Teams Into Quarter-Finals
Nationwide Softball Cricket Tournament following the commencement of the Super-16 round yesterday at the Everest Cricket Ground, Camp Road, in the city.
On a beautiful day, where good weather prevailed, spectators were treated to some quality and exciting matches as all the teams tried their best to upstage each other but only the fittest survived and made it into the quarterfinals.
Bayrock Blazers representing the Bauxite Mining Town of Linden upstaged Farm X1 of East Bank Demerara in the feature match of the day which turned out to be the most exciting encounter, winning by six wickets.
Mahaica Raiders turned back the challenge of Rising Stars Super Sixers by five wickets in the other male clash while on the distaff side; there were easy wins for Trophy Stall Angels who blasted their way past Capoey Rising stars by 96 runs while 4R Lioness tamed Capoey Regal Warriors by 37 runs.
With the crowd primed and anticipating a thrilling finale to the first day of the Super-16-Round, a match-up between Farm X1 and Bayrock Blazers, they were not disappointed as the two teams went about the quest for victory in businesslike fashion.
Farm took to the crease first and rattled their way to 111-3 on the heels of exciting batting from top scorer Avenash Sookdeo who smashed 45 (5×6 1×4), Shoaib Mohamed 25* (3×6) and Patrick Khan 20*.
Bayrock did not help their cause as their bowlers served up some juicy deliveries which were treated with disdain by the Farm batsmen much to the delight of the crowd. The task of overhauling the target was always going to be tough and with not much known of Bayrock, many felt that Farm were in the driver’s seat.
Bayrock went about the task with a high degree of confidence as their opening pair of Leon Moseley and Dillon Williams set a good platform by taking the attack to the Farm bowlers. Both batsmen favoured the sweep shot to the low ground bowling that was being served up and it brought them success.
One of the delightful shots played by Moseley in his top score of 29 was a reverse sweep for six. Bayrock Blazers romped to victory in 9.1 overs with Kevin Sullivan 23* and Shawn Adams 21* guiding them home.
Rising Stars Super Sixers batted first against Mahaica Raiders and could only manage 73-7 off their 10 overs with the top score of 24* off the bat of Ravin Dusraj, Andy Ramnarine and Jerome Ramnauth scored 10 each.
In response, Mahaica Raiders hit off the required runs for the loss of 5-wickets, Jagdesh Persaud was at the wicket on 20 along with Davindra Persaud, 3. Rohit Dutchin contributed 15 and opener Marvin Bobb 11.
In the female matches, Capoey Rising Stars did not get the chance to rise against their seasoned opponents, Trophy Stall Angels who crushed them by 96 runs, bowling them out for a meager 34 in response to their total of 130-3 off 10 overs.
Their Captain, June Ogle smashed an unbeaten 56 with Kavita Yadram hitting 33. When Capoey Rising Stars took to the crease they found the going very tough against some stifling bowling with Tanisha Isahack almost unplayable as she ended with 4-4 after being on the verge of a hat-trick. Alicia Allen backed up well with 2-3.
Corett Alves was the only batter to touch double figures with 15; Valarie De Young made 9 with five of their batters falling for a duck.
In the other game, 4R Lioness took care of business against Capoey Regal Warriors by 37 runs in the first match of the day.
Capoey Regal Warriors could only manage 75-3 off their 10 overs chasing 4R Lioness’ score of 112-1.
Sittonette Alli 41* and Hazel De Younge 11* were the best batters for the losers while Captain and player of the match Tracy Glasgow led from the front for 4R Lioness with 49* while Gangadhai Singh made 34*.