NY Mayor's Cup
York Softball Cricket League
Sunrise won the toss and asked Canal to field first, Sunrise’s opening batsman D. Basdeo and S. Persaud found the boundary very often against the bowling of Rishi Baldeo and Hariprashad on a very dry pitch. As the score board continues to tick very rapidly, Baldeo struck in the fifth over removing Basdeo (22) caught at square leg by the diving Ramkarran and the total of 34. Sasnarine came to the crease and played some superb cover drives as the score raced past the fifty mark, a double bowling change was made with S. Singh and R. Dukhi. This put a check on the run rate as Singh bowled a good line and length and in the ninth over he bowled S. Persaud for a fighting 15. Dayal joined the veteran Sasenarine who continued to bat well; placing the ball, David Umadhan was introduced into the attack and he struck early forcing Sasenarine to giving him an easy return catch. Sunrise went to the thirteenth over break well placed on 80 for the loss of 3 wickets.
When play resumed Sunrise began to be more attacking and Umadhan continue to bowl well and he struck twice in the fourteenth over Dayal (3) and R. Ramjass (0) and only 3 runs added to the total. A. Persaud and Stanley Lloyd batted patiently for a solid sixth wicket partnership of 21 runs, before Umadhan struck again in the eighteenth over. Once this partnership was broken the remaining batsman did not put up any real resistant as Canal’s two fastest bowlers Ramkarran and Singh return and shut down the lower order with two quick wickets each ending the Sunrise innings on 129 for 9 of their allotted 25 overs. Dave Singh and S. Cheong was left not out with 5 and 4 runs respectively, S. Lloyd (7), J. Salim (4) and Leonard Vasquez (9) were amongst the runs. Doing the damage with the ball for Canal was S. Singh 3 for 15, D. Umadhan 3 for 23 and H. Ramkaran 2 for 11 and R. Baldeo 1 for 24.
Canal took the crease knowing that this total was well within their reach and send Danny Singh and Rishi Duhki, two of the fastest runners between the wickets. Sunrise had plenty of confidence in their three strike bowlers Javid Salim, Dave Singh and Vasquez. Canal found themselves in early trouble as Singh was run out in the first over, backing up too far as Dukhi drove the ball to extra cover and the fielder sending a direct hit to the stump at the non striker end finding Singh well short of his ground. David Umadhan a solid New York junior league hard ball batsman came to the crease and found himself in a very tough position. Dave Singh struck in his first over removing Dukhi (3) middle stump, this bring Vinod Chandrapal to the crease and he struggled before given an easy catch at mid wicket without scoring of Salim second over. Hariprashad joined Umadhan and in the seventh over a bowling change with Vasquez and Lloyd in the eighth over removed Hariprashad (5) off stump and only 38 runs in the book. S. Singh came to the crease and tried to hit his way out of trouble and was soon gone caught for 5 of Lloyd, this bring the Canal skipper Baldeo to the crease and together with Umadhan the two saw Canal to the thirteen over break on 84 for 5 wickets.
At the water break both teams had long discussions in their camp, Canal knew they had plenty overs remaining and once the batsman stayed at the crease the runs will come. On the other hand Sunrise had used six bowlers in the first half leaving all their strike bowlers with overs still remaining.
When Sunrise took the field they gave the ball to Dave Singh who tried to bowl a little too fast, making mistakes and Baldeo took advantage of this knocking 10 runs of the over. Salim bowled well without any success and his first over after the break there was a loud appeal for a caught behind but the umpire nod in the negative, Baldeo and Umadhan continued to bat with confidence and looked well set to bring home the game. But the Sunrise skipper kept on making bowling changes looking for the break through Salim struck in his fifth and last over when he had Umadhan caught for a match winning innings of 54 runs. With Canal still needing 10 runs for victory Mahendra Harriraj came to the crease to join his skipper and the first ball he faced he send it to the boundary. In the eighteenth over Baldeo secured the victory in style knocking a four and a double to end the game. Baldeo finished with 33 not out and Harriraj 5 not out. Bowling for Sunrise J. Salim took 2 for 12, S. Lloyd 2 for 28 and D. Singh 1 wicket.
Sending Untouchables Packing
Untouchables won the toss and without any hesitation decided to bat first on a good surface over at Garrison Park. Untouchable’s openers Mike Apadoo and Rayon Chunilall made their way out to the middle very confidently, but it all went wrong for Untouchables from the very inception of their inning.
Mike Apadoo faced the first delivery of the match and edged it straight to gully then looked on in disbelief as his partner at no striker end attempted an impossible single and was run out leaving Untouchables 0 run on the board with one wicket down. Andrew Gonzales strode to the wicket earlier than expected, surely hoping to repair the loss of an early wicket. However, Cavaliers continued to apply the pressure when they had a confident caught behind chance turned down off Mike Apadoo.
