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Everest/ACS Sits At Top Of Standings

By John L. Aaron

Everest/ACS led by Zamin Amin sits at the top of the EACA standings at week 10 of the league’s 13-week 40-Overs schedule with 32 points.

Following the suspension of all games two weekends ago, so that all the players in the league could attend this year’s biggest cricket event at the Floyd Bennett Cricket Facility, the clubs were anxious to resume the competition. Yes! The Prince of Port-of-Spain Brian Lara did stop cricket in the EACA.

Everest/ACS with a 6 – 0 record is followed closely by Enmore with 6 – 1 and 30 points. Both teams have five games remaining, including their suspended games.

Other teams rounding out the top six slots are NY Challengers 29 points and 4 games left, Richmond Hill 27 points and 4 remaining games, followed by East Bank, 24 points and 3 games remaining and Atlantis and Empire Mortgage each with 22 points and 4 games remaining. However, Atlantis has a protested game against Canal No. 2 Polder, still to be replayed.

Challengers Maul Ambassadors
New York Challengers’ Andrew Gonsalves and skipper Steve Massiah each cracked centuries against lowly posted Unified Ambassadors at Randall’s Island, last Sunday.

Batting first NY Challengers amassed 290 for 3 in the 35-overs affair. Challengers launched an assault with opener and hard-hitting Andrew Gonsalves smashing 137 not out. The right-hander’s knock included 16 fours and one six. His skipper Steve Massiah took a bite of the cheesecake and chipped in with 107, including four 4’s and three 6’s. The two centurions were ably supported by an enterprising knock of 39 from Q. Farouq. Ambassadors’ A. Ramdass captured the latter two batsmen’s wickets.

Unified Ambassadors, in response could only muster 175 all out off of 34 overs. Top scorer was I. Ally with 77, including six 4’s and two sixes. Challengers’ Nandalall captured 4 wickets for 19 runs off 7 overs.

Tomorrow Unified Ambassadors hosts Atlantis at Hecksher State Park 1, while NY Challengers visit Richmond Hill at Baisley Pond Park.

East Bank Narrowly Escapes
Last weekend East Bank narrowly defeated East Side Warriors by three wickets at Bay Park.

Batting first East Side Warriors racked up 161 all out in in 34.1 overs. S. Rafique top scored with 41 including five 6’s followed by opener S. Alvi with a less flamboyant 29. Extras contributed 43.

East Bank’s Zaheer Sadloo grabbed a bucket of wickets – 5 for 7 off a breath-taking 19 deliveries.

In response, East Bank behind 52 form Sohan Dass, 32 from Deryck McDonald and 30 from the ever-present Mr. Extras, reached 163 and the victory in 39.3 overs, losing seven wickets along the way.

East Side Warriors’ best bowlers were S. Rafique and U. Rafique each with two wickets for 38 and 30 runs respectively.

East Bank hosts Bayshore Tigers at Bay Park this weekend and Golden Arrow visits East Side Warriors at Hecksher State Park 2.

Richmond Hill Easy Over Hillside
Richmond Hill behind knocks of 50, 45 and 37 from Sunesh Wazid, Ramphal Bactowar and Tamesh Balwant respectively, easily defeated Hillside at Baisley Pond Park, last Sunday.

Batting first Richmond Hill reached 209 for 9 off their allotted 40 overs, with their wickets falling at 24, 42, 49, 111, 120, 120, 141, 193 and 208. S. Ali was Hillside’s best bowler grabbing 3 for 44 off 7 overs.

Hillside responded with 198 for 9 in 40 overs. V. Naidu, 39, R. Bacchus, 36, S. Seepersaud, 27 and B. Juman, 26 made a gallant effort to derail Richmond Hill, but failed in their efforts.

Richmond Hill’s Imran Ali and Sunesh Wazid each snatched 3 wickets for 24 and 37 runs respectively.

Richmond Hill plays NY Challengers this weekend at Baisley Pond Bark, while Hillside enjoys a bye.

All games start at 1:00pm.

Scores for the other games were not available at press time.

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