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Florida Cup 2009 – Day 1, Session 2

By Darshan Chickery
February 6, 2009 – 7:22 pm
At the end of Day One of the Florida Cup 2009, WISA and Canada are unbeaten. Today’s play was filled with excitement. NYSCL’s Andrew Gonsalves scored the competition’s first century while Better Hope All Stars’ Sunil Ramkissoon got the competition’s first hat trick.

The hard-hitting Andrew Gonsalves.

In Zone I, Canada is a lock for making it to the semi finals unless they get pummeled by Dream Team tomorrow who needs to win to get to the semifinals. Like Canada, WISA should make it to the semi finals quite easily. They take on Better Hope All Stars who got their tail whipped by NYSCL. Ocala and Orlando have yet to register a win while South Florida and Better Hope are barely alive with one win apiece.

The following are the results from the games completed in Session II of Day one.

Zone I
Canada made light work of Ocala with their five wickets margin of victory. Ocala batted first and managed only 125 all out. Prasana Malipal top scored with 49. S. Balkarrana and A. Shamsudden took 3 for 9 and 3 for 27 respectively while S. Mahadeo grabbed 2 for 24. Canada replied with 128 for 5. H. Chattergoon’s top scored with and unbeaten 79.

South Florida beat Dream Team by five wickets in what is considered to be the upset of the day. Dream Team batted first and made a respectable 204 for 9. Nayeem Mohamed made 56 while Brian Maniram scored his second half century of the day with an even 50. Eon Ellis contributed with 37. Sudesh bagged 4 for 24. South Florida lost early wickets and at one stage needed almost 150 runs in fifteen overs with only five wickets in hand. Thanks to Ravi and Prashad’s heroic innings, of 66 and 64 respectively South Florida pulled out the win to stay alive in the competition.

Zone II
WISA beat Orlando by 46 runs. WISA batted first and made 200 for 8 off their allotted 25 overs. V. Seenarine top scored with 47. P. Sukhdeo, 43 and R. Aly, 42 were the other contributors. R. Mahase and N. Sookram took two wickets apiece. Orlando replied with 154 all out. Ganesh top scored with 27. R. Ivan and D. Singh took 3 for 24 and 3 for 19 respectively.

NYSCL destroyed Better Hope All Stars by a whopping 238 runs. NYSCL batted first and made 315 for 5. Andrew Gonsalves made an even hundred. S. Panday and Kris Sobhai contributed 58 and 53 respectively. Better Hope in reply was bundled out for a meager 77. A. Moonsammy took top honors in the bowling department with 4 for 15 R. Prahalad supported him well with 3 for 11.

Day 1, Session 1
February 6, 2009 – 3:24 pm
The Florida Cup 2009 got off to a smooth start under cool weather conditions at the Central Broward Regional Park in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Eight teams consisting of two zones took the field in the twenty five overs round robin format with hopes of getting to the finals on Sunday February 8, 2009.

Dream Team, Ocala, Canada and South Florida are grouped in Zone I while NYSCL, WISA, Orlando and Better Hope All Stars are in Zone II.

The following are the results from the games completed earlier.

Zone I
Dream Team beat Ocala by 109 runs. Dream Team batted first and made 208 All out. L. Mohan (Jr.) made 64, Brian Maniram stroked 54 while V. Subkaran chipped in with 25. Samaroo grabbed three wickets while Beharry and R. Etwaroo took two wickets each. Ocala in reply was bundled out for 99. L. Mohan took four wickets.

Ravin Ivan made 22 and took 5 for 26 to help WISA defeat NYSCL in the Florida Softball Cup.

Canada beat South Florida by 14 runs. Canada took first strike and made 152 for 6 off the allotted 25 overs. Y. Bogh top scored with 50. A. Shamsudden, H. Chattergoon and T. Yusuf contributed 28, 25 and 22 respectively. A. Ramsaywack and J. Ali took two wickets apiece. South Florida replied with 138 all out. Z. Razak top scored with 28. Canada’s A. Shamsudden and A. Singh took three wickets apiece while S. Balkarran took two wickets for nineteen runs.

Zone II
WISA beat NYSCL by 42 runs. WISA batted first and compiled a score of 181 all out in the 25th over. V. Seenarine top scored with 29. He was supported by P. Sukhdeo 23, R. Ivan, 22 and N. Singh, 19. F. Baichu, A. Moonsammy and N. Bridgelall took three wickets each. NYSCL replied with 139 all out. A. Moonsammy batted well for 41. R. Ivan destroyed NYSCL with 5 for 26. He was well supported by P. Sukhdeo, 2 for 27 and D. Singh, 2 for 29.

Better Hope All Stars beat Orlando by seven wickets. Orlando batted first and made 167 all out. Irshad Adam top scored with 53. Sunil Ramkissoon took 3 wickets for 8 runs. He took a Hat Trick with the inning’s last three deliveries. Better Hope replied with 173 for 3 off 24.3 overs. Fidel Razak top scored with 53 not out. He was support by Ion Baldeo 46 and Trevor Persaud 27 not out.

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