NY Mayor's Cup
West Indian Softball Association
Richmond Hill ‘Rained’ On President’s XI
By Darshan Chickery
Richmond Hill won the toss and without any hesitation decided to bat first against a less than full strength President’s XI team. As a matter of fact, they played with two short. Either way, in less than ideal conditions, Richmond Hill opened their batting with Ahmad Shazaman and Andy Siewraj.
After a quiet start, Siewraj went for 5 in the fourth over off Mike Balkarran. Imran Wahab joined Shazaman and the two took the score to 33 before Shazaman was run out for 13 in the sixth over.
Ravi Mohan playing his first game joined Wahab and the two took the score to 84 for 2 at the half (13th over). Wahab survived the over just before the break but fell to Suresh Balkarran (Waquar) in the 14th over for 17. He shared a 54 run third wicket partnership with Mohan.
Mohan was joined by Kumar Chickery. The two put on 68 in seven overs before Chickery was out for a measured 35. With the score on 155 for 4, Ravi Lutchman ‘hooked up’ with Mohan and slugfest intensified with some lofty hitting and very aggressive running between the wickets. Mohan was out for 78 in the 25th over. His 49 ball chanceless knock contained eight 4s and two 6s.
At the end of the 25 overs, Richmond Hill had amassed a staggering 214 for 5. Lutchman contributed 27 from 13 deliveries with two 4s and a six. Jai Singh took 2 for 59 while Suresh Balkarran and Mike Balkarran had 1 for 30 and 1 for 38 respectively.
Disaster struck almost immediately for President’s XI when they began their inning. The ever dangerous Basil Balkarran was caught behind off J. Hemraj’s third delivery in the first over. Jai Singh and O. Prince repaired the damage with a second wicket partnership of 62 in nine overs before Prince was bowled by Siddiq Kayoon for 31. Once that wicket fell, President’s XI lost their ‘mojo’ and wickets fell constantly.
President’s XI was bowled out for 129 in 23.2 overs. Like, Prince, Jai Singh also contributed with 31. Ravi Mohan turned in an excellent all-round performance with 3 for 11. He was well supported by Ravi Lutchman with 1 for 9 off his five overs. J. Hemraj, Joe Persaud, Siddiq Kayoon and Andy Siewraj all took one wicket apiece.
Richmond Hill’s next opponent will be Cornered Tigers at a venue to be named.
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