The Minor League 10/10 organised by the Guyana Softball League (GSL) went down to the wire in a Super Over which saw Leonora Primary School prevailing over Tuschen Primary. The match brought a fitting end to the tournament, which attracted some nine primary schools from West Demerara.
Members of the victorious Leonora Primary School in a jubilant mood
Leonora Primary School won the toss as skipper Aryan Persaud elected to bat with Nicholas Persaud and Shaheed Vieira going merrily along, hitting some exquisite shots that made their supporters roar with delight as they accumulated 31 runs in two overs.
The start of the third over saw some success for the opposition with Alex Ritchie removing the aggressive Persaud for a well-played 20, which included two sixes.
Skipper Persaud joined Vieira and was immediately in his stride, striking consecutive boundaries to open his account. The second wicket, which was Persaud 15 (2x4s; 1x6s), and also the third wicket, Vieira for 10, fell with the score on 50 in the fourth over.
It was all downhill after that and only Yavindra Singh 14 (1×4) helped them to 66 all out in their 10 overs. Ganesh Rampersaud with 5-17 was the bowler who wrecked the lower-order of Leonora Primary.
Ritchie and Rezekiel Renee with 2-19 and 2-13 respectively supported Rampersaud.
Tuschen’s reply was immediately set on the back foot as they lost Trevlon Chichester for one in second over with the score on five, but Renaldo Scotten with 28 (2x4s; 2x6s) quickly got them back on track.
In the company of Ritchie 14 (2x4s), who anchored the innings, it seemed as they were cruising until the hard-hitting Scotten got too ambitious and swung wildly at a good delivery from Persaud and was caught on the square-leg boundary.
The innings went into a decline, but Vivendra Narine and the tail tried their utmost to achieve victory, but the last batsman Shane Hemraj ran down the wicket and was run out by miles, much to the disappointment of his teammates and supporters.
They were all out for 66 as had Leonora, thus ensuring the Super Over to decide the winner. Persaud ended with 2-10 from two overs and he was supported by Shaheed Vieira with 2-8 from his two overs.
In the Super Over, Tuschen Primary batted first and scored nine, while Leonora responded with 13.
Aryan Persaud was adjudged the MVP of the tournament, having scored heavily and also picking 18 wickets.
The GSL congratulated both teams for their exemplary behaviour and the maturity in their cricket standard.
Meanwhile, the GSL will start the secondary school tournament shortly and sponsors are invited on board to ensure young people in the secondary schools have the opportunity to display the talents and interact with other schools.