Emotions flow at Ruby ground; Miss Love Trading joins sponsors
The Mobile Wizard 10/10 Softball cricket tournament continued with teams being emotional in losses as the standard of play raised in the game and left spectators in awe. Every team played their heart out in an exciting display of softball cricket. The day’s proceedings started with a display by Cornelia Ida that left all buzzing about talent.
Leonora Primary won the toss and elected to bat and were off to a horrible start with Irfaan Hack being run out with 9 runs on the board. Thaddeus Lovell tried to settle things by counterattacking and lifting the run rate in the face of some accurate bowling from the Cornelia Ida bowlers. The bowlers stuck to their task and with the score on 36 Lovell played a false shot and lost his off stump. Three more quick wickets including another run out saw Leonora primary being hustled out. They eventually made 56 in 7 overs. Man of the Match Shazad Zaman was the pick of the bowlers with 4-7 from 2 overs.
Cornelia Ida also had a torrid time at the crease and were struggling at 40-9 when Christopher Linden (6) and Tychand Sirjohn (13) saw them home. Zaman was the recipient of a bat compliments of a bat maker Ishmael.
Vipers XI defeated Young Guns by one wicket in a thriller.
Young Guns won the toss and batted, scoring 104 all out in 8.2 overs with Shankar Mortimer clobbering 44 off 16 balls laced with 3 sixes and 3 fours. Bowling for Vipers XI was Munaf Azeem with 5- 21 off 2 overs and he effected a run out. In reply Vipers XI struggled to 97 with 9 wickets down but the last pair took them over the line with 3 balls to spare amidst jubilation in their camp.
In the exhibition match scheduled, Omesh XI completely humiliated a Linden All Star XI.
Linden won the toss and elected to bat, making a challenging 108-8 in 10 overs with Bevan Braithwaite scoring 21 (1×6; 2×4). The opening partnership of 36 was the highest in the innings. Omesh XI in their turn at the crease raced to 109-1 in 6.1 overs with Vickram Kissoon, dropped off the first ball in their innings, making them pay dearly by clobbering the bowling to all parts of the field in scoring 55 off 18 balls laced with seven huge sixes. The other opening batsman, Aftab Bacchus being more sedate, scored 33 not out with 4 sixes. Linden only had themselves to blame dropping three catches in the process.
Brickery XI made light work of Next Level XI by 8 wkts.
Next Level XI batted first and limped to 82 in 9.4 overs with Kishan Ramlasandol scoring 17 (2×4). The wickets were shared among all the bowlers. Brickery XI in response raced to 84-2 in 5 overs with Frederick Willkie making a brisk 40 (2×6; 4×4).
United Muslim Youth humbled Meten- Meer- Zorg XI by 10 wkts.
Meten-Meer-Zorg took first strike and were never allowed to settle. They lost wickets regularly and were limited to 73 all out in 8.4 overs. The fielding of United Muslim Youth were exemplary as they made it difficult for the batsmen to score. Jermain Maxwell took 3-10 in 2 overs. In reply United Muslim Youth raced to 75 without loss in 3.4 overs with Zahir Haniff not out on 36 (1×6; 2×4) and Younis Ali 15 (2×4).
Crossbreed XI won a hard-fought game against Zeeburg Warriors by 7 wkts.
Zeeburg Warriors took first strike and were limited to 85-5 in 10 overs. The ground fielding of Crossbreed XI and also the bowling were something to watch as their athleticism proved vital in limiting the Warriors. The wickets were shared among the bowlers. In reply, Crossbreed XI were also in the same predicament as Zeeburg Warriors returned the favor in the field and in their bowling too. They eventually crossed the line on 89-3 in 7.1 overs.
Meanwhile, Miss Love Trading has joined the list of sponsors and will be giving one thousand dollars each week to the new game of “Manto” by GSL and other incentives in the tournament. The game “manto” involves a competitor challenging another competitor to a one ball playoff. The one with most runs off the one ball will be declared the winner. This is one of the many games for spectators to get involved by Guyana Softball League to boost involvement. Entries will only be accepted at the ground.
The Ruby ground executives have requested more matches on their ground in an effort to raise funds for the ground as the excitement was felt by all. The ground community was the recipients of 2 pairs of stumps and other equipment from the GSL.
Additionally an East Coast XI will challenge a West Coast team in the tournament in an exhibition match at Leonora this weekend along with 4 more tournament matches.
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