Sunday, the 8th of May was a beautiful day for cricket, but what took place was carnage. Rockaway playing their first match for the 2011 season faced Tigers CC, who were playing their third match. Rockaway won the toss and immediately chose to take first strike, it was a choice that would prove to be correct. Great batting conditions met the Rockaway’s opening pair. Saud Hossein and Robert Narine were batting as though continuing from last season. Both batsmen playing shots all around and showed no mercy to loose deliveries.
The openers demonstrated clean hitting. Robert batted well for a fast 53, but it was Hossein who led the way. He played a variety of strokes and some sky-scraping, bone crushing hits. After Roberts dismissal, skipper Hafeez came to the crease and gave some good support to Hossein. He played some good shots for a quick 32. After Hafeez, came young Chris (8), he showed good temperament but couldn’t trouble the bowlers. Next to join Hossein was Danny, he and Saud made a good partnership, with both batsmen constantly rotating the strike. Danny batted well for his 35.
Last to bat before the 35 overs were completed was Shine, he came in with only a few overs left. Shine (12 n.o) and Hossein(184 n.o) would see Rockaway’s innings to the end. Hossein batted through the 35 overs to carry Rockaway to a mammoth 363 total. The Tiger’s bowlers never seemed to be as ferocious as their name sake.
After the lunch break was over, The Tiger’s task of acquiring 364 runs from 35 overs seemed daunting. Tiger’s openers were Mudassir and Zaheid. Bowling first for Rockaway was Tony and Danny. Tony’s pace and accuracy assured him a second ball wicket. This on the other hand didn’t help Tiger’s cause. Next to bat was Namaz, he made a hard hitting 35 before becoming a victim of Rockaway. Soon after came Fahim, who was one of two batsmen to keep Tiger’s hopes alive. He troubled the bowlers some to muster up a cheerful 56.
Things seemed over for Tigers, but after a few wickets fell came Omar. He managed to keep the run rate going with some big hitting and made a quick 46. However, it was all over for the Tigers who were bowled out for 260. Tony was the pick of the bowlers, he got 3 wickets, while “tree” also got 3 wickets with a higher economy-rate. Braman bowled well but didn’t manage to earn a wicket, he was the most economic bowler. Shine also bowled well to restrict some of the batsmen, his economy rate was also among the lowest. At the end of it all Rockaway secured their first win of the season in healthy fashion. Good luck to both teams in their upcoming games.