Jul 27, 2021 Sports
Kaieteur News – Assassins emerged victorious in the Dassy 10-10 one-day softball extravaganza on Saturday at Keele Top, Toronto where they beat Challengers in the six-over final.
Challengers took first strike at the invitation of Assassins and they only made 58-2 off the six overs, while Assassins, in reply, reached the target without no fuss with ten balls to spare.
Left-hander Avish Rukhram led the way with an enterprising, unbeaten 53 laced with six sixes and two fours, while Damodar Daesrath was with him on five, much to the celebrations of their teammates and vocal supporters.
When Challengers batted there was no big scorer as skipper Riaz Kadir grabbed two wickets for seven runs from two overs, delivering for Assassins, who beat a star-studded SCC in the semis.
The day began with eleven sides competed for the trophy and cash incentive of CDs $4,000. The day’s event started with a ten-over a-side but was reduced to eight overs at the semi-final stage and then six overs in the championship showdown under a rainy sky.
At the presentation, organizer Daesrath, a former Guyana first-class player who also represented Canada too at the highest level, thanked all the teams for their participation and also had similar sentiments for the sponsors.
Special mention was made to the family of the late Johnny Bujan who was remembered as a servant to cricket Canada. According to Daesrath, the games were played in memory of Bujan, who met his demise in 2016 due to a vehicular accident in his native Trinidad and Tobago. His son Joshwa Bujan was very thankful to Daesrath and another organizer Tony Ramdass for pulling off such a terrific softball tournament in the midst of a global pandemic.
Joshwa also took the opportunity to congratulate the winners and presented a cheque of $1,000 towards Charity.
Meanwhile, at the presentation, the winners received the trophy sponsored by I&R General Contracting Inc, while Challengers took home one, compliments of Dent Wizard. A trophy was given to Rukhram for being the MVP in the final, thanks to Canadian Surplus Guyana. He also copped the best batsman prize, a trophy sponsored by Tropical Nights Restaurant. Kadir got a trophy for the most wickets in the championship contest, courtesy of Caribbean Lyme Restaurant while Daesrath won the trophy for the most runs of the day. The trophy was donated by Flavour Restaurant.
Kadir also took home the trophy for the most wickets of the day, thanks to B. Boy Transportation LTD for donating the trophy. Edward Morrison was the player with the highest individual score and he got a trophy and bat, courtesy of T&S Enterprise. Leguan Boys was the side to record the highest team’s score and they collected a trophy, compliments of 24 Hour Glass. Best catch went to Prince Younge and he took home a trophy sponsored by JDG Tooling and Rukhram got one for the biggest six, thanks to PGI.
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