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All Round Performance Send Sunrise To Final

By Hargobin Singh

Nov. 7th, 2009
On a damp and cold day the Sunrise players were all pumped up to deny the NY All Stars a trip to Division 1B 20Twenty final. NY All Star winning the toss strategically sent in Sunrise to bat. Batting on a damp pitch which looked perfect for bowling the Sunrise batsmen amassed an impossible total of 189 runs for the loud and confident NYAS players.

Victorious Sunrise cricket club. Photos by Loretta Cheong

Ryan (the General) and Avinash opened the Sunrise inning but Avinash who seemed occupied with penetrating bowling and a bit uncomfortable at the wicket was magnificently caught for 3 trying to send the ball out of the long on boundary and the score at 11. The fall of his wicket was no rejoicing moment for the opposition because the diminutive but hard hitting captain of Sunrise, Derrick joined Ryan and the two, our current and past captain went to work immediately punishing the bowlers.

Captain Deryck, once more picked up with Ryan where they left off in last Sunday quarter final. He ignited his successful offensive running game play taking quick singles, and single breaking down the NYAS bowling, while keep pressure on the fielders. In this game Deryck was the aggressive batsman while Ryan was holding the end of his captain. This pair saw Sunrise past the10 over mark with the score at 72 for 1.


(Left to right): Ryan, Shane and Leonard Vasquez all provide important knock for Sunrise as they tally a total of 189 in 20 overs.

Deryck and Ryan continued their profound batting in the second half building on the solid offensive foundation from the first half. After a partnership 99 runs, the two were separated with the score at 111, in the 14th overs. Ryan reinforced his solid batting performance made 35 after making 58 in the previous match. Shane in the pavilion who swore to make some runs joined our captain. Shane kept to his word and started to assault NYAS along with Deryck. Deryck would stay on to the 17 over and was caught off the bowling of M. Jagroop and the score at 138. The polished four inch blade of our captain sent the ball to all parts of the ground scoring a magnificent 60 which included one six, five fours, four threes, and three doubles.

Since the beginning of the competition with his reverse sweep he has been constantly making huge scores to put Sunrise in a comfortable position. It seems as if he has mastered the art of punishing all the bowlers that he faced in this 20Twenty competition


Captain Deryck Basdeo (left) contiune his profilic run scoring season hitting 60, while Dave had figures of 4-1-8-3.

Leonardo Vasquez joined Shane and in 3.3 over they scored 50 runs. Vasquez (Speedy) made a hurricane 35 without a single in his total, and was aggressive and punishing NYAS bowlers. He devastated the bowling of Hemraj, the NYAS bowler who had figures of 53 runs in his allotted four overs.

Shane integral batting solidified his team score with his 77 run partnership between Deryck and Vasquez. He made 21 not out with three fours and seven quick runs in three deliveries. Sunrise would put up 188 in their allotted 20 overs for the loss of 3 wickets.

The other four bowlers of NYAS were also target for the Sunrise batsmen. They each bowled four overs and gave up more than 29 runs in their spell. It should be noted that in the total of 188 Sunrise lost only four wickets and batted the full 20 overs. The NYAS bowlers had no quick answer for the mood of the Sunrise batsmen. They were pleasant but their intentions were ruthless hitting Hemraj for 23 in his last over, and16 in his third. Dharampaul gave away 14 and 13, Wahid 13 and Sooman 26 in two of his overs. The only description for such a performance is a slug fest at the Garrison oval.

At the commencement of their inning the New York All Stars players were in high spirits making remarks like cricket is a funny game, it’s our turn and we can make that total. Those remarks were only said but not acted upon because Dave, Stanley, Javid, Shane and Harold did not listen to any of their wishful thinking. Dave went to work and had the first batsman S. Arjun brilliantly caught by Speedy for a duck. Five other NYAS batsmen went without scoring. Each of the other four batsmen did not score over ten. The stats show that runs off the bat accounted for 28, while 21 runs were scored as extras.

Dave of Sunrise bowled an important spell for his team in this big game. He set the staged as he picked early wickets and bowled his 4 overs spell straight through. Dave went 3 for 8 with a maiden. Shane took 2 maiden wickets in 0.4 over, Stanley 2 for 9, Harold 2 for 5 and Javid 1 for 13 sent NYAS packing for 40 in 13.4 overs. This is an achievement for the Sunrise players if not the League in this 20-20 match. Everything for the Sunrise players seemed to be on target at this time. Even the refreshment at the end of the game seemed to be so tasty on this cold day after a magnificent win as we move into the final with high hopes.

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