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GFSCA launches Guyana Softball Cup 7 


GFSCA launches Guyana Softball Cup 7

The Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) has launched the seventh edition of the Guyana Softball Cup yesterday at Demerara Cricket Club pavilion.
The tournament, which will be played in the Masters (Over 45) and Open categories will commence on November 3 at various venues in Georgetown and conclude two days later under lights at DCC. Some twenty four teams are expected to take part including 10 from North America. Following 36 preliminary round games the top four teams in each category will progress to the semi finals. A female exhibition game is also billed for the day of the finals.
The winning team in the Open category will take home a trophy and $800,000 and the runner up a trophy and $200,000, while the champions in the Masters division will pocket a trophy and $600,000 and the runner up a trophy and $150,000.
The man-of-the-match in the finals will receive trophies, while the tournament’s MVP in both segments will be given a 14 carat gold diamond encrusted pendant cricket bat valued at $150,000, compliments of Steve’s Jewellery. Outstanding players in the preliminary round games will also be rewarded.
Among the venues indentified are Eve Leary, DCC, Malteenoes, GCC, MYO, GDF and Ogle. On the day of the finals, three ticket holders will stand a chance to win a return trip for two to Baganara Resort, Arrowpoint Resort and Aruwai Resort; this is being funded by Survival Supermarket. Fans will also stand a chance to win hampers and other giveaways; tickets for the finals cost $1,000 and are available at Trophy Stall of Bourda Market, Mike’s Pharmacy, Ramchand’s Auto Spares, 4R, Motor Trend in Enmore, Rohan Auto Spares in Mahaica, Ariel Enterprise, Nauth Motor Spares and Nand Persaud and Co. Ltd in Berbice.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Social Cohesion and Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr. George Norton said he is proud to support the tournament and lauded the GFSCA. He added that such tournament helps to raise the sports profile and boost tourism in Guyana, adding that sports in schools deserve a better place.
“The headmasters and mistresses should ensure that they maintain the playing facilities at schools and pay much interest in sports so students can follow through, but that is lacking in Guyana,” he stated. Dr. Norton said that the entire country stands to benefit from such tournament and is looking forward to a successful one.
President of the GFSCA, Ramchand Ragbeer said the tournament has been a tremendous success with over 3000 fans witnessing the finals for the past two years, and is confident the seventh-edition will be successful. GFSCA Assistant Secretary Treasurer Anil Beharry, former West Indies all-rounder and head of GCA Roger Harper, Ronda Johnson of Rubis Guyana and Ajay Jha of India also made presentations with Jha challenging the GFSCA to take the sport to India; television personality Reyaz Husein chaired the proceedings. Speedboat and Floodlights are the defending Open and Masters champions respectively.
Among the sponsors are Stag, Rubis Guyana, Trophy Stall, Survival Group of Business, Steve’s Jewellery, Clear Waters, Guyana Beverage Company Inc under their Busta brand, Rohan Auto Spares, A and R Jewanram Printery, W J Enterprise, Mike’s Pharmacy and Ramchand’s Auto Spares.
Article written by By Zaheer Mohamed


Ramesh Sunich, of Trophy Stall, hands over the Masters trophy to captain Shameer Sadloo while other members of the victorious New York Hustlers celebrate.

… Toronto Cup II climaxes with low-scoring affairs

By Frederick Halley

TORONTO, Canada –Three players who featured prominently in the Ontario Masters Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) inaugural Toronto Cup, were again at the forefront as their respective teams secured victories when the second edition climaxed at the picturesque University of Toronto ground here on Sunday.
In 2015, skipper Anil Beharry, with a fine bowling display which earned him the man-of-the-match award, propelled New York Enforcers to the Open title. This time around, he was again brilliant with the ball as his team New York SVC Mafia defeated their counterparts New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL) All Stars by five wickets to claim the Open championship.
Similarly, it was the batting of former Guyana Under-19 player Troy Gobin and former Canadian player Desmond Cholmondeley with scores of 43 not out and 36 respectively which ensured Our Own’s success versus Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) two years ago.
Donning colours for New York Hustlers on Sunday, Gobin (35 not out) and Cholmondeley unbeaten on 40, featured in an unbroken 75-run second-wicket stand which took their team to an easy nine-wicket win over the Ontario Masters Softball International (OMSI) and with it, the Masters crown.
Unlike the previous day when the weather was unusually cold for this time of the year, Sunday was picture perfect for cricket but low scores were the order of the day as no teams reached a hundred.

The all-New York Open affair, saw NYSCL All Stars bat first and bundled out for a paltry 84 in 19.3 overs with only three players reaching double figures, Jumadeen (15), Nigel Greaves (15) and former Guyana player Damodar Daesrath (11).

SVC Mafia skipper Anil Beharry receives the winning Open trophy from Emma Sunich, daughter of Trophy Stall proprietor Ramesh Sunich.

