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July 25th and 26th Reports

Donwell Hector of Middlesex registered his third ton of the season.

Middlesex Go Down To Punjab
On Sat 25th July at Seaview Ave, Middlesex claim the toss and ask Punjab to take first strike, Punjab was 84 for 3 from 15 overs when the rain came. The match was reduced to 25 overs, at the end of the innings, Punjab had reach 151 for 6, J.Qasim 47 Not Out, G.Qasim 29 and Bilal Ahmad 23, bowling for Middlesex Skipper Mark Audain was the most successful bowler with 3 for 42 from 7 overs. Middlesex 145 for 6, Casper Davis 32, Jacob Emmanuel 26 Not Out and Treldon Mc Millan 21. Middlesex had required 20 runs from the last over, but can only achieve 15 runs, losing the match by 5 runs to the 2008 Brooklyn cricket league knockout champions.

Game End On A Sad Note

On Sunday 26th July at Marine Park A, it was Middlesex VS Stars United. Middlesex won the toss and elected to take first strike. Middlesex were 231 for 5, Donwell Hector scored his 3rd century of the season with a polific 106 not out, which included 7 fours, and 4 sixes, Jacob Emmanuel returned to form with a brilliant 73, which include 3 fours, and 3 sixes. The match sadly came to and end,when a thunder storm hit the Brooklyn area, one of Stars United player Patrick Gibson from the flatbush area was struck by lightning, his team mate Joseph Shortt give Gibson CPR, with the help of Mrs Flintston Charles until the NYPD/FDNY came to assist. Gibson was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where he still is in critical condition at press time.

Diplomats Triumph Over Shaheen
By Dyon Ravello

July 26th, 2009
Playing at Marine Park D on Saturday 25th July, 2009 Diplomats welcomed the return of four players; Andre Kirton, Selwyn Ramphal, Keon Lake and Basdeo Ramnarain who were absent against Jinnah and newbie, yet veteran Gavin Smith all contributed to the Shaheen’s demise. Diplomats hosting won the toss and took first strike on a hard flat track. However, Oscar Prince was unable to follow up his start from a week earlier as he edged Awais to the fielder at first slip, who clung on to the rebound as he pushed the ball into the air.

Selwyn Ramphal 86 help Diplomats reach a target of 192 for 3 against Shaheen in the Brooklyn Cricket League.

Basdeo Ramnarain found a solid partner in Selwyn Ramphal, as they combined aggression with timing, picking up both singles and the boundaries. At the break Diplomats were well positioned at 75 for 1 of 12 over. The first five overs following the break only yielded 15 runs and the retarded run flow brought the evening showers. Covers were utilized to prevent the pitch from becoming soggy and unplayable. The other three games around the park ended with the rains.

After the covers were removed, sand was used in the mop up, to insure that the bowler’s run up and the pitch was fit for play. Due to 80 minutes loss, the game was reduced to a 30 over affair.

Ramnarain and Ramphal continued their push taking the score past triple figures. Ramnarain was unlucky to be stumped by Shaheen wicketkeeper Nazim off Raza, three runs short of a half century. Andre Kirton returning from a successful campaign with the New York senior team picked up where Ramnarain left off. But Kirton was undone by a slower ball from seamer Imtiaz as he skied the ball to safe hands a cover.

Ramphal found the in-form D. Ravello an able partner as Diplomats pushed for a competitive total. Ramphal brought up his fifty with a cut for four to the backward point boundary. Ravello picked up the singles along with the odd boundary as Ramphal attempt to push for a ton. However Ramphal came up 14 short, with Ravello 20 not out as Diplomats closed at 192 for 3, Awais, Raza, and Imtiaz picking up a wicket each for Shaheen.

Shaheen started in a no non-sense mood as Nazim took the first over. The pacers felt the wrath as Shaheen were well on the way with the score on 35 without lost after two overs. An immediate introduction of spin, paid dividends as Kirton pick up three wickets in a tight spell only conceding 17 of his 6 overs. Left arm orthodox bowler Gavin Smith went wicketless, but bowled trumps nevertheless, his six overs costing a miserly 18 runs.

Nazim looked uncomfortable against the spinners but he stuck around a while before Keon Lake disturbed his timber, he made 33. Captain Raza looked more complete but he could not consolidate with, Imtiaz who was caught by Kirton on the square leg boundary off Lake. With 20 overs bowled Shaheen faced the daunting proposition of 98 of 10 overs. The primetime Lake show was on as he ripped through the Shaheen lower order, to claim 5 of 33 of 6 overs. Skipper Simpson complemented the spin engine well as he accounted for his opposite number, Raza who made 33 caught by Kirton, running in from long on. Simpson grabbed last man Umar bowled. Shaheen allout for 134, falling 58 runs short with 33 balls unused.

All the changes made by Diplomats paid off, with E Thomas, C Rose, H Lewis and Shane Smith, pulling the weight in the field. Lake was deservedly the Man of the match as Diplomats; stopped their two match losing streak to improve to a winning percentile of 63.63 from 60.00 with 7 wins and 4 losses. Shaheen too have a similar record with five matches to play before the Quarterfinals. Diplomats meet Pak XI at Marine Park B on Saturday, August 1st, and Knights on Sunday, August 2nd at Seaview.

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