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M. Seepersaud of Bedessee Destroyer during his spell of 6 wickets for 7 runs againt Metro Superstars. Glen Hall (below) of Chargers struck an exciting 72 from 39 deliveries.



Richard Staples of Chargers take a run in his knock of 51 from 21 deliveries.
New York Premier League
Chargers, Cricket Zone, Bedessee Victorious


By Sam Sooppersaud | Photo Gallery of Games
August 10th, 2009
The rains, this summer, so far, have created havoc for numerous scheduled outdoor activities. The inclement weather has resulted in the cancellation of many of these events. Cricket and cricket fans have not been spared. They have endured their doses of disappointments with several games being washed out or canceled.

However, on Saturday, August 8, 2009, the Cricket Gods looked down on the boys of summer and said that enough is enough, we must have some cricket. The Gods smiled down on us and gave us a glorious day: warm comfortable temperature with a soothing breezing caressing our body. It was a day ideal for a cricket match. In fact that's what took place. Not just one match but three matches, in the second round of the newly launched New York Premier League. These games were all played in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. New York.

In the first game we saw the Metro Superstars going against Bedessee Destroyers. This took place at Seaview Park, 108 Street and Seaview Avenue. It was a meeting that the Superstars wished had never happened. They were literally destroyed by Bedessee Destroyers. Annihilated may be a more suitable word. The Metros were anything but Superstars.

Metro batted first and were skittled out for a paltry 62 runs. M. Seepersaud created havoc for the Metro's batsmen as he claimed 6 wickets for a miserly 7 runs. The best bowling figures by far in the NYPL. Only two of their batsmen, A. Syed (12) and M. Sarjew (16) were able to reach double figures. Bedessee in turn scored 64 runs for the loss of 3 wickets, thereby gaining a comfortable victory over the Superstars. Dean (18), Shashi and Mark Gomes, each scoring 16 runs, were the chief architects of the Destroyers' win.

A more closely fought and entertainig match was witnessed at the newly constructed cricket stadium located at the other end of Seaview Avenue, at 80th Street. The New York Titans and Ravi Etwaroo's Cricket Zone Enforcers were locked in battle. It was a game that seemed to rest in the balance once the seasaw had stopped. The Titans won the toss and gave first knock to Cricket Zone. In the very first over, opener O' Neil Powell was caught for 1 off the bowling of George Adams with the score on 3.

The other opener, V. Wilcock (1) was the next to be out by the way of the L.B.W. route to Nasir Islam. With two wickets down and only 7 runs on the board, Cricket Zone was in deep trouble. The number four batsman, T. Powell was bowled by J. Thomas for 8 with the score on 23. At this stage, 3 for 23, the Cricket Zone's camp was in total disarray.

What was needed was a rebuilding process. This is exactly what the next four batsmen resorted to. They played carefully taking some quick singles at first, then later opening up their shoulders to wrestle the advantage away from the Titans. E. Nelson (16), N. McFarlane (28), R. Andrews (17), and N. Samuels (43) saw their team to a comfortable and match winniing 140 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Andrews was the most punishing on the bowlers as he rained sixes anf fours to all parts of the field. He was most severe on the Titans' captain Zamin Amin whose 2 overs cost 23 runs. At the end B. Blackwood pitched in with 9 much needed runs.

Opening the batting for Titans were former Guyana national player Andrew Gonsalves and the and hard-hitting and entertaining Marlon Kalicharran. Almost immediately Marlon was out caught, attempting a hook shot off a short rising ball from Joe Allen and with the score on 10. This cascaded to 3 for 27, leaving Titans in a precarious position. Gonsalves took charge and began playing some lofty and gloious shots, and moving the score forward. He was ably assisted by Karan Ganesh (15) in this effort. Just when it seemed that the Titans were coming out of the hole they had dug for themselves, Gonzales was caught in the long off the bowling of N. McFarlane for 30 runs.

