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OMSCC executive members: From left are Over-50 coordinator Paul Jaman, president Azeem Khan, secretary Jas Mathura, treasurer Khem Singh, player management/statistician Indira Singh, vice-president Feizal Bacchus and umpires coordinator Dickey Singh.

… seeks to introduce white ball for Division One teams

By Frederick Halley

TORONTO, Canada — The third edition of Toronto Cup, organised by the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) will be staged on August 30, 31 and September 1 this year.
During his report at the league’s Annual General Meeting, held at the Scarborough Civic Centre last Sunday, president Azeem Khan disclosed that the two previous tournaments were resounding successes and it’s anticipated that this year’s staging will be even bigger and better.

Apart from teams in Ontario, others are also expected from Guyana, New York and Florida. Khan was full of praise for all those who were instrumental in the successful staging of the previous tournaments, including the sponsors, organising committee and volunteers among others.

According to the Guyanese-born Khan, last year was quite a successful one for the league with new champions emerging in all three divisions: Skeldon Sports Club in the Over-50, Ramblers in Division Two and Warriors in Division One.

He extended special congratulations to the championship winners and runners-up, all the participating teams and also to the Inter-County winners. Khan highlighted three teams – Caribbean Sensation (51), Ramblers (54) and Our Own (51) who past 50 points during the 2018 season.

Special ‘thank you’ was also extended to the several sponsors, spouses of players, umpires and all those who assisted in any way. Khan, however, called on members to do more in the area of sponsorship. “I am asking every team to make a special effort to bring a sponsor(s) to us. Looking at sponsorship at home and abroad, it seems that your league is at the bottom; we challenge you to change that.”

Khan also had special kudos for his board members, expressing sincere thanks for their hard work, dedication and advice. “It’s not only about your playing but the backend work on uploading stats, registrations, getting umpires, league communication, and interruption to their work and family

The president reiterated that captains and every player have a role, not only to win games and control of players’ conduct but to continue working on strict compliance with permit rules. “It’s been 15 or 16 years since we have reached out to you on full permit

compliance; now we ask that you challenge yourself and your teammates to be fully compliant. I met with a Toronto City councillor recently and working on meeting with a schoolboard trustee, the discussion is all about softball cricket and grounds.

Meanwhile, OMSCC, which is celebrating 20 years this year, is exploring the possibility of introducing white balls for teams in Division One. Towards this end, the league sent out a survey earlier this year, seeking the players’ approval. According to OMSCC, “over the years, just about every aspect of our games has changed except for the type of ball used, the pinky and the red supreme ball. Based on requests from our own players and others in the US and Guyana, we think the time has come to introduce the white ball.”

Among the reasons listed were: Numerous players from OMSCC and several others who play in the other leagues in Guyana, USA and Canada and participate in International tournaments have voiced their request and support for OMSCC moving from the red to the white balls.

OMSCC pointed out that it will recommend the use of a variety of protective gear such as body cups, shin pads, batting gloves and even the use of helmets if necessary; wicket-keeping gloves are mandatory.

At Sunday’s meeting, OMSCC recognised the contributions of Littles Sports Club which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. An official of the club was presented with a bat, compliments of Black Hash Sports.

Apart from Khan, whose post wasn’t up for grabs this year, the other executive members are vice-president Feizal Bacchus who retained his post, Khem Singh, Paul Jaman and Dickey Singh who were also retained as treasurer, Over-50 coordinator and umpires coordinator respectively. The new secretary is Jas Mathura while Indira Singh who held the post of web content administrator is now player management statistician



By Frederick Halley

TORONTO, Canada – After failing in two attempts to capture the coveted Division One title of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC), including a narrow one-win loss to last year’s winners Our Own, Warriors Cricket Club finally broke the jinx when the 2018 tournament concluded at St Bede’s ground, Scarborough here last Sunday.

In what was certainly one of the biggest crowds to witness finals staged by the OMSCC, Warriors registered a comfortable seven-wicket victory over newcomers Dant Masters while Ramblers held their nerves to win a thrilling and nail-biting Division Two encounter against Reliance Lions which was decided off the final delivery on the adjacent Littles ground.

The low-scoring Division One clash, which generated much attention following Dant Masters last-ball triumph over defending champions Our Own the previous weekend, saw Warriors reach 90 for three in 17.5 overs, chasing Dant Masters’ modest 86 for seven in their allotted 20 overs.

