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Inaugural Champs looking to reclaim title

Written By Calvin Roberts
WHEN the first Guyana Softball Cup was hosted under the auspices of the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) three years ago, Regal Masters won that category while their Open team went under to inaugural champions Cotton Field Wild Oats in a keenly contested affair.Now with the third edition set to bowl off tomorrow, following an opening ceremony at the Georgetown Cricket Club pavilion this afternoon and a photo opportunity tomorrow morning, both Regal Masters and their Open teams will be looking to reclaim the titles in the respective categories.
This was the sentiments expressed by their Managing Director and founder of the team Mahendra ‘Anil’ Hardyal, who spoke with Chronicle Sport yesterday morning, brimming with confidence while being enthusiastic about the tournament.
“There are so many factors that have been weighed, to coincide with my level of confidence as both the Regal teams head into competition for the third edition of the GFSCA ‘Guyana Softball Cup 111.’
To start, one of the factors and the main contributing one at that is the present form being shown by the players in the warm up tournament, wherein we have won three of the four games to date convincingly,” said Hardyal.
He added, “Players in the caliber of Chien Gittens, Richard Latiff, skipper Mohammed Ayume, Safraz Esau, Balram Roopnarine and national Under-19 cricketer, Ricardo Adams, amongst others are showing tremendous form and they give me the strong confidence to say we will dominate and win the title this year.
As it relates to the Master’s category, the man who led us to the title in the first year, Amanauth Budhoo has returned from the United States to compete this year and will be in the lineup alongside players in the caliber of Jagdesh Bhoj, Lyndon Lyght, Andre Legall, Lance Adams and myself, and we are all looking forward to compete.”
Hardyal believes both sides have a score to settle, especially after their performance in the tournament last year and the year before, with the Regal Open team being placed in Zone A to compete against South Florida Cricket League, Wolf Warriors and Smith XI, while the Masters will be doing battle out of Zone B, against SCI Miami, New York President’s XI and Industry Super Kings respectively.
The GFSCA ‘Guyana Softball Cup 111’ will bowl off tomorrow morning at 09:15hrs, following a photo shoot at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground and while admission to the preliminary round matches is free, patrons are asked to pay $500 to witness Sunday’s final day of action at the same venue.

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