the first semi final Young Warriors of Leguan faced Western Tigers of Hogg Island and won by 8 wickets in a low scoring affair. Western Tigers batted first and scored 57-8 in 10 overs with Asgar Aslam (22) and Terrence Alfred (15) scoring the most runs. In reply Young Warriors cruised to 58-3 in 7 overs after Keiron Kumar lashed a top score of 35.
In the second encounter, Road Warriors won the toss and chose to bat, scoring 83-8 off their allotted 10 overs. Abdul Salim (27) and Nokta Moses (14) were the principal scorers and their efforts helped to repair the early damage by the opening bowlers.
Kevin Woolford and Mahesh Richard with 2 wickets each kept the batsmen in check. Batavia Warriors replied with 86-8 in 9.3 overs with Mahesh Richard returning to clobber 44 in a lone hand that saw his team to victory. Nokta Moses with 3-13 from 2 overs bowled well for the Road Warriors.
Meanwhile in a specially arranged exhibition match Trophy Stall Angels made light work of the Island Girls from Leguan after the latter team batted first and scored 38-3 in 6 overs. In reply, Trophy Stall Angels raced to 35-1 in 3 overs with Anita Singh top scoring with an unbeaten knock of 14.
In an U-12 exhibition match, Maria’s Pleasure defeated a Belle Plain side by 5 wickets to wrap up the day’s proceedings.
The winners of the Ten10 tournament received $20,000 and a trophy whilst the runner up pocketed $10,000 and a trophy. The Most Valuable Player, Mahesh Richard was awarded $5000 and trophy while the man-of-the-match in the finals, Harry Heeralall received a trophy for his efforts.
In short remarks at the closing ceremony, RMG Enterprise Managing Director conveyed his gratitude to the players for a well contested tournament even as he urged them to continue the high standard of play. He also thanked the sponsors of the tournament while underlining their importance. Those coming in for commendations were Banks DIH, Western Union and GNSC.
Mr. Harvey Gobin spoke on behalf of the Guyana Softball League and pointed out that the tournament has served its purpose of integrating the people from all the Islands. He then urged the participants to use the tournament to promote the development of softball cricket in each Island by consistently supporting these ventures.
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