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New York City Mayor’s Cricket Cup 20072007 NYC Mayor's Cup First Round
Teams Gear Up For Borough Bragging Rights
By John L. Aaron
The semi-finals of the 2007 New York City Mayor’s Cricket Cup is set for next Saturday, June 2nd at Seaview Avenue and 108th Street, Brooklyn, while the finals is scheduled for later that same day at Gateway Mall Cricket Ground, off Exit 15 on the Belt Parkway.
The inaugural cricket tournament organized by the New York City Parks and Recreation Department and the New York Cricket Region involved 26 teams from New York City’s five boroughs, all vying to represent their respective boroughs in the Twenty20 short version of the game.
However, because the tournament was plagued by bad weather and a committed date of June 2 for the finals, the semi-finals will be even more shortened, with 9:00 am start matches scheduled for Brooklyn vs. Staten Island and Queens vs. Manhattan. Those four representative teams will play 10 overs contests, before the winner with the 2nd best average of those contests meeting the Bronx at 10:30 am at the same venue. The finals scheduled for 1:00 pm at the Gateway Mall ground, will see the team with best average in the semi-finals up against the winner of the Bronx semi-final match-up. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to be on hand to witness the final.
The teams will feature some of the most talented cricketers in the New York Metropolitan area, as the players are drawn from the first-class leagues in the area. Thus a spirited contest is anticipated, especially in the much shortened version of the game that leads up to the 20-Overs final at Gateway.
The Queens team (Helen M. Marshall Queens XI) is led by Guyana national player Lennox Cush and includes several former Guyana national stars.
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