… Gobin, Parasnauth among top awardees
TORONTO, Canada – Thirty-two and counting. That’s the astonishing unbeaten run of victories by Our Own Sports Club, a predominant Guyanese Masters Softball team, owned and managed by Berbician, Teddy Hussain.
Six years on, Our Own have been ruling the roost for the past two years in the Masters Division of the Canadian Softball Cricket Association competitions, claiming their first title in 2012 and retaining same this year. On their way to both titles, they have not tasted defeat for 32 consecutive matches, quite an amazing feat.
At its annual gala presentation ceremony, held last Saturday night at Lucky’s Restaurant, Toronto, all of the club’s 21 players on its roster were rewarded for their excellent efforts during the 2013 season.
Topping the list of awardees was former Guyana Under-19 batsman, Troy Gobin, who copped the Most Valuable Player (MVP) prize for his outstanding batting, scoring the most runs (432).
The former Malteenoes player also collected prizes for the Best Batting Average (72.00) and for smashing 147 against Pegasus.
Former National player, Shivnauth Seeram, who is also captain of the team, played a pivotal role in his team’s remarkable success, grabbing 17 wickets, the same as Mohan Singh, which were the most wickets for the season. Seeram had figures of four for 11 and four for 17 in two separate games.
Another bowler who caught the eye was Ben Loknath who took a hat-trick and also captured four for nine.
Mahendranauth “Bobby” Parasnauth, a much sought after softball player, whose season was curtailed by studies, still found the time to compete in a few matches and shone in those. Just back from Guyana where he represented New York in the Open Male category of the Guyana Softball Cup 111, Parasnauth received the prize for the most economical bowler in the team.
His brother, Rabindra “Jesh” Parasnauth, also chipped in with an award for his four wickets for 18 runs.
Essequibo’s Jaimini Singh, who narrowly missed National selection although touring with the Guyana squad in 1989, was another distinguished awardee for slamming 106 not out against Littles.
Singh still has the honour of leading Essequibo to their lone Inter-county victory in a senior Inter-county encounter against Berbice at the Bermine ground in 1994. He was also the skipper of North Essequibo when they defeated East Bank Demerara in the 1993 Bristol Cup final at Bourda.
Special inventive prizes were presented to Skeldon-born Hussain, Ultimate Player Loknath, Mr. Versatile Seeram, Mr. Tidy Clean Terry Ramraj, Mr. Early Bird Bhagwandas Budhoo, Mr. Behind the Success Ed Pestano, Chate Persaud and Jagnarine “Rambo” Ramdin.
Two of the club’s main sponsors, Extrudex and Lagjit & Jatinder Singh – Century 21 were honoured with plaques, thanks for their continued partnership and unparalleled goodwill and dedication.
(By Frederick Halley)