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Vikings And Carpet Doctor Played To Nail Biting Finish

Vikings Cricket Club spoiled a dramatic comeback from Carpet Doctor as they escaped to a 3 runs victory last Sunday, July 30th at the Beach 32 ground in Far Rockaway.

Chasing a respectable 220 made by Vikings, Carpet Doctor seemed well out of it at 162 for 7 in the 35th over of the 40 over allotment game only to made a remarkable run that saw the home team scoring some 52 runs in 3.4 overs before being all out for 217.

Scores in the game: Vikings 220 all out in 35.2 overs
Carpet Doctor 217 all out in 38.4 overs

Vijay Bhaskar bowling the 36th overs conceded 7 runs while picking up a wicket to leave Carpet Doctor in more trouble at 169 for 8 after 36 over.

Neil Tulloch and L. Mangal then took 24 runs off the 37th over bowled by vice captain Vijay Persaud. Off spinner Mark Gomes did not help his team causes by giving up 22 off the 38th over but picked up a key wicket in Mangal (12) caught at short third man.

With the score at 217 for 9 in the 39th over, Tulloch attempting to finish off the innings was bowled by M.A Gomes for an entertaining innings of 42 runs from just 12 balls to give Vikings a thrilling 3 runs victory. Tulloch brought life to the large crowd in attendance. His innings was decorated with 2 fours and 4 sixes.

Earlier Vikings skipper Hemnarain Harrinarain winning the toss and batting first, got off a good start, with Mark Gomes and Mark A. Gomes putting together 43 before the latter played on to his stumps for 16 off the bowling of former USA off spinner Rudy Narine. Mark Gomes soon after played across the line to C. Williams and was given out LBW for a well played 28 (5x4). Inform Mahendra Kanhai, hit a quick fire 21 before he was caught in the covers by Narine off the bowling of Williams. Former Guyana national wicketkeeper Vishal Nagamootoo with an accomplished 60 runs, steadied Vikings innings. At 83 for 3 from 14 overs wickets continue to fall at regular intervals, Harrinarine (11), Bhaskar (14), V.Persaud (1) and Ramesh Nandkumar (1) all going cheaply.

Nagamootoo was finally out in the 27th over going caught behind attempting to cut at leg spinner L. Ram to leave Vikings precariously placed at 167 for 8.

The pair of Robert and Alin Mahase then added a valuable 41 runs for 9th wicket, Robert contributing 30 not out (4x4) while brother Alin chipped in with 9 runs. Last man Chilli Gomes (1) was then trapped L.B.W. by P. Dyanand to end the Vikings innings at 220.

Wickets fell at 43, 56 85, 115, 159, 163, 178, 219 and 220.

Bowling for Carpet Doctor, P.Dyanand had 4 for 41 from 7.2 overs, Ram 3 for 30 and C.Williams 2 for 47.

In reply, Carpet Doctor stuck to the required run rate and was in control as they reached the century mark in just the 19th over with 8 wickets in hand. Williams and Ram put together 71 runs before Ram was the brilliantly caught by Kanhai at first slip off Alin Mahesh for 23 runs. With Carpet Doctor’s century mark coming in the 19 over, Skipper Harrinarain had other ideas. He brought the combination of himself and Nagamootoo in the bowling attack. The pair immediately suffocated the Doctor’s batsmen while picking up wickets at regular intervals.

Rudy Narine 29 runs added a 38 runs partnership with Williams to the total before he was caught behind by Nandkumar off of Harrinarain. C.Willims played a patient innings before he became Harrinarain’s second victim. Williams 59 runs was aided by 5 fours and 1 six.

It soon became 169 for 8 after 36 over, little did Vikings know they will have to work hard to prevent a strong comeback from the Doctors.

Carpet Doctor wickets fell at 1, 71, 109, 113, 118, 119, 144, 166, 215 and 217.

