GFSCA/TROPHY STALL TOURNAMENT : Latiff named Man-of-the-Match and Series as Regal XI lift title : … Floodlights and Trophy Stall Angels also win
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Regal XI’s pugnacious opener Richard Latiff was named Man-of-the-Match in the Final and Player-of-the-Series, while his team lifted the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA)-organised, Trophy Stall-sponsored Open T20 title under lights at the Demerara Cricket Club ground last Saturday night.
Also in winners’ row were Floodlights XI and Trophy Stall Angels, who defeated Success Masters and Mike’s Wellwoman to take the Over-40 and Female categories of the same competition, in the presence of a vociferous crowd.
Regal XI’s nemesis Wolf Warriors won the toss and asked them to take first strike, for whom Latiff and Ricardo Adams posted 92 for the first wicket from eight overs, with Latiff hitting six sixes and two fours in his 29-ball 62, posting his 50 from 23 deliveries with five sixes and two fours.
Vishnu Tamenchandra (2 for 28) was the man who broke the partnership, when he bowled Latiff in the 8th over, but it only allowed Adams and Chien Gittens 20 (12 balls, 2×4, 1×6) to add 4 for the second wicket.
When Gittens was dismissed, Adams added 53 for the third wicket with Safraz Esau 35 (23 balls, 3×6; 1×4) as Regal XI scored runs at will. Adams posted his 50 from 35 balls, with three sixes and four fours.
Together with Ricky Sargeant (3), Adams, who finished unbeaten on 69 (41 balls, 6×4; 4×6) took 18 off the final over that was bowled by Narine Bailey as Regal XI piled up a mammoth 226 for 4 from their 20 overs against a Wolf Warriors bowling lineup, who were dazed at the rampant start Adams and Latiff gave their team.
In reply, Tamenchandra took the attack to the Regal XI bowling with his topscore of 46 that included five sixes, two of them struck off successive deliveries from Regal XI’s skipper Troy Kippins, whose final three balls of his second over and first two of his third were all struck for sixes by Mohammed Karim 36 (19 balls, 4×6) and Tamenchandra respectively.
However, Wolf Warriors lost wickets regularly, including the hard-hitting Amrit Rai (6), and despite Karim adding 42 for the fifth wicket with his brother Safraz (12) and an additional 46 for the sixth wicket with Tamenchandra, the task of scoring close to 13 an over was too huge for the losing side.
Regal celebrated in fine style, when Kippins had Tamenchandra caught at long on by Esau off the second ball of the penultimate over for a well-played innings, even as Azad Azeez chipped in with 20 (2×6) against the bowling of Pritvi Motilall (3 for 43) and Gittens and Latiff who took 2 wickets each for 17 and 30 runs respectively for Regal XI.
The winners pocketed $100 000 and a trophy while the losers got half of that and a trophy as well, with Latiff receiving two trophies and an undisclosed sum of cash for his Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series efforts, with Latiff accumulating 262 runs including an even century against Success, while he also took eight wickets.
In the Male Over-40 final which was a T20 affair, Success Masters batted first and were bowled out fro 124 off the final delivery of their 20 overs, with Dharmendra Mohabir 33, Hafeez Samad 12 and Krishna Ramnauth 11 being their top-scorers.
Clyde Canterbury took 2 for 9 for Floodlight Masters, who in reply reached 125 for 7 off 19.5 overs, with Richard Persaud 38, Ricky Deonarine 34 and Wayne Jones’ unbeaten 24 leading them to victory as Mohabir took 3 for 20 and Samad two wickets.
Like Regal XI, Floodlight Masters took home a trophy and $100 000, with Success Masters taking home $50 000 and a trophy, Mohabir the Man-of-the-Match award and Jones the Player-of-the-Series award.
After limiting Mike’s Wellwoman to 73 for 6 off their 10 overs, of which Latoya Smith top-scored with 24, Trophy Stall Angels, through their skipper and Player-of-the-Match and June Ogle-Thomas’ unbeaten 48, raced to 74 for 2 from 9.2 overs to take home the $50 000 first prize, leaving their opponents to settle for $25 000.
Ogle-Thomas was named Best Batter-of-the-Tournament, her teammate Kavita Yadram Best All-rounder with her 171 runs and five wickets while Smith was named Best Bowler – feats for which they all received trophy.