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Assassins Downs Another Target

By Orin Davidson
They don’t call themselves Assassins for nothing.

When the club was formed several years ago the founders knew exactly what their mission would be.

Now, the full extent of their destruction is beginning to unfold.

Assassins captured their second title of the year by knocking off East Coast to crown themselves Truck and Trailer 20 overs champions in the final of the New York Softball Cricket Association (NYSCA) staged competition last Sunday.

Assassins team members celebrate with their winning trophies.

Division I B Champions – Ron Auto team members. (Photos by Orin Davidson)

Division IIB Champions- Tic Tavern.

Assassins team captain Eon Ellis (centre) receives the Truck and Trailer trophy.

Man of the Match Ronald Evelyn (left) collects his prize.

Division IIB Man of the Match Asif Ally of Tic Tavern.

Division IB Champions Ron Auto Captain Bishal Hiralall receives his prize.

Division IB Second place United Brother Captain Krushn Gopaul receive his prize.

Division IIB Champions Tic Tavern Captain Sunil Persaud receives his prize.

Despite chilly conditions a big crowd by softball standards showed up at the 150thStreet/Rockaway Boulevard ground for a royal battle between the two top teams in the league. But by the end of it all, only the Assassins players, officials and fans were the ones making all the noise.

They brushed aside the much vaunted East Coast team by 13 runs to make themselves New York's number one softball team for 2007, nabbing two of the three titles at stake.

By virtue of winning the Sheriff Jewelry 25 overs competition, East Coast had set themselves up to battle Assassins, winners of the PK Realty 30 overs series, for the numero uno status in the deciding competition of the year.

But once again the opposition had no answer for Ronald Evelyn's bowling as he produced another Man of the Match performance to stifle East Coast as they chased a gettable total.

Evelyn snared three wickets for four runs, coming on as the last bowling change to wreck East Coast's chances as they crumbled to 91 all out.

Assassins, batting first had battled to 104-9 in their allotted 20 overs, a commendable total in the end after their star batsmen in the top order failed.

Run machine Kris Shobai was sent back for 10, first class player Andrew Gonsalves was bowled for five and Rakesh Debedin was run out for six.

At that stage Assassins were 33-3, but there is no one more determined in the team than captain Eon Ellis. He shook off the early setback and went on to craft a valuable 21 while steering the middle and lower order from complete disaster.

Amarnauth Moonsammy helped along the way with 13, batting at number seven and a valuable nine not out by Evelyn was crucial in the circumstances.

They helped push the score over the five runs an over rate.

Ellis was finally dismissed by Peter Sukhdeo, caught in the deep to give the bustling all-rounder his second of two wickets which also included Moonsammy.

He ended with excellent figures of 2-8 while Amrit Mathai and Mahendranauth Seeram also came good with identical returns of 2-17.

East Coast endured a disastrous start losing opener Ronald Khan run out for two with only those runs in the books. Two more quick wickets fell to leave the favorites tottering at 20-3. But in strode captain Peter Persaud, the former Georgetown Cricket Club captain in Guyana and he immediately stamped his authority. He struck the first six of the innings and formed a vital fifth-wicket partnership with Raja Parasram that set East Coast on course for victory.

But it was before Evelyn was introduced. In his very second over he struck, sending back Persaud for an attacking 18 as the captain was plucked out caught on the boundary attempting another six.

Jai Sanichar broke the back of the innings by getting rid of Parasram for a well played match high score of 27. And it took Evelyn only one more over to clean up the tail as East Coast lost their last five wickets for 19 runs.

Even ebullient team non-playing team leader
Shafeek Ali was not loud enough to avert East Coast falling at the last hurdle.

Sanichar was the ideal foil for Evelyn, bagging 2-15 while Navin Narine and Chattergoon took one wicket each.

Evelyn was the man who bowled Assassins to their win over United Stars for the PK Realty title two months ago. And for his repeat performance on East Coast, he deservingly earned himself his second consecutive MOM award.

Ellis later lauded his team for sticking the game plan, explaining that all the players chipped in with important contributions throughout the game.

By virtue of sweeping all three competitions last year for an unprecedented hat-tick of titles, Assassins are beginning to give full justification for their name.

The main supporting encounter of the three other finals was also highlighted by a brilliant all-round performance which saw Satro Seeraj spearheading Ron's Auto to the Division 1A title with a comfortable five-wicket victory over United Brothers.

Seeraj stroked a game high 33 runs, in leading his team to its target, as they scored 106-5 in reply to 104 made by United Brothers.

Seeraj returned with the ball to bag 2-9 in reducing United Brothers to a score which reflected a dominance by bowlers. Captain Bobby Heeralall was the chief wrecker for Ron's Auto, carting off 3-10. M. Chandrikar also found some of his best form to end with 2-17.
United Brothers batsmen had no answer to the opposing attack except K. Gopaul who scored an impressive 27 in a vain team cause.. The next highest scorer was Ravin Gopaul with 14 but extras contributed 26.

Seeraj, opening the batting led from the front, finding a good ally in Roy who made 19 not out to seal the deal. Seeraj deservingly bagged the Man of the Match award.
R. Archibald was United Brothers' best bowler with 2-17.

In the other two finals, Nationals got past NY All Stars for the Division 2A crown while Tic Tavern beat Flashes in a battle of Bronx teams to take the 2B title.

Sponsors Mike Rogers and Mike Bansie of Truck and Trailer Services were to present some of the prizes.

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