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25 Overs Week One Round-Up
Morgan, Subkarran & Persaud Centurions

By Darshan Chickery
April 14, 2009
The West Indian Softball Association kicked off its official season with the first round of play in the twenty five over round robin competition last Sunday in the Tri State area. To say it was a chilly day is a huge understatement. Actually, it was a cold and blustery day but, the players did not let that damper their spirits.

Centurions Vicky Subkaran (top) and D. Morgan.

On a day where bowlers and fielders found it hard to cope with the adverse conditions, the batsmen begged to differ. There were three centurions. Queens Village’s D. Morgan pulverized United B’s bowling attack for 126. Vicky Subkarran turned in a match winning unbeaten 115 over President XI for Dynasty while Rising Star’s Kawal Persaud 103 over Rebels set up their win.

Here is the summary of scores from last week.
Premier Elite
Dynasty beat President XI by seven wickets.
Cornered Tigers beat Majestics by 55 runs.
Richmond Hill SC best Wild Bunch by 9 runs.
Rising Stars beat Rebels by 123 runs.

There were also a number of batsmen with scores over 75. A summary of scores and results from the other divisions will follow soon.

Richmond Hill Defied The Odds!

By Darshan Chickery
April 15, 2009
Richmond Hill Sports Club escaped the jaws of defeat at the hands of Wild Bunch to ‘eke out’ a nine (9) run win in the first round of the West Indian Softball Association’s (WISA) twenty five over competition in the Premier Elite division.

Wild Bunch won the toss and invited Richmond Hill to bat under very windy and cold conditions at Dr. Charles Drew Park at 115th Ave and Van Wyck Expressway Service Rd. A surprised Richmond Hill team accepted gleefully.

Richmond Hill lost wickets on the first and tenth deliveries of their inning to be restricted to 10 for two. Wild Bunch’s decision to put Richmond Hill in to bat looked perfect until Andy Siewraj joined Ahmad Shazaman at the wicket. The two batted with caution and put on a third wicket partnership of 94 before Siewraj was bowled by S. Safdur for a workman like 45 in the fourteenth over.

Richmond Hill lost wickets with constant frequency after the fall of their third wicket and was bowled out for 155 in 24.1 overs. Shazaman top scored with 58. Nick Ramsingh was Wild Bunch’s most successful bowler with 4 for 25. He was nicely supported by Krishna Singh with 2 for 9.

Wild Bunch began their reply by scoring eighty runs in the inning’s first thirteen overs (Halftime). Richmond Hill did not help themselves - dropping simple catches ‘a la’ Wild Bunch when they fielded. Wild Bunch took the score to 92 without loss in the 15th over and firmly in the driver’s seat.

With the first ball in the 16th over, Narshad Hamid was bowled by Kumar Chickery for 32. A breakthrough Richmond Hill needed, and badly so. Wild Bunch lost more two quick wickets including that of Krishna Singh for 41.

The score was 105 for 3 when Ian Bhagwandin and R. Ali got together. They took the score to 135 for 3 at the end of the 22nd over. That meant Wild Bunch needed 21 runs in three overs with seven wickets in hand.

Any betting man would have taken a 25-1 odds that Wild Bunch was going to win this game but since cricket is a “game of glorious uncertainties”, the game needed to be completed before all bets were drawn. And so with some sterling bowling by Brian Heralall, Ahmad Shazaman and Ravi Lutchman, Wild Bunch were either overconfident or panicked and were restricted to eleven runs while losing 5 wickets in the process.

At the end of the allotted 25 overs, Wild Bunch was 146 for 8, hence falling short by ten runs and losing the game. Ravi Lutchman took 3 for 34 while Brian Heralall grabbed 2 for 26. Kumar Chickery and A. Shazaman took one wicket apiece. The unsound hero in the bowling department for Richmond Hill was J. Hemraj who bowled his five overs for 17 runs.

Richmond Hill’s next opponent is Rising Stars in Hamilton CT.

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