At 66 for 6, commentator Carl Bennett pointed out that this was a sign of bad omen, The Mark of the Beast. The very next ball Derek Kalicharran was run out for 1, followed by Gregory Sewdial caught in the deep. Three wickets fell at the dreaded 66. By the way, when Cricket Zone batted two wickets fell with the score on 66. (Coincidental and superstitious. Nothing else). A rear guard attack by Javin Thomas, the former Leewards youth player gave Titans visions of a victory. His 38 runs included three sixes and four fours in his valiant effort to see his team to victory. This was not to be. Titans fell short by 20 runs.

In the third game of the day played also at the new stadium, the United Chargers took on Pakistan. The spectators were treated to a belated fireworks show by the Chargers' batsmen. In the twenties, the NY Yankees batting lineup was fearfully known as Murderers' Row due to their awesome hitting power. The Chargers' batting power on this day was the cricket version of Murderer's Row. Look at the lineup and you'll see Carl Wright, Glen Hall, Sudesh Dhaniram, Rashad Marshall, Steve Massiah, Richard Staples, Vishal Nagamootoo. Should I go on! I think not.

Pakistan won the toss and made the fatal error of asking United Chargers to bat first. It was a decision that they quickly regretted once play started. Wright and Hall walked out to the middle and resorted to pumelling the Pakistani's bowling attack. They were raining sixes and fours. By the end of the fifth over the score was 58 without loss. Wright fell with the score at 66 and his personal score at 37, scored off 18 deliveries. Glen Hall became masochistic. Any and everything bowled to him was treated with disdain. By the end of the tenth over the Chargers were 85 for 2 well on their way to a projected score of over 200 runs.

Sudesh Dhaniram (4) and R. Marshall (2) came and went. Hall, still at bat was joined by former US Captain Richard Staples. Together Hall and Staples punished the Pakistani's bowlers moving the score rapidly towards the projected mark. The Chargers' innings ended at 178 for 5 wickets. Glen Hall's 72 off 39 deliveries included 3 sixes and 6 fours. Staples was not out on 51 score from 21 deliveries and included 4 sixes and 4 fours. One of the missile fired by him sailed high over the sightscreen and landed on the flowers beds in the distance. When the ball was retrieved umpire Fitzroy Hayles was seen examinig the ball to see whether it may have been damaged. N. Arif was the pick of the bowling getting figures of 3 for 21. S. Ahmad and Salman Khan got 1 wicket apiece for 19 and 25 runs respectively.

The Pakistan batting met with disaster in the first over they batted and which was bowled by former Guyana and West Indies speedsster Reon King. The third ball of the first over rose chest high and opener Shabaz Ahmad attempted an illadvised hook shot. He only succeeded in offering a sitter to short square leg. The other opener W. Akhtar stayed around for a while and was finally out for 15. Two more quick wickets fell and Pakistan were reeling at 4 for 30. Middle order batsman H. Munir (19) join forces with S. Khan and saw the score to the fifty mark. With the score on 53 for 6 Imran and N. Arif came together in a 51 run partnership. This was the last of the Pakistani's resistance. Once they were separated, the innings folded at 118 runs. Imran scored 19 while N. Arif scored 30. Chargers were victorious by a margin of 60 runs. For the Chargers Reon King claimed 3 for 22 while Sudesh Dhaniram returned figures of 2 for 26, Rashad Marshall 2 for 15 and E. Baptiste 1 for 10.

After the match and at the presentation ceremony Captain Steve Massiah thanked his boys for their part in handing him a victory. He alluded to the fact that the Chargers have the best team on paper, in the NYPL, and that there is no reason why they shouldn't make the playoffs." If we got beaten", he said, "then we have to beat ourselves". Reon King collected an "envelope" for the best bowler award while Glen Hall received an "envelope" for the batting award.

The third Round of the NYPL will take place on Saturday, August 15, at the same venue. In one of these games the two unbeaten franchises, United Chargers and Cricket Zone Enforcers will do battle. Make plan with your friends to come out and watch some exciting Twenty/20 cricket.

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