NY Mayor's Cup
California Outplays New Jersey For 2nd U-19 Title
In landing their national title, Northern California, restricted New Jersey to 250 runs for seven wickets in their 50 overs then timed their chase without bother in rattling up 252 for five wickets in reply.
New Jersey had no answer to the strong Northern California batting lineup as their bowlers ran out of steam against the likes of in-form Saleem Saqib who topscored with 51 Shiva Vashishat supported with 43 and Vinay Suri also chipped in with 43.
In setting Northern California a target of merely five runs an over, New Jersey put themselves at a disadvantage against the team which scored 308 the previous day and was spearheaded by the tournament’s lone centurion in Saqib, on a small ground full of runs.
Bowlers found it difficult to penetrate defenses that resulted in a battle of batsmen and Northern California strength proved superior.
Suri laid the foundation with a 65 run second wicket partnership with Vashishat that took the game away from New Jersey whose depleted pace attack made little impression early on.
Saqib then rose
to the occasion, mixing defense with attack as the rest of the lineup
all chipped in with useful contributions to ensure that the trophy
changes destination for the next 12 months.
Iqbal, Yash Shah, Chokshi and Mohammad Assad Ghouse had with one wicket each for New jersey.
Earlier New Jersey stuttered after another flying start from their openers and lost considerably ground in an overcautious approach thereafter.
The irrepressible Charran Singh stroked his way to an attractive 57 and along with the equally exciting Henry Wardley with 25, gave New Jersey hope for a huge score with an opening stand of 81, scored at well over five runs an over. Singh struck six fours, but once the pair was removed, the momentum was lost. Ghouse and Chokshi compiled 113 for the third wicket, but they took few chances to attack that allowed the Northern California spinners to assert themselves.
Ghouse completed his third half century of the competition, 55, comprising four fours and one six while Chokshi contributed 68 with six fours and one six. In the end though their inadequate runs pace caused their downfall eventually.
Sadiq who had
1-36, won the Man of the Match award, while Khan and Gulati also
ended with two wickets.
New York captain
Gregory Sewdial was given a special prize for all-round performance
in their three matches.
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