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Hustlers Defeat Cavaliers In NYSCL Premier Division Final
Sept. 2nd, 2009
As if the script was written in advance for the result of the New York Softball Cricket League, Premier Division 30 Over Cup finals between Cavaliers and Hustlers. There was not too much to change from the 25 Over Championship finals.
One would think that Cavaliers stand a much better chance of victory last Sunday, knowing the weather and pitch condition was ideal for cricket. Since it’s has been said that the Roy Wilkins strip is much better suited for batting and with Cavaliers known for their batting. The difference could well be the fielding of the Hustlers team, a young very defensive fielding team who don’t floor too many catches and with Javid Ali in the out field who probably is the best fielder around.
Cavaliers won the toss and asked Hustlers to bat; Hustlers scored an impressive 199 for 5 wickets in their 30 overs. Ravi Mohan opens the batting and bat all the way to the end, top scoring with 95 not out.
With three overs remaining Mohan was looking for a century and Cavaliers skipper Erapallai Sahadeo spread his fielders defending the boundaries and trying to prevent Mohan from reaching the three figures. Michael Persaud bowling the last over of the innings, and of the last delivery of the over Mohan needed a six to get the century, Persaud send him a full toss straight down the middle and he miscue and was only able to get it to mid wicket for a single and the huge crowd was left disappointed.
The Hustlers skipper Kris Sohbai contributed 30, Pooran Beria 25 and Nigel Bridgelall 15. In reply Cavaliers were only able to reach a total of 103 all out.
Cavaliers began their reply with Ravi Sahadeo and Sunil Dhautal; Dhautal looked very confident and played some fluent cover and extra cover drives. But with the speedy Hustlers fielders the ball fails to reach the boundary a few times. The Hustlers skipper had a very attacking field, a field placing that was more suited for a spinner, with he himself doing the wicket keeping and he did a fine job, standing close to the stump.
He kept Ravi Mohan at a very close cover position and Nigel at a short mid wicket with Dhautal striking the ball with power it went to the fielder right and left in the air a few times, making you as a spectator looking on wonder what he was doing. But it paid off as on the third time the catch went straight to Mohan who took it easily. It was a slower ball from Shawn and Dhautal played a bit too early; as he walked away from the crease he looked very annoyed with himself.
With the departure
of Dhautal the other batsman went into slow motion as wickets continues
to fall at regular intervals. Kris brought in the fielders almost
in a close circle pattern as the batsman digging for runs and continues
to making mistakes and losing their wicket. By the 15th over it
was clear that if Cavaliers stand any chance someone had to stay
and have a big innings with at least a boundary or two in every
Doing the damage for Hustlers Ravi Mohan took 3 wickets for 12 runs, Shawn Persaud and Javid Ali took 2 wickets each, Ravi Murray, Pooran Beria and Nigel Bridgelall, grabbed one wicket each. Congratulations to the Hustlers cricket team and its sponsors for a good game and Kris remind the fans in his victory speech that he still has his eyes on the 2009 season Premier Division Triple Crown and he wishes the Cavaliers team better luck the next time.
Cotton Field Crumble To Nationals
Well after the break every thing just breakaway for the batting side, maybe the water was spiked or just too much coaching from the side line. The last eight wickets went down for just sixteen runs and a final total of 110 all out.
bowlers bowled very fast intimidating after the break, especially
Kolandwell and Faizul Ulla. The Cotton Field batsman tries to just
defend their wicket hoping for a bowling change but slowly they
find them self back into the pavilion. Shane once again was the
wall with his bat trying to piece things together, after he was
given out caught at backward short leg, a decision that he and the
crowd didn’t like. The Cotton Field innings just cave in and
it was all left to the bowlers to try and bring the game home or
at least kept the challenge on.
Nationals won the Division IB finals to take their first championship for the 2009 season, their in form all-rounder Faizul Ulla took the man of the match award for his splendid performances of bagging 4 wicket for 37 runs and scoring 36 runs in the victory.
Hope Massacre Apollo XI
They regrouped their team and since have played undefeated in their division. They reach the finals by defeating Champions in the semi-finals in a very close match and only won with 2 balls to spare.
Last Sunday Apollo XI bat first and scored a total of 122 all out in 26 overs, Manoj top score with 30 runs and Navin chipped in with 29 runs. Bowling for Better Hope K. Rajpaul grabbed 5 wickets for14 runs and he was assisted by C. Rajpaul and J. Mahabir with 2 wickets each.
Better Hope raced to victory in the 20th over; with skipper Chitrapaul Singh (Sarge) slamming a superb 56 runs not out and was given the man of the match award for the game. Omesh and Shaun picked up one wicket each in a losing cause and the other main scorers for Better Hope were N. Ramroop with 30 not out, Moses Mahabir 16 and K. Sanichar 2 runs.
Wolfpack Annihilate Ravens In Finals
The first fifty runs came in the seventh over with both batsmen making full use of anything loose. Their partnership was worth eighty-three runs when A. Wahab went for a pull shot but the ball kept a trifle low and was bowled. Shazaman who was the more aggressive and after passing his fifty was caught miscuing a pull shot. He made a well deserved fifty-five runs. At the end of the fifteenth over, Wolfpack was well placed at exactly one-hundred runs for the lost of just the opening pair.
After the break Anand Hargobin and K. Ramcharran built another useful partnership of fifty-five runs. They started slowly but surely against some better bowling this time around, but eventually got into there strides hitting the ball mercilessly to all parts of the ground until Ramcharran was bowled with a delivery that kept low. He made twenty-three runs. D. Autar the captain then joined Hargobin and they added thirty-five runs. Autar made eighteen runs and Anand Hargobin a well made forty-six runs. Wickets then tumbled at the end in the haste for quick runs. Wolfpack eventually made two-hundred and four runs.
For Ravens D.
Bickram took five wickets for twenty-six runs, Raymond William three
wickets for thirty-two runs and F. Beharry two wickets for thirty-four
Ravens, eventually was bowled out for one-hundred and thirty-seven runs. The pick of the Wolfpack bowling was undoubtedly Adbul Deen who was virtually unplayable and for his remarkable effort, he was named man of the match. In an effort to give players a chance to bowl, Wolfpack used nine bowlers with A. Azrula, A. Najeer and Anil Hargobin took a wicket each.
For the hard work, the will that they want to win, for the tremendous team spirit and by being astutely led by D. Autar and with experienced players by his side, Wolfpack showed the grit, class and determination in this final. They were well supported by the rest of the Wolfpack gang especially Kumar. The boys were all ecstatic, and why not! They had every reason to; they just won a final Congratulation!
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