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Shawn Thompson helped East Bank secure a spot in the final, taking 4 vital wickets.
Eastern American Cricket Association
East Bank Secure Spot In Elite 8 Finals

By Intiaz Mohamed

August 25th, 2009
East Bank CC secured a spot in the Eastern American Cricket Association's inaugural Elite 8 Finals when they beat TriState/Canal CC last Sunday at Bay Park, Long Island.

TriState/Canal won the toss and asked East Bank to take first strike. east Bank got off to a good start with Debo Sankar and Zaheer Sadloo opening the inning. The pair added 57 before Sadloo was adjudged LBW when on 22. Prashad Mahadeo was next to go via the same route for a duck, both wickets falling to D. Forbes.

It was East Bank's lower order batsmen that helped orchestrate the team's total of 216, aided by 42 extras.

The main contributors to the East Bank inning were Debo Sankar 37, S. Mohamed 23, Deryck McDonald 21, Sohan Dass 40, and Fidel Sooknandan 23.

D. Forbes was the pick of TriState/Canal's bowlers taking 3 for 25 from 7 overs. R. Persaud, R. Deane each snatched two wickets apiece, while I. Freeman and E. Wilson also got one wicket each.

TriState/Canal would have gotten off to a greater dream start from Francis Mendonca and S. Berry, as they enjoyed a partnership of 54, before Berry was caught off the bowling of T. Ronney for 26, and including 3x4s.

New batsman Ethan Wilson and Francis Mendonca would add 46, before Wilson was stumped by Prashad Mahadeo for 22. R. Deane along with Mendonca continued to bat solid and yielded a partnership of 58. The wickets of Francis Mendonca and R. Deane fell with the score at 158 and 170 respectively.

Shawn Thompson and Tegana McKenzie would trigger the collapse further, as the duo took seven of TriState/Canal wickets. Sean Thompson's victims were Francis Mendonca (67), Ethan Wilson (22), R. Deane (33) ,and hard hitting Ron Andrews for 6.

Deryck McDonald and Terron Rodney had one wicket each, while Tegana McKenzie and Shawn Thompson took 3 and 4 wickets respectively, as TriState/Canal could only reach 162, including 19 extras, and falling short by 12 runs to catapult East Bank into the Elite 8 finals, this Sunday against Everest/ACS.
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