By Rajesh Rajcoomar
June 14, 2013
On a beautiful sunny Sunday in Brooklyn, Players took on Golden Stars for the second time in this competition, with Players taking the first game handsomely. Golden Star was hoping to even things out with more on the line, winners booking a place in the finals Sunday (Father’s day). But Players was equally ready to prove they were the better team which they did.
Players winning the toss and decided to take first strike lost their first batsman in the second over with the score 8 for 1, then came the captain at number three and he was aggressive from the first ball, hitting ( 3X6) & (1X4) in quick fire 23, and was stop short by a controversial and unbelievable decision.
Players adjusted and were able to post a very competitive score of 197 for 7, with contributions from I. Mohammed (42) and S. Satianand (44). T. Fraiser was the best bowler for Golden stars with figures (5-13-3) all the others was expensive.
On the other side of things Golden Stars change up their batting order but lost their first wicket in their second overs (6-1) H.Jagdeo and R.Rajcoomar continue what they left off last Sunday with some very tight bowling to tighten what was already a challenging score to finish with figures of (5-1-13-1) and (5-21-2).
At the half Golden Star was 60-3, needing another 138 off 12 overs. Despite a fighting 73 from D.Peters, Golden Star was never going to get 198 to win; they ended up scoring 179 for 6.
Players Outplayed Saturn And Advance To The Semi Finals
By Rajesh Rajcoomar
June 5, 2013
Players took on Saturn in the first quarter-finals at 130th, North Conduit in Queens. Saturn won the toss and asked Players to take first strike. Their first seven batters all scoring in double figures, with S. Satianand scoring a brilliant 64 not out that include (7 X 6) and (1X4), S. Dhanai 37, M. Boodhoo38,R. Surujpaul 31 all made useful contributions. Bowling for Saturn D. Singh was their best bowler taking 1 for 21 off 5 overs, all the other bowlers was not spared.
On resumption of the game Saturn was pegged back in the very first over bowled by H. Jagdeo who took 2 wickets with his 5th and 6th deliveries and went on to take a hat-trick with the help of a brilliant catch by the wicket keeper, and if it wasn’t for a drop catch Jagdeo would have achieve a helmet –trick which is very rare in cricket.
Rajesh Rajcoomar bowling second, rock them further with 5 wickets and S. Satianand complete a fine all-round game by finishing them off with 2 wickets for no runs.
Bowling figures H. Jagdeo finish with (5-20-3) R. Rajcoomar (5-1-23-5) and S. Satianand (0.4-0-2) to bowled them out for a mere 55 in 11.4 overs.
Players Beat Falcons To Keep Them Winless
May 17, 2013
On a cold and sunny Mother’s Day, Players winning the toss and after a lengthy discussion, Players decided to take the field first. Winless Falcons was playing shorthanded only 9 players. They lost their first wicket in the second over 1 for7 and continue to lose wickets regularly to finish the half at 81-5.
After the break they manage to bat out the 25 overs and finish with a par score of 130 runs. I. Ramowat finish with figures of 5 overs, 1 maiden, 18 runs and claimed 3 wickets, and S. Satianand took 2 for 16 runs.
Players knock off the required runs in 13.5 overs, with openers R. Dhanai making a magnificent 54 runs before being bowled, along with I. Ramowat who made 35 and R. Raganandan 29 not out.
Bowling for Falcons Tulsi and David was the only wicket takers with one each.
Players Beat Golden Stars to Stay Unbeaten
April 25, 2013
Players winning the toss and deciding to bat first recover from a disastrous start, 2 for 8 after the first over to finish with an impressive total of 234 for 9. Thanks to some steady partnership from R. Dhani with 33, M. Boodhoo 37, R. Raganandan 56 and R. Surujpaul 47.
R. Raganandan played some splendid shots in his knock of 56 for his second concessive half century.
In reply Golden Stars was bowled out for 203 with D. Peters registering a fine knock of 104 not out in a losing cause. V. Fernandes set them back in the tenth over with a hat-trick, bowling W. Blackman, G. Frasier and P. Bradshaw to finish with 5 wickets for 14 runs.