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Gonsalves Spurs NYSCL To Independence Cup Triumph
By Orin Davidson
The former Guyana first class player stroked an attractive half century to help the NYSCL side romp home by five wickets in the much anticipated final.
One of the few players to transition from the hard ball variety to softball, seamlessly over the years, Gonsalves compiled 51 before at appreciative crowd at the Floyd Bennett field. It was one of few accomplishments in a low scoring game where Guyana All Stars scored 134 runs for eight wickets in their allotted 25, batting first.
In reply the NYSCL side rattled up 138-4 in 24 overs. Gonsalves and Michael Persaud laid the foundation for the victory with a second wicket partnership of 85 runs. The pair came together after opener Pooran was dismissed with only 17 runs on the books.
Gonsalves eventually struck four fours and by the time he was finally run out, the match was already in the bag for the NYSCL team. Persaud went on to make 27 following which star batsman Kris Shobai was dismissed for four and Erapali Sahadeo 10.
Frankie Baichu, D. Singh and M.
Sukhra each took one wicket, in justification of the ease in which
the NYSCL batsmen approached their target.
the absence of one of the better teams in the Independence Cup Assassins,
the NYSCL has taken over as the team to beat following their second
straight title triumph. It earned them the prestigious Eagle trophy
and $4,000 championship prize.
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