Local Teams Through To Finals
Regal Masters and Savage XI have qualified for the final of the Masters category, while Regal XI and Cotton Field Wild Oats are the finalists of the Open division of the Guyana Cup International Softball tournament, which comes to an end today at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road.
Among the notable individual performances from the preliminary games today were 68 from Patrick Rooplall of Cotton Field Wild Oats against Regal XI, and 4-28 from Mahendra Arjune for Regal XI against Cotton Field Wild Oats. Rooplall has been the leading all-rounder of the tournament with two half-centuries and 9 wickets so far.
While there was no entrance fee for the first two days of the competition, patrons will have to pay $500 to witness the finals today.
The champions of the Open tournament will pocket US$3,000 (G$600,000), while the winner of the Masters category will receive US$2,000 (G$400,000). The Most Valuable Player of both categories will receive a 10 pennyweight 14-karat gold bracelet each, compliments of Steve’s Jewellery. Additionally, during the finals, US$5 will be given to the batsmen for every boundary they score; while there will be a special ‘Bulls Eye’ poster which has a winning prize of US$100, once hit.
Chairman of the competition, Ricky Deonarain, said he’s anticipating some very keenly contested games, from the exhibitions right down to the finals. To kick start the action at 10:30h, there will be a 4-team, female 10/10 exhibition contest featuring 4R Lioness, Mike’s Wellwoman, Trophy Stall Angels, and Rose Hall Metro.
Deonarain added that a large crowd is expected, as the sale of tickets has been excellent for the tournament. And judging from the level of competition being displayed by the teams over the last two days, Deonarain is convinced that spectators will be in for a treat.
He also used the opportunity to express gratitude to the various sponsors who have supported the event, including Trophy Stall, Survival Supermarket, Digicel, Mike’s Pharmacy, Clear Waters, Steve’s Jewellery, Bel Air Texaco Gas Station, and Guyana Beverages Company through its Busta soft drink brand.
Below are the summarised scores:
Savage XI defeated New York Softball Cricket League Legends by 6 wickets at the Everest ground. New York Softball Cricket League Legends 164-0 from 20 overs (Tony Fernandes 84*, Augustus Gordon 71*); Savage XI 165-4 from 19.4 overs (Marlo Malone 64*).
Regal Masters defeated New York President’s XI by 1 run at the GCC ground Bourda. Regal Masters 134 all out from 20 overs (L. Klass 28, Y. Yousuf 22, R. Persaud 6-25); New York President’s XI 133 all out from 20 overs (R. Persaud 58, M. Balkarran 18, R. Rodrigues 2-22).
Open competition semi-finals:
Cotton Field Wild Oats defeated Memorex XI by 29 runs at DCC. Cotton Field Wild Oats 183-5 from 20 overs (Ramesh Narine 58, Ganesh Mangal 37, K. Kendall 2-28); Memorex XI 154 all out from 17 overs (R. Jafferally 58, Wahied Edward 35, P. Rooplall 3-20, J. Samlall 2-37, D. Bhola 2-17, G. Mangal 2-31).
Regal XI defeated Trophy Stall by 8 wickets at Everest. Trophy Stall 140-9 from 20 overs (Mark Harold 28, S. Ramnauth 27, Wasim Haslim 4-29); Regal XI 142-2 from 19.4 overs (Wasim Haslim 57, Shahied Gittens 42, F. Rafeek 2-31).