And Singh Steer NY All-Stars Pass Predators
By Ivor Chan
July 25th, 2008
In the fourth week of the New York Softball Cricket League 30 Overs
Cup competition sponsored by Novelty Financial Group, New York All-Stars
defeated Predators in a Division 1B match played at Baisley Park.
Predators won the toss and elected to take first strike, the opening
pair took 14 runs off the first over. But some steady and accurate
bowling by NY All-Stars bowlers led by S. Dharampaul (4 for 21) and
O. Sooman (2 for 13) restricted Predators to a small total of 147
runs all out in 23.1 overs.
At the 15 overs break Predators was 87 runs for the loss of 5 wickets
and looking to get a significant total. But the NY All-Stars bowlers
quickly dash those ideas and restrict Predators to only 60 more runs
in the second half of their innings. The main contributors for Predators
were the Captain L. Longhorne (42) who played major role in Predators
innings, K. Williams (15), T. Gill (19) and J. Smith (19) who kept
the NY All-Stars bowlers at bay for awhile.
When NY All-Stars took their turn at the crease, it seems as if they
would make short work of the game chasing such a small total in 30
overs. But the attitude soon change in the NY All-Stars camp as they
began to loose wickets at steady intervals after the fall of the first
wicket in the second over with score at 10. Predator’s accurate
bowling was frustrating the opposing batsmen into making errors and
getting themselves out. At the end of the 15th over of NY All-Stars
inning, the score board reads 79 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.
The game was firmly in Predators grasp, but Ivor Chan batting at number
6 was still at the crease picking up runs via any means; whether off
the bat or extras. He soon found some allies in the lower order batsmen
(N. Desilva 12) and D. Singh (23 not out). With I. Chan (50 not out
including 3 sixes, and 3 fours) receiving ample support from these
two batsmen he began to challenge Predators bowlers, the strategy
soon begin to pay dividends.
I. Chan inning was highlighted by some timely shots to the boundary
none more spectacular than a drive over cover point for six. At the
other end D. Singh was putting his stamp on the game, hitting two
consecutive sixes over long on. D. Singh is experiencing fine form
having score 23 in the previous week game.
In the end the two batsmen were able to reverse the fortunes of the
NY Alls-Stars team and guide them to victory. The pick of the bowlers
for Predators were: N. Williams 3 for 32 and D. Abrams 2 for 28.