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Exquisite Realty beat Young Guns

By Darshan Chickery
September 23, 2008
For more than eight years, Exquisite Realty lead by the Dharry brothers has been toiling in the West Indian Softball Association league. It looks like they have found the right formula for winning. Their dismantling of Young Guns by 122 runs in their Premier division game last weekend has signaled that they have arrived and will be ‘a force to be reckoned with’.

Exquisite batted first and amassed a huge 240 all out in 19.5 overs. R. Singh top scored with 94. His pugnacious knock contained seven sixes and six fours. He was ably supported by, R. Trotz 36 and L. Dharry 24. Extras contributed a whopping 52. K. Boodram grabbed three wickets while C. Young and A. Singh bagged two scalps each for Young Guns.

Young Guns replied with 118 all out in 14.5 overs. R. Itwaru top scored with 20 while supporting knocks came from C. Young and A. Singh with 19 each. Exquisite’s, M. Azeez captured 4 for 25 from his four overs. Five other bowlers took one wicket apiece.

Primetime unbeaten in 20/20
By Darshan Chickery
Primetime beat Papas by 6 wickets and 4.4 overs to spare to remain the only unbeaten team in their group in Division II play of WISA’s 20/20.

Papas batted first and put together a decent total of 95 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs. The highlight of the inning was a combination of Primetime’s brilliant fielding and the less than stellar running between the wickets by Papas’ batsmen. Six (6) of Papas’ dismissals came via the Run Out route. There was dissatisfaction but no controversies. Mr. Mohabir and Roy Pooran had everything under control.

F. Sooklall top scored for Papas with 21. Four other batsmen got into the early teens. With those six run outs accounting for most of the dismissals, two other bowlers shared the remaining three wickets.

Primetime replied with 96 for 4 in 15.4 overs. Other than losing one of their opening batsmen without any run on the board, Primetime was in control throughout their inning. V. Baichu top scored with 31. He was supported with 26 each from R. Ramjattan and P. Gopaul.

Richmond Hill Drew ‘First Blood’
By Darshan Chickery

Richmond Hill’s Ahmad Shazaman (Zaman) and Cliflee Veliadum (Lee) match winning opening wicket partnership of 82 in ten overs, was enough for the mighty Majestic Cricket Club to ‘pack it in’ last week and look ahead to the quarterfinals of WISA’s 20/20 to be held this weekend.

In what was supposed to be a competitive game, the upstart underdogs, Richmond Hill taught Majestics’ boys the fundamental lesson of why the game of cricket is not played off the field verbally, but, instead on the field. Richmond Hill beat Majestic CC by 7 wickets and 5.4 overs to spare, last weekend at Pal’s Oval.

When six of Sunrise Cricket Club (now Majestic Cricket Club) players decided to play for the newly formed Richmond Hill Sports Club earlier this year, none of them thought that they would have seen their ex-team mates on the opposite side of the fence in 2008. After all, Richmond Hill was placed in Division I and their expectation was just to have fun. They had fun and then some. Their promotion to Premier Elite, did not came about by virtue of the points standing at end of each competition, they actually won every competition they played.

With the anticipation of some ‘jawing’ between the two factions that were once one, less than a year ago, Richmond Hill’s players were prepared for anything that came their way. ‘Came their way’ it did. Virtually everything came their way. The surprise was, the ‘jawing’ was actually, for the most part between a few ex-Desperados (now playing for Richmond Hill) and ex-Assassins (now playing for Majestic) lads. It got so heated at times that the umpires: P. Churman and L.P. Singh had to step in on a few occasions. Stay tuned for Part II on Sunday September 28, 2008 at Charles Drew Park (Van Wyck Expressway Service Rd.) The two teams will do battle again. This time it will be for a spot in one of the semifinals in WISA’s 20/20.

Ah! There was a game. Majestic won the toss and decided to bat first, after a lengthy deliberation. Azad Hussien and Satish Wilfred opened the batting. Satish was comprehensively bowled by Brian Heralall’s second delivery in the games’ first over. Brian motioned him back to the pavilion with his fingers. That apparently was not received too well by the opposition and the ‘jawing’ began.

Majestic’s batting was kept quiet throughout despite the fact that more than fifty percent of their scoring came via boundaries. They lost wickets with regularity, hence were bowled out for 101 in 18.1 overs. Azad top scored with 23 while four other batsmen got into double figures. Brian Heralall, J. Hemraj, Kumar Chickery and Krishna Chickery all took two wickets apiece. Ravi Lutchman chipped in with one. Kumar left the game with a partially dislocated right knee in the sixteenth over.

Richmond Hill replied with 105 for 3 in 14.2 overs. Zaman and Lee made 38 and 37 respectively.

Round Up.
Dynasty, Rising Stars and Cornered Tigers won their Premier Elite games.
Chargers ‘shock’ Scramblers in Division I

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Chargers ‘Shock’ Scramblers
By Darshan Chickery
The ‘on again’, ‘off again’ Chargers Cricket Club is trying to yet again establish itself in the West Indian Softball Association league. This bunch of talented friends, play as an inseparable group when they win and self-destructs when they loose.

Last Sunday, they made light work of one of the most consistent teams, the Scramblers Cricket Club at Carnarsie in Brooklyn. Chargers comfortably beat Scramblers by 4 wickets and 3.1 overs to spare in their group of the WISA Division I 20/20 game.

Scramblers batted first and set a very competitive score of 133 for seven off their allotted 20 overs. Martin top scored with an unbeaten 45. He was supported by, Mackoo 17 and B. DeFrietas 16. A. Moula took two wickets while A. Deen, Hafeez Bacchus and Gibran Wahab all captured one wicket apiece.

Hafeez Bacchus and H. Mohammed gave Chargers a good opening partnership until Mohammed was out for ten. Bacchus batted superbly but wickets fell constantly around him until Gibran Wahab joined him. Bacchus and Wahab added more than fifty runs before Wahab was out for an aggressive 25. Chargers overhauled Scramblers’ score of 133 with its 136 for six for the win. Bacchus was unbeaten on 58. C. Holder took three wickets for twenty nine runs.

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