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West Indian Softball Association (WISA) officially started its 2008 season on April 6. It was a chilly day but there was some very exciting cricket.

Traffic on the Van Wyck Expressway usually moves well on Sundays but, on Sunday it did not. Congestion was the main reason for the delays but sixes hit by Rebels and Ocean XI on the Van Wyck Expressway service road did contribute to the traffic delays. Cricket enthusiasts and curious auto drivers and their passengers sneaked a peek at the proceedings at Charles Drew Park (Van Wyck Expressway Service Rd & 115th Ave).

Rebels Cricket Club Beat Ocean XI
In a ‘see-saw’ battle at Charles Drew Park II, Rebels CC beat Ocean XI CC by 36 runs in the Premier Elite Division.

After winning the toss, Rebels elected to bat first and compiled a massive 209 for 8 off their allotted 25 overs. Narine Algu and Basil Balkaran opened the batting and gave Rebels a good start of 56 before Algu went for a well played 33. Mark Bobb joined Balkaran, but went for a quick ‘duck’.

Balkarran was joined by J. Sanichar and together they took the score to 83 when Balkaran was bowled for a quiet 36 that included 3 fours and a six. Ocean XI struck a few times and Rebels was on their heels before Mike Balkaran and R. Norton took on Ocean XI’s pace attack and added a ‘quick fire’ 54. Mike Balkaran went for 22 while Norton was run out for 28.

With the score at 165 for 8 off 21 overs, Raj Mathura was joined by M. Persaud. Together they batted sensibly, taking singles and doubles until Mathura hit two sixes and two fours off the 25th over. Mathura was 30 not out at the end of the inning.

Set a target of 209, Ocean XI opened their batting with B. Tulsi and their star batsman L. Mohan. They were immediately in trouble when Mohan was brilliantly bowled by J. Sanichar without scoring. Wickets fell frequently around Tulsi and Ocean XI was in trouble until Nick Ramsingh joined him.

The two batted well and actually caught up with the required run rate. Rebels looked a bit worried until the bowling change of M. Persaud struck gold for them. Tulsi was bowled by Persaud for a patient 35. Ramsingh soon went for 31. Ocean XI’s lower order was no match for M. Balkaran who took a Hat Trick while destroying it. J.Sanichar took 3 for 31, M. Persaud 3 for 14 and M.Balkaran 4 for 16 were the wicket takers in Ocean XI’s score of 173 all out.

Warriors CC Trashed Majestics
At Charles Drew I Warriors CC trashed Majestics CC by 68 runs. Warriors batted first and made 199 for 4 in their 25 overs. M. Balchan top scored with 60 runs.

Majestics started well with Azad Hussien and Satish Wilfred but once Wilfred fell, Majestics was in trouble. Hussien batted steadily for a well played half century but his supporting cast was not very supportive. Majestics was bundled out for 131. G. Singh took 4 for 28 while T. Munnsammy bagged 3 for 28.

In the other Premiere Elite Game, Wild Bunch beat Dynasty.

Richmond Hill Sports Club Still Unbeaten In 2008
Richmond Hill SC made ‘light-work’ of Braves CC at Flushing Park in Division I Group B play. Braves won the toss and elected to bat first. They were bundled for 90 off 20.2 overs. S. Outar was Braves’ top scorer with 24. B. Heralall (Max) took 3 for 22 while V. Lutchman and D. Somwaru took two wickets a piece.

Richmond Hill SC replied with 92 without loss off 11 overs. Ahmad Shazaman was unbeaten on a superb 50 while Darshan Chickery contributed 29.

West Indian Softball Association (WISA)
Points Standing – 04/09/08
Premier Elite Pts W-L

Rebels 28 1-0
Warriors 28 1-0
Wild Bunch 25 1-0
Ocean XI 8 0-1
Majectics 5 0-1
Dynasty 2 0-1

Premier Pts W-L
Cornered Tigers 27 1-0
Deluxe 27 1-0
Royals 24 1-0
L.B.I. 6 0-1
Young Gunz 5 0-1
Rising Stars 4 0-1

Div. I - Group A Pts W-L
Untouchables 27 1-0
Scramblers 25 1-0
Crushers 25 1-0
Patriots 7 0-1
Hurricanes 2 0-1
Next Generation 0 0-1

Div. I - Group B Pts W-L

United 27 1-0
Young Guns 27 1-0
Richmond Hill SC 25 1-0
Canjie 7 0-1
Champions 5 0-1
Braves 1 0-1

Div. II - Group A Pts W-L

Bush Lot 28 1-0
Truimph 28 1-0
MRI 25 1-0
Elite 7 0-1
Shooting Stars 5 0-1
Winning Colors 2 0-1
Islanders 1 0-1

Div. II - Group B Pts W-L

Rumors 28 1-0
Exquisite Realty 27 1-0
Primetime 26 1-0
Tamarind Root 25 1-0
Marathon Boys 7 0-1
Queens Village 5 0-1
Papas 4 0-1

Div. III - Group A Pts W-L

Bronx Strikers 28 1-0
Caribbean 25 1-0
Legends 5 0-1
Brooklyn/Queens 2 0-1
Young Guns II
Caribbean Stars

Div. III - Group B Pts W-L

Ozone XI 25 1-0
Harlems Players 25 1-0
Sanders XI 0 0-1
Young West Indian 0 0-1
Good Times
Long Beach All Stars

Div. III - Group C Pts W-L

Cornered Tigers II 28 1-0
New York Raca 28 1-0
United 25 1-0
Supersonics 8 0-1
Exclusive Homes 8 0-1
Work Force 0 0-1

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