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East Coast Primed For Triple Crown

By James Persaud

May 16th, 2008
The race is off for the Triple Crown and Shafeek Ally said that his East Coast cricket team is primed and ready to capture the 2008 Triple Crown in the New York Softball Cricket League Premier division. East Coast continues to dominate in the 25 Over Championship, the young and energetic team is looking forward to the challenge. This team has played well for the last two seasons but has not had the luck to accomplish this triumphant feat thus far.

Last Sunday playing against Better Hope at Seaview, East Coast captain Peter Persaud won the toss and choose to bat. Asif Ally (91) and Javid Ally (58) not out were in fine form setting a target of 199 for the loss of 6 wickets. Ken Sanichar grabbed 3 wickets for 50 runs for Better Hope.

Better Hope reply with 138 all out, the East Coast pace bowling pair of Peter Sookdeo (3 for 16) and Gummel Mattai (4 for 20) prove to be too much to handle. Ken Sanichar with a good all-round performance top score with 44, D. Sanichar 17, H. Ramdin and R. Rajpaul contribute 16 each.

United Stars Knocks Off the Mafias
Mafia won the toss and elected to field, United Star looking for their sixth consecutive victory. Open their innings with V. Dhanraj and R. Bally, losing their first wicket Dhanraj (14) with 44 runs on the board. The new batsman Ivan never looked comfortable and was out for 5, the in form Bally continues to dominate and looking for his first century fell 20 runs short. After 25 overs United Star was 205 for 9 wickets G. Sundar (22) not out and Bobby (18) not out was at the crease. P Takur took 3 for 25 and R. Sankar 3 for 41.

In reply Mafia was bundle out for a mere 82, with V. Sugrim getting 12 and R. Sugrim 9. Bobby Pahalad, Frankie Baichoo and Bhola took 2 wickets each, Ivan, Nayal and Trevor assisted with 1 wicket each.

Division IIA
Lightening Six Consecutive Victory

Apollo XI was sent in to bat by Lightening and was off to a shaky start before loosing their first wicket to T. Chinapen, the score was on 15 after 2 overs. At half time Apollo XI were struggling at 58 for three. When play resumed M. Jagdeo was brought into the attack and soon removed the remaining batsman to finish with match figures of 6 wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs. The Apollo XI innings came to a close in the 17th over for a total of 94 runs.

When Lightening took their turn at bat they loose an early wicket, M. Rambahrose with score on 6, then M. Jagdeo join his brother S. Jagdeo and the pair put on a 60 runs partnership. M. Jagdeo score 30 after having had a splendid day with the ball and along with the captain M. Singh at the wicket saw his team to victory in 15 overs. So far the Lightening has played undefeated in 6 matches

Ranchers Defeated Wakefield
Ranchers brushed aside Wakefield by 31 runs last Sunday playing at Springfield Park. Wakefield won the toss and invited Ranchers to take first strike and they made a competitive total of 167 runs in their allotted 25 overs, with good contribution coming from Narpaul Singh 29 runs, Dave Balli 25, Suraj Singh 23 and S. Sharma 21. Bowling for Wakefield Darean took 3wickets for 12 runs.
Wakefield could only managed 136 for 7 wickets when their overs expired, Sanjay top score with 32 runs .Bowling for Ranchers Narpaul Singh, G. Thakur, Suraj Singh and John Singh each took 2 wickets a piece and Dave Balli bowled his 5 overs spell for 12 runs.

NYSCL week 6 games summary:
Division IA
Assassins vs. Hustlers

Hustlers 83 all out
P. Beria 29, K. Sobhai 26
Speedy 3 for 13, N. Narine 2 for 10
Assassins 88 for 1
R. Knights 54 not out

Young Warriors vs. Untouchables
Young Warriors 175 all out
K. Gopaul 22, Y. Sumair 21, D. Mangal 21
Rayan 2 for 24, Chris 2 for 30
Untouchable 144 all out
S. Seepersaud 30, D. Edwin 29
R. Gopaul 3 for 30

Division IB
Wildfire vs. Nationals

Nationals 178 for 7
S. Husain 75, F. Ulla 26
L. Singh, C. Singh, H. Singh, M. Narine 1 wicket each
Wildfire 101 all out
L. Singh 20, H. Singh 19
S. Singh 5 for 8, S. Husain 3 for 10

Williamsburg vs. Ron Cricket
Ron Cricket 142 all out
Kimraj 34, Trevor 20
O. Nandalall 3 for 19, R. Appadoo 2 for 19
Williamsburg 144 for 5
M. Appadoo 60, V. Gajraj 27 not out
Kimraj 4 for 17

Division IIA
Rising Sun vs. Rebels

Rising Sun 160 for 7
K. Goolcharan 55, K. Balgobin 51
R. Gangram, R. Jailall, J. Persaud 2 wickets each
Rebels 107 all out
M. Bhagitria 21
D. Budhu 4 for 16, A. Lochan 2 for 18

Division IIB
Invaders vs. Alliance

Alliance 163 all out
A. Singh 44, L. Wilbert 25
N. Bickram 4 for 27, Seodat 2 for 20
Invaders 158 for 9
N. Bickram 38, R. Budram 31, W. Valladares 22
A. Singh 4 for 17, A. Ramkumar 2 for 17

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