Guyanese softball cricketers looking to dominate at Florida Cup
Toronto, Canada - With total dominance in 2013 at the South Florida Softball Cricket League, Hurricanes Cricket Club (HCC) which is made of several Guyanese will be aiming for more success in the imminent South Florida Cup tournament to be played at the Brian Piccolo Park, Fort Lauderdale.
The action is scheduled to bowl off on March 14-16 and some fascinating battles are highly anticipated in the 10th edition of the annual competition which is also being run under the auspices of the South Florida League.
Royan Sukhanandan, the vice-captain of the team, currently in Canada on vacation and he has expressed great confidence of HCC dominating at this year’s tournament, which will once again attract over 20 teams.
Sukhanandan, a former senior Essequibo inter-county player, was also in a joyful mood given the fact that his team will be participating after missing out on the last two consecutive years due to personal reasons.
“I [am] confident our team will do well at the year’s Florida Cup; obviously it is a big tournament and the guys are ready to continue from where they left at the SFSCL competitions,” Sukhanandan related from his guest home in Brampton.
Expectations are also sky-high for his team after they won all three ‘A’ divisional seasons (Fall, Spring and Summer) last year and that has boosted their confidence magnificently. According to Sukhanandan, there is a great sense of enthusiasm and zeal to succeed in this much-touted softball tournament.
“Based on our performances in last year’s SFSCL competitions, I know our fans will expect great things again from us; I know lots of teams want to stop us or end our unbeaten streak but once we play to best of our ability again, I think we would be the champion team,” the optimistic left-handed Sukhanandan reckoned.
Regular skipper Marvin Sukhanandan, the younger brother of Royan, will have several seasoned campaigners at his disposal including DianandBrijbasu, TribhuwanRoopnarine, Anthony Nokta, Devendra Harrinarine, Leon Persaud just to name a few.
Royan feels the team is well-balanced for the showdown and these are some of the players who consistently dominating in both departments of the game at the SFSCL tournament on a yearly basis.
He also spoke about the team’s preparation which is going smoothly so far as they maximising on several net sessions despite the chilly weather. Sukhanandan, who has a double-century in softball cricket, reiterated the significance of an early preparation-period, if they going to vie hard for supremacy in the All-Star division.
Meanwhile, teams are expected from New York, Guyana and Canada to compete in the All-star 25-over division while the Masters division (over-45) will have teams coming also from the aforementioned countries.