American Cricket Association Under-19 team with president Rudy
Persaud (far left) and NYC Region representative to USACA Krish
Prasad (far right).
YOUTH CRICKET TOURNAMENT
Eastern American Youths Romp Over Connecticut Chargers
By John L. Aaron
Sept. 16th, 2008
They must have had a leprechaun amongst them, because the Eastern
American Youths emerged champions of the Tri-State Youth Development’s
40-Overs tournament, having benefited from two previous no-shows by
their genuine luck, Eastern American Youths came out to play the championship
match and brought their “A” game with them against the
team that featured one of the New York metropolitan area’s best
Under-19 youths – Brian Ajodhi.
With Connecticut Charges taking first strike and posting a decent
147 for 9 in the agreed upon reduced 35 overs contested, primarily
off the bats of their 7, 8 and 9 batsmen, Eastern American was glad
to have had the scalp of Brian Ajodhi for a duck. Connecticut Chargers
were off to a disastrous start losing their first four wickets for
24 runs, before surviving a fifth wicket stand of 26 and a sixth-wicket
stand of 45, to pull it together somewhat.
It was N. Patel with a painstaking 45 (2x4s, 1x6), C. Singh, 30 (2x6s,
2x4s) and H. Smith, 17, who added some respectability to the Chargers
total. It was H. Bridgpaul with figures of 7-3-26-4 and Z. Majeed
7-1-23-2 who carted off the scalps. The Connecticut Charges wickets
fell at 5, 14, 18, 24, 50, 95, 114, 139 and 147. Extras contribution
Taking to the middle Easter American Youths, lost Toolsie for a deuce
with the score on 32. Fellow opener and skipper Andy Mohamed then
went for 17, before T. Singh, 45 (4x4s) and Z. Majeed, 40 (1x6, 5x4s),
helped the team reach the required 148, effectively taking the match
away from the Connecticut Chargers’ grasp.
Losing only six wickets along the way, Eastern American Youths had
responded affirmatively to the many skeptics who thought the team
was suspect, got an easy ride to the finals, and did not rightfully
earn the spot the final. However, as the saying goes – a win
is a win, and the Eastern American Youths had doggedly stayed in the
race of the well-organized and managed 2008 youth program, a program
that produced the victorious New York Regional national champions
two weeks earlier.
Bowling for Connecticut Charges: H. Smith 2 for 27 off 6 overs and
A. Imran 2 for 17 off 7 overs, led in the bowling department for the
boys north of New York.
In spite of the final result, the Connecticut Charges gave account
of themselves, while playing some very courageous cricket along the
way. New York just happened to have a slight edge over their visitors,
who never fully recovered after losing the prized wicket of the talented