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Assassins Shoot Down United Stars…..For Softball Crown

Division I A Champion Assassins captain Eon Ellis receiving his prize from an associate of Sheriff Construction & Sheriff Jewelers.

Division II A Finals MVP Tyrone Singh (Cotton Field) receiving his prize from NYSCL President Eric Ferrier.

Division I B Finals MVP winner R. Persaud (Wildfire) receiving his prize from President Eric Ferrier.

Division I A Finals MVP winner Ronald Evelyn receiving his prize from Ravi Etwaroo of Cricket Zone.

Division I A Deodat of Braveheart receiving his third place prize from an associate of Sheriff Construction & Sheriff Jewelers.

Division II B Champion Better Hope II captain Mahabir receiving his prize from NYSCL Secretary James.

Division II A Champion Cotton Field captain Salim receiving his prize from Leila Deodat.

Division I B Ramkissoon of Titans receiving his third place prize from Shiek Mohamed of Newyorkcricket.com.

By Orin Davidson
Assassins came out all guns blazing and shot down United Stars to win the prestigious Sheriff Jewelry Division One A final of the New York Softball Cricket Association’s premier competition over 30 overs last Sunday at Rockaway Boulevard/150st Street ground.

Bowler Ronald Evelyn and star batsman Kris Shobia came heavily armed as they combined for big performances that steered Assassins to a 16-run victory before a large gathering of spectators.

The most prolific of all New York softball batsmen, Kris Shobia saved another prime performance for the big game, hitting an attractive 54 to carry Assassins to 154 in their allotted 30 overs.

Evelyn then wiped out United Stars’ lower order, as they fell for 138 in the penultimate over. He bagged five wickets for 23 runs for six overs and took the game away from the opposition after the encounter seemed set for a thrilling finish.

With United staying in contention at 55-1 at one stage, Evelyn was belated brought into the attack and he immediately sent panic among United Stars’ batting, after breaking a threatening partnership between United’s leading scorers V. Dhanraj and R. Balli.

He first got rid of Balli for a well made 32 and maintaining superb accuracy, forced the batsmen to commit unforced errors as they forced the run rate unnecessarily.

Evelyn sent back R. Parasram for two and after J. Ally was run out, the decline set in swiftly. Frankie Baichu played his natural aggressive game, clouting a four and six before being ruled caught off his bat handle off Evelyn for 12, but it meant only a last gasp effort.

Dhanraj eventually cracked under the pressure when Evelyn breached his defense and bowled him for a defiant 36, that signaled it was all over bar the shouting ,at that stage.

G. Chattergoon gave good support, capturing 2-18 off five overs, and although United Stars benefited from 37 extras, the batsmen failed to make better use of the bonus runs.

Earlier Shobai carried the batting almost entirely on his shoulders, from the opening position as non of the others stood up for any major resistance.

The next highest scorer was number 10, N. Narine who contributed 18 as the likes of Khaleem Bux and captain Eon Ellis failed to get among the runs.

United were left to rue sloppy out cricket, conceding 42 extras that contributed significantly to Assassins’ winning score despite excellent bowling from Bobby
Prahalad who bagged 3-18. His brother Bhola Prahalad was also in fine form bagging, 2-14 while T.Ramodar and D. Singh chipped in with 2-22 and 2-25 respectively.

After dominating the season last year by winning all three titles, Assassins were stopped by East Coast in the season’s opening 25 overs tournament.
A happy Ellis said Sunday’s victory justified their status as the best team in New York softball after they were put down by followers, when they did not win the 25 overs.

Evelyn said if he was given the ball earlier in that defeat, the result might have been different, as his performance proved now when introduced earlier in the attack.

The reality is that he was used as the fifth bowler. Had he opened, the final might’ve ended in a steam roll.

Wild Fire also covered themselves in glory Sunday by overpowering Ron’s Auto to capture the Division IB title, in the final also at Rockaway.

A brilliant all-round performance from R. Persaud who hit 51 at number nine, spurred Wild Fire to 182 which proved too much for Ron’s Auto who were bowled out for 112.

L. Singh gave Wild Fire’s top order stability with 35 and a huge helping of 49 runs from extras was gleefully accepted by them.

A. Persaud captured 3-25 with the ball and M. Chandrika 2-28 for Ron’s Auto who had no answer Wild Fire’s opening bowlers. R. Persaud returned with the ball to bag 4-16 in a vintage all-round display. His opening partner V. Singh supported with 3-36 while R. Barakat at the bottom chipped in with 2-6.
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