NY Mayor's Cup
Better Hope Reigns Supreme In Florida Cup Final
By Joe Mahabir
February 22nd, 2010
Better Hope (New York) defeated Floodlights A from Guyana by an exciting three-wicket margin in the 2010 Florida Cup Masters 20-over softball tournament on Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Cricket Stadium, Florida. Notably, this championship encounter was considered the match of the tournament and it was played at the only cricket stadium in the USA.
Floodlights A won the toss and decided to take first knock. They reached a challenging 108 all out off 19.3 overs. Opener Ishwar Persaud of Floodlight A, top-scored for the visitors with 41 which included six fours as Roy Britania grabbed three wickets for 19 runs off 3.3 overs and Jagdesh Arjune supported nicely with two wickets for 10 runs off his allotted four overs.
Batting second, the Better Hope team lost early wickets, but the middle and tail end fought hard and won a thriller with just two balls to spare for the loss of 7 wickets. For Better Hope (New York), man-of-the-match J. Arjune led the way with 34, while R. Britania chipped in with 30. For the Guyana team, Doodnauth Sookram snatched two wickets for 15 runs off four overs.
(New York) received the Championship trophy plus US$1 000, while
each player was awarded with a trophy. Floodlights A also collected
the runner-up trophy and the team was recognized by the Central
Broward Regional Park with medals for their participation in this
The manager was Marlon Roopnarine, ably supported by Nizamudeen Razack. The Better Hope team played unbeaten in the four preliminary games which started on Friday Feb12th and continued on Saturday 13th with the final on Friday 14th . The top run getter for the Better Hope team was Gussie Gordon and he was well supported by Kampta Sanichar, Jagdesh Arjune, Roy Britania, and Joseph Aproo. The bowling honors went to Ronald Evelyn, R. Britania, K. Rajpaul and J. Arjune.
and Manager stated that all members played exceeding well as a team
and deserve to be the new champions. The Better Hope team now looks
forward to defend their championship and make it 3-PEAT in the Independence
Cup scheduled for the July 4th weekend later this year in New York.
Great job guys and good luck in the new season.
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