Wolf’s Warriors, Floodlights Are Kings
Played in front of arguably the largest crowd to witness a sport event at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground, the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association’s (GFSCA) Guyana Softball Cup 4 ended in exhilarating fashion on Sunday night with Wolf’s Warriors copping the Open title and Floodlights lifting the Masters trophy.
While the West Demerara-based Wolf’s Warriors were pushed to the limits by Regal XI, winning by a mere five runs, Floodlights had a comparatively easier time against Savage Masters, prevailing by 18 runs.
In a riveting Open final, former GT&T 10/10 champions Wolf’s Warriors batted first and posted 166-6, a total which would prove just enough about 90 minutes later.
Former national Under-19 left-hander, Ricardo Adams, batted through the innings for a top score of 53 in Wolf’s Warriors innings. The Essequibian and eventual Man-of-the-Match received solid support from Safraz Karim, who stroked 37, and skipper Amrit Rai, who chipped in with 31.
Adams and Rai had laid the foundation for Wolf’s Warriors win with a century partnership for the first wicket.
Chasing a challenging 167 with the white ball on the night sky, Regal came agonisingly close, ending on 161 off 19.5 overs. Patrick Rooplall made 30 and Navin Singh 21 as Narine Bailey and Amir Nizamudeen claimed two wickets each.
For the win, Wolf’s Warriors became $800,000 richer, while Regal had to settle for $200,000.
In the Masters final played earlier in the day, eventual Most Valuable Player and Man-of-the-Match, Uniss Yusuf, cracked 62 and Imtiaz Mohamed made 45 as Floodlights posted 180-4 with R. Samaroo claiming three wickets.
Despite a fighting 64 from Robert Comacho, Savage fell short, managing 162 in 19.2 overs with Yusuf retuning to bag two wickets. Floodlights pocketed $600,000 for their winning effort, while Savage took home $150,000.
The final of the female exhibition segment was controversially aborted in the seventh over when the batting team, Mike’s Wellwoman, complained about the uniform of Trophy Stall Angels distracting them.
At the presentation ceremony which followed, Yusuf was joined by Lennox Marks of Farm XI on the podium as they competition’s two MVPs. Both batsmen scored centuries in the three-day tournament, and their efforts were rewarded by Steve’s Jewellery, who provided two 18-karat gold softball bracelets, accentuated with diamond studs.
President of the GFSCA, Ramchand Ragbeer, congratulated the two champion teams, reserving special mention for the Floodlights veterans who had tried unsuccessfully to cop the title for the last three years.
He commended the sponsors for staying the course with the Guyana Softball Cup and expressed gratitude to the hundreds of spectators who turned out at the venue to witness the conclusion of the country’s premier softball tournament.
The competition, which started on Friday last with the traditional photo shoot, attracted teams from Guyana and North America battling for softball’s ultimate prize in Guyana.