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Queens Village Storms Into Playoffs

May 20th, 2008
For the most part of the first half of the season, Queens Village was in the cellar on the points table and going nowhere fast. They were 2 and 3 and looked like just another team playing out a string of meaningless games.

Then they made some changes, particularly the additions of Andrew Swamy and D. Morgan. Both, current or former players of West Demerara Cricket Club, depending on whom you talked to.

Queens Village finished their regular season with two consecutive wins to get themselves in the playoffs of the WISA Division II competition.

Last Sunday, they served notice to their division rivals that they are ‘for real’ by beating Marathon Boys by 53 runs at Alley Pond Park in Queens.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Queens Village batted inconsistently in the first half and at one stage were 72 for 6. That inconsistent batting was averted when Andrew Swamy joined V. Singh. They batted with controlled aggression to take the score to 150 before Queens Village lost their seventh wicket.

The last three wickets would add another 21 runs and Queens Village was bowled out for 171. V. Singh top scored with 51, while Andrew Swamy made 25 and D. Morgan contributed 17. L. Dayanand was Marathon Boys’ most successful bowler with three for 28 while Harripaul chipped in with two wickets.

Needing to score almost seven runs per over, Marathon Boys suffered a devastating setback, when they started their reply. They lost their first two wickets for seven runs. Ravi Parbhudial was the wicket taker on both occasions.

Marathon Boys were all out for 118. K. Ramrattan provided the only resistance against Queens Village’s bowling. He made 40. Ravi Parbhudial took 3 for 21 while D. Morgan and V. Shaw supported him with two wickets apiece.

Round up
Warriors beat Rebels to advance to the Finals in the Premier Elite division. They will meet the winner of the Dynasty and Wild Bunch contest.

United beat Scramblers in the Division I semifinals. While Richmond Hill beat Patriots in their semifinals. The two winners will battle it out for Division I supremacy, on June 1 2008.

Richmond Hill Sports Club’s Corner
Richmond Hill Humiliate Patriots By 10 Wickets

By Darshan Chickery
May 20th 2008
Richmond Hill Sports Club humiliated Patriots Crickets Club by ten wickets in the West Indian Softball Association (WISA) Division I semi finals, last Sunday at Tudor Park.

The weather was anything but ideal for cricket, but Richmond Hill did not allow that to be an adverse factor in their quest to conquer their competition.

Patriots won the toss and decided to bat first. A strategic move, given that it was expected to rain, and it did, half way through their innings.

Patriots opened their batting with V. Nagamootoo and L. Singh and found themselves in trouble, immediately, when Singh was run out attempting a second run in the game’s first over.

They lost two more wickets in the second and third overs of the game. Nagamootoo was brilliantly bowled by Brian Heeralall’s first ball for 1. It was a full length delivery that cut back and peeled the bails off of Nagamootoo’s middle and leg stumps. M. Jageshwar was caught off the bowling of J. Hemraj for the third dismissal.

King Ramcharran batted like the old warrior he is, but found little support in his team’s middle order. He saw the dismissals of D. Gundat for 1 and H. Veeria without scoring before he was caught knapping and was stumped by Krishna Chickery for 18.

At the break, Patriots was reeling at 49 for 7.

After the break, there was a steady rain and Richmond Hill was ‘pumped up’. This one had the makings of a low score, one sided affair. But, don’t tell that to L. Dasrat. He found some support in Patriot’s tail, to add 53 runs for the last three wickets. He eventually ran out of partners and was left not out on 24. Patriots were bowled out for 102 off 23 overs.

Bridgelall Heralall (Max) was Richmond Hill’s most successful bowler with 3 for 25. Brian Heeralall; 2 for 11, Ahmad Shazaman; 2 for 27 and J. Hemraj 1 for 7 were the other wicket takers.

Richmond Hill started their reply somewhat slowly in damp and overcast conditions. ‘Wesley’ the mystery man and Ahmad Shazaman (Zaman) opened the batting again as they did against Canjie last week. They batted cautiously and saw the score to 28 without loss after 5 overs and to 50 without loss after 9 overs.

The rains came again and it looked like Zaman did not want to get wet. He took Patriots’ bowling to task and the game was settled, in the fifteenth over. Richmond Hill replied with 104 without loss. Zaman’s superb knock of 65, contained six fours and two sixes. ‘Wesley’ the mystery man also batted superbly for a patient 32.

Richmond Hill Sports Club will do battle for the Division I title on June 1st 2008 against the winner of the other semifinalists, United and Scramblers.

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