Regal make clean sweep of GSCL Inc. titles

Guyana Chronicle article.

On a windy day in hazy conditions, Regal’s Over-35, Ladies and Open teams made a clean sweep of titles to bring the curtain down on the Softball Cricket League (GSCL) Inc.-organised Trophy Stall, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre/Salod Marketing Agency/Star Party Rentals and Mike’s Copy Centre-sponsored tournament at the Everest Cricket Club ground yesterday.

In the first match of the day, Regal’s Over-35 lineup disposed of their counterparts from Park Rangers by four wickets, followed by the Regal Champs’ seven-wicket victory over Aroaima Rusal Warriors and Regal Open secured an enthralling four-wicket victory over their nemesis Wolf Warriors, earning their club a combined total of $400 000 and three trophies in the process.

Winning the toss and asking Park Rangers to bat first in the Over-35 T20 contest, Regal saw their opponents amass 133 for 8, thanks to Mark Fung 28 (4x4), Eon Abel 24 (2x4) and Ricky ‘Bimby’ Persaud 20 (1x4).

Raymond Harper and Mahendra Arjune snared two wickets each for 16 and 27 runs respectively for Regal XI, who later said thanks to Eric Thomas’ 24 (2x4, 1x6), Mahendra Hardyal’s unbeaten 21 (1x4) and Mahendra Chunilall 20, as they reached 134 for 6 from 19.1 overs.

Fung returned to take 3 for 23 with the ball for Park Rangers, who were in with a chance of pulling off the win, before the two Mahendras (Hardyal and Chunilall) joined forces and added 49 unbeaten runs for the seventh wicket from 6.4 overs for Regal who earned $100 000 and a trophy for their win, while their opponents received half that amount and a trophy, with Fung being named Best Batsman and Best Bowler.

In the Ladies’ encounter, Regal Champs won the toss and, opting to field first limited their opponents to 76 for 9 from their 12 overs, with Cindy Alexander making 30, to which Regal Champs replied with 78 for 3, thanks to Vanetta Chinoo’s unbeaten 32 and Tracy Hartman 22.

Chinoo was named Player-of-the-Match. Regal Champs took home $100 000 and a trophy and Aroaima Rusal Warriors $50 000 and a trophy.

The Male Open final, which was contested as a 12/12 affair, was one the spectators  wanted to see and certainly the excitement that followed was beyond their expectations, as both teams played their hearts out in an attempt to steer their side to victory. 

Batting first after being told to do so by their opponents, Wolf Warriors, the 2011 Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) 10/10 champions scored 91 for 8, thanks to Amir Nizammudin’s unbeaten 22 (1x6, 1x4), Amit Rai 17 (1x4, 1x6) and Safraz Karim 16, which included one six.

Safraz Esau took 2 for 6 and effected two run-outs. His skipper Troy Kippins also snared 2 for 17 for Regal XI, last year’s GT&T 10/10 champions, who in reply reached 92 for 6 from 10.4 overs. Esau, who was later named Man-of-the-Match, hit two sixes in his 30.

Vishnu Tamenchandra and Narine Bailey took two wickets each for 8 and 18 runs respectively for Wolf Warriors who were forced to settle for the runner-up prize of $100 000 and a trophy while their opponents carted off the top prize of $200 000 and a trophy, to complete emphatic wins for Regal.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 18:44