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Hustlers Has Eyes On Triple Crown

By James Persaud

August 27th, 2009
This Sunday the New York Softball Cricket League 30 Over Cup finals will feature a rematch of the 25 Over Championship finals, between Cavaliers and Hustlers. Last Sunday Cavaliers dominate United Stars in a one sided affair in the semi-finals. United Stars bat first and set Cavaliers a score (119) that were well within their reach. And if United Stars had any chance of winning, their fielding was without doubt their final down fall, with too many catches hitting the turf.

Hustlers (above) and Cavaliers (below) will battle for the New York Softball Cricket 30 Over Cup this weekend.

While their opponents continues to make mistakes Cavaliers continues to ride the easy road to victory as their team has played superb cricket for the second week straight. The Cavaliers batting spearheaded by the Sahadeo brothers and their middle order bowlers Vick Lall and Rishi Singh picking up valuable wickets in the games. This has led the team’s effort of reaching the finals for the second competition in a row. Erapallai Sahadeo is having a big season with the bat and ball so far and he would be looking to get support from his in form all rounder Rishi Singh, while Michael Persaud has been quiet this could well be his Sunday to shine.

The Cavaliers team has plenty of experience players and a batting line up that including Brook Prashad, Sunil Dhautal, Ravin, Erapallai and Arjune, while in the bowling department there is Gautam Persaud, Navin and Vick.

In the semi-finals last Sunday United Stars, who has not enjoy any easy win this season and got by Titans in the quarter finals in a close encounter and continues to struggle in the big game. Their captain and last season cricketer of the year Bobby Pahalad continue to having a subpar year with the bat and ball, and as he tries to be more cautious at the batting crease, just when he looked set he would find himself make one mistake too many and get out. In the semi-finals United Stars changed their batting line up and this proved to be of no help because they loss four early wickets and the responsibility was once again on Bobby who played a superb innings top scoring with 42 runs.

In the other semi-finals Mafia loss to Hustlers and Hustlers skipper Kris said he has his eyes set on the 2009 Triple Crown. The only thing it would not be that easy as in the first finals, Cavaliers are coming to gave retribution for the loss in the 25 Over Championship. Sunday Mafia won the toss and asked Hustlers to bat first on a Roy Wilkins pitch that looked perfect for batting. The Hustlers batsmen struggled to consolidate and build any major momentum at the crease as Vicky Sugrim rip the top of the batting order apart taking 6 wickets for 19 runs in his spell of 6 overs. Hustlers reach a respectable score of 150 all out in the 28th over.

Vicky Sugrim 6 for 19 couldn't stop Hustlers from making the final.

When Mafia took their turn at the crease, they lose wicket regularly as the batsmen fail to stay and build any solid partnership. The wickets were shared equally between the bowlers with Shawn Persaud leading with 3, Ravi Mohan, Nigel Briglall and Kris picking up 2 each. As Mafia could only manage to reach 106 all out, sending Hustlers to the finals for the second time in the 2009 season.

Shane Shines as Cotton Field Steal Victory
Over in Brooklyn in the match between Spartans and Cotton Field in the division IB semi-finals, this game could well go down as the game of the week. Spartans batting first scored 134 all out, Kenny top score with 34 and Shane grabbed 4 wickets for Cotton Field. A score of less than 150 runs seems as an easy match for Cotton Field since in the quarter finals they scored well over 200 runs batting second against Wildfire.

But this was not to be as the Spartans bowlers took the heart of the batting line up and with only 34 runs in the book and half (5 wickets) the batsmen back in the pavilion. The only thing that Cotton Field had going for them was their skipper Tyrone Singh was still at the crease and their Manager, Shane was still waiting to bat. Shane is known for his bowling but on this day he carried his bat like a champion, he played very cautious settling for singles placing the ball in the gaps and putting away the lose balls over the boundary. He top score with 56 not out including 1 four and 6 sixes and he stayed to the end as he asked the other batsman Ravi to just play very defensive stroke to save his wicket while he Shane be the more attacking batsman.

Cotton Field skipper Tyrone Singh also bat like leader as he and Ramesh stayed together and build a sixth wicket 27 runs partnership, as this partnership set the tone for the lower order batsman. As Ramesh gain his confidents at the crease he played 2 reverse sweeps that raced to the boundary and the crowd went wild, he tried a third time just to lose his off stump. Shane joins Singh who continue to bat very cautiously and at times too cautiously and gave the fielder at a short cover point an easy catch.

The low point of the game was the way Spartans skipper used his bowlers, when he had Cotton Field with their back against the wall he continue to save his two best bowlers with overs still to bowl while Cotton Field build their innings. He brought back Kenny Bhudram into the attack and his fourth deliver remove Singh, while Jerry return and remove Ramesh and Salim in his first over. Plenty kudos has to be given to Shane for the innings he played and the way he choose his shots, his hitting was superb as the ball would clear the boundary almost effortless at least that how it seem.

