Georgetown, Guyana : Lead by a brilliant all round performance from Ramo Malone, Savage Masters won the Ogle Community Centre one-day, four-team softball invitational tournament on Sunday.
In the final, Malone made 42 to help Savage to 131/3 from their 15 overs before returning with the ball to pick up 3-27 to give his team victory by three runs.
Malone put on 80 runs for the first wicket with Unis Yusuf who made 30 while Rishie Ramsaywack made 31 at the backend of the innings. Local boy, Raymond Harper was on target for Regal picking up three for 27 in cool conditions.
The star studded Regal Masters team who will be jetting off to the Florida Cup were off to a slow start and left a lot for the middle and lower order to do against Malone, Clyde Canterberry and Imtiaz Mohammed on the huge and heavy outfield. Linden Lyght who opened the batting with Mahesh Chunilall was first to go for one before Eon Abel played and missed in compiling a patient 23. Only Chunilall with 54 and Rudolph Baker 22 not out showed intent with the bat.
The well-deserved victory is Savage Masters’ second successive championship following their shared title with Mike’s Wellman the week before in the Georgetown Softball Cricket League’s Republic Cup. Before the Republic Cup triumph, Savage last championship was in 2014.
In the semifinals, Regal beat Mike’s Wellman by 36 runs while Savage got the better of Ariel Masters by 17 runs. Ariel were bowled out for 82 after doing all the hard work in bowling out the eventual champs for 99. Ariel rebounded to beat Mike’s in the third place play-off. The top three teams and Most Valuable Player, Ramo Malone received trophies.
The day’s activity was organized by the executives and members of the Ogle Community Centre to raise funds for the club as well as to have organized cricket tournaments at the venue which is also very popular for grass track motor cycle racing.