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New York/Connecticut Outplay New Jersey/Florida

By Orin Davidson
July 18th, 2008
Catches win matches most of the time, but for New York/ Connecticut, extras was the main contributor that spearheaded them to a comfortable 36-run victory over New Jersey/Florida (Atlantic/South East Regions) in the opening round of the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) Under-15 championship Friday in Chicago.

Reacting to a total of 154 posted by their batsmen off the allotted overs, New York/Connecticut’s bowlers ran through New Jersey/Florida innings, cutting it short at 118 all out, that realized a well deserved victory for the defending champions at Croissant Park.

An astounding 56 runs in extras donated by New Jersey/Florida which more than doubled the New York/Connecticut topscore, made it easy for them.

With 48 runs earned through wides, it was clear the New Jersey/Florida batsmen had serious problems maintaining their concentration keeping the ball close to the wicket, in what was probably first time experiences at national level competition for most of youngsters.

Kwesi Edmondson landed a solid all-round performance as six of seven bowlers used by New York/Connecticut, took wickets with Waqas Shah leading the way, bagging three for 18 runs. Edmondson was effective, claiming one for eight off two overs.

Edmondson had earlier topscored for New York/Connecticut, hitting 20 off 34 balls to carry his team to 154 off 37.1 overs. Chris Singh chipped in with 18.

The much vaunted opening partnership of George Domallie and Cameron Mirza carried the score to 46 that laid the foundation for victory following which the extras took over.

Mirza made 13 and Domaille 10.

Rishi Patel was by far the most outstanding bowler for New Jersey/Connecticut, slicing through the New York/Connecticut middle order, taking 3-21.

But his effort was not enough in light of the proliferation of wides and no-balls.

New York/Connecticut coach Linden Fraser wants his batsmen to hit first gear in the remainder of the competition, citing an inadequate display. “ We have to do much better than depend on extras to get runs,” he pointed out.

The team is taking on California on Saturday and will round off their campaign against Texas/Michigan on Sunday.
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