Parika Defenders dim Floodlights in feature T20 softball match
In a specially-arranged T20 softball game in honour of the 65th birth anniversary of Ramchand Ragbeer, President of the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA), played last Friday under lights at the famous DCC cricket ground, Parika Defenders won by 16 runs in a keenly contested game.
The visitors, winners of Guyana Softball Cup 8 Over-50 tournament, won the toss and took first strike amassing 198 for 9 off their 20 overs. Muneshwar Balgobin top-scored with 59 and got support from Anthony Arjune (48) and Dubraj Singh (27). Bowling for Floodlights, Jailall Deodas took 3 for 15; former Berbice senior inter-county all-rounder Anil Beharry, 3 for 25 and Rabindra Singh, 2 for 19.
In reply, the hosts threatened, but fell short by 16 runs losing eight wickets in the process as their overs expired. Beharry led the way with a brutal 103 and got support from Seeraj Bheemsain (35) and Khalid Baksh (26). Devanand Kannan was superb in taking four wickets for Parika Defenders. Beharry was adjudged best batsman and Man of the Match; Kannan, best bowler and Singh, the best fielder. Parika Defenders Captain Kenrick Persaud collected the winning trophy. All trophies were donated by Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall, Bourda Market and Market Road, Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice.
In the other game, Payless lost to Factory Price in another exciting encounter by five runs. However, no detailed scoresheet was available.
The Floodlights team also toured Antigua as part of the celebration of the President’s birthday, losing the windball and taped windball games, but won the feature softball match. The GFSCA also took the opportunity to thank the Antigua and Barbuda Softball Cricket Association for its kind hospitality and a well-organised tour. Parika Defenders, Payless and Factory Price were also thanked for their participation in the Friday night games.