AMERICAN CRICKET ASSOCIATION 2007
Some of the league’s bowlers appear to have more rust to shake off than the batsmen, who seem intent on getting their blows in, before the bowlers warm up. Among the centurions during the past two weeks are Real Challenge’s Andrew Gonsalves, 110 and Mark Gomes, 138, both not out. Everest/ACS’ Karran Ganesh scored 108 not out against Canal No. 2 Polder at Lido Beach, while East Side Warriors’ Sabi Rafiq hit 120 (14x4’s, 7x6’s) versus East Bank at Heckscher State Park against Debo Sankar’s knock of 140 (15x4’s, 3x6’s) for East Bank, in a losing cause.
Atlantis’ Lennox Cush scored 109 in his debut for new team Atlantis, and against Unified Ambassadors, last weekend at Brentwood.
With two weeks into the season, some teams are still making adjustments to their front-line players, while sounding out the opposition. There are fourteen teams competing in the 2007 EACA season’s 40-Overs competition. With the departure of New York Challengers from the league, several of the players from that team now populate Real Challenge of New York, while some others have joined other teams. For two years New York Challengers led by the USA’s skipper Steve Massiah, and including some of the more accomplished players in the region, enjoyed winning some of the league’s championships. Therefore, it was somewhat surprising, when the team did not reapply to remain a part of the EACA this year.
Match Round-Ups To-date
Real Challenge defeated Hillside by 239 runs: Real Challenge Batting: M. Gomes, 138 n.o., A. Gonsalves, 138 n.o., P. Mahabir, 33. Hillside Bowling: A. Hamdany 1 for 43.
Hillside Batting: A. Hamdany, 10, M. Harrichan, 8. Real Challenge Bowling: K. Darlington 5 for 7, D. McDonald 3 for 26.
East Side Warriors
defeated East Bank by 47 runs at Heckscher II. East Side Warriors:
Bayshore Tigers by 48 runs at Heckscher I. Atlantis batting: C. Mendonca
31. Bayshore tigers Bowling: Arif 4 for 44.
defeated Seawell by 44 runs at Baisley Pond Park. Richmond Hill Batting:
210 for 8 in 40 overs. T. Balwant, 79, L. Udai, 24. Seawell Bowling:
L. Bennie 4 for 46.
East Bank defeated Bayshore Tigers by 105 runs. East Bank Batting: 206 for 5 in 33 overs. S. Dass, 50, D. Sankar, 45, R. Sankar, 33. Bayshore Tigers Bowling: Asif 2 for 22.
Bayshore Tigers Batting: Ubad 34 n.o., Umar, 17. East Bank Bowling: S. Mangru 4 for 16, T. Johnson 3 for 27.
Atlantis defeated Unified Ambassadors by 119 runs. Atlantis Batting: 251 for 8 in 40 overs. L. Cush, 109, S. Benjamin, 75 n.o. Ambassadors Bowling: S. Baksh 4 for 56 including a hat-trick.
Unified Ambassadors: 132. D. Bedesi, 30, A. Roopnarine, 26. Atlantis Bowling: D. Evelyn 3 for 30, L. Cush 2 for 11 and H. Sheriff 2 for 32
Real Challenge defeated Empire Mortgage by 9 wickets: Empire Mortgage Batting: 151 for 9 in 40 overs. K. Preshad, 63, B. George, 25. Real Challenge Bowling: Darlington, Nandalall and C. Evans 2 each.
153 for 1 in 18.3 overs. A. Gonsalves, 74 n.o., P. Mahadeo, 64, n.o.
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