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West Indian Alliance/Melbourne CC Captured Nassau League’s Super-Four Division II Title

A chanceless century by Kawal Persaud propelled West Indian Alliance/Melbourne CC to a thrilling 67 run victory over Victory CC last Sunday August 26, 2007 at the Beach 32nd Street Far Rockaway.

Persaud, opening the batting, scored 101 not out, laced with 8 fours and 2 sixes. Kawal showing his maturity, batted through the inning to ensure WIA/MCC tallied a winning score.

Victorious West Indian Alliance/Melbourne CC

West Indian Alliance/Melbourne CC 269 for 3 off 40 overs
Victory CC 202 all out off 33 overs

After much a do about pending inclement weather last Sunday, Nassau League kicked off its Super-Four Division II finals between undefeated number 1 seed, WIA/MCC and number 3 seed, Victory CC.

Winning toss and batting first, WIA/MCC top five batsmen, led by Kawal Persaud, propelled WIA/MCC and ensure they would remain undefeated. Persaud registering his first century of the season, Leslie Ettienne 52 not out, (4x4 & 2x6) Earl Grant 47 (5x6) and Allison Harewood 29 all taking advantage of a perfect batting track.

Victory CC bowlers toiled as they were unable to penetrate WIA/M batting line up. In the process, Persaud and Charles partnerships for 61 runs before the latter was run out.

Grant joined Persaud and added 90 runs to the scorecard before Charles was caught by Manu off the bowling of Bobby for a well played 47.

Finally, an unbroken partnership of 82 between Persaud and Ettienne saw team West Indian Alliance/Melbourne tallied an unattainable 269 runs from their allotted 40 overs.
Wickets fell at 61, 151 and 187

Bowling for Victory CC, Bobby and Bittu picked up 1 wicket each.

In reply, a flying start by captain Sumit and Jasdeep saw team Victory CC of India raced to 47 off 6 overs before Jasdeep was judged LBW off the bowling of Lalta Persaud for 27. WIA/MCC bowlers then reined in VCC batsmen at regular intervals, but not before team Victory registered 202 runs. Other contributors to the scorecard were, Manu 33, Manjit 32, Sumit 24 and Charandeep 18. Atul Sharma we left stranded at 9 not out. Wickets fell at 47, 64, 83, 83, 87, 109, 155, 191 and 202.

Victory Cricket Club

Bowling for WIA/MCC, Kawal Persaud having a fine all-round game finished with 3 for 22, while Gary Brooms 3 for 27. Lalta Persaud 2 for 45 while Hussey and Carbon grabbed 1 wicket each.

At the conclusion of the match, Nassau League officials praised both team on getting this far in the competition, and extending congratulations to Peter Jolly and team WIA/MCC for going undefeated this season and also for winning the Division II championship.

Victory’s captain Sumit, echoed, “Although we lost the game, this atmosphere does not feel like we lost.” He went onto praise his team for a well played match.

Nassau League officials also expressed a special thanks to Insaf “Birdman” Ali for his contribution to the League. Ali, as he has done on many occasions, sponsored the color jersey for the finalist in both Division 1 and Division II.

Congratulations once again to West Indian Alliance/Melbourne CC.


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