Lions Cricket Team Is Back With A Huge Victory Over Better Hope
By Jimmy Bacchus
August 27, 2015
All the headache of managing caused me not to manage last year. Fed up with all the hassle and chores of managing .I joined New York Eagles in the red ball league as a player. The ineptness of that league was shocking. The year came to an end and I ponder what to do. Come back to white ball and play or rebuild a team and manage again.
A few friends called me in March and asked me to manage their team but I turned them down. In my heart, I wanted to be a Lions team again. Ravi Singh called me in mid-March to manage his team and I said no. He already had a team in place. He called me again twice and in the first week of April. I made it clear that I will come as a player and not a manager, but I will help him out. The other condition was the team will be Lions and I will get the sponsorship from P.K. Singh Realty. He also secured co-sponsorship from Hibiscus. We agreed and this was the re-emergence of the Lions cricket team.
The first tournament was a bit of a struggle with undisciplined players. It didn’t take long before I became the manager again. Lions played poorly and didn’t make it to the playoffs. We knew that we had to bring in some new players to strength the team and get ready for the 2015 President Cup. Thanks to Ravi Singh and Captain G. Rambarran, we were able to get S. Sarju, A. Uthoo, V. Ragnauth and H. Motiram.
I told the team that if they win the games, I will sit out and continue to manage. From this moment on, the Lions were on the prowl. Lions went on to win all 6 qualifying games convincingly. We went to the quarter final against Port Mourant All-stars and defeated them for the third time this year. We then played Royal Challenger in the semifinal. They protested, claiming that we had 5 illegal players. This protest had no merit and we advanced to the finals.
The path for the Lions team lead to a faceoff with the very formidable Better Hope cricket team which we defeated in the first match. It was August 23rd 2015 and the venue was 150st and Baisley Park on the main pitch. It was a bright, sunny and glorious day for cricket. Lions won the toss and decided to take the field.
A. Uthoo struck early in the first over when he bowled A. Gordon for a duck. Farook played cautiously and scored a few runs before he twisted his ankle and retired hurt. J. Vaughn went down bowled by V. Narine for 3 runs. Renne Armogan hit the ball around for a while until he was bowled by N. Ramdin for 22 runs. Narine Ramroop scored 12 runs before he was out caught off a ball from V. Ragnauth. S. Armagon made 16 before he went caught off a ball from S. Barran. At this time it was obvious that Better Hope was in dire straits. At 13 overs, they already had 4 outs for 60 runs.
The Better Hope team resumed their batting under continued pressure from the Lions bowlers and the rest of the team. Young Ryan Sirikisoon took two excellent catches at the boundary and showed his arm strength by throwing the balls back to the bowler’s end with great accuracy. Johnny Chung took a third, excellent catch at the boundary. The Better Hope team managed to score 114 runs in 25 overs. N. Ramdin and G. Rambarran both took 2 wickets each for 14 runs.
Lion’s batsmen H. Motiram and Ryan Sirkisoon took the crease with Motiram facing. Ryan was run out very early for 2 runs. V Narine then came in. Together they pummeled the Better Hope bowlers until Narine went for30, caught from a ball by J. Vaughn.
After showing a fine display of batting, H. Motiram was out, bowled by J. Vaughn for 52. At this time, the Lions team were well on their way to victory. They won the match in 21.2 overs with 116 runs and 6 wickets in hand.
The Lions team played very well in the President Cup. Their hard work and dedication paid off in the end. When we needed someone to step up and make runs or take wickets, it was done. The fielding was shaky sometimes but, whenever the game was crucial, the players delivered. The captain G. Rambaran led his team valiantly every Sunday and tried very hard to recruit players. All of the players should be very proud of themselves and each other on a well-deserved victory. This victory has given me tremendous satisfaction and compensated for all the headaches in managing.
I would like to thank all our sponsors for their support, P.K. Singh Realty, Hibiscus Restaurant, Liberty Pool Hall and Chapter 1 Barber Shop. Go LIONS.