Mar 14, 2016 Sports
Host South Florida Softball Cricket League (SFSCL) knocked out pre-tournament favourites Regal Masters of the Florida Cup 2016 with a clinical batting performance in the semi-final. South Florida Softball Cricket League set up a meet in the grand finale against another Guyanese outfit, Floodlights.
Regal Masters set the host a challenging 242 to win from 20 overs and Nazim Ali made it a one man show. Ali opened the batting and had to score 12 runs per over; he took his team over the line with 7 wickets in hand and three balls to spare. The hard hitting right handed Ali struck a 66-ball 157 not out aided with 14 sixes and eight fours. Sadick Mohamed, 19 (2×4) played the supporting role. At the half way stage of the match Regal Masters were high in confidence having scored 241/2 from their 20 overs after they were sent in. The opening pair of Eon Abel and Mahesh Chunilall added 178 in 17 overs which laid the foundation for Rudolph Baker to hit six sixes in the final over of the innings.
Chunilall hit the top score of 94 off 50 balls including seven fours and sixes maximums, his third consecutive half century in Florida, while Able made 77 from 54 balls with five fours and six sixes. Baker then blasted 51 from 12 balls with two fours and seven towering sixes while Eric Thomas (6*) hit the only delivery he faced over the ropes. Kaiume Mohamed, 1/30 and Joey Ragunandan 1/32 were the wicket takers for the home team who will now face the only Guyanese team standing in the tournament, Floodlights.
Floodlights scored 144/7 to beat Regal Masters who responded with107 all out in the final preliminary round match by 37 runs to set up their semi-final clash with Orlando Softball Cricket League Masters. Yunis Yusuf made 32, Jagdish Persaud 29 and Ramo Malone 23 while Peter Persaud had 4/18. Fazleem Mohamed was Regal leading batsman with 20; Pooran Singh claimed 4/26 and Jagdish Persaud 3/13.
Floodlights got a scare in their semi-final match against a spirited Orlando Softball Cricket League (OSCL) Masters but eventually prevailed by 20 runs. Floodlights batted first and made 208/8 from 20 overs with Lloyd Rooplall making 82, Yunis Yusuf 52 and Jagdish Persaud 27. Krishna Singh 3/32 and 2/11 were the chief wicket takers for the Orlando side who were restricted to 180/9 from their 20 overs in reply. Mike Seosankar top scored with 47 while Saeed Adam got 41. Ramo Malone bagged 5 for 30.
South Florida Softball Cricket League All-Star booked their place in the final of the Open category with a convincing semi-final win over Untouchables of New York City. SFSCL posted 207 all out from their allocated 25 overs. Michael Rangasammy made 57 and Steven Taylor 30. Former Guyana player Andrew Gonsalves was the chief wicket taker with 4 for 32 for Untouchables who were bowled out in the 22nd over for 130 to lose by 77 runs.
SFSCL’s opponents are Enforcers, also from New York who booked their place in the final by defeating Mercenary by seven wickets. Mercenary made 144 all out from 23 overs. Fiaz Samad scored 60; Balieram Beharry cpatured 4 for 16. Vicky Sugrim 60 and Amarnauth Woarti 37 then raced to 145 for 3 from 23 overs with only D. Glasgow 3/35 looking to upset the plans.
The Regal Master’s team’s journey to South Florida is made possible through the support from the Director of Sports Mr. Christopher Jones and the National Sports Commission, Mr. Kawal Narine of Jemtex International in New York, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Regal Sports, Top Brandz Distributors, Crown Mining Supplies, Mr. Lennox Cush of Stars Party Rentals, Mr. Danny Persaud of Ink Plus and Mr. Joseph Ramkumar of Payless Variety Store.
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