Exciting Finale Halts T&T and Pakistan Clash
John L. Aaron
Cricket the glorious game of uncertainties, lived up to its cliché
billing last Saturday at Idlewild Park in Queens, NY, as the uncertainty
of the outcome of the game involving Trinidad & Tobago and Pakistan
see-sawed toward an exciting finale, before being halted by several
& Tobago vs. Pakistan
Batting first, Pakistan behind some exhilarating hitting from skipper
Nadeem Younis’ 36 off 17 balls (5x4’s and 2x6’s),
was off to an exciting start despite the fall of fellow opener A.
Ali for a duck. The hefty slugger had the crowd into the game and
on their feet as he displayed some awesome hitting power in his 27
minutes at the crease.
Such was the pace of the game, as all of the Pakistani batsmen sought
to go over the top, resulting in a collective 11x4’s and 6x6’s
for a team score of 171 for 6 in 20 overs. Top scorer was R. Malik
with 39 off 34 balls, with 3x4’s and 2x6’s. J. Afridi
supplied 29 from his bat in as many minutes at the middle.
Pakistan’s wickets fell at 25, 50, 99, 104, 119 and 130. T&T’s
Denis Rampersad had 2 for 36 off his four overs, while Jagmohan, James
and Lorick each grabbed one wicket.
In reply and seeking to meet tournament leader Guyana in the final,
Trinidad & Tobago got off to a poor start losing their first four
wickets for 46 runs. However, Dennis Roopchand’s 87 not out
showed some class, resistance and hope for the Soca Warriors of New
York cricket. Roopchand was ably supported by Dave Mohammed’s
41. It’s unfortunate that Roopchand did not reach his century,
despite still recording the highest individual score so far in the
It was during Roopchand and wicket-keeper S. Balley’s knock
at the crease that all hell broke loose. Hitting over mid-wicket for
a six, Roopchand was caught just inside the boundary by the Pakistan
fieldsman, who realizing that his momentum would carry him over the
boundary, threw the ball up in the air classic celebratory manner
fashioned by so many fieldsmen. His ending up beyond the boundary
was interpreted as having caught the ball beyond the boundary, resulting
in the umpire signaling six.
At this stage of the game, Trinidad & Tobago were positioned at
160 for 7 and 18.2 overs completed, needing 12 runs for victory. Following
the umpire’s call, several spectators close to the mid-on boundary
rushed the field to encourage the umpire to reverse his decision.
With the adrenalin, testosterone, sweat glands and vocal meters rising,
not to mention some very colorful language and fading light, the umpire’s
called it quits. Thus, bringing an end to an otherwise exciting finale
to an equally exciting match. Could T&T have gone on to win the
match? Could Pakistan have pulled out the victory? We’ll never
know. However, we can find out today, as the match has been scheduled
to be replayed by the organizing committee, following a hasty mid-week
confab in Queens.
In the absence of a promised umpire’s report on the match, the
Ed Ahmad Cup committee were forced to review the circumstances that
led up to the abrupt ending of the match, and to arrive at a decision
in the best interest of the game and the teams involved. The committee
also found it necessary to appoint a disciplinary committee to review
the ungentlemanly conduct of player(s) during the melee.
The disciplinary committee headed by Clifford Hinds and including
Lloyd Dixon and John Aaron, met during the week and is reported to
have imposed a monetary fine on at least one player for his behavior
at the match.
The match has been rescheduled for a 10:00 am start at the Floyd Bennett
Cricket facility in Brooklyn, New York.
versus NY Development Youth
Guyana took advantage of the opportunity of adding to their points
and standing in the Twenty/20 tournament, defeating a NY Development
XI at the same venue.
Batting first, Guyana made light work of the Development XI’s
bowling reaching 177 for the loss of 5 wickets in their 20 overs.
Sudesh Dhaniram with a stylish 68 including 4x4’s and 4x6’s
led the way. Other contributors were A. Gonsalves, 28; B. George and
Z. Amin, 25 and 20 not out, respectively. The Guyana wickets fell
at 26, 45, 100, 101 and 132. B. Migul 2 for 18 and K. Ganesh 2 for
24 were the main wicket-takers.
In reply, the NY Development XI reached 113 for 7 off their 20 overs.
F. Migul with 26 not out along with skipper Karran Ganesh, also with
26, established some credibility to the NY Development Team’s
tally. However, it was not enough to overcome the Guyana team’s
Guyana’s Bhim George grabbed 3 for 15 off 4 overs, while Sunesh
Dhaniram and Harry Harrinarine each snatched two wickets. The NY Development
XI’s wickets fell at 16, 27, 48, 49, 62, 75 and 75.
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