NYSCL 2017 Twenty20


Triumph players on the side line putting plans in place for Sunday final

Triumph Will Go Head To Head With Rising Stars For Championship

By James Persaud

October 24, 2017


Triumph makes it to their second consecutive finals and finds themselves taking on the very confident Rising Stars. In the last competition, final Triumph took on Sunrise and was hit by a hurricane after 7 overs. Triumph was cursing after 7 overs on 52 for 2 wickets and for the next 9 overs Triumph was all out for 75. The last 8 wickets fell for 23 runs, batsmen were falling as if a hurricane just hit them or was it really Hurricane Harold, who took 4 for 17 runs.


Did Triumph get too confident or too complacent after playing unbeaten into the final? Whatever the reason was on that day, Triumph simply played bad cricket. This Sunday’s final would be no easy task. Triumph played Rising Stars in the qualifying round and scrambled to victory with 4 balls to spare. Both teams have very good batting and bowling, and it could come down to which team plays their best, especially in their fielding. Triumph is averaging about 4 drop catches a game.


Last Sunday Triumph took on Bronx Lions in the semi-final, Bronx Lions has had a very good 2017 season. Their strength is their batting and they won the toss and asked Triumph to bat first, maybe thinking whatever Triumph put on the board they can get. But Triumph had other plans and made some adjustments in their batting lineup. This worked to their advantage as runs were scored at a rate of almost 12 an over. 


Triumph’s opening pair of Rasheed Rafeek and Mahendra Seeram put on a 59 run partnership, after Rafeek was out Sham Gobin partnered with Seeram for a 40 runs partnership. But the scoring rate went up when Nevil Jagnarine joined Gobin and added a 79 run partnership. Gobin displayed a fine disciplined inning of fine stroke play reaching the boundary 10 times in his inning of 70. After Gobin was out bowled by Cecil Gunraj. Dave Jagnarine joined Nevil and the two battled to the end of the allotted overs with a score of 235. Nevil scored 28 and Dave had 19, Gunraj and Vashan Persaud shared the wickets for Bronx Lions.


Bronx Lions took the crease knowing they needed to achieve 12 runs an over in order to advance to the final. This was going to be an uphill task, Triumph has a very good bowling with both pace and spin and is led by the wicket-taking leader Dave Jagnarine. But this was not to happen, Bronx Lions loss their openers with only 10 runs in the book. Both openers were bowled by pacer Ricardo Lumelino. A third-wicket partnership of 51 runs added some receptively to the total.


But after the third wicket fell, the batsmen tried their best to defend and score singles and doubles. Bronx Lions skipper Bryan Singh tried desperately to save his team by going for the big shot, but it was difficult Triumph bowlers were bowling well. Bryan found the boundary once with a maximum before Seeram spread his wicket. Bronx Lions innings came to an end with 2 overs to spare M. Seeram took 3 wickets, Lumelino and Rafeek claimed 2 apiece and Frank Paul took one. It was a very good game, but the runs were too much for Bronx Lions, and they never got the start they were depending on.


Triumph played an excellent game, this much can be said about the last competition, they will be hoping that enough is left in the tank to take them to victory lane this Sunday. This matchup between Rising Stars and Triumph will be good, the weather forecast for the game time Sunday is about 15 degrees less than last Sunday. Come out, get out early and support your team, game time is 1 pm. Come out and support the boys of summer, regardless of who is the champions it was another wonderful season of softball cricket. Play ball, play your best and may the best team win, best of luck to all the teams in the four divisions finals.

Nevil Jagnarine (left) and Rasheed Rafeek took a total of 7 wickets

Rafeek and Jagnarine Bowled Triumph Into Division IIA Final

By James Persaud

August 25, 2017


Triumph seems to always play their best cricket late in the season, in the first competition they qualify for the playoffs and could not get past the quarter final. With a few changes to the team, and a group of guys who are playing very good cricket at present, if not at their best. Last Sunday in the semi-final versus One Love, Triumph bat first and put up a very challenging total of 195.


Getting to 195 was no easy task after One Love won the toss and asked Triumph to bat, this seemed as their best chance to down Triumph. In the third over Amit Singh get Rasheed Rafeek to sky an easy catch to the cover fielder and he was gone for 5. Sham Gobin replaced Rafeek and bat very cautiously as he builds a innings of 59, in the progress he losses Vishnu Ramnauth for 21, bowled by One Love skipper Dave Balli. Ricardo Lumelino did not last long he was run out for 1, Nevil Jagnarine partner with his skipper and put on a 45 runs fourth wicket partnership.


