New York Draw First Blood With Victory Over New Jersey
A solid all-round display saw New York rattling up 213 runs all out off 39.2 overs in their allotted 50 overs and then blowing out New Jersey for 159 in 30 overs.
It was as good a start the defending championships could have despite being weakened s with the loss of four players at the last minute due to a number of factors including the belated tournament adjusted age requirement.
Taking first strike New York was set a solid foundation by its batsmen with Sylvesan Kalimootoo leading the way with 45 runs. He was well supported by Asruddeen Mohamed who also hit 45 and Lakeram Latchman 42.
An impressive 57 by M. Khan was the lone act of resistance from the New Jersey batsmen whose next highest score was 22 by M. Ghouse.
star all-rounder Gregory Sewdial who did not shine with the bat, made
up with the ball by bagging a fine haul of four wickets for 53 runs
with his leg spin.
With Connecticut withdrawing from the series which also involves the Western Conference playoffs, New York will next play on Sunday when they oppose Florida (South East Region).
New York is without top players Javein Thomas, who was suspended for disciplinary reasons, Saud Hussein and captain Andy Harricharran, who were affected by the age adjustment and Jamshed Assam, who could not fund his airline ticket. They have been replaced by Rasheem James, Lookesh Subramani, Abdulla Syed and Cameron Merja.
The two conference
winners will clash in the final on Monday.
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