Controversy surrounded the feature event at Port Mourant Cricket Club (PMCC) fundraising event held at the Port Mourant ground on Sunday as Port Mourant and Wolf Warriors were declared joint champions of the 10/10 softball cricket competition.
Both captains place their hands on the trophy
In what was a highly anticipated final, Wolf Warriors batted first in a match that was reduced to five overs and chalked up an enterprising 96 for 6. In reply Port Mourant scored 14 off the first over and then lost a wicket off the first ball of the second over to be 14-1.
At that stage Port Mourant refused to continue to bat despite several pleas from the umpires. Eventually the umpires gave the game to the Wolfs. This prompted the first reaction from PMCC who claimed that the light was fading.
However, many in the crowd that had gathered at mid-pitch pointed out that the female final was still in progress on pitch two. The umpires ruled that Port Mourant walked off the field, hence the game was awarded to Wolfs Warriors.
Subsequently, the organising committee, which comprised of two officials from the Port Mourant Cricket Club and one from the Berbice Softball Cricket Association, overturned the umpires’ ruling and declared the two teams joint champions and the cash price of $120,000 was shared between the teams. The MVP went to captain of Wolfs Warriors Amreth Rai who had scores of 42, 37 and 17 in the competition.
Organiser Godwin Allicock presents the winning trophy to Karibee Girls captain Nakita Toney while sponsor of the team Mr Mahindra looks on
Earlier, PMCC made easy work of Skeldon in the opening game. Batting first Skeldon made 63 all out in eight overs and PMCC, 64 for 1 off 4.1 overs. PMCC also made easy work of Karibee Boys in their game. After restricting them to 106 for 5 off their allotted 10 overs, PMCC reached 110 for 3 off 8.1 overs.
The Warriors, batting first in their match against Universal DVD, reached 124 for 6 when their 10 overs expired. In reply Universal DVD were restricted to 99 for 6 off 10 overs. The Warriors also got pass Capo’s X1. Batting first Capo’s XI made 119 for 6 off 10 overs, with Khoshal Singh stroking 48 and Derrick Lashly, 36. Warriors in reply reached 120 without loss in 9.4 overs. Rai toped scored with 42.
In the woman’s competition Karibee Girls were taken down to the wire to claim the title. In an exciting final Mike’s Wellwoman batted first in a match reduced to five overs and reached 46 for 2 off their allotted overs. In reply Karibee Girls needed nine runs to win off the last over.
Earlier Karibee Girls got their competition going with a win over Blairmont. Batting first, Blairmont Angles scored 76 for 4 off their allotted 10 overs. In reply Karbiee Girls reached 77 for 3 in eight overs, while Trophy Stall Angels lost to Mike’s Wellwoman.
Batting first, Mike’s Wellwoman made 112 off their 10 overs with Hannah Singh topscoring with an enterprising 45. In reply Mike’s Wellwoman made 115 for 6 in nine overs. Zula Telford carried her bat for a topscore of 64.
In the playoff for third place, Trophy Stall batted first and chalked up 48 in their allotted five overs and in reply Blairmont Angles could only reach 42 for 5 when the overs ran out.
The event was organised to raise funds for PMCC for key rehabilitation projects. (Andrew Carmichael)