Floodlights, Warriors, Wellwoman Victorious
Watched by a large and raucous crowd the 2012 Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association’s (GFSCA) Hadi’s Word/City Mall, Nationwide Male and Female Softball tournaments climaxed last Saturday at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue.
Final day action began in sunny conditions and ended under flood lights and a brightly shining full moon as Floodlights Over-40s, Wolf’s Warriors and Mike’s Wellwoman took championship honors in their respective categories in the tournament which commenced on January 22.
With the fans providing a kaleidoscope of colors action commenced with the 20-overs-a-side Male over 40 final between Floodlights and Success Masters. Success made a formidable 161 off their allotted overs with Khemraj Baljit (51) and Baldeo Muller (36) being the principal scorers. Ramchand Ragbeer captured 4-26 for Floodlights who won by 6 wickets with 26 balls to spare, scoring 162-4 in 16.2 overs. Man-of-the-Match Wayne Jones led with an unbeaten 57.
The feature match was between Wolf’s Warriors and Regal XI, the latter losing wickets at regular intervals, eventually folding for 117 in 14.4 overs. Rooplall (28) and Richard Latif (27) were the two main contributors as Man-of-the-Match Asif Safee took 3-11.
Wolf’s Warriors opening pair of siblings Sarfraz and Mohammed Karim began in positive fashion, posting 50 in just five overs on the heavy outfield. However, after Safraz perished for 28 with the score on 60 in the sixth over, the Warriors lost four wickets for 53 in the next six overs, to be 103/6 in the 12th over.
Ameer Nizamudin (13*) ensured victory by lofting the final delivery of the 13th over for a massive six as his team finished on 119-6. Doran and Devand Persaud took two wickets each for Regal in a losing cause.
In the ladies final which was packed with National ‘hardball’ players on both sides, Mike’s Wellwoman were in early trouble against Berbice’ Karibee Rice Strikers as they catapulted to 36-5 before a 49-run sixth wicket partnership between national players Akazie Thompson (11) and Johanna Van Sertima who hit consecutive sixes off Sherika Campbell in her unbeaten 25, helped them to 80-6.
Needing 81 to win, the girls from the Ancient County were reduced to 41-5 after five overs in fast fading light. After consultation between the Captains and Umpires, the organisers brought in floodlights and after a 10-minute time out, action resumed.
The Strikers needed 12 to win off the final over but they fell eight short with Campbelle being the last of five run out victims to leave her side 72 all out. All the victorious teams received a first prize of $100,000 while the runners-up collected $50,000 and Players-of-the-Match $10,000 each.