NYSCL started disastrously, losing both openers in the first over, Amar Singh (0) going via run-out and Vickey Subkaran (one) caught off the bowling of Sewchand Budhu. Thereafter, it was a struggle as SVC were never let off the hook as Beharry (two for eight), Azad Azeez (two for eight) and Budhu (two for 12) restricted them to 84.
Needing just over fours runs per over to achieve victory, SVC Mafia batted sensibly to secure an easy win with four overs to spare, losing five wickets in the process. Rooplall Singh (18), Sarfraz Esau (15) and Budhu (14 not out) were the top scorers.
It was all New York Hustlers in the day’s opening encounter as OMSI failed to live up to the pre-game hype, much to the disappointment of their home fans, after defeating pre-tournament favourites GFSCA in Saturday’s semi-final.
Set 99 for victory, after dismissing OMSI for 98 in 19 overs, New York Hustlers raced to 100 for one in just 14 overs with Gobin and Cholmondeley sharing an enterprising second-wicket partnership of 75 after captain and former Guyana Under-19 player Shameer Sadloo (five) had departed in the sixth over with 25 on the board. The lone wicket went to Jesh Parasnauth.
Earlier, a superb opening spell by Satrohan ‘Blade’ Balkarran, who sent back skipper Shiv Seeram and Sunil Dhaniram (0) in the fifth over, broke the back of the OMSI innings from which they never fully recovered.
It took a sixth-wicket stand of 37 between Parasnauth (29) and Terry Mathura (eight) to bring some respectability to the score but once the two departed the innings folded quickly. Parasnauth, who dominated the partnership, struck three fours.
Balkarran was ably supported by Eustace Dodson who claimed the last four wickets for a mere 10 runs from his two overs while Ronald Evelyn chipped in with two for 27 from his four.

At the impressive presentation ceremony which followed, the victorious team in the Masters category received US$2500 and the trophy while they were also in receipt of an additional US$500, compliments of Canada-based Guyanese Surendra Persaud. Runners-up OMSI collected US$300 and a trophy.
The Open category saw SVC Mafia receive US$2000 and a trophy while the runners-up got US$200 and a trophy. Beharry was named man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling in the Open final while Budhu gained the Most Valuable Player award for his nine wickets and score of 84 runs from four games.
Dodson copped the man-of-the-match in the Masters division while Balkarran’s sterling bowling efforts, which saw him bag 10 wickets for 37 runs in five matches, earned him the MVP award.
Shiv Seeram, the only player to score a century in the tournament, was awarded for his magnificent undefeated 114.
All the trophies and medals were sponsored by Trophy Stall (Guyana) and Toronto and on hand to assist with the presentation were proprietor Ramesh Sunich and daughter Emma.


Toronto Cup 2 news

My fellow cricketers and friends,
  1. As indicated in our previous email below, those teams that have not submitted their team's list for TC2 as of yesterday, can you please do so today.
  2. On Thursday evening, around 6:30 PM we will meet at the Tropical Nights Restaurant and at 7:30 PM, then two or three players from each team will meet to review any playing rules issues, discuss the Net Run Rate calculation and determine the playing fixture; only the Masters Teams will have two zones, as there only four All-Stars teams. With four teams, the All-Stars teams may or may not skip the semi-finals depending on the points for each team at the end of the third game.
  3. On Friday morning, all teams are to assemble at Ashtonbee Reservoir Park, 8:30 AM. This would be the best time in the tournament for us to meet up as a group with new/old friends and fellow cricketers. We do hope that all captains and managers will make a special effort to ensure their players are present for this 20-30 minutes occasion take about 20 to 30 minutes and thereafter, the games start.
  4. HOTEL: I have one hotel room with double beds reserved for Thursday to Sunday, located at Markham Rd and Hwy 401, about 20 minutes from  Ashtonbee. The rate per night is $149 Can or approx. $120 US and that includes continental breakfast. Let me know asap if anyone wants it or  e I'll cancel it.
  5. To all our friends travelling from abroad, have a safe trip and we do hope you'll have a great time throughout your stay in Toronto and more so, during tournament.

The Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) extend a very warm welcome to everyone participating in and supporting our second international softball cricket tournament, Aug. 4 - 6, 2017. As many of you many know, Canada continues to celebrate its 150th Birthday, July 1 (1867 - 2017). We look forward to celebrating this special milestone with you during the tournament.

Fixtures: The teams' fixtures will be determined next Thursday, August 3, 6:30 PM, at the Tropical Nights Restaurant, 1154 Morningside Av., Scarborough, ON  M1B 3A4. Eight Masters and Four All-Stars teams are playing in the tournament not only to capture special trophies and cash prizes but more so, to establish themselves as the best softball cricket team in the world.

