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Twenty20 Finals Set For Bay Park - Sunday, September 21, 2008

By John L. Aaron
Sept. 18th, 2008
The curtain comes down this Sunday on the EACA’s 2008 season, with the league’s Twenty20 Division I & Division II championship finals at Bay Park.

Everest/ACS XI

Richmond Hill (Photos by Shiek Mohamed)

Set for an 11:00 am start, Trini Boyz will come up against Hillside in the Division II final championship match. The Bo Juman led Hillside Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the EACA and has certainly seen a plethora of very good batsmen and excellent bowlers pass through its ranks over the years. The club has maintained a consistent level of success, despite failing to breakthrough in the top tier of the participating EACA clubs. On the other hand, Trini Boyz is a newcomer of sorts to the EACA, with a splinter core of players from Unified Ambassadors as part of the team’s current roster. Trini Boyz will no doubt be looking to etch their mark on the leagues final tournament of the 2008 season, while Hillside will be looking to have the newcomers show due respect to the Hillside crew. It should be a decent matchup and an exciting game.

The marquee match of the day is set for immediately after; when the Zamin Amin led Everest/ACS XI comes up against this year’s EACA 40-overs champion Richmond Hill Cricket Club at the same venue. Richmond Hill led by Tamesh “Cambio” Balwant will be looking to grab its second championship of the year, having won the league’s 40-Overs title, but narrowly losing to East Bank Cricket Club in the Big-4 championship final a few weekends ago.

Ironically Everest/ACS defeated Richmond Hill in humiliating fashion last weekend, scuttling the Hill 87 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs, in the penultimate match of the division and the season. So, look for Richmond Hill to seek to avenge such a devastating lesson taught by the senior statesmen of the Everest/ACS team at Lido Beach.

Richmond Hill narrowly edge out their nemesis East Bank for the championship berth on a net run rate of less than 0.45, this after being humiliated by Everest/ACS and East Bank’s convincing defeat of Atlantis Cricket Club at Bay Park.

Championship Match Up
Everest/ACS will no doubt feature the bowling combinations of Trevor Walke, Syed Amin, Zamin Amin and Karran Ganesh, against Richmond Hill’s batting line-up that includes skipper Tamesh Balwant, Mustaq Yussuf, Zaheer Saffie, Khaleem Bux, Shameer “Joey” Sadloo, Sanjay Sookdeo a.k.a. Pandit, and others.

Everest/ACS does have a somewhat dependable batting line up in Zamin Amin, Karran Ganesh, Tony Roberts, Ryan Sookdeo and the always dangerous and explosive Amjad Khan. A batting line up that’s expected to face-off against the Hill’s bowling line-up of Shameer Sadloo, Zaheer Saffie, Khaleem Bux, Sunesh Wazid, Shiv Raghubar and Latchman Udai.

On paper, Richmond Hill appears to have the edge by virtue of their strong batting and bowling depths, in addition to sporting younger sets of legs. They may have played possum last weekend in succumbing to Everest/ACS by scoring only 87. However, do not count Everest/ACS out, being led by the perpetual student of the game Zamin Amin and including the experience and cunning of crafty bowlers such as Walke and Syed Amin. The wily bowling of the youthful Karran Ganesh may also pose some problems for the Hill boys. Amjad Khan, if allowed to settle in can be a thorn in the side of the Richmond Hill bowlers. An explosive batsman, if allowed to get going, Khan may be the difference in the match up, if Everest/ACS wins the toss and elects to take first strike.

All in all it should be an exciting day at the races, as a betting friend of mine Merlin is apt to say, “…may the fastest horse win the race.”
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