Ernesto Sookhoo Stars Again As Hard Target Wins NYSCL Division IIC Championship
By Romdat Sookhoo
September 1, 2012
Consecutive Centuries by Ernesto Sookhoo in the quarter final and semi final was too much for the opposition as Hard Target takes on Unpredictable in the NYSCL Division IIC 30 Over Cup Finals. Batting first in the quarter final Hard Target amassed 248 for 3.
Ernesto Sookhoo scoring 103 not out which included ten sixes and excellent shot selections playing the ball to all parts of the ground Steve Sookhoo scored 50, Sheik Ali score a blistering 38 and Mark Dookhan 34 not out. It was not a walk over for Hard Target as Royal Challenger scored 233 all out with good contribution coming from J. Misir 67 and Sadish 58.
The Semi- finals was played this past Sunday at the beautiful 150 and Rockaway ground against Unity lead by the veteran Vibert McLennan. Hard target won the toss and choose to bat scoring 249 in the allotted 30 overs. Thanks to a brilliant partnership of 155 between Steve and Ernesto Sookhoo for the second wicket partnership with Steve Sookhoo making 49.
Ernesto Sookhoo batted brilliantly through the innings with the top score of 148 not out which included 13 sixes and 4 fours Sheik Ali contributed a quick 25. Unity proved no match for Hard Target as they were bowled out for 97. Only V. Singh with 17 put up any resistance. H. Hulasie was the pick of the bowlers for Hard Target bowling 5 overs and taking 3 wicket for 9 runs.
The final of the NYSCL 30 overs was played at the 150 Rockaway Park last Sunday August 26, 2012. It was a great rivalry between Hard Target and Unpredictable as both teams along with their spectators maintained a high level of discipline.
Unpredictable won the toss and elected to bat but found the going tough as they were bowled out for 97 runs in 25 overs. The only notable resistance came from D. Persaud with 39 not out. Bowling for Hard Target A. Nandalal, Shawn Singh and Ernesto Sookhoo picked up 2 wickets each.
Hard Target chasing 97 lost S. Ali for 1 in the first over. In comes the dependable and in form left handed batsman Ernesto Sookhoo. Steve Sookhoo and Ernesto Sookhoo skillfully negotiated the Unpredictable bowling attack. Ernesto and Steve Sookhoo put on 98 for the second wicket as Hard Target clinch their first championship. Steve Sookhoo made 29 not out and Ernesto Sookhoo 51 not out. Ernesto Sookhoo received the trophy for being adjudged Man of the Match in the finals.
Hard Target Beat Strikers
By Romdat Sookhoo
May 2, 2012
Hard Target won the toss and decided to bat. After a slow start the first wicket fell at 22 runs and the third batsmen Ernesto Sookhoo went in and played a superb innings scoring 66 runs.
Sookhoo innings helped Hard Target to reach a total of 155 runs. Hard Target wins the game with 3 ball to spare (24.3) overs bowling out Strikers for 146.
Hard Target Wins Two Straight
By Romdat Sookhoo
April 18, 2012
After changing the team name from Evolution to Hard Target and adding some new faces to the team. Hard Target won both of their games played so far in the season. First Hard Target won against Royal Challengers B and then against Viper.
In game one versus Royal Challengers B, good batting by Shawn Singh who scored 97 and Samuel Joseph scored 45 and took 3 wickets.
Game two good batting by Samuel Joseph who top score with 41, Ernesto Sookhoo had 20, and Mark Dookhan 19 .In the bowling department the captain Faraz Alli took 4 wickets for 33 runs.
Evolution Win Again
By Shawn Singh
May 4, 2011
Evolution won the toss against Flasherz Square and decided to bat after a shaky start by loosing few quick wickets. The vice Captain F. Alli went in at # 6 and played a superb inning by hitting 5- 6’s and 3-4’s with a total of 59 runs not out.
Then join by the manger D. Jitlal making a quick 35 and was bowled by R. Rajpaul. Following by Steven Singh making a blistering 23 not out. With the last deliver F. Alli hitting a 6 and ending the game with the total of 186.
