NEW YORK MAGICIANS
New York Magicians made its debut to the Indoor Cricket Tournament
with a solid victory against “Stars” who showed significant
improvements in their fielding especially their catching. That was
just reward for lots of nets coaching for the youngsters during
the week. The “Magicians” batted first and scored 135.
Their batters were learning the adjustments needed for this format
of the game and batted carefully throughout their innings. Heather
scored an aggressive 22 while Andy made17. For the “Stars”,
Amogh, Shan and Anush bowled intelligently to curtail runs.
Their efforts were backed up by excellent fielding which accounted
for six dismissals and kept them in the game with a chance to win.
In reply the “Stars” batting was affected by a lack
of application and general ill discipline. They were only able to
muster a mere 57 in their innings, which included a record 12 dismissals
that reduced their score by 60 much needed runs. This led to them
enduring a crushing defeat which is a part of the pains and hard
work associated with the “learning curve”.( ICUSA Stars-
Captain. Tahir, Vice-Captain Anush Tharnari, Mike Singh, Roshan
Patel, Omar Latif, Ghous, Shan, Amogh, Arshaad Farrouq)
SPARKY LADY vs.
The ever improving ICUSA “Stripes” team gained an upset
victory against their more elderly opponents “Sparky Lady”
in a tight finish. “Sparky Lady” batted first and was
restricted to 115 by some splendid cricket from a team that displayed
a very close correlation between mental and physical fitness. The
bowling changes, field placing, bowling lines and length and splendid
team spirit combined to suggest that they were putting into motion
a well thought out and appropriate plan of action for their opponents.
Every player of the “Stripes” team made a positive contribution
with Captain Cameron Mirza and Vice-Captain Ryan Persaud sharing
their experiences and exposure with the others who were giving them
their full support.
This enabled them to get 6 dismissals in the ‘Sparky Lady”
innings and thereby in an, a manner devoid of chivalry, prevented
the Lady from sparking. In reply the “Stripes” batted
intelligently and paced their innings well to score 120 without
any dismissals. This victory gave a big boost to the moral and confidence
of the team for the rest of the tournament. So far in the tournament
they are the only team that have no dismissals and, that had a significant
impact on their success. (Sparky Lady – Captain Angelo Gonzalez,
Vice-Captain Jerry Ragoobir, Mustahsan Mirza, Waseem, Anand, Lucky)
( ICUSA Stripes- Captain Cameron Mirza, Vice-Captain Ryan Persaud,
Kareem Latif, Saif, Ammar, Parth Tharnari)
NEW YORK MAGICIANS vs. SPARKY LADY
In the evening’s final match “New York Magicians”
defeated “Sparky Lady”. The Magicians” batted
first and scored 136 with aggressive batting throughout their innings.
The bowling of “Sparky Lady”‘s team was wayward,
giving away too many wides and offering an assortment of juicy deliveries,
which were appropriately dealt with by the batters. In reply “Sparky
Lady” batting lacked purpose and appeared somewhat lack luster
as they never really looked able to pose a worthy challenge to the
136 of the “Magicians”.
The innings ended on 102 with their batters failing to find placement
with their strokes to score at the required rate. In one particular
over 5 crisp shots went straight to fielders who made no mistakes.
In general the “Magicians” bowling was stiff, while
their fielding was excellent. As the tournament progresses “Sparky
Lady” is expected to lift the level of their game. They could
improve a lot by taking a cue from the way the “Stripes “team
is approaching the game. The third round matches are set for 6 p.m.
on Saturday at Indoor Cricket USA in Morristown, New Jersey.