  • Attached are a copy of the Playing Rules with recent changes in red and a copy of the Players' List that must be completed and given to the scorers and umpires prior to start of each game.
  • On Friday morning, Aug. 4th, all teams will meet for the usual welcoming and photo-op at the Ashtonbee Reservoir Park grounds, 10 Ashtonbee Rd., Scarborough. ALL Masters teams will play at this location on Friday. The All-Stars will play about 20 minutes East of the Ashtonbee grounds at Dean Park located at 80 Dean Park Rd and St. Bede located at 521 Sewells Rd.
  • On Saturday, games at Ashtonbee Park will start at 8:45 AM as teams will have to vacate those grounds by 12:15 PM when hardball games take over.
  •  Finals will be played on Sunday, Aug 6 at the University of Toronto Soccer grounds,130 Old Kingston Rd, Scarborough (same place where 1st tournament was held). Masters finals start at 9:45 AM followed by the All-Stars finals.
  • Volunteers will be on hand at the grounds to provide assistance, water etc. More information on ground locations and driving directions will be given to you on Thursday evening and ground locations/maps will be placed in your Playing Rules folder. You may also access our website at for more information.
  •  If you have not done so already, please send in a list of your players by Sunday, July 30. Final adjustments to the player's list can be made on Thursday, Aug. 3rd.
  •  The Protest Committee will be made up of three members, one each from Guyana, NY and Toronto. Please submit their names and phone numbers and arrange for your committee to meet with us on the Thursday evening at the Tropical Nights Restaurant.
  •  As your host, we sincerely hope not to use the services of the Protest Committee. Make it simple, check the age eligibility of your Masters players and arrange for passports to be presented in extenuating circumstances. Make sure your Match Card is completed correctly before start of games.
  •   Over-50 Game: Our League has an Over-50 Division comprising of 8 teams and we think they deserve to enjoy an inaugural international friendly game. To that end, we are asking Guyana and New York to join forces and assemble a team to play the Canadian team. The players may wear any team uniform (no restrictions). There is NO registration fees but refreshments, trophies and other prizes will be awarded. Note: The game will be played around noon on Saturday, Aug. 5. Two Guyana Floodlight teammates, Jailall Deodass and Ramesh Sunich (Trophy Stall) who is sponsoring most if not all the trophies will organize the Guyana/NY Over-50 team. 

OMSCC promises grand Toronto Cup 2 for Caribana weekend

OMSCC executive members following Sunday’s annual general meeting: From left are Hardat Ramcharran, Feizal Bacchus, Paul Jaman, Azeem Khan, Khem Singh and Patrick Prashad.

by Frederick Halley

TORONTO, Canada — Buoyed by the success of the inaugural Toronto Cup, staged in 2015, the executives of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) are extremely confident that its second edition, set for the first weekend in August will be a grand affair.
This assurance was given at last Sunday’s annual general meeting of the OMSCC, held at the Birkdale Community Centre, Scarborough here where preliminary plans were disclosed by both president Azeem Khan and vice-president Paul Jaman.
According to Jaman, despite the success of the tournament in 2015, which saw New York Enforcers emerge champions in the Open category and Our Own claim the Masters title, the OMSCC has no intention of sitting on its laurels but intends to make the Caribana weekend showcase even better.
Jaman also pointed out that there are plans to have an entertainment segment between innings during the staging of the two finals, which are set for the University of Toronto ground on Sunday, August 6 but this depends entirely on sponsorship which the OMSCC is currently pursuing. He also gave the undertaking that grounds required for the three-day affair have already been secured.
The vice-president also disclosed that while the main committee to deal with the running of the tournament has already been set up, the OMSCC is in much need of sponsorship and is seeking the assistance of members in this vital area.
Teams from Guyana, New York and Florida have already indicated their interests in participating and will join their counterparts from Canada in what is expected to be a riveting weekend of softball cricket.
Meanwhile, president Khan also disclosed, that through the initiative and sponsorship of Reliance Lions, there are plans to stage a Family Day. He, however, said further discussions are to be held with members of the club to finalise the date and venue.
Khan also told members of plans to introduce a “captain’s trophy” as a special incentive for the most outstanding of the 2017 season. This will, however, not be based solely on statistics but on general demeanour and conduct. The president once again stressed the importance of good behaviour and cleanliness at venues, pointing to previous complaints from school authorities and city officials.
Jaman also alluded to the fact that the league almost lost St Bede’s (a school ground) because broken bottles, resulting from drinking at the venue and urged members to desist from such behaviour. Despite these lapses, Jaman said 2016 was a great year for the OMSCC and implored players to “let’s make 2017 another great season”.
Prior to the election of office-bearers for 2017, a proposal for an elected official from another cricket organisation to be allowed to hold an executive position on the OMSCC board was voted down. The president also took the opportunity to present a medal to treasurer Feizal Bacchus for his outstanding contribution to the organisation as treasurer and to the website.
Vice-president Jaman, secretary Khem Singh, treasurer Feizal Bacchus and Over-50 coordinator Dickey Singh were all returned to their respective posts unopposed while the post of president was not contested based on the OMSCC’s constitution.
Hardat Ramcharran was appointed the new umpires coordinator, replacing Ram Prashad who was eligible to serve another year but resigned for personal reasons. A new post, hat of website content administrator/statistician, went to Patrick Prashad.
The disciplinary committee, which is chaired by vice-president Jaman, includes Ganesh Ramraj, Krishna Sarju, Bobby Ramlagan and Ramcharran.