Atlantis Fails To Climb The Hill

By John L. Aaron

July 25th, 2008
Atlantis Cricket Club with a concerted effort to climb into first-place of the EACA’s 2008 40-Overs tournament, failed to get up and past Richmond Hill last Sunday at Baisley Pond Park.

Shameer Sadloo

Winning the toss and electing to bowl under a broiling sun cover, Atlantis saw Richmond Hill, behind some very sensible batting from its top-order batsman compile 237 for 8 off the allotted 40 overs. The in-form Zaheer Saffie contributing 59 after being dropped when on 37. Other worthwhile contributions were made by openers Mustaq Yussuf, 24 and Suneshwar Wazid, 33. Batting at number three the always dangerous Tamesh “Cambio” Balwant made 38, before being caught behind off the bowling of Colin Sandy. A 55-run fifth wicket partnership between Saffie and veteran Zaheer Sadloo, 24, ensured that Richmond Hill would post in excess of 200 ticks on the board.

The Richmond Hill wickets fell at 38, 92, 114, 142, 197, 200, 215, and 232. Bowling for Atlantis, Reginald “Ibus” Ralph, 3 wickets, along with skipper Lennox Cush and Cuthbert Mendonca, each with two wickets apiece, and Colin Sandy one wicket, were the wicket-takers.

Atlantis in response, saw the West Indies’ latest Twenty20 star William Perkins and veteran Atlantis opener Desmond Thompson striding to the middle with a relatively easy task of staying ahead of just under six runs per over in the small park, to give Atlantis a decent head wind. However, Thompson departed when on 10 in the third over; while Perkins was unleashing a barrage of shots off of Richmond Hill’s opening bowlers Udai Latchman and Andy Harripaul. The 22-yer old Perkins departed after scoring only 30 off 21 deliveries (5x4s and 1x6) in the fifth over with the score at 64.

With Atlantis scoring at twice the required run-rate, it certainly looked as though they would complete the match with overs to spare. However, that was not to be, as Richmond Hill behind some very clever bowling from Sadloo (5.4-0-31-4) and Shiv Raghubar (5-1-12-1) brought a halt to the Atlantis run-spree party.

However, along the Atlantis collapse the bright star of wicketkeeper Marlon Kallicharran shown through, as the dogged opener batting at number six maintained his steadfastness in the middle, plotting and plundering his way to 68 (10x4s) off 67 balls. The very talented player was given a chance when only on 12. He would however run out of partners hungry enough for the win. Atlantis’ top-order five batsmen produced only 70 runs compared to Richmond Hill’s top-order five who combined for 168 runs. There was the difference in the defeat for Atlantis who would go on to only score 186 all out in 29.4 overs.

The Atlantis wickets fell at 33, 47, 60, 73, 102, 139, 175, 175, 182, and 186. Bowling for Richmond Hill, Z. Sadloo had four wickets, U. Latchman grabbed 3 wickets and A> Harripaul, K. Bux and Shiv Raghubar each snared one wicket apiece. The loss dropped Atlantis to 7-2 (35 points), while Richmond Hill climbed to 8-0 (42 points), with one rained-out match.

Zaheer Sadloo All-round Performance Led East Bank To Win Over Eastside Warriors
Eastside won the toss and elected to bat. They were off to a flying start as the first 11 overs yielded 101 runs, as the front line medium pacers was unable to impress, except for Travis Rodney who took 2 wicket for his 39 runs off 5 overs.

Zaheer Sadloo

It took the spin trio off Zaheer Sadloo, Derick Kallicharran and Gregory Sewdial to stop the run flow as Eastside Warriors were eventually all out for 197 in 32 overs. Z. Sadloo 8 - 2- 34- 2 wkts, D. Kallicharran 8-1-24-2 wkts, G.Sewdial 4 -18- 2 wkts was the main destroyers.

Z. Sadloo led the East Bank reply with a superb 108 not out, hitting 16 stroke filled boundary. D. Sankar 17, V. Nagamootoo 20, T. Harper 23 were the other contributors
As East Bank overhaul the 197 made by Eastside Warriors in only 25 overs.

Enmore Goes Down To Hillside
Hillside Sports vs Enmore
Toss & Decision: Won by Hillside and decided to field
Match Type: 40 Overs
Result: Hillside won
Enmore Innings 183 for 9 wickets off 40 overs: R. Bactowar 20, I. Alli 35, S. Ally 39 and B. Jaikaran 18.

A Ramcharitar

Hillside bowling: S. Allie 1-0-18-0, N. Stanford 5-0-30-2, M. Tamaldeo 5-0-27-0, M. Standiford 7-0-25-0, D. Smith 7-1-31-3, A. Hasledar 7-0-1-21, V. Naidu 8-0-29-2
Hillside in reply made 186 for 4 wickets off 35.2 overs: A. Ramcharitar 85, H. Heeralall 27, D. Smith 38 and M. Stanford 19.
Enmore bowling: A. Ali 6-0-35-0, J. Persaud 4-0-21-0, I. Ali 6-0-35-1, R. Bactowar 8-1-39-0, S. Shivnarine 8-0-36-2, S. Jainarine 3-1-10-0, S. Mohamed 0.2-0-8-0

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