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DIVISION I – WEEK 1 ROUND UP
Baisley Park – Queens NY
NY Eagles vs. Challengers

Challengers looking to repeat as champions this season was handed a setback in the first game of Nassau League 2008 cricket season.

Set 250 to win from 40 overs, Challengers, led by Steve Massiah, were bundled out for 182 with I.Pathay 52 and Q. Farook 35 were the only two batsmen to trouble NY Eagles bowling.

Scores: NY Eagles 249 for 6 from 40 overs
Challengers 182 all out in 35 overs.

Earlier, NY Eagles won the toss and batted first. A decision made easy for Eagles with the addition of Dennis Rampersaud and David Mohammad to their batting line up.

The duo of Rampersaud and Mohammed, both from the Trinidad and Tobago did not disappoint, in the process, partnership for an unbeaten 145 runs for the 6th wicket whilst enabling NY Eagles to amass 249 for 6 from 40 over. Other contributors were N. Ramoutar 29 and D. Doodeen 24. |

Bowling for Challenges, Gilbert Phillips took 3 for 32 from 6 overs.

In reply, Challenges whom relied heavily on Rampersaud and Mohammad’s bat last year, struggled to reach 189 all out in 35 overs with Pathay and Farook offering any resistance.

Far Rockaway – Beach 32nd Street
West Indian Alliance/MCC vs. Pure Players

Advancing to Division 1 from Div II this season, one would expect West Indian Alliance/MCC to have their growing pains. However, this was not the case as WIA/MCC disposed of Pure Players by 34 runs.

Scores: WIA/MCC 231 for 9 in 40 overs
Pure Players 197 for 10 in 33.5 overs.

Winning the toss and taking advantage of their home ground, WIA/MCC batsmen chalked up a formidable 231. Batting contributions came from veteran Kawal Persaud 62, hard hitting Earl Grant 33, while L.Ettienne chipped in with 23.

Bowling for Pure Players, new addition M. Shafi bagged 5 for 55, while former Guyana opening batsman Sudesh Dhaniran picked up 1 for 23 and H. Khan 1 for 49.

In reply, Pure Players lost key wickets at regular intervals, in the process reached 197 all out. Sudesh Dhaniran smashed 46 (4x4 and 4x6), R. Bridgemohan 38 and V. Raichandra 21.

Bowling for WIA/MCC, John Baptist had 3 wickets for 24 runs in 8 overs, Lalta Persaud 3 wickets for 32 runs in 5.5 overs and Vernon Dumars 2 wickets for 38 runs in 8 overs ensuring West Indian Alliance/ MCC their first win.

This weekend WIA/MCC will be the guest of NY Eagles at Beach 58th Street, while Challengers will challenge Pure Players at Beach 32nd Street.


Brooklyn: Floyd Bennett # 1
Vikings vs. United Sports

Vikings CC once again led by Mahendra Kanhai, registered a season opener win versus arch rival United Sports. Having won all three match ups last season, Vikings dismissed United quite easily last weekend by 74 runs.

Scores: Vikings 194 all out from 35.2 overs
United Sports: 121 for 10 in 29.2 overs

Vikings batting first after winning the toss, rallied to reach 195 all out from 35 overs. Surinam’s opening batsman Deoraj Sewanan in mid-season form scored 59 not out, the diminutive Kumar Dindial 34 and Mark (Crazy) Gomes 31.

Bowling for United Sports, Sewdat took 3 for 30 while veteran medium pacer Ricky Singh grabs 4 for 53 from 8 expensive over. United Sports in reply were bundled out for a paltry 121 off 29.2 overs. Contributions came from the bat of Komal Singh 46 and I.Khan 45. Both batsmen featured in a 61 runs partnership for the 3rd wicket.

Vikings bowling were led by medium pacer Ramesh Nandkumar 5 for 39 off 8 overs while new comer Joel Chinsammy took 3 for 38 on his Vikings debut.

This weekend Vikings CC will play host to Hempstead CC at Baisley Park

Long Island - Bay Park
Albion vs. Hempstead

Albion Cricket Club made an auspicious start to their Nassau Cricket League debut by making light work of Hempstead Cricket Club.

Scores: Hempstead: 120 all out in 28.5 overs
Albion 125 for 1 in 20 overs

Hempstead winning the toss and opted to take first strike could only muster 120 runs in 28.5 overs against the spin based Albion attack while the visitors wasted little effort in claiming their first victory by replying with 125 for 1 in 20 overs.

Former Guyana opening batsman Naresh Manbodhe and Allon Harmacoond led the way by featuring in a 77 runs opening partnership for Albion before the aggressive Harmacoond was caught at slip off the bowling of left arm spinner Angel Kassel for 39, a knock that included 6 fours and one gigantic 6 over deep backward square off medium pacer Taric Hussain.

Thakurdeen Danraj then joins the diminutive Manbodhe and the pair hurried the Nyeem Baksh led Albion team to victory.

Manbodhe who batted beautifully was left undefeated on 53 (5x4) while Danraj was on 22 (3x4).

Kassel was the only bright spot for Hempstead with the ball finishing with 1 for 26 in 6 overs.

Earlier Hempstead after a comfortable start suffered a middle and lower order collapse to being bundle out for a disappointing 120.

Seemingly cruising at 77 for 2 in the 13th over, Hempstead soon found the introduction of the Albion spinners too much to handle as off spinner Tariq Aziz 5 for 13 and left arm spinner Davendra Sanker 2 for 21 combine to demolish the home team.

Only Peter DeSilva with an accomplish 40 (5x4), A. Harricharran (23) and L. Persaud (15) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

This weekend Albion CC will play host to United Sports at Bay Park

DIVISION II – WEEK 1 ROUND UP
Roy Wilkins Park – Queens.
Port Mourant vs. Rockaway

Port Mourant and Rockaway match was abandon due to an unplayable pitch. A suitable date will be arranged to have rematch.

Port Mourant who is playing in their first season of the Nassau Cricket League after spending their entire playing days in the Commonwealth League will definitely be liking their chances. They are being led by former Berbice under 19 pacer Tyrone Latchmansingh and include the veteran Reggie Etwaroo, Danny Ramsaroop, Bramha Sanichar, Chetram Ramlall and Vincent Bheer.

Rockaway meanwhile demoted to the B division after being one of the top teams in the A division last year, will definitely miss the service of Sudesh Dhaniram but writing them off as a contender could very much backfire in their opponent face.

Beach 58th Street – Far Rockaway
West Demerara vs. Brooklyn Queens United

In a high scoring thriller, Brooklyn Queens United held their nerves to edge out West Demerara in their season opener.

Scores: Brooklyn Queens United 311 for 5 in 40 overs
West Demerara 287 all out in 37 overs

Opted to take first strike, Brooklyn Queens United was led to their huge total by centuries from Jerry Jumadeen and R. Samuel.

Jumadeen blasted a magnificent undefeated 109 while Samuel smashes a brutal 105 to propel the visitors to the highest score in the young tournament.

Bowling for the home team, only Vicky Khilawan 2 for 29 and A. Osman 2 for 34 managed not to suffer the onslaught.
West Demerara in reply came out with all guns blazing led by L. Shoi who stroke a belligerent 132 but his effort was not enough as West Demerara were all out for 287.

Bowling for the visitors, D.Budhram had 3 for 61, P. Sagar 3 for 66, J Jumadeen 3 for 71.

Flushing Park – Queens
Carpet Doctor playing host to Victory CC, won quite comfortable. Scores were not available at press time

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