GT&T 10/10 Goes To Quarter-finals
Eleven balls yielded 47 runs and propelled defending champions Wolf’s Warriors into the quarterfinals of the third GT&T 10/10 nationwide softball cricket competition which saw the Super-16 round ending on Sunday at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road.
Rising Star XI, Speed Boat Sports Club and Mike’s Wellwoman were the three other teams that sealed their berth in the final eight.
In Sunday’s feature match, Defending champions Wolf Warriors invited Affiance Storm to bat first and the Essequibo Zone champions posted 92-3 in their 10-overs. Latchmin Rohit batted through the innings to end unbeaten on 37 and Eshwar Singh retired after hitting 25. The lads from the Cinderella County, after a slow start in their first five overs, scored 34 runs for two wickets before speeding to 92-3.
As it turned out, that score was too small for the rampaging Wolf’s Warriors that ended on 93-1 in 6.5 overs. Captain Amreith Rai blasted an unbeaten 45 (4×6) and opener Mohamed Karin hit an undefeated 41 (3×6, 1×4).
At the end of their first five overs, the Warriors were 46-1, requiring another 47 to win from the following five overs. Rai and Karim took 11 balls.
The other exciting match on the day was produced by Rising Star and Wiruni Conquerors, with the former registering a nail biting three-run win, led by player-of-the-match 15-year-old Roshana Harper whose all-round performance and composure made the difference.
Wiruni, responding to Rising Stars’ 89-7 off their 10-overs ended on 86-7 when their 10-overs ran out. For the losers, cousins and openers Wayvon King (28) and Pamela King (22) set the perfect platform of 56, but the entire reply went awry after the strategic time out. Wiruni was unable to maintain the momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals, triggered by airtight bowling and efficient fielding from Rising Stars.
Harper was a spectacle to watch when Rising Stars batted. She top scored with 27 and is surely one of the rising stars of this year’s tournament. Natoya (20) and Adela Graham (18) supported Harper.
The other two matches were blow outs. Speed Boat Sports Club powered their way to a massive 10-wicket win over a tame Platinum Jaguar, who were dispatched for a meager 18, with wickets falling at 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 11, 15, 18 and 18. Six of the batsmen made ducks.
Shazim Hussein garbed 3-5 and Greg Singh 2-5 as Speed Boat hit off the required 19 runs without losing a wicket. Singh (14) Hussein (4) were also the men that rubbed salt in the wounds of Platinum by returning with the bat to take their side to a memorable victory.
The day’s opening salvo was another one-sided affair as Mike’s Wellwoman were in a class above their opposition, Mora United, whom they blasted away by 10 wickets.
Mike’s Wellwoman ended on 67-0 with Onika Wallerson 36 (5×4) and Katawa Mentore 26 (1×6 1×4) guiding the process. Earlier, Mora United was limited to 66-7 off their 10-overs; Angil Raphael 15 and Lorrimel Conyers were the principal contributors while Zola Telford was the leading wicket taker for the Mike’s Wellwoman with 3-10.
With the dust now settled on Super-16-Round play, attention will turn to the quarter finals from this weekend and fans can brace themselves for more exciting action leading up to the grand finals in both the male and female competitions. Semi-final berths are now at stake as the competition enters the home stretch.