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Queens Village Beats Rival Archer For Championship

September 16, 2009
Queens Village beat Archer in the West Indian Softball 30 Over 2009 Division I Championship last Sunday at Charles Drew Park. D. Morgan’s superb all around performance was largely responsible for the whopping 72 runs margin of victory in a keenly contested game.

Victorious Queens Village poses with the 30 Over championship trophy.

Queens Village took first strike and opened their batting with Captain, D. Morgan and Haseeb Ali. Runs were scarce at first, thanks to some tidy bowling from R. Khan and Y. Yassin. The openers managed to negotiate the opening spell of Khan and Yassin but only had 23 runs after 8 overs.

Needing to pick up the run rate, Haseeb Ali tried but fell to K. Gagraj in the 10th over with the score at 24. The reliable V. Shaw lasted all of four deliveries falling to K. Gagraj also. Archer had the ‘Village Boys’ right where they wanted them, in trouble at 24 for 2 after 10 overs. Morgan and Ramjit Singh took the score to 41 at the break (15 overs).

Right after the break, Ramjit lost his wicket to R. Khan to make the score 42 for 3. V. Singh did not stick around for too long, as he was out for four to place Queens Village precariously at 49 for 4 in the 18th over. Morgan known for his swashbuckling style of batting was subdued in his approach. He was then joined by T. Singh. The two put on 78 runs in the next ten overs before T. Singh was run out for a well played 24.

At 127 for 5 in the 27th over, the ‘Village Boys’ became buoyant. The added another 23 runs in the innings’ last three overs and ended with a very challenging score of 150 for 9. Morgan top scored with 53. His patient knock contained three fours and three sixes. M. Yassin and K. Gagraj took two wickets apiece.

Archer began their reply and found them-selves in trouble almost immediately when V. Shaw bowled S. Tirloki with thee last delivery of his first over. M. Yassin joined opener M. Jagdeo and they calmly push the score to 20 in the fifth over before Jagdeo was removed by Ravi Parbhudial bowling his first over. Archer got themselves in deeper trouble when Parbhudial struck again in his second and the innings’ seventh over when Omesh Nandalall failed to negotiate the fifth deliver he faced. Archer was tattering at 23 for 3 in the seventh over.

With little or no resistance to Queens Villages’ bowling attack, Archer lost wickets constantly and were bundled out for 78 in 20.1 overs. Apart from extras’ 18, R. Khan and K. Gagraj were the only players with double figure scores of 14 and 10 respectively. Ravi Parbhudial was Queens Village’s most successful bowler with 4 for 16 from six overs. He was nicely supported by Captain D. Morgan with 3 for 15 from 4.1 over and V. Shaw with 2 for 12.

For his outstanding batting and bowling performances, D. Morgan was adjudged the man of the match. Prior the start of the 30 Over competition, Queens Village dedicated the competition to their long time supporter, the late Paul Parbhudial. ‘Uncle Paul’ as he was popularly known died late last year. His family, including sons Suresh and Ravi who plays for Queens Village were in attendance at the Park. May his soul, rest in peace.
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