Guyanese cop more awards at softball function
Toronto, Canada - Guyanese continued to be awarded with more softball prizes, plaques and trophies after another popular Sports Club, Our Own, held its annual presentation ceremony on Saturday evening at Lucky’s Restaurant in the vicinity of Highway 400 and Finch Avenue, Toronto.
Former Guyana under-19 vice-captain Troy Gobin emerged with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy after accumulating 432 runs with an impressive average of 72.00 while he hit the highest individual score of 147 not out against Pegasus in a preliminary round match.
Since the existence of the club over the past several years, they have made tremendous progress on the field and it is indicative with their unbeaten run in the last two having held on to the title successively.
Gobin attributed his success this year to hardwork and total commitment while he was very thankful to his colleagues who gave him superb support during his stay at the crease on a number of occasions.
He also stated that the level of competition in this over-40 category demonstrated stiff competition at the entire duration of the tournament on an annual basis and reserved special accolades for the organisers.
“I think the competition [is] always stiff and that really showed the strength of it; I know the guys have enjoyed their cricket and a well-done job again from the organisers again,” Gobin, the former Bermine and Malteenoes Sports Club first-division player, declared.
Meanwhile, ex-Guyana first-class batsman Shivnauth Seeram, who is also captain of the team, played a pivotal role in his team’s outstanding success, grabbing 17 wickets while another veteran player Mohan Singh also captured 17 wickets during the season.
Seeram, who is the brother of former West Indies “B” team and Guyana batsman Rabindranauth Seeram, had fascinating figures of 4-11 and 4-17 in two different games. Ben Loknath who took a hat-trick was also brilliant with the ball as he grabbed 4-9.
Former Demerara Inter-county softball skipper Mahendranauth ParasnauthJust back from Guyana where he represented New York in the Open Male category of the Guyana Softball Cup 111, received the prize for the most economical bowler in the team.
His elder brother, Rabindra Parasnauth also chipped in with an award for his 4-18.
Essequibo’s Jaimini Singh, who toured with the Guyana squad in 1989, was another special awardee for slamming 106 not out against Littles Sports Club.
Since his migration to Canada almost a decade ago, the left-hander has been very consistent with the bat having registered a plethora of plucky half-centuries.
Special incentive prizes were presented to Teddy Hussain, Ultimate Player Loknath, Mr Versatile Seeram, Mr Tidy Clean Terry Ramraj, Mr Early Bird BhagwandasBudhoo, MrBehind The Success Ed Pestano, ChatePersaud and Jagnarine “Rambo” Ramdin.
Two of the club’s main sponsors, Extrudex and Iagjit&Jatinder Singh – Century 21 were honoured with plaques and gratitude was expressed to them for their continued support over the years.
The Masters 20-over tournament was once again run under the auspices of the Ontario Softball Masters League. Our Own Sports Club defeated Guyana Sports in the championship played at the Scarborough ground.