Floodlight are Over-40 champs
By Zaheer Mohamed
In what was billed as a rematch of the Guyana Softball Cup four open final, Regal rebounded
after losing that encounter against Wolf’s Warriors with a comprehensive 65-run victory over the said opponents to capture the Rohan and Ramchand Auto Spares open title on Sunday night last.
Regal posted a challenging 215-7 off their allotted 20 overs batting first at Demerara Cricket Club ground. Openers Richard Latif and Keon Joseph laid the foundation with a 100-run partnership before Joseph was dismissed for 18. Latiff and Safraz Esau continued to frustrate their opponents with a 50-run second wicket stand. Latif executed a number of lovely shots on both sides of the pitch and reached his fifty off 24 balls with a double to mid-wicket. He continued to bat positively before losing Esau for 26 (1×4 1×6). Latif struck two fours and eight sixes in a top score of 80 while Ricky Sargeant chipped in with 23 not out (1×4 2×6).
Amir Nizamudeen captured 2-29 and Mark Harold2-42. Wolf’ Warriors were reduced to 11-2 in reply but Amrit Rai and Safraz Karim added 67 for the third wicket to steady the chase somewhat before Karim was dismissed for 30 (3×4,1×6). Wolf’s Warriors lost a few more wickets, but Rai and Leon Leander tried to keep their team in the hunt with a 56-run fifth wicket stand.
But consistent bowling by Regal ensured the asking rate continued to mount, and in an effort to step up the scoring Rai was taken in the deep for 41 (2×4 3×6) while Leander finished unbeaten on 32 (2×4 2×6). Nizamudeen contributed 20 not out (2×4 1×6) as Wolf’s Warriors ended on 150-6 in 20 overs. Privnauth Motilall claimed 2-22 and man of the match Latif 2-25.
Floodlight overcame Mike’s Wellman by eight wickets in the over-40 final. Batting first, Wellman managed 131 all out in 9.4 overs. Terrence Daniels made 26, Hardat Heranadan 23 and Nigel Estrado 19. Imtiaz Mohamed snared 4-18, Richard Persaud 2-17 and Reyaz Hussein 2-23. Floodlight replied with 132-2 in 15.3 overs. Ramesh Narine stroked 84 (6×4 7×6) and Persaud 37.
Slingers beat Parika Defenders by 36 runs to take third place in the over-40 category. Slingers posted 149-3 in 10 overs, taking first strike. Mohamed Rafeek scored 64. Parika Defenders responded with 113-8 in 10 overs. Hackim Mohamed made 25; Rafeek and Rudy Mayers took wickets each.
Trophy Stall Angels thumped Mike’s Wellwoman to win the female division. Trophy Stall made 80-8 in 10 overs, taking first knock. Kavita Yadram got 14; Zola Telford and Latoya Smith had two scalps apiece. Wellwoman were restricted for 74-8 in 10 overs in reply. Amanda Bobsemple cracked 20 and Abena Parker 18. Yadram took 2-15.
Ricardo Adams (open), Wayne Jones (over-40) and Latoya Smith (female) were the Most Valuable Players while Patrick Khan (Farm), Sadik Yusuf (Farm), Diaram Persaud and Narine Bailey of Wolf’s Warriors were rewarded for taking five-wicket hauls. Adams (Wolf’s Warriors), Harrinarine Dilchand (Uprisers), Patrick Khan, Nizam Khan (Challengers) and Ejaz Mohamed (Uprisers) received prizes for scoring centuries in the open division.
The Over-40 centurions were John Samir (Floodlight), Danny Gangadin (Fisherman), Wayne Jones (Floodlight) and N. Chand (Industry).
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