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New York Softball Cricket Final:
Can United Stars Foil Assassins’ Bid for Title?

By www.newyorkcricket.com Staff Correspondent

Nov. 3rd, 2009
The stage is set for exciting finish to the 2009 New York Softball Cricket season. With all the turmoil, players being banned and accusations from many against the executive body on different matters, one can only wait to see the results of this weekend’s finals.

Both United Stars (top) and Assassins (below) will have a go at each other this Sunday for the New York Softball Cricket 20/Twenty title.

Let us size up the big clash between Assassins and United Stars, led by Eon Ellis and Bobby Pahalad respectively. As many would know, Assassins is a household name in the softball arena while their opponent is trying to achieve such a stature. United Stars has gone to many finals with only a few or no success, that doesn’t mean there are not a talented team, however, United Stars batting will come against a veteran bowling line up, with the likes of Navin and S. (Chippy) Dilchand in the softball arena for more than a decade.

United Stars’ Amar Singh and Wahid Ward on the other hand are no strangers to the game with the bat; both are capable of tackling any bowling attack from Assassins. With Ward scoring over a 101 runs in the games prior to the semi-final against Hustlers, and being more aggressive and consistent, it will be a challenge for him to maintain such form in the final.

In the middle United Stars have the capable Ravi Bally and Ravin Ivan who can score when the pressure is on and would like to break the jinx of their championship search.

All-rounder and Captain Bobby Pahalad along with the dashing Frankie Baichoo will have their work cut out for them. The pair has the ability to smash the ball around the park, but it is left to be seen this weekend.

United Stars’ success will depend on their bowling attack which is led by Bhola Pahalad and T. Ramoutar, and supported by Frankie Baichoo, Bobby, and S. Kayoon. Their bowling has orchestrated huge wins against Hustlers, Mafia and Liberty Knights, in previous encounters.

Prior to the semi-final Frankie Baichoo grabbed eight wickets for 37 runs, while S. Kayoon had five for 13 in their last three games. Assassins have so far had a dream start in this 20/Twenty tournament, scoring big and demolishing their opponents for meager totals. With their appetite to chase down huge totals such as the one against Cavaliers when they were asked to get 175 from 20 overs, will definitely be a challenge if United Stars can produce a total close to that.

Assassins’ batting department will rely heavily on their two main contributors Anand Singh and captain Eon Ellis. The two have both scored half centuries with Eon Ellis scoring two against Nationals and Cavaliers. He also has a tally of over 150 runs so far in the tournament. However, much support will be needed from the other batsmen such as V. Rameshwar, Rico Knight and current USA Under-19 national player Azrudeen Mohamed, who also takes on the role of wicket keeping.

Their bowling department is equally comparable to that of United Stars with veterans such as Navin and S. (Chippy) Dilchand to open the new ball. The pick of the bowlers would have to be G. Chattergoon who has a tally of 10 wickets to his credit in the competition, so far. Support will be much needed from Avi Singh who has a six-wicket haul against Braveheart, while Rickey Bisnath will have to be up to par.

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