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New York Juniors Rewarded For Brilliant 2008 Displays

By Orin Davidson
Dec. 15th, 2008
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At a time when the United States senior team is unhappy with their deserved rewards, the New York juniors were given their just due Sunday evening when the New York Tri State Youth Program honored the achievements of its young players at a brief but meaningful function at the Flowers Rehabilitation Center in Queens on Sunday.

Tristate Youths along with coach Linden Fraser (left) and manager Lester Hooper (right) with their plaques.

This year has been a successful one for cricket in the Big Apple, none more so than the junior teams which all but dominated the national competitions, reaping a title and a runner up spot in the two staged earlier this year.

The Under-19 squad produced a near perfect performance in capturing the national title, playing unbeaten in four matches while the Under-15 team secured second place in the nationals, playing as well as they could but came up short in the playoffs.

They were all present on Sunday, at the function organized by the Tri State Training Program to receive trophies, plaques and medals all acquired through the good offices of the Tri State Youth Cricket Development Inc. Special Awards were also presented to individuals who were deemed helpful to the development of the New York cricket during the period.

Under the leadership of coach Linden Fraser and manager Lester Hooper the Under-19 team was the toast of the function, and they were presented with medals and plaques.
The entire squad comprising the adjusted squad: Gregory Sewdial, Sylovasen Kalimootoo, Asruddeen Mohammed, Ron Andrews, Kavishwar Bridgepaul, Keon Lake, Shaan Metha, Hugo D’Oliviera, Dominic Gomes, Lekiran Latchman, Rasheem James. Lookesh Subramani, Abdulla Syed and Cameron Mirza was present, except three.
Top player Saud Hossein and Andy Harricharran, original squad members who were deemed ineligible due to a late rule change, were nevertheless rewarded too.

The Under-15 team which suffered a close loss to California for the national title, was well represented by the squad comprising Andrew Ajodhi, Brandon Dat, George Domaille, Kweise Edmondson, Clifford Hamilton, Inzaman Khan, Cameron Mirza, Prashant Nair, Steven Sawh, Waqas Shah, Chris Singh, Trevor Singh, Hermanus Smith and Mesbah Udin.

Eastern American Cricket Association youth players with awards.

At its formation, the main objective of the Tri State Training Program was to provide competition and training for the junior players of the Tri State area comprising New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

This year marked the second year the Tri State series was held which saw Eastern American League Youths emerge winners of the 45 overs a side competition. The champion team was present to accept the winning trophy and medals. The Twenty20 tournament was ruined by rain, resulting in Tri State Youth Club and Connecticut Youths being named joint champions, for which prizes were also presented.

From all appearances, the awards function will be an annual event that will continue to reward all outstanding performances by New York players and avoid any future occurrence of the bitter experience of the 2007 New York Under-19 team which came home empty handed after winning the national title that year.

The function was chaired by Clarence Modeste, president of the Nassau Cricket League, who stated cricket was rapidly gaining on soccer as the world’s most popular sport, and urged all stakeholders to keep up the good work in developing young players.

United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) New York representative Kris Prasad showered praises on the Tri State Youth Cricket Development members, making special mention of the work of Clifford Hinds, Fraser and Hooper for taking the Region’s youth cricket to another level.

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I just wanna say congrats to the entire coaching and executive staff on the New York Cricket Under 19 Team. The team was successful in Florida in 08 and I hope it stays that way for several years to come. Thank you Mr. Frasier and Mr. Hooper in particular for getting this specific group of guys to perform in Florida and teaching up from the little fundamentals to the main idea of the game. Much love to you guys. We the CHAMPS.
Posted by Alvin Kalimootoo on December 25, 2008.

A lot of credit goes to Mr. Linden Fraser to bring the best talent of New York together. I personally think he work the hardest to the developing of the youth and talent that New York has to offer. Keep up the good work youth and great job coach.
Posted by Fahad Mughal on December 15, 2008.

Congratulations to the under 19 and under 15 players in the New York cricket region... I've been a part of that for many years and I hope it continues to prosper. Mr. Fraser you are a great coach continue to show the youths what they could do if they put their hearts and hard work into it.
Posted by Feiaz Samad on December 15, 2008.

I would like to congratulate all the people involved in making cricket happen in New York. I think you guys have set an excellent standard and example for the rest of the nation to follow! Well done to the entire region and the people involved!

Posted by Imran Khan on December 15, 2008.

A well done job by Andy Mohammed and the EACA youths. Champions!!!
Posted by Thakur Singh on December 15, 2008.

Everybody stand up for the champs, NY is best team, no team could beat us.

Posted by Abdullah Syed on December 15, 2008.

Congratulations to the Tri State Training Program in providing such a wonderful gesture for our outstanding youths on their successful year. It is these small token of appreciation that will go a long way and serve as an encouragement to our youths. Keep up the good work New York.
Posted by Intiaz Khan on December 15, 2008.

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