It took a sensible unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 53 between former Guyana Under-19 stalwarts, Rovendra Mandolall (29 not out) and Eion Katchay (19 not out), to seal victory for Warriors after they were in a spot of bother at 37 for three.

The consistent Mandolall struck two sixes and two fours. Another former youth player, Eyaz Mohamed contributed 16 before he went via the run out route.

Earlier, Dant Masters were made to struggle throughout their innings with only Munniram Karran (33 with three fours) and Zaheer Haniff (20 not out) offering any resistance. Terry Mathura bowled immaculately to capture one for three in his three overs, two of which were maidens while Anil Persaud took one for seven and Rabindra Diaram one for nine.

A significant feature of the innings was the three run-outs, all effected by Eyaz Mohamed.


Division One champions Warriors and their supporters

The Division Two battle between the evenly-matched contenders saw Reliance Lions needing nine runs in the final over,  entrusted to Farook Inshan after being set 145 for victory. In the end, Ramblers prevailed with Reliance left high and dry on 142 for six.

Rakesh Ramotar had earlier set the stage for Reliance Lions with a blazing 51 which included five sixes and a four while Hazaar Azweem was undefeated on 35 with four fours and a six. Polly Shivrattan was Ramblers’ best bowler with two for 25.

Ramblers were led to a challenging 144 for seven in their allotted 20 overs through Hardat Chablall who hit 39 (2×4, 3×6), Ron Etwaroo 32 (2×4, 2×6) and Mokeem Sattaur 22 (2×4, 1×6). Roy Brittania claimed three for 19.

At the presentation ceremony which followed, Mandolall and Karran were named Most Valuable Players (MVPs) for Warriors and Dant Masters respectively, earning $50 each for Littles Sports Club while the MVPs for Ramblers and Reliance Masters were Inshan and Ramotar, who collected $50 on behalf of Caribbean Wave Restaurant.

Zaheer Haniff was also the recipient of a cash incentive from Donna Bodhoo for taking the best catch while special cash prizes of $100 (Canadian) were presented to Munniram Karran and Eyaz Mohamed, compliments of businessman Nirad Lall.

The win by Warriors also marked a significant milestone for Terry Mathura, who was also part of the winning Skeldon team in the OMSCC Over-50 tournament and also donned colours for Carr Tec which won the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) Conference B playoffs championships.

At the presentation ceremony, OMSCC president Azeem Khan lauded the efforts of the participating teams and the commitment shown throughout the season. He also showered praise on the several sponsors and reminded those present that the OMSCC presentation dinner and dance is set for Saturday, November 10 at Eastown Banquet Hall, Scarborough.

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MVP Shivnauth Seeram receives his cash incentive from sponsor Teddy Hussein.

By Frederick Halley

TORONTO, Canada –After suffering consecutive defeats to Dirty Dozen in 2016 and archrivals Caribbean Sensation last year,

Skeldon Sports Club recorded an emphatic 40-run victory over the latter to emerge winners of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) 2018 Over-50 tournament which climaxed at the St Bede’s ground, Scarborough here last Saturday.

Led by a masterful boundary-studded 102 from former Guyana player Shivnauth Seeram, Skeldon made amends for their failure in the last two years in a game witnessed by a fair-sized crowd in a very festive atmosphere.

Set a challenging 237 for victory, after Skeldon had reached 236 for six in their allotted 20 overs, Caribbean Sensation were restricted to 196 for four when their 20 overs expired.


The victorious Skeldon team and supporters pose with the winner’s trophy.

Imam ‘Bunzie’ Gafoor (68 not out) and Roy Brittania (39 not out) gave Caribbean Sensation some hope in an unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership of 112 but the task proved beyond them, as the Skeldon bowlers kept a tight rein on proceedings.

Gafoor, who was later named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) on the losing team, smote eight sixes and a four while Brittania’s knock included two sixes and a four.

Skipper Ganesh Ramraj had earlier given his team a bright start but his dismissal for 37 (3×6, 1×4) and the unfortunate run-out of Jito Narine who scored a quick 29 with three sixes were telling blows in the hectic run chase.

The three wickets which went to the bowlers were shared by Naz Baksh, Mohan Harihar and Jaimini Singh, the latter going for 40 in a single over.

