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Steve Massiah (top) and Richie Sieuchand (below) in action. (Photos by Shiek Mohamed)

Nassau Cricket League Twenty/20 Finals
United Sports - Triple Crown Winners


By Sam Sooppersaud

Sept. 22nd, 2009
A small but enthusiastic crowd was on hand to witness United Sports capture the third leg of cricket's version of the Triple Crown, by defeating Pure Players in a one-sided affair, on Sunday, September 20, 2009, at Bayswater, Beach 32nd Street, Queens, New York. Earlier this season United Sports had won the 40-Overs competition, and later on, the Super-4 contest. According to some members who were in the club the longest, this is the third time that they are the Triple Crown winners, having done so twice in the 90's.

It was nearly a foregone conclusion, even prior to the start of the season, that United Sports would be a force to reckon with. Their player roster boasts names like USA senior team captain Steve Massiah, Richie Sieuchand, Vishal Nagamootoo, Ganesh Ramsingh, Curtis Baptiste, and David Mohamed, with a host of other exciting players. Collectively they became an unconquerable force, winning all of their games.

The Pure Players squad didn't have a chance from the earliest overs they faced, losing three wickets with only 30 runs on the board. However, a fourth-wicket stand between opener Vicki Roychandra and skipper K. Khan put some respectability back into the score. Together they put on 113 valuable runs. Three wickets fell in the last over, including Roychandra, LBW for 58 and Khan run out for 50, leaving United Sports to get 143 runs for victory. Steve Massiah, opening the bowling for his club claimed three for 24, while Richard Sieuchand took the other wickets to fall, claiming 2 for 11.

Getting 143 runs for victory was no daunting task for the United Sports batting machine. United skipper Steve Massiah and Vishal Nagamootoo commenced the innings for United Sports. Massiah had in the weeks prior to the finals scored two successive Twenty/20 centuries, exhibiting ripping form.

Nagamootoo fell with the score on 54, caught behind for a hard-hitting 31. Richie Sieuchand then joined Massiah, and together they scored the runs necessary for victory. In scoring his 32 runs, Sieuchand played some blistering shots, three of which cleared the boundary ropes. Massiah was his constant polished self, especially his cover and extra cover drives. He was not out with 63 in the end. For this season Massiah has already scored close to 1000 runs.

In summing up their season, United Sports club official Ram Singh credited their success to the togetherness with which their players played. "We came in to the club as different individuals, but we gelled together, and were able to play well enough to win all our games".

The cricket fraternity extends to United Sports its heartiest congratulations on their Triple Crown accomplishment.
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