It was a bright and sunny day in Brentwood Long Island where the Meten-Meer-Zorg boys host Long Island United Cricket Club.
The two teams were ready for a prompt 1pm start. The two umpires were Mr. Ali and Mr. Kawaja. The toss was won by MMZ who had no hesitation to bat first on a heavy outfield and a wicket that seems a decent one. The LIUCC sporting their Pakistani look alike green uniform took the field with the young Anwer Khan with the new leather.
It was the skipper USA national player Azurdeen Mohammed and the inform aggressive Richie Sieuchand to open the batting. Khan with the wind behind his back was generating some extra pace, with the score on 12 Sieuchand got a good delivery from Khan and knick it to the keeper, the dependable Deonauth Baksh joined his skipper and these two batted with no difficulty, Mohammed was timing the ball sweetly hitting some blistering drives through the heavy outfield, Baksh played some fine shots bringing up his fifty with a sweetly timed boundary. He was eventually out adjudged lbw for 53 off Khan.
The skipper was joined by the young talented Saud Hossain. Mohammed brings up his first century of the season with a glorious cover drive, which includes 11 fours and 7 sixes; he then smashed four consecutive sixes off Harris. Mohammed looking set to bat to the end got a good delivery from Khan and was caught for a well played 133. Zaaid Majeed came in and didn’t trouble Mr. Hakim Khan the scorer, he was out lbw for a duck. Rocky Kowchai was promoted up the order due to the absence of his two mates Trevis Ross and Amar Persaud who was in Florida with the US under 19 team. Kowchai didn’t let his skipper down playing some lovely stroke around the park, he hit a beautiful extra cover shot for six that looks like carbon copy of a Dwayne Bravo shot, with the score board reading 275 for 4 off 36.4 overs Kowchai was bowled for a well-played innings of 33 which includes 2 sixes and 2 fours.
Husaain was playing with a lot of aggression and timing the ball with perfection hit a magnificent on drive for 6 to bring up a well played half century before he was run out. Ajaz Asgarally was left not out along with Kieth Mungalsingh.
MMZ finish with 294 for 7 off their 40 overs.
Bowling for LIUCC: Anwer Khan 7-0-35-4
LIUCC started off briskly with Babar Zia and Alvi Ali taking the score to 20 in 3 overs. Skipper Azurdeen Mohammed made a very good move taking off Rayhanul Islam after one over after realizing the wind was against him, replacing him with the experience Zaaid Majeed who had success immediately bowling Babar Zia for 16, the move to switch Islam who replaced Rocky Kowchai paid off as he had Ashiq caught by Sieuchand for 5 and then Asim khan smartly stumped by Asgarally for one, at the other end Majeed picked up Anwer Khan well caught at first slip by the skipper. Islam then had Alvi caught at the boundary for 20. Sajid Khan came in and was out trapped in front off Islam for a duck, Islam finishes with a fine spell of 8 overs 5 for 17. Saumil Ghandi and Sieuchand cleaned up the rest of the batsmen.
LIUCC was eventfully bowled out for 79 runs to give MMZ their third win in as many games.
Summary: MMZ 294 for 7 wkts off 40 overs. Azurdeen Mohammed 133, Deonauth Baksh 52, Saud Hussain 50, Rocky Kowchai 35.
Bowling for LIUCC: Anwer Khan 7-0-35-4, Babruk Jalal 8-0-36-2
LIUCC 79 all out off 25.4 overs, Alvi Ali 20, Babar Zia 16
Bowling for MMZ: R. Kowchai 5-0-14-0, R. Islam 8-1-17-5, Z. Majeed 8-0-21-2, S. Ghandi 3.4-1-4-2, and R. Sieuchand 1-1-0-1.
Meten -Meer-Zorg will play host to Hillside CC at Bay Park this Sunday, this encounter should be a very good affair with both teams unbeaten so far and have some talented players in their lineup.
MMZ CC would like to thank Mark and Vanessa from Air Wave Air-conditioning, specializing in residential and commercial (718-933-1011) for their continued sponsorship.