By Morris Seecharan
Sunrise Cricket Club held its 2010 presentation of awards and dance on Saturday 12/11/2010 at the Queens Buffet Inc. 9010 Atlantic Avenue. This marked the 10th anniversary for Sunrise, and started on a sad note with the loss of our president Mr. Hargo Singh who passed away in April 2010. However, it ended in a festive note as glorified members partied until the wee hours into the night until Sunday morning. The event achieved its purpose as the members partied all night enjoying the melodious music, the delicious food and the glamorous trophies awarded to them for their excellent performances during the 2010 cricket season. This band of members with the support of those who were present at the various matches deserves the merriment offered to them on that special night.

Roopnarine Dayal (right) collects the MVP trophy from team manager Morris Seecharan. Photos by Loretta Cheong

The night started off with Mrs. Loretta Cheong a leading figure and skillful photographer of Sunrise compilation of player photos during all of the 2010 season competitions with added music created a lively atmosphere as players, family, and supporters enjoyed their dinner watching a slide show of defining moments of Sunrise 2010 season. This was followed by the current assistant manager, Selwyn Cheong, welcoming and thanking the gathering to start the ball rolling for an interesting, successful and joy filled night. The M.C. for the night’s proceeding, Morris Seecharan, Sunrise Manager, wasted no time in reiterating to the audience of the purpose for the celebration.

The drawing of the team’s fund raising raffle was the first item on the agenda. The buzz of winning filled the air and the quiet that prevailed informed the organizers that the members in the audience wanted to win.  The following numbers were winners 0391, 0728, 0759, 0229, 0303, 0370, 0888, and 0764. Some of the numbers drawn belonged to individuals in the audience so the prizes were presented immediately. Thanks to the entire supporter for the 2010 raffle drive for making this a big success.

The late Mr. Hargobin Singh.

A moment of silence was taken followed by a special slide show tribute for Late Mr.  Hargo Singh. Mr. Hargo was the founder of the Sunrise club, a dignified leader and his contributions had no boundaries. His inspirations and principles continued to be the strength and guiding light for Sunrise members. Mrs. Loretta Cheong once more displayed her talented photography skills as she arranged a special tribute slide show presentation of past seasons and recent pictures of Mr. Hargo, along with meaningful power point messages and a significant music selection. The slide show had a profound impact to all members, families and friends present and left everyone with teary eyes. This was followed by the presentation of a crystal plaque embedded with Mr. Hargo photo to Mala Singh, Mr. Hargo’s daughter in law. Mr. Hargo has gone but will never be forgotten and we know he is still watching over us.

Next on the program was the presentation of trophies to the members of the 2010 Team for their hard work and contribution in making the 2010 Softball season a success for Sunrise. That bunch of players was a special group as they play hard in attaining their goals and their efforts should be lauded and appreciated. Most fitting was having Vidya Bhagwat started the handing out the first set of trophies as she sponsored the awards and trophies. Vidya’s humble gesture enlightens the heart of many members, and her intuition of giving back to community was a remarkable step in helping to make a difference. Vidya certainly felt the buzz, vibration and admiration from members and supporters as she was thanked for her kindness.

Ricky Dinoo (right) receives the best bowling award from young Alex.

The individual 2010 competition award presentation took center stage next as players significant performances were awarded and celebrated. In the 25 Overs competition the Highest Batting Aggregate went to Deryck Basdeo (Sunrise Captain) with 123 runs, as Selwyn Cheong quietly walk away with the Best Batting Average (16) and The Highest Individual score with 52 not out. For the 25 over bowling awards category Stanley Lloyd stole the show and won it all for Most Wicket with 15, Best Bowling Average with 4.0 Economy Rate, and 9.8 Strike Rate, and Best Bowling Figure in a Match with 4 wickets for 5 runs. In the 30 Overs competition Roopnarine Dayal dominated the batting awards as he picked up the Highest batting Aggregate with 264 runs, Highest Batting Average 44, and the Highest Individual score in a Match of 87 not out.  In the 30 Overs  Bowler’s awards Ricky Dinoo shared the stage with Dayal as he dominated the bowling department picking the Most Wickets award with 21 wickets, Best Bowling Average with 5.2 Economy, and 12.5 Strike Rate, and the Best Bowling Figure in a Match with 5 wickets for 25 runs. This was the first competition Ricky bowled in and certainly ceased the opportunity. For the final 20Twenty competition Deryck Basdeo came back and won the award for the Highest Batting Aggregate with 141 runs. While Roopnarine Dayal struck again winning the awards for Highest Batting Average with 21, and Highest Individual Score in a Match with 57 runs. Dayal with back to back batting performance in respective competitions solidified his batting talent. Ricky continued his dominant bowling in the 20Twenty and walked away with the award for Most Wicket with 8 and Best Bowling Average with 4.8 economy, and 15.5 strike rate. While Kemraj Samaroo stamped his name to the Best Bowling figure in a Match with 4 wickets for 12 runs.

