NY Mayor's Cup
West Indian Softball Association
Rising Stars - Premier Elite Champions
The much awaited final was supposed to be a one- sided affair according to New Yorkers and Dynasty supporters. On the other hand, Rising Stars’ boys and their Connecticut contingent came to prove that their dismantling of Wild Bunch in the semi final was no fluke.
After a brief pre-game address by representatives from WISA, Rising Stars batted first and immediately lost the wicket of Tin Tin with the innings’ first delivery bowled by Vish Persaud. Kawal Persaud joined Rakesh and the two batted painstakingly slow for the next five overs before Rakesh was bowled by Ricky Narine for 2 in the sixth over. Rising Stars were 11 for 2 at the end of the sixth over.
The talented and reliable Kawal was joined by Adrian. They batted cautiously until the fifteenth over when Adrian was run out for 13 just before the break. Rising Stars had scratched their way to 44 for 3. A relatively decent position given that they had lost only three wickets.
Kawal and Reynold batted with calculated risk after the break and managed to push the score to 68 before Kawal was caught off the bowling of Ricky Narine for a patient knock of 28. His inning which would turn out to be the game’s most important one contained a single four, fourteen singles and five doubles.
Rising Stars lost wickets constantly but managed to score an average of five runs an over during the innings’ last ten overs. Other than Kawal’s innings of 28 and Adrian’s 13, Reynold, Chris and Ravi Achaibar had scores of; 14, 15 and 9 respectively. Dynasty’s Vish Persaud was excellent with 2 for 10 from his six overs. He was nicely supported by Vick Subkaran with 2 for 15, Ricky Narine 2 for 18 and Mo Khan with 2 for 24.
When Rising Stars inning closed at 118 all out in exactly the allotted 30 overs, Dynasty appeared to have the upper hand on paper in winning this game and the chance of winning their first ever 30 Over championship in the Premier Elite division. All they had to do was score just under four runs per over.
The unfamiliar pair Nayan Rudra and Vicky Subkaran opened the batting for Dynasty. If that was an indication of what was in store for the most star studded team in WISA, no one saw it coming. Rudra was bowled by Narendra Ramtahal’s (Pepsi) third delivery of the inning. Little did Dynasty knew, that was the beginning of a swift dismantling of their batting line up by Pepsi. Not to disappoint his fans that took the two hour drive from Waterbury CT, Pepsi removed Prasana Malipal with the very next ball. Dynasty was two wickets down for one run after the first over. Other than a brief 15 runs partnership between Vicky Subkaran and Khemraj Narine (Buns), Dynasty could not negotiate Pepsi and was bundled out for a meager 42 in 14.1 overs.
Pepsi was superb with exceptional bowling figures of six wickets for nine runs from six overs. He clean bowled five of his six scalps. M. Mulla, Ravi Achaibar and Reymond all took one wicket apiece.
The Man of the
Match was awarded to Pepsi for his stellar bowling performance.
Rising Stars will be out to make it two in a row by trying to take
the 20/20 championship. That competition is currently being played.
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