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EASTERN AMERICAN TIGERS TRUIMPH OVER TRI-STATE BULLDOGS
EACA Under-19 Squad Rolls To Championship Victory

By John L. Aaron

Following an unbeaten run in the New York Metropolitan and Washington, DC Under-19 tournament, the Eastern American Cricket Association’s Under-19 Eastern American Tigers defeated the Tri-State Bulldogs, coached by Linden Fraser and managed by veteran youth cricketer organizer J.P. Singh, at Idlewild Park, Rosedale, Queens, last Saturday afternoon.

Coached by former Guyana and West Indies Test player Sew Shivnarine and managed by Rudy Persaud, the EACA Tigers, handsomely defeated the Tri-State Bulldogs, despite an exciting knock of 57 n.o. from Hunan Munir. The Tri-State Bulldogs, behind Munir’s knock reached 151 for 6 in the allotted 30 overs. Other valuable contributors were D. Audain run out 34 and opener F. Mendonza, 24. With two run outs, the four Bulldogs wickets were shared by EACA Tigers’ Bridgepaul, McKenzie, Pooran and skipper Ganesh. The Bulldogs wickets fell at 7 20, 33, 45, 46, 118 and 120.

In response, and the pursuit of the $1,000. cash first prize and a beautiful trophy, The EACA Tigers reached the victory target in 26.4 overs, behind a solid 42 from skipper Karan Ganesh caught off the bowling of the Bulldogs’ skipper Alex Kirton. S. Sukhdeo, 31 and opener A. Singh with a lightening 22 (1x6 and 3x4’s), helped the Tigers reach the victory.

The Tigers wickets fell at 19, 30, 46, 111, 130 and 143. Tri-State Bulldogs’ D. Audain 2 for 30 and D. Hurley 2 for 22 were the best bowlers.

Awarding Displays
EACA Tigers’ skipper Karan Ganesh was adjudged MVP and received the Trevor Pawan prize, while Tri-State Bulldogs’ Dwayne Hurley received the Zaqir Gibraltar “Most Wickets” prize presented by Clifford Hinds, and his team mate Hunan Munir the Nest Restaurant’s “Most Runs” prize.

Runner-up Tri-State Bulldogs received $500. and a trophy from Cricket International and presented by this newspaper’s sports editor Orin Davidson, while the winner Eastern American Tigers received $1,000 and a trophy from Bedessee Sporting Goods, presented by Mrs. Dolly Prasad, wife of EACA’s President Krish Prasad..

It was an exciting youth match witnessed by several veteran players on the sidelines, who no doubt lived vicariously for one day at Idlewild Park, under very pleasant weather conditions.

Bernard Julien Visits With Regional U-19 Squad
Former Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies Test player Bernard Julien, in town for the recent Sundar Memorial Trophy match at Whitestone Park, paid a visit to the training camp of the New York Region’s Under-19 squad at Gateway Park last Thursday afternoon.

Julien recovering from throat cancer and now on a crusade to help others quit smoking was very encouraging to the youngsters with his insights into the game.

The New York Regional representatives would like to say a very big thank you to the very likeable former Test player, and to wish him well in his recovery, as well as his new found strength to be an anti-smoking crusader.

The Regional Under-19 squad departs for Florida next Friday, October 6, to represent the New York Region in USACA’s National Under-19 championships. The squad will be coached by Linden Fraser and managed by Rudy Persaud and will be accompanied by several Regional cricket officials, including Regional Director H. Carlyle Miller.
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