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Richmond Hill Stands Tall Among EACA Giants

By Orin Davidson
August 7th, 2008
One of the biggest success stories from the Eastern American Cricket Association League (EACA) has been and continues to be Richmond Hill cricket club.


Richmond Hill skipper Tamesh Balwant.

They seem to have mastered the blue print for success that has withstood the test of time despite player personnel changes and management officials too.

Last Sunday, the team comprising primarily players from the East Bank of Demerara in Guyana, notched their fourth overall title win, including one regular season triumph, in the last eight years, in the EACA, when they brushed aside Bayshore Tigers by seven wickets in their final game.

Under the captaincy of the talented Shameer “Joey” Sadloo, they carted off the hattrick of titles, winning successively from 2002 to 2004.

New skipper Tamesh Balwant has led from the front this year, scoring heavily to carry Richmond Hill to title number four to build an incomparable record in the League that has produced the best cricketers in Queens, borough.

And if you include the two championships Richmond Hill took home in the Commonwealth League, before the hattrick, it makes for a sweet success story for the boys from the East Bank.

 

With 52 points this year, Richmond Hill edged the formidable Everest ACS who came close with 50 for second place with East Bank finishing a distant third with 42 points.

Both teams ended with 11 wins but the big difference was the one loss Everest ACS suffered at the hands of Richmond Hill, which eventually decided the championship.

Richmond Hill had one game washed out.

It is their first win of the regular season type, this year when they will have the opportunity to cart off the double with the Big Four crown at stake from this weekend.

Balwant scored a team topping 281 runs, but the most valuable performance came from talented allrounder Zaheer Saffie who notched 219 runs and bagged 16 wickets with his off spin.

Mustaq Yusuf also came good with 238 runs, but Balwant stressed that team work was the key to their triumph this year.

“We played like friends, everybody put in a good effort,” Balwant explained.
“It is a young team too and we had a lot of all-rounders, like seven bowlers”.

He said it was the same team from last year when they failed to make the Big Four playoffs, but “we were more together this year”, the captain explained.

Given their confidence Richmond Hill will be fancying their chances of winning their first Big Four crown that would give them a deserved golden double.
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