Bowling for Vikings Harrinarain and Nagamootoo had 3 for 22 and 33 respectively. Nandkumar, A. Mahesh, M. Gomes and M.A Gomes 1 wicket each.

Vikings will be looking for a series sweep when they host United Sports at Floyd Bennett #1 field on Sunday.

A-Division Round Up Week 12
United Sports Winning Streak Continues As They Defeated Victory CC By 110 Runs
Floyd Bennett, Brooklyn: United Sports winning the toss and batting first, chalked up 247 for 8 from 40 overs. The addition of Deryl Roopchand spurred United to an unreachable target, Roopchand top scored with 73 runs, while other contributions came from Sewdat 28 not out, Z.Rasheed 27 and Ram Singh 26. Bowling for Victory, Bobbi and off spinner Jasdeep 3 wickets each.

In reply to United 247 runs, Victory CC gaining much experience in Nassau League A division, could only rally with 137 all out from 35.1 overs. Sumit top scored with 62 runs and Simmi 19. Bowling for United, Glen Lorick claiming his first 5 wicket haul this year, fininshed with figures of 5 for 15, Babu Sankar 2 wickets, while Roopchand, Komal and Trevor Singh 1 wicket each. Young Trevor, playing sparingly this year, claimed the wicket of Bobbi with the first ball he bowled.

United Sports will take on Vikings CC at Floyd Bennett #1 field on Sunday. United will be looking to avenge the lone defeat at the hand of Vikings CC earlier this year.

B-Division Round Up
Madho And Khiliwan Unable To Save West Dem From BQ United

Floyd Bennett #2, Brooklyn - A thrilling but fighting knock of 84 runs by R. Madho and a valuable 42 runs by V. Khiliwan failed to save West Demerara from defeat at the hand of Brooklyn Queens United in the 1st round of the 2nd half of Nassau league competition played at Floyd Bennett Park.

Brooklyn Queens winning the toss and batting first, scored 230 runs from 40 overs. Contributions came from Khemraj 44, E.Ragman 32, E.Tassoo 35 and V.Samaroo 21.
Bowling for West Demerara, M.Sanchara and V.Khiliwan grabbed 3 for 32 and 3 for 38 respectively.

In reply, West Demerara could only muster 179 all out. After Madho and V.Khiliwan positioned West Dem at 92 for 1 from 11 overs, batsmen and runs went downhill from there. Only Mahdo and Khiliwan were able to score off of BQ bowlers. V.Samaroo 3 for 36 and K.Samaroo 2 for 33 were the main wicket takers.

Sunday, NY Lions will host West Demerara at Beach 58th Street, while Brooklyn Queens will play host to Punjab tigers at Floyd Bennett #2 field.

Hempstead CC Tamed NY Lions – Won By 126 Runs
Beach 58th Street, Far Rockaway – Hempstead winning the toss and opted to bat first, compiled 202 all out from 39.4 overs. Gerald Singh 48 not out, A.Harricharran 23 and Tariq 19. In reply, NY Lions could not come to grips with Hempstead spin attack and was eventually all out for 76. The main wicket takers were, Harricharran 2 for 13, H.Singh 2 for 14, S.Ali 2 for 8 and P.Singh 1 wicket.

Punjab Tigers Won By 33 Runs Over International Sports
Flushing Park Queens – Punjab competing for the first time in Nassau League, defeated International Sports by 33 runs in a B- Division match up.

Batting first, Pubjab Tigers compiled a respectable 159 all out from 38 overs. Bagga 45, Bittu 22, Deepu 18 were the main scores. Bowling for International, Parsaran 3 for 33 and Dean Ali 3 for 35.

In reply International posted 126 all out from 32 overs, Khan 41, Faizal 19 not out and Dilly 16 reached double figures. Bowling for Punjab, Sam 3 wickets, Binder, Malkiat and Lucky 2 wickets each.

Punjab will take on BQ United at Floyd Bennett # 2 while Hempstead will host International at Roy Wilkens Park.

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