Pure Cricket Excitement!
Pure Players And Brooklyn/Queens Emerge Big-4 Champs!
By Sam Sooppersaud
Sept. 11th, 2008
Cricket fans were treated to a double header finals on Sunday, September
7th, at Bayswater Park, Far Rockaway, Queens, New York. At Ground
# 1, Albion Sports Club took on Pure Players for the "A"
Division championship, while at Ground # 2 Carpet Doctor battled it
out with Brooklyn/Queens Cricket Club for the "B" Division
title, both games were played under the auspices of the Nassau Cricket
Cricket League Big 4 final Division 'A' winners Pure Players.
A brilliant century
from opening bat V. Raichandra, 102, and a hard-hitting 62 n.o. from
the veteran Sudesh Dhaniram, helped Pure Players to steamroll over
Albion Sports Club whose performances with the bat, the ball, and
fielding, uncharacteristically let them down. Throughout the entire
season they had executed brilliantly in all areas of the preliminary
Albion were the first to bat, and their openers Naresh Manbode and
A. Harmacoond gave them a decent start of 49 runs in just 8 overs,
a scoring rate of just over 6 runs per over. In the 9th over Manbode
fell for 17 and the score was 49 for 1. Then in scoring the next 49
runs Albion lost 5 more wickets. At 98 for 5, they were in dire trouble
and never really recovered from the shock of losing wickets in such
quick succession. Only opener A. Harmacoond offered any real resistance
to the bowling, scoring a patient and face-saving half-century. The
number eleven batsman K. Ramphal added some respectability to the
Albion score, by contributing 19.
Pure Players unleashed an attack of seven bowlers on the hapless Albion
batsmen. D. Roopchand returned figures of 3 for 49 in 8 overs, J.
Khan 2 for 30 and S. Dhaniram 2 for 25 were the other wreckers of
the Albion batting machine. J. Khan 1 for 26, and F. Jugmohan also
joined the wicket-taking party. Despite dropping five catches and
missing a few close run-outs, Pure Players were still able to dismiss
Albion for a manageable 189 runs.
The Pure Players openers of K. Khan and V. Raichandra started their
innings very shakily, both being dropped before either had scored
a run. They however settled down very nicely and took the score to
92 before Khan (17) was out caught off the bowling of T. Dhanraj.
V. Raichandra, once he got his sights in, played a wide repertoire
of shots all over the ground. His square cuts were immaculate, and
any ball that was short-pitched was given the deserved punishment
of being pulled to the boundary.
With the fall of Khan's wicket the master-blaster Sudesh Dhaniram
walked out to the middle. As usual he started pensively. He was given
a life before he had scored and was dropped for a second time during
his knock. Albion surely regretted their lapses as Dhaniram blasted
their bowlers to all parts of the outfield. At the other end Raichandra
was adding to his personal score with some sweetly-timed off drives.
He reached his
century by playing yet another hook shot for 4 off Naeem Baksh. One
ball later he was caught off the same bowler for a brilliantly made
102. None of the Albion bowlers were spared punishment, and they were
so perturbed that they bowled 11 wides. With the score on 187 Dhaniram
clubbed his third six, and in the process clinched the victory for
While at Ground #2, the father and son performances of N. Rampersaud
and S. Rampersaud helped Brooklyn/Queens to squeeze past Carpet Doctor
and claim the coveted Division championship. Papa N. Rampersaud took
3 wickets and then came back to score a game-winning 56 runs, while
his son S. Rampersaud claimed 2 wickets.
Carpet Doctor took first strike. Openers R. Williamms and S. Ramdath
took the score to 43 before Ramdath was caught off the bowling of
Pino Sagar for 14. Wickets fell at regular intervals, but Carpet Doctor
kept moving the score along. Their batsmen found the slow left arm
spin of Jerry Jumadeen too wily to negotiate. Carpet Doctor was eventually
bowled out for 174. R. Williams top scored with 26, C. Elliot, 21,
R. Bissram, 24 n.o. and P. Dyanand, 25, made useful scores.
Jerry Jumadeen 3 for 31, S. Rampersaud 3 for 40, N. Rampersaud 2 for
31 were the main wicket-takers. P. Sagar and R. Samuels got one wicket
apiece for 14 and 27 runs respectively.
Brooklyn/Queens started their innings with a flurry of 4's from the
bats of openers Jai Ramkissoon going about his business in his patented
swash-buckling fashion. By the third over Brooklyn/Queens had 29 runs
on the board. Ramkissoon was then caught for 19 at deep long-on attempting
yet another extravagant shot. The other opener S. Samuels fell with
the score at 58. Within the next 13 runs, two more wickets fell and
Brooklyn/Queens were dangling at 4 for 88. But the fifth-wicket pair
of S. Rampersaud and P. Ramsingh repaired the damage with a 56-run
partnership. Three more wickets the fell with the score at 168 for
8, and the game evenly poised with either side having the chance to
go ahead. The ninth wicket fell at 171, with Brooklyn/Queens still
needing four runs for victory and senior citizen batsman B. Ramdeen
strolling to the middle.
By this time pandemonium had broken out among the respective supporters
of each club. They were shouting advise to the batsmen on how to,
and where to play the ball, with supporters of the bowling side suggesting
what type of delivery to bowl, or where the fielders should be placed
in order to stop the singles.
B. Ramdeen played the first four balls he faced without scoring a
run. The fifth ball he turned to the onside for a single. The score
was then 172 for 9. Pino Sagar faced the sixth ball of the over and
scored a single. He was then on strike for the new over. The very
first ball of the new over, he pulled to square leg and the batsmen
crossed for two. The second ball Sagar dabbed to the offside and the
batsmen crossed for a single, and the victory for Brooklyn/Queens.
Earlier Rudy Narine
had bowled superbly and was on the verge of putting the game away
for Carpet Doctor with his flighted off-spin. His bowling figures
of 5 for 30 was the highlight of the Carpet Doctor's bowling performance.
The other three wickets that fell, were shared by R. Williams 1 for
32 and R. Ramoodit two for 32. Brooklyn/Queens squeezed pass Carpet
Doctor's total of 174 with one wicket in hand and thus won the coveted
After the games President of the Nassau Cricket League Mr. Paul DaSilva
addressed the players and thanked them for entertaining the spectators
with the high standard of cricket played. Lots of food and liquid
refreshments were available for everyone in the park to indulge, thus
ensuring that a good time was had by all.