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New York U-19s Fall To New Jersey

By Orin Davidson

The jinx that is New Jersey worked its evil curse again on New York who fell to the Atlantic Region squad for the second time in a month in national cricket competition.

At the inaugural United States of America Cricket Association’s (USACA) Under-19 Eastern Conference series yesterday, New York’s hopes of winning it collapsed in a heap when they went down to the boys from Atlantic Region in Atlanta at the McNail Field.

Despite solid performances from Jarein Thomas, Akeem Dodson and Andre Kirton, New York suffered a 35-run defeat which leaves them in a must win situation in their remaining two games against Florida (South East Region) and Connecticut (North East).

Florida opened their campaign with a six wicket victory over Connecticut in the other game.

Batting first New Jersey rattled up a formidable 243runs for eight wickets total in their allotted 50 overs to which New York only managed 208 in 35 overs. The win notched another triumph for the Region which beat New York in the Eastern Conference senior playoff series last month in the Big Apple.

Mark Stanford carried the attack for New Jersey this time, slamming a topscore of 74 while A. Patel gave good support with 23. The experienced Anand Singh notched New York’s best bowling figures, taking two wickets for 12 runs with his off spin. Thomas also came good, bagging 2-27 while Karran Ganesh chipped in with 2-31 and paceman Dwayne Hurley 2-32.

In reply New York made a promising start, reaching 92-2 at one stage, before suffering a huge collapse that put paid to their hopes. Dodson led the moderate scoring streak with 38 along with Kirton who compiled 36. Thomas returned with the ball to strike a valuable 33 not out, but did not get the support he needed to pull off the victory although David Umadhan contributed 21.

Jameed Rasheed and Haroon Raol were the chief wreckers for New Jersey, bagging four wickets each.

New York will take on Connecticut today (Saturday July15) and conclude their quest for a successful defense of the title they won last November in Los Angeles, when they play Florida on Sunday (tomorrow July 17).

The players left the Big Apple on Thursday after a grand send off dinner reception in the presence of parents and relatives on Tuesday night at the Chateau Royal Hall.

They received a number of pep talks including a stirring presentation from chief sponsor Ed Ahmad, Chairman of the Ahmad Group of Companies. USACA’s New York Directors Carlyle Miller and Milford Lewis also spoke along with treasurer Selwyn Caesar.

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