Alvin Barratt 76 runs and Robindra Singh Hat-Trick was too much for Sheffield
By Morris Seecharan
July 31, 2016
The Sunrise Softball Cricket Club (SSCC), sponsored by Kaieteur Express Restaurant and Bar, located at Liberty Ave, and 120th Street in Richmond Hill, NY brilliant performances by Alvin Barratt and Robindra Sing (Vicky) was too much for Sheffield to overcome. At the Seaview Park in Brooklyn, winning the toss and batting Alvin Barratt and Wahab Husain of Sunrise paced a wonderful innings. Alvin opens his account by blasting a four to long off as Wahab look to assist in anchoring the innings.
This pair quickly knocks out the opening bowlers D. Edwards and Y. Bascom of Sheffield. With Alvin striking the ball commandingly, while Sheffield bowlers couldn’t find the break through, along with Wahab they see off Sheffield bowler’s up to number four. After setting an important batting foundation, Ward bowling at number 5 was able to penetrate through Wahab’s guards bowling him with the score at 54 in the 8th over. Alvin, who was in the batting grove, finding the boundary lines frequently, was joined by Roopnarine Dayal who quickly settled in.
Hustling to close out Sunrise first batting half, Dayal was caught at off square off the bowling of D. Edwards with the score at 82 for 2 at the 13th overs. Placing Sunrise at a commanding batting position, Alvin was joined by Robindra Singh (Vicky), who continues to be a batting force for his team. Alvin celebrated his half century and continues on his spectacular inning, as Vicky scored fast runs. This pair looked dangerous as they were hitting flurries of boundaries to close out Sunrise innings.
Alvin blasting a shot to cover was caught by a stunning catch off the bowling of Bascom. As the scoreboard read 141 for 3 in the 19th over, Alvin had a brilliant 76 runs knock and placed his team in a solid position. Alvin played a masterpiece knock with aggressions, hitting ten boundaries and was a treat for his teammates and supporters watching. Vicky who shared in a 60 runs partnership with Alvin was joined by A. Gobind. As they raced to close their innings, Vicky was unfortunate being caught for a fast 44 runs and falling short of a half century for consecutive weeks. Gobind took the responsibility making an unbeaten 27 runs, and along with Raj Balgobin they closed out Sunrise’s inning postings 200 for 5 in their allotted 25 overs.
Chasing down an above par score, A. Gordon and R. Allicock of Sheffield looked solid taking ten runs off the first over to start their innings. What looks like a solid opening stands was quickly broken up by Krishna Kemraj, Sunrise captain as he had Gordon caught at slip with the score at 21 in the 3rd overs. Allicock who was batting solid and confidence was joined by W. Ward. Knowing that they have to chase down a big total, this pair looks to attack Sunrise bowler’s and found success.
They built an important partnership, kept Sheffield run rate at 9 plus and keeping them well on track towards their target. After a 60 plus partnership between Allicock and Ward, Harold Deokinanan knocks over Ward leg stumps and right after Allicock who made 49 runs was caught of the bowling of Robindra Singh with score at 93 for 3 in the 12 over. D. Edwards and E. Datson the new batsmen for Sheffield settled and take the score to 106 runs in the 13 over half placing them well head of Sunrise.
Edwards and Datson continue to punish Sunrise bowlers who were bowling down the leg and picked for few big overs to start their second half batting. After firing for triple boundaries, Edwards was caught behind by keeper Wahab Hussain off of K. Kemraj bowling. However, N. Roberson joined Datson and they continue to race toward Sunrise total. Faced with possibility of losing the game, the ball was given to Robindra Singh who had Datson caught at long off and right after had Roberson caught. With back to back wickets and hat-trick in play Robindra removed Y. Bascum leg stumps and exhaled in celebration, earning a well-deserved hat-trick which was celebrated by his fellow teammates.
