ERIC Thomas stroked a fine unbeaten 46 to lead Regal Masters to a commanding seven-wicket victory over Success Masters last Sunday in a 20-overs softball fixture, organised by the Everest Cricket Club ground as part of their centenary anniversary celebrations, at their Camp Road-based ground.
Thomas, who was later declared the man-of-the-match, slammed five fours as Regal reached their winning target of 98 for the loss of three wickets in 15 overs, after scuttling out Success Masters for 97 in 19.4 overs, in which only Kishore Mohabir showed fight with 28 as Troy Kippins captured 3-10 and Mahendra Hardyal 3-15.
Farm overcame Frontline by five wickets in the Open category which followed after the Masters’ clash, with the victors managing 106 all out in 15 overs, taking first strike and led by Mohamed Rafeek 38 which included three fours.
Patrick Khan snared 3-16 and Junior Reddy 2-20 for Farm, who were indebted to man-of-the-match Rawle Reid’s unbeaten 58 which included six fours to reach 108-5 in 10 overs in reply.
Later in the day at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation ground, Memorex of Berbice overcame a Regal team to win the Trophy Stall-sponsored 15-over softball match which was organised by Samuel Kingston.
Regal posted 177-6 in 15 overs after taking first strike, with Avinash Sookdeo hitting a top score of 68, while Richard Latiff scored 52 and Lennon Marks 32 while Vivian DaSilva snared 3-30.
Memorex replied with 177-7 in 15 overs, thanks to Balram Samaroo’s 56, 32 from skipper Roy Jaferally and 31 from David Lukenauth, who added 56 for the third wicket with Samaroo after Memorex lost wickets early in their reply.
When Lukenauth was dismissed, Samaroo and Jafferally entertained the small but vocal crowd with a wide array of shots as they put together a further 46 for the fourth-wicket stand, but with two runs needed from the final ball, they only got one as Samaroo was run-out, forcing the game into a super over.
Safraz Esau picked up 2-30 for Regal, who in the super over saw Memorex post 15 for 1 to which they replied with 8 for 2.