Floodlight are Masters Champs
Wolf’s Warriors defeated Regal XI by five runs to capture the open title when the curtains
came down on the Guyana Softball Cup four on Sunday night last at the Demerara Cricket Club.
Batting first in front of a fair size crowd, Wolf’s Warriors posted 166-6 off their allotted 20 overs. Ricardo Adams stroked an unbeaten 53 while Safraz Karim scored 37 and Amrit Rai 31. Adams and Rai laid the foundation for their team with an opening stand of 100 with levelheaded batting. Fazal Rafeek was the pick of the bowlers with 2-39 and Sewchand Budhoo captured 2-42.
Regal always looked threatening, but managed 161 before they were bowled out in 19.5 overs in reply. Patrick Rooplall scored 30 and Navin Singh 21. Amir Nizamudeen was the pick of the bowlers with 2-20; Narine Bailey took 2-28 and Mark Harold 1-20.
Adams was given a trophy and $50,000 compliments of G-Spot bar for his efforts. Wolf’s Warriors took home the winning trophy and $800,000, while Regal collected a trophy and $200,000. Lennox Marks received the most valuable player award (one gold bracelet) in the open division while Yunnis Yusuf was the winner of the said award in the over-40 category (one gold bracelet).
Vishun Tammechandra of Wolf’s Warriors and Amit Moonsammy of New York All Star were rewarded for taking five-wicket hauls in the open division, while Jagdesh Persaud of East Coast Masters and Yusuf were given prizes for scoring centuries in the masters segment.
Meanwhile in earlier action, Yunnis Yusuf lashed an enterprising half century (62) before
returning to take 2-25 in four overs to lead Floodlight Warriors to victory over Savage Masters PB Electrical and the Masters Cup trophy when the finals of the Masters section of the 4th edition of the Guyana Softball Cricket Cup tournament concluded at the Demerara Cricket Club Ground Sunday evening last.
Savage Master PB Electrical won the toss and invited Floodlight Warriors to take first strike. Yusuf and R Persaud carried the total to 80 before the former batsman was dismissed, caught by Fazil Kayume. R. Persaud was then dismissed for 2 without troubling the score before Faizal Ali was bowled ion the 13th over with the score on 105-3. It was 144-4 when Rudy Samaroo scattered Wayne Jones’ stumps after he went for a big drive but miscalculated the ball. I. Mohamed lashed N Seebarran for a boundary but the bowler got his revenge in the next ball when Mohamed attempted to replicate the stroke but was caught on the long on boundary line with the score on 173-5.
Floodlights Warriors added 7 more to their total and lost one more wicket to end their innings at 180-6.
M. Baksh and V Moonsammy then took Savage Masters to 81 before the former batsman was caught at the end of the 11th over by Yunis Yusuf. Sewmangal Yadram joined Moonsammy but was sent back six runs later making way for Raymond Bisraj; he added 14 to the total before he was caught by Richard Persaud at the wicket.
Moonsammy then retired hurt but returned and added 16 to the total to leave the Savage Master on 118-4, needing 60 runs for victory with 4 overs to go.
Nine runs later, Robert Camacho was dismissed, bowled by Dharam Persaud to see the match slipping further away from the Savage Warriors.
At 136-6 and 17 overs gone, Savage Masters attempted to increase the run rate but instead lost the wicket of R Perreira caught for 4. By then, the die had been cast and with 30 runs needed for victory and just one over remaining, the losing team was merely awaiting the proverbial fat lady to sing. Eventually, with the score on 153-8 in 19.3 overs, Savage Warriors decided to concede defeat. The winners carted off $600,000 and a trophy, while the runners up received $150,000 and a trophy.
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