Melbourne beat Madras by 107 runs at Kissena Park.
Melbourne 269 for 5 in 35 overs. Madras 162 all out in 26 overs.
Melbourne won the toss and elected to bat first only to lose their first 2 wickets in the first over bowled by Ritchie. But then Arif and Junel steadied things until the water break at 15 overs taking the score to 105 before Junel was out for a well played 66. Badsha then joined Arif and both batted beautifully with Arif scoring 65 and Badsha 71 not out. Badhon also joined in the fun blasting a quick fire 33 not out.

In reply, Madras got into early trouble losing their first 2 wickets in the first over due to some excellent pace bowling by youngster Mithul. Opener Andy batted very well for a classy 59 and with Vinod they had the score at 102 for 4 in 15 overs. After Andy got out Madras had no chance and were finally all out for 162. Vinod was left at 50 not out.

Kings XI CC vs Rangerz CC in Staten Island
Rangerz CC won the toss and elected to bat first. They made 125/10 in 26.3 overs. In return Kings XI made 128/6 in 21.4 overs. Sunny 46 not out, Malkiat 19 not out.

Rebellious Stars v. N.Y Storm at Cunningham Park.
N.Y Storm won the toss and elected to bat on a flat wicket. N.Y Storm made 211 for 5 in 30 overs with Sunny leading the way with 113 not out. Bowling was lead by R. Harry who took 2 wickets and N. Ganiadoo, M. Ali, R. Frazer 1 wicket a piece. In reply Rebellious Stars reach twinning total of 212 for 6 in 29.5 overs. Batting was led by a first wicket partnership of 138 by R. Harry and R. Khan. R. Harry top scored with 83.
Rebellious Stars won by 4 Wickets.

UCC vs Statics cc at Waterbury
Statics CC won the toss elected to bat
Statics CC were 180 for 3 in 28 overs when rain stopped play.

Lions vs Desi Hitterz at Stables.
Lions 154 all out.
Desi Hitterz 155 runs without loss.
Mustafa 71 not out, Irtaza 78 not out.
Desi Hitterz won by 10 wickets.

Universal CC Defeats Bachan CC by 7 wickets at Alley Pond
Bachan CC won toss and elected to bat, posted 168 all out in 29.3 overs their batting was led by R.Somai with 29 runs, Universal bowling was lead by E. Desilva 6 overs, 3 wickets for 24 runs.
Universal CC replied with 169 for 3 in 26 overs. The batting was lead by V. Dookram scored 104 not out.

Yonkers Eagles v PakAmerica at Stables
Yonkers Eagles batted first and scored 194.
PakAmerica chased the target in 25 overs.
Yasir Jamshed scored quick 57 and Ali Zar scored 53* to ensure win.

Pakistani Warriors versus Bronx Lions @ Whitestone
Pakistani Warriors won the toss and batted first scoring 207 for 5 in 25 overs.
Bronx Lions reply with 133 for 5 in 17overs.
Game won by Bronx Lions by run rate.

Rosedale Royals Vs Bronx All Stars At Soundview Park, 25 Overs Match.
Rosedale Royals made 192 for 4, with Manchis scoring 57 and Papi 57 not out.
Bronx All Stars in reply were all out for 174 in 24 overs.
Papi 5 for 24, Manchis 3 for 42 and shut 2 for 33.

NY Knights vs Desi Lions at Whitestone
Desi Lions CC won the toss and batted first. Malik and Venkat helped the team to get to a decent score of 154/10 in 30 overs.
NY Knights on their chase were losing a wicket nearly every over with some good bowling from Ishan (4) and Mali k (5). NY Knights were all out for 77in 13th over.
Desi Lions CC won the game by 77 runs.

Bronx Tiger CC VS. NYPD in Cunningham.
Bronx Tigers 165.
Ashfaq 106 not out. Syed 30 not out. Adil 20.
NYPD 110 for 9.

LI Lions vs Punjabi Warriors
LI Lions won the toss and elected to bat first. Getting off to a stable start of 85 runs in the first 10 overs for the loss of no wickets, Lions were in for another big score. They were ably led by skipper Kunaal Kapoor who carried his bat through the innings and guided Lions to a defendable 265/6 in 30 overs. Kunaal ended up with a mammoth 172 not out that included 17 6’s and 12 4’s getting his 4th hundred of the season.
In return Punjabi Warriors put up a decent fight back lead by Deepu who scored 88 runs but eventually Warriors fell short by 70 runs getting all out for 195 in 28 overs. Ajay, Abhishek and Kunaal took 2 wickets each to wrap up Punjabi Warriors and completing another clinical victory for the Lions.
LI Lions – 265/6 in 30 overs
Kunaal Kapoor – 172 n.o.
Vishwanathan Rajagopalan – 20 n. o.
Abhishek Gulati – 20
Ajay Kumar – 20
Punjabi Warriors – 195 all out in 28 overs
Deepu – 88
Ajay Kumar – 2/25 in 4 overs
Abhishek Gulati – 2/32 in 5 overs
Kunaal Kapoor – 2/19 in 3 overs.

Friends CC v. Spartans (Flushing 2)
Spartans won the toss and decided to bat first. They were all out on 131 in the 27th over.
Deepu took 4 for 23 and Pinka 4 for 36.
In reply, Friends CC scored the required target in 14.4 overs losing only two wickets.
Johny 64* and Jassi made 30.
Friends CC BEAT Spartans by 8 wickets.

