It was a beautiful Sunday for cricket at Flushing Meadows Park. Rockaway faced Demolition, replaying the semi-final game from last Sunday as a result of bad weather. Rockaway won the toss and took first strike. It would turn out to be the right decision.
Rockaway got off to a great start from opener Saud Hossein. He showed a wide variety of strokes, and played shots all around the ground. He finished the innings with a classy 121. After the loss of Pawan and Hafeez, Hardeen came to join Saud. Together they put on a decent partnership, with Hardeen making 27. After Hadeen came Robert.
Soon after that Shine came to the crease after the dismissal of Hossein. Together Shine and Robert would then propel Rockaway to 226 for 5 in 35 overs. Robert made 14 not out and Shine 34 not out.
After the half time break, Demolition took to the crease. They too got off to a good start from opener M. Madra he was the only batsman that to put up a fight against Rockaway’s attack. He made 79. After a few wickets fell, G. Narine came to join Madra and he made 29. The other batsmen to follow didn’t show much resistance to the spinners. Hardeen, Rudy and Hanting all bowled well in the middle off the innings. They restricted the opposition to a run rate of about 10 runs per over.
At this point Rockaway had the advantage. To finish up the innings, Shine and Hafeez bowled well. Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers, he got 4 wickets. Shine finished with 3. Hanting’s excellent spell read 7/27/2; Hardeen’s economic spell read 7/37/0. Rudy finished with 6/29/1 and Shine finishing with 6/26/3.
Overall it was a well played all round game from Rockaway. Demolition played well, and gave Rockaway a good fight, but in the end Rockaway came out on top. Rockaway has a place in the finals. Who they are playing is unknown, But it will nonetheless be a great game.