Cricket Winter Tournament
Triumphant Night For Teenaged Youth Cricket Teams
March 20th, 2010
2009-2010 Indoor Winter Cricket League Tournament advanced with victories
by two teenaged cricket teams, “Stars” and “Stripes”.
These teams are the products of the institution’s cricket training
program, which is being run by three certified West Indies Cricket
Board level one cricket coaches, at its Morristown, New Jersey facility.
The “work-in-progress” team “Stars” won its
two matches, while the “Stripes” team was victorious its
two matches against “New York Magicians”, who has completed
all of its matches in the preliminary rounds of the Tournament. These
victories are inspiring sources of encouragement for the young potential
USA cricketers of the next generation and their coaches, who have
been working assiduously in training them at ICUSA’s cricket
The two youth team that participating
in the tournament, stars (top) and Stripes (below).
Sparky Lady vs. Stars
“Stars” batted first and compiled an imposing 144. That
score resulted mainly from an assortment of ill disciplined bowling,
which contributed a significant 86 runs in wides and no-balls. The
“Stars” batsmen applied themselves loosing only 2 wickets
in their inning. In reply, “Sparky Lady” found the energetic
bowling and fielding of the youths too much for them to achieve the
run rate required for the chase and they ended up with 122 to loose
the game by 22 runs.
New York Magicians vs. Stripes
In this match the “New York Magicians” tested the endurance
of “Stripes” who appeared not to have been properly
focused and as such were somewhat careless in their approach to
the basics of the cricket game. They were taking the game too lightly
and their performance was not correlated to their potential strength,
which was needed to be displayed at this particular home-stretch
stage of the tournament. Nevertheless, they were fortunate to sneek
out a victory and hopefully learn from their errors in order to
advance their cause in the Tournament.
“Magicians” batted first and scored an inadequate100.
“Stripes” in reply nearly imploded as they struggled
to mount an appropriate chase. In the 8th over of their innings
there were 2 dismissals for minus 8 runs as Prince Baby produced
an excellent over for the “Magicians. That over created pressure
on “Stripes” last pair who appeared at the crease requiring
to score a challenging 36 more runs against a fired up fielding
team. However, fortunately for “Stripes” they were awakened
from their slumber by some intelligent batting from Cameron Mirza
and intense application by Parth Tharnari. They took their team
to a much needed win by closing off the inning at 109.
New York Magicians vs. Stars
The improving “Stars” got their act together to defeat
the “Magicians”. “Magicians” batted first
and scored 107. Roshan Patel and Taahir Latif were outstanding with
their bowling. The former’s two overs yielded 0 runs for 3
dismissals while the latter’s conceded a miserly 7 runs for
1 wicket. In reply,”Stars” inched their way up to 113
which included a lucky last pair partnership of 54 between Roshan
Patel and Anush Tharnari. It was aided by 24 runs from wides and
no-balls as the “Magicians” bowlers lost their lines
in the closing stage of the innings. “Stars” won by
6 runs to end off their evening’s campaign in a state of joy
York Magicians vs. Stripes
The “Magicians’ batted first and scored a seemingly
imposing 140 as ‘Stripes” bowling and fielding were
below their normal standard. For “Magicians’, Naipaul
smashed a stroke filled 27 and wides and no-ball accounted for 34
to give the “Magicians” team the ascendancy as they
took the field to defend their score. As “Stripes” replied
the “Magicians” had the game under their control when
the last batting pair strode to the wicket with the score on 89
and 51 more runs needed for victory by “Stripes”. It
was then that “Stripes” floating on the crest of a lucky
evening and the “Magicians”, in their 3rd. consecutive
game of the evening, and being consumed by tiredness, combined to
create a win for “Stripes”. The “Magicians”
bowled the most horrible over of the Tournament- the penultimate
over of the game. It was an 18 deliveries over which yielded 36
runs of which 25 runs were wides and no-balls and presented the
“Stripes” with a victory by 9 runs as their innings
ended with the score on 149.
The final results of
the evening games were “Stripes” 2 wins, no losses;
“Stars” 2 wins, no losses; “Sparky Lady”
no wins, 1 loss; and “New York Magicians” disappearing
into a very soggy and chilly night in Morristown, New Jersey, with
3 losses and no wins, as their campaign in the preliminary games
of the Tournament came to an end.
There are 6 more matches
left to be completed in the next two week ends before the Tournament
moves into its Super four Stage with the Finals schedule for 6:30
p.m.on Saturday April 17.
for ICUSA from Cricketers Paradise in Morristown New Jersey.