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Scorpions Win Despite Shuvo's Ton
June 7th, 2009
(Summaries of other games below)

Scorpions 212 for 6 (33 overs) beat Melbourne CC 208 for 3 (Shuvro 107, Badshah 68; 29 overs) by 4 wickets
Under ideal weather conditions and on a very good pitch at the much improved and beautiful Stables, Scorpions edged past Melbourne CC with 2 overs to spare and 4 wickets in hand. In a curious but unsportsmanlike gesture (note perfect playing conditions) Scorpions stuck to the league rules on lateness and claimed a total of 6 overs from the Melbourne CC innings for being "late".

Batting first, with a reduced 29-over limit, Melbourne's top order batsmen methodically took apart the Scorpions attack in fine style. Shuvro dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground on his way to a brilliant 107 - 8 sixes and 7 fours. Badshah contributed a classy 68 as the pair propelled Melbourne CC to a respectable total of 208 for 3 at a blistering 7.2 runs per over.

At the halfway point Melbournce CC would have fancied themselves with an even chance considering Scorpions had 6 more overs at their disposal. Scorpions, in their reply were able to knock off the required runs for the loss of 6 wickets, in 33 overs at a pedestrian rate of 6.4 runs per over. One wonders how the game would have unfolded had Melbourne CC batted their allotted 35 overs.

The teams were graced by the presence of the league's president, Lesly Lowe. Melbourne Captain R. Ramlall presented Shuvro with a bat, sticking to his words of giving any of his players who score a century a new bat.

Lions Register Easy Win Over E&Y CC

The toss was won by the E&Y CC - lead by Sahil Vakil. E&Y chose to bat first. The pitch had an uneven bounce. E&Y CC got off to a flying start, assisted by some extras during the initial overs from the Lions. Five overs into the game, and I was returning from the restroom (which in VCP happens to be on that part of the world where the Earth bends), the score was 38/0 in 4.3 overs. Openers Niramay and Sahil played their drives and pulls when the pitch behaved, and were surprised by a few due to the uneven bounce. Sahil was caught for 11, due to a bad judgment. Opener Niramay continued till about the 12th over when he was adjudged LBW by the umpire. With both openers gone, the middle order, Jawad, Nikhil and Abhishek tried to steady the innings somewhat, but could not. With small partnerships and a middle order collapse, E&Y was fighting to reach triple digits. E&Y finally got to 106 in 24 overs, assisted towards the end by their number 10 and 11 batsmen.

Lions bowling attack was lead wonderfully by the spinner Ashish. After what was seen as a flurry of extras by the quicks, the spinners were brought on. The spin option paid off, and the duo would end up sharing 8 wickets between them.

Lions opening pair strode into the field wary of the uneven pitch. E&Y bowling attack, headed by Rajeev and Ashim, hoped to make some inroads early into the game. Lions were watchful initially. The Opener number 1 and batsman number 3 got out pretty early, in the 3rd and 4th over of the innings. E&Y elated! In came the Lions number 4, who would eventually take the game away from E&Y after being dropped twice early in his innings by yours truly - the writer of this report.

Opener number 2, a Caribbean swashbuckler carried on - few boundaries and a thick top edge which went flying over the fence at third man for a six and into the 'under construction VCP'. A new ball had to be brought in. The umpire, trying to follow the norm of the game, scrubbed the living daylights out of the new ball, and made it seem 'older' than the lost ball. Batsman number 3 got out pretty soon after that to a top edge caught by the wicket keeper. Batsman number 4, having been in the field long enough, settled into his groove and smashed 16 runs in an over. E&Y changed the bowling option to spin. However, that option did not work well and a total of 106 seemed less for what should have been a high scoring game. Lions reached their target comfortably in 21.3 overs with 7 wickets to spare.


Columbia Cricket Team.

Columbia Prove Too Strong For NY Storm
Sunil managed to win the toss for a change and Columbia decided to bat on this pleasantly warm summer's day. Arvind and Nasser opened the batting for Columbia. Arvind carried on his early season form and, along with Nasser, put on a great opening partnership. Nasser scored very quickly, punishing the loose balls with hefty square drives. As he got his eye in and aging hamstrings stretched, he began unfurling his famous "long iron" shots over the bowlers' heads. Their partnership reached 141 before Nasser finally ran out of energy and retired to the shade with a well-earned 62. Arvind was out shortly after for a these-days perhaps even mildly disappointing 37.