Volcanoes vs Pak Punjab at Beach 32
Pak Punjab 131 all out.
Iqbal 40.
B. Boodhoo 4 wickets for 28 runs.
Volcanoes CC 135 for 8 wickets.
Amit 41 included 5 fours and 1 six.

Yakusari Horizon vs 2711 Patel at Randall’s Island.
2711 batted first and score 188 runs.
Bharat Patel 105 runs included 10 sixes and 5 fours.
Yakusari replied with 113.

Tri-City’s Storm Surge Scuttles GS-43
Kailberg Field, Schenectady, NY– Since Tri-City’s entry into the Commonwealth League, it has been one milestone after another, it seems. In just our second league game, we managed to slog our way, literally and figuratively, to victory in a rain shortened, limited 35 over league match on Sunday July 15, 2012.

The covered wicket at Kailberg Field, Schenectady.

The day started off with ominous, leaden gray skies looming overhead. A few passing showers gave hint of the gushing downfalls that were to come, but at noontime, temperatures were hot, the wicket was flat and hard, and an eager GS-43 side arrived on time to renew old acquaintances and figure out exactly what upstate NY cricket was all about.

After skippers’ John Persaud and Gopaul spun the toss, GS-43 won and opted to bat. They seemed eager to test the tight side boundaries of Kailberg field, and sent two of their best, Rudy Singh and Jaikaran to the crease to begin the assault. Tri-City countered with Theron Blair and John Florent (a former GS-43 member himself). Things began inauspiciously for Tri-City, as Blair found it difficult to settle into a proper line, taking almost two overs to amp himself down enough to keep the ball seaming from wicket to wicket. GS-43’s Singh wasted no time getting after the bowling, lashing deliveries to the boundary right from the start, running up a healthy total is just a few innings with the help of quite a bit of errant bowling.

Suddenly, in an attempt to settle into a good line and length, Blair sent down a scorching delivery that caught Jaikaran completely by surprise, knocking him to the ground as it rose up unexpectedly and struck him full on his helmet-less forehead. As everyone huddled around the GS-43’s prone batsman, the predictable call went out for that quintessential sports injury cure-all – ICE, and Jaikaran was helped from the field. He resisted all suggestion that he visits the local hospital, opting instead to ice the injury, but he was unable to continue batting and retired hurt.

Enter Satish, GS-43’s highly touted #3, who last year alone recorded seven 100+ innings performances. It came as no surprise then that this master batsman proceeded to punish the pace bowling of Tri-City with reckless abandon. With the fearlessness of a US Navy seal commando, Satish confidently hooked, pulled, cut and drove his way to an almost unbeaten 178 runs, including 18 boundaries and 8 sixes, before being caught on the boundary on the last ball of the innings. There were not a lot of bowling highlights to speak of, although Tri-City recovered in the middle innings to reduce the run rate significantly. Skipper John Persaud did the most damage, taking 3 wickets but at the expense of 65 runs.

Satish’s monster innings was supported ably by Rudy Singh’s 44, with three boundaries and a six, and Marland Persaud’s solid 31 run knock, which included a couple of boundaries of his own. GS-43 finished on 290/5, a decent score by most measures for a 35 over match.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to intervene, and caused several delays as the covers had to bring out to deal with some passing showers. Darker clouds threatened after the innings break, however, and talk began of how we would decide the match in the event of a downpour. After consulting with umpire extraordinaire, Zoeb Zavery, it was learned that according to CCL rules, Tri-City needed to bat out 12 overs to make the match a complete game, and also had to exceed GS-43’s run rate in those twelve overs in order to secure a victory.

With that goal in mind, Skipper Persaud chose to go with his brother, Mike and son Ritchie (a notoriously free hitting college student) to aggressively get after the visitor’s bowling. Once again, Persaud demonstrated his consummate skills as a field general, as both openers immediately set to work with a terrific display of situational batting. GS-43 had made 89 runs in their first 12 overs, so immediately, Mike and Ritchie set their sights on 10 runs an over, establishing that from the start with some surgical boundaries and well run singles. The visitor’s countered with Satish and Rudy Singh, who were unable to duplicate their respective successes with the bat, quickly falling behind the Persaud tandem of uncle and nephew. Even after Ritchie fell after a valiant 47 run knock, with four 4’s and three sixes to his credit, #3 Ajai Ismael simply picked up right where his teammate left off and the runs kept flowing even as the rain began to fall.

By the time play was suspended and the deluge ramped up to it’s full fury, Tri-City had surpassed GS-43’s 12 over total by a comfortable 32 runs, and completed 13 overs with 131 for the loss of just one wicket. As the skies continued to pour down on the parched earth, players from both sides huddle in cars and under tents waiting to resume play, but there was to be no more cricket this day. The wicket was nicely protected by the covers, and the sky began to lighten, but the GS-43 skipper Gopaul made the decision to concede the game based on the run rate rule. He and his players gathered under the tent and congratulated Tri-City for a game well played, and Tri-City returned the compliments, especially to Satish, whose stellar innings made this a real dogfight.

So record win number two for Tri-City in its inaugural season in the Commonwealth League. So far, we’ve had two competitive and exciting matches, and we look forward to testing our mettle against the rest of the league. The only regret in this one was that we were unable to hang out and renew old acquaintances afterward, as many of the GS-43 and Tri-City players were teammates in previous stages of their lives. It was good to see old friends, and make new ones, and to play a spirited and competitive game against a terrific group of sportsmen. Thank, GS-43 for making the long drive north, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Next up for Tri-City: Sunday July 22nd Commonwealth LEAGUE GAME vs. Yakusari CC. Check out our Facebook page for more details.