Nevertheless, Apadoo perished the very next ball, trying to clear the mid-off boundary, where Mahendra Persaud was stationed and cling on to a well judged catch over his head at which stage Untouchables were struggling at 12 for 2. The experienced and accomplished Sunil Panday made his way to the middle very briskly with an aim to help salvage his team’s pride and setup a challenging total. Unfortunately for Untouchables, Sunil Panday’s stay at the crease was short-lived when he drove loosely to short mid-off where Rishi Singh took a low catch driving forward, leaving Sunil Panday very furious with himself as he headed back to the pavilion for 1. Augustus Gordon joined his skipper, Gonzales at the crease with Untouchables desperately needing a good partnership, however it never materialized.
Gonzales watched helplessly from the non-striker’s end as two wickets fell in quick succession. Realizing he needs to play a captain’s inning, Gonzales looked to be in tremendous touch, placing the ball into the gaps and running hard between the wickets. He hoisted Gautam Persaud straight back over his head for a six.
However, against the run of play he lost his wicket for 18 when he drove powerfully but airborne through covers, where Gavesh Arjune yet again this season took another stunning catch. In came Danny Seepersaud, and he wacked a six and a four in an entertaining innings of 17. He paid the price for misjudging a single and was caught out of his crease by a smart pick-up and under arm throw from Jadjesh Arjune.
Augustus Gordon and Arvin Budhram then took Untouchables to the break. At the interval, Untouchables were reeling at 64 for 5 with the cream of the batting back in the pavilion. Cavaliers regrouped after the break and in their game plan stuck to the basics, which has worked for them all season. The lower middle order did not last very long. Arvin Budhram was the first to go after the break, trying to clear cover and was bowled for 5. Augustus Gordon Martian innings eventually ended on 10 when he drove in the air to short mid-off where Rishi Singh took a smart diving catch.
The inning went into further decline when both Harry Rajpaul and Mark Ramkisson perished via the run out route, trying to steal impossible singles. Overall, it was Cavaliers discipline in the field, which was complemented by their excellent catching that made scoring difficult for the opposition.
Untouchable’s last five batsmen fell for a meager 19 runs. They ended with a disappointing total of 83 all out in 21.3 over’s. Cavaliers bowlers did an extraordinarily job to restrict the mighty Untouchables for a less than 100. The bowling department was led by Navin Sahadeo, a model of accuracy in the mold of a Glenn McGrath, once again snatching up three wickets, including the prize scalps of Andrew Gonsalves and Sunil Panday. His bowling has been a revelation this season, producing the early breakthroughs for Cavaliers. He bowled an immaculate line and length and was richly rewarded with figures of 4-1-16-3. Vickram Lall gave very good support and ended with figures of 5-2-4-2.
In pursuit of Untouchables modest total of 83, Ravi Sahadeo and Michael Persaud ensured Cavaliers got off to a flying start. Initially, Ravi Sahadeo favored an orthodox approach with a selection of elegant, classy drives.
However, he soon took the aerial route and hoisted Harry Rajpaul for two massive sixes over long-on before resorting back to scorching the outfield. He imposed himself on the Untouchables bowlers with two crashing cover drives off Mark Ramkissoon and Andrew Gonzales. It was an inning filled with a mixture of wonderful flare and elegance, and brute power hitting.
His opening partner, Michael Persaud played second fiddle to him, feeding Ravi the strike beautifully, since he was in such a destructive mood. The two openers brought up a 50-run partnership in 5 over’s. Bringing back memories of the Tendulkar and Ganguly era, Cavaliers' Ravi and Michael have consistently given their team a solid start this season. Michael Persaud was the only wicket to fall for Cavalier’s when he failed to keep down a rising delivery and was caught for 12 off Nico Seepersaud.
With two runs needed for victory and Ravi Sahadeo on 44 not out, he brought up his fifty in grand style by handsomely lofting Mike Apadoo over the mid-wicket boundary six. In his 50 not- out, he clubbed four massive sixes and three glorious fours.
Gavesh Arjune partnered Ravi Sahadeo to the end and was left on 2 not out. Cavaliers romped to victory in the 8th over with each facet of their game looking polished and their attitude ruthless, but a much steeper tests lie ahead next Sunday when the take on the Assassins in the semi-final.
Untouchable’s batsmen gave their bowlers a very little small target to defend, and as the game progressed, all the bowlers were helpless, as they were all used in one over spells to stem the flow of runs. They offer nothing remotely threatening to the powerful Cavaliers batting line up and in the end was comprehensively humiliated. It was simply a one sided affair.
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