Officials of the Guyana Softball League continue to work assiduously towards the development of the sport and towards this end recently held a one day development tournament for females in the Parika East Bank area.
Four teams participated and the players received full support from the community to witness the inaugural female softball competition in that area. The matches were a keenly contested affair with West Coast team Rising Stars eventually dominating the situation.
In the first match, Rising Stars played a Parika XI and won by 30 runs after posting 93 and limiting the opposition to 63. In the second match the winners repeated the feat defeating Saint Lawrence by 6 wickets. The losers were inserted and notched up 58 which Rising stars knocked off while conceding four wickets.
Later in the day, Rising Star returned and mauled Hubu XI by 8 wickets after fielding first and bowling them out for 23. They then knocked off the required total in 1.2 overs while losing two wickets. That team also remains unbeaten in three outings, the latest being a comprehensive victory over a Triumph XI.
Saint Lawrence XI redeemed themselves somewhat by defeating Hubu XI by 7 wickets and returned later in the day to win a close encounter against Parika XI by 1 wicket;
In another match consisting of 5 overs per side between Rising Stars and a combined XI from the area, the former team prevailed after batting first and scoring 49 -4. It then limited the opposition to 26.
Meanwhile, the Guyana Softball League has arranged another one day female tournament slated for Cornelia Ida. The players are preparing for their next competition scheduled to get underway shortly and would be using this match for practice. This match is also in keeping with their plan to develop more female teams across the country.
Meanwhile, residents of the area joined with participating teams and unanimously voted to allow teams access to grounds on weekdays. Consequently, the Guyana Softball League (GSL) has appointed a coach to train and monitor the progress of the teams in the area.
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