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New York Stomps Weakened New Jersey To Regain Title

By Orin Davidson
July 6th, 2008
A win is a win regardless of the circumstances.

That feeling sums up the New York Regional team‘s feelings after they won the Eastern Conference title of the United States national cricket championships on Sunday at Idlewild Park in Queens.

New York trounced a depleted New Jersey (Atlantic Region) team in the deciding game Sunday at Idlewild Park, Queens to claim the title for the first time in three years.

Although the victory was sweet, it could’ve been more satisfying had New Jersey not endured a player-pull out sequence that diluted the importance of the game.

Four leading players went missing for varying reasons for the defending champions who were soundly beaten by 122 runs by the 2005 champions.

In the other game Florida secured their lone win of the series in the other game by powering past Connecticut by seven wickets at Floyd Bennett Field.

However, the withdrawal of Neil McGarrell, Rashard Marshall and Glenmore Hall who deserted the team for club games back in the New Jersey on Sunday, along with the absence of Khawaja Shuja who had a death in his family, left New Jersey a shadow of the team which beat Florida and Connecticut.

And they batted as though victory seemed an impossible task, being ripped apart for a paltry 104 runs in reply to New York’s 226-7 in their allotted 45 overs.

The home which won the toss put up a credible, but not daunting score in the absence of star all-rounder Lennox Cush who left the country early Sunday for a business commitment.

Captain Steve Massiah stepped up to the plate and scored a patient 62 to lead the scorers, and earned the man of The Match award.

Opener Dennis Evans also came good with 62 while his in-form opening partner Kester Sylvester chipped with 47 that clinched him the Man of the Series prize following two half centuries in the first two games.

Kiran Patel produced his best bowling performance of the series but his three wickets for 44 performance was the lone bright light for the entire New Jersey outfit. David Walton did well to end with 2-21 off three overs.

The bowlers’ commendable effort in the absence of former West Indies spinner McGarrell and Shuja surprisingly did not inspire the New Jersey batsmen.

They limped to a miserable total with the topscore being an embarrassing 16 scored by Kunal Baride.
Gowkaran Roopnarine and Clain Williams who were expected to carry the batting in Marshall’s absence, only mustered seven runs each.

Dennison Thomas was almost unplayable, bagging 2-12 while Mikhail Miller and Telston Johnson left New Jersey no breathing space, notching 2-21 and 2-38 respectively.

Massiah said the title win was a long time coming and felt New York was better prepared this year and did not have any bad luck. “I want to thank all the players, especially the ones who were said not to be good enough”, the captain stated.

Despite New Jersey’s display, they have advanced by virtue of their two wins, along with New York to the National Finals to also involve the top two teams from the Western Conference set for October.

A little later in the day, Florida sent home Connecticut winless from their three games with a strong batting display.
Batting first Connecticut produced their best batting of the series, posting 251-9 in their allotted 45 overs. But it proved inadequate as Florida made the target seem like child’s play, rattling up 252-3.

Dhronal Shah cracked the highest score of the competition of 86 than comprised six fours. Anand Tummala got into the act with 55 while Syed Hassan, struck four fours and one six in 46 and Vaibhav Nayar, joined in the fun with 41 for Florida.
Chris Singh enjoyed a fine all-round display that gave Connecticut some measure of consolation. He did well enough to take 2-30 with the ball after top scoring with 67, laced by five fours and two sixes. Andre Sealy was their next best batsman with an accomplished 60 while Timmy Thomas made 29. Nayar and Tummala completed respectable bowling figures of 3-35 and 3-37 respectively to condemn Connecticut to three losses in a row.

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