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It’s Bobby Time- Hits Maiden Century

By James Persaud
May 10th, 2008

A few years ago he hit the New York softball cricket circuit and immediately created an impact as a very dominating bowler. Over the years he has placed more interest in his batting and has developed into one of the best all-rounder in the game today. Last season he was awarded one of the most coveted titles in softball cricket, NYSCL cricketer of the year award.

Even though Bobby Pahalad was the first person to win this title without scoring a century, his runs scored and wickets taken was the best overall as an all-rounder. He was only out done by his brother Bhola with a few more wickets. Last Sunday Bobby hit his maiden century against Cavaliers, an even hundred. His batting on this day was emblematic of his style as he struck five fours and nine sixes to race his team to victory with 5 overs to spare.

This year 25 over Championship is shaping up to be another exciting culmination as in all the divisions there are teams who have already qualify for the playoffs after five weeks of competition. In the Premier division there are still 4 undefeated teams in Country Boys, East Coast, Braveheart and United Stars. These teams will be hard press by the surging Liberty Knights, Assassins, Young Warriors, Untouchable, Mafia and Cavaliers.

Division IB
Nationals Keeps The Pressure On

The Shazam Hussain, Nationals is the team to beat in this division as the last season division IIA Mini World Cup champions continues to play dominating cricket after moving up into the higher division. The team is built around an all-star cast of Nagamootoo, McDonald, Nandalall and the Ulla brothers. As teams head into the playoffs the competition will get hotter with the likes of Wildfire, Titans, Bronx Lions, Enterprise, Sheffield and Cotton Field. Nationals and Titans are the only undefeated teams in this division.

Division IIA
John Singh Magnificent In Ranchers Upset

Ranchers beat Rebels last Sunday in a thriller at the Roy Wilkins Park, Queens. With Ranchers needing another 4 runs for victory and one ball remaining in the innings. At the crease for Ranchers was their captain John Singh, the fielders gather in the middle and had a long talk with the bowler. If the talk was to take the pressure of the bowler, it did just that as he send one right down the middle a little short and rising and John smack it over the mid wicket boundary to end the game in Chandrapaul style. John Singh played the innings of his life scoring an unbeaten 66 and Dave Balli contributing 45 in a total of 186 for 6 wickets. Bowling for Rebels A. Persaud took 2 for 34, R. Jaynauth, A. Jaynauth and J. Persaud bagged one wicket each.
The match was reduced to 20 overs Rebels won the toss and elected to bat first, posting a total of 185 for 6 wickets. M. Bisram top score with 44 including [5 x 4, 2 x 6] and R. Gangaram blasted a quick 33 runs not out. Bowling for Ranchers D. Balli, S. Singh and G. Thakur each took 2 wickets.

Undefeated Triumph team.

Division IIB
Triumph Still Undefeated

The Triumph Cricket Club is having a superb run so far in the 2008 season. Last year this team had played some good cricket earlier in the season and made it to the playoffs, and then seems to just hit a bad streak. This season under the management of Budhram and Whitee, who is playing a more integral part in the team maintaining discipline, and the team has played unbeaten after five weeks.
Last Sunday Triumph took on Lions; Triumph won the toss and batted scoring a total off 186 for 7 wickets in their allotted overs. K. Heralall top score with 32, G. Pooran (25) and B. Deopaul (23) were among the runs. Sargi 2 for 27, C. Joseph, S. Springer and J. Joseph took 1 wicket each.
When Lions took the crease they found runs very hard to get against the bowling of B. Singh (3 for 8), Kenny, G. Pooran, K. Heralall, B. Deopaul and Yoda each took 1 wicket. And the Lions were bundle out for 87 after 18 overs. The only batsmen to reach double figures were Crandon 22 and King with 10.

