GSCL Inc Republic Cup…Wolf’s Warriors blow away Trophy Stall in Open final
Kaieteur News article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Wolf’s Warriors held their nerves to beat Trophy Stall by eight runs to win the Open final of the inaugural Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc (GSCL Inc) Republic Cup on Sunday night at the Everest Cricket Club.
Wolf’s Warriors posted 154-7 off their allotted 20 overs after they were inserted by Trophy Stall in front of a fair size crowd. Trophy Stall threatened before they were bowled out 146 in 19.4 overs in reply.
Wolf’s Warriors found themselves in early trouble after they were reduced to 43-4 and then 68-5, but Safraz Karim and Vishnu Tannechandra stabilised their innings with level headed batting; and the pair added 48 for the sixth wicket before Tannechandra was dismissed for 21.
Karim and Ameer Nizamuddeen then put together a further 37 runs for the seventh wicket to give their bowlers a defendable total. Karim was run out off the last ball of the innings for 38, while Nizamuddeen was not out on 13.
Martin Dutchin was the pick of the bowlers with 2-29. Trophy Stall, despite losing wickets at regular intervals, were always on par with the asking rate, but it was Wolf’s Warriors from the West Coast of Demerara who prevailed in a contest that swung to and fro throughout.
Safraz Karim top scored with 20, while Kumar Bissoondial supported with 14, Randy Katwaroo and S. Singh 11 each. Davanand Persaud grabbed 3-26, Nizamuddeen 3-29 and Dianand Singh 2-22.
Karim was given the man of the match award. Amrit Rai of Wolf’s Warriors claimed one three piece living room suite for being the player of the series as well as the best batsman prize, while Richard Latiff collected the best bowler trophy.
Wolf’s Warriors received a trophy and $600,000 and each player received a medal, while Trophy Stall took home $200,000 and a trophy.
In the Masters category, which was won by Regal; Rafiek Ali of Frontline took the best batsman award, while Mahendra Arjune of Regal grabbed the best bowler prize and Ramesh Narine of Floodlight received a three piece living room suite for the most valuable player.
Trophy Stall Angels won the 10\10 female exhibition game which was played before the Open final.
The competition was sponsored by Five Star Minerals and Reuben General Store of Bartica, Everest Cricket Club, Memorex Enterprise, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Trophy Stall and Romaine Car Wash, Demerara Cricket Club, GNIC, Star Party Rentals, Elegance Jewellery, Blue Spring Water, Full Works Auto, Buddy’s Auto Sale, Muneshwar General Store, A and N Electronics, Shivjattan Molding Establishment and A. Khan contracting services.
The GSCL expressed gratitude to the president and executives of the Everest Cricket Club, NCN, the umpires and fans for their input.