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Sudesh Dhaniram (top) and Marlon (below) ensure victory for Atlantis. (Photos by Shiek Mohamed)

Eastern American Cricket Association Twenty/20 Competition
Atlantis Surges Back In Contention

By newyorkcricket.com Staff Reporter

Sept. 22nd, 2009
As most of the cricket leagues 2009 season in New York winds down, a small crowd at Baisley was entertained by the likes of Reon King, Tamesh Balwant, Steve Mangru, Sudesh Dhaniram, William White and Marlon Kallicharran, when Atlantis took on Richmond Hill last Sunday in the Eastern American Cricket Association’s 2009 Twenty/20 competition.

Richmond Hill won the toss and elected to bat, Mark Gomes and Dharamdeo Gayadeen opened for Richmond Hill facing former West Indies pacer Reon King. It was a struggle at the start as they lost four quick wickets with only 35 runs on the board. The wickets lost included Mark Gomes for 10 and Dharamdeo Gayadeen for 12 that included two beautiful boundaries off Reon King. Zaheer Saffie and Sunesh Wazid were the other two wickets that fell, Saffie going for 1 and Wazid for a duck.

A desperate revival was needed; it was up to the incoming batsmen, Captain Tamesh Balwant and Steve Mangru. The pair would add 120 for the fifth wicket. It was a delight to watch the pair as they accumulated the runs. The two would see the innings to the end as they reached 155 for the loss of 4 wickets.

Tamesh Balwant the aggressor of the two, ended up with 63 not out, including 7x4's and 2x6's and a well-composed Steve Mangru, 41, and including 3x4's and one six.

Reon King was the most successful bowler for Atlantis with figures of 4-0-22-2. An analysis of the other bowlers used by Atlantis reflected Lincoln Deonarine 4-0-22-1, Sudesh Dhaniram 4-1-19-0, Colin Sandy 1-0-10-0, Annush Mahadeo 4-0-40-0, Cuthbert Mendonca 1-0-16-0 and William White 2-0-15-0.

With an asking rate of 7.75 runs per over, Atlantis opened their account with former Guyana national players Sudesh Dhaniram and William White. The duo contributed 25 before White was caught by Dharamdeo Gayadeen for 16, and off the bowling of Latchman Udai.

Richmond Hill captain Tamesh Balwant had a knock of 63 not out against Atlantis.
(Photo by Shiek Mohamed)

Marlon Kallicharran then joined Sudesh Dhaniram and the pair set the foundation for victory. They added 96 runs as they plundered the bowling attack of Richmond Hill, except for Telston Johnson who kept a decent line and length, bowling for Richmond Hill.

Dhaniram and Kallicharran would keep the cricket fanatics on the other side of the fence quite entertained, until Kallicharran departed caught and bowled by Dharamdeo Gayadeen for a well-made 56 that included three boundaries and four that cleared the fence. Kallicharran’s departure saw Reon King striding to the wicket to join the in-form Sudesh Dhaniram, however, despite the match appearing to be in the bag for Atlantis at that time, Richmond Hill would be struck a setback, with its skipper and wicketkeeper Tamesh Balwant being struck over the left eye with a ball that came off the edge of the bat of Reon King. Balwant left the ground to receive medical care, while his teammates sought to bring the inevitable to an end.

Atlantis’ surge back into the EACA group of contenders looking for a championship trophy this year was bolstered by the very impressive win over a very formidable opponent Richmond Hill on a day when everything appeared to be going wrong for the team, despite the fine performances of Steve Mangru and skipper Tamesh “Cambio” Balwant. Atlantis would wrap up the match at 159 for 2 in 18.5 overs and record an impressive 8-wicket victory in the cage at Baisley Pond Park.

After a somewhat disappointing performance in the 40-overs EACA tournament and an early exit from the league’s 2009 Elite-8 tournament, Atlantis appears to have found a second wind in their clash with Richmond Hill in the cage. Maybe, just maybe, the Atlantis players stepped up to put on a show for the partisan crowd that showed up last Sunday to watch some of the league’s best players on both teams put on an entertaining match. Despite a rather demure performance by Richmond Hill on their home turf, it was entertaining cricket as batsmen on both teams reached for the fence that surrounds the small park.

Footnote: Richmond Hill’s skipper Tamesh Balwant was thoroughly checked out at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and received five stitches for the cut over his left eye. He is expected to be fine, after a few days of rest.
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