American Cricket Association
40-Overs Homestretch Avenue For Teams
John L. Aaron
As the Eastern American Cricket Association’s 40-Overs competition
entered its final week, some teams were heading for Homestretch Avenue
and the winners circle, while others were simply heading home, well
Enmore maintained its lead as the top-points team in the EACA’s
40-Overs competition, defeating a challenging Atlantis last weekend
at Baisley Pond Park, in Queens.
Atlantis opting to chase invited Enmore to take first strike. However,
it was Atlantis who struck early, grabbing the first four Enmore wickets
with only 13 runs on the tins. An opening spell of 16 overs from Haseeb
“Feezo” Sheriff and Lincoln Deonarine yielded only 41
runs, as Sheriff recorded 8-2-15-3 and Deonarine 8-0-26-1. However,
the remaining Atlantis bowlers could not sustain the pace of the opening
bowlers and lifted their feet off the throat of Enmore.
Despite Deryck Kallicharran’s knock of 113 and Rabilall’s
unbeaten 46, the Atlantis bowlers failed to capitalize on the chances
given them, by dropping four vital catches. In addition, Kallicharran
was caught behind when only on eight, but the batsman failed to walk,
surviving a very confident appeal and a forgiving nod from the umpire.
In may ways it was that decision that took some of the wind out of
Atlantis’ sail, as Kallicharran and Enmore would go on to record
230 for 7 in the allotted 40 overs. The Enmore wickets fell at 3,
12, 12, 13, 78, 198 and 225.
In reply, Atlantis was off to a disastrous start, losing their first
wicket with the score at one. It never really improved, as the entire
team was routed for a paltry 94 in 21.5 overs. S. Anil…annihilated
the Atlantis line up capturing 6 wickets for 47 runs in his 8 overs.
The Atlantis batsmen’s poor shot selection did not help their
cause either, as they sought to add to their 27-point tally. Desmond
Thompson returning from knee surgery was the top scorer with 20 off
13 deliveries, including two 4’s and one 6.
Enmore now moves on with 45 points, remaining one point ahead of 2006
champions NY Challengers, with 44 points.
Bends Golden Arrow
Everest/ACS surging for the league-leading Enmore, hurdled Golden
Arrow at Lido Beach. Batting first, Golden Arrow scored 175 for 8
in their 40 overs. Skipper Sew Shivnarine enjoyed an unbeaten 68,
including seven 4’s and one 6. His knock, along with 63 from
R. Budhoo and including an equal number of 4’s and a six. The
Golden Arrow wickets fell at 0, 9, 10, 13, 97, 111, 128 and 153. The
wickets were shared almost equally among Everest/ACS’s five
Everest/ACS in response lost a similar number of wickets in their
quest of the victory at 177 runs in 32.2 overs. Top scorers were K.
Ganesh, 32, H. Ramsabad, 30, and skipper Z. Amin, 20. The Everest/ACS
wickets fell at 31, 48, 49, 101, 120, 123 and 151, with Golden Arrow’s
J. Sookan 3 for 31, R. Budhoo 2 for 42 and the remaining three wickets
shared among L. Jackman, P. Charran and S. Shivnarine. The victory
moved Everest/ACS to 42 points, maintaining their third place position
in the points standing.
Hill Snarls Bayshore Tigers
Despite Bayshore Tigers’ Umer Iqbal’s 130 (7x4’s
and 11x6’s), Richmond Hill was still able to rally behind solid
knocks from top and lower order batsmen and defeat the Tigers.
Taking first strike, Bayshore Tigers reached 265 all out in 39.5 overs.
In addition to Iqbal’s century, solid knocks of 28, 26 and 23
came off the bats of Sohall, Atif and U. Butt, respectively. The Bayshore
Tigers wickets fell at 3, 64, 67, 84, 97, 161, 163, 197, 205 and 265.
Latchman Udai with 3 wickets led the Hill’s bowling attack.
Richmond Hill in response and advancing to 37 points with the victory,
reached 266 in 33.1 overs and the loss of only six wickets. Leading
the way was Shiv Raghubar with an unbeaten 80 and batting at number
8. However, Sunesh Wazid enjoyed an unbeaten 78, including five 4’s
and one 6. Supporting knocks in the 20’s came from four other
Richmond Hill batsmen.
The Richmond Hill wickets fell at 39, 44, 54, 88, 123 and 130. While
the Tigers’ Umer Iqbal and Sohail each grabbed two wickets,
while Naved and Abid each snarled one each.
In other games, NY Challengers defeated Canal No. 2 Polder at Bay
Park to advance to 44 points, while the East Side Warriors and Hillside
game was abandoned with the teams each receiving 2 points and moving
them up to 16 and 11 points respectively. The much-anticipated match
up between East Bank and Empire scheduled at Brentwood was rescheduled
for Sunday, August 27, following the unsuitability of the playing
conditions at Brentwood. East Bank currently stands at 29 points,
while Empire Mortgage sits in fourth place with 32 points.
This weekend will see those matches scheduled for July 9 last, being
played as follows: Empire Mortgage vs. East Side Warriors at Heckscher
I, Golden Arrow vs. Bayshore Tigers at Heckscher II, Canal No. 2 Polder
vs Hillside at Bay Park, East Bank vs. Everest/ACS at Baisley Pond
Park, Enmore vs. NY Challengers at Lido Beach and Unified Ambassadors
vs. Richmond Hill at Randall’s Island. All matches start at
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