Sridhar and Ray were next in and were both out cheaply. But by then Columbia were on 193 and cruising along at a bowler-punishing rate. New boy Sriram R matched Nasser's big hits with some thumping percussive blows of his own. And he was accompanied along the way by Sharath, first just rotating the strike to give Sriram a chance to depress the opposition bowlers even more, and then later hitting some sweet flicks and drives of his own. Sriram ended on 55 not out and Sharath on a smoothly executed and unfortunate 49 not out.

Columbia took to the field feeling very comfortable indeed with 278 to defend in 30 overs. Sunil and Madhura opened the bowling. Sunil looked a little rusty with his first few balls but was soon into the wickets, bowling unchanged, he finished his spell with a well-deserved 4 for 24. He took out all the batsmen who looked like they might score heavily. Madhura was spot on from the first ball and also into the wickets early, but unlike Sunil didn't complete his overs in one spell. After bowling 3 overs, retired to the outfield, feeling a bit under the weather.

Luckily Sridhar was able to take over and bowled a couple fo tight overs. He managed only one wicket, but by the break NY Storm were reeling at 96/7. After the break, throwing caution to the winds, Kateesh from NY Storm took the game to us. He hit 4 sixes and 4 fours before being runout as a result of a mixup for a well made 54.

Thankfully, Nasser after complaining about not wanting to bowl "up-hill" put in a couple of overs that calmed down Storm's late flurry with two wickets, along with a successful second spell of off-spin from Madhura. Sadly, NY Storm provided no match for Columbia. They were all out for 147 in 20.1 overs.

Special mention to Sriram R, the man of the match. Great batting and some lovely catches behind the wickets. He didn't even complain about all the leg-side deliveries that he had to fetch.

A well deserved win for Columbia. An all around effort with 4 bats getting to 50 or close to it, and bowlers doing a good job of wrapping up the inning in 20 overs. May the win streak continue.

Summaries
1. Spring Valley vs Power in Spring Valley:
Power batting first scored 213 runs in 35 overs with the loss of 9 wickets: Sajid 65 and Sohel 50
Spring valley scored 160 in 34 overs all out
Power CC 6-1

2. Scorpions vs Melbourne at Stables
Melbourne 208 for 4 off 29 overs. Shuvro 107 and Badshah made 68.
Scorpions 212 for 6 off 33 overs: G. Kalika made 41 not out, B. Ramlochan 30, M. Seepersaud 29
 
3. Sportsman vs  Bachan at Poughkeepsie

Sportsman CC 278 for 4: Plunkett 126 n/o.
Bachan CC 170 all out: B Somai 59
 
4. New Star vs Statics In Hecksher
New Star 190: Zeeshan Asghar 60 not out.
Statics 56 all out.
 
5. Ocean11 vs NY Eagles at Flushing 2
Ocean11 won the toss and elected to bat first and made 194 for 5 in 30 overs.
NY Eagles replied with 195 for 6 in 27 overs and won the match.
Ocean 11- Jatinder (Sunny)-105 not out, Sodhi 12, Shiv-10, Shahid 15.
 
6. Galaxy  Vs  Pak-Punjab At Whitestone
Pak-Punjab won toss and batted first, 86 all out.
Yudesh 4 wks
Galaxy 86 for 1: Vick 46 not out .Galaxy Won.

Game 2. Galaxy vs Pasban
Galaxy Won Toss Batted Frist 169 For 8,Udesh 41, Azaam 29.
Pasban 96 all out

7. Mavericks vs Survivors, won by Mavericks
Mavericks batted 1st scoring 185 runs for 6 wickets in 27 overs (Reduced). Nayeem scored 44 not out and Ekramul was 35 not out. Nazu took 3 wickets for 15 in 6 overs. 
Survivors 85 all out in 19.4 overs.
 
8. GS 43 vs Regal at B32

GS 43 98 all out
Regal 101 for one G
 
9. NY Tigers vs. Kings 11 at Flushing Meadow
NY Tigers batted first and score 134 runs all out.
Kings 11 made 94 all out.
 
10. Mumbai Xpress vs 11 Stars at Lacombe [am game]

Mumbai Xpress batting first scored 169 runs for 9 in 30 overs (Salil 40, Harnish 36)
11 Stars scored 170 runs in 24 overs (Vishrut 3 wickets, Kartik 1 wicket, Darshan 1 wicket)
 
Mumbai Xpress vs Cavaliers won by Mumbai Xpress at Lacome [pm game]
Cavaliers batting first scored 102 runs in 26 overs (Snehal 4 wickets, Vishrut 3 wickets)
Mumbai Xpress scored 103 runs in 16 overs (Darshan 62, Snehal 16)
 
