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Dodson, Kirton Highlight Sundar Memorial Series

By Orin Davidson
Oct. 7th, 2008
Throughout his junior career Akeem Dodson laid claim to the status of best United States Under-19 batsman.


Akeem Dodson


Andre Kirton

A dazzling 75 runs for the New York Invitational Youth XI restored that claim by the left handed stroke maker as Dodson highlighted a parade of recent past and current Under-19 players on Saturday.

Dodson spearheaded his team to a convincing victory over the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) All Stars in the 2008 Sundar Memorial series at Baisley Pond Park in Queens.

Andre Kirton, another of the stars just out of the junior ranks, showed why he is one of New York’s most popular young players with a destructive bowling spell which sealed the deal for the New York XI.

Batting first, New York XI blasted 154 for six wickets in their allotted 20 overs with Dodson leading from the front, opening the batting with a clinical half century that contained seven fours and two sixes.

The PSAL All Stars, which comprised the best players from the successful first ever staged New York school competition this year, collapsed to 84 after a flying start. It was before Kirton starting weaving magic with his left arm orthodox spin which culminated with four wickets for 11 runs from his allotted four overs.

Anthony Rampersaud then proceeded to tear into the New York XI’s seam attack of Shan Metha and Ahmad Dodson and for a time the former team’s target looked in danger. By the 5th over PSAL All Stars were 45 without loss. But before they added 20 more runs they were six wickets down.

Star batsman Dominic Gomes was Kirton’s second victim, dismissed via the lbw route for one. And by the time Rampersaud was run out for 43, it was all over bar the shouting.

Asruddin Mohamed and Saud Hussein bagged two wickets each to help wrap up the victory.

Earlier, Dodson stood out like a beacon for New York XI as none of his teammates came close to matching his contribution.

The talented Gregory Sewdial hung around for a while but not long enough in making 12 while Mohamed and Hussein perished in the run chase. Basdeo Ramnarine was the next best scorer with 18.

Thakur Singh got two wickets which turned out to be PSAL’s second best performance overall.

Dodson notched the MVP award and got a bat of his choice as reward along with a cash prize which every member of the winning team received. Kirton took the best bowler award.

Rampersaud won a bat for his performance for PSAL All Stars and his teammates were rewarded with pieces of gear for their participation.

In the preliminary game a Connecticut team lost out to a New York Representative side in an Under-17 clash.

The players from both teams were praised for showing up by series organizer Ray Sundar who gave a background on the series, held in memory of Harry Sundar, which has been ongoing for 16 years. It began with games featuring Guyana against Rest of Caribbean that attracted among other players current world number ranked batsman Shiv Chanderpaul and former great Alvin Kallicharran.
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