NY Mayor's Cup
NYSCL Are Florida Cup 2009 Champions
After a brief pre-game address by Rick Tulsie, the president of the South Florida Cricket League, the coin toss carried out and won by South Florida. Adverse conditions were not going to affect the outcome in this game. This venue, I was told is under the watchful eyes of an Australian. The outfield was lush green and fast. The wicket was hard as rock and ready to host anything but a softball final. Talent and/or Strategy would have to prevail in result.
South Florida’s captain Javed Ali invited NYSCL to bat without too much hesitation. NYSCL opened the batting with their captain, Kris Sobhai and Ravi Balli. The pair started cautiously and it reflected in the score. After five overs, NYSCL was 27 without loss. Javed employed the tactic of conceding singles while saving the boundaries with majority of his fielders, placed deep on the boundary lines.
When South Florida’s opening bowlers failed to get a break through, the captain took the ball himself and it paid dividends immediately. Kris was caught off Javed’s second delivery for 14. NYSCL was 42 for 1. Balli was joined by Andrew Gonsalves who took on South Florida’s bowling. He was severe on M. Sadick’s first over, taking 20 from it. Javed kept things tight at the next end and continued with Sadick. That move paid off immediately when Balli was bowled by Sadick’s first ball in his second over. NYSCL was 72 for 2.
Gonsalves and Erapelli Sahadeo took the score to 89 for 2 at the end of 12 overs. Javed turned to Prashad Mahadeo just before the break and he struck gold. Gonsalves was caught on the deep long-on boundary for an aggressive 33. His knock contained four fours and a six. Pooran Beria was brilliantly run out by Javed’s direct hit from short mid wicket with the very next delivery. NYSCL was in little bit of trouble at 90 for 4. Amit Moonsammy came to the wicket and negotiated the next two deliveries then inexplicably attempted to hoist Mahadeo back over his head on the last ball before the break and was dropped. That could have been devastating for NYSCL had Mahadeo been able to hold on to the catch.
NYSCL lost wickets at 107, 122, 134, 163 and 179. South Florida’s fielding was exceptional. They managed to effect two additional run out with direct hits. Andy Ramsaywack was responsible for the dismissal of Moonsammy with a superb throw from short mid-on. Moonsammy made 28. Anoop Basdeo’s spectacular return from deep long on hit the stumps as Sunil Panday was attempting to complete two.
NYSCL was 179 for 9 after 25 overs. Bobby Prahalad was left unbeaten on 23 from eleven deliveries. Javed Ali and Prashad Mahadeo were South Florida’s best bowlers with 2 for 34 and 2 for 23 respectively.
Needing to score more than seven runs an over, South Florida began their quest for the title in a disastrous manner. Their openers, Z. Razak and R. Sukhnandan were bowled by Bhola Prahalad in his first and second overs. To add insult to injury, Asif Ally was run out for 3 in the eight over. South Florida was reeling at 20 for 3 after eight overs.
Prashad Mahadeo and Vicky Dhanraj repaired the damage somewhat with a 62 run partnership but they batted so slowly, it was a foregone conclusion that this game was over when Mahadeo was out for gutsy 40. He was bowled by Bhola who struck twice in the seventeenth over. The score was 85 for 5. Javed Ali (21) and Anoop Basdeo (29) gave a game effort, but they fell short. South Florida managed to get to 145 for 7 off their allotted 25 overs.
Since both captains employed the same strategy of defending the boundaries, talent was indeed the difference. NYSCL was much more talented and as a result, NYSCL came away with the victory.
Bhola Prahalad was adjudged the Finals MVP for his superb bowling figures of 4 for 19 from five overs. Additional hardware went to Andrew Gonsalves – Series MVP and most runs scored. R. Ivan of WISA for the only five wicket haul, Amit Moonsammy for the most wickets in the tournament and Sunil Ramkissoon of Better Hope for the competition’s only hat trick.
At the presentation ceremony, Javed Ali was gracious in his concession speech but challenged the winners ahead of next years tournament. He hinted that some of NYSCL’s players will qualify for next years Masters tournament… Kris Sobhai was modest in his acceptance speech. He thanked the organizers and fans that showed up for the encounter.
closing, SFSCA’s president, Rick Tulsie was elated that the
competition was a huge success and challenged all the Cricket Associations
in the country, Canada and Guyana to work together for the good of
The Over 45 Tournament took on a round robin format between five teams from the USA and Guyana. The participating teams; Better Hope, Guyana, NYSCL Legends, Orlando Masters and South Florida played a total of ten games between themselves. The Orlando Masters and NYSCL Legends came out on top with three wins each to get to the finals. South Florida managed two wins while Better Hope and Guyana recorded a win a piece.
The finals had the makings of a very good game as Orlando previously defeated the NYSCL Legends in a close encounter in their preliminary game Saturday morning. In that game, NYSCL scored 138 from their allotted 20 overs. Orlando in reply made 139 in 19 overs.
The finals began in cool temperatures but bright sunlight. NYSCL batted first and mustered up a very competitive 158 for 3 in their allotted 20 overs. P. Drepaul top scored with an unbeaten 64. He was very well supported by the tournament MVP, Tony Fernandez with 61. T. Kissoon was Orlando’s most successful bowler with 2 for 24.
Orlando opened their batting with Tom Bacchus and Tony Kissoon. The two put on a match winning partnership of 118. Kissoon made 37 while Bacchus who was given the Finals MVP trophy, top scored with 56. Orlando comfortably got to 159 for 2 in 19.3 overs.
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