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Prahalad Is Softball Cricketer Of The Year

By Orin Davidson
Bobby Prahalad’s outstanding all-round performances have earned him the biggest award in softball cricket.

At the recent New York Softball Cricket Association (NYSCA) awards, Prahalad walked away with the Cricketer of the Year prize following outstanding batting and bowling performances in Division One of the three top NYSCA competitions in 2007.

The United Stars player scored more than 600 runs and bagged 31 wickets to win the prestigious award for the first time. It helped United Stars record creditable performances in the PK Realty 25 overs, Sheriff Jewelry 30 overs and the Truck and Trailor Mini World Cup competitions.

Prahalad’s prolific display also netted him the Division One overall Most Valuable Player award for his success in the three competitions. He out-performed bigger names in the league like mega scoring batsman Kris Shobai.

In Division Two, Raymond Williams of Ravens emerged the best player and took home the overall Most Valuable Player prize.

The awards function held at Mangoville Restaurant also saw special prizes given to players for outstanding individual performances. Among them was Mark Rampersaud who copped a trophy for pulling off two hat-tricks during the season.

In the Division One A PK Realty competition Shobai took the prize for Most Valuable Player (MVP) while Satro Seeraj was the winner in Division One B.

Roopchand Persaud of Ravens and Joseph Mohabir were the Division Two A and B winners. Shobai took another trophy for his exploits in Sheriff Construction 30 overs series while Steve Sookoo was tops in Division One B. Raymond Williams and Chatterpaul Singh were the awardees in Division Two A and B.

In the Twenty/20 Mini World Cup Prahalad and Seeraj were the respective awardees in Division One A and B along with Suresh Singh and Sunil Persaud who did likewise in Division Two A and B.

President of the NYSCA Eric Ferrier said he was satisfied that some measure of progress was made in all areas during the year.

He pointed out that more competitions were staged and sponsorship was better. “We brought back the Inter County competition which was won by Demerara and we were happy to see greater family oriented support this year,” Ferrier stated.

“The Indy (Independence) Cup was bigger and better and the umpires did a good job,” he stressed, adding that the more sponsors came on board.

“Our zero tolerance policy on discipline was maintained and the standard of play in general improved which I think is because more players saw it as a prestige to play in our competitions,” the president added.

Ferrier said NYSCA secretary James Persaud did a tremendous job all round who put in heavy leg work in the successful staging of all the competitions.

He congratulated Assassins, the most outstanding club, for winning two (Sheriff Construction and Truck and Trailor Mini World Cup) of the three Division One titles

Also, the president said umpiring seminars were held after some time.

For next year, Ferrier in his first full year at the helm, disclosed that the association plans to compete in the Florida Cup in Fort Lauderdale in February and also in the Masters Cup for Over-45 players at the same time there.

They also plan to introduce an All Star game at the beginning of the season in May.

Among the major sponsors Ferrier said the NYSCA is grateful include the Ahmad Group of Companies, PK Realty, Truck and Trailor Services, Novelty Realty, Cricket World Zone, Rockaway Car Service, Roy’s Sports Bar, Global Shipping, Reshma Shipping and Mitch Boodram Realty.
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