York Under-19s Raring To Go At National Championship
In less than two weeks New York’s Under-19 cricket team will
be going all out to cart off back-to-back titles in the United States
The team is currently rounding off its preparation for the big weekend
early next month in Florida and are confident of bringing home the
bacon despite a narrow escape in winning the Eastern American competition
earlier this summer.
The squad which was presented with sweat suits by Brooklyn businessman
Orin Morris on Thursday, is going through its paces at Gateway Park.
Today we feature four of the big names in the 14-man squad.
Currently the best exposed of all the players selected, Dodson will
be entering his third national championship with the squad following
his appearances in 2004 and 2005.
One of the best batsmen, Dodson has also been the established wicketkeeper
since then, but will relinquish the gloves to concentrate on his batting
this time around.
He is one of three New York members who were part of the historic
US team which competed in the World Cup in Sri Lanka early this year.
A member of Villagers team in the Metropolitan League, Dodson chalked
up a century this season and is in the final of the Tri State series
with Tri State Youths were he has also done some bowling.
A former Guyana Under-15 player in the West Indies, Ganesh has been
vested with the captaincy this year and is confidently going about
It is his first experience at the helm, the responsibility is bringing
out the best in his game. Apart from his solid middle batting, Ganesh
is also finding bowling form with his off spin. He bagged five wickets
for eight runs for his club Everest ACS in an Eastern American League
The right-hand batsman and off spinner is making his second run in
the team and is intent on making the best of the opportunity.
In his second year, Ramsabad is aiming to capitalize on his exposure
he gained last year which landed him a place in the U.S. World Cup
He was shunted up and down the batting order then, but is now well
established in the middle. Ramsabad plays for Everest ACS in the Eastern
American League and is hoping to go all the way to another World Cup
Thomas is one of the newcomers in the squad, but also happens to be
one of the key players.
A batsman and off spin bowler, Thomas was outstanding in the Eastern
Conference series with his all-round ability and cemented his place
in the team as a result. At 17 years old, Thomas is also an established
member of Mid Island club in the Metropolitan League and will also
be in action today in the Tri State final for Tri State Youths.
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