By James Persaud
August 3, 2011
Hustler’s star opening batsman Pooran Beria smash a well played century that guide Hustlers to victory over arch rival’s Assassins. Hustlers Captain Javed Ally won the toss and decided to take first strike opening the batting with Pooran Beria and Asif Ally.
Pooran open his account on the second ball with a well time square cut through point for four. Both batsmen batted courageously seeing Hustlers going into half time on 100 without loss, Pooran and Asif unbeaten on 54 and 25 respectively. The pair continued to bat well, taking the score to 134, before Asif Ally was bowled by Frankie Baichu for 37 which include 2 sixes and 2 fours.
Pooran was in fine form stroking the ball finding the gaps and picking up the boundaries with the bad ball, an innings of great strokes and strength of mind as he took the Assassins bowling apart. Sudesh Persaud came to the crease next and bat well for his 39 runs hitting 3 sixes and 2 fours, while Pooran work his way into the nineties.
With two overs remanding Pooran needed 5 more runs for his hundred. The first three balls he did not score and then he dispatch Bux for a six to bring up his hundred. He then hit the next ball for six and was bowled on the final delivery of the over for a brilliant 107 Runs.
Pooran century includes 6 sixes, 5 fours, 4 triples and 10 doubles. Hustlers made 233 for five wickets in 25 overs, bowling for Assassin Ricky Edward pick up 3 wickets for 21 runs.
Assassin started their reply well with the young and aggressive Anand Singh scoring 36 runs off the first three overs between Shawn Persaud and Navin Narine. Assassin 50 came up in the fifth over and the batsmen looked set to destroying Hustlers bowling attack.
Anand Singh was the first batsman to go when he believed that he was caught by the wicket keeper and leave his crease. The wicket keeper remove the bails and he was giving out run out for 46 (6 fours and 3 sixes). Bux and Eon Ellis came together and take the score to 119 for 2 at half time.
Assassin needed 114 runs with 8 wickets in hand and one of the best hard hitting batsmen at the crease Eon Ellis. Ellis and Bux score 45 runs in the next four overs. Captain Javed Ally turns the game around in Hustlers favor when he had Bux on driving to Navin at mid on. And Bus was gone for 39, including 3 fours and 2 sixes.
Ellis was next to go caught by the wicket keeper Rico Knights off of Javed Ally for a brilliant 59 runs (3 sixes and 5 fours). Assassin continues to lose wickets and when their 25 overs were up they were 209 for 9 wickets, losing by 24 runs.
Javed was the best bowler for Hustlers with 4 wickets for 39 runs. After scoring 233 runs, Hustlers had the feeling that they had an easy victory, but Assassin with batsmen like Eon, Bux and Anand show why they are one of the leading team in softball, chasing a large total. Congratulations to Pooran in scoring his century.
The “Babulall” Triumphant Again
By James Persaud
September 16, 2010
Hustlers won the toss and field first in the New York Softball Cricket League 30 Over Cup finals versus Assassins. When the final result was out Asif Ally won his second man of the match award of the season in the second straight finals and Hustlers was crowned the champions again.
Earlier in the day with dark clouds hanging over Hustlers asked Assassins to bat first, Shawn Persaud took the ball and sent the first full toss of the game to Anand Singh who flashed outside the off stump and missed. The next ball raced to the backward point boundary and he smashed two of the other full toss he faced to the extra cover boundary. The first over was a long one with three wides for a total of 16 runs. This brought the decent sized crowd to their feet and as the news spread the park was filled up fast, by the fourth over with both openers looking very aggressive at the crease. At this point it was an Assassins show and looked as if the luck was on their side, Anand was dropped by Nigel Greaves and Ravi Balli was given an easy chance by Asif Ally.
This is where the Hustlers skipper Kris “Babulall” Sobhai does his best work as he had made a bowling change after the second over giving Shawn a rest and he made many fielding changes to stop the batsman free flow of runs. Kris one of the best tacticians of the game today he brought on one of the most flamboyant players of the game at present, Pooran Beria, to bowl the sixth over, his first ball went over square leg for two and he struck with his second to remove Ravi Balli for 16 and the fifth ball went to Javid Ali safe hands and Anand was gone for 20.
The two new batsmen at the crease were Raja and Kaleem Bux, Bux drove Nigel Briglal straight to Kris at extra cover and he departed for a duck. Gary Whaite came to the crease and batted with ease for a quick 9 before he was gone caught and bowl by Javid Ali. The hard hitting Eon Ellis came to the crease and looked set to hitting his team back into command of the game, since at this point Hustlers had began to take control.
