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Country Boys Defeated Hustlers To Qualify For Playoffs


By James Persaud

June, 3rd, 2009
In the last qualifying round of the New York Softball Cricket League 25 Over Championship competition sponsored by P K Realty & Mortgage Company, there were a few big upset with game favorite losing. This created a whole new layout for the playoffs starting this Sunday.

Country Boys defeated Hustlers with one ball to spare in the allotted 25 overs, Hustlers batting first scored 138 for the loss of 7 wickets. Pooran Beria top score for Hustlers with 49 runs, Kris Shobai 18 and Nigel Greaves 16. Bowling for Country Boys E. Chance and D. Edwards grabbed 2 wickets each.

When Country Boys reshuffle their batting lineup sending openers G. Waithe and Ivor Chan to the crease they were hoping for both to stay long at the crease. This strategy work as the Hustlers opening bowlers Shawn and Ravi struggled to separate the two. A double bowling change was made with Nigel Briglall and Pooran Beria, Briglall was first to struck removing both openers Waithe (43) and Chan (11).

There was a mini collapse in the middle order but this was put in check by a solid knock of 31 by Tony Fernandez. Nigel Greaves was introduced into the attack and it looked as if he would be able to close it of for Hustlers as he grabbed 4 wickets for 17 runs in 4 overs. His effort was a little too late as good quick running between the wickets by the Country Boys batsmen derailed his effort and the required 139 runs was reached with 1 ball to spare and only 8 wickets down.

In another big upset Braveheart defeated Untouchables and only failed to reach the playoffs by a lower net run rate to Country Boys. Untouchables were bowled out for a mere total of 81 runs and Braveheart knocked this off in 13 overs. It was a very good effort by the Braveheart bowlers and batsmen, but a little too late in the competition.

Over in Brooklyn Assassins continues to pile on the runs as they amassed a total of 216 runs against the Mafia bowling attack. With Assassins already certain of a playoff slot, it looked as if their batsmen used the game to get there big swings in, especially the skipper Eon Ellis who hit a few towering boundaries. Also Kaleem Bux, Rico Knights, Rakesh Debedin and Amit Moonsammy got good scores in the game.

When Mafia took the crease the 2 openers went cheaply and there after wickets fell frequently and only a good seven wicket stand delay the game before it ended with Mafia reaching a total of 121 all out.

United Stars struggled against Enterprise, with United Star needing a big victory for a better placing in the playoffs. Enterprise had plans of their own wanting to stay in the top four, Enterprise started the 2009 season on a very high mode. This team may not have the big name players, but they are a team that bond and plays together thereby creating a strong unit that is capable of winning any given day.

Enterprise batted first and scored 144, R. Barran 26, M. Sukhra and B. Harilall scored 18 each, and United Star reached 146 with 7 overs to spare. The highlight of this game was the batting of Ravi Balli who batted at number three and had a very stylish innings of 85 runs not out. He batted with patience putting away the loose balls and was very strong with his hook and pull shots

Liberty Knights Remains Undefeated Heading Into the Playoffs
By Vick Lall

Liberty Knights defeated Cavaliers to stay undefeated heading into the playoffs.  Liberty Knights won the toss and invited Cavaliers to bat first.  Cavaliers opened the innings with Michael Persaud and Ravi Sahadeo.

Michael Persuad was cleaned up by Andrew for 3.  Cavalier’s skipper, Erapalli Sahadeo batting at number three followed next, when he failed to keep down a rising delivery and was caught for 9 off Navin Persaud. Brooks Persaud and Ravi Sahadeo started the recovery job for Cavaliers and took their team to the break with the score on 60 for 2 off 13 overs.

With eight wickets in tack, you would think Cavaliers was set for a big total, but Liberty Knights had different ideas.  The first over after the resumption Liberty Knights struck, removing the dangerous Ravi Sahadeo for a well played 28, bowled by Navin Persaud.  The middle and lower order batsmen failed to establish partnerships and Cavaliers inning crumbled to a disappointing total of 93 all out.

The last eight wickets fell for a mere 33 runs. Navin Persaud and Walker ripped the heart out of Cavaliers batting lineup and finished with 7 wickets between them.  Navin Persaud bowled fast and extracted good bounce and movement off the wicket and finished with 4 for 25.  He was well supported by Walker who was rewarded with figures of 3 for 10.