New York Softball Division 1A
Liberty Knights Secure Playoff Spot

After suffering their first loss of the season the previous week, Liberty Knights rebounded to defeat West Dem emphatically by 6 wickets in their fifth match played last Sunday at the Livonia Recreational Park.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, West Dem got off to a quite decent start before they lost their first batsman, run out after a mix up in the middle. Wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals as the Knights players applied and maintained the pressure with some inspired bowling and excellent fielding. West Dem eventually collapsed for 95 runs in just under 18 overs with Morgan making 23. Ravi Murry was the chief wrecker bagging 3 for 17 from 5 overs while Paul Virappen picked up 2 for 10.

After conceding a mammoth 76 extras last week, Knights had a much improved time in the field giving up only 17 free runs this time around.

Requiring a paltry 96 for victory, Liberty Knights had a disastrous start to their innings, losing one of their openers, bowled for a golden duck. This however paved the way for some aggressive strokeplay as Knights raced to their target in 12.1 overs losing 4 wickets in the process. Brian made 26 while Telston Johnson stroked a rapid 22 to remain unbeaten at the end.

NYSCL week 5 games summary:
Division IA

Young Warriors vs. Country Boys
Young Warriors 113 all out
R. Durga 28, C. Roopnarine 19
A. Jerrick 3 for 12, A. Towler 2 for 26
Country Boys 114 for 7
A. Jerrick 23, T. A. Towler 19 not out, Fernandez 16
R. Durga 2 for 12, R. Gopaul 2 for 15

Assassins vs. Mafia
Assassins 147 for 9
E. Ellis 48, A. Gonsalves 22, K. Bux 19
P. Takur 5 for 33
Mafia 126 all out
P. Takur 59 not out
K. Bux 4 for 17, Speedy 2 for 10, A. Singh 2 for 19

Better Hope vs. Untouchable
Untouchable 213 for 9
S. Panday 80, B. Prashad 47, R. Chunilall 42
K. Sanichar 3 for 25, R. Singh 3 for 44
Better Hope 203 for 9
A. Singh 59 not out, J. Anthony 22
Chris 3 for 36, D. Seepersaud 2 for 24

United Star vs. Cavaliers
Cavaliers 183 all out
E. Sahadeo 76, Z. Ahmad 40 not out
Bhola Pahalad 3 for 30, Bobby and N. Singh 2 wickets each
United Star 184 for 4
Bobby Pahalad 100, G. Sundar 31
R. Sahadeo, S. Nirmal and M. Persaud 1 wicket each

Division IB
Williamsburg vs. Sheffield

Williamsburg 166 all out
B. Hardeen 33, J. Hardeen 30, S. Hardeen 24
E. Dotson 3 for 30, O. Jackson 2 for 25
Sheffield 167 for 4
O. Jackson 55 not out, L. Longhorn 27 not out
S. Sackichand 2 for 28, S. Hardeen 2 for 33

Nationals vs. Eagle Lounge
Eagle Lounge 107 all out
S. Singh 24, A. Gopaul 19
F. Ulla 2 for 6, R. Ulla 2 for 17
Nationals 111 for 4
K. Nandalall 52, F. Ulla 25
A. Gopaul 2 for 24, Rajin 1 for 7

Long Beach vs. Bronx Lions
Long Beach 101 all out
K. Roopnarine 26 not out, R. Cameron 10
D. Basdeo 4 for 26, A. Persaud 3 for 21
Bronx Lions 102 for 4
M. Chandrika 47, A. Sanasie 32
Shameer 4 for 34

Division IIA
New Jersey vs. Wakefield

New Jersey 162 for 7
T. Deonarine 53, R. Tolaram 40
C. Gunraj 3 for 30, Darren and Khan 2 wickets each
Wakefield 44 all out
Darren 14, B. Singh 12
P. Sookdeo 4 for 20, Assif and R. Ramsarran 2 wickets each

Division IIB
Cricket International vs. Alliance

Cricket International 87 all out
D. Autar 15, S. Haniff 10
E. Wilbert 4 for 18, Ravi for 3 for 8, A. Singh 3 for 10
Alliance 72 all out
W. Asrula 3 for 8, S. Persaud 2 for 15, D. Autar 1 for 20

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