Regal, Memorex In GSCL Semis
Regal XI’s Patrick Rooplall missed out on being the second batsman to chalk up a ton in the Georgetown Softball Cricket League’s (GSCL) 12/12 championship when action continued with six matches at the Everest Cricket Club ground last Sunday.
Also in commanding form was national Under-19 opener Shimron Hetmyer, who struck two blazing half-centuries for Memorex XI, who breezed past Herstelling XI and Smith’s XI to book a place in this Sunday’s semi-finals, alongside Speedboat XI, Trophy Stall and Regal XI.
Playing on pitch number two in his team’s first encounter against Bartica Challengers, Rooplall struck 12 sixes and three fours in his unbeaten 99, which, along with Rickey Sargeant’s unbeaten 33 (4x6s, 1×4) and Chien Gittens’ 19 (3x4s), powered Regal XI to 165-3 from their 12 overs.
Shastri Mangal took 2-37 for Bartica Challengers, who were bundled out for 29 from 5.3 overs, as Tyrone Sanasie 4-5 and Safraz Esau with 3-10, handed Regal XI the largest margin of victory in the tournament to date.
In their second match against Cotton Field Wild Oats (CFWO), Bartica Challengers asked their opponents to bat first and limited them to 111-8 off the allotted 12 overs, with Suraj Rajah topscoring with 54 (5x4s, 4x6s), while Travis Simon made 15 (1×6) and Brian Mangar 12 with two sixes.
Ravi Seenarine and Ishwar Dass took two wickets each for 25 and 26 runs respectively fort Bartica Challengers, who reached 112-7 in reply, thanks to Robin Narine’s 41, Roland Persaud’s 19 and Mangal’s 13
Narine returned to take 4-20 and Munir Amin 2-17 for CFWO.
In their final match of the day against Regal XI, CFWO batted first and reached 111-8, with Rovindra Parsram 24 (3x4s), Narine 21 (2x4s, 1×6) and Simon 17 (1×4, 1×6) leading the batting.
Troy Kippins, who took 3-29, and Tyrone Sanasie 2-24, led Regal XI’s bowling, before Esau struck three sixes and the same number of fours in his 45. He was supported by Rooplall’s 28 (2x4s, 2x6s) that guided their team to their second win as they reached 112-4 from 9.5 overs.
On pitch number one, Memorex XI opposed Herstelling XI in their first match and having inserted their opponents to bat first, limited them to 122-6 with Omesh Narine 60 (5x6s, 5x4s) and Budhan Baksh 22 (2x6s, 1×4) leading Herstelling XI’s batting.
Vishal Phillips (3-12) and Waheid Edwards (2-19) led the bowling for Memorex XI, who in reply, reached 126-2 off 9.4 overs, thanks to Hetmyer’s 72 (6x6s, 5x4s) and Farouk Hussein’s 29 (3x6s, 1×4).
In their second game, Herstelling XI faced Smith’s XI, and batting first scored 134-5 with Hakeem Vickerie 59 (6x6s, 1×4), Vickram Shairanta 26 (2x6s) and Omesh Narine 25 (3x6s, 1×4) leading the batting.
Kiram Kumar (2-25) and Omesh Gobin (2-26) led Smith’s XI bowling, before Fazeer Khan 45 (3x6s, 4x4s), Latchman Rohit 35 (3x6s, 1×4) and Ganesh Mangal 22 (2x4s, 1×6) powered their team to victory at 136-4 from 11.2 overs.
In the final match of the day, Smith’s XI batted first and scored 138-9 from 12 overs against Memorex XI, with Rohit 28 (2x4s, 1×6), C. Etwaroo 25 (2x6s, 2x4s) and G. Mangar 22 (2x4s, 1×6) being the principal scorers with Phillips (3-21) and Edwards (2-27) being Memorex XI’s top bowlers.
Hetmyer then took up the mantle with the bat, hitting 11 sixes and one four in his unbeaten 82, which along with Phillips’ 27 (2x6s, 2x4s) and Edwards’ unbeaten 22 (2x6s, 2x4s), powered their team to 142-2 from 8.2 overs and a place in the semis.
The semi-finals and final will be contested this Sunday at the same venue, with the Regal XI taking on Speed Boat XI, while in the second semi-final, Memorex XI will oppose Trophy Stall, with the winners clashing in the grand final for $600,000 and a trophy.
As an added attraction to the hundreds of spectators who are expected to witness the action free of cost, there will be a raffle at $100 a ticket and carries a first prize of one Daewoo double door refrigerator.
The second to fifth place prizes for the raffle, which will be drawn on the final day of the tournament, are three-piece living room suite, 32” LCD Sony Bravia television set, Royal four-burner gas stove and a G-shock mountain bicycle respectively.
Dilo Enterprise, DC Promotions, Five Star Minerals, El Dorado Trading and Ryan and Reuben Mahadeo (all out of Bartica), Star Party Rentals, Regal Stationery and Computer Supplies, Romain Car Wash, Bank of Baroda, Ravi Sarwan and Trophy Stall are some of the sponsors on board the tournament.