Wolf’s Warriors Stop Unstoppables
In the presence of about 2500 spectators, defending champions, Wolf’s Warriors, made a meal of the Unstoppables in their semifinal matchup of the GT&T 10/10 Softball competition yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club ground.
In the final, scheduled for next Sunday at the Guyana National Stadium, Wolf’s Warriors will do battle against Regal XI who defeated Rockaway Auto Sales in the first semifinal, while 4R Lioness will take on Trophy Stall Angels after their victories against Rising Stars and Mike’s Wellwoman respectively.
The feature match of the day between Wolf Warriors and the Unstoppables saw the Warriors outplaying the Unstoppables in every department. Batting first, the Unstoppable never got going, finding it difficult to get boundaries in the early part of their innings.
After five overs, they were 35/2. Wolf’s Warriors bowled wicket-to-wicket with little bounce. To add to the batsmen’s frustration, the fielding was splendid. The fielders made catching and fielding look like child’s play, a far cry from what was obtained in the earlier games.
The Unstoppables reached 70/7 when their overs expired. The only batsman that reached double figures was Manhar Ratvatty who made 28 not out. The bowlers among the wickets were Davenand Persaud (2-14) and Asif Saphie (2-16).
When the Wolf’s Warriors responded, they had an early scare when Mohamed Karim was caught off the third delivery after he was dropped off the first on the boundary. The Unstoppables managed to put pressure on the defending champions in the first two overs, leaving them at 16-2. After that however, it was all Wolf’s Warriors.
Azad Azeez, along with his captain, Amreith Rai, added 62 for the third wicket before Azeez held out to long-on for 27 (2×6). By that time just a few runs were need to win; the winning run came off a wide. Rai ended on 37 not out (2×4, 1×6).
In the other male semifinal, a hostile and indisciplined Regal XI defeated Rockaway Auto Sales by five runs. On many occasions Regal XI questioned the umpires’ decisions while at some points they quarreled among themselves.
Batting first, Regal XI piled on 93-7. Richard Latiff top scored with 36 while Jadesh Deosarran grabbed three wickets. In Rockaway’s reply, they never threatened the target as they lost wickets regularly. They managed 88-8 after 10 overs. Devanan Samaroo scraped 22 while Rickey Sargeant accounted for 2/19.
In the women’s semis, 4R Lioness disposed of Rising Stars by 20 runs in the first game. 4R Lioness won the toss and chose to bat. They posted a commanding 96-4 with captain Tracy Glasgow compiling 39 and Vanneta Chanoo making 17, adding 72 for the second wicket. After that partnership, three wickets fell on 95.
Rising Stars’ indiscipline yielded 30 extras. Manthana Cambridge snatched three wickets for Rising Stars.
In Rising Stars reply, they could only muster 76-6 before the overs ended. Shonoln Cort and Manthana Cambridge made 26 and 21 respectively, while Gangadai Singh took 2-7 off one over. The Lioness’ bowling was a lot more disciplined and they appeared more eager to win.
The second female semi saw Trophy Stall Angels outplaying Mike’s Wellwoman. Trophy Stall Angels bowled tightly and fielded energetically. Mike’s Wellwoman never got any meaningful partnership going, managing 78-7. Kanata Mentore led the way with 33 while Alicia Allen took 2-13.
After posting a modest total, many thought Mike’s Wellwoman would have challenged Trophy Stall Angels’ battling lineup but they fielded miserably. The bowlers threw down a series of wides. Trophy Stall Angels were always in control of the game as they reached 79 and lost only two wickets in the process.
The dependable captain, June Ogle-Thomas, made 25 not out. Ogle together with the powerful Monica Seales (17*) played a variety of strokes all around the ground. One of Seales mighty shots injured Reneka Isaacs’ fingers as she attempted to take a return catch.
The semis proved that the finals would be enthralling but the organisers may want to address the players’ indisciplined attitude towards the umpires and the frequent quarrelling on the field.