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New York Women's Eleven.
A Boost For Women’s Cricket

Oct. 5th, 2009
New York cricket fans were treated to very competitive cricket match on (9/26/09) between a New York Women’s Eleven and a team of Metropolitan Cricket League stalwarts played at Gateway in Brooklyn. The game was organized by Ms Vanelda Wallace the current NYCR Women's Cricket Coordinator & USA Women's Cricket Manager.

A vocal group of loyal cricket fans braved the windy afternoon and were treated to fine display of batting bowling and fielding by both sides especially the New York Women’s Eleven.

The confident, but a bit rust, Women’s Eleven won the toss in the 30 over affair and invited Metro League to take first strike. The decision by captain, Roselyn Emmanuel immediately yielded results as her opening bowlers Joy Jones and Tamika Kowellsar made steady inroads into the Metro League batting line up. Joy Jones was particularly accurate beating the bat consistently; she bowled her first five overs for 11 runs and one wicket.

It took a cameo inning of 70 in a flash from Metro League middle order batsman Vincent Green, the eventual Player of the Match to repair the earlier damage done by the Women’s Eleven bowling and fielding to give the score some respectability.

In the waning minutes just when it appeared as if the Metro League would be bowled out well below the allotted 30 overs, their tenth wicket pair of captain, B. Mc Leash and A. Dodson put on an unbroken 50 run partnership to finish on 223 for 8 wickets. Main contributors were V. Green 70, A. Dodson 46 not out and K. Charles 30. Alton Miller spent 5 balls at the crease and demonstrated with his technique and why he remains a legendary performer in the Metropolitan League.

For the Women’s Eleven the pick of the bowlers were Isolyn Sutherland (6-0-44-30), Joy Jones (6-0-33-1), Tamika Kowellsar (5-0-30-1) and Devonnie Hayles (5-0-42-1). The team was overall outstanding in the field especially skipper Roselyn Emmanuel who took two well judged catches including one to dismiss Metropolitan League President and Hall of Famer Mass Bailey.

In their turn at the wicket New York Women’s Eleven batted with poise and class all batters got a start and made a contribution in an effort to reach 224 which in the end proved a tall order reaching 125 for 9 in their allotted overs.

Roselyn Emmanuel made 17, Doris Francis 13, and Joy Jones and Isolyn Sutherland each contributed 9 runs. The team ran many singles, the drove the ball on the ground and into the gaps in the field and may have been hampered by the heavy outfield in their run chase.

The afternoon was capped by a small presentation and refreshments. In attendance were John Aaron, secretary of USACA and Selwyn Caesar of American League and many of the past women cricketers; Ms Wallace addressed the gathering and expressed sincere thanks to all who made the event possible. Particular thanks went to sponsors Cliff Roye, and Hugh Pitter, Victor Reeves (umpire) and Dr Dodson (scorer) for making the game a success.

Also thanks to Singh's Sporting Goods for donating the trophies. Player of the Match went to Vincent Green; Best Batter to Roselyn Emmanuel and Best Bowler to Isolyn Sutherland.
The game was a resounding success for cricket in general and New York women’s cricket in particular. A call was made for more ladies to participate. Anyone interested please contact Venelda @ 516-456-7392 or venelda@aol.com.  Look out for “women cricket clinics” in the coming months.

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