GSCL Inc. 12/12 - Memorex edge Universal DVD Titans to top group …Recharge gives Better Hope marching orders

Guyana Chronicle article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Defending champions Memorex surely lived up to that billing yesterday, when they defeated Universal DVD Titans by nine runs in a thrilling encounter of the second Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. 12/12 tournament, following their comprehensive Group D win over R1 at the Everest Cricket Club ground.

Also chalking up victories in Group B were Speed Boat, Recharge and Better Hope, but the latter team was sent packing by Recharge, who recorded a better net run rate over Better Hope, even though they lost to Speed Boat, hence the East Coast Demerara team making their exit from the contest.

However, it was the Universal DVD Titans versus Memorex encounter that attracted the attention of the spectators who turned up at the venue yesterday to witness the second day’s action, which was pulsating and exciting.

After they both disposed of R1 in their preliminary round matches, Universal DVD Titans won the toss and asked Memorex to take first strike, a move that paid dividend, as they reduced the defending champions to 92 for 8 from their 12 overs.

Alvin Ramdass 31 (3x6), Roy Jaffarally 27 (3x4, 1x6) and West Indies Under-19 selectee Shimron Hetmyer 15 (2x6), led Memorex’s batting against the bowling of Mahendra Baldeo, who took 2 for 7 for Universal DVD Titans.

However, the Titans struggled in their reply, even though they were chasing the target of 93 runs for the second time in the day, and were bowled out for 84 from 11.4 overs, with only Chandrashaker Arjune 21 (1x6) and David Lukenauth 17 (1x6, 1x4) providing any impetus to their team’s total.

Vikendar Mohammed, Keon Sinclair and Vishal Phillips were the bowlers responsible for Memorex’s win, taking two wickets each for 10, 16 and 27 runs respectively, as their team advanced to this weekend’s quarterfinals.

Part of the action between Universal DVD Titans and Memorex on pitch number two.

Earlier in the day, Titans reduced R1 to 92 for 8 in their first match, with Khalim Baksh 22 (2x6, 1x4) and Brian Mangar 20 (2x6, 1x4) leading the batting as Rajendra Sookdeo (3 for 19), Lukenauth 2 for 16 and Totaram Seenanand 2 for 17 led Titans’ bowling attack.

Lukenauth returned to hit an unbeaten 56 which took him 23 deliveries to accumulate and was decorated with six sixes and three fours, which together with Rajiv Ivan’s 20, steered the Titans to 94 for 3 from 7.4 overs.

In their second game of the day, R1 faced Memorex and fared better, as they scored 128 for 6 from their 12 overs, thanks to the batting of Baksh who made 35 (3x6, 3x4) and Gavendra Sharma’s 19 (3x4), even as John Percy snared 3 for 42 for Memorex who in reply scored 134 for 1 from 8.1 overs, with Ramdass hitting an unbeaten 66 (7x6, 3x4), Hetmyer 37 (5x6, 1x4) and Jaffarally 32 (4x6, 1x4).

In Group B, Speed Boat batted first when they faced up with Better Hope and scored 128 for 7 from their allotted overs, with Wazir Hussain 48 (4x6, 3x4) and Greg Singh 27 (2x6, 1x4) leading their batting charge.

Wayne Narine took 3 for 18 and Ajay Singh 2 for 27 for Better Hope, who in reply scored 129 for 3 from 11 overs, thanks to Chris Deonarine’s 35 (3x6, 1x4), Sunil Seeraj 30 (4x6), Sachin Singh’s unbeaten 23 (2x6, 1x4) and Ravin Singh 19, even as Peter Alleyne took 2 for 26 for Speed Boat.

Faced with the task of defeating Recharge in their second match, if they intend to make the quarterfinals, Speed Boat did just that, after bowling out their opponents for 92 from 11 overs, to which they replied with 95 for 1 from 5.1 overs.

It was now left to Recharge, who had to defeat Better Hope handsomely, if they intend to make the quarterfinals and being asked to bat first, Recharge scored 135 for 9, with Ricardo Adams 36 (4x6, 1x4), Travis Drakes 28, Premnarine Omadat 22 (3x4, 1x6) and Quincy Jones’ 19 (3x6) being their principal scorers.

Rocky Singh took 4 for 18 and Sachin Singh 2 for 23 for Better Hope, who in their turn at the wicket were limited to 89 for 9 from their allotted 12 overs, even though their initial target was 98, as only Nansham Budhan 25 (2x6, 1x4) and Assad Mohammed 16 offered resistance to the bowling of Omadat 3for 15 and Mangroo, S. Mohammed and Drakes who took 2 wickets each for 11, 14 and 21 runs respectively.

The quarterfinalists have now being decided and Saturday’s action in this stage of the tournament which will be played at a venue to be announced during the week will see Wolf Warriors taking on Universal DVD Titans and Invaders playing Memorex, while Regal will take on Recharge and Trophy Stall will face Speed Boat.

The semi-finals and finals will be contested the following day, with the winner set to take home $600,000 and a trophy, leaving the runner up to settle for $200,000 and a trophy, while there is a three piece suite up for grabs by the individual who will be named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 06:54