West Indian Softball Association (WISA) Week 4 – Round Up
When spectators and commentators talk of an exiting game of cricket, runs usually provides the excitement in the form of magnificent stroke play or pure power hitting. Except if you managed to be at Southern Park at 80th Street and the Conduit last Sunday, tumbling wickets from some great bowling and inept batting by both teams provided all the excitement.
Crushers batted first and lost wickets regularly until they were 40 for 7. V. Ragasammy and D. Gobin would rescue Crushers with a 17 run partnership that would prove to be enough later. Ragasammy and Gobin made 11 and 10 respectively. As a matter of fact, those were the only batsmen to get into double figures.
Crushers lost their last three wickets without adding a run to its total hence, were bowled out for 57 runs. V. Nagamotoo took three wickets while Andrew and B. Balgobin bagged two wickets a piece.
Needing just 58 runs from 25 overs, Patriots began disastrously, loosing their first three wickets with only three runs on the board. A seventeen run partnership between L. Singh and A Ramdial provided much relief for Patriots but it was not enough. Once Crushers broke through and got the Patriots’ fourth wicket it was just a matter of time before this ‘nail biter’ was over.
Crushers would take wicket steadily and eventually bowl out Patriots for 56. None of the Patriots batsmen managed to get into double figures. Extras actually top scored with eleven. E. Gobin and R. Ragna took the majority of the wickets with 4 and 3 respectively. R. Gobin chipped in with 2 wickets while B. Jaimangal took the important last wicket by bowling R. Bahairo.
On a lush green outfield, and a wicket where some of the deliveries hugged the ground while others rose sharply, batting proved to be a challenge.
Young Guns won the toss and after a lengthy deliberation decided to put Richmond Hill to bat. That decision would pay dividends almost immediately when Kumar Chickery was bowled by R. Gumti in the third over of the game.
Young Guns took two other quick wickets to reduce Richmond Hill to 34 for three after five overs. Bridgelall Heralall (Max) and Imran Wahab took the score to 56 before Max was bowled by Rahamat for 13.
At 56 for 4 in the eleventh over, Richmond Hill was in trouble because two of their players failed to show up for the game. That meant they had to bat out the remaining 14 overs with only four wickets in hand.
Darshan Chickery joined Wahab and to two batted cautiously to take the score to 69 at the break.
Needing to consolidate and keep its wickets, Chickery and Wahab batted with caution until Wahab’s defense was penetrated by A. Newland. He was bowled for 16 and Richmond Hill was in serious trouble at 75 for 5 in the sixteenth over.
Young Guns was firing on all ‘cylinders’ before Dinesh Somwaru joined Chickery. The two would put on a sixth wicket partnership of 59 before Somwaru was bowled by A Watson for a valuable 28. His knock included two sixes and three fours.
At the end of the 25th Over, Richmond Hill had posted a decent score of 155 for 8. Darshan Chickery was bowled by A. Watson’s last ball for 52. Watson ended up with four wickets for 31 runs while R. Gumti too 2 for 30.
Being at home and knowing that Richmond Hill was fielding with only 9 men, Young Guns was at an advantage and the scoreboard indicated just that after 10 overs. They were 74 for 3 and cruising.
Young Guns would lose their fourth wicket just before the break and was still well positioned to win the game at 82 for 4.
After the break, Richmond Hill’s skipper Kumar Chickery introduced the slower bowling of Krishna Chickery in tandem with Max. The two kept the score in check while taking wickets regularly.
Young Guns ran out of ‘ammunition’ in the twenty second over. They were bowled out for 123 in 21.3 overs. R. Sukraj top scored with 23 while A. Watson and G. Kadaar contributed 19 and 17 respectively.
Krishna Chickery took 3 for 9 and B. Heralall (Max) took 3 for 17. Kumar Chickery and J. Hemraj took two wickets a piece. Of the 18 wickets that fell in the game, 16 were clean bowled.
Wild Bunch batted first and made 147. Majestics replied with 144 all out with three deliveries remaining.
Dynasty trashed Rebels at Indian Field in the Bronx by 9 wickets and 14 overs to spare. Rebels batted first and were bundled out for 109. Dynasty replied with 111 for 2. Vicky Subkarran was unbeaten on 68. Kenny Balkarran contributed 24.
Ocean XI is yet to win a game as they were beaten by Warriors.
Cornered Tigers won again to remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier division. Rumors is the only team without a lost in Division II. Bronx Strikers, Caribbean, Ozone XI and Long Beach Allstars are all unbeaten in Division III.
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