Gobin bat with poise and determine to get among the runs, he played a Captain innings. His knock of 59 came off 42 balls and including five fours and four maximum. After Gobin was out, caught of Balli, Mahendra Seeram, Triumph hard hitting all-rounder tried to keep the run rate at a steady pace. He was somewhat successful, he stroked three fours and a towering six in a quick knock of 22. Dave Jagnarine joins Nevil Jagnarine at the crease and together it was a little cameo of the Jagnarine show. Both Jagnarine’s strikes the ball well and got some well-needed boundaries.


Nevil was bowled by Balli for 25, including one four and two sixes, Frank Paul came to the crease and seemed to have a plan of his own, it was a destructive plan. He stroked Suraj Singh for three consecutive boundaries for the first three balls he faced. Suraj Singh gave up 19 runs in the over, in the next over Frank and Dave hand Shane Manbodh 22 runs over with three towering sixes and one four. Triumph finish their allotted 25 over with 195 for 6. Dave Jagnarine and Paul Frank was unbeaten on 13 and 28 respectively. Dave Balli took 3 for 19, Amit Singh 1 for 36 and Prashad 1 for 38 shared the wickets.


Mahendra Seeram opened the bowling for Triumph, he bowled very quick, but the One Love openers were prepared and bat very watchful and just defend. Seudat Bindnarine shared the new ball and gave up 2 runs in his first over. Both of Triumph opening bowlers had a very good spell but was unable to get the break through. A bowling change was made with Dave Jagnarine and he gave up 8 runs in his first over, another bowling change with Nevil Jagnarine and Triumph got the breakthrough they wanted, Narpaul Singh was caught of Nevil for 11.


As if the game was going too slow Triumph skipper wanted more and he opts for another bowling change with Rasheed Rafeek. Rafeek strikes immediately bowled Amit Singh for 19, he also had Davindra Budhu caught for 5 and bowled Suraj Singh for 9. Nevil took his second wicket, that of Mohan Singh bowled without scoring. In Rafeek next over he sends down six dot balls, the game was slipping away from One Love, the batsmen knew it was hard to get runs and were more likely to just defend their stumps.


Rafeek was having a ball, to say the least, as he used the ball to destroyed One Love, in his fourth over he took another two wickets, he got skipper Dave Balli caught for 7 and Ryan Prashad bowled for 11. Rafeek bowled his last over for a maiden, and finish with a match figure of 5 for 19. Shane Manbodh was the only other One Love batsman to put up any resistance as their camp went silence, and in the distance, you can hear the fat lady singing glory for Triumph.


Seeram and Bindnarine return to the attack, they both bowled very quick, but with the tail enders at the crease and they were prepared to not take any risky chance, just defend and watch the ball go by. But by no means Shane Manbodh was giving up, he struck Bindnarine for two sixes and this brings some noise and encouragement from their camp. In Seeram next over he bowled Manbodh for 16 and Carlos Kayoume was run out for 4. Bindnarine bowled Rick Singh for 1 and Rakesh Ramroop was left unbeaten on 1 and One Love was all out for 103 in the twenty first over. Rasheed Rafeek had 5 for 19, Nevil Jagnarine 2 for 31, Mahendra Seeram and Seudat Bindnarine claimed 1 wicket each.    

Ryan Lowtan strikes another boundary in his knock of 71 not out

Ryan Lowtan Bat To The End To Secure Triumph Second Win

By James Persaud

April 19, 2017


The young Ryan Lowtan bat to the end for an unbeaten 71 to keep Triumph undefeated and gave Sunrise their first loss of the season. In the first week, Lowtan showed great fortitude in scoring 21 runs against Ranchers. In the second week batting at number three, he defied the Sunrise bowlers and stayed at the crease for 19 overs and an unbeaten 71 runs. As if this was the game of the youths, Alix Husain another youngster batting for Sunrise at number two almost undone the effort of Lowtan.  


