NY Mayor's Cup
Brooklyn Cricket League
No Diplomacy Against The Lucians As Diplomats Whip St Lucia
By Dyon Ravello
June 13th 2009
In the backdrop of the Mayor’s Cup on June 13th 2009, Diplomats continued their good form against St Lucia at Seaview 108th Street in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Diplomats took first strike in overcast conditions after the Lucians won the toss. With the Belt Parkaway providing uncoordinated sound effects, alongside the frequent landing airlines passing overhead the Lucian drew first Blood when J Prince brush the pads of wicketkeeper batsman Selwyn Smith on to the stumps with the score on one in the initial over. Oscar Prince and Hubert Lewis consolidated taking the total to 20 at the seventh over before the former was caught at the wicket off Prince.
The Diplomatic captain J Simpson entered to add more stability to the innings alongside O. Prince. After 14 overs the score read 42 for 2. O. Prince got to 31 before he departed to the deceiving medium pacer if Hunt. Oscar was replaced by his namesake Rawle Prince, who looked in good knick. However the junior Prince stroke two well timed fours through the offside, but playing one shot too many he was dropped off a skier, with the very next ball held at square leg, 92 for four. Simpson on the opposite end took 11 off his opposite number Mangal, but he too was undone by Hunts deceit bowled for a well played 34, with the score ominous at 97 for 5.
The collapse continued as a procession saw 3 wickets for six runs. At 103 for 6 with nine overs still to be bowled in the 35 over affair, Lower-order batsman Dyon Ravello entered the wicket. He played nine deliveries before getting off the mark. Soon after he lost his partner Thomas, who held out on the long on boundary. In came middle order batsmen Andre Kirton at 11. Kirton took apart the rest of the Lucian bowling and took a special liking for slower bowler Mangal. Kirton hit Mangal for three consecuetive sixes, to race pass Ravello, to get to fifty. On the other end Ravello had his say hitting Wayne Celestine for two consecutive four over the infield in the offside. The Lucians who were earlier eager to chase a paltry target were now relieved that the Diplomats innings had ended.
After 35 over Diplomats reach 194 for 9 with 91 runs scored off the last 9 overs. Andre Kirton top scored with an unbeaten shotgun 61, well supported by Ravello 21 not out. During the innings break the overcast clouds opened slightly allowing a drizzle. But those few drops were not enough to help the Lucian cause. Lewis ran through the top order getting 4 of his five wickets by bowling the adversaries. Selwyn Smith had a stumping off Lewis to compensate for his earlier failure with the bat. Ray Joseph was not far from Lewis as he had four scalps. Joseph was on a hattrick but missed the milestone, only to get the third wicket off the first ball after the hatrick ball. Keon Lake repaid the banker completing a clean throw to run out Hunt after he himself had been a run out victim.
Lewis and Joseph held on to ball all the innings, depriving Kirton, Ravello and Lake from turning their arms as the Lucians close at 38 all out. Diplomats won convincingly by 156 runs, Kirton was named the Man of the Match by teammates. Diplomats are now 5 and 1 with the Lucians struggling at 2 and 4. The next outing for Diplomats is on June 21st against the Panthers, at Marine Park in Brooklyn. St Lucia plays Grenada on June 14th at Seaview, and Warriors on the June 21st at Marine Park.
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