NYSCL 2017 Twenty20
SPONSORED BY: MIKE BANSI
Dynasty Surprised United Stars and Looking To Take-Out Untouchables In Sunday Final
By Omesh Ganesh
October 24, 2017
As the 2017 season is about to conclude there was a great enthusiasm among both players and fans between the titanic clash of United Stars and Dynasty in the semifinal of the NYSCL 2017 Twenty20 sponsored by Mike Bansi. The toss was won by United Stars and they opted to take the field first. Pooran Beria, one of NYSCL cricketing icon known for his unorthodox style of batting and Dynasty captain Ricky Narine gave a brilliant start to the innings. Boundaries came in quick successions and the scoreboard kept ticking soon the score reached 74 without a loss in 8 overs.
By this time 5 bowlers had been used already and United Stars desperately needed a wicket. Krishna Singh, United Stars captain gathers his most senior players and had a long discussion. To commence the tenth over the team decided to introduce Nigel Greaves with his high action leg spin in hopes of breaking the shackles which he did as Ricky Narine was run out for 40 on the last ball before the break.
In the second half of Dynasty innings, Pooran and new batsman Feiaz Samad still kept the momentum going, with a quick partnership of 36 from 18 deliveries. Samad played well for his little cameo of 20 runs which consisted of 2 boundaries off the bowling of Rohit Dutchin known by most as “Beast”S before being run out. The score is 120 for 2 in 14 overs, Vicky Subhkaran joins Pooran as both batsmen keeping the innings going with a steady run rate of 8 runs per over. As Subhkaran playing the anchor role, Pooran kept dominating the bowling using his unique style of batting, scoops, dips and paddles sweeps.
He had the bowlers confused with his unconventional stroke playing. They couldn’t figure out the correct line to bowl. Dynasty was on track and at the end of the 16th over the score was 151 for 2 with Pooran getting to his half-century. Dynasty was on track for a score of 190 plus but Untied Stars came back well in the last quarter. They keep the ball straight which only the batsmen could only muster singles.
As the pressure started to build and runs were hard to come by, Pooran tried to heave one down the leg side and was bowled in the 19th over by Nigel Greaves for 80. Dynasty innings came to an end with the score 179 for 3 in the allotted overs. United Stars was tasked with getting 180 from their 120 balls. United Stars opening pair of Captain Krishna Singh and Kenny Narinedat started off well going at a blistering 12 runs an over. Panic started to creep in the Dynasty camp as United Stars took control of the game early. After 3 over the score was 36 without loss and the first bowling change of Omesh Ganesh.
Ganesh immediately struck having Kenny caught at deep mid-wicket. Then Trevor Ramoutar was introduced into the bowling attack and changed the whole atmosphere of the game swinging the momentum straight to Dynasty by picking up 3 wickets in his first over. Trevor and Ganesh stuck to the basic, bowling straight and full nothing offline. Four overs went without a boundary meanwhile the required run rate started to gradually rise from 8 to 9.45 an over. At the halftime of United Stars innings, the score was 85/5 with Trevor picking up 3 wickets and Omesh with 2.
At the start of the second half, Krishna and new batsman Bobby Pahalad started to shift the momentum back in there way, going at 10 runs an over. Then the unthinkable happened, Krishna was caught off a top edge down to short fine leg off the bowling of Feiaz Samad. Rohit Dutchin came to the wicket joining Bobby Pahalad, one of NYSCL prolific striker of the cricket ball. One would have said with this two big hitter at the crease it was United Stars last hope of getting home.
But knowing that Narine brought back his two-strike bowlers Vicky and Asif to break the partnership. With 5 overs remaining United Stars needed 58 runs to see them to the final. The return of Vicky claimed the wicket of Dutchin and leaving it all on the shoulders of Bobby. He picked up the boundaries but he didn't get the support from the other end. With 6 balls remaining United Stars needed 31 runs. Feiaz was tasked with the last over and bowled Bobby on the second delivery. United Stars only got 6 runs from the last over and ended their 2017 season.
It was an exciting game with lots of nail-biting moments as the two team-best bowling attack went head-on. Dynasty got a little redemption as they had lost to United Stars in the NYSCL 2017 Roy Etwaroo Memorial Cup final and earlier in the preliminary rounds. As Dynasty now made it consecutively to two NYSCL finals they will take on the mighty Untouchables who is led by the veteran Andrew Gonzales.