NYSCL 2018 Twenty20


Division IIA Champions Nationals, players and supporters celebrate

Twenty20 Division IIA Champions, Nationals Crushed Seal Team

By Shaleema Ulla

October 24, 2018


Nationals and Seal Team came into the final playing unbeaten in the qualifying rounds. On a windy and cold day at 150 Rockaway Park. Nationals won the toss and decided to bat first. Their opening pair of skipper Faizul Ulla and Murphy Ramnath batted patiently to put on a partnership of 68 runs. After Ulla was out bowled by Ravin Gopaul for 17, the next batsman was Steve Ramlakan.

Ramlakan scored 7 runs before he was out caught of Darren Singh, Ajay Singh joined Ramnath at the crease and had a chat. It looked as if Ajay Singh had a game plan, as he looked comfortable stroking the ball with power and scored a quick 21 runs before losing his stump to Ravin Gopaul. Murphy Ramnath was the next to go caught of Alvin Gopaul for 28. Darren Singh returns and had Ameer Ally out caught for 3.

With two new batsmen at the crease Adrian Latchman and Abdool Hafeez, they would see Nationals to end of their allotted overs and a total of 134 for 5. Adrian Latchman scored 2 not out and Abdool Hafeez ends with 5 not out. Bowling for Seal Team Darren Singh took 2 for 17, Ravin Gopaul claimed 2 for 15 and Alvin Gopaul had 1 for 13.

In Seal team reply Nationals had them in early trouble after picking up their first wicket in the second over. Nationals never eased the pressure on the batsmen and after ten overs the score was on 37 runs. But it was not over for Seal team, this team has batting depth and they were hoping they can get a partnership going.

Nationals with very good slow bowling from the pair of Abdool Hafeez and Ajay Singh, Seal Team found themselves in plenty of troubles. Their innings ended in the nineteenth over with a total of 86. The only batsmen to reached double figures were Ravin Gopaul with 15, Alvin Gopaul 14 and Safraz Mustafa scored 11.  Ajay Singh picked up 3 wickets for 10, Abdool Hafeez had 3 for 14 and Ameer Ally 2 for 22. 

Nationals played well and deserved to be the 2018 Twenty20 Division IIA champions, given the weather and the playing conditions. Thanks to all our supporters and looking forward to playing great cricket next year. Congratulations to the entire Nationals organization and all its members.


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