Score To Settle
By James Persaud
June 6th, 2008
Two seasons ago on a rainy Sunday afternoon and a late start East
Coast and Assassins clashed in the New York Softball Cricket League
(NYSCL) 25 over Championship finals. This Sunday the same two teams
will take on each other again, this time in the semi-finals of the
In the last encounter East Coast won the toss and
bat first, getting off to a fast start. After 13 overs East Coast
was well placed for a huge total. At the water break both teams had
much extended team’s meeting.
When play resumed Kris Shobai was brought into the
bowling attack very early and he soon struck with his nagging half
break, removing four valuable middle order batsmen. The East Coast
innings came to an end with a well defendable score.
East Coast opened their bowling attach with Peter
Sookdeo and Mahendra Seeram (Murph), both bowled well sending back
half the batting side by break time. At half time East Coast was blowing
horns and waving flags in eagerness of victory.
Assassins had one thing in their favor; the Rock-
Kris Shobai was still at the crease. Kris batted with patience playing
every ball by its merit and after 23 overs he had single handily placed
his team into the winners circle.
This Sunday game will be different, East Coast will
come out fired up on all eleven cylinders and powered by bragging
rights. Assassins on the other hand would be without the services
of Kris, who will be doing battle with United Star. Assassins have
had its share of success and are arguably the most successful softball
If past performances are to be used as an advantage
Assassins played East Coast two Sundays ago in the Super 8 finals,
Assassins set a meager score for East Coast. But with good captaincy
and an all round team performance by Ganesh Chattergoon (Speddy) bowling
and Andrew Gonsalves superb catching, Assassins took the edge again.
Assassins has two of the best softball cricket strategist Navin Narine
and captain Eon Ellis who seems to always pull the trigger at the
Takes On United Star
Hustlers started the 2008 season very slow losing their first three
games; this is a new team with new players who are playing together
for the first time. As the season progresses the teams began to play
better as players find their niche. Hustlers won enough games to grab
the last slot in the playoffs and last Sunday played superbly to upset
the number one seed Country Boys.
In the second
rounds of the playoffs coming up against United Stars things will
be a little difficult; United Stars will depend on their strength
which is their bowling. United Stars has played well so far but seems
to lack one or two solid middle order batsman. In the semi-finals
last Sunday against Braveheart Bhola Pahalad grabbed a hat-trick the
first in the premier division for the 2008 season. Both United Stars
and Hustlers has solid opening batsman with Ravi Balli and Dhanraj
for United Star, Pooran Beria and Kris Shobai for Hustlers. These
teams will be looking for a good start from their openers to set the
pace of the game.
Wildfire versus Williamsburg
If team Manager J P Singh has things his way there will be Wildfire
all over Williamsburg. Williamsburg will have no need for a fire truck,
providing that the Hardeen and Appadoo brothers could handle the bowling
of Wildfire, Singh brothers Vinod and Looknauth. In an earlier encounter
between the two teams, Wildfire had the victory and will be looking
to make it two in row.
Battle Bronx Lions
Nationals has played good solid cricket so far in this competition,
this team suffer one defeat by default. Last Sunday in the quarter
finals Nationals squeak by another Bronx team Ron Cricket by 30 runs.
This Sunday game will be the true test for both teams and the winner
of this game could well be the champions of this division. Both teams
are evenly matched with good pace bowling and solid batting.
Lightening, Ranchers, NY All-Stars and Sunrise Vying for Championship
Playing division two cricket always brings out the best in teams as
they are eager to play in the higher divisions. The four remaining
teams in this division are equally good, but Lightening must have
the edge since they have not lost a game so far this season. Last
season New York All-Star went to the finals and after a good bowling
display restricting the batting side, collapses in their batting and
had to settle for second place. They will be looking to redeem themselves
and hoping for better result. Ranchers and Sunrise has been here many
times before and are capable of creating huge upset on any given day.
Falcons, Legends and Young Brothers
Young Brothers will take on Legends, while Falcons will wait to find
out there opponent is since there are some corrections to be made.
Young Brother a new team is having a wonderful season so far setting
their opponents huge target. In last Sunday game they scored well
over two hundred runs against Local Boys, all rounder Krishna Twari
and team captain Dhanraj has led the team in batting. Another first
year team Falcons surprisingly upset Invaders in a low scoring encounter
in the quarter finals last week.
Legends will be looking for an all round good performances
from the Morrison brothers and skipper Boyo Narine if they are to
reach the next round.
The weather forecast is for a hot sunny Sunday; the
games are equally hot and will be intensely contested.
Quarter Finals Games Summary
United Stars Vs Braveheart
United Stars 172 all out
V. Seenarine 28, V. Dhanraj 23
T. Ganeshram 4 for 37, K. Deodat 3 for 27
Braveheart 105 all out
Bhola Pahalad 3 for 11, T. Ramoutar 2 for 28
Williamsburg Vs Titans
Titans 138 all out
C. Hiralall 39, R. Dargana 32, A. Kissoon 24
H. Sackichand 3 for 34, Renny Appadoo 2 for 11
Williamsburg 140 for 6
N. Persaud 34 not out, Romey 21 not out
C. Hiralall 2 for 14
Nationals 161 all out
K. Nandalall 33, V. Nagamootoo 32
B. Hiralall 3 for 19, R. Bechem 2 for 27
Ron Cricket 131 all out
R, Bechem 38, B. Hiralall 20
H. Ramkarran 3 for 19, S. Singh 3 for 34
Falcons Vs Invaders
Falcons 136 all out
V. Ramnarine 39, C. Baichu 34
Winston 4 for 3, P. Valladares and N. Vickram 2 wickets each
Invaders 120 all out
Winsto 34, N. Vickram 16
C. Baichu 4 for 16, M. Singh 2 for 21