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Saheed Amin swing bowling proven to be lethal as he had match figures of 3 for 11 against Richmond Hill. Stuart Mills (below) had a knock of 37.

Eastern American Cricket Association Twenty/20 Final
Everest/ACS And Enmore Are Champions

By Sam Sooppersaud
Oct. 15th, 2009
The last hurrah, actual games of the Eastern American Cricket Association’s 2009 cricket season was "sung" last Sunday, October 11, 2009 at Baisley Pond Park (The Cage), Queens. New York, when the Twenty/20 Finals for the respective divisional championships were staged. A large crowd was on hand to witness Everest/ACS Cricket Club take on Richmond Hill Cricket Club, in the First-Division finals.

The Second-Division final of the day was contested between Eastside Warriors and Enmore Cricket Clubs. Everest/ACS prior to their amalgamating with Everest had won twenty previous championship since their formation in 1985. For Enmore this was the fifth year that they have reached the final stage of a competition.

The day started with the First Division game. Richmond Hill won the coin toss and deferred first strike to Everest/ACS. Good knocks from Steve Nowranglal (25), Stuart Mills (37), and Karan Ganesh (25) took them to 136 runs in their 20 overs. Nowranglal batted sedately and rotated the strike while the more aggressive Mills and Ganesh made the big shots. It was a joy watching Mills playing his favorite shot, the extra cover drive.

Ganesh, as usual, muscled the bowlers to the boundary ropes. Just when it appeared that he was in for a big score, he was foolishly run out. Mills in attempting one hook shot too many gave a skier to the wicketkeeper.

The fourth wicket fell with the score on 119 runs in the 17th over. The next three wickets fell for the addition of 17 runs within the next three overs. Kaleem Bux (2 for 31), Shiv Ragubar (2 for 12), and Travis Rodney (1 for 16) accounted for the Everest/ACS wickets.

The Richmond Hill club commenced their run chase disastrously. With the score on nine, Sayeed Amin took two wickets in successive balls. First, opener Richie Guyadeen was stumped for 3. The very next ball, a beauty knocked over the middle stump of the hard-hitting Zaheer Saffie.

Trevor Walke accounted for the third wicket when he had skipper Tamesh Balwant caught for 2. Only Telston Johnson (34) offered any semblance of an offence to the wily bowling of the Everest/ACS attack. Richmond Hill was finished off with their score on 104. Doing the damage with the ball for Everest/ACS were Saheed Amin (3 for 11), Zamin Amin (2 for 19), Karan Ganesh (2 for 32), and Trevor Walke, who took a lone wicket for 12 runs.

In the second match of the day, the Second Division finals, Eastside Warriors won the toss and elected to bat first. Opener Saud Alvi immediately announced his intention to go after the Enmore bowling when he hit the first ball he faced to the boundary.

The first wicket fell on 23. Alvi and the next man in Ahson Quadir put on a useful 44-runs partnership before Alvi was caught for 20 playing an ill-timed slog shot. Quadir was caught with the score on 102. The next three batsmen all scored in the double figures taking the Eastside Warriors' score to 131 for 6 wickets in 20 overs, Sabi Rafia (14), Sajjad Ashfaq (20), and Hussain (18).

Ramphal Bactowar ensure Enmore was crowned champions as he batted the entire innings, hitting 57 not out against Eastside Warriors.

Enmore used five bowlers in all - Imran Ali (1 for 15), Jerry Persaud (1 for 18), Travis Ross (1 for 29), Shivraj Jainarine (1 for 23), and Ramphal Bactowar (2 for 23).

The former Guyana national Under-19 all-rounder Ramphal Bactowar followed up his bowling performance with a match winning knock of 57 not out. Enmore lost opener Imran Ali (16) with the score on 27, but not before he had clobbered two maximums (6's). A 47-runs partnership between the other opener Bactowar and Nick Joseph announced Enmore's march to the championship. Bactowar remained to the end ensuring his team's victory.

He displayed a repertoire of cricket shots in amassing his runs. It was most fitting that he hit the winning run. It was a shot over long-on that sent the cricket ball onto Foch Boulevard. His was a remarkable performance. No doubt a Man-of-the-Match performance. Bowling for Eastside Warriors, the wickets were shared by Sabi Rafia (2 for 19), Sajjad Ashfiq (2 for 37), and Ishtiar (1 for 18).

With the completion of these two finals, the 2009 EACA cricket schedule has concluded. However, the President of the EACA has informed me that the organization will culminate its 2009 season with a Presentation Dinner/Dance on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Naresa Palace Restaurant and Catering Hall, located at 116-14 Rockaway Boulevard, in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York.

I encourage you to come on out and help celebrate a very successful EACA cricket season, if not the most successful. At the same time you'll have a wonderful time.

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