The victorious Universal DVD Berbice Titans skipper Balram Samaroo (in yellow uniform) and two members of Karibee Rice Strikers display their championship trophies along with other officials of the Berbice Softball Alliance
– Karibee Rice Strikers are female champs
Universal DVD Titans and Karibee Rice Strikers adorned themselves in glory, when the Berbice Softball Alliance (BSA), led by its president and ardent cricket fan Vicram Seubarran, hosted a two-day 10/10 affair at the Port Mourant ground late last month.
Competing against Capo’s XI in the final, the Titans, who were led by Balram Samaroo, walked away with a comfortable 16-run victory and the $200,000 first place cheque while Karibee Rice Strikers defeated Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company Female 10/10 champions Trophy Stall Angels by three runs in a nail-biting encounter.
This was after both teams played unbeaten in their respective categories, in the preliminary round of the competition which attracted several prominent softball teams from across Guyana.
Batting first in the final, the Titans scored 105-6 from their 10 overs, with Samaroo leading the way with 34 (1×6); he received support from Mahendra Ramdhial who struck three sixes and one four in his 31, with extras contributing 17, all wides.
Karan Persaud, Chandradat Haniff and Suresh Chenapen took a wicket each for Capo’s XI, who were restricted to 89-7 in reply, with Persaud returning to topscore with 21 that was decorated with two sixes and Lakeraj Sukhra making 16, as Mahendra Baldeo and David Lukenauth took two wickets each for 19 and 24 runs respectively for the victorious Titans.
In the semi-finals, Capo’s XI disposed of Karibee Boyz by 28 runs, after scoring 114-8 from their 10 overs, with Tony Ramanan topscoring with 28 (4x4s) before being forced to retire hurt, Keith Fraser 21 (3x4s, 1×6) and Sukhra 19.
There were two wickets each for Kalydass Khemlall, Shazeer Rangasammy and Ram Bharrat bowling for Karibee Boyz, who were bowled out for 86 from 9.3 overs in reply, with only Leon Gurdyall 34 (3x4s, 2x6s) and Mahendranauth Sooklall 17 (2x6s) reaching double-figures, as Persaud (3-19) and Haniff (2-20) took Capo’s XI into the finals.
Universal DVD Titans competed against Young Achievers in their semi-final encounter and made an imposing 159-2 from their 10 overs, thanks to Mangal’s unbeaten 56 (24 balls, 7x6s), Luknauth’s 46 (4x6s, 2x4s) and Chandrasekhar Arjune’s 32 (3x6s, 2x4s).
There was a wicket each for L. Arnold, S. Ali and Fazeer Hidar, bowling for Young Achievers, who in reply reached 118-9 from their 10 overs, thanks to Azim Khan’s 31 (4x6s), A. Singh 25 (2x6s, 2x4s) and S. Ali’s 21 (2×4, 1×6), as T. Seenanand grabbed 3-18 and R. Sukhdeo and N. Punwasi 2-9 and 2-20 respectively for the Titans.
Earlier in the day, Capo’s XI defeated Universal Tigers by 23 runs, Titans blew away Kris Jagdeo’s XI by 38 runs and Karibee Boyz got past Edinburgh Cricket Club by 10 wickets, in their quarter-final match-up, with Young Achievers drawing a bye to the semifinals.
In the female category, Karibee Rice Strikers batted first and were limited to 73-5 by Trophy Stall Angels, with Trishanie Cort 12 (1×4) and Erva Giddings and Shemaine Campbelle 11 each leading the way against the bowling of Tremayne Smartt and A. Allen who took two wickets each for the Angels.
However, despite the presence of female West Indies wicketkeeper/batter June Ogle in their lineup, Trophy Stall Angels found it hard to surpass the Ancient County team score and were bowled out for 70 from 9.2 overs, with Jinelle Nero’s 15 and Leona Harris 12 being the lone players to reach double-figures.
Ogle made five before she was dismissed, as Sherika Campbelle’s 3-15, Melanie Henry 2-13 and T. Park’s 2-15 powered Karibee Rice Strikers to the $100,000 first place prize and trophy, leaving Trophy Stall Angels to settle for the runner up prize.
In their semi-final matches, Trophy Stall Angels were too good for Universal DVD Solutions Tigress, coming away with a comfortable 42-run victory, after posting 107-7 with Smartt topscoring with 26 (1×6) and Onika O’Neil adding support with 19 (2x4s).
Varsha Basdeo (3-24) and Chira Singh (2-16) led the bowling for the Solution Tigress, who were limited to 65-6 in reply, with Onika Felix being their principal scorer with her 23 (2x4s, 1×6), while Devonne Frank made 11, against the bowling of Nero who scalped 3-8.
Competing against Mike’s Wellwoman in their semi-final match-up, Karibee Rice Strikers saw their opponents reach 94-6, with only Katana Mentore 15, Hazina Mohamed 13 and Rhonda Isaacs 12 reaching double figures.
Melanie Henry took 3-14 and Sherika Campbelle 2-11 for the Strikers, who reached 95-9 off the final delivery of their 10 overs, to complete the five-wicket victory, Shemaine Campbelle hitting six fours and one six in the top score of 40 and Tessa Park 20, as Isaacs took 3-20 and S. Chester 2-18.