Tops Canal In Division 1B 30-overs Final
What a day for cricket is was, as NYSLC held four finals on a beautiful
day, made for cricket.
In the Division 1B tournament, the James Persaud led Canal XI finished
the competition in spectacular fashion with a 6-1 record, after dominating
the opposition in their scheduled fixtures. On the other side of the
coin Enterprise also dominated its peers, resulting in a similar a
The Canal vs.
Enterprise match was billed to be a thrilling one, and it was indeed,
as the young Canal team was very agile in the field and backed up
by some excellent opening bowling. After Enterprise captain David
Dataram won the toss, he wasted no time and elected to take first
strike, with a wonderful outfield and no doubt a large total in mind.
However, Canal had other ideas, when they had Enterprise opener Mike
Persaud, who in the semi-final made 48, caught early for a duck off
the bowling of Rishi Baldeo. What was even worse, he also had D. Pooran,
a close ally of Canal and a dangerous batsman, out the very next delivery.
To the delight of the Canal team, the score was then 2 for 11. In
stepped R. Barron who throughout the competition batted superbly,
but again Canal was on fire and when the score was 24, Rishi Baldeo
struck again bowling Barron behind his back for 9. The score was then
The large group of Enterprise supporters was quiet and in obvious
shock, as Manoj Sukhra and M. Singh sought to repair the earlier damage.
After some good hitting by Sukhra combined with some dropped catches
by Canal, he eventually fell for 21, closely followed by M. Singh,
who had a patient knock of 23. The score was then 66 for 5.
At the half way mark Enterprise found themselves in a position they
never was before – 68 for 5. Most teams in that position would
have folded, but Jeff Shivdyal and David Dataram did not let that
happen and started to pick up the run rate, putting on a nice partnership
to bring some decency to the score and delight of the crowd. After
the fall of Dataram for 12, and the score at 100 for 6, Sunil Seepersaud
joined Jeff Shivdyal and together they enjoyed a partnership of 43.
Jeff Shivdyal fell for a well-made 35, with Enterprise at 143 for
7. Seepersaud was the next to go, after a workmanlike and much needed
innings of 28, with Enterprise climbing to 157 for 9. Canal then wrapped
up the innings, with S. Budhram, 04 and Ravi, 00 n.o., and the final
score at 161. It was not what Enterprise had in mind, because such
a score was certainly possible at that ground. The pick of the Canal
bowlers were Amar Singh 3 for 28, J. Persaud 3 for 30, and R. Baldeo
3 for 35.
In reply, Canal gave Enterprise some early headaches with their openers
batting really well, especially Amar Singh, but the breakthrough came
when Singh was brilliantly caught by Dataram diving low to his left
off the bowling of M. Singh for 26. Canal was then 24 for 1. Deodat,
18, Harriprashad, 15, D. Singh, 15, made worthwhile contributions,
as Canal was playing well at the half way point and well poised at
77 for 4.
Enterprise had to get wickets and quickly to arrest the momentum from
Canal. Steve Ramsumar took a marvelous catch to start the Canal downfall,
as Barron who was on target clean bowled Baldeo for 04 and Basil for
00. The pressure was kept up by Sukhra who took two wickets, including
the scalp of the dangerous Anand Singh for 05. Despite some resistance
from Ravi, 15, and James, 09, Enterprise kept Canal at bay, with the
team eventually being all out for 143.
Bowling for Enterprise: M. Singh 3 for 22, S. Ramsumar 2 for 25, R.
Barron 2 for 13, and M. Sukhra 2 for 11, were responsible for the
The official scorer was Arnold Seemangal.
Congrats to the Canal team for playing such a competitive game. Thanks
to the umpires for doing such a marvelous job, and thanks to the many
supporters, especially Paul and his crew, Dave, Mickey, and Local
Boys Cricket Club, who won 3rd place in their Division 2B match.
The Enterprise Cricket Club wishes to thank everyone who donated to
the fundraising effort of their good friend Boi.
Larry Mohabir, Manager/Player and Harold Rickheeram, President of
Enterprise Cricket Club contributed to this story.