Cotton Field reach their target of 135 for the loss of 9 wickets and 3 overs to spare, they will take on Nationals in the finals on Sunday.

Better Hope Reach finals against Apollo XI
The Better Hope is the only undefeated team so far in the 2009 30 Over Cup competition. Better Hope will be coming into the finals Sunday with an eight games winning streak and they are the favorite to take the division IIA championship after wining their semi-finals against Champions last Sunday. The Better Hope team is builds amongst some of the stalwarts of back home softball cricket while Apollo XI will be looking for a big game from its young team.

Although Better Hope had a tough game against Champions last Sunday, wining in the last over of their innings the edge will have to be given to them for their experience and past performance. Last Sunday Champions bat first and score 100 all out, Mahabir 25 and I. Mohamed 21 was the main scorer. K. Rajpaul 3 for 10, Joseph Mahabir 3 for 15 and C. Singh 2 for 22 did the damage for Better Hope.

Better Hope taking their turn at the crease find runs very difficult to get against a bowling attack that was on target and the only men to show any real resistant was K. Rajpaul with 26, N. Ramroop 13 and extras leading the way with 29. Bowling for Champions Vishnudat took 3 for 13, R. Rajkumar 2 for 17 and D. Rampersaud 1 for 11.

Ravens Advance After Big Upset Against Cricket International
Ravens cruised to the finals after a huge upset against Cricket Internationals last Sunday in the semi-finals. Cricket International failed to make the playoffs in the first competition of the season. The team was rebuilt with new players and has played very up and down cricket, some week winning big and other time losing by slim margin.

Their skipper Sunil Persaud, a man who love the game very much, he stayed with his players and win enough games to qualify and grabbed the last slot in the playoffs. In the quarter finals they were able to pull of a miracle and won against the number one rank team in the division-Strikers. But to get two miracle in two weeks was too much to ask for and Ravens made easy work in winning big last Sunday.

Cricket International was asked by the Ravens captain to bat first and after 21 overs their innings came to a close with a score of 79 all out, only their captain Sunil Persaud (14) and M. Mahadeo (13) were able to reach double figures. The destroyers for Ravens was led by R. Gafoor (3-12), R. Williams, S. Sawh and S. Behari took 2 wickets each.

Ravens were able to knock of the required score in 17 overs for the loss of 4 wickets; A. Persaud top score with 16 runs and S. Sawh contribute 13runs. Sunil Persaud tried to keep his team in contention by bowling his 6 overs straight but he was only able to take 3 wickets for 25 runs and S. Mohabir took the fourth wicket.

Ravens will have to wait a little longer to know who they will play in the finals as the other semi-finals game between Wolfpack and Flashers are in protest.

NYSCL Match Summary
Division IA
Cavaliers Vs United Star

United Star 119 all out
Bobby Pahalad 42, R. Ivan 17
V. Lall 3-12, T. Arjune 2-5, E. Sahadeo 2-24
Cavaliers 122 for 4
E. Sahadeo 34n/o, B. Prashad 23n/o
Bhola Pahalad 3-18, Bobby Pahalad 1-11
Mafia loss Vs Hustlers

Division IB
Master Blaster Vs Nationals

Nationals 108 all out
S. Singh 43, S. Husain 17
Paul Sookdeo 4-5, Peter Sookdeo 3-12
Master Blaster 66 all out
V. Sawh 18, S. Seeraj 10
F. Ulla 3-21, V. Kolandwell, H. Ramkaran and S. Singh took 2 wkts each
Cotton Field won Vs Spartans

Division IIA
Champions Vs Better Hope

Champions 100 all out
Mohabir 25, I. Mohamed 21
K. Rajpaul 3-10, J. Mahabir 3-15, C. Singh 2-22
Better Hope 101 for 8
K. Rajpaul 26, N. Ramroop 13
Vishnudat 3-13, R. Rajkumar 2-17
Apollo XI won Vs Eagles

Division IIB
Wolfpack Vs Flashers

Flashers 129 all out
Kumar 34, Punai 19
A. Deen 3-12, A. Najeer 3-18
Wolfpack 130 for 7
D. Autar 29n/o, R. Alli 26, W. Asrula 23
Randy 3-38, Rocco 2-21
Ravens Vs Cricket International

Cricket International 79 all out
S. Persaud 14, M. Mahadeo 13
R. Gafoor 3-12, R. Williams 2-14, S. Sawh 2-16, S. Behar1 2-16
Ravens 80 for 4
S. Sawh 13, A. Persaud 16, A. Autar 12
S. Persaud 3-25, S. Mohabir 1-4

15 Over Knockout
Division I

Braveheart loss Vs Essequibo XI
Waves loss Vs N Y All-Star

Division II
Buccaneers won Vs Rising Sun
N Y Midrise won Vs Legends

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