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United cruise to victory in OMSCC Division Two final

01/10/2021POSTED BY Indira Singh

United cruise to victory in OMSCC Division Two final

The victorious United team and supporters.
The victorious United team and supporters.

URGED on by their vociferous fans, United halted whatever dreams Seatown had of pulling off another upset when the Division Two final of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) took place last Sunday at the Ashtonbee Reservoir, Scarborough, Canada.

While United finished second in the overall standings among the five teams which battled in the division and earned a semi-final spot over third-placed Miracles the previous weekend, Seatown, who were fourth, provided a stunning upset over the previously unbeaten Ramblers.

Set 125 for victory, after restricting Seatown to 124 for six in their allotted 20 overs, United cruised to victory in 16.5 overs, losing five wickets in the process.

Despite Surujpaul Persaud (0) and Sunny Ramdahar (two) being dismissed early, opener Ganesh Ramraj took the attack to the bowlers, slamming two fours and three sixes in a quick-fire 43 and received admirable support from number four batter Navin Misir whose 30 included three fours and a six, earning United a well-deserved win.

MVP Fazil Rasool (left) receives his trophy from OMSCC treasurer Orin O’Neil.

Geenarine Ram was Seatown’s best bowler with two for nine from two overs while Kumar Singh took one for19 and Monty Dass one for 17.
Earlier, Ram, who opened the batting for Seatown, was also among the runs, hitting a top score of 30 (three fours and two sixes). Jaydeo Singh (19 not out with one four and a six) and Narendra Buchanan with two sixes in an undefeated 17 flourished towards the end after their team was inserted to take first strike.

Fazil Rasool, who was later adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP), bowled impressively to capture three for eight from three overs while Jano Panday and Skipper Arjune Persaud finished with one for four and 35 respectively, also from three overs.

At the presentation ceremony which followed, both the winners and runners-up and regular season champs Ramblers were recipient of trophies. Medallions were also presented to members of the two finalists. The regular season champions trophy was sponsored by Ramesh Dukthu (GT Auto) while Nirad Lall sponsored Sunday’s winning trophy.

Ramblers’ Polly Shivrattan earned the Player of the Year award and also received a trophy for scoring the most runs (265). He also registered a century (118) in the Over-50 Division. The best bowler prize went to Navin Misir (United) who claimed eight wickets.
The OMSCC had earlier took the opportunity to present plaques, as a token of appreciation, to all the umpires who officiated in matches during the 2021 season.

OMSCC President Paul Jaman also praised his executives for their sterling contributions during the season, taking into consideration there was no cricket in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Frederick Halley)

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