Twin force! Regal Open and Masters teams pose with their trophies and medals after carting off the Male categories on Monday afternoon
Regal XI copped both the Open and Masters titles, while Trophy Stall Angels and Mike’s Wellwoman shared the female title when action in the inauagural Independence Softball Cup, organised by the Georgetown Softball Cricket League, concluded on Monday evening.
Dubbed the pre-tournament favourites, Regal XI defeated Memorex of Berbice by seven wickets in the Open final, after their Masters team had prevailed over Frontline Rangers by four wickets to lift the Masters title at the Everest ground, Camp Road.
Batting first in the Open final, Memorex made 154-8 from the allotted 20 overs with David Lukenauth hitting 37 (3x4s, 2x6s), Waheid Edwards 32 and Enaam Singh 18 as Chien Gittens picked up 3-24.
In rapidly fading light, Gittens then hit an unbeaten 62 (5x4s, 3x6s) to lead Regal to victory at 155-3 in 17.2 overs, in the process copping the Man-of-the-Match award. Richard Latiff and Kwesi Joseph made 23 and 18 respectively, while Roy Jafferally claimed 2-30.
Second best! Frontline Masters copped the runner-up spot in the Masters category
The victory was Regal’s second in as many competitions, following their success in the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association’s tournament a few weeks ago.
In the Masters final, Frontline Rangers made 153-5 from 20 overs with Mohamed Rafiek hitting 63 (3x4s, 3x6s), Manoj Malone 24 (2x6s, 1×4), Kishon Mohabir 21 and Satrohan Seeraj taking 3-24.
Uniss Yousuf then hit 39 (5x4s) to lead Regal to victory at 154-6 from 18 overs. Eric Thomas supported with 29 (2x6s, 1×4), Mahendra Arjune made 28 (4x4s) and Lance Adams chipped in with 18, as Rafiek returned to bag 3-36.
In the female category, Trophy Stall Angels and Mike’s Wellwoman agreed to share the spoils evenly, after their game was cancelled due to insufficient playing time, following their semifinal victories over Regal Champs and Karibee Strikers.
At the presentation ceremony that followed, Speedboat’s Greg Singh was named Man of the Series in the Open category, following his 205 against Karibee Boys on the penultimate day of the tournament. He received a three-piece living room suite, while Regal took home $500,000, a trophy and 15 medallions and Memorex $200,000, a trophy and 15 medallions.
In the Masters category, Regal Masters carted off $400,000, a trophy and 15 medallions, Frontline Rangers took home $100,000, a trophy and 15 replicas, while Rafiek was named Man of the Match in the finals and Floodlight’s Greg DeFrance the Man of the Series. The three-day competition, which attracted 20 teams across the three categories, was organised by the Georgetown Softball Cricket League with support from the National Sports Commission.