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Honors Its 2008 Stars

By John L. Aaron

Nov. 26th, 2008
The Eastern American Cricket Association (EACA), like so many other leagues honored its cricketing stars who excelled during the 2008 season, as well as recognizing several cricket enthusiasts who contributed to another successful season organized by the 40 year-old league. The 2008 season saw the EACA posting a twelve-team schedule, but shortly after the start of the season an Ernst & Young XI dropped out after struggling to field a team for several matches. However the rivalry continued among the other eleven teams, with Richmond Hill with an unbeaten streak really sprinting to the end and narrowly missed defeating East Bank Cricket Club in the Big-4 championship played at Idlewild Park in Rosedale, Queens and before a capacity crowd. (Gallery)

Zaheer Saffie collects the MVP trophy from EACA president Rudy Persaud.

A packed Naresa Palace saw the EACA’s Executive Board, with the assistance of several cricket stakeholders dole out the trophies for outstanding performances by several players. Topping this year’s list was MVP Zaheer Saffie of Richmond Hill Cricket Club, who was prolific with the bat in the league, as well as representing Guyana in the Ed Ahmad Cricket Cup’s 20/20 tournament. Saffie received several pieces of gear presented by President Rudy Persaud, Ravi of Cricket Zone, and a cash award from former EACA President John Aaron.

Other awards were donated by Sham Ali and Laparkan Shipping, a principal sponsor of cricket in the EACA and the New York area, as well as Golden Arrow Restaurant & Bar, Naresa Palace, Brian Singh, Paul Lall among several others.

Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Debo Sankar from East Bank Cricket Club received the Best Wicketkeeper and Most Runs Scored (404) awards, while the Best Batting Average Award went to East Bank Cricket Club’s Deryck Kallicharran (104) and the Most Wickets awards went to East Side Warrior’s Sabeeh Rafique (22).

It was a star-studded night that saw Zaheer Saffie, William Perkins, Zaheer Sadloo, Orien Bostick, Harry Heeralall and N. Nowrangilal joining the Centurions list, and Roopchan Seebarran, Thakur Singh, Sohan Dass, Sunesh Wazid, Troy Harper, Asghar Malik Sheikh, Jr., Sabeeh Rafique and Istiaq Malik, being honored for capturing five or more wickets in a single match. The Best Bowling Average (3.6) went to East Bank Cricket Club’s Sohan Dass, while Ahson Qadeer from East Side Warriors was the lone recipient of the season’s Hat-trick Award. Karan Ganesh from Everest/ACS captured the Most Improved Player award.

2008 championship awards were presented to Richmond Hill Cricket Club – 40-Overs Champs and Everest/ACS Cricket Club the Runner-up. East Bank Cricket Club emerged the 2008 Big-4 Champs with Richmond Hill Cricket Club the Runner-up.

The 2008 Division I Twenty20 Championship was won by Richmond Hill Cricket Club with Everest/ACS Cricket Club as Runner-up, and in the Division II championship, Hillside Sports Club emerged Champs with Trini Boyz Cricket Club occupying the runner-up position.

The EACA acknowledged the outstanding performances of its Under-15 and Under-19 players Chris Singh and Gregory Sewdial, both of whom represented the USA in international tournaments this year. The entire Under-19 championship team was awarded outstanding performance medals. Special honoree plaques were awarded to James Manbahal, Insaf “Birdman” Ali, Fitzroy Hayles, Ajaz Asgarally, Motie from Golden Arrow Restaurant & Bar, Hakim Mohamed from Naresa Palace, Brian Singh, Paul Lall, Shiek Mohamed, Leonard Achibar, Carl Bennett and John Aaron.

The EACA must be congratulated for completing an excellent and competitive 2008 season. Led by its President Rudy Persaud, Vice President Steve Mangru, Secretary Sunesh Wazid, Treasurer Sase Singh and Asst. Secty. Treas. Zaman Juman, the league, against all economic odds had a dazziling display of hardware for those with outstanding performances.
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