On a Sunny, hot and humid day with a large crowd of Tibetans on hand celebrating the Birthday of one of their Hero’s were on hand to witness a fantastic game of cricket between Friends Cricket Club and United Sports Club played Sunday 8th July, 2012 at the Flushing Meadows Park.
United Sports Club won the toss and elected to take first strike scoring 271 runs in their allotted 35 overs for the lost of 5 wickets. Steve Massiah who had been in sublime form all season with the bat and ball top scored with a glorious and magnificent 163 runs which was decorated with 13 majestic 6’s and 11 x 4’s. He has hit the ball with authority to all part of the ground.
He showed immense concentration and discipline in his innings which spans 33 overs before he got out when he tried to loft a delivery over extra cover and got an outside edge and was caught at slip in the penultimate overs of the innings.
His average for the season so far is 75.83. The Tibetans had enjoyed his batting even though they were in danger from the flying balls.
He featured in a second wicket partnership of 190 runs with another valuable contribution from Trinidadian Richie Sieuchan who scored a well played 70 runs. Both Steve and Richie have been in terrific form this season.
Bowling for Friends Cricket Club Deepu picked up 2 wickets while Shermin and Ricky picked up a wicket a piece.
Friends C.C. in reply made a super effort to reach the target but fell short by 10 runs at the end; they had scored 262 runs all out in 34th overs.
Main contributor for Friends Cricket Club came from Dixit 62, Jonny 57, Deepu 43 and Deppi 33 not out.
Bowling for United Sports Steve Massiah and G. Phillips picked up 3 wickets each while Sunil Singh grabbed 2 wickets. United Sports fans thought it was all over when the 9 wickets fell for 226 runs in the 29th overs but Deppi the number 9 and Ricky the number 11 batsmen had reason to belief in them self who had took the score to a reachable target in the 34th over of the game before veteran Trinidadian David Mohamed were called upon to used his experience and handed United Sports victory when he clean bowled Rickey with his 4th delivery of the over.
Credit must be given to Friends Cricket Club in the manner they have played the game. They belief in them self and has provided entertaining cricket through out.