11. Columbia CC beat NY Storm CC by 131 Runs at Van Cortlandt
Columbia CC won the toss and elected to Bat.
Columbia CC Innings: 278 for 4 wkts in 30 Overs – Sriram R 55 n.o., Nasser 62, Sharath 49 n.o., Shyam 3/45
NY Storm CC Innings: 147 All Out in 20.1 Overs – Kateesh 54, Sunil 4/24, Madhura 2/36, Nasser 2/20

12. Hicksville vs. Brooklyn Stars at Hecksher
Hicksville11 won the toss and elected to bat
Hicksville11 won the game by 46 runs
 
13. Game summary: NY Lions vs E&Y
E&Y won the toss and elected to bat
E&Y: 106/10 in 24.3 overs
NY Lions: 107/3 in 21.4 overs
NY Lions won the game by 7 wickets

14. NYCCC   vs Paki Pride played at Cunningham 
NYCCC = 82 all out
Top NYCCC scorers: Ahsan: 17, Ubaid: 11
Paki Pride = 83 for 8
 
15. Venue - Flushing-1, 35 Over Game

Toss- Won by SevenStar elected to field.
Worldwide scored 269/5 in 35 Overs: Rohin-155, Dinesh-49
SevenStar 150-All out
Navdeep & Mitesh took 3 wikets each
Worldwide won by 119 Runs


Hunain Munir of Pak/America struck an elegant 83 against Strikers.

16. GS 43 vs Regal at Beach 32 
Regal won the toss, asked GS to take first strike and they were blown away for 98 off 26 overs. 
Sham Suknannan 3 for 12, Jerry Karran 2 for 19, Vijay Bridgepaul 4 for 17
Regal made little work of the target hitting off the runs in 13.5 overs.
Papo Khan 60 not out

17. Kings XI vs. NY Tigers
Kings XI won the toss and chose to ball first.
NY Tigers - 134 all out 
Shahid scored a 50
Kings XI - 94 all out
Rizwan of NY Tigers took 5 wickets. 
 
18. Pak America vs Strikers
Pak America won the toss and elected to bat first. They were bundled out for 156/10. In reply Strikers chased down the score in 27 overs 157/6. Strikers beat Pak America by 4 wickets. Here is the match summary.
Pak America: 156/10; Hunain 83
Bowling: Wahab 3/33
Strikers: 157/6; Shahbaz 74; Ijaz 21
Bowling: Sarmad 3/15; Irfan 3/25; Asad 2/25
 
19. Millenium CC vs Kingmen @ Cunnigham - Millenium won the match by 7 wkts
Kingsmen won the toss and elected to bat first scoring 121 all out in the 29th over. Ricky from Kingsmen scored 61. Akash from Millenium took 4 wkts plus Wilson claimed 2 wkts. Millenium won the match in the 22nd over by 7 wkts in hand. Thomas from Millenium scored 54 run not out.


Vijay Hansraj of Majestics took 6 for 18.

20. Universal vs Friends - Friends won by 92 runs
Friends won toss and made 256 all out 32 overs: Bhat 97 runs, Gill 37 runs
Universal Bowling: D. Harbajan 7 overs 24 runs 3 wickets, H. Singh 3 overs 29 runs 3 wickets
Universal 154 all out in 28 overs: R. Harry 2 runs, G. Udai 20 runs
Friends Bowling: Rinku 2 wickets 4 overs 9 runs

21. Demolition vs Islanders at Cunningham in a 35 over match
Islander win the toss and bat first they score 135 for 9 in 35 overs.
Rickey Sheik took 4 for 20 runs and D. Madramathu took 2 for 15.
Demolition in reply made 136 for 7 in 29.3 overs, with K. Balkishun made a brisk 40

22. Renegades CC vs Majestic CC at Cunningham, Won by Majestic
Renegades 72 all out
Majestic 73 for 8 (Vijay Hansraj 6 for 18)

23. Vipers vs Super Champs At Flushing
Vipers Won The Toss and Sent Super Champs in to bat.
Super Champ All Out for 104 in 18.4 Overs
Vipers In Reply Score 106 for 5 In 13.1 Overs
 
24. Galaxy vs. Pak Punjab played at Whitestone 2 on June 7

Pak Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first. Pak Punjab were bowled out for 87 in 15 overs.
In response, Galaxy achieved their target with loss of 1 wicket.
Galaxy won by 9 Wickets

25. Mumbai Express vs 11 stars played at Lacombe Park

Mumbai Express batted first and scored 169 runs for 9 wickets in 30 overs. Salil scored 40 and Harnish 36. Mickey took 4 wickets for 39 runs.
11 Stars replied with 170 runs scored in 24 overs for 5 wickets. Jonny with 30, Honey with 29 were the main contributors. Vishrut took 3 wickets with 1 each falling to Kartik and Darshan.

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