Most importantly with the score 153 for 7 in the 20th over, Sunrise was back on top in this game. Harold Deokinanan was brought back into the attack and he wasted no time wrapping up Sheffield remaining batsmen. Sheffield who was on track and looked at one point to easily make Sunrise target was bowled out for 162 in the 23rd over. Robindra Singh (Vicky) bowled a brilliant innings with figures of 4 for 22, which include a hat-trick. He was well supported by Harold Deokinanan, a consistent Sunrise bowler with figures of 3 for 16.
Alix Husain of Sunrise selected for the USA Under 17 Team
By Morris Seecharan
July 16, 2016
The Sunrise Softball Cricket Club (SSCC), sponsored by Kaieteur Express Restaurant and Bar, located at Liberty Ave, and 120th Street in Richmond Hill youngest member Alix Hussain was called up to play for the USA under 17 team in the upcoming cricket tournament in Houston Texas involving teams from Canada and Bermuda. Alix selection to represent the US Under 17 was fitting as he poses tremendous cricketing skills over the years. Most importantly, Alix love for the game of cricket was recognized at an early age as he was around eleven years of age when he joined the Sunrise Cricket Club. Since then his passion, commitment and dedication to develop in the game of cricket never stopped.
Alix built his cricketing skills with his Sunrise Softball club, whose mission is to give youth the opportunity to develop their cricketing skills while playing with experience players, who are role models and mentors as well. While playing for Sunrise in the New York Softball Cricket (NYSCL), Alix started to play for his fielding abilities which was striking as opposing team wouldn’t risk his gun of an arm. As he developed his batting and bowling skills Alix earned a permanent position as an all-rounder for Sunrise.
In addition, Alix took advantage of the free Cricket Youth Clinic Program provided by the New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL) every Saturday in summer. Alix skills were noticed by the NYSCL as he was elected the captain their youth team for two years. In 2012 he captained the New York Softball Cricket League youth team against Schenectady youth team and led his team to victory. In 2011 he was named the most improved players and 2012 was crown player of the year by his club SSCC. While playing for Sunrise Alix earned several batting and bowling awards and most recently in 2015 was recognized as emerging players of the year by his Sunrise Club.
In the last three years Alix turned his attention to the hardball version of cricket which he found very interesting. He swiftly move and join local hardball clubs and work steadily to improve his hardball cricketing skills which paved the way for him to be selected for John Adams High School of Queens cricked team, Spartans. At John Adams starting in 2014 Alix played in the New York City Public School Athletic League (PSACL) which holds an annual cricket completion. At John Adams, Alix playing as an all-rounder quickly became a key player and leading his team in many matches. During the recent 2016 regular PSACL cricket competition Alix scored several half centuries, was one of the leaders in most runs scored and was very handy with the ball picking wickets.
In addition, Alix and his Spartan team won the PSCAL 2016 cricket final defeating Franklin Delano High School (FDR) of Brooklyn. In this important final with John Adams down 37 for 2 in the 8th over and FDR having the advantage, Alix made 31 and a crucial 3rd down partnership of 79 runs. Alix was key in repairing his team batting as he took his team to the 15th over building the foundation for John Adam being crowned the PSCAL Cricket Champion for 2016.
It was not surprising that Alex was selected for the USA Under 17 cricket team as he displayed striking cricketing skills at the recent United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) Under 17 trials in New York. Alix Hussain, parents Mr. and Mrs. Wahab Hussain is elated and happy for their son selection for the USA Under 17 Cricket Team and wish him continued success. Most importantly, the Sunrise club members, their Sponsors Kaieteur owner Mr. Rabindranath Koobial, Cricket Zone owner Ravi Etwaroo came together and rewards Alix with cricket gears and cash for his upcoming cricket tournament to Houston Texas. Everyone congratulates Alix in his achievement of the USA Under 17 cricket team selection and wishes him well for the tournament and in all future cricket endeavors and opportunities.
