Afraz Alli (left) big hitting and Videsh Kolandawel 69 not out down Mafia

Survival Shock Mafia As Videsh Kolandawel Stars with a match winning 69 not out

By Mahendra Hariraj 

April 27, 2017


Last Sunday, Survival Cricket Club took on Mafia Cricket Club at the 150 Rockaway venue in the New York Softball Cricket League, President Cup 20 overs competition. Survival was reckoned as the underdog but had something special to show Mafia. Survival stunned a deflated Mafia XI with a huge win chasing down 155 runs in just 16.1 overs for a mere loss of 3 wickets.


Survival won the toss and sent Mafia to bat on a beautiful wicket. However, an overly confident Mafia struggled to score against some decent bowling from Survival. At halftime, only managing 43 runs for 3 wickets. Mafia innings picked up momentum in the second half with Thameshwar Boodhai making a much needed 54 and Dharmpaul Singh 20 supporting a final total of 155 for 9 wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Survival bowlers Chris Singh, Maheshwar Naidoo and Aftab Sadik grabbing 2 wickets each.


Survival batting reply was led by the aggressive Videsh Kolandawel. Survival batsmen were simply destructive and trashed Mafia bowling all over the park. Videsh played an anchoring role but dominated the innings with a marvelous 69 runs not out compiled with 3 massive sixes and 6 expansive fours.  His batting took the bliss away from Mafia as he pushed Survival to victory.


Ryan Taharjit muscled a quick 15 runs along with Afraz Ali big hitting 14 runs not out, polished a comprehensive win for Survival. Mafia only managed to secure 3 wickets with best figures coming from Dharmpaul Singh and Dane Glasgow taking 1 wicket each. Survival defeated Mafia in handsome style - destructively chasing down the total ending on 156 runs for 3 wickets in 16.1 overs. Live the Passion, Survival Love Cricket.

Survival all-rounder Ravindra Dwarka gets a well deserving rest after destroying Cavaliers bowling.

Survival’s Dwarka and Asgar Fiery Partnership Key to Defeat Cavaliers

By Mahendra Hariraj

July 24, 2015


Sunday scorching weather was not the only thing blazing at the 150 Rockaway cricketing venue, so were the batting of middle order batsmen Ravindra Dwarka and Asgar Khan. The contest was staged between Survival Cricket Club and Cavaliers in the NYSCL President Cup 25 overs competition. Survival won the toss, electing to bat and was off to quick start.  Mahendra Hariraj and M. Khan started the inning with good aggression making 13 and 19 runs receptively in a 47 runs partnership in just 6 overs.


However, a blowing change from Cavaliers brought a few quick wickets. The fall of wickets shifted momentum of the game with Survival 63 for 4 wickets. It was at this point, R. Dwarka and Asgar Khan took a destructive wallop to the Cavalier bowlers. R. Dwarka took the Cavaliers’ bowling to pieces as he unleashed some extravagant but classy shots.


Dwarka was equally matches by Asgar Khan who also dispatched anything loose from the Cavaliers bowlers. The batting duo blazed the bowling to all corners of the park with some scintillating batting and regaining the momentum. Dwarka complied a blistering inning of 39 runs off just spending four overs at the crease before been caught on the square leg boundary. The innings from Dwarka included 4 marvelous 4’s which three were consecutives fours.


To top his stylish inning, Dwarka powered 1 massive 6 over the midwicket. Meanwhile, Asgar Khan put on a running exhibition picking up quick runs and rotating the strike. Despite Khan’s urge for fast singles, he also took a liking to the Cavalier bowlers and muscled 3 brilliant 4’s and 1 towering 6 in his inning of 33 runs.


Seemly, the batting partnership was instrumental and valuable giving Survival a respectable total of 190 all out in their allotted 25 overs. Cavaliers’ bowlers had measured response to the batting onslaught with only decent bowling figures coming from Rishi Singh, Gavesh Arjune and Ralph Ramsaroop who took 2 wickets each at key intervals.


The stage was sent for a good run chase. Cavaliers needed 191 runs from their share of 25 overs. Cavaliers’ batters looked determined to knock off the 191 target but Survival had other plans.  With a strategic field setting from skipper Asif Ahamad, Survival looked to restrict the Cavalier batters early.


The plan from Asif Ahamad worked well, as veteran batsman Sunil Panday was caught on the long off boundary for just 13 runs. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals but the score was also being ticked along. Cavalier’s only hope was Gavesh Arjune who muscled some massive sixes over the leg-side boundary. Gavesh Arjune was joined by his bother T. Arjune who played a handy knock of 18 runs.


Despite, the batting efforts from the Arjune brothers, Survival bowling and fielding was too clinical for Cavaliers. Survival bowling troubled all of the Cavalier batsmen.  Survival captain Asif Ahamad spun a web around the clueless batsmen grabbing 3 wickets in his 5 overs for just 33 runs and taking the key wicket of Gavesh Arjune.


Gavesh Arjune mad a hopeful 35 runs including some towering sixes but he was brilliantly caught on the square boundary off the tactical bowling of Asif Ahamad. Survival Asgar Khan also bowled a great spell of 5 overs for 2 wickets and just giving way 21 runs. Survival third consecutive victory was insight as Romesh Mangar took 2 wickets for 29 runs in his 4.1 overs to halt the Cavaliers batting reply at 155 all out. Survival’s next game is against West Dem XI at the 150 Rockaway Park. Come join us! Live the Passion Survival Loves Cricket.


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