EASTERN AMERICAN CRICKET ASSOCIATION
Batting first, East Side Warriors put up a respectable 241 for 6 in 40 overs, with Saud Alvi top scoring with 79 not out, and Sabeeh Rafiq, 51. Other worthwhile contributions came from Ahson, 37 and opener Ali Alvi, 24. At the 15 overs mark, East Side Warriors had only posted 62 runs for the loss of three wickets, and appeared headed for approx 175 run total. However, they added 89 runs for the next 15 overs and 90 in the final 10 overs, for a respectable come back. Atlantis’ opening bowler Cuthbert Mendonca was the pick of the crop with figures of 8-1-27-3.
Lincoln Deonarine and Daryl Evelyn each grabbed one wicket apiece for 22 and 29 runs respectively. The East Side Warriors’ wickets fell at 38, 38, 50, 134, 163, and 235.
Set 6.03 runs per over for the victory, Atlantis enjoyed an opening stand of 79 between William Perkins and Nigel Harper, with Perkins executing as the punisher of the Warriors’ bowling attack. At the initial 10-over mark, Atlantis had raced to 87, just having lost Harper for 23 with the score at 79. Shotgun Perkins exhibited an array of strokes that dispatched the ball to practically every corner of the very fast Idlewild outfield. His knock included 12x4s and 3x6s off 53 deliveries and was the toast of the Park, with some of the regular Domino-playing septuagenarians pausing between slamming the bone to watch Perkins slam the boundary.
A genuine stroke-player, the 22-year old Perkins has been impressive since appearing on the New York cricket scene from Trinidad & Tobago, some five years ago. Perkins has represented T&T at the national level, and was one of that country’s stars in the US Million-dollar Stanford Twenty20 tournament, won by T&T earlier this year. Perkins made his debut for a victorious West Indies XI in Barbados last month, against Australia in a Twenty20 match, where he scored nine, before being run out.
Swanston Benjamin with 42 (7x4s and 1x6) off 25 balls, skipper Lennox Cush, 25 (4x4s) and Marlon Kallicharran, 15 (3x4’s) were the other contributors, as Atlantis raced to the winning total of 242 for the loss of only three wickets in 23.3 overs, defeating the East Side Warriors by seven wickets and 16.5 overs. The Atlantis wickets fell at 79, 156, and 190.
Both Atlantis and East Side Warriors bowlers appeared to have had trouble finding the mark, delivering 20 and 14 wides respectively, for the two teams. Sabi, Ishtiaq, and Kashit each had one Atlantis scalp in the losing cause.
Atlantis, now 7-1, is expected to field the same team
this weekend when they clash with an unbeaten Richmond Hill in the
cage, at Baisley Pond Park. Match time is 1:00 pm.
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