The New Evolution Defeat Vipers
April 14, 2011
Vipers won the toss and elected to bat. When Vipers sent their opening batsmen to the crease they did not do well and they lost two quick wickets in the first 2 overs. Evolution had gotten a good start from our opening bowler Vice Captain Faraz Alli who took the first wicket of the game with the fourth ball of the first over.
Trevor Jagroop the other Evolution pacer was bowling very well. After 2 overs Vipers lost 2 wickets with only 6 runs on the board. Evolution needed this quick start against Vipers who has a good batting lineup as well as bowling. With a good defense and good bowling Vipers were limited to 68 runs in 16 overs.
Shawn Singh Evolution Captain bowled a gem of a game taking 5 wickets 1 maiden and gave up only 5 runs in 3.4 overs. Not to be outdone by Bhogenarine Mangar who himself had a good bowling game 4 overs 11 runs and 3 wickets.
When it was time for Evolution to bat it was tough to get runs against the bowling attack of Vipers. The opening batsmen for Evolution were limited to 18 runs in 4 overs. By the eighth over and only 27 runs on the board Vipers seemed to be in control of the game with 7 wickets in hand with a sure victory and the strength of the batting order for Evolution gone.
At this point the score was 47 for 9 in 15 overs. In comes Faraz Alli Vice Captain of the team at number 9, the pressure was on him to bring home this victory for Evolution and of course the victory was brought home.
While batting with the number eleven batsman of the team, Faraz Alli ended up with 18 runs not out and ended the game, smashing a six that ended up in the pond. Evolution won the game with 69 runs in 17 over.
Another Volcano Erupt
By James Persaud
July 22, 2010
For the second week straight there was another Volcano eruption and this time it was the Volcano skipper himself Shawn Singh blasting a century-102 not out. And the second week this team scored well over 200 runs. Shawn had 10 sixes and 4 fours after winning the toss and decided to bat first. The opening pair was L. Persaud and Ramjit Jitlall who made a century last week. Volcano lost their first wicket via the run out route that of L. Persaud in the second over with 12 runs in the book.
S. Ali went in and was bowled in the third over without scoring and the total on 15. At this stage things weren’t looking so good. Shawn captain of Volcano’s went in and played some superbly and exciting shots and put the team in a position to stop the damage by Crown XI. He had a nice partnership with F. Alli who made a quick blistering 30 runs, and put the team in a position for a big total. This was a good recovery especially after the horrendous start the team had losing 3 wickets in 9 over’s for 54 runs.
Ramjit Jitlall scored 16 before he was caught of s. Haricharran and R. Gangaram contribute 15 to the total. Bowling for Crown XI R. Williams, D. Beharry, S. Haricharran and P. Dhaniram took 1 wicket each.
Crown XI reply with 159 all out of 25 overs Raymond Williams top score with 70 not out. Other good score came from M. Ramoutar 14, R. Ali 13 and P. Dhaniram 11. Bowling for Volcano F. Ali took 4 for 20, S. Singh 2 for 27 and R. Jitlall 1 for 30.
Ramjit Jitlall Smashed a Century
By James Persaud
July 15, 2010
Ramjit Jitlall scored his first century of the season in the second week of the NYSCL 30 Over Cup competition. Batting against Caribbean Boys in Brooklyn he smashed 11 fours and 5 sixes for an even century. Jitlall opened the innings for Volcano with Shawn Singh who scored 54, but the inning was dominated by the fine batting displayed by Jitlall who smashed the ball to all parts of the ground.
The Volcano captain Shawn won the toss and took the first strike at the crease, he made some changes in his team batting order moving Jitlall from number 5 to his opening partner. The two batted well and took the score to 121 runs by the fifteenth over. When play resumed after the water break Jitlall continues to dominate and reach the century mark in the 19th over. After reaching his century he lost his partner Shawn Singh for 54. The two put on an opening partnership of 156 runs, immediately after without adding to the score Jitlall was caught for an even century.
The partnership probably the highest by an opening pair in softball cricket, Jitlall a good hard hitting batsman who has scored many centuries before but was in a drought after hitting 132 last season. The Caribbean Boys bowlers toiled in the field for most part of the day as Volcano builds a huge score of 263 all out. Jitlall returned with the ball and grabbed two wickets for 13 runs in 3 overs. As he helped restricting Caribbean Boys to a measly 82 runs all out.