Indian Softball Association
On a perfect day for any outdoor activity, last Sunday Charles Drew Park provided the perfect setting for what was expected to produce some entertaining cricket. The field was freshly cut and loyal cricket fans assembled to see their teams compete. Dynasty came ready to do battle but Warriors did not ‘War’ on this day.
After a ceremonious beginning where officials from WISA including its president Rabin Sharma graced the pre-game formalities, Dynasty and Warriors got down to business by spinning the toss. Dynasty won it and without hesitation asked Warriors to bat.
S. Moonsammy and R. Fazal opened the batting on a perfect batting strip. They looked shaky at best against Ricky Narine and Vicky Subkarran. Their lack of application and patience showed when Moonsammy was bowled by Subkarran’s last ball in his first over. Manoj Balchand soon followed when he was bowled by Subkarran’s first ball in his second over.
Warriors lost wickets constantly and were eventually bowled out for a paltry 42. Anil Beharry provided the lone resistance against Dynasty’s bowling with 20. He was the eight man out trying to hit Joe Persaud over the long on boundary.
Joe Persaud was Dynasty’s best bowler with 4 for 7 off three overs. Vicky Subkarran and Ricky Narine supported him with 3 for 14 and 2 for 9 respectively while Mo Khan chipped in with 1 for 4.
Set a target of 43, Dynasty approach was anything but sensible. They lost four wickets by the time they got to 44. Kenny Balkarran, Vicky Subkarran, Prasana Malipal and Joe Persaud all tried to end with one shot – big heaves. Kenny and Joe were bowled while Vicky and Prasana were caught at the boundry. Prasana top scored with 20.
Nyan and Jay were at the wicket when Dynasty achieved its target. Manoj Balchand took 2 for 7 while Gairy Singh and Richard took one wicket apiece.
After the game, WISA president Rabin Sharma and Committee Member Raj Mathura were hand to present a trophy and medals to winning team. The runner-up also received a trophy. The officiating umpires were also recognized for their efforts.
June 11, 2008
Ozone XI batted first and made of 148 for 9 off their allotted 25 overs. Their opening batsman, Charlie and lower-middle order batsman Mario each made 30. Bobby contributed 20 while Nar made 18. C. Chaitram and F. Hossain took three wickets apiece for Caribbean.
Caribbean started their reply strongly with a good opening stand of 34 between S. Sarjoo and N. Ramroop before losing Ramroop in the fifth over, bowled by Mingo. They then lost their second wicket in the sixth over with the score at 38.
R. Narine joined Sarjoo and the two put on 37 for the third wicket before Narine was also bowled by Mingo for 24. Caribbean was 75 for 3 at the break.
Needing 74 runs with seven wickets in hand, Caribbean was well placed to hoist the Winner’s trophy but Ozone XI quickly put serious doubts to that thought when they removed Sarjoo with the first ball after the break.
Caribbean fought back gamely but lost wickets with regularity even though they scored runs constantly. They were bowled out for 141 off 24.4 overs, hence losing the game by seven runs.
Mingo took 4 for 32 while M. Khan bagged 2 for 37. Mario, Danesh and Nar contributed with one wicket apiece.
After the game, WISA president Rabin Sharma and Committee Member Raj Mathura were hand to present trophies and medals to winner and runner-up. The officiating umpires were also recognized for a game well done.
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