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Strong New York/Connecticut Confident For Under-15 Showdown

By Orin Davidson
July 18th, 2008
A confident team left New York Thursday, raring to defend National Under-15 cricket title they won last time around the national competition was staged.

New York/Connecticut with officials.

This time combined with Connecticut (North East Region), New York are stronger now in a revamped format that has New Jersey (Atlantic) teaming up with Florida (South East), California coming as one team with a merger of South (Southwest) and North (North West) . Texas (Central West) allied with Michigan (Central East) is the other team in the competition.

The 14- person New York/Connecticut team rounded off its preparation with a shock victory over an Under-19 New York representative squad that left coach Linden Fraser super confident they would cart off the title.

“This is a team with players who are very keen to learn, having been working very hard since our training program started in May,” said Fraser.

He was proud to announce that the two opening batsmen are two American born players whose parents are not from any cricket playing nation.

“They had a score of 70-odd from seven overs in that game which is excellent by any standard.” he added.

A few were also part of the inaugural New York school cricket series which had a highly a successful start last month.

The United States team for the Americas Cup Under-15 competition will be picked after the three day national series which starts today (Friday July 18) and ends on Sunday.

New York/Connecticut will be captained by Waqas Shaw and comprises Chris Singh, Mesbah Uddin, Inzamam Khan, Brendon Dat, Andrew Ajodhi, Trevor Singh, Stephen Shah, Querisi Edmondson, Waqar Sawh, Clifford Hamilton, Herno Smith, George Domalli and Cameron Mirza.

Former Guyana player Mark Harper is also part of the coaching setup while ex United States of America Cricket Association treasurer Selwyn Caesar and Mahendra Ajodhi will take care of the managerial duties.

New York/ Connecticut will open their campaign against New Jersey/ Florida today (Friday July 18), then take on California Saturday and then round off against Texas.

The 20 overs a side games are scheduled for the Michael Camera Park and the top two teams will take away prizes based on the round robin system.
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