Bedessee Sporting Goods Trophy
The first game of the New York Amateur Cricket League bowled off last Friday at Gateway Oval as the Tigers captained by Trevis Ross inflicted a 49 runs defeat of the Crusaders captained by Randall Wilson in the first of 5 games for the Bedessee Sporting Goods Trophy and bragging rights.

Members of Tigers and Crusaders along with officials of New York Amateur Cricket League.

The Tigers won the toss and decided to take first strike in this 35 overs affair. Tanveer Khan and Rafeek Nazeer opened the innings to the bowling of USA stars, Keifferb Phills and Randall Wilson. The batsmen took the score to 35 before Nazeer was out to a brilliant catch by Wilson for 18 runs which included one four and one six.

USA representative Trevis Ross came to the wicket and immediately played some fluent strokes on both sides of the wicket. He and Khan took the score to 68 before he was out   caught by Hussain off off-spinner Permaul for 23 which included 2 fours and 1 six.

Dhaniram was immediately out to Permaul as Wilson who had now taken on the role of wicketkeeper, made a brilliant stumping.

Zafar Yusuf joined Khan and they added 52 for the fourth wicket. They both seemed set for a big score before Yusuf gave a simple catch to Grantley Holder off Michael Katwaroo when he had made a well played 37 with 5 fours.

Tanveer Khan was eventually out for a well played 44 when he was caught by Wilson
For a well played 44 which included 2 fours and one six. The last four wickets fell for 8 runs as the lower order batsmen failed to negotiate the spin bowling.  The innings of the Tigers ended at 164 all out on the stroke of 34 overs.

Randy Permaul took 3 for 31 in 7 overs, Michael Katwaroo took 2 for 7 in 3 overs, and Clint Chasteau took 2 for 11 in 3 overs. Eight bowlers were used during the innings.

After lunch, the Crusaders opened with USA national, Randall Wilson and New York Region U/15 players, Nicholas Harripersaud to the pace of Kalishwar Bridgepaul and the off spin of Boodhoo. In the third over, Harripersaud was stumped off Budhoo for 6.  Chasteau joined Wilson and set about repairing the innings but with the score on 69, Chasteau was out lbw to Boodhoo for 11. Phills made a quick 15 before he caught by Bacchus off Mario Persaud.

After Wilson left, stumped by Tanveer Khan off Zafaar Yusuf for 46, the batting fell apart as again, the spinners tore through the lower order. Wilson’s 46 included 3 fours and 4 sixes. The Crusaders folded for 115 in 27 overs.

Mario Persaud bowled 3 overs and took 3 wickets for 7 runs, 16 year old, Nicholas Nandan was impressive with his off spin, taking 2 for 6 in 3 overs, Zafaar Yusuf had 2 for 11 and Boodhoo 2 for 21 in 6 overs.  Trevis Ross bowled well and conceded only 22 runs in his 7 overs.

The spin bowlers dominated the game and many of the batsmen, despite getting good starts failed to carry on.

Wilson was the outstanding player of the game making 46 runs, taking 2 catches in the field and 4 stumping behind the wicket. He and Tanveer Khan who made 44 were given the awards for the two best performances.

The organizers were very pleased with the turnout of players and spectators which included Selwyn Caesar, the chairman of USACA selection committee. Thanks to Kirk Higgins and coach Linden Fraser who went beyond the call of duty to help with the transportation of players from Queens.

The second game will be played on Friday, August 2 at 11:00 am.