Members of the victorious MYO team pose with officials of Raf’s Variety Store and MYO
The third annual Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO)/Raf’s Variety Store’s nationwide Inter-Jamaat 10/10 softball competition concluded on Sunday with MYO emerging as champions.
Playing at the MYO ground on Woolford Avenue, the host defeated Farm B by eight wickets in the final, which was contested in front of a large crowd that included proprietor of Raf’s Variety Store, Fazal Rafeek.
Farm B took first strike and posted 103-6 from the allotted 10 overs, despite some tidy bowling from the home team. Yunus Yusuf topscored with 39 (2x4s, 2x6s) and Budhan Baksh made 17 (2x4s, 1×6).
Salim Mohamed and Safraz Esau claimed one wicket each. Richard Latiff then entertained the fans with some lusty hitting from the onset, smashing four fours and a similar number of sixes as he laid the foundation for an MYO victory before he was dismissed for 45.
Man-of-the-Match Esau supported Latiff with a robust unbeaten 44 (2x4s, 5x6s) as MYO won the game in 8.2 overs, ending on 106-2.
Adventure of Essequibo won the third place playoff beating Fyrish of Berbice by 53 runs. Fazeer Khan slammed 107 (2x4s, 14x6s), while Shaz Grovesnor chipped in with 43 (2x4s, 4x6s) to guide Adventure to 173-2 in 10 overs. Fyrish threatened briefly in reply but were restricted to 120-4 in 10 overs. Jason Mohamed made 59 (3x4s, 5x6s).
MYO and Farm B won their respective semi-final matches played earlier. MYO got the better of Fyrish by 53 runs. MYO batted first and posted 155 without loss in 10 overs. Chein Gittens led the way with 81 (2x4s, 8x6s) and Latiff supported with 32 (1×4, 3x6s). Fyrish replied with 102-3 in 10 overs. Jason Mohamed scored 54 (2x4s, 6x6s) and Shazeer Rangasammy 21 (1×6). Salim Mohamed took 2-15.
In the other semi-final, Farm B got the better of Adventure by nine wickets. Adventure mustered 124-5 in 10 overs batting first with Fazeer Khan top scoring with 86 (1×4, 11x6s) and Abdool Salim 24 (2x6s).
Ricky Sargeant claimed 2-8 for Farm B, who then romped to victory in 8.4 overs losing one wicket in the process. Omesh Narine was their leading batsman with 55 (3x4s, 5x6s), while Sargeant made 36 (1×4, 4x6s).
Meanwhile, Adventure scraped past Wakenaam in the last quarter-final game. The teams played to a tie, which led to a Super Over, which was also tied. It took a second Super Over to separate the teams.
Adventure took first turn at the crease and scored 146-5 in 10 overs. Fazeer Khan made 43 (5x4s, 3x6s) and Shaz Grovesnor contributed 31 (1×6, 3x4s) with Ejaz Mohamed capturing 2-30 and Zameer Zaman 2-34.
Wakenaam replied with 146-5 in 10 overs. Zaman belted 78 (3x4s, 9x6s), Kemo Paul 33 (2x6s, 3x4s) and Derwin Daniels 22. Munir Amin had 2-34. In the first Super Over Wakenaam scored 14-1 and Adventure responded with 14-1. Adventure then earned the right to play in the semi-final by winning the second Super Over. Wakenaam batted first and scored nine and Adventure replied with 10.
MYO received a trophy and $300,000, while each player was given a medal. Farm B took home a trophy and $200,000, while each player also received a medal. Adventure grabbe
d a trophy and $100,000 for finishing third, while Fyrish earned a trophy and $50,000.
The MYO lads were also rewarded for scoring the highest total in the competition- 211 versus La Bonne Intention.
Also receiving prizes were Shazeer Rangasammy of Fyrish for the best bowling figures (4-11), Gittens of MYO the individual score (102) and Fazeer Bacchus of Fyrish most wickets (eight). Gittens was the competition’s leading runscorer with 223 runs.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, one of the organisers, Imran Ally, said the aim of the competition was to achieve a high level of discipline and brotherhood through sports, which he said, was accomplished.
He informed that 20 per cent of the cash prizes received by the teams will go towards the maintenance of their respective masjids.
He thanked president of MYO Azad Ibrahim, Fazeer Khan of Essequibo Coast, Asif Ahmad of Wakenaam, Shameer Khan of Berbice, Imtiaz Pooran of East Bank Demerara, the participating teams, the media and sponsor Fazal Rafeek for the part they played in making the competition a success.
Director of Education and Dawah of the Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG), Shaykh Moeen-ul-Haq, congratulated the players and said he is happy to see that the competition attracted teams from all three counties stating that discipline is being tested when under pressure.
Rafeek, who has been sponsoring the competition in memory of the late Mrs. Hajin Zaleena Rafeek, said he is happy to sponsor the tournament once again and wants to see more masjids taking part in future competitions.