In reply to Cavaliers modest total of 93, Liberty Knights started off aggressively, posting an opening stand of 17 in 3 over’s between Navin Persuad and Amar.  Amar was the first to go, caught for 10 off Navin Sahadeo.  Paul made his way out to the middle at number three but failed to trouble the score and was well caught off Mahendra Persaud. 

With the score on 23 and Navin Persaud on 6, he drove his namesake Navin Sahadeo firmly through the covers, only to be intercepted by Gavesh Arjune, who dive full length to his right and plucked the ball one-handed out of thin air. 

It was an amazing catch and the batsman was stunned as he stood his grounds in disbelief before he eventually trudged back to the pavilion.  At that stage, Liberty Knights were a bit shakily placed at 23 for 3.  Brian and the experienced Ken Sanichar took Liberty Knights to the break with the score on 52 for 3. 

Ken and Brian batted beautifully and rotated the strike intelligently and in the process steered their team towards victory and ensured Liberty Knights stayed undefeated.  Brian batted aggressively for his 34 not out, smashing 3 sixes in his inning; two over the mid-wicket boundary and one straight over the bowler head.  Ken, on the other hand, was less aggressive, using his experience as he nudged the ball through the gaps and kept the scoreboard ticking over constantly.

Both Batsmen ran hard between the wickets and picked up doubles and singles without taking any risks.  Ken ended on 31 not out. Navin Sahadeo was the pick of the Cavaliers bowlers, finishing with 2 for 18, and was backed up by Mahendra Persaud, who finished with 1 for 12.
 
In the quarter finals scheduled for this weekend, Liberty Knights will now take on the 8th placed team after the round robin games of the competition.  Cavaliers finished second and will face the number 7th seeded team…Good luck to all the teams heading into the playoffs.

Nana Dwarka Set Up Young Brothers
By Narotam Tiwari

On a beautiful day for cricket at Springfield park Young Brothers were well prepared to take on Flashers a pretty good team led by there captain Rocco.

The Brothers won the toss and asked flashers to take first strike and they were immediately in all sorts of trouble when there captain Rocco was comprehensively beaten and bowled by C. Roopnarine for a duck (0) off the second ball of the match, in came Vick to be brilliantly run out by Captain T. Dhanraj also for a duck (0) third ball faced. However by the end of the fourth over flashers started to consolidate taking the singles and scoring the boundary at a pretty decent rate.

Then captain Dhanraj made the lethal change to date by bringing on N. Dwarka (NaNa) and immediately the Young man destroy the heart of the flashers batting line up by taking 6 wickets for 18 runs off his 5 overs. He was well supported by his captain T. Dhanraj taking 1 wicket for 15 runs off his 5 overs with 1 maiden. Flashers were eventually bowl out for 76 in 14 overs with Randy 24 and Kumar 21 had a score of any substance.

Young Brothers opened up with N. Tiwari and V. Gunga two very inform batsman. However Gunga stay was short lived, being caught third ball for 04 runs. Flashers were very energetic at the fall of this wicket.

In came cap Dhanraj which started up the fire works for inform and dangerous Tiwari who crack three sixes and three fours in a dashing 39.Tiwari was very severe especially on the spinners taking twenty (20) off Rabin one and only over of the match.

By the time Tiwari was out caught off the bowling of Randy the damage was already done with the score on 61,Cap Dhanraj batted through the rest of the innings with (15) not out and C. Roopnarine (09)not out. As Young Brothers finished on 77 for 4 wickets.

Sunday Quarter Finals Matches

Division I A-Premier

Division I B

1. Liberty Knight Vs Country Boys

1. Wildfire Vs Titans

2. Cavaliers Vs Untouchables

2. Ranchers Vs Sheffield

3. Assassins Vs Enterprise

3. Master Blaster Vs Spartans

4. United Star Vs Hustlers

4. Sunrise Vs Canal


Division II A

Division II B

1. Essequibo XI Vs Waves

1. Champions Vs Flashers

2. Volcano Vs Better Hope

2.Young Brothers Vs Justin Force

3. N Y Midrise Vs P M All-Star

3. Ravens Vs Legends

4. Eagles Vs Unpredictable

4.Wolfpack Vs Strikers

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