Semi Finals A Done Deal
By John L. Aaron
The Eastern American Cricket Association’s 2006 Big-4 Finals
has been set for tomorrow, Sunday, September 17 at Bay Park, Long
Island. However, in the event that Idlewild Park in Rosedale, Queens
becomes available, the match will be switched to that location, according
to league President Krish Prasad. Readers are encouraged to check
with league officials, other fans or team players, to confirm the
exact location of the game.
NY Challengers Routs Enmore
The Steve Massiah led NY Challengers showed Enmore no respect by routing
the latter in their Big-4 Semi Final clash last weekend at Bay Park,
LI. The seven-wicket victory saw skipper Steve Massiah, just back
from leading the USA in the Americas Cup in Canada, hitting a ton
and ably supported by his teammates.
Batting first NY Challengers racked up an impressive 311 for 3 off
their 40 overs. Leading the charge was skipper Steve Massiah with
an unbeaten 105. Andrew Gonsalves batting at number four slammed 64,
while Lennox Cush in an opening role blasted his way to a swash-buckling
53. The other contributors were Mahadeo, 38 not out and K. Mandall,
A rejuvenated Challengers with all their pistons seemingly back in
order and firing, bowled out Enmore for 175 and the victory in 28.4
overs, as the top four Enmore batsmen were scuttled out for a paltry
22 runs. S. Ali, 6, A. Seebarran, 7, J. Yassin, 6 and D. Kallicharran,
3, exited before Jainarine entered and put up some semblance of a
resistance, eventually falling to Steve Massiah for 24 (4x4’s).
The other Enmore batsmen showing any grit were Jagnarine and J. Persaud,
each with 22, followed by tail-ender S. Mohammed with a face-saving
The Enmore wickets were shared almost equally among the NY Challengers
bowlers, with no one capturing more than two scalps.
Everest/ACS Topples Richmond Hill
Everest/ACS in a move designed to pit them once more against NY Challengers
in the league’s Big-4 finals, took Richmond Hill out of the
equation. Thus, a rematch of the 2005 Big-4 finals is scheduled between
the two teams for tomorrow at a venue, yet to be confirmed.
Winning the toss and opting to take first strike, Everest/ACS reached
207 for 9 in their allotted 40 overs. Led by an opening contribution
of 62 off 73 balls from Amjad Khan, Everest with a few stumbles along
the way was able to post a troubling 207 target for Richmond Hill.
Getting among the double–figure runs for Everest/ACS were T.
Roberts, 23 not out, H. Amin, 21, skipper Zamin Amin, 19 and opener
Neil Solomon 15. Extras posted a contribution of 37.
Everest/ACS’s wickets fell at 65, 73, 106, 142, 143, 163, 164,
178 and 178. Shiv Raghubar was the Hill’s most successful bowler
capturing 4 for 35 off 8 overs. Latchman Udai had 2 for 35 off 5 overs,
while Shameer Sadloo and Ramphal Bactowar each grabbed one wicket
In reply, Richmond Hill could only muster 135 all out in 33.5 overs.
Top scorer was Sunesh Wazid run out for 29 and Ramphal Bactowar with
25 not out. Opener Mustaq Yussuf was run out for 24, while Shameer
Sadloo enjoyed a knock of 23 in the losing cause. Richmond Hill’s
wickets fell at 14, 14, 41, 90, 92, 95, 95, 97, 118 and 135.
The Hill’s batsmen were pinned down by openers T. Walke and
S. Amin with combined figures of 16-2-50-0. despite not sharing in
the wickets up for grabs, clearly the two bowlers did what they were
supposed to do in limited overs cricket, keep the opposition to three
runs per over or less. Eventually sharing the Hill’s wickets
were T. Hastoo, 2. Z. Amin 2, and K. Ganesh and K. Ramsabad each with
one wicket apiece.
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