The day started with Seeram and Singh sharing an opening stand of 48 before Singh departed for 28 (3×4. 1×6).

Thereafter, it was mainly Seeram’s show as he treated most of the bowlers with disdain, clobbering 11 massive sixes and a four, sharing in a second-wicket partnership of 69 with Sunil Dhaniram who hit 29 with two sixes and a four.

Former Canadian World Cup player, Desmond Chumney, also contributed a quick-fire 29, lashing four sixes and a four in the process.

There was one wicket each for Mohamed Azizuddin, Rudy Ramdial, Ramanand Dass and Imam Gafoor.

Apart from winning the trophy sponsored by businessman Teddy Hussein, who is also the president of Skeldon, MVPs Seeram and Gafoor were also recipients of cash awards from Hussein.

Prakash ‘Pandit’ Singh of Skeldon was also presented with a gift certificate, compliments of Caribbean Wave Restaurant, for being adjudged as the fielder taking the best catch.

OMSCC president Azeem Khan lauded both teams for reaching the final and was extremely pleased with their display.
According to Khan, the OMSCC Over-50 Division started some nine years ago with the objective of giving the most experienced cricketers the opportunity to continue to engage in and enjoy their boyhood sport.

Khan also spoke about the interest the tournament has generated over the years and thanked the several sponsors for their generosity that has helped it to survive.




Baksh, Singh, Seeram and Dass share MVP awards

By Frederick Halley

TORONTO, Canada – Several players stole the spotlight when the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Club (OMSCC) staged its 18th annual presentation, dinner and dance at the Queen Palace Banquet Hall, Scarborough here on Saturday night.

Among the outstanding performers were Azeez Baksh, Matbar Bryan Singh, Shiv Seeram, Nitram Dass and the evergreen Rovendra Mandolall.
Baksh, who represented Impac in the Division One, was voted the Most Valuable Player as did Singh in Division Two while Seeram shared MVP honours with Dass in the Over-50 category.

Baksh, who was unavoidably absent from the gala occasion, scored 276 runs from nine matches with an average of 92.00 and also took 14 wickets at 7.64 runs apiece to crown a fine all-round season. Singh, on the other hand, totalled exactly 500 runs, inclusive of two centuries, averaging 100 while claiming eight wickets at 12.25 per wicket.


Kim Sue (right) hands over the Norman Sue Bakery-sponsored Division Two trophy to sister Natasha Sue in the presence of the victorious Ramblers players. (Pictures courtesy of Bobby Ramlagan)

Seeram, who played for both his native Guyana and his adopted country Canada, took the MVP in the Over-50 class for the second consecutive year while leading Skeldon to championship honours with a brilliant century in the final versus Caribbean Sensation.
Dass (True Legends) who volunteered the cost of his trophy to the league, scored the most runs (292) including a knock of 123 while averaging 58.40.

Mandolall, a former Guyana Under-19 batsman, who represented Warriors Sports Club in Division One, copped a special award for scoring the most runs (307). He also starred in the final with a man-of-the-match performance.
The Captain-of-the-Year award, introduced last year, and sponsored by Dr Rudy Singh, went to Elite’s Arjune Persaud.

Five players, Ganesh Ramraj (Caribbean Sensation and Miracles), Geenarine Ram (Skeldon and Elite), Monty Dass (True Legends), Rudy Tulsie Ramdial (Friendship Masters and Caribbean Sensation) and Ryan Bhup (Ramblers) collected special awards.

Ramraj had the distinction of scoring two centuries (108 and 104); Ram hit 123; Dass had scores of 96 and 92; Ramdial registered 106 while Bhup had the unique honour of recording the highest score (153) of the season and slamming 93. Another centurion was former Guyana and Essequibo Inter-county player Jaimini Singh, whose 104 was scored against GT Bannas in the Over-50 category.

Ron Etwaroo of Ramblers, and Suresh Ragoonauth of Pegasus registered the best economy rates. Etwaroo (Division Two) had a fantastic 2.71 runs per wicket while Ragoonauth (Division One) ended the season with 3.60.
Prizes for the most catches during the season went to Nick Permaul of Elite (six), Suresh Persaud of True Leagends (six) and Mandolall of Warriors (four).

