By Zaheer Mohamed
Wolf’s Warriors and Regal Masters were crowned champions of the Open and over-40 categories
respectively when the Rafman Ali softball tournament concluded yesterday at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara.
Wolf’s Warriors overcame Regal by 41 runs while Regal Masters got the better of Parika Defenders by 72 runs in front of a sizeable crowd.
Courageous batting by Safraz Karim, Azaad Azeez and skipper Amrit Rai guided Wolf’s Warriors to a challenging 146 all out off their allocated 15 overs, batting first. Karim and Azeez came together after their team lost their first wicket without a run on the board and added 94 for the second wicket.
Karim slammed two fours and five sixes, while Azeez cracked one four and five sixes. Following their departure Regal bowlers maintained a tidy line and picked up wickets at regular intervals. However Amrit Rai beefed up the total with 25 (1×4,2×6). Troy Kippins grabbed 3-29 off three overs.
Regal were reduced to 9-2 in reply, but Patrick Rooplall and Chien Gittens tried to repair the damage with a third wicket stand of 21 before Gittens went for 10. Rooplall who top scored with 46 (5×6), put together 25 and 27 for their fourth and fifth wicket with Ricky Sargeant (12) and Safraz Esau (06) respectively. However, Regal batsmen allowed too many dot balls and their failure to rotate the strike added to the pressure as they were restricted for 105-8 in 15 overs. Diaram Persaud snared 2-15 and Khaimraj Ramsundar 2-17.
In the over-40 division, Regal Masters gave their supporters much to cheer about with a comfortable
victory. A fine 52 from Eric Thomas aided with two fours and six sixes led Regal to a respectable 146-8 off their allotted 20 overs after taking first strike. Tony Ameerally struck three fours in scoring an attractive 38 while Mahendra Arjune chipped in with 16. Mohamed Safie picked up 3-25, Shafeek Ali 2-21 and Diaram Rajkumar 2-35.
Regal bowlers never allowed Parika Defenders to score freely as they were bowled out for 74 in 18.5 overs. Former Georgetown Cricket Club first division captain Peter Persaud grabbed 3-15, Satro Seeraj 2-23 and Mahendra Hardyal 2-16. Extras contributed 26.
Karim was given the best batsman prize, Kippins the most outstanding bowler accolade while Karim and Azeez received the players of the match award in the open segment. Wolf’s Warriors pocketed a trophy and $100,000 and Regal a trophy and $50,000. Wolf’s Warriors received an additional $50,000, compliments of Shahab Hack.
In the over 40, Thomas collected the best batsman trophy, Persaud the most outstanding bowler prize and Satro Seeraj the man of the match award.
The competition was sponsored by Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Trophy Stall, David Poultry Farm, Rameze Electrical, Shutta Plus, Guyana Rice Board, LBI/Better Hope NDC, Andrew Art, Romel Sound System and Ralph and family.
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