Wolf’s Warriors and Regal Champs dazzle fans to win - Azeez hits ton, Nichols 50
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Wolf's Warriors and Regal Champs carted off the male and female categories respectively when phase one of the DT\Chow Pow 10/10 softball cricket competition culminated at the Uitvlugt Community Centre ground two Sundays ago.
Speedboat XI placed third in the male category, with 4R doing the same in the female category on the same day, after losing their respective semifinal matchups.
In the male final, Wolf’s Warriors hammered Superstars of Mahaica by 117 runs, as they batted first and piled up 201-4 in 10 overs, with Azad Azeez blasted 100 off 29 balls which included eight towering sixes and six fours while Amit Rae supported with 38 off 11 balls spiced up with five sixes and one four.
Marvin Babb took 2-40 for Mahaica Superstars, who were asked to score at over 20 runs per over but managed only 84 for 1 as Narine Bailey, Vishnu Tannechandra, Devenand and Diaram Persaud bowled well for Wolf’s Warriors who took away the top prize of $500 000 and a trophy.
In the female final, Regal Champs got the better of Trophy Stall Angels by six wickets, after their opponents won the toss, elected to bat and scored a challenging 108-6 in their 10 overs.
Skipper June Ogle led with 45 (3x4, 1x6) off 25 balls, while Roxanne Demonich made 27 (1x6, 2x4) from 9 balls, as skipper Nalini Sumintra took 3 for 18 for Regal XI who replied with 109-4 in 9.3 overs.
Dawn Nichols slammed five fours and two sixes in a top score of 50 off 18 balls and was supported by opener Natasha Daniels with a run-a-ball 21 as Regal Champs pocketed the top prize of $150 000.
In the first match which was the third place playoff, Speedboat XI overcame Recharge by 89 runs after they won the toss, elected to take first strike and rattled up 118-3 in their 10 overs.
The consistent and talented Safraz Esau scored 40 (2x4, 3x6) off 18 balls while Shazim Hussain chipped in with 39 (1x4, 4x6) from 20 balls, before Recharge, who overcame a number of the powerful teams earlier in the tournament, seemed overwhelmed by the supporters of Speedboat XI and succumbed meekly limping to 29-8 off their 10 overs
Greg Singh and Shazim Hussain grabbed two wickets for three runs each while Imran Hamid had 2-6, before 4R took the third place in the female category by virtue of their superior run rate in the preliminary stage after the game failed to take place due to the soggy conditions.
The tournament was played in collaboration with the Guyana Softball League and was sponsored by Digital Technology, Jialing, Giftland Officemax, Elegance Jewellery and Pawnshop, NTN 89.1 Radio, Banks DIH, and Precise Printing among others.
The second phase is set to commence in May on the East Coast of Demerara with more incentives and a bigger entertainment package planned by the organisers.