There were triple feat awards for Robin Gopaul (Friendship Masters), Royson Naicken (GT Bannas), Suren Persaud (Impac) and Seokumar Ron Singh. Gopaul, Naicken and Persaud registered three half-centuries while Singh took 11 wickets while claiming four for nine.
Warriors player Terry Mathura received a special plaque for being part of three winning teams in 2018, a feat believed to be the first of its kind for organised softball in Ontario.

Mathura represented Skeldon in the Over-50 category, Warriors in the Over-40 and Car Tecc in the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) Conference B playoff championships.
Special recognition awards went to Bato Shewraj, Coreen Persaud, Alvin Budhram, Teddy Hussain, Allan Omrow, Nari Khan, Indira Singh, Chantel Lall, Natasha Sue, Jaydeo Singh, Leila Brittania, Dolly Kanhai, Jayden Barrett, Sabita Dass, Norman Garcia, Martha Dyal and Frencho Rampersaud.

After failing in two attempts to capture the coveted Division One title, Warriors Cricket Club finally broke the jinx by winning the 2018 crown, registering a seven-wicket over Dant Masters while Ramblers defeated Reliance Lions in a nail-biting Division Two final, having already been assured of the divisional title. Last year’s playoff Division One winner Our Own had to settle for the regular season crown.

Skeldon carted off the Over-50 division playoffs title after finishing second behind Caribbean Sensation in the regular season.
A new Inter-county champion was crowned after Berbice defeated OMSCC All Stars in the final, thwarting the efforts of Essequibo who were seeking to retain the title for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year.

The league also introduced an Over-60 game, featuring past stalwarts with Naz Baksh doing the honours of sponsoring the feature.

         


January 7, 2019

Berbice are OMSCC Over-40 Inter-county winners

Feizal Bacchus
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Berbice are OMSCC Over-40 Inter-county winners
 

Here is an article on the OMSCC inter- county games; hopefully the inaugural Over 60 game in honour of the League's founding members  will also be covered in the Chronicle some time soon.

Scorecard for the game attached here

TORONTO, Canada – It’s been a golden past few weeks for Berbice cricket teams in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). They have been unstoppable in the Damodar Daesrath-organised white ball Inter-county tournament and came out top in the round-arm version, played under the auspices of the Ontario Roundarm Softball Cricket Association (ORSCA) last Sunday.

In another superb performance Berbice also emerged winners of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) Inter-county Over-40 tournament, played Sunday at Ashtonbee Reservoir, thereby ending the five-year consecutive unprecedented winning streak of defending champions Essequibo.

Berbice’s seven-wicket victory over the Ontario Masters All Stars was engineered by another top-notch batting performance by ‘Mr Consistent’ Hemnarine Chattergoon who continues to have a dream season in the various leagues. The former Guyana and West Indies Under-19 batsman showed his class at the top of the order with a top score of 43, setting the stage for Troy Gobin and Munniram Karran to consolidate the middle-order.

Chattergoon struck three sixes and two fours in his fine knock but Berbice were still shakily placed at 79 for three in the ninth over, needing exactly 79 to overhaul All Stars 157 for nine in their allotted 20 overs. However, any thoughts the All Stars combination had of lifting the winning trophy were thwarted by Gobin, also a former Guyana Under-19 player, and Karran.

The experienced pair ensured there were no further alarms as victory was achieved in 18.5 overs with Gobin unbeaten on 41 and Karran 30. Gobin’s innings included three sixes and a four while Karran slammed four fours. The wickets were shared by Anil Mahadeo (one for 17), Ryan Beepat (one for 23) and skipper Uuniss Yusuf (one for 27).

Earlier, All Stars were well-placed at 95 for two in the first 10 overs but faltered badly in the final 10, adding a mere 53 runs while losing seven wickets in the process. Former national player Shivnauth (47) played some classical off-side drives while counting seven fours and two sixes in a masterful display but once he was dismissed, the rest of the batting folded.

Karran crowned a fine match with figures of two for 25 while Shazam Baksh took two for 27.

In semi-final action, Berbice easily defeated Demerara while All Stars made light work of the much-vaunted Essequibo side who were aiming for their sixth consecutive title.

Openers Aftab Shansudeen (72 with six fours and a six) and Chattergoon (66 with five fours and four sixes) led Berbice to a formidable 210 for four in their allotted 20 overs. Demerara could muster only 115 in reply, going down by 95 runs.