Harold and Deryck placed Sunrise on track to beat Country Boys
July 5, 2016
The Sunrise Softball Cricket Club, sponsored by Kaieteur Express Restaurant and Bar, located at Liberty Ave, and 120th Street in Richmond Hill, moving up to division 1B for the NYSCL 25 over President Cup, quickly put behind their unfortunate loss in the final against Blitz and turned their focus on competing in this new competition. Winning the toss and batting against Country Boys at 150th and Rockaway Park in Queens, opening pair Alvin Barratt and Wahab Hussain of Sunrise faced tight bowling off A Williams and Ivor Chan as Alvin looking good after his first boundary was bowled by Williams in the 3rd over with the score at 8. Robindra Singh (Vicky) joined Wahab but didn’t fear well either as Ivor had him caught with the score at 29 for 2 in the 6th over. Wahab who was batting cautiously was joined by A Gobind who had a short stay as well, caught off the bowling of A Towler with the score at 45 for 3 in the 9th over. With wicket falling at regular intervals and partnership not building, Raj Balgobin dropping down the batting line joined Wahab as they worked to resuscitate Sunrise batting. However, with Country Boys slow but accurate bowling they only manage a score of 64 runs for 3 at their 13 overs half.
In Sunrise second half batting, Wahab and Raj looking to pick up the run rate started the 2nd half well picking up 13 runs in the 14th over. Batting safely, and after a significant 36 runs partnership looking for a short single Raj was run out for 17 runs, and in the next delivery Wahab was bowled by a full pitch as Towler placed Country Boys at good position with the score at 81 for 5 in the 15th overs. With two new batsmen Harold Deokinanan and Antonio Dallai at the crease, they were left with the daunting task of saving Sunrise batting. Harold opens his account by hitting a boundary looking sold and in good touches. He quickly turned the tide on Country Boys blasting towering boundaries, and ignited an onslaught on Country Boys blowers as Antonio joined in the action. A Jerrick and Y Giddings were tagged for big overs as Sunrise run rate jumped from 5+ to 7+. Harold who is one of Sunrise consistent batsmen and striking at a very high rate blasted 48 runs which included 8 boundaries of which 4 were sixes. Harold led in this crucial partnership of 78 runs with Antonio whose stellar blast racked in 24 important runs including 4 boundaries. After the departure of Harold and Antonio and the score at 159 for 7 in the 23rd overs, Deryck Basdeo returning for the first time to Sunrise lineup in 2016 closed out the game with an unbeaten 13 runs knock as Sunrise posted 176 for 7 in their allotted 25 overs and looked solid.
Country Boys looked focused in chasing Sunrise target opened with G Leacock and T Fernandez as they faced Khemraj Somaru and A Gobind. Leacock hit a boundary to get off the mark and batting along safely A Gobind got the first break through for his team having Leacock caught with the score at 20 for 1 in the 4th overs. Right after, A Gobind in his 3rd over knocked over G Hanover stumps as the score read 31 for 2 in the 6th overs. Fernandez who looked settled was joined by A Williams, who showed sharp batting defenses partnered in putting up a fight. This pair safely steered Country Boys batting taking the score to 69 for 2 at their half.
With Sunrise bowlers restricting the runs flow, Fernandez and William batted smartly not giving up their wickets with the high hopes for a Country Boys batting explosion to close out their innings and reaching their target with wicket in hands. Batting along smoothly Hernandez struck a big shot to deep long leg off Harold’s bowling but Deryck Basdeo took a brilliant catch to break up this staunched partnership of 58 runs as the score read 89 for 3 in the 17 overs. Right after Deryck Basdeo struck by bowling A Andrews for a duck, bowled A Towler and smartly knocks down A Williams who was a treat at 30 runs leg stump, quickly changing the game in Sunrise favor with score at 102 for 6 in 21 overs. A Jerrick batting at 8 looking to make a comeback belted a fast 24 runs but was run out by Raj Balgobin by a direct hit from back stop as Robindra Singh (Vicky) had Ivor Chan caught at long on by Wahab. With quick wickets falling off of Deryck’s bowling Sunrise hold down Country Boys at 145 for 8 in their 25 overs winning by 31 runs.