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They will be following closely by Enterprise, Enterprise will take on Assassins this Sunday and this could well be a very deciding game for either team, setting up the first three or four slots. The rest of teams in the Premier division will be vying for the last four spots. Assassins who made a slow start this season is finale getting some runs from skipper Eon Ellis, which could well be the turning point for this team.
In division IB, Ranchers stand alone and have enjoyed a smooth sailing so far in the competition wining all their games. Ranchers will face their toughest task in the playoffs when their will be playing teams from the other group. The other teams who will be looking to lock in their playoffs spot this Sunday is Wildfire, Canal and Master Blaster. Then the wild rush will be between the remaining teams with only New York All-Stars holding the slimmest chance.
The division IIA teams saw two teams running away and locking up their playoffs spots, Volcano and Eagles who have played undefeated so far. New York Midrise a team with plenty talented players started the season very slow and loss their first game but have since changed gears and have cruise to victory in their last three games led by their captain Krishna Persaud. All the other teams in this division have a chance to make the playoffs except Rebels who has the very slimmest chance.
Every season as the teams in the upper divisions play rough house in trying to make the playoffs and take the championship, the teams in division two seems to be having fun and playing very competitive cricket. But then again this where it all started, playing at the bottom and work your way up trying to get to the Premier division. In the division IIB only one team have secured their playoffs spot so far Ravens, and they are hard pressed by Champions, Strikers, Young Brothers, Flashers and Justin Force.
Justin Force the new team on the block led by their skipper Sonny have played very competitive cricket and have won some very close games. With two games remaining before the playoffs it look as if the last three spots for the playoffs in this division will come from either of the other teams. The teams who are unable to securing their playoffs spot this Sunday will still have a last chance in the sixth week, there is still plenty of cricket left-so play ball and have fun let the ball and bat do the do the magic for your team.
Cavaliers Ends Enterprise
The two most senior batsmen for Enterprise R. Barron and M. Sukran, batting at four and five with their team in trouble at 47 for 3, failed to make a significant contribution to lift their team towards recovery. Both batsmen perished before the break, caught for 7 and 8 respectively. At the break, Enterprise was reeling at 60 for 5, which could have been worse if Cavaliers did not drop three regulation catches. With Enterprise struggling at the midway stage of their inning, the momentum was clearly with Cavaliers.
Resuming after the break, things got even worse for Enterprise as wickets continued to tumble. In fact, the last five batsmen fell for 26 runs. Cavalier’s bowlers once again did a fabulous job to restrict Enterprise for 86 all out, given the opening stand of 40 that was posted. Earpalli Sahadeo and Rishi Singh bowled brilliantly, finishing with match figures of 3.3-0-14-4 and 4-1-8-2 respectively.
Cavaliers pursuit of the small target of 86 was somewhat nervy. After 12 accurate overs, there was just one boundary; an excellent display of how tight Enterprise bowlers kept their line and length. Michael Persaud and Ravi Sahadeo opened the innings for Cavaliers.
Michael Persaud was removed in the second over, fishing outside off stump and was caught behind for 1. Brooks Parshad made his way out to the wicket with the score on 7 for 1, and he and Ravi Sahadeo posted a second wicket partnership of 25 before Brooks inside edged towards short third man and set off for a run, only to be sent back by Ravi Sahadeo and was run out for 11.
Cavalier’s skipper Earpalli Sahadeo strolled to the middle with the score on 31 for 2 in the 11th over with Cavaliers desperately needing someone to up the ante.
Ravi Sahadeo tried to do so, but in the process held out on midwicket boundary for 11. Rishi Singh joined his skipper in the middle and the two started the repair job for Cavaliers with singles, doubles and inside edges.
Trying to steal each run as possible, Earpalli Sahadeo perished via the run out route for 10, attempting to complete a second run he failed to make his ground at the non- striker end.
But that was as good as it got for Enterprise, as Jadgesh Arjune and Rishi Singh eased into a 34- run stand. The scores were level when Rishi Singh drove loosely to short mid off and was caught 22. Rishi Singh batted with superb confidence and rare aggression.
Jadjesh Arjune was left on 10 not out when Cavalier eased over the finish line. All of the Enterprise bowlers tried their best to hold Cavaliers below the less than threatening of targets, but failed in the end. Nevertheless, they pushed Cavaliers to the limit and made them fight for each run. M. Sukra and D. Jadjeo finished with one wicket a piece. Good sportsmanship was displayed by both teams in a hard fought match.
Spartans Stun Canal
The bottom order compromises of the youngest of players in the league, all teens especially Neil and Faid, two future stars of this league. Well one thing that has been consistent is Spartans bowling. They have been good all the time and great some of the time, especially last Sunday.
With only 79 runs to win, Canal thought that they had an easy task ahead but Spartans opening bowlers and to be quite honest the team had something different on their mind. And if you were part of the huddle before they went into the field, you would have known that something special was about to happen. You could have seen the determination. The inning started off with a bang, with Kennard striking two times in the first over.
Then Jerry (Safraz) took a wicket in the second over. Game was on. With the opening bowlers bowling ever so dangerously, Danny (Canal opening batsman) decided to anchor down and play the openers out with the number 5 batsman at the crease. They did well until the 7th over when Kennard bowled an unplayable delivery which bowled the number 5 batsman. Then Chris came into the attack with momentum fully swinging Spartans way and took 3 vital wickets. Before you knew it, the game was over. Spartans had overcome an incredible challenge, they won the game.
Kennard finished with 5 for 13 in 5 overs. Jerry finished with 1 for 12 in 5 overs and Chris finished with 3 for 16 in 4 overs.
NYSCL Match Summary
United Stars Vs Untouchables
Assassins Vs Triumph
Liberty Knights won Vs Bravehearts
Wildfire Vs Horizon
Canal loss Vs Spartans
Lions Vs NY Midrise
Unpredictable won Vs Waves
Ravens Vs Invaders
Buccaneers Vs Young Brothers
Flashers Vs Cricket International
Rising Sun won Vs Falcons
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