Crowned 30 Over Kings!
United Stars falters in the New York Softball Cricket Association’s
premier competition, sponsored by King’s Jewelry World.
Assassins dominated and destroyed the United Stars cricket team last
Sunday in the NYSCA’s, premier softball competition- the King’s
Jewelry World sponsored 30 Over Cup.
In the regular season Assassins seemed to have had some problems and
came in fourth, behind East Coast and Better Hope. Once the competition
went into the play-off mode the first three teams lost their first
round games, and the seasoned campaigners took over.
Assassins captained by Eon Ellis is enjoying huge successes in the
2006 softball season after winning the first 25 Over Championship
competition. This was the Assassins second 2006 softball Championship!
Guest speaker at last Sunday’s presentation ceremony Mr. Sham
Samaroo, said this Assassins team reminded him of the mid ninety’s
when Assassins won the Triple Crown. He praised players like Navin
Narine and Ravi Etwaroo for keeping the nucleus of the team together
for so long.
Earlier in the day under bright sunshine, a day that was perfect for
cricket finals, a large crowd waited patiently to witness two of the
best NY softball teams battle for supremacy.
United Stars won the toss and asked the opponents to bat; in the first
six over this looked like a gamble that was worth its value in gold.
As the Prahalad brothers Bobby and Bhola dominated with the ball.
With Kris Sobai (4), P. Beria (0), K. Bux (3), N. Narine (3) and G.
Chattergoon (11) all back in the pavilion. It looked as if this one
was in the bag for United Stars, but the Assassins skipper Ellis and
Moonsammy had other plans and started a counter attack.
The middle order bowlers could not get the job done and the batsmen
were helped by some fielder’s buttery fingers. Both Ellis (36)
and Moonsammy (66) were dropped early in their innings. Moonsammy
however batted splendidly and made use of his chances, his innings
was the foundation for the Assassins total of 165 runs.
United Stars replied and never built a lengthy partnership against
the attack of Navin Narine ( 3 for 16) and Dilchand, Narine was super
grabbing 3 early wickets. Star batsman Parasram (Raja) never got settled
and was caught off Narine for 11. Evelyn (2 for 21) and Bux (2 for
24) were introduced into the attack as the batsmen faltered and United
Stars fell behind in the run rate.
After the water break the batsmen tried hitting their way out of trouble,
and the wickets kept on falling, Moonsammy was superb in the field
taking 3 running and diving catches. The innings came to a close on
101 all out, giving the Assassins their second championship in as
many tries. A. Moonsammy was rewarded for his superb batting and fielding
effort with the man of the match award.
DIVISION I B
Met-en-Meerzorg snuck by Long Beach to win the second tier championship,
in a game that had more than it’s share of confusion. Never
the less like good sportsmen, and under overwhelming pressure Long
Beach surrendered the crown to their opponents, R.Besham was rewarded
with the man of the match for his top score of 48 runs and 3 wickets
for 18 runs.
DIVISION II A
Country Boys, a stand out and supremely well organized team continued
in their winning ways defeating Cotton Field in their side of the
By winning on Sunday the 30 over Championship and the division II
B 25 over Championship earlier in the season, this team is well set
like Assassins to be Triple Crown Champions.
Country Boys took on Cotton Field in what became a keenly contested
match up. Both teams had scored huge totals in the regular season
games. This time Country Boys was the better of the two, in a game
played at their home ground. Andrew Jerrick won the man of the match
crown with his outstanding match performance of 20 runs and 3 wickets
for 20 runs. Kudos to Country Boys President George Ault and Community
leader Garfield Towler for their leadership, loyalty, and skill in
molding a very mercurial and dynamic group of talented cricketers
into a winning team.
DIVISION II B
New York All-stars continued to play good all round cricket, but came
up short for the second time in as many tries this season as Unpredictable
dominated after winning the early morning game against 76Sers to qualify.
NY All – Stars despite the presence of Sunil Lekraj and Ivor
Chan could not take control of the game as the result testifies.
The Unpredictable team has struggled all season with problems and
moved down in the NYSCA divisions and now success has come their way.
Unpredictable’s K. Hardeen was the man of the match scoring
of 13 runs and capturing 4 wickets for 39 runs.