Atlantis Cricket Club behind two solid near-tons from Kavishwar Bridgepaul (97) and Nicholas Standford (94), overwhelmed Enmore Cricket Club in the 2012 Eastern American Cricket Association’s season opener last Sunday, May 6, at a nippy Bay Park on Long Island. Atlantis’s 348 was a season-opener record for the club, defeating Enmore by 184 runs.
Batting first Atlantis lost openers Henderson Blades and Jason Greaves for single digits each, before Standford launched an all-out attack on Enmore’s bowling, clocking 6x4s and 7x6s before being run-out six runs shy of a season-opener ton. Alex Amsterdam had a lightning 28 (3x4s, 1×6), before giving way to Bridgepaul, whose onslaught yielded 97 (3x4s and 11x6s) displaying an awesome array of power-hitting shots into and with a northeast wind. Wicketkeeper Ryan Sukhdeo contributed a solid 46 not out (3x4s, 3x6s) and Keon Lake’s 18, included 2x6s.
Enmore’s Shivraj Jainarine 8-0-83-3 and Jason Thomas 8-0-72-2 were the pick of the team’s bowlers, as Atlantis ended its 40 overs at 348 for 8. Extras contributed 35.
Despite the convincing win by Atlantis and its two near-centurions, it was the knock of Enmore’s Safraz Ally that attracted some attention, as the stout right-handed batsman stroked his way to an opening century that included 7x4s and a solitary six. The opener’s patient and resilient tally of an even 100 not-out was a significant contribution to Enmore’s tally, as the team’s other eight batting appearances combined for a total of only 43 runs, with Extras chipping in with 21. However, it is noteworthy that Safraz Ally and his team batted out their entire 40 overs, albeit in a losing cause.
The Enmore wickets were spread evenly among five of Atlantis’ bowlers with pacer Greg Robinson capturing 2 for 43 off his 8 overs.
Atlantis hosts East Side Warriors at Heckscher State Park on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, while Enmore faces Richmond Hill in “The Cage” at Baisley Pond Park.