Eon and Raja batted very sensible and was unable to find the boundary and settle for quick running between the wicket picking up doubles and singles. This brought back some excitement to the crowd but Hustlers knew once they kept the pressure on, there will be mistakes and this happened in the sixteenth over. Shawn fielding at short third man was able to find the stump with a direct hit which found Raja and Eon in a mixed up between the wickets and Raja was run out for 18. The partnership between Raja and Eon put on 32 valuable runs. The Assassins skipper Amit Moonsammy joined Eon and he took charge he open his account with two boundaries, but after adding 28 runs to the total he loss Eon caught by Shawn of Pooran for a top score of 32.
Rico Knight joined his skipper who was looking solid at the crease and was striking the ball well; Rico lost his stump for 2 runs when he was bowled by Asif Ally. At this point the game had shift in favor of Hustlers and Assassins last big hope step to the crease Frankie Baichu, Baichu hit Asif Ally straight to Popie Singh at deep mid off and he was gone for a duck. Navin Narine needed to stay with Moonsammy who was hitting the ball with authority but this didn’t happen as Narine was bowled by Javid for 1 run. Moonsammy need to keep the strike, and with Ganesh Chattergoon the last pair at the crease he tried desperately to do this and after adding 5 runs Chattergoon was run out for the third duck of the Assassins innings. Monnsammy was left not out on 25, Assassins closed their innings on 143 all out in the twenty fifth over, and before the game start the overs were reduced because of a late start. Pooran Beria took 3 for 19, Asif Ally 2 for 4, Javid Ali 2 for 31 and Nigel Briglal 1 for 15.
Hustlers needed to score at a run rate of about 6 runs an over and with the clouds over head looking darker and would burst anytime the batsmen went about their task in an aggressive way while Assassins knew to stay in the game their bowlers must bowl well. The first 6 overs between Navin Narine and Ganesh Chattergoon did just this for their team as they only gave up 30 runs. The Hustlers openers Asif Ally and Pooran Beria found the bowling very difficult to put away and their first boundary came in the sixth over. After a double bowling change was made the batsman knew they would have to take a chance against the new bowlers and it worked as the run rate picked up. Pooran Beria’s very eccentric style somewhat frustrated the fielders while Asif played solid cricket strokes. Both batsmen kept the score board moving while the bowlers had no success. The fielding skipper looked puzzled by Pooran style and the field setting looked out of placed at times, Pooran was able to get the ball past Eon at a deep gully position a few times with his reserve sweep. He went to the well too many time and with the score on 69 in the eleventh over he gave Eon a simple catch at the same position and he was gone for 28 runs.
With the fall of Pooran’s wicket this brought the “Babulall” of softball cricket batsman Kris Sobhai to the crease, Kris looked very uncomfortable at the crease and played some very airy shots and was lucky that no one reached it or fell just short of the fielder. Asif and Kris kept the score moving with singles while the Assassins skipper felt that he needed wickets and brought on Raja. Raja a slow blower and he made the crowd roar in disagreements Raja first ball was a long hop which Kris made sure clear the Baisley Park, the next ball was short and Kris made a swing and played well over it and loss his stump in the process, he was bowled for 12. Sudesh Persaud was the new batsman and he send the next ball to the boundary for 4, Raja over cost 12 valuable runs for Hustlers, while he was able to get the wicket of Kris. But the damage was done and Hustlers was able to maintain their run rate.
The fourteenth over was bowled by Frankie Baichu and he claimed that he slipped and fell and refused to leave the field, thus the game was unable to continue. The NYSCL was using the third umpire in the game and the three umpires met and try to get the game to continue but the Assassins captain refuses to play. The NYSCL rules was used to determined a winner and since the team batting second had completed more than half their allotted over and was leading by 12 runs when the overs were compared, Hustlers was awarded a win. Asif Ally was left on 32 not out and Sudesh Persaud on 4. Bowling for Assassins Raja grabbed 1 for 12 and Amit 1 for 15.
Hustlers Beat Super Chargers
By Ravi Mohan
August 19, 2010
It was a destructive performance by Hustlers Cricket club as they humiliate Super Chargers by 222 runs in the Premier division quarterfinal played at Roy Wilkins Park. Two hundred and twenty two run is one of the largest margins of defeat in the history of softball cricket. Super Chargers won the toss and ask Hustlers to take first strike rattling up 270 for the loss of four wickets and then bundle out Super Chargers of 48 all out.
