Victorious East Coast team.
Coast is 25-Overs Champions!
By Justin Ally
July 20th, 2008
On a cloudy Sunday afternoon Baisley Park, located on 150th Street
and Rockaway Blvd., in Queens, was the venue for a thrilling five-hour
softball cricket match, between East Coast Cricket Club and United
Stars Cricket Club. United Stars was captained by 2007 M.V.P. Bobby
Prahalad and had earlier defeated Hustlers Cricket Club in a 15-over
semi final match, earning the right to meet East Coast in the final.
Shobai collect his team award.
United Stars won
the toss and elected to bat. Vicky “Bolo” Dhanraj and
Ravi Balli opened the batting. However, Dhanraj was bowled by Mukesh
“Gummel” Matai for two and Ravi Balli was caught off the
bowling of Javed “White Boy” Ali for seven. Ravindra Ivan
an ex East Coast player went in to bat next and made an aggressive
24 runs, before being caught off the bowling of Javed Ali. A few more
United Stars wickets fell, before Bobby Prahalad went in to bat, but
unfortunately was soon bowled by Javed Ali for seven. When Bobby got
out United Stars had 90 runs for the loss of six wickets in the 20th
over. With the United Stars in trouble at this point, the hard-hitting
Frankie Baichoo was up next. He was caught before scoring, by Ronald
Khan who took a spectacular catch, and off the bowling of Javed Ali.
The United Stars were eventually all out for 101 runs in their allotted
25 overs. East Coast was still feeling very proud of their bowling
attack, when the United Stars took to the field. Nayeem Mohammed and
Ronald Khan opened the batting for East Coast. Ronald was run out
when on five and Nayeem was caught off the bowling of Ivan for eight.
Enter Asif Ali and Prashad “Short Man” Mahadeo. Ali was
caught off the bowling of Ivan after scoring only five, while Prashad
was disappointingly bowled by Frankie Baichoo for three.
Just when things looking a bit dismal for East Coast, Satro Seeraj
and Peter Persaud put on a partnership of 24 runs. At half time East
Coast had 49 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets. Satro
and Peter Persaud were soon replaced at the middle by Javed Ali and
Peter Sookdeo. Javed was bowled by Bobby for nine and Peter Sookdeo
going for a hard single with Javed injured a ligament again and had
to be carried off the field.
Goordial Matai the Godfather then rose again, with East Coast needing
27 runs in 24 balls. He hit two big fours against Bola Prahalad, Bobby’s
brother. Matai swung around the entire game for East Coast, before
he was bowled by Bobby for nine. East Coast senior player Peter Sookdeo
aka the Shaid Afridi of softball took to the wicket again, joining
his partner Mukesh Matai at the wicket. Facing United Stars’
captain Bobby Prahalad, Peter hit a blazing four through the covers,
as Bobby Prahalad finished his allotted overs. His brother Bola Prahalad
then took the ball, with East Coast needing 11 runs in 12 balls. Gummel
Matai had the strike and he hit a double, followed by a single, before
giving the strike back to Peter Sookdeo. East Coast then needed eight
runs in 10 balls.
The drama and tension at the ground soon began building, as Bola Prahalad’s
right arm passed the umpire for a delivery to the hard-hitting Peter
Sookdeo, who hit the delivery high and hard, as the crowd watched
the ball as it sailed over the boundary for a huge six. East Coast
soon tied the game was poised to bring it home. With the tension still
in the air and the United Stars' players nervously taking up their
fielding positions, East Coast with the wind behind them and confidence
in the batsmen at the middle, waited patiently for the next delivery.
It soon arrived and Peter Sookdeo dispatched it for a single as he
and Gummel crossed, and East Coast became the 2008 25-overs champions.
Javed “White Boy” Ali was named the 2008 M.V.P of the
25-overs championship. He had bowling figures of 5-1-17-4.