– Farm XI, Wolf Warriors, Speedboat XI, also in winners’ row
Recharge XI registered the first upset of the inaugural Digital Technology/ Chow Pow’s 10/10 Softball Challenge Series which got underway last Sunday, at the Wales Community Centre ground.
In their encounter against 2012 national champions Regal XI, underdogs Recharge marched to victory by five wickets.
Chasing a victory target of 97 posted by Regal XI for the loss of 7 wickets, Recharge XI ended on 102-5 in 9.3 overs to win by five wickets. Kwason Joseph slammed 34 with four sixes, while Quincy Jones hit 32 including three sixes and two fours.
Earlier, Omesh Narine topscored for Regal XI with 43 runs, while R. Shamlall grabbed 3-15 for Recharge XI.
Farm XI then beat Omesh XI by two runs.
Farm XI batted first and made 118 for 3 with A. Reddy hitting a half century including four massive sixes, and Avinash Persaud belted 41 not out with five sixes.
Omesh XI in their turn at the crease at one stage looked as if they would have gotten the required runs, but fell short by just two, finishing on 116-4. Aftab Bacchus contributed 45 laced with 4×6, 3×4.
In results of other matches, 2011 champs Wolfs Warriors pinch hitter Azad Azeez smashed four sixes, before being caught by Karmachand Mohan for 27 as they won by seven wickets over Superstar XI.
Speedboat XI showed why they are West Demerara champs after rattling up 113 off of their allotted 10 overs in their match against Digital Technology. The Tech team only managed to scramble 90 off of their 10.
Team Invaders announced their arrival with a majestic win over Rockaway. R. Ramsundar stroked six sixes in making 66 in Invaders total of 133. Rockaway could only manage 81 with R Samaroo get 40, he stroked 4×6.
The national 2010 champs hit a collective 17 sixes in the highest total set for the day of 156 with Delroy Pereira getting 44 and Fazal Rafeek 42. The team from Mahaica could only managed 96 in their reply with opener David Singh top scoring with 25. A total of 111 sixes were recorded in the day’s play.
The excitement continues at the Wales Center Ground this weekend and fans are being encouraged to tune in to NTN TV 69 at 21:00 hrs for the DT Challenge updates with John Ramsingh.
Meanwhile, shortly before the start of play, remarks were made by Tournament Director Kirk “Chow Pow” Jardine, Premium sponsor Digital Technology CEO Terrence Sukhu, Diamond sponsor Banks DIH representative Outdoor Events Manager Mortimer Stewart, bronze sponsor Creative Jewellery and Pawn Shop Representative Ramdat Muniram and President of the Guyana Softball League Halim Khan. Jardine expressed heartfelt thanks to the teams and sponsors for coming on board and supporting the tournament, while Digital Technology’s CEO was extremely happy with the work of the organizers and confirmed his company’s support for future tournaments.
Stewart was also in high praise of the organizers, while adding that Banks premium beer will utilize the event to further promote their brand on the West side. ‘Creative boss Mr. Muniram also wished the teams well.
The fixtures for tomorrow and Sunday are as follows:
Tomorrow’s fixtures: Speedboat XI versus Recharge XI and Omesh XI vs. Superstars XI at 12:00hrs; Rockaway XI vs. Digital Technology and Trophy Stall vs. Farm XI at 14:00 hrs; Regal XI vs. Invaders and Wolf Warriors vs. Young Guns at 16:00 hrs.
On Sunday- Trophy Stall vs. Superstars XI and Recharge XI vs. Rockaway XI at 10:30 hrs; Omesh XI vs. Young Guns and Digital Technology vs. Regal XI at 12:30 hrs; Wolf Warriors vs. Farm XI and Regal XI vs. Trophy Stall Angels at 14:30 hrs and Speed Boat XI vs. Invaders.