New York Masters League
By Sham Ali
The masters man among the runs for the last three seasons, the former Canadian national opening batsman Ganesh Ramsingh, produced one of his marquis inning to commence the 2014 season opener that lead Everest to a comfortable 8-wicket over Caribbean Masters last Saturday at Lido Beach, Long Island. The sense that a regeneration of Everest team in a new season may have real credence that their last three seasons of discontent and recurring finals nightmare can turn into a glorious one.
If that is to happen, Everest may need to fire consistently and with the kind of calculated aggression displayed in their first outing and the man to lead the charge will be Ganesh Ramsingh. He timed his inning to near perfection with 99-runs off 58 balls as he and Soodeen Deendial walked to the wicket in reply to Caribbean Masters 189 all out. Deendial got Everest off to a breezy start with a quickfire 41 runs off just 28 balls in a 79 runs opening partnership before he miscued a pull to mid-on. Ramsingh though remained subdued inching towards his half century while his new partner Cyril Choy aggression yielded a brief 24 runs.
The now burly Sohan Dass, a former Guyana national player, joined Ramsingh and Everest had two accomplished heavyweights’ batsmen at the wicket. They tactfully set about their task, Ramsingh had some form and a few aches going into the winter and apparently kept some of it until now as he shifted gears and executed an array of crisply timed strokes that produced a flurry of boundaries on both sides of the wicket on a fast outfield. With Everest racing towards their target and Ramsingh eying a century, the equation was as tight as an old ring on an arthritic Cinderella’s finger, 29 to win 28 for a century. A wide and a no-ball poked a wrench into an already complicated equation that had the combinations of Dass’s brain and a weary Ramsingh’s willow and to further overload the equation they ran an ill-advised double, 3 runs to win, man on 95. A six will do it, yea right!
Conversely, Caribbean Masters bowling attack lacked the sting that they had in their arsenal last season or they just did not travel with it as they pose only a few concerns to Everest batsmen on a solid pitch and a fast outfield. Their batting had a few sparks as the opening pair laid the foundation with a solid 69-runs partnership before Everest struck the first blow. That was the only real treat from this opposition as their middle order failed to capitalize on a good start courtesy of a two dubious decisions, but Everest kept pegging away. Keith Lawrence was patient as he showed his usual class as an intractable opening batsman in the early 80’s with a solid 72 runs before Everest found his weakness and the only way to get him out, run out. Caribbean Masters were eventually bowled out for 189 runs in the penultimate over.
It took Everest only 20.3 overs to secure victory with Ganesh Ramsingh leading the way spanking a low-carb 99 to a receptive applause from the boys. A six would have done it; you know, in mind at least, the body spoke a very different language. After all this is “The Masters” on show and a memory loss here, a grumpy few there, a couple of has been, and a never was, is life in these golden years of the Masters at nothing but cricket. Thanks for at least showing up boys with a missing Glen Lorick, the inimitable Trevor Walke and new gears.