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Richmond Hill Sports Club’s Corner
Cornered Tigers Still Undefeated…

By Darshan Chickery
May 12, 2009
Cornered Tigers showed yet again why they are still the team to beat in the West Indian Softball Association league. They narrowly beat Richmond Hill SC by three wickets and one over to spare in a low scoring, keenly contested affair last Sunday a Charles Drew Park.

Richmond Hill won the toss and decided to take first strike. Their successful opening duo of Ahmad Shazaman and Clifflee Velaidum failed to negotiate the fire of D. Singh and R. Gopaul and were soon back in the pavilion for 2 and 1 respectively.

With the score at 7 for 2 in the second over, Richmond Hill needed to ‘dig in’ and do so deeply. That they did just that, but it was deeper in trouble. They lost wickets in the 3rd, 5th and 7th overs all bowled by D. Singh and found themselves at 21 for 5.

Kumar Chickery was joined by Darshan Chickery at the wicket and both found runs hard to come by. The two took the score to 46 for 5 at the break (13th over). After a 49 run 6th wicket partnership, Kumar fell for 19 with the score at 70. Richmond Hill would loose three more quick wickets for 7 runs including that of Darshan for 24.

At 77 for 9 and still three overs remaining, J. Hemraj joined Joe Persaud. The two brought Richmond Hill’s score to some respectability with a last wicket partnership of 29. J. Hemraj dominated it with an unbeaten 18.

Richmond Hill managed to get to 106 for 9 off the allotted 25 overs. D. Singh was the ‘pick’ of Tigers’ bowling with 4 for 12 off his 5 overs. He was supported by J. Ali with 3 for 19.

‘A la’ Richmond Hill, Cornered Tigers lost early wickets in the beginning stages of their inning. D. Singh was the first to go in the initial over bowled by J. Hemraj, for 1 with the score at 3. Richmond Hill struck again when N. Singh was stumped by T. Tribhowan (Hanted) off J. Hemraj without scoring. Tigers were 14 for 2 at that stage.

The inform Asif Aly was still at he wicket but not for long. Richmond Hill got that scalp with the aid of some brilliant fielding from Ravi Lutchman at point. Asif was run out for 12 and ‘Tigers’ roar was silent with score at 18 for 3 in the fourth over.

M. Khan and R. Khan took the score to 39 before R. Khan was caught off the bowling of R. Lutchman for 6. K.Gopaul joined M. Khan and they took the score to 53 for 4 at the break (13th over).

With the first delivery after the break, M. Khan attempted to heave a Joe Persaud full toss, but was caught at mid-on for a well played 27. Tigers lost another wicket in the 16th over with score at 63. They were perilously placed at 63 for 6.

Despite losing their 6th wicket, Tigers still had the services of Nyeem Mohamed at the wicket and Javed Ali still to come. Nyeem was dropped three times before he was run out for 18.

Needing 19 from 24 deliveries and with ample wickets in hand, Tigers’ R. Gopaul hit a huge six to get their requirements to 10 from 19 deliveries. Tigers would go on to win the game with the score on 107 for 7 from 24 overs.

J. Hemraj and Joe Persaud took 2 for 19 and 2 for 22 respectively from their five overs each. They were supported by Ravi Lutchman with 1 for 8 from his five overs.

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