The Euphoric Kris Shobai Guide Hustlers into Final
By James Persaud
This Sunday the New York Softball Cricket League will bring the 2008
season to a close with four finals in the Mini World Cup 20/20 competition.
This year the competition has taken a new twist as new teams have
emerged as very challenging contenders in all four divisions vying
to become champions.
year Hustlers team led by skipper Kris Shobai could end the 2008 season
feeling quiet happy as they had a good run making the playoffs in
all three major New York Softball Cricket League competitions. In
the first 25 over championship Hustler was knockout in the first round
and in the 30 over cup they were demolished by United Stars in the
finals. To end the season with a victory this Sunday would have surely
add a few feathers to their hat. But first the will have get past
the surging Mafia, a team who is having a time of their live for the
last two Sundays. Mafia sneaked by Liberty Knights by net run rate
to secure the last slot for the playoffs and have since played very
smart cricket under the watchful eyes of Ravi Etwaroo.
members of Mafia team.
In the Mini World
Cup competition Hustlers had the highest runs rate per a game but
was second to United Stars in the win and loss ranking. After defeating
Assassins in the quarter finals in a low scoring game it was East
Coast next in what turn out to be a Kris show with his strength of
mind and patience he outplayed East Coast.
evening the Sanford Superstar’s skipper Chris Gale gamble and
open his bowling with a second string bowler Sammy and it worked-he
looked like a king. Last Sunday afternoon East Coast captain Peter
Sookdeo tried the same trick and it backed fired. A batsman of Kris
Shobai quality you never allow to get settle at the crease, you must
use your best bowler at him, after Hustlers had batted 10 overs and
Kris still at the crease East Coast only hope was for the sky to open
and snow start falling.
Sunday final game between Mafia and Hustlers could see either team
end up in victory row, Mafia a team with no big game player but a
much all round team with a good batting dept. On the other hand the
game could be decided by the more astuteness captain making the right
call at the right moment.
In A Thriller over Waves
It is a mantra that when you partake in a cricket competition you
must always strive to be the best or at least try to be placed as
high as possible for the playoffs. Some organizers would give a team
off for being number one, but too many times I have seen teams in
the cellar becoming champions, because it seems that they tends to
take their game to a higher level in the playoffs thereby creating
The Triumph team finds itself in this position in the current Mini
World Cup competition. There are two number eight and two number seven
teams playing for championship this coming Sunday afternoon. Triumph
played division IB favorite Canal who was undefeated in the qualifying
games, in the quarter finals and outplayed them by a margin of 3 runs;
they took on Waves in the semi finals and put on a superb display
of very discipline cricket, defeating them by 27 runs.
take on Cotton Field who defeated Nationals, another team who has
not had a good playoff run. Triumph will be looking to set the pace
of the game and will be counting on their batting led by Ganesh, Murray,
Boodram and the rest to make valuable contributions and giving their
bowlers a chance. The biggest problem with Triumph when occupying
the crease is that they get too many run outs, they are averaging
at least three run outs per a game.
Cotton Filed led by Manager Shane Manbodh will be looking to take
control of the game early since they are playing at their best presently.
Cotton Field will be looking to get big score from the Singh brothers,
Tyrone and Ian. They took on Titans in the first round and were victorious
with one ball to spare and last Sunday they had a stroll in the park
over Nationals. Cotton Field is the favorite in this game, there are
a more all round team in both batting and bowling, but don’t
count out Triumph who seems to be enjoying the challenge and the cool
air in the division IB.
Brothers Take On Meten Mere Zorg for Triple Crown
Young Brothers won the last two competitions and after the upper divisions
became too crowded they were asked to stay in the same division IIA.
With the shorter 20/20 competition they struggled in the early games
many times losing by a few runs, thereby keeping their run rate high.
At the end of the qualifying rounds they had enough points and a high
net run rate to place them at number seven in the playoffs.
Young Brothers played newcomers and division IIA favorite Champions
in the first round and got by them in a low scoring match; in the
second round they defeated New Jersey and advance to the finals. They
will be looking to get good scores from their skipper Dhanraj and
opener Twiari and will be depending on spinner Premnauth Mohan to
have a good spell with the ball.
Meten Mere Zorg will be coming into the game with one thing in mind
to stop any chance of a Triple Crown. Meten Mere Zorg got by Ranchers
last Sunday when the Ranchers batsmen had no answer to the M M Zorg
Advance To Take On Cricket Intl.
In the division IIB finals none of the favorite teams made it to the
finals, Ravens and Cricket International both teams ended the qualifying
rounds in the bottom half off the draw. Ravens knocked off Liberty
Boys and division favorite Flashers in the first two rounds. Cricket
Internationals got past another big gun New York Mid Rise and Rising
Sun to advance to the championship round.