Regal teams dominate Prime Minister Softball Cup
Regal softball teams won two of the three finals at the third Prime Minister Softball T20 Cup, which concluded on Sunday evening at the Everest Cricket Club.
The Legends (Over-50) made light work of President’s XI by nine wickets. Batting first, New York President’s XI could only muster 139-5 from their allotment of 20 overs.
Roger Matar smashed five fours and one six in his even 50, while Dennis Mangra and Mohamed Rafeek had contributions of 33 and 30 respectively. Eon Abel took 2-20 from his four overs.
In response, Regal blazed to their target in 15 overs with openers Veerapen Moonsammy and Mahendra Chunilall adding 126 for the first wicket.
Moonsammy made 63 (7x4s; 1×6), while Chunilall cracked 61 (6x4s).
Captain and Most Valuable Player for the category, Mahendra Hardyal, spoke to News Room Sport and expressed his elation at his team accomplishing the feat.
He added the tournament continues to grow and come next year it will be even bigger.
The Legends won $300,000 and New York President’s XI the runner-up trophy and $50,000. Hardyal won a Hero Honda Motorcycle as his MVP prize.
Regal Masters (Over-45) had an even more one-sided contest against Wellman Masters, winning by eight wickets.
The trio of Lloyd Singh (3-11), Wesley Parasnauth (3-12) and Khemchandra Dindyal (3-17) routed Wellman for 83 in 19.1 overs.
Lloyd Ruplall top scored with 23, while Nandram Samlal made 19.
It took only 14 overs for Regal to achieve their target with just two wickets down, as Ramesh Deonarine struck two maximums and four fours in his fine 52 and Dindyal playing an all-round game and making 22.
Regal Masters won a trophy and $500,000, and Wellman Masters the runner-up a trophy and $100,000.
The highly anticipated Open final between Regal SVC Grill Masters from Berbice was cut short due to bad light.
Grill Masters had scored 67-0 in seven overs when one of the floodlights, which cause a lengthy delay pre-match, went out and could not be restarted.
The match was deemed abandoned by the organisers.
The tournament was played from November 1-3 across various grounds in the city and had eight overseas teams competing.