Sudesh Persaud made 92 not out which include 5 fours and 3 sixes, Asif Ally made 66, 9 fours and Ravi Persaud made 22, 4 fours. Sudesh and Asif share a partnership of 144 runs for the third wicket.
Shawn Persaud aka Gaza opening the bowling for Hustlers bowled a nightmare spell to Supers Charger batsmen having figures of 5 for 13 in his six overs. Shawn one of the élite bowlers in softball cricket was very disappointed last week when Hustlers lost to Assassin and he has rebound to put his team back on track to defend the 30 Overs championship they won last year.
Ravi Murray picked up 2 for 20 and Kris Sobhai 2 for 1. Hustlers would like to repeat this performance this weekend when they take on United Stars in one of the semifinals. United Stars is the only team to beat Hustlers in the playoff. Whenever Hustlers get passed United Stars they went on to win the championships all four time.
United Stars Crushed Again
By James Persaud
June 24, 2010
This is becoming a sequel with a good start and a disappointing ending; many at the ground last Sunday were saying they were not surprise. It was once again a performance that was well below of what you believed this United Star team is capable of playing. Hustlers on the other hand have to be given kudos to their skipper Kris Sobhai for his field placing and always seem to make the right change of his bowler at the correct time.
The Hustlers bowlers were using the newly rebuilt wicket at 150 Rockaway, which is flat hard and more suited for batting to their advantage and taking away any real treat from the United Stars top order batting. Three of the top six batsmen fail to get any runs, Mangru, Wilfred and Bobby went back to the pavilion without adding anything to the scorebook.
United Star was only able to reach a measly 117 runs for 7 wickets at the end of the 25th over. Amar Singh and Ian got 22 runs each and skipper Ravin Ivan 21. Javid Ally was in fine form with the ball bowling his spell of 5 overs for 18 runs and claiming 3 wickets. Shawn Persaud grabbed 2 wickets and Popie Singh and Kris Sobhai claimed 1 wicket each.
The Hustlers opener Asif Ally is having a good run with the bat so far in the competition, put on a fine display of batting he batted to the end to finish with 48 not out. The score will not gave you a true picture of the resistance that the United Stars skipper Ivan and his team mates put up in containing the Hustlers batting. Skipper Ravin Ivan used 6 bowlers and tried switching them around many times as if just trying to buy some wickets.
While the Hustlers batsmen dug in and bat 22 overs to reach their target. Bobby Pahalad bowled his spell for 13 runs and took 1 wicket, Ivan and Kayoon spell cost only 24 and 22 runs respectively. Had it not been for some buttery fingers in the field this game could well have been much closer. Sudesh got 33 and Kris score 20 to reach the winning target for the loss of 3 wickets. Asif Ally won the man of the match for his top score of 48 runs not out.
Kris score 60 to Beat Liberty Knights
By Ravi Mohan
May 5, 2010
Kris Sobhai continued his good form with a well timed 60 runs to lead Hustlers by 5 wickets over Liberty Nights. Nights won the toss and decided to take first strike, posting 137 for 9 in 25 overs.
Ken top score with 35 runs which included 1 six and 4 fours, Sean Sight 19, Shawn 16 and G. Sight 11. Bowling for Hustlers J. Ally took 3 for 13, with one wicket each for Shawn Persaud, Kris and Nigel.
Hustlers chasing 137 for victory were in trouble early after Pooran were bowled by Andew second ball in the innings for a duck. Kris came to the crease and steady Hustlers innings, working the ball into the gaps picking ones and doubles making a well played 60 (4 Sixes and 4 fours).
He was well supported by Nigel Greaves 24 (3 fours) and Asif 21 (3 fours). Hustler’s over haul the total in 21.4 overs with 5 wickets in hand. Bowling for Liberty Nights Shawn took 2 for 27 and Andrew 1 for 27.
Kris Sobhai Dominate
By Ravi Mohan
April 23, 2010
Kris Sobhai continues his dominant form with the ball as Hustlers trash Cavaliers by seven wickets. Cavaliers won the toss and chose to bat only manage to post 82 runs all out. Kris continues his good form with the ball and did most of the damage picking up 6 for 14 in 4.2 overs.
In the opening game last week against Braveheart, he picked up 5 wickets included a hat-trick. Popie support Kris with 2 for 10 in 5 overs. Only Erapalli mange a good score with 22. Hustlers in reply knockoff the total losing 3 wickets, Asif made 33 and Pooran 22.