Indian Softball Association Week 6 – Round Up
United batted first and were off to a flying start, with Amar Singh and S. Deodat stroking the ball effortlessly around a quick outfield. At the end of the eight over, United were 102 without loss.
Amar was the aggressor and it was evident when he was caught off bowling of R. Mulla’s fifth delivery. That dismissal happened on the penultimate delivery of the break. Amar made an aggressive 92 from the score of 147.
Anand Singh joined Deodat and the fireworks really ‘lit up’. While at the wicket, Anand saw the wickets of Deodat fell for 47 and A. Mangar for 11 before he was caught off the bowling of P. Gobinraj for a swashbuckling 80. He struck eight sixes and five fours.
United was well place at 272 for 4 in the 22nd over when he tried to hit what would have been the fifth consecutive six off two bowlers combined.
At the end of the twenty fifth over, United had amassed a mammoth 304 for 7. Six of Young Guns’ seven bowlers took one wicket apiece.
Young Guns started their reply disastrously, losing the wicket of P. Gobinraj for 5 off the bowling of Troy Singh. The score was 1 for 9 after four overs.
R. Mulla joined G. Khadar and the two repaired the damage somewhat by adding 66 for the second wicket in eight overs before Mulla was out for 36.Khadar soon followed for 36 with the score on 97 for 3. They were 99 for three at the break.
Needing to score quickly, and not lose wickets after the break to have a remote chance of winning the game, Young Guns did the opposite and would loose their next six wickets for twenty seven runs. This one was all over as far as United was concerned.
But, wait, Rishi and W. Newland had other ideas – the two frustrated United’s attack with a last wicket partnership of 74 in seven overs. Rishi made an entertaining 42 with seven fours and a six while Newland, who batted at number 11, made 31 not out with six fours.
Young Guns managed to get to 204 all out in 24.5 overs. A valiant effort, but they still lost the game by a whopping 100 runs. A. Ali was United’s chief wrecker with figures of four wickets for seven runs in five overs. Troy Singh and A. Singh supported him with two wickets apiece.
In the other quarter final games; Richmond Hill SC beat Canjie, Patriots beat Crushers and Scramblers beat Untouchable.
Richmond Hill won the toss and asked Canjie to bat. Canjie got of to a good start of 25 in six overs with R. Lall and L Harripersaud before losing Lall via a run out.
Tejpaul Gobin, Canjie’s captain and star batsman came to the crease with an abundance of confidence and a thunderous applause from his supporters. His century was the reason Canjie won the regular game against Richmond Hill. He batted cautiously and saw the wickets of Harripersaud and T. Kumar fell within fifteen runs. Richmond Hill’s excellent fielding and better than average bowling made runs hard to come by.
Canjie was 56 for 3 after 12 overs when Richmond Hill’s skipper Kumar Chickery brought Bridgelall Heralall (Max) into the attack. That decision would have an immediate impact as Max would strike twice in his over.
J. Hussian was brilliantly bowled around his legs for 10 and three deliveries later, Gobin tried hoist Max out of the ground, but succeeded only in finding Dinesh Somwaru (A-Rod) at mid wicket. He made 13 and Canjie was precariously placed at 56 for 5 at the half. Their supporters, who were rowdy at times, became very quiet.
After the break, B. Sukhu and N. Latif put on a 24 6th wicket partnership before Max got Sukhu. Latif soon followed via the run out route for 18. He was not pleased with the umpire’s decision and unfortunately had his say before leaving the crease. The umpire tolerated his antics which at times his mother or sister would have probably been ashamed of, had they been at the park.
Canjie was eventually bowled out for 112 in 24.1 overs. Max took 4 for 17 off his five overs while Brian Heeralall chipped in with 2 for 12 and Ahmad Shazaman 2 for 16.
Richmond Hill opened their batting with Ahmad Shazaman (Zaman) and ‘Wesley’ the mystery man. They batted very cautiously and took the score to 59 at the break. The ‘mystery man’ and Zaman stepped up the tempo after and break and Zaman lost his wicket to Yadram Maystry in the process for a well played 39 in the 16th over.
Richmond Hill would loose another wicket in the same over. Canjie’s success would be short lived as Max joined the ‘mystery man’ and together they brought the game home at 116 for 2. ‘Wesley’ the mystery man was unbeaten on 48. Yadram Maystry took both of Richmond Hill’s wickets for seventeen runs.
‘Sailed’ Around Ocean XI
Dynasty replied with 170 for 2 off 21.4 overs. Vicky Subkarran was unbeaten on 89 while the “patient inefficient” Prasana Malipaul made 53. There was nothing inefficient about Malipaul’s contribution this week
‘Captures’ Majestics’ ‘Magic’
This week, Rebels’ rebellion was good enough to negate Majestics’ magic. The difference, Rebels moves on to the semi finals while Majestics ponders its future for a few weeks.
Rebels won the toss and asked Majestics to bat first. Majestics made 145 for 7 off their allotted 25 overs. Devin Kishun top scored with 25 while Gansham Persaud and Haseeb Ali made 19 each.
Mike Balkarran was Rebels’ most successful bowler with 3 for 23. Raj Mathura, Mark Bobb and S. Balkarran all chipped in with one wicket a piece.
Rebels replied with 147 for 9 off 23.5 overs. S. Balkarran was the main run scorer with 36 while Narine Algu contributed 32. Gansham Persaud and Shashi Wilfred each took two wickets for twenty six runs.
Semi Finals –
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