New York Softball Cricket League president Eric Ferrier poses with MVP winner Roopnarine Dayal.

A special segment in the program was carved out to recognize Sponsors, Special Category awards to members, and Outstanding Supporter. UNICO was recognized for sponsoring Sunrise 2010 registration; Vidya Bhagwat was presented a plaque in appreciation for the 2010 awards trophies; Mrs. Loretta Cheong received an award in appreciation for her photography services. For the special Category awards to member Seeram Persaud was award Most Discipline Player for 2010 for his dedication and great sportsmanship in the game. The All Rounder/Leadership award was presented to Wahaab Husain for his ability to bat, bowl, and wicket keep. Most importantly his proactive approach in obtain game information, and getting to the game on time. Ramesh Gopaul, a member and a pivotal individual in the club who transported umpires to the games and provided much needed support to the team was awarded the Most Outstanding Member award for 2010. To close the curtain on the Special Category award for 2010 Alex Husain was awarded Promising Player Award for 2010. Alex is a very young player about 12 year old, and has a serious approach to cricket. He was present at the Sunrise games continuously practicing, and ready to fill in as needed. The Special Category awards gives player self gratification for their principles, and is an incentive for other members to work hard in achieving next year.

Most anticipated was the awards presentation for full 2010 Season. In the Batting category Roopnarine Dayal won the awards for Highest Aggregate with 470 runs, Best Batting Average with 24, and Highest Individual Score with 87 not out. Dayal batting performance for the 2010 season was exceedingly unmatchable by his teammate. In comparison for the 2010 Bowling category Ricky Dinoo was triumphant as he was awarded the Most Wicket with 32 and the Best Bowling Average with 5.2 economy rate, and 13.8 Strike Rate. However, Stanly Lloyd unanimously was awarded Best Bowling Figures in a Match for 210 with 4 wickets for 5 runs. Ricky Dinoo bowling for 2010 was stunning and he was certainly the Best Bowler.

Sponsor of the presentation ceremony was Vidya Bhagwat (right).

Finally for that night program the long awaited moment of crowning the MVP happened. The night belonged to Roopnarine Dayal, nominated as the cricketer of the 2010 season. He took charge in the batting scoring 470 runs, lead in the batting average with 24, scored the Highest individual Score, lead and set the foundation batting,  and excelled in many big games for his team. Most importantly Dayal staunched personality of obedience earned him an ambassadorial character for his team, and he is well respected by his fellow teammate. This guy gives the impression of calm and will be an easy out, but has been big headaches to bowlers as he lets his bat do the talking for him. With such stalwart performances Dayal will be the guy to keep an eye on for the 2011 season.

During that night our members, sponsers, and supporter made their way through to the podium to receive awards with exhilarating enthusiasm. Also one could see the jubilation and heard the appreciation from all presents especially their families were elated for their winnings.   The music mix satisfied the crowd. Spirits were high and if this is an indication for the future, Sunrise will return next year strengthened. Of notable mention on that night is the management of the Queens Buffet for hosting us another year, and their cooperation fitted in with our program. The food was excellent and the various dimensions available at the time of the presentation were of extreme importance to the success of the proceedings. Congratulations and thanks to all whom helped to make the event a tremendous success.