GFSCA ‘Guyana Softball Cup 111’ Trophy Stall book semifinal spot ..Rafeek hits ton in vain
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Inaugural Guyana Telephone and Telegraph 10/10 champions Trophy Stall booked their place in today’s semifinal in the Open category of the third annual Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association’s (GFSCA) ‘Guyana Softball Cup 111’, following their authoritative victories over Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) and Berbice Titans respectively.
Playing against the former at the Ministry of Education ground, Trophy Stall batted first and scored 238 for 3 from their 20 overs, with M. Dutchin hitting an unbeaten 85, F. Rafiek 66 and Surujpaul Deosarran chipping in with 24.
D. Ramsaywack took 2 for 32 for OSCL who were limited to 168 for 9 in reply, with G. Singh hitting 36, A. Haniff 28 and Ramsaywack an unbeaten 23, while S. Rafiek took 3 for 43 to hand Trophy Stall the win.
In their second game against the Titans at the Eve Leary ground, Trophy Stall piled up 172 for 8 with F. Rafiek 33, Wasim Haslim 32 and Krishna Deosarran 30, as Chandrasekhar Arjune took 2 for 24 for Titans, who were bowled out for 125 from 18 overs in reply.
Troy Gonsalves (41) and Balram Samaroo 15 were the principal scorers for the team from the Ancient County who is making their debut in the tournament, as K. Bishundial (3 for 5), Dutchin 3 for 19 and F. Rafiek 2 for 21, guided Trophy Stall to the win and a semifinal place.
Meanwhile, Titans humiliated their counterparts from Berbice, Karibee Rice Boyz in their first game at Eve Leary and one that they won by seven wickets.
Batting first, Karibee Rice Boyz were bowled out for 80 in 16.2 overs, with Waheid Edwards topscoring with 13, while Mahendra Baldeo took 3 for 10 and Latchman Somrah and Arjune 2 wickets each for 15 and 17 runs for the Titans, who reached 82 for 3 from 16 overs in reply, thanks to David Luknauth’s unbeaten 33 (3×4), while Rangasammy took 3 for 16.
In another Open category contest played between 2011 champions Cotton Field Wild Oats (CFWO) and Corriverton, CFWO batted first and were bowled out for 132 off 17.4 overs, with Ramesh Narine 29, Narendra and Mandholall 26 leading their batting.
Alfred Bennett took 4 for 19 and Dashan Challitar 2 for 21 for Corriverton, who were then indebted to Sherwin Murray’s 26 and Anthony Bramble 21 on their way to reaching 133 for 9 from 18 overs against the bowling of Ravindra Singh who took 5 for 19.
In an keenly contested matchup in the Open category, arch rivals Regal XI and Wolf Warriors, the present and former GT&T 10/10 champions faced each other at the St. Stanislaus ground on Carifesta Avenue.
Regal XI batted first and scored 165 from 18.5 overs, with Ricardo Adams 41 and Richard Latiff 26 leading their batting, while Wolf Warriors were held to 164 for 9 from their 20 overs, handing Regal XI the win by 1 run.
M. Karim topscored with 61 while A. Nizamudin made 38, as Balram Roopnarine took 4 for 38 and Khalid Haslim 2 for 39 for Regal, who went on to win their second game (scores not available), to also book a place in the semis.
Smith XI got past South Florida Cricket League (SFCL) by 12 runs, after posting 178 for 9 and restricting their opponents to 166 for 9, New York Softball Cricket League got the better of Farm XI by five wickets, scoring 142 for 5 from 18.2 overs, in reply to farm’s XI 138 made off 19.4 overs, while Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) went under to Karibee Rice Boyz by five wickets.
OSCL batted first and posted 154 for 5 from their 20 overs, with Gavin Singh 49 and Trevon Garraway contributing 30, before Karibee Rice Boyz scored 155 for 5 from 13.5 overs, thanks to M. Sooklall’s unbeaten 47 and J. Mohammed 28.
In the Master’s Category, SCI Miami made 107 for 9 to which Industry Super Kings replied with 111 for 4, Better Hope scored 135 for 2 and restricted GFSCA to 124 for 6, New York Masters limited Regal Masters to 205 for 4, of which Raymond Harper topscored with 70, but could only make 200 for 6 in reply, despite Mohammed Rafeek’s 105 and Andrew Budhan 49.
New York Seaview Cricket League 121 for 9, Ontario Master 122 for 2, Wellman 215 for 6 (L. Rooplall 92) to which Parika Defenders replied with 196 all out from 19.1 overs (A. Khan 54, M. Denny 4 for 16), and in their second match New York Seaview 167 for 7, Success Masters 153 off 16 overs.
Brooklyn Legends 143 for 9, Savage Masters 145 for 1, thanks to Y. Mohammed’s unbeaten 73 and S. Mohammed 37.
Regal Masters defeated SCI Miami by 7 wickets, bowling them out for 101 in 16.4 overs and replying with 105 for 3 from 11.5 overs.
The action continues today at several venues with the playing of the final preliminary round matches, before the semifinals are contested after lunch.