NY Mayor's Cup
York Reigns Supreme In The East
By Dyon Ravello
(Read and Leave Comments Below)
July 22nd, 2009
After an opening day defeat to South East, New York rebounded to win
their final two games emphatically to take the East Conference title
and advance to the Finals of the USACA regional championships to be
held in Texas, a prelude to USA's journey to the UAE where they will
battle for a chance to play at the 20/20 Cricket World Cup in the
Caribbean in 2010.
coach of the triumphant Big Apple squad, outlined the team’s
journey to the top, noting the New Yorkers left the Big Apple for
Maryland at 6 am on Friday 17th July arriving at 11:00 am, due
to financial constraints within US cricket, overnight accommodation
was not made available for Thursday evening. Fraser stated, "Our
late arrival is not enough reason to blame our dismal performance
against the Southerners, but it did indeed have an effect." After
the 11 am arrival New York won the toss and batted first thirty minutes
later. The decision to bat was taken considering the physical and
mental state of the players who had just completed a five hour trek
down the I-95, and who all thought it would be worse to field first.
The only centurions of the
tournament were Glen Hall (top), of the New York Region and
Azrudeen Mohamed (below) of the Director's XI.
New York stumbled along to 119 all out after 31 overs, with US and
New York Captain, Steve Massiah with the only significant contribution
of 26 runs. US seamer Tim Allen did most of the damage for South East.
"The shot selection was poor when we batted and questionable
decisions by the umpire, complemented our tardiness," stated
Fraser on New York's paltry total. Lennox Cush and Kevin Darlington
were both given leg before with bat on ball and all-rounder Dennison
Thomas was adjudged caught and bowled off a ball that the hit the
carpet before reaching Allen’s grasping hands.
In the field New York
could not change their direction, even as Darlington ran through
the South East top order, to leave the score at 33 for 5. Sloppy
fielding and drop catches were no help to the already dire position
in which New York found themselves. Former US youth player Andre
Kirton effected a run out, with a direct hit leaving Tummala out
of his crease. Fraser noted, "Kirton was excellent in the field
he is one of the best all-rounders in the New York region,
he is a complete cricketer, a batsman who can bat in any situation,
outstanding fieldsman, and a very deceptive left arm orthodox bowler."
Nevertheless South East was able to rub the salt deep into the wounds
as they took first day honors, defeating the perennial giants.
Day two rendered new
hope for the defending champs as they met the youthful Director's
XI. However it was not all smooth sailings as Azurudeen Mohammed
lead his team scoring the first century of the tournament, a well-deserved
112, taking advantage of the very placid pitch. The Director's XI
scored 242 all out with New York again very sloppy in the field
with dropped catches. Barrington Bartley was superb with the ball
picking up 2 for 23 off his 10 overs, Kevin Darlington was again
in the hunt with three scalps, and Karan Ganesh snared two.
New York's strategy was to accomplish the win within 32 overs to
boost their run rate in the quest for the pinnacle position on Sunday,
but could only achieve victory after 40 overs. Hall led the way
with an exquisitely constructed unbeaten ton, his knock of 123 was
well supported by the captain Massiah 88, that saw New York winning
comprehensively by 9 wickets. Linden Fraser made special mention
about Keon Lake, whom he thought contributed to New York's delay
in achieving its first victory of 2009, with an outstanding second
spell to slow the run flow. "Lake is an outstanding fieldsman,
and very knowledgeable bowler, as well as his knowledge of the game
is commonly found in someone more senior. He however, has to maintain
his focus by sticking to the basics and pushing for the next level,"
After restoring some normalcy, the New York players were given the
Saturday evening off, by foregoing any team meetings. However both
Manager Linden Dodson and Coach Fraser deliberated in calculating
the run rate to estimate the margin need for victory against the
undefeated Atlantic Region, in an effort to grasp the top spot.
Atlantic region were set a target of 150 by the Big Apple strategists.
On Sunday morning prior to the final showdown against their archrivals,
Manager Dodson led the team with an inspiring speech, which include
several motivational quotes. Understanding the task at hand, set
by the management trio of Fraser, Linden Dodson and skipper Massiah,
the New York squad was pumped to show why New York is the best cricket
location in the East.
Atlantic won the toss and batted, only to have Darlington breathe
fire, scalping three to tally 10 in the tournament. In the field
Glen Hall and Barrington Bartley both effected run outs. As George
Adams and Bartley had two wickets each, restricting the second day
leaders to 88 all out, well within the range which was planned by
the Big Apple strategists.
Glen Hall was again rearing to go with the bat as he took 13 of
the first over of US seamer Irfan Awan. The umpires contributed
to both events on the final day, with Hall playing on off a chest
high full toss from club mate Adrian Gordon. The square leg umpire
signaled no-ball, but was overturned by the presiding umpire.
of the tournament as he started with an unbeaten 38, supported by
Dennis Evans 22, as New York again won with 9 wickets in hand in
Fraser gave praise to "Bedessee Sporting Goods for sponsoring
the team’s uniforms, Jeffery Morrishaw, the New York Cricket
Region’s Director and the New York league presidents for the
financial support for the team’s travel and boarding.”