Led by a top score of 52 (four fours and four sixes) from Mahendranauth ‘Bobby’ Parasnauth, 31 from Seeram, 28 from Lloyd Ruplall and 21 from Yusuf, All Stars reached a challenging 175 all out in 19.3 overs. Amernauth Sukhoo claimed four for 16, Robert Lall two for 23 and Abdool Azeez two for 24.

Essequibo were rolled over for 123 in 19.3 overs with Imam Gafoor (31) and skipper Ravendra Mandolall (17) being the principal scorers. Suren Persaud took three for 19 and Yusuf two for six.

Essequibo had some measure of consolation when they defeated Demerara in the third place playoff.

At the presentation ceremony, Chattergoon was awarded the Most Valuable Player prize as well as the player with the highest score on the winning team while Parasnauth copped the MVP for the losing team and Seeram the trophy for highest score.

The tournament was once again played in honour of the late Samad, Cecelia and Simon Khan while this year’s championship trophy was sponsored by Dr Rudy Singh and his brother Dr Raj Singh.

Among the other sponsors were the Khans family, Nirad Lall, Nasser Baksh, Raymond Seecharran (First Class Printing), Nari Khan, Charlie Yakoob, Errol Bodhoo, All Trade Rentals, Ramesh and Roger Sunich (Trophy Stall).
Article written by Frederick Halley






December 17, 2017
Canada's Provincial MPP congratulates Chronicle journalist

 

Canada?s Provincial MPP congratulates Chronicle journalist

OMSCC president Azeem Khan hands over the certificate to Frederick Halley. Others in picture (from left) are treasurer Feizal Bacchus, secretary Khem Singh and Over-50 coordinator, Dickey Singh.

GUYANA National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) freelance journalist, Frederick Halley, was last Friday night honoured for his more than three decades of service to the field, both in his homeland Guyana and his adopted country, Canada.

At a simple ceremony held at the Windies Sports Bar & Restaurant, Scarborough, Ontario, Halley was presented with a certificate, compliments of Tracy MacCharles, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Pickering-Scarborough East.
While the MPP was not on hand to present the prestigious award, the honour was done by Azeem Khan, president of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC), the association responsible for recommending Halley for the citation.

The certificate from MacCharles read: “As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East, I am honoured to congratulate Frederick Halley on your contributions to sports journalism on behalf of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs.
“For more than three decades, your work with the Guyana National Newspapers Limited and the Guyanese-Canadian community has brought prominence, recognition and professionalism to the sport of cricket and sports journalism.

“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations on this occasion. Thank you for your ongoing significant contributions to our community.”
Halley, who migrated to Canada in 2003, served as senior sports journalist at GNNL and was also the National Sports Commission (NSC) Sports Journalist of the Year in 1992. He was also the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) sports representative in Guyana.

ARTICLE 2
 

Caribbean Sensation 1 take home Over 50 championship

 
2017-08-16    

Caribbean Sensation 1 take home Over 50 championship
 

TORONTO, Canada – A thunderous unbeaten 119-run fourth-wicket stand between skipper Ganesh Ramraj (54 not out) and Matbar ‘Brian’ Singh (49 not out) spurred Caribbean Sensation to an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Skeldon when the Ontario Masters Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) Over-50 softball tournament climaxed at the St Bede’s ground, Scarborough here last Saturday.

While the unbeaten Caribbean Sensation players and ardent supporters were celebrating their first-ever victory in the nine-year history of the tournament, Skeldon were once again licking their wounds having suffered their second consecutive defeat in the final, after going down to Dirty Dozen in a heart-breaking game last year which saw them lose off the final delivery.


OMSCC treasurer Feizal Bacchus hands over the pacesetter trophy to Skeldon’s Fazil Shakoor.

Set a challenging 146 for victory in the 20-over affair, after Skeldon had reached 145 for seven in their allotted overs, Caribbean Sensation were in a spot of bother at 31 for three, losing the scalps of openers Jai Singh, run-out for one in the second over, Roy Brittania (19) and Steve Haniff.
Thereafter, it was the Ramraj and Singh show as the two tall right-handers plundered the hapless Skeldon bowlers to all parts of the ground, with Ramraj being the more aggressive of the two at the outset of the partnership.

