Female champs! The Mike’s Wellwoman players and officials are all smiles as they celebrate victory (Photo: Avenash Ramzan)
Success/Mahaica Invaders and Mike’s Wellwoman emerged as champions of the softball competition on Sunday when the Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) staged its fundraiser at the club’s venue, East Coast Demerara.
Watched by a crowd of about 1500, Success/Mahaica Invaders, a team featuring players from the two villages, whipped Parika Defenders by 10 wickets in the men’s 15-over final, while Mike’s Wellwoman had to work hard for their three-wicket win over Trophy Stall Angels in the female 10-over final.
Batting first in the male division, Parika Defenders were dismissed for 80 from 14.2 overs with R Rambharose making 16.
Rudy (only name) bagged 3-13 for Success/Mahaica, who romped to victory at 85 without loss in the 12th over. Man of the Match Jagdesh (only name) stroked a solid undefeated 58 to lead the victory chase.
Male winners! Members of the Success/Mahaica Invaders team celebrate their success in the Men’s 15-over coompetition (Photo: Avenash Ramzan)
Floodlights XI and Enmore were the other teams in the men’s competition. On the distaff side, Mike’s Wellwoman prevailed in an exciting finish against Trophy Stall Angels with the match going down to the final over.
Odessa O’Neil made 45 in Trophy Stall Angels’ 74-6 total from the allotted 10 overs with R Isaacs picked up 4-8.
Z Telford and Joann Vansertima, who hit the winning runs, led Mike’s Wellwoman to victory with a delivery to spare. Telford made 30, while Vansertima ended on 20 not out.
A Allen was the pick of the bowlers for Trophy Stall Angels with 3-10. The other team in the female competition was DR Lioness.
Apart from the softball competition, patrons were treated to a karate exhibition by Sensei Nazim Yassim and students of the Little Diamond Martial Arts Academy, which has a branch based at the Enmore Community Centre. The karatekas were presented with a certificate of participation, while the athletes were given medals for their involvement in the activity.
There were also a domino competition and exhibitions by members of the Enmore Athletics Club.
In the domino competition, Video World with 74 games edged out Enmore Cricket Club with 73 games to emerge as champions, while Metro Office and Computer Supplies ended in the cellar position on 64 games.
The club also held a raffle where lucky patrons won prizes put up by members of the corporate community.
In a kind gesture, the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association presented a cash donation of $70,000 to the ECCCC to aid in the club’s development. The ECCCC was also promised a tennis table, which will be donated by the National Sports Commission, in collaboration with the Guyana Table Tennis Association.
Speaking with this publication, members of the ECCCC said the event was a huge success. They also thanked those who supported the initiative, including the sponsors, patrons, cricket commentator Inderjeet Persaud, who kept the crowd abreast with the scores all day, members of the ECCCC, who volunteered their time and resources, and other partners.
Proceeds from the activity will go directly towards the purchasing of critical pieces of equipment for the club.