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Montgomery College To Part Take In Ramano Memorial Game

By Lloyd Jodah

June 26th, 2009
The Second Annual Ramano Memorial Cricket event takes place this Saturday June 27th at 150th Street and Rockaway Blvd, Queens and starts 12 Noon. Some of the top young cricketers of the region will play 2 games of exciting 20/20 cricket to honor the late cricketer.

In one of the matches New York gets to challenge the College Champions, Montgomery College. They took home the Shivnarine Chanderpaul Trophy from the pioneering first American College Cricket Spring Break Championship in March and this is the College's first game together since, as their game against Cardinal Gibbons was washed out by rain.

Captain Adil Bhatti says "We are eager to play in New York, all the guys are excited."

The match will be against a New York Region Under 23 team, put together by manager Lester Hooper, and include many of the Under 19 stars such as Greg Sewdial, Keon Lake and Cameron Mirza which will be part of a double-header tribute to the late Ramano, organized by his friends. New York cricket fans are eager to see the team that averaged over 10 runs per over throughout the College championship.

The Montgomery guys are also bringing an important lesson for young cricketers, that cricket and higher education can go together. Bhatti himself decided to go back to College to finish his degree so he can defend the Shivnarine Chanderpaul Trophy at the 2010 American College Cricket Spring Break Championship. "I think I heard that Greg Sewdial will be going to Hofstra, and I know Lloyd Jodah of, (American College Cricket) has been working on a cricket club there, so maybe next year Hofstra will be competing at the College Championship," Bhatti added.

Montgomery College will be without two of their best batsmen Danish Ashgar, a stylish and consistent left-handed opener whose flowing shots takes one back to Zaheer Abbas; the other missing player is Ankit Sehgal who is currently averaging 92 in the Washington Cricket League.

Last year, Ankit Sehgal had the highest score of 175. One of their new players, Charan Singh will be a tremendous addition to the team. Charan Singh is well known after starring in the recently held National Under 19 Championship and only missed selection to the USA team because he had not lived in the US long enough. Charan has already notched a fifty this year for his team in the Washington Cricket League.

Captain Adil Bhatti has been in fine form this season, in four innings achieving an average of 202, including a 100 not out. Bhatti opens the bowling with Mohammed Kamran, who has already taken 13 wickets for his league team at an average of 10 runs this season. Interestingly enough Kamran was judged to be the Best Batsman in the American College Cricket Spring Break Championship. In fact Kamran practically won the finals for Montgomery College with a fantastic 63 not out. Sadiq Naseer and Suchit Laheri are two of MC's stars who much is expected from. Sadiq said, "all our guys want to take this opportunity to give a shout out to Brian Edun, recovering from a recent stroke. Get well Brian, we're looking forward to seeing you next year at the Championship."

The Montgomery College Team is: Adil Bhatti-captain, Sadiq Naseer- vice captain, Mohammad Kamran, Suchit Laheri, Wali Syed, Amir Chuadhry, Tahir Chuadhry, Vishal, Umair Baig, Charanpreet Singh and Udith Seghal

"With the US being admitted into the T20 World Cup Qualifiers this is a really exciting time for cricket in the US. The Team is pleased to be playing in New York, and honored to be a part of the tribute to a fellow cricketer, Ramano," Suchit Laheri of Montgomery said. "He also added some of the young stars here could be on the USA Team next year."

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