Sterling all-round performances by Wazir Hussein and Greg Singh propelled Speed Boat to a seven-wicket victory over Regal in the final of the inaugural Forbes Burnham Memorial 10/10 knock-out softball tournament yesterday at the Ministry of Education ground.
Hussain grabbed 3-16 off two overs while Singh claimed 2-9 off two overs as Regal were restricted for 98-6 in 10 overs after they were inserted in front of a fair size crowd. Safraz Esau struck 33 while Chien Gittens made 15 and Fazal Rafeek 12.
Singh and Hussain then put their team on course with an opening stand of 77 with sensible batting. Singh remained unbeaten on 48 while Hussain was dismissed for 40 as Speed Boat ended on 104-3 in 8.4 overs. Rafeek took 2-5.
In the first semi final Speed Boat defeated Adventure of Essequibo Coast by eight wickets. Batting first, Adventure managed 97-7 in 10 overs. Shaz Grosvenor made 26 and Narenda Sarabjeet 19; Extras contributed 22. Navendra Kooblall captured 2-21.
Speed Boat responded with 100-1 in 7.4 overs. Anand Bharat cracked 31 not out and Kishore Smith 29. Regal thumped Herstelling by 89 runs in their encounter. Regal took first strike and rattled up 166-4 in 10 overs.
Rafeek stroked 47, Richard Latif 40 and Sachin Singh 21; Rawl Reid snared 2-33. Herstelling replied with 77-5 in 10 overs. Budhan Baksh and Reid made 17 and 15 respectively. Mohamed Ayube picked up 2-12. The presentation of prizes will be done on September 11 at the Carifesta Sports Complex ground, formally, Guyana National Service ground.
The competition was played to commemorate the 30th death anniversary of the late President of Guyana, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham and was organised the People’s National Congress Reform in collaboration with the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. (Zaheer Mohamed)
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