NY Mayor's Cup
Controversial Loss Sinks New York ----New Jersey/N/California To Contest Final
By Orin Davidson
New Jersey were awarded the game via a superior run rate after the umpires deemed the pitch too wet for play following a lengthy interruption, a decision that left New York officials fuming.
They will play Northern California (West Coast North) for the title after the former team produced a blinder to whip Texas (Central West) and book their place in the championship game.
New York were 114 runs for four wickets, chasing 244 for victory after the 28th over when a heavy drizzle chased the players off the field. At the same stage New Jersey were 148-5, earning an advantage that determined the outcome after the umpires refused to continue the game, before the scheduled end. The rules state that the game could’ve been extended beyond the scheduled close, once the conditions are deemed playable, before that time.
Almost everyone at the ground felt the field was good for play as the sun was out long before the umpires made their inspection. But the two officials though otherwise and waited until the 6.10 pm scheduled cut off period, before laboring unto the field to determine the matting pitch unfit for play.
Although New York were behind on run rate, they were highly optimistic of winning as their captain and best batsman Gregory Sewdial was batting comfortably on 48 while in the midst of a sterling all-round display. Coach Linden Fraser slammed the umpires decision, stating that it robbed his players of a fair chance to win and reward the hard work put in for the tournament.
Sewdial who scored 76 not out on Saturday, seemed set for another big score and was visibly upset afterwards. To add salt to the wounds, the Man of the Match award was given to New Jersey’s Henry Wardley, instead of the powerful New York allrounder who had earlier captured three New Jersey wickets, in a wretched decision in the circumstances.
At the stoppage Sewdial was clearly biding his time to attack against steady New Jersey bowling that was backed up by excellent fielding, which kept New York on a tight leash early on.
Sewdial took the crease after New York lost Ileo Freeman cheaply, and while blasting six fours, the right-hander saw Cameron Mirza perish by the run out route for 22. Shortly afterwards Leikram Latchman and free hitting Keon Lake were undone by hostile short pitched bowling by the New Jersey pacemen. But with a deep batting order, New York justifiably fancied their chances at the break that eventually led to the farcical end.
Earlier New Jersey were reeled in after making a flying start upon winning the toss and batting first, ending on a challenging 243 all out.
Charran Singh and Wardley put the New York bowlers to the sword and were racing along at seven runs an over before spinners Lake and Sewdial pulled the game back for New York.
Singh was eventually caught in the deep for 40 which included eight fours while Wardley went on to compile 51, comprising nine fours and one six. A late order rally spurred by Yasir Iqbal who slammed 40, carried New Jersey to their eventual score. Sewdial bowled not stop for his allotted 10 overs to end with 3-48, but the pick of the bowlers was Lake who bagged 4-37 with his off spin. A whopping 32 extras did not help New York York’s cause.
( West Coast North) broke the Western Conference deadlock with a
stunning batting performance to batter Texas (Central West) by 180
runs to win and claim their place in the final, at the 108th Street
Seaview Ground. Saleem Saqib, hammered the competition’s first
century, a brilliant 108 not out in a tournament high total of 323
runs for three wickets.
In the other Western Conference showdown, Michigan outplayed Southern California by four wickets also at 108th Street. Salman Ahmad, bagged four wickets, to help restrict Southern California to 228 all out, to which Michigan replied with 229-6. A. Joshi lit up the game with a blazing 97 to setup the victory. Salman Barber supported with a solid 58.
At 88th Street
Seaview ground, Florida (South East) handed Connecticut (North East)
their third straight loss among the Eastern Conference also ran
teams. Fifteen year-old Steven Taylor stroked a fine 75 to spur
the victory as Florida compiled 280.
Monday’s final between New Jersey and Northern
California will start at 10 am at Gateway Park.
or Interrupted Matches - calculation of the Target Score
states: it plays is interrupted, then a new cut off time should
laws of cricket staes that the umpires should not be influence by
the actions of teams. In essence, It should not be the case that
the actions of the umpires can be misconstrued as \" favoring
a particular team\"
of ground, weather and light
Law 3 also gives the umpire authority to act independent of influences. It states \" (d) If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light are so bad that there is obvious and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire, so that it would be unreasonable or dangerous for play to take place, then notwithstanding the provisions of (b)(i) and (b)(ii) above, they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to commence or to restart. The decision as to whether conditions are so bad as to warrant such action is one for the umpires alone to make.
law Seven also
gives the umpires authority to act independently of influences.
It states \" 2. Fitness of the pitch for play
Know the regulations,
don\'t take sides.
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