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Ocean’s XI Shined On Rainy Day

By D. Mohan

May 8, 2009
Ocean’s XI, once a successful Premier Elite team which is now being plagued by injuries and sickness and in the midst of rebuilding, found some light under the tunnel last week. They defeated Crushers at the newly rebuilt St. Albans Cricket field. Ocean’s XI was one of the teams which took part of the re-opening ceremony by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Before this park was rebuilt, a simple shower would, have had, abandonment as the result. Not anymore, with the field’s new draining system and its foundation/sod filled above street level, it was possible to play and complete last weekend’s game in consistent rain. Thanks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC Parks.

Ocean’s XI won the toss and decided to bat first. They lost two quick wickets before C. Rajbally (47) and B. Mohan (31) too the score to 85 before the third wicket fell. Ocean’s XI wound up with 129 for 9 off the allotted 25 overs. G. Persaud chipped in with 19. Crushers’ R. Paul grabbed 2 for 25.

Crushers’ A. Barat and M. Mohamed gave them a flying start of 25 in 5 overs. Once that partnership was broken, wickets fell like the rain. A part from the resistance of A. Barat (16) and R. Gobin (28), Crushers did not have an answer for Ocean’s XI bowling.

B. Mohan and C. Rajbally turned in fine all-round performances with figures of 3 for 21 and 2 for 10 respectively. They were nicely supported by B. Tulsi who took 3 for 13. Despite not getting runs or wickets from their star, L. Mohan, the Sun shined on Ocean’s XI on a very rainy day.

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