Home Sports Floodlights dethrone Regal Masters in NY
Former champions Floodlights regained their position as the supreme team when the New York Softball Cricket League annual Independence/Legends Cup Softball Cricket Tournament concluded on July 2.
Floodlights dethroned 2016 champions Regal Masters in an exciting game in the final of the tournament played at Roy Wilkinson Park in New York. It was the third successive clash between the two teams, and Floodlights now hold the advantage at 2-1.
Floodlights opted to bat first, and made 217-4 off their allotted 20 overs, with Ravi Lutchman leading the way with an undefeated 112. He was well supported by Unnis Yusuf on 34 and Lloyd Ruplall on 38.
Ravi and Unnis had a whirlwind opening start of 66 in 6 overs, before Lloyd Ruplall joined Ravi Lutchman and together they put on 105 for the second-wicket partnership. Ramesh Narine Deonarine chipped in with 15, and Wayne Jones was not out on 8.
Regal Master’s bowlers were put under pressure by Floodlights, who mixed aggression with sound defence and good running between the wickets to eventually reach 217.
When Regal Masters replied, only Rudolph Baker with 38 showed some resistance, as his team was restricted to 167-7 off 20 overs. Wayne Jones took 4-32 to break the backbone of the opposition. Ramo Malone, Ramesh Narine Deonarine and Lutchman took one wicket each.
Floodlights walked away with all prizes that were presented in the Legends Tournament. Lutchman was voted man of the match in the final, and was also MVP of the Tournament.
In the Open Category of the Tournament, called the Independence Cup, New York Softball Cricket League defeated Regal All Stars in the Final. Floodlights and Floodlights Legend will now turn their attention to Canada, where “Toronto Cup 2” will play on August 4th, 5th & 6th later this year.