New York Storms To National Under-19 Title
Sewdial and Kirton
were the stars of the show for two days in succession as Southern
California was shot out for 98, chasing a reduced target after New
York started well but subsided for 198 all out in 42 overs.
It did not matter much however, as Kirton and Sewdial, the latter rounding off a brilliant all round display put the issue beyond doubt with fine spin bowling.
could not even make use of a reduced target of 167 off 42 overs after
half an hour was lost because of a rain stoppage.
highest score was 19 made by Dineth Katagod, as only two other batsmen
reached double figures.
Kirton ended with
tournament figures of seven wickets for 16 runs and was the undisputed
winner of the Highest Wicket taker prize.
The competition which only made provision for knockout play among the winners and runners up of the Western Conference and Eastern Conference competitions, got underway on Saturday with New York romping to an eight wicket victory.
Sewdial begun by slamming an undefeated 62 in New York's 183-2 when chasing 182 all out scored by Northern California on Saturday. Ramnaraine crafted an attractive 47 before retiring with a sore hamstring. Dodson made a matured 34 not out while Francis Mendonca contributed 17 in an opening partnership of 62 runs with Ramnarine.
was restricted by Kirton who returned memorable figures of three wickets
for seven runs. Asruddin Mohamed also got into the act with 2-28 while
Thomas and Farooq took one wicket each after two batsmen were run
The rampaging New York team then returned the next day to seal the deal.
Manager Lester Hooper described the winning performance as an emphatic team performance which he attributed to excellent preparation throughout the summer.
really pleased everyone who saw them. Sewdial batted like a master,
the openers thrilled with their footwork, not to mention Rusty's (Kirton)
bowling who was fantastic," the brother of former West Indies
captain Carl Hooper said. “In the first game the batsmen got
the job done and when it mattered most in the finals, the bowlers
Hooper pointed out that coach Linden Fraser’s diligence and dedication was a prime factor in the team's success. "He ensured that they practiced for six weeks without left up and literally organized the Tri State competition, which kept the players active during the summer, single-handedly."
Fraser along with
ex-West Indies wicketkeeper Junior Murray as manager, guided New York
to winning the Eastern Conference title in July
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