By Omesh Ganesh
April 13, 2012
The 2012 season has begun and what a way to kick it off with a high scoring thriller between West Demerara XI and Generals. The weather couldn't be more perfect for softball cricket. After West Demerara winning the coin toss Capt. Steve Deodat elected to take the field first and the game was on its way.
The West Dem opening bowlers had it under control. They were quick and on target Omesh Ganesh grabbed two early wickets as Kevin Deodat keeps the screws tight on the batsman. As the game progresses runs started to flow easily and getting boundaries in each over. West Dem was desperate for a break through.
Then Tolesh Arjune stroke getting the break through, and the over after Ricky Bisnauth was caught flashing at a wide delivery from skipper Steve which was magnificently taken by Michael Persaud. West Dem was in control again but not for long as some good hitting from Bryan and Safraz Khan put Generals back in the driving seat.
Bryan scored a quick 39 which he and Khan added a partnership of 61 from just 40 balls until T. Ganeshram struck getting Bryan caught in the deep. After 22 overs the score was 192 for 8 and Generals was looking for a score of 220 plus with still two batsmen left. Captain Steve called upon his most experienced of the bowlers Kevin Deodat to try to wrap things up.
And ramp things up he did getting the last two wickets within his first three deliveries. So the score was 192 all out and West Dem needed 193 to claim the victory.
West Dem opened the batting with Michael Persaud and Ramesh Ganesh. The two put on a quick 30 runs partnership before Ramesh was bowled K. Sukoo. Joining Michael was the veteran Sunil Panday, one of soft ball cleanest power striker. Panday didn't waste any time; he went after the ball clearing the ropes with ease.
As the game progresses it was looking dim for the Generals as Panday and Michael keep ticking over the scoreboard. After 9 over the score were 85 for 1. Then the bowlers strike getting Panday (48) and Michael (44) in quick succession. Then shortly after wickets start falling like rain drops. Vinood Persaud, Steve Deodat and the run out of J. Arjune put West Dem in array.
But some sensible batting came from Gavesh Arjune and T. Ganeshram picking up the singles and odd boundaries put the team still in a fighting chance. Then Gavesh fell and soon after Tolesh Arjune was out caught brilliantly by Bisnauth. So now the equation was 13 runs from 10 deliveries. Kevin Deodat didn't waste any time hitting back to back boundaries and then a return catch back to Imtiazs Alli.
Now the score was leveled, last wicket 1 run needed with T. Ganeshram on strike from the final over. The first ball Ganeshram played a solid defensive shot showing the full face of the bat. The second ball Ganeshram just came across the stumps and flicked the ball off his legs into the boundary clearing the ropes sealing the victory for West Dem.