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The stage is set for the Inaugural PSAL Cricket Championship
John Adams High School Versus Newcomers High School

Championship Preview
The stage is set for the Inaugural PSAL Cricket Championship. It will be John Adams High School versus Newcomers High School this Sunday, June 1, 2008 at the picturesque Gateway Park in Brooklyn, New York.

How fitting of a final this is? We have come full circle. The PSAL Inaugural Season opened with John Adams HS versus Newcomers High School and will conclude with John Adams HS versus Newcomers High School.

John Adams High School. (Photo by Shiek Mohamed)

John Adams HS eased their way past Dewitt Clinton HS in their first semi-final on May 27, 2008.

In a game that was affected rain, John Adams HS was declared the winner because they were ahead on the run-rate when the game was called.

While Newcomers HS advanced to the final with a thrilling and exciting win over Richmond Hill HS in the second semi-final on May 29, 2008.

Richmond Hill HS batted first and scored 117 for 7 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Newcomers HS reached their target of 118 for the loss of 5 wickets in 19.2 overs after being 29 for 4 at one stage.

Newcomers HS and John Adams HS split their two regular season games with one win a piece.

In the season opener on April 2, 2008, Newcomers HS defeated John Adams HS by 15 runs in what was considered to be an upset at the time.

Newcomers High School. (Photo by Shiek Mohamed)

In their second meeting on April 30, 2008, John Adams HS edged Newcomers HS by 3 runs (85 to 82). Interesting to note that Newcomers Captain, Dominic Gomes, took a hat-trick in this match, however it was John Adams Captain, Thakur Singh, who single handedly won the match for John Adams. Thakur top scored with 26 runs and took all three (3) of his wickets in one over. He clean bowled Robin Das and Dominic Gomes with consecutive deliveries.

This brings us to the Inaugural Championship match this Sunday, June 1, 2008 – and what a match this will be? Newcomers HS only two losses in the regular season were against Richmond Hill HS and John Adams HS.

Many felt that the semi-final between Richmond Hill HS and Newcomers HS is a good as it gets, however students of John Adams HS said they are prepared and ready for the challenge on Sunday.

The game starts at 12:00noon sharp and will be played at the picturesque Gateway Park ( Erskine Street), Brooklyn, New York.

Players to watch: John Adams High School
Thakur Singh – Thakur is the captain of John Adams HS. He is a gifted all-rounder that can bat, bowl and field very well. Thakur single handedly defeated Newcomers the last time these two teams met.

Randy Nurse – they call him mister reliable. Randy is John Adams’ most consistent batsman this season. Randy comes “not out” almost every match he has played in. Who would have thought that a kid from a little village named Airy Hall, Mahaicony ECD, Guyana, South America -- would top the batting average in the North East League?

Players to watch: Newcomers High School

Robin Das – Robin, without a doubt, is the best batsman in the PSAL Cricket program and a very smart cricketer. Robin times the ball exceptionally well and had some big innings for Newcomers this season. He was the key to the Newcomers HS victory over Richmond Hill HS in their semi-final May 29, 2008. Robin batted sensibly and top scored with 44 not out.

Azmain Hossain – Azmain scored the only century this season - 102 vs. Stuyvesant HS. Like, Robin Das, he times the ball very well and is a very useful bowler. He shared a matching winning partnership of eighty-two (82) runs, for the fifth wicket with Robin Das, to defeat Richmond Hill HS in their semi-final – scoring 34 runs.

Dominic Gomes – Dominic is the Captain of Newcomers HS. He took the only hat-trick this season. He generates good pace as an opening bowler and has very good control. Dominic is also a very useful batsman.

John Adams High School : Mr. ALEX HECTOR NAVARRETE
Newcomers High School : Ms. CHRISTINA CAVALIERE

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