In the first game Triumph bat, first and scored over two hundred runs, hoping for the same result with great spring weather condition on Easter Sunday for cricket and batting. Ricardo Lumelino and Vishnu Ramnauth took the crease, Lumelino looked very uncomfortable against Krishna Kemraj. The fourth ball of the innings Kemraj beat a very defensive Lumelino and he was gone without scoring. Ryan Lowtan joins Ramnauth and together they both batted well, Ramnauth showed aggression while Lowtan was more prepared and looked for the loose balls.


After a bowling change was made with Harold Deokinanan, his fourth delivery had Ramnauth driving too early and was caught for 24. The first game hero Mahendra Seeram coming at number four was hoping for a repeat, this was not to happen. Stanley Lloyd first ball beat a big swing from Seeram and he loses his stump in the process for 3 runs. Dave Jagnarine was next man in and after facing three balls from Lloyd he stroked one four, before losing his stumps.


Triumph was not well placed and needed the run rate higher and someone to play a huge inning. Well, they not only got one batsman but two in Lowtan and Nevil Jagnarine. Nevil Jagnarine the Triumph captain started well in the first game and gave up his wicket cheaply, but this time he took the challenge to the bowlers and the score raced to 100 in twelve overs. Nevil Jagnarine stroked both Kemraj and Lloyd for towering boundaries in reaching a valuable score of 32 before he was caught of Alix Hussain.


Alix Husain also bowled Boodram Deopaul for 5, the hard-hitting Frank Paul was next and made no mistake against Alix Husain hitting three consecutive boundaries. In the next over Paul, challenged Robindra Singh and he was bowled for 13. While wickets kept falling Lowtan watched from the other end if he had any chance of a century, he needed the strike but this was not to happen. Harold Deokinanan in his last over beats and bowled the big swinging Balram Singh for 7.


Triumph reached 198 after 19 overs and their camp was calling for 200. With one over remaining Mahabeer Parsam hit the first ball he faced to the midwicket boundary. Pasram scored 6 and Ryan Lowtan 71 (7x4) both unbeaten. Harold Deokinanan, Stanley Lloyd, and Alix Husain all claimed two wickets each, Krishna Kemraj and Robindra Singh pick up one apiece.


Alix Husain opened the Sunrise innings with his father Wahab Husain, and when the score was on eleven Wahab was run out for 3 runs. Alix continued to bat very aggressively and showed very good batting skills, he was caught by the wicketkeeper Vishnu Ramnauth of Dave Jagnarine for a well-played 67 including (5x4) and (3x6). Earlier in the innings, Sunrise gave Triumph some scare, Sunrise reached 91 in ten overs and still needing 112 runs in the last 10 overs. With Robindra Singh and Alix running well between the wickets and finding the boundaries quite often Triumph needed to get wickets. But after Robindra Singh was run out for 13, Antonio Dallai Sunrise captain came in and played very defensive and could not keep up the run rate and was soon out caught of Ricardo Lumelino for 2.


The dangerous Harold Deokinanan together with Alix would add a quick 33 runs partnership. After Harold was bowled by Mahendra Seeram for 13 with two boundaries. Wickets kept falling around Alix, Alix continued to bat aggressive but it was clear that the run rate was getting too high as the overs kept slipping away. Alix was out in the 16th over and the remaining batsman did not offer any real resistance to the bowlers. Alix bat well, he tried to single-handed carry Sunrise to victory.


Thomas Persaud was bowled by Dave Jagnarine without scoring, Boodram Deopaul picked up two quick wickets, Stanley Lloyd was caught for 8 and Krishna Kemraj was bowled for 1. With the fall of Alix wicket Sunrise still needed 60 runs from 4 overs. Selwyn Cheong stayed with Prataab Seecharan but both batsmen were unable to put the bowlers away. Ricardo Lumelino returns and beat Cheong with pace and he was out for 1, the last pair of Prataab Seecharan and Khemraj Somaru had a plan to just occupy the crease and bat the allotted overs.  Seecharan and Khemraj Somaru both ends with 1 not out and Sunrise end the game losing by 30 runs. Boodram Deopaul, Dave Jagnarine, and Ricardo Lumelino took two wickets each and Mahendra Seeram claimed one.

