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Legends ‘Wallop’ Triumph B By 191 runs

By Darshan Chickery
September 16, 2008
Legends trashed Triumph B by 191 runs in their Division III game of the West Indian Softball Association’s 20/20 competition last Sunday. It is probably the largest margin of victory in any of WISA competitions since its existence in 1998.

Legends batted first and were actually, bowled out for a massive 222 off 19.3 overs. K. Persaud top scored with 61. His knock included six 6’s and two 4’s. Valuable contributions came from D. Singh 33, M. Singh 32 and B. Gafur 24.

Legends’ onslaught on Triumph’s bowling contained sixteen 6’s and fourteen 4’s. H. Mohamed and L. Lallbachan shared the bowling honors for Triumph with 3 for 31 and 2 for 39 respectively.

The Steve Chester lead Triumph B replied with a meager 31 all out in 9.3 overs. None of Triumph’s batsmen got into double figures. R. Prashad took five wickets for five runs from his four overs while T. Samlall bagged four wickets for eleven runs from fours overs.

Dynasty Humbled Richmond Hill
Dynasty greeted Richmond Hill Sports Club to the Premier Elite division with a 49-run defeat in the West Indian Softball Association’s 20/20 competition at the Charles Drew Park last Sunday.

Prior to the game, a tribute in the form of a silent prayer and the customary minute of silence was carried out in honor of, the late Bobby Rupie. It was lead by WISA’s President, Mr. Rabin Sharma. Mr. Rupie passed away on September 11, 2008.

Dynasty Cricket Club, Rebels Cricket Club, Richmond Hill Sports Club and the Wild Bunch Cricket Club participated in the somber ceremony at the Dr. Charles Drew Park at 115th Ave and the Van Wyck Expressway Service Rd.

It was a Kodak moment despite the fact that the picture would have revealed that none of the teams were completely in uniform. I am aware that WISA has relaxed it uniform code in anticipation of the expected cool weather. However, last Sunday, it was 84 degrees and humid.

It was a shame to see Premier Elite teams not setting an iota of example for the other divisions. It is not a secret that some teams have added new players and cannot provide uniforms at this late juncture of the season. What is not acceptable is, players with uniforms choosing not to wear them.

Winning the toss, Richmond Hill decided to put Dynasty in to bat first. That decision was somewhat questionable given that they asked one of their opening bowlers to take a rest to boost their batting line-up with the replacing player. One can conclude that, it was the correct thing to do because the additional batsman, if needed would boost their batting when replying.

Dynasty took to the crease and started slowly. Kenny Balkaran and Prasana Malipal opened the batting and navigated Brian Heralall and Ahmad Shazaman cautiously until Kenny was run out for 5. The score was 19 for 1 at the end of the fifth over.

At the break (10 over), Dynasty was 29 for 3. A combination of excellent fielding and a thick outfield grass was in favor of the upstart underdogs – Richmond Hill. The decision to send Dynasty into bat was an afterthought in the minds of the Richmond Hill players and folks who had any qualm(s) about it at that juncture.

Dynasty batted steadily in the second half and took the anemic run rate from under three runs per over before the half, to, close to six runs per over when they closed their inning at 116 for 7.

Moe Khan top scored with an aggressive knock of 26. Four other players contributed with double figure knocks of; Prasana 19, Vicky Subkaran 15, Jay Ram 13 & Ricky Narine 11.

The wicket takers for Richmond Hill were Bridgelall Heralall (Max) 3 for 31 and Kumar Chickery 1 for 20. Even though Brian Heralall and Ahmad Shazaman (Zaman) did not take a wicket, they were very economical. They conceded 22 runs in their eight overs.

Set a target of 117 in twenty overs, Richmond Hill was confident that this one was all but over, given their vaulted batting line-up. All they had to do was, score a run a ball and this one was over with three deliveries to spare. Sounded simple, but it still needed to be executed.

Executed, it was not. Richmond Hill started disastrously, losing their first three wickets with only eight runs on the board by the fourth over. Zaman was caught off the bowling for 1, Rishi Udai was run out in a terrible mix up without scoring and Cliflee Velaidum was bowled by L. Mohan for 1.

Max and Wesley added 27 for a fourth partnership before Max was caught for 13. Richmond Hill was 43 for 4 at the end of the 10th Over. Instead of scoring runs and preserve its wickets, Richmond Hill did the reverse and was bowled out for an embarrassing 67 in 17.1 overs. Wesley top scored with 16. No other batsman managed to get into double figures. In fact, four of them failed to get off the mark. Vaulted? Their performance was more like invisible.

Richmond Hill need to get it’s act together if they want to make the playoffs and be a real factor with likes of Dynasty, Cornered Tigers and the much improved Rebels Cricket Club.

Moe Khan was Dynasty’s most successful bowler with 4 for 14. T. Ramotar captured 2 for 11 while L. Mohan and R. Narine took one wicket apiece.

Here is a summary of results from some of the other games played in the 20/20 competition last Sunday:

Premier Elite
Group A – Cornered Tigers beat Rising Stars by 85 runs. Rebels beat Wild Bunch by 35 runs.
Group B –Majestics beat President XI by four wickets.

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