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New York U-19s Dedicate Title Win To Coach Fraser

By Orin Davidson
Sept. 1st, 2008
Although winning this year’s national Under-19 cricket title was the first major accomplishment for most of the triumphant New York team, they were even happier dedicating their success to team coach Linden Fraser.


Linden Fraser

Fraser, the longstanding coach was removed from the team at the last minute by the New York Cricket Committee on orders from United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) President Gladstone Dainty.

“The guys want to dedicate this victory more than anything else to their coach, because without his work this would not have been possible,” team manager Lester Hooper stated.

Fraser did travel to Florida to follow the competition in the capacity as spectator but the team was informed not to have any contact with him.

New York Regional Director Jeffroy Morrishaw reportedly phone the team with the instructions which touched a raw nerve among many team members.

But they put those hindrances behind and went on to play unbeaten in all of their, matches, defeating Michigan (Central East Region) in the final to win back to back national titles.

Fraser has been coaching the team for several years and currently heads the Tri State Training Program which handled the majority of the team members beginning last year.

He was informed via e-mail about being suspended from all United States cricket activities for a reason only Dainty seems to understand.

According to Hooper, the players were upset on not being allowed to make contact with their coach and are anxious to have him back.

Morrishaw had indicated that he expects to issue to be dealt with at the next USACA meeting next week.

Not even hurricane Gustav, or Fraser’s absence could distract New York from achieving their stated goal of winning the title in Florida.

They outplayed Chicago with a fine team display at Brian Piccolo Park on Monday as rain and lightening caused by Gustav disrupted the competition more than once.

Abdullah Syed led from the front with a belligerent batting display that saw New York rattle up 196 runs in 33 overs. He slammed a topscore of 62 to which his bowling teammates responded by dismissing Michigan for 164 in 47 overs, for a comfortable 32-run victory.

Syed blasted six sixes and four fours in a knock lasting only 40 balls in difficult batting conditions on a sluggish pitch at Brian Piccollo Park, used for the first time in the competition, after the defending champions batted first.

Keon Lake provided good support with 41 that was laced with three sixes and one four. Then Slyvasen Kallimootoo got into the act , hitting four fours in 29 along with Gregory Sewdial, the 2007 Most Valuable Player (MVP), who stuck five fours in 25.

When they replied, Michigan had no answer for New York’s medium pacers despite a fine game high score of 71 by Sahed Baber. The Michigan player hit two sixes and two fours but had little support apart from Samandu Siriwaqdena who made 32 with six fours.

Medium pacer Kavishwar Bridgepaul was on top of his game, leading the New York bowlers with an excellent haul of 3-15 haul. Fellow seamer Dominic Gomes picked up 3-28 and spinner Arzudden Mohammed chipped in with 3-38.

“I take my hats off the boys, they really fought hard,” said Hooper, who single handedly handled the team administratively and tactically.

“We showed that even on a not too good day in the second game, we could pull out the stops he added,” in reference to a narrow one-wicket win over Florida (South East)

It was significant that the best performers this year are newcomers to the team which was also weakened by the loss of four players for various reasons, at the last minute.
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