Following last week’s postponement of the semi-finals and final of the Petama Enterprise/Motor Trend Softball competition one of the organisers Ricky Deonarain yesterday disclosed that the much anticipated final, which is expected to bring the curtain down on the softball season, will now take place Sunday at the Demerara Cricket Club ground.
“The semi-finals and final will now take place this Sunday at the Demerara Cricket Club ground in Queenstown,” Deonarain told Stabroek Sports yesterday.
Initially the tournament was all set to culminate last Saturday but the organisers, the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) which should surely be nominated for a National Sports Commission award, was forced to postpone the event because of the inclement weather.
Sunday’s event will commence at 9am sharp with the semi-finals of the male Open competition.
In the first semi-final, Die Hard Brothers of Essequibo will oppose
Regal while Adventure Sports Club will oppose Wolf Warriors in the second semi-final.
The winning teams will then contest the final.
In the final of the Open Masters category, Parika Defenders will clash with favourites Regal Masters while in the female Open final Trophy Stall Angels will oppose Wellwoman.
The two Masters teams Regal Masters and Parika Defenders reached the finals after wins over Park Rangers and Fishermen Masters respectively.
In the first semi-final, Regal Masters defeated Park Rangers by 99 runs.
Batting first, Regal Masters scored 213-3-20 overs with Eon Abel slamming an unbeaten century (110 n.o) while Rudolph Baker supported with 64 not out.
Park Rangers in reply fell for 114 in 18 overs with Talesh Ramoutar 24, the top scorer. Mahendra Arjune 2-15 and Mahendra Hardyal 2-34 were the principal wicket takers.
In the second semi-final Parika Defenders defeated Fishermen Masters by 31 runs.
In a low scoring encounter Parika Defenders could only muster 119 all out from their 20 overs with Faslim Bacchus 28 and Asif Ahmad 25, the top scorers.
Bowling for Fishermen Masters L. Persaud picked up 4-23 and Jagdesh Persaud 2-23.
Fishermen Masters in reply were dismissed for 88 from 17.3 overs with R. Persaud 26, the main contributor.
Kabesh Persaud 3-8, Devanand Kannan 2-6 and Faslim Baksh 2-14 were the principal wicket takers.
Teams are requested to be early at the venue so as to facilitate a prompt start.
This competition is co-sponsored by Mikes Pharmacy, Ariel Enterprise, Trophy Stall, Romeo Oil Seal, Tropical Spring Water, Ramchand Auto Spares and Rohan Auto Spares.
The winning prize for the male Masters and male Open is $100,000.00 each with the runners-up teams receiving $25,000.00. The winner of the female match is $50,000.00 with the runner-up set to receive $20,000.00.
The Most Valuable Player for the three finals will receive a trophy plus $5,000.00 each while the Player of the Series for the three categories will receive trophies and $5,000.00.
Admission is free.
No Player will be allowed to play with steel spikes (pegs).