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2008 Ed Ahmad Cup
Hot Games! Hot Stars on tap for this weekend in New York

By John L. Aaron
June 13th, 2008
The annual Ed Ahmad New York Cricket Cup kicks off this weekend with some very hot matches scheduled, and highlighting some very hot stars playing alongside some of the top cricketers in the New York metropolitan area.

Making an appearance for the first time in the tournament’s history is William Perkins. The 22-year old has been a lighting bolt in the Stanford Twenty20 multi-million dollar tournament in the past two years, capturing some of the individual performance monetary awards. An explosive opening batsman, Perkins is also a very competent wicketkeeper and has played and toured with the New York Atlantis Cricket Club, as well as the New York Youth Development program’s under-19 squad.

Recently called up as part of a West Indies squad, Perkins scored and even 50 off 33 balls in this year’s Stanford Twenty20 final, when Trinidad & Tobago defeated Jamaica in the US$1,000,000 final at the Sticky Wicket Ground in Antigua.

Perkins will be donning the colors of the New York XI, a squad comprising several players from the Caribbean islands of Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, The Leeward and Windward Islands and Guyana.

Other stars on show will be USA’s skipper Steve Massiah and Guyana’s national player Lennox Cush, both of whom recently represented the USA in Jersey. Cush has been a powerhouse this year in the Stanford Twenty20 as well as the Trinidad & Tobago cricket season.

This year’s tournament will feature representative teams from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Pakistan, Trinidad & Tobago, and the combined New York XI. Another Stanford Twenty20 hero Narsingh Deonarine will also represent the combined New York XI. However, as of press time, Deonarine was suffering from a minor strain, and was doubtful for this weekend’s match against Guyana.

Each team will play a total of five matches to qualify for the semi-final and final.

The next round of matches will be on July 12, followed by July 26, August 9, August 23 and the semifinals on August 30, with the final scheduled for September 6. The venues will be announced later.

Each week the winning team will receive $500 with the championship team receiving $2,500 and the runner-up $1,500.
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