He also had kudos for Manager Linden Dodson, for his valuable articulation
to the team. Fraser identified Massiah, the national captain, Hall,
Darlington, Bartley, Akeem Dodson, who can contribute as a wicketkeeper
batsman or even just with the bat only, and Rashard Marshall, as
players whom he thought can contribute to the USA's fortunes in
the UAE in the Fall,. He also mentioned Carl Wright, providing the
latter appears in the Finals.
Under-19 stalwarts Gregory Sewdial and Azurudeen Mohammed were also
high on his list of possible selections, as they are both currently
US youth players who have shown the tenacity to succeed at the next
level. Fraser cited, "Sewdial should reassess his game and
should push for ton at high profile tournaments such as the ICC-Americas
Under-19 qualifiers and the regional conferences."
Congratulations to the triumphant New York senior team. All New
York cricket enthusiasts, officials, players and fans wish you the
best of luck in Texas later this year. However, from a development
perspective, a program can be implemented for this group to grow,
by playing with each other on a regular basis. Probably once every
two weeks and twice a week for the two weeks preceding the Finals.
We can utilize the indoor net facilities, as well as the outdoor
facilities available, to accommodate the working team members. This
group should include the current selectees of Steve Massiah, Dennis
Evans, Glen Hall, Lennox Cush, Rashard Marshal, Akeem Dodson, Dennison
Thomas, Karan Ganesh, Barrington Bartley, George Adams, Kevin Darlington,
Andre Kirton, and Carl Wright. Another 6-8 players can contribute
to maintaining a high level of competitiveness in the team, such
as Azurudeen Mohammed, Gregory Sewdial, Dominic Audain, Adrian Gordon,
Kumar Nandalall, Damien Lewis, Keon Lake, and Fahad Mughal.
In a bizarre twist of events on the final day of the tournament,
the Director's XI was penalized for the use of profanity on the
field of play by their wicketkeeper, costing them five penalty runs
in a keenly contested match against the South East, who would eventually
win the match by two wickets and finish ahead of the tournament’s
front-runner Atlantic Region.
coach fraiser is one of the best coach right now...good works for
the young youths asurdeen muhammed
By Fahad, July 24th, 2009
Come on guys. There is no need to express negativity about Linden
Frazer. He has pushed out for the best talent in new york. There
is no question that Domanic is one of the best bowlers in new york.
He is not the only one in the new york that didn't represent new
york, there are other batsman and bowlers in the league. Coach know
all players very well and sometime he himself have pressure on him
to decided the final 14. So give him a break...Look at the bright
side, new york brought the title home...Keep up the good work coach...
By Fahad, July 24th, 2009
On the issue with regards to NY coach Linden Fraser, this is the
guy who tried to get A. Mohamed out of the NY Youth team. 'Andy'
fortunately made the N. East region side then on to the US Natonal
team - then onto the seniors where he scored the first century of
the competition. Not forgeting performing very well in Canada. Good
coaches are able to spot talent quickly, but Fraser it seems is
blinded by many things, perhaps the ethnicity of one's background.
In otherwords if Fraser had his way, Andy Mohamed would have never
been on his way as a career young player for US cricket. Our cricket
continues to be worst than 'bush' cricket with a director that has
done absolutely nothing for NY cricket, and who is Linden Dodson.
God save US cricket!
What are you people talking about Dominic Audain, we are not only
looking for young cricketers we are looking for disciplined players
no one is bigger than the game, currently in cricket in the New
York Region, there are more Chiefs than Indians that is why things
are the way they are. It is all about cliques.
By Brigette Brown, July 23rd, 2009
I agree with the previous comment about Linden Fraser, he is a terrible
coach. For someone who has been around cricket I would like to see
young players included in the USA Senior Team. There are young players
in CA & NY who performed exceedingly well that should be given
a chance. We are under the impression the selectors pick a team
based on performance and not favoritism.
By Cricket Supporter, July 23rd, 2009
Yeah Linden Fraser is only concern about all the young Guyana players,
Keon Lake and Andre Kirten. What about Dominic Audain who player
Under 19 World Cup and was the best USA player, currently has 30
Wickets in BCL this season, the fastest bowler around and has been
allways overlooked. That's why cricket will never reach anywhere
in the USA. They bring the same attitude from the West Indies here.
They allways looking out for the players from their island. This
is sad, Dennison Thomas at 42 years old, where is he going, and
I can name alot more. RIP to USA cricket.
By Bernard Providence, July 22, 2009
NY coach is the worst coach u ever seen where ever hes going to
be there nobody could play good cricket we dont need coachs like
him thanks ...
By Jhon, July 22, 2009