Seonarine’s Bachan Defeats Ryan Hurley’s Sportsman To
August 21st, 2008
Former Guyanese national all-rounder Vijay Seonarine put together
a captain’s innings to secure his team a spot in the Commonwealth
Cricket League Division A finals.
In what was a beautiful day for cricket in city of Poughkeepsie where
the grass is cut just before the game and the pitch is made of clay
and rolled with a heavy roller as we remember how the pitches are
this important semi-final match, Bachan won the toss and sent in Sportsman
to bat. The two dangerous opening batsmen of Blackman and Plunkett
had been terrorizing the league with their stroke play all season
but they were never settled. Plunkett was bowled for a duck off an
inside edge off the first over of Parsram Beepat. Beepat went on to
have the team’s best figures of 4 for 29.
In came Ryan Hurley, the former West Indies player and he and Blackman
got settle and put on a 80 run first wicket partnership. But as soon
as they looked like they were settled, in come Vijay Seonarine’s
off-spin that removed Ryan Hurley LBW for a well played 53. Hurley’s
wicket would open the flood gates for more wickets.
Blackman (26) soon was out caught off the bowling by the no doubt
player of the game Vijay Seonarine. At 84 for 2, Sportsman looked
to still put a decent total on the board with 20 overs to go on the
35 over game but it only got worse as the spin and pace combination
of Besham Ramsunai and Parsram Beepat scattered the wickets of the
Sportman batsman. Their next 8 wickets went for a mere 38 runs.
Besham Ramsunai bagged 3 wickets for 18 runs. Runs were hard to come
by as another spinner, Alan Deodat’s 7 overs went for a measly
13 runs. Sportsman was all out in 27 overs for 122.
Bachan was set a total of around 3 runs per over but quickly pegged
back as they lost opener Ravin Ivan for a duck of the bowling of E.
Murray in the first over. Captain Vijay Seonarine walked to the wicket
knowing his team needed a steady innings from him and he did not fail
to produce. The very first ball he faced, he walked down the track
and lifted the ball over the bowler’s head for a powerful four.
Seonarine soon lost the other opening partner Ramsunai in a run out
trying for a second run. Bejai Somai joined Seonarine as the dangerous
Ryan Hurley took the ball. Hurley twisted and turned deliveries but
they were no match for Seonarine’s skills as he picked the gaps
and put away the loose balls for boundaries with exquisite timing
and stroke play.
Seonarine had good support Bejai Somai who crafted a well played 23
as he hit a couple of huge sixes and some nice drives but was soon
out bowled by Ryan Hurley. The partnership of Somai & Seonarine
netted 72 runs and looked to seal the victory for Bachan. Victory
didn’t come easy though, in form left hander Alan Deodat was
caught behind for a duck off Ryan Hurley.
Hurley looked to take advantage of the lower order but just 25 runs
required, Vijay Somai chipped in with a useful 15 while Seonarine
steady the game and valued his prized wicket. Seonarine finished with
a matching winning knock of 66 not out which consisted of 6 fours
and 2 sixes.
Bachan was will now face the undefeated Pak America in the finals
at Whitestone Park, Sunday August 24th. This contest looks to be quite
game to see and a huge crowd is expected.