NYSCL 2018 President Cup Playoffs Blast Off Sunday
By James Persaud
May 17, 2018
As was expected the NYSCL 2018 season was planned with great expectations, but sometimes there are things you cannot change or control. The weather for sure you cannot control, you just hope for the best. After the first and second weeks schedule was rained out. The NYSCL 2018 President Cup sponsored by Johnny’s Restaurant and Bar got off to an incredible start. And after four weeks of playing cricket in a very intense competition. The 32 qualifying teams in the four divisions will all vying for a championship in a three-week playoff.
Kumar Gopaul, Erapalli Sahadeo, Akesh Ramjattan and Avinash Mohan, no there are not from the same team. But they are the leading runs scores in their respective division. Kumar Gopaul of Shattaz is the only player to score a century in division one. He scored 104 not out against Richmond Hill and is leading the division in runs. He is followed closely by Rohit Dutchin of SVC Cricket, Rasheed Rafeek of Triumph, Raja Parsram of Assassins and Daniel Peters of Golden Stars to complete the top 5.
Erapalli Sahadeo of CI Volcanoes playing in division two has the highest score so far in the 2018 season, he blasted 131 not out versus Titans in the fourth week. Erapalli has dominated this division so far with his aggressive batting, and along with his brother Ravi, they will be looking to go all the way in the playoffs. Akesh Ramjattan of Golden Jaguars is leading his team in batting. He also bowls and has added very good all-around performance for Golden Jaguars who are leading their division at the top with points.
Avinash Mohan changed team over the offseason after having a very good 2017 season with Crown XI. With Avinash Mohan moving up in the division and still scoring runs, showed that he is a very capable batsman. He scored a 109 for Cobra in the third week against CI Volcanoes. Ravi Sahadeo of CI Volcanoes and last season division II MVP Ritesh Bridgelall of Seal team completing the top 5 in batting in division II.
In division IIB still many reports to be updated, but after two weeks the batting is led by two players from Caribbean Stars, Shazam Mohamed and Devendra Shamnarine followed by Chateram Prashad of Island Boys. The bowlers seemed to have gotten off to a slow start and after four weeks of cricket, no bowler has taken a hat-trick in any division.
But there were some outstanding performances form the bowlers thus far, Delroy Perrira of SVC Cricket and Dwayne Nedd of Golden Stars is a tie as the leading wicket-taker in division one. Siddiq Kayoon of SVC Cricket, Terrence Deonarine of Flasherz and Kiran Ramnauth of Golden Stars complete the top 5. There are two 5 wickets haul in division one, Delroy Perrira of SVC Cricket took 5 for 15 versus Shattaz in the third week and Anthony Howard of Survivioz bagged 5 for 14 against Dynasty in the fourth week.
Chris Goordial of Apollo XI is the leading wicket-taker in division two, he had his best against Rising Stars, grabbing 5 for 27 in the fifth week. The top 4 is completed by Terry Hardial of Rising Stars, Rakesh Hemrath of Golden Jaguars. And Anand Chaitram after coming over from Unpredictable where he led their bowling for many years he is doing the same for CI Volcanoes. In division IIB Parmanand Narine of Amazon and Sunil Tulsidas of Island Boys is the leading wicket-taker.
SHATTAZ CRUSHED FLASHERZ FOR FIRST T20 WIN
By Rabin Sookraj
September 26, 2014
In the third meeting between these two teams, as I mention before there are bitter rivals on the cricket field but very good friends off the field. Last Sunday Shattaz won the toss and elected to bat first, after a shaky start in the first four overs, Shattaz batsmen decided to let loose on Flasherz bowlers and put up a hefty score of 157 off their allotted 20 overs.
Flasherz batsmen in reply knew that it was never going to be an easy task, but always think that it was doable with their batting line up. Flasherz opening pair of Awaz and Mark EZ started their innings in a blazing manner scoring at 9 runs an over for the first 5 overs. Shattaz got the break through when Awaz was brilliantly caught at cover of Kumar bowling with the score on 45 in the sixth over.
It was all downhill from this point for the Flasherz batsmen and some very good fielding from the young Shattaz team contributed to four run outs. Superb bowling from Kumar, Ajay and Vanesh Gunga had Flasherz crumbling to less than 100 runs all out.
Kudos to the Shattaz team they have now accomplished what they have been wanting to do since the formation of team, to beat Flasherz.