New York Softball Division 1A
Liberty Knights Wins Last Ball Thriller
By Brian Manniram
April 17th, 2008
Liberty Knights held their nerves to emerge victorious in a last ball thriller against Hustlers played last Sunday at the Gerritsen Park in Brooklyn.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Hustlers boasting a batting line up consisting of Kris Shobai and Pooran, former players of Assassins, posted a challenging 169 for 6 off their allotted 25 overs with Kris leading the way with a well played 44 and Nigel contributing a useful 25 runs. Extras contributed significantly to the total due to some poor ground fielding from the Knights boys.
Bowling for Liberty Knights, Ravi Murry picked up 2 for 28 and Walker 2 for 28 from their allotted 5 overs.
Liberty Knights started their run chase disastrously, losing their skipper in the first over with only 4 runs on the board. At the interval, Knights were well placed at 89 for the loss of 3 wickets with Brian Manniram and Paul Virappen at the crease in what proved to be a match winning partnership with Brian contributing a well constructed 64 runs and Paul making 42.
With 14 runs required from 17 balls, Knights lost Brian and nearly succumb to the pressure applied by Hustlers but were eventually able to overhaul the target off the last ball of the match thanks to Ravi Murry who somehow managed to get a leg bye.
Bowling for Hustlers, Nigel and Row picked up 2 wickets apiece.
Division I B
Bronx Lions scored the highest total runs in last Sunday’s games. The Sheffield bowlers were unable to stop the flow off runs as Anand Sanasie (101) not out scored the second century of the NYSCL 2008 season. He was well supported by D. Persaud (56) in a second wicket partnership of 124 runs. The Bronx Lions Skipper Mahendra Chandrika was left not out on 34 in a total of 254 for 4 wickets.
Sheffield turn at the crease find runs very difficult to get and was all out for a mere 72 runs. M. Persaud top scored for Sheffield with 37 not out.
Division II A
Liberty Boys trounced New Jersey at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens in last Sunday second round games of the 25 over championship. Batting first, The Boys scored 162 in their allotted over, Bim George top scored with 43 runs. For New Jersey, Ramsarran was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 24. When New Jersey took strike, they were bundled out for 93. R. Hardin contributed 37 to the total, while The Boys bowling honors went to A. Persaud who took 3 for 13.
Wildfire Score Second Victory Versus Cotton Field
By J P Singh
Wildfire won their second consecutive game last Sunday, against Cotton Field at Highland Park. Wildfire won emphatically, batting first and scoring 166 for 9 wickets in 25 overs. Churaman Singh was in brilliant and attacking mood top scoring with 75 in 13 overs. Young Vinod Singh also batted well for 22 runs, with Looknauth Singh scoring 15 runs, Mukesh Narine with 14 runs and Harry Singh with 10 runs.
Cotton Field started well scoring at the required run rate of 7 runs per over, but Harry Singh, not a regular bowler, was brought on by acting captain Churaman Singh and immediately stopped Cotton Field's progress. In each of Harry Singh's 5 overs, he took a wicket for a total of 5 wickets for 14 runs. Last week he also took 3 wickets for 8 runs. Other bowlers that took wickets were Looknauth Singh-3 for 25 and Amit Persaud-2 for 15 runs.
Cotton Field was bowled out for 94 runs in 21 overs with M. Salim top scoring with 17, Ravi with 13 and R. Mohamed with 11 runs. Last week Wildfire also won against Bronx Lions scoring 168 for 9 in 25 overs and bowling out the Bronx Lions for 127 runs in 20.3 overs.
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