Jul 19, 2013 Sports
UNIVERSAL DVD Titans and Karibee Rice Strikers won the male and female categories respectively, when the Berbice Softball Alliance (BSA) hosted a two day 10/10 affair at the Port Mourant ground recently.
Titans defeated Capo’s XI by 16 runs in the final to take the $200,000 first place cheque, while Karibee Rice Strikers defeated Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company Female 10/10 champions Trophy Stall Angels by 3 runs.
Both teams registered comfortable victories in their respective categories, in the preliminary round of the competition which attracted several prominent softball teams from across Guyana.
In the final Titans took first strike and scored 105 for 6 from their 10 overs, with Samaroo leading the way with 34 (1×6); he received support from Mahendra Ramdihal who struck three sixes and one four in his 31, with Extras contributing 17, all wides.
Karan Persaud, Chandradat Haniff and Suresh Chenapen took a wicket each for Capo’s XI, who were restricted to 89 for 7 in reply. Persaud returned to top score with 21(2×6), while Lakeraj Sukhra made 16. Mahendra Baldeo and David Looknauth took 2 wickets each for 19 and 24 runs respectively for the victorious Titans.
In the semifinals, Capo’s XI overcame Karibee Boyz by 28 runs. Capo’s XI took first strike and scored 114 for 8 from their 10 overs, with Tony Rahaman top scoring with 28 (4×4) before being forced to retire hurt. Keith Fraser made 21 (3×4, 1×6) and Sukhra 19.
Kalydass Khemlall, Shazeer Rengasammy and Ram Bharrat claimed 2 wickets each for Karibee Boyz who were bowled out for 86 from 9.3 overs in reply, with only Leon Gurdyall 34 (3×4, 2×6) and Mahendranauth Sooklall 17 (2×6) reaching double figures. Persaud (3 for 19) and Haniff (2 for 20) were the pick of the bowlers.
Universal DVD Titans competed against Young Achievers in their semifinal encounter and made an imposing 159 for 2 from their 10 overs, thanks to Mangal’s unbeaten 56 (24 balls, 7×6), Looknauth’s 46 (4×6, 2×4) and Chandrasekhar Arjune’s 32 (3×6, 2×4).
There was a wicket each for L. Arnold, S. Ali and Fazeer Hidar, bowling for Young Achievers, who in reply reached 118 for 9 from their 10 overs. Azim Khan made 31 (4×6), A. Singh 25 (2×6, 2×4) and S. Ali’s 21 (2×4, 1×6). T. Seenanand grabbed 3 for 18 while R. Sukhdeo and N. Punwasi snared 2 for 9 and 20 respectively for the Titans.
Earlier in the day, Capo’s XI defeated Universal Tigers by 23 runs, Titans blew away Kris Jagdeo’s XI by 38 runs and Karibee Boyz got past Edinburgh Cricket Club by 10 wickets, in their quarterfinal matchup, with Young Achievers drawing a bye to the semifinals.
In the female category, Karibee Rice Strikers batted first and were limited to 73 for 5 by Trophy Stall Angels, with Trishanie Cort 12 (1×4), Erva Giddings and Shemaine Campbelle 11 each leading the way against the bowling of Tremayne Smartt and A. Allen who took 2 wickets each for the Angels.
However, despite the presence of female West Indies wicketkeeper/batter June Ann Ogle in their lineup, Trophy Stall Angels found it hard to surpass the Ancient County team score and were bowled out for 70 from 9.2 overs, with Jinelle Nero’s 15 and Leona Harris 12 being the lone players to reach double figures.
Ogle made 5 before she was dismissed, as Sherika Campbelle’s 3 for 15, Melanie Henry 2 for 13 and T. Park’s 2 for 15 guided Karibee Rice Strikers to the $100,000 first prize and trophy, leaving Trophy Stall Angels to settle for the runner up prize.
In their semifinal matches, Trophy Stall Angels were too good for Universal DVD Solutions Tigress, coming away with a comfortable 42 runs victory, after posting 107 for 7. Smartt led with 26 (1×6) and Onika O’Neil adding support with 19 (2×4).
Varsha Basdeo (3 for 24) and Chira Singh (2 for 16) led the bowling for the Solution Tigress, who were limited to 65 for 6 in reply, with Onika Felix being their principal scorer with 23 (2×4, 1×6) while Devonne Frank made 11; Nero claimed 3 for 8.
Challenging Mike’s Wellwoman in their semifinal matchup, Karibee Rice Strikers saw their opponents reach 94 for 6. Katana Mentore 15, Hazina Mohamed 13 and Rhonda Isaacs 12 wee their principal batters.
Melanie Henry took 3 for 14 and Sherika Campbelle 2 for 11 for the Strikers, who reached 95 for 9 off the final delivery of their 10 overs, to complete the five wicket victory, Shemaine Campbelle stroked six fours and one six in the top score of 40 and Tessa Park made 20; Isaacs took 3 for 20 and S. Chester 2 for 18.
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