By Zaheer Mohamed
Regal defeated Mike’s Wellman by 31 runs to win the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc (GSCL Inc.)/National Sports Commission Masters Independence T20 tournament on Sunday at Everest Cricket Club.
Useful knocks from Eric Thomas, Eon Abel and Troy Kippins guided Regal to 160-8 off their allocated overs, batting first.
Abel and Mahase Chunilall added 59 for the opening stand to give Regal a decent start before Chunilall was run out for 18. Abel, who timed the ball well, soon followed for 32, but Thomas shared in third wicket stand of 32 with Rudolph Baker to frustrate their opponents somewhat in hazy conditions. Baker only managed four in the stand while Thomas got 33, however following their separation, Mike’s Wellman fought back with some steady bowling, picking up some quick wickets to reduced Regal to 122-7. But skipper Kippins fashioned an attractive 28 down the order to rally his team to a defendable total. Shaheed Mohamed chipped in with 13 as Kemchandra Dindyal picked up 3-17 and Hardat Heranandan 2-28.
Mike’s Wellman looked on course as Richard Persaud and Latchman Kallicharran added 27 for the first wicket before Kallicharran departed for 12. Danger man Ramesh Narine was then run out for three before David Harper uprooted the stumps of Ramo Malone for 12, leaving the score at 59-4. Lloyd Rooplall and Dindyal kept their team in the hunt with a fifth-wicket stand of 29 before Rooplall was run out for 22. Regal bowlers maintained their consistency, and after Dindyal departed for 24, only Greg De Franca of the remaining batsmen showed any fight as Wellman were restricted for 126-9. Kippins was the pick of the bowlers with 3-14 off fours overs to earn the man-of-the-match award, while Mohamed claimed 2-14.
Regal pocketed a trophy and $100,000, while Wellman received a trophy and $50,000.
President of the GSCL Inc Ian John congratulated Regal and thanked the other participating teams. He expressed gratitude to the president of the Everest Cricket Club Rajesh Singh and his executives for making their venue available as well as the sponsors. John noted that the competition was a historic one given the fact the Guyana celebrated its 50th Independence Anniversary. The competition was sponsored by Trophy Stall, Ink Plus, WJ Enterprise, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre and Regal Sports.
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