Daesrath stars as Assassins retain Apollo Super Bash title

first_imgTORONTO, Canada – Former Guyana national captain and Canadian international Damodar Daesrath turned back the hands of time with a brilliant batting display, as Assassins retained top honours in the Dassie in association with Apollo Cricket Club Super Bash six-a-side annual five-over softball tournament, played last Saturday at Keele Top, North York, Toronto here.Leading from the front, Daesrath blasted a boundary-studded 51 as Assassins reached a formidable 85 for four in their allotted five overs before limiting opponents Titans to 58 all out in their five overs.Winning the toss and opting to take first knock, Assassins stumbled to three for three before Daesrath and former Guyana youth player Farook Hussain performed a rescue act with a fine 81-run fourth-wicket partnership with the latter contributing a valuable 29.In Titans’ reply, Raymond slammed 28 with three sixes and a four but his effort proved futile. Imran Ali was Assassins’ best bowler with two for four in his one over. Assassins were rewarded Cdn$1000 and a trophy, sponsored by Canadian Surplus Guyana, while Titans received a trophy donated by Caribbean Lyme Restaurant.At the presentation ceremony, which followed, Chief Executive Officer of Apollo, Anthony Ramdass, heaped praises on the several sponsors and the 13 teams for their participation.Daesrath was fittingly awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the final, carting off the Caribbean Heat Family Restaurant trophy while he also took home the trophy for scoring the most runs (162) in the tournament, earning the S&G Glass Insulation prize.The consistent Daesrath also collected the T&S trophy for the highest individual score (63) while Ali took away the 24-Hour Glass System trophy for being the best bowler in the tournament.Anil Samuel copped the IR Construction trophy for a trophy for the best catch of the day while the Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC)-sponsored trophy went to Assassins for accumulating the highest total.Hamid, a Pakistani national, made a generous contribution of $500 to Apollo, explaining that he was quite impressed with the turnout to the day’s proceedings.Organiser Daesrath, in expressing sincere thanks to all those responsible for the successful staging of the tournament, promised that next year will be even bigger and also disclosed that an Inter-county competition is scheduled for the same venue later in the year. (Frederick Halley)last_img read more