Excellent batting by Eon Hooper, which crowned a fine all round performance, helped Grill Masters hauled themselves from a precarious position to beat Regal Stars and win the Banks DIH 15/15 Softball Cricket League.
The quarter, semi and final were played at the Albion Community Center on Sunday. The semifinals third place play off were played under lights.
Regal Stars batted first and made 172 all out in their 15 overs. Top scoring were Omar Tulsie 60 and A. Ramrattie 52 who featured in a 103 partnership for the second wicket.
Bowling for Grill Masters, David Looknauth and Chandrashakar Arjune took 4 wickets each, with Arjune snaring a hat-trick.
Hooper, a former Guyana National U19 cricketer, arrived at the crease with his team tottering at 64-6 in the 5th over. He hammered a classy 58 not out, as he and Arjune, 14, batted sensibly, ran aggressively and timed their hitting to take the score to 132 in the 11th over.
Grill Master reached 175-8 in 14 overs. Looknauth made 27. Bowling for Regal Stars Munir picked up 2 wickets.
Hooper received the man of the final award.
The large crowd on hand included Banks DIH, Banks Beer Brand Manager, Brian Choo Hen, Berbice Sales Manager Nandram Basdeo and Member of Parliament Reynard Ward.
The day’s excitement began from as early as 11:00hrs and ended in the wee hours of Monday morning.
Both Mr. Choo Hen and Mr. Basdeo and other officials earlier met the teams before the start of the final.
They both thanked the teams for participating whilst congratulating the winners and wishing the other teams’ better luck next time. They also gave the assurance that the tournament will continue next year and stated that it was all part of Banks Cooperate responsibility of giving back to the community.
Words of appreciation were also said of the spectators, the organisers and Guysuco for allowing use the venues.
Those in attendance were encouraged to continue support of Banks DIH Products.
Meanwhile, in a third play-off, Chase XI defeated Young Strikers by 19 runs. Chase XI made 151-4; Roy Drakes 65 and M. Singh 38. Bowling for Young Strikers M. De Jonge picked up 3 wickets as they replied with 132-8 with K. Joseph making 18. Bowling for Chase XI, K. Gangaram took 3 wickets.
In semifinal play Grill Master defeated Chase XI by 18 runs after posting 123. Chase XI was dismissed for 105.
In another semifinal, Young Strikes made 126-5 as Regal Stars replied with 126-6 to win by 4 wickets.
In quarterfinal play earlier, Grill Master 112-5 defeated Turbo XI 110 all out by 5 wickets.
Young Strikers 122-9 whipped Port Mourant 68 all out by 54 runs.
Franchise XI 151 all out lost to Chase XI 155-5 by 5 wickets.
Regal Star defeated Betsy Ground United by 4 wickets after making 121-6 in reply to Betsy ground United 116 all out.
Each team was required to play one female in their XI to make the games more exciting. The best female on show was Dian Naidoo of Grill Master. The most disciplined team on show was Young Strikers.
An exhibition 6 overs game was played between Devendra Bishoo XI and Scorpion XI. Bishoo XI won by y 5 wickets. Scorpion XI 85-6, Bishoo XI 89-5.
Over $700,000 in cash, trophies and other incentives were up for grabs during the competition. Grill Master collected $150,000 and trophy, Regal Stars $100,000 and trophy, Chase XI $75,000 and trophy, while Young Strikers took home $25,000 and trophy.
There were special giveaways through the day with patrons winning Banks DIH caps, pens, keys and other souvenirs. There were also bouncy Castel and Trampoline among other activities.
Trophy Stall and Guy Signs were co-sponsors, while the tournament was coordinated by Omeshwar Sirikishun.
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