With 33 needed to achieve victory in the final four overs, Singh then unleashed a savage attack on Geenarine Singh, hoisting the bowler for four massive sixes and a four as 29 runs were leaked in the 16th over. Geenarine Singh’s effort was a far cry from his semi-final heroics when he captured five for seven in two overs versus Double Impac.
Victory was duly achieved in 17.3 overs with Singh ending the assault with another boundary, his unbeaten 49 containing five sixes and a four while Ramraj’s knock was decorated with a similar number of boundaries.

Earlier, the much-vaunted Skeldon lineup were given a fine start of 43 by captain Shivnauth Seeram (41) and Jamini Singh (25) before the latter was brilliantly caught on the boundary by Asim Kassim off Manbar Singh in the sixth over after smashing two sixes.
The experienced Seeram tried desperately to hold the middle-order together but once he departed after slamming four sixes and two fours, wickets fell at regular intervals as the Caribbean Sensation bowlers kept a tight rein on proceedings.

Left-hander Fazil Shakoor, with a quick-fire 25, which included three sixes and a four, gave the innings a boost towards the end but the eventual total proved inadequate after all. Gavin Rampersaud was the best bowler with two for six while Sam Punwasi finished with two for 10.
At the presentation ceremony which followed, Ramraj and Shakoor were awarded the Most Valuable Player for Caribbean Sensation and Skeldon respectively. Apart from receiving trophies, the two were also recipients of cash prizes, compliments of businessman Nirad Lall.

Trophies, courtesy of Raj Deoraj of Elite Sports Club, were also presented to Ramraj and Seeram for the highest score in the final, Rampersaud (Caribbean Sensation) and Nasser Baksh (Skeldon), the highest wicket-takers and Ramraj and Shakoor for being adjudged the pacesetters in the respective teams.
Apart from the winning and runner-up trophies, officials and players from both teams also collected medals.

OMSCC president Azeem Khan lauded both teams for reaching the final and was extremely pleased with their display.
According to Khan, the OMSCC Over-50 Division started some nine years ago with the objective of giving the most experienced cricketers the opportunity to continue to engage in and enjoy their boyhood sport.

Khan also spoke about the interest the tournament has generated over the years and thanked the several sponsors for their generosity that has helped it to survive.
Khan also reminded the players that the OMSCC is aiming to send a representative team to the upcoming seventh Guyana Softball Cup, set for November 3, 4 and 5 in Georgetown and is urging interested players to submit their names to the league.

article by Frederick Hally, Guyana Chronicle

ARTICLE 3 - December 12, 2017
OMSCC stages 2017 Awards Presentation and Dinner
 

OMSCC stages 2017 presentation
 

By Frederick Halley  December 12, 2017
TORONTO, Canada – Two former national players, Rovendra Mandolall and Shiv Seeram, along with Richard Driffield, stole the spotlight when Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Club (OMSCC) staged its 17th annual presentation, dinner and dance at the Estate Banquet Hall, Scarborough here on Saturday night.


Walter Seenarine (left) of Tropical Breeze hands over Player-of-the-Year trophy to Ronesha Mandolall in the presence of her father and recipient Rovendra Mandolall,

Mandolall, a former Under-19 stalwart, who represented Hustlers Sports Club in the Over-40 A Division, copped the award in that division while Driffield of Guyana Sports Club got the nod for his outstanding performances in the B Division. It also marked a second consecutive year for the consistent Mandolall who shared the honour with Our Own’s Troy Gobin in 2016.

Seeram, who played for both his native Guyana and his adopted country Canada, was supreme in the Over-50 class for Skeldon and was unchallenged for the Player-of-the-Year award.
Essequibian Mandolall, who took home the Tropical Breeze-sponsored trophy, was brilliant with both bat and ball, tallying 405 runs with two centuries (109, 102 not out) with a batting average of 135 while capturing 11 wickets including figures of five for nine versus GT Bannas.


Richard Driffield (right) collects his Player-of-the-Year trophy from OMSCC president Azeem Khan.

Not to be outdone, Seeram who recently led the Ontario Masters team to the seventh edition of the Guyana Softball Cup, ended the season with 406 runs, his best knocks being 149 not out against GT Bannas and an undefeated 115 versus Jaguars. He copped a trophy, sponsored by businessman Nirad Lall.