Mahendra Seeram (left) and Dave Jagnarine leave the field after an unbeaten 147 runs partnership

Seeram hot bat and Jagnarine accurate pace shut down Ranchers

By James Persaud

April 10, 2017


Yesterday just as Sergio Garcia was putting to win his first golf Masters. Triumph was trying very hard to take Ranchers last wicket for victory. Last season Ranchers played in a lower division and made the playoffs two times. This gave them some confidence and this season they feel that it was time to move to a higher division, while Triumph made some changes to their roster.


The Triumph skipper called the toss correct and asked Ranchers to field first. In the first five overs, Ranchers bowlers did very well on a dry flat surface. Ricardo Lumelino was bowled by Sammy for 8 and Nevil Jagnarine who looked in fine form, after scoring a quick 19 was bowled by Somar. The score then was 32 for 2, Triumph new member Mahendra Seeram (Murph) who was playing in a lower division asked the skipper if he could move up the order. He was granted his wish, Seeram drove the first ball he faced to the cover boundary. The batsman at the other end was Ryan Loutan, and together with Seeram, they added a 25 runs partnership. Triumph loss their third wicket in the eight over, Loutan was bowled by Mark Kippin for a well-played 21 including 3 boundaries.


With Triumph skipper, not secure with the total in the book he asked Dave Jagnarine to join Seeram. By this time Seeram was batting well, he was not afraid to improvise with his choice of shots. He played the reserved sweep a few times, and his teammates went wild when he sweeps Rakesh Ramroop over the cover point boundary for 6. Jagnarine a very good striker of the ball and run well between the wickets, continue to rotate the strike with Seeram. This kept the runs flowing at a much faster rate and Triumph reached 100 in the eleventh over.


Triumph knew they had a very good opportunity to get well over two hundred, with both batsmen at the crease striking the ball well, Ranchers fielders were getting a little slack on the field. Ranchers bowlers bowled without further success and Seeram and Jagnarine batted to the end of the allotted overs and an unbeaten fourth wicket partnership of 147 runs. Seeram scored 79 with 9 fours and one 6, Jagnarine had 47 with 7 fours and one 6. Triumph finish with 206 for 3, Sammy, Kippin, and Somar each took a wicket for Ranchers.


Ranchers reply with Tony Ramphal and Seedat Pharsi, Triumph counterattack with Mahabeer Pasram and Seudat Bindnarine. Both batsmen looked very cautious at the crease, while their plan was to be aggressive. But they were never able to execute their plan, both bowlers started well, Bindnarine struck first in his first over and the fourth delivery, he bowled Pharsi for 2. Somar was next and after scoring 3 runs he took a chance against Seeram arm, and with a direct-hit at the bowler's end, he was run out.


After losing two quick wickets, Ranchers batsmen went into a much slower mode. Triumph skipper made a double bowling change with Dave Jagnarine and Ricardo Lumelino. Jagnarine started his spell with good pace and line, while Lumelino bowled too wide of the off stump. Jagnarine strikes in his first over, he beat Sham Sharma with pace and he was gone without scoring. Jagnarinne strikes three times in his next over, Rakesh Ramroop went for 1, Hansraj without scoring, both bowled and Tony Ramphal was caught for 13. While Mark Kippin was caught of Lumelino for 2. Ramphal batted well and played very cautious but he was unable to find the gaps or the boundary. Sammy also batted well for Ranchers, he stayed at the crease for a long period and was unbeaten on 19.


Pasram bowled his last over and beat the defense of Thakur who loses his wicket for 7. Seeram was brought into the attack and together with Lumelino, they both struggled to end the Ranchers innings. The batsmen were not getting runs, they just occupy the crease. Lumelino was guilty of bowling too wide of the off stumps, while Seeram strayed down the leg stumps. At one point of the game, it looked as if Ranchers would not past a score of 50 or bat 12 overs. But with some poor bowling, line, and length they were able to bat well into the nineteenth over before they were all out for 72 runs. Dave Jagnarine had a very good game and added 4 wickets for 11 to his knock of 47 runs. Pasram, Bindnarine, Lumelino and Seeram each took a wicket.


After the game, I reached up Seeram (Murph) and asked him about his knock of 79 not out. He was ecstatic, he said he believed this was his first innings of passing a score of 50. He continues and said that he was feeling very comfortable at the crease and he knew that it would not be long before he gets a score of triple figure. I asked him about his reserved sweep, and he smiled and said the ball was coming on and he knew once he made contact he will get runs. He ended and said it was time for him to get on social media.


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