Challengers Unchallenged Champions
Defeats Everest/ACS For Second Straight Year
By John L. Aaron
NY Challengers were returned Eastern American Cricket Association
champions for the second straight year, defeating Everest/ACS last
weekend in the league’s premier cricket event – its Big-4
Championship. This is NY Challengers’ second year as a team
in the EACA and they have begun to build a legacy of employing some
of the best cricketers available in the New York metropolitan area.
It is unfortunate that there’s no genuine inter-league competition
in the New York area, whereby the EACA would have a chance to test
the quality of the players, such as those playing for NY Challengers
and against the other leagues.
The 40-Overs final saw a NY Challengers XI led by current US national
captain Steve Massiah, challenged by Everest/ACS led by Zamin Amin.
The highly anticipated final was played at Idlewild Park in Rosedale,
Queens and saw NY Challengers winning the toss and inviting Everest/ACS
to take first strike. Maybe winning the toss was the key to Challengers’
victory, because Everest/ACS barely reached 181 all out in the allotted
Everest/ACS with accomplished batting down to number eight failed
to post a challenging enough total for the 2005 Big-4 champions NY
Challengers. None of the Everest/ACS top order batsmen reached scores
worthy of a premier final, or even a half-century. The closest was
the prolific Amjad Khan with 32 followed by Anil Solomon with 28.
Having lost their first four wickets for less than 100 runs, Everest/ACS
had placed themselves in an awkward position to defeat NY Challengers
– a team with younger players, adequate enough batting and a
bowling line-up that by far is probably the best among the leagues
in New York.
Everest/ACS 181 all out and just over 4.5 runs per over, would not
be enough to thwart the NY Challengers, who must have been chomping
at the bit for a second Big-4 championship. Challengers’ skipper
Steve Massiah got 4 wickets for 41 runs from his spell of 8 overs,
while Kumar grabbed two.
In reply, NY Challengers needed only 34.5 overs and the loss of five
wickets to wrap up the victory – their second in as many years.
Openers L. Cush c. S. Singh b. Z. Amin, 51 and K. Farrouq run out,
51 got NY Challengers off to an excellent start in pursuit of the
victory target. Farrouq’s run out was followed by a similar
fate for skipper Steve Massiah, 17. Despite those early losses, the
Challengers were undaunted in their quest for a second championship,
as the hard-hitting Andrew Gonsalves contributed 33 not out helping
NY Challengers to their second Big-4 championship in two years. The
three Challengers wickets were shared among Z. Amin, T. Hastoo and
Reflecting on his team’s second defeat at the hands of the NY
Challengers, skipper Zamin Amin said, “We have been right there
with them (NY Challengers) over the past two years, but unfortunately
we needed a few younger players to really compete.” The veteran
player complimented his opponents, remarking that they were the better
team, with some excellent players. He however added that Everest/ACS
did allow NY Challengers some breaks, by dropping openers Farrouq
at least three times and Cush once.
Both teams are however still in the hunt for the league’s Twenty/20
championship which wraps un in a couple of weeks. Everest/ACS would
no doubt be anxious to redeem themselves, while NY Challengers are
probably chomping at the bit to steal both the Big-4 and 20/20 championships
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