The left-handed Driffield, who was awarded the Mike’s Auto Collision trophy, totalled a season-best 486 runs which was decorated with a flamboyant 168 against Ramblers and an unbeaten 98 versus Friendship Masters.
The Captain-of-the-Year award, introduced for the first time by the OMSCC, and sponsored by Dr Rudy Singh, went to Caribbean Sensation’s Over-50 skipper Ganesh Ramraj who led his team to victory over Skeldon in the final.

Five players, Mahendra Nauth (Royals), Roopchand Lachman (Pegasus), Rudy Singh (Pegasus), Surendra Beepat (Cougars) and Sunny Ramadhar (Friendship Masters) collected prizes for smashing centuries during the season. Khemraj Budhai (Guyana Sports) and Fazil Rasool (Dirty Dozen) received special awards for averaging 86 and taking seven wickets respectively in the Over-50 division.

Terry Mathura of Guyana Sports, who had a fantastic economy rate of 2.67 runs, sending down 18 overs for a mere 48 runs in the Over-40 Division 2, along with Jerry Brittania (Caribbean Sensation) with 2.86 in the Over-50 and Azeez Baksh (Hustlers Sports Club) with 3.38 in the Over-40 Division 1 led the race in that category.
Prizes for the most catches during the season went to Khemraj Budhai of Guyana Sports with six in the Over-40 category while Roy Brittania and Azim Kassim of Caribbean Sensation took five each.

There were double feat awards for Ahmad Bradshaw (Gentlemen) for scoring 104 not out and 84 and Ganesh Ramraj (Caribbean Sensation/Friendship) for scores of 54 and 77.
After failing to reach the final in 2016, Our Own Sports Club bounced back to defeat archrivals Hustlers in a sensational Over-40 division final, played before a record crowd at St Bede’s on the final day of the season. Pegasus claimed the Challengers trophy also in the Over-40 segment.

The A division Over-40 regular season champions were Hustlers while Guyana Sports topped in the B division.
Caribbean Sensation carted off both the regular season as well as the championship titles in the Over-50 division. Essequibo retained the Inter-county title for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year.

ARTICLE 4 - September 28, 2017

Our Own regain OMSCC Champions Trophy in dramatic fashion


The victorious Our Own team pose with their supporters.

TORONTO, Canada — After dominating the tournament for several years and bowing out to the eventual winners Guyana Sports Club in last year’s semi-finals, Our Own rebounded to cart off the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) 2017 Champions Trophy in dramatic fashion at the St Bede’s ground, Scarborough here, recently.

Set 142 for victory, after opponents East Coast Hustlers were limited to a challenging 141 for seven in their allotted 20 overs, Our Own huffed and puffed their way to 142 for six in 19.5 overs, earning victory with the penultimate delivery of the match which was witnessed by what some described as the largest crowd in the history of the tournament.
Needing 11 off the final over, bowled by Ravendra Mandolall, Our Own lost top-scorer Hemnarine Chattergoon (32) and Bobby Parasnauth before the latter’s brother Jesh Parasnauth kept cool to deliver a stunning win, much to the delight of Our Own players and their ardent supporters.

The win meant East Coast Hustlers once again had to settle for the runner-up spot after going down to Guyana Sports Club in last year’s final, played at the same venue.
Opener Chattergoon, who has been quite consistent during the season, kept the innings together with another sensible batting display, sharing in three vital stands, adding 35 for the second wicket with Desmond Chumney after losing his opening partner Sunil Dhaniram early.
Chattergoon, who was later adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for Our Own, also added a further 47 for the fourth wicket with Ian Baldeo (20) and 30 for the fifth wicket with Azeemul Haniff whose contribution was 18.

Bowling for East Coast Hustlers, Aftab Shamshudeen claimed two for 19 while there was one wicket each for Eon Katchay, Avinash Singh, Rishi Singh and Abdool Azeez.
Earlier, East Coast Hustlers were led by Abinash Narayan Singh whose top score of 36 included two sixes and a four while Mandolall struck four fours in his 29. Shamshudeen (19) and Katchay (13) also lent support as Jesh Parasnauth ended with two for 19, Satrohan Balkarran one for eight and Mohan Singh one for 21. Narayan Singh copped the MVP award.

At the presentation ceremony, OMSCC president Azeem Khan lauded the efforts of the participating teams and the commitment shown throughout the season. The OMSCC presentation dinner and dance is set for Saturday, November 18. (Frederick Halley)