NYSCL All Stars Begin New Season with 2014 Florida Cup Championship
By JP Singh
March 21, 2014
The NYSCL All Stars Team was drawn in Zone A, along with NY United, East Coast and Orlando Softball Cricket League - Zone B had Cricket Zone, South Florida Softball Cricket League, Broward and Hurricanes. Although the NYSCL All Stars was coming into the competition after not playing any cricket since last October due to the present winter seasons. The team played unbeaten in the tournament, playing as a well organized team, and well behaved, very serious and dedicated cricketers.
In the Friday morning session NYSCL had a walk over from NY United and played last year champions East Coast in the afternoon game. East Coast won the toss and requests that NYSCL All Stars bat first. Pooran Beria scoring 47 runs, Ravi Persaud and Erapalli Sahadeo also batted before the halftime of the 25 overs game. At the water break NYSCL was 79 for 3 wickets and ending up scoring a challenging total of 191 for 7 wickets.
East Coast, the best team in this tournament with many superstars, Amar Singh did not disappoint he scored freely hitting 5 sixes and 2 fours in the opening stand of 76 runs in 8 overs. Amar's 54 runs came in almost record time; with the loss of Amar wicket NYSCL regrouped and ran through the middle order with little resistance from Kris Shobai and Anand Singh who batted cautiously. But NYSCL bowling and fielding were superb with Amit Moonsammy bowling the last over with 7 runs to win and had Jai Sanichar caught and bowled ending East Coast innings at 188 runs - NYSCL won by a mere 3 runs.
On Saturday NYSCL played OSCL in the morning season Prashad Mahadeo (short man) played one of the best innings in the tournament, scoring 71 runs and putting on 76 runs in the opening partnership with Ravi Persaud who also scored 30. Erapalli Sahadeo also contributed 40 runs with his superb hitting putting on 99 runs by the half time for 3 wickets gone. After the break, wickets fell as the middle order folded however, with good and sensible batting from Asif Adam and Javid Alli, NYSCL was able to score another 99 runs leaving OSCL had to get 199 runs to win.
Very good bowling and fielding by NYSCL was enough to run through the opposition batting. Captain Andrew Gonsalves did not bowl and Eon Ellis who took 2 wickets for 9 runs and Pooran Beria 2 wickets for 13 runs - Prashad Mahadeo even had a bowl. NYSCL won handsomely and had to await the winner between Cricket Zone and Hurricanes for the semi-final.
The semi-final between NYSCL and Cricket Zone had to be reduced to 20 overs as bad light and the unavailability of a good playing field. The ensuring anticipation was tense for this game as it was determined as the final. Cricket Zone played many superstars but NYSCL was also well prepared. They later decided to bat first and were bowled out for 127 runs with Ravin Ivan taking 5 wickets for 15 runs.
NYSCL was 96 for 9 wickets at one stage but rallied by last pair Javed Ali and Dharampaul Singh to put on another 30 runs, this giving our bowlers a good total to defend. Once again Javid Alli who scored 31 not out and Dharampaul Singh took early wickets to put the pressure on Cricket Ozone Cricket. Ivan again batted well, but was dropped two times at the long on boundary. Amit Moonsammy who always played well, also had a 5 wickets haul in this game and took a superb catch to out Kemraj Narine. NYSCL again won by 3 runs and qualified for the yet another final.
The final was played on Sunday, on a bright and very hot sunny day versus SFSCL All Stars, Captained by the veteran Ramesh Persaud who won the toss and asked NYSCL to bat first. Prashad Mahadeo and Ravi Persaud opened the innings and gave their team a masterful start scoring 72 runs in eight overs, Ravi Persaud made 30 and Erapalli continued to bat well as he did in the previous games.
Prashad Mahadeo was caught for 40 runs in the 13th over off the top edge. NYSCL was 114 for 3 at this stage, after the halftime break, Captain Andrew Gonsalves, Pooran, Amit and Eon Ellis were dismissed cheaply and the run rate reduced as Florida bowlers were on top.
Once again it was Javid Ali and Asif Adam who batted well and scored 45 runs off the last 2 overs. NYSCL All Stars regained the momentum scoring 211 runs for 9 wickets of their 25 overs. Javid made 31 runs not out with three masterful sixes and Asif Adam end on 19 not out.
When SFSCL started their reply young Kevin displayed his powerful hitting, scoring a brisk 54 runs with four powerful sixes in an opening stand of 72 runs in better time than the NYSCL openers. But Kevin was well deceived and bowled and wickets began to tumble. At the half time SFSCL was well placed at 113 for 4 wickets, but the dominant NYSCL kept bowling very tight and their fielding even better.
At one stage the game was so tense that when Captain Andrew Gonsalves dived and stopped a certain four he fell and hit his forehead in the process, but refused to go off - he stayed, led the rampant NYSCL team to victory, winning by 24 runs. SFSCL was bowled out for 184 runs; Ramesh Persaud tried his utmost hitting three powerful sixes in one over but was caught by Captain Gonsalves. Off the bowling of the match of the Match Asif Adam who scored a valuable 19 runs and claimed 4 wickets for 30 runs.
NYSCL All Stars team really played well as a unit with all the players contributing immensely. The team must be commending for their effort and kudos to all the players who made the trip to Florida. NYSCL All Stars: Andrew Gonsalves (Captain)Eon Ellis (Vice Capt),Pooran Beria, Amit Moonsammy, Prashad Mahadeo, Javid Ali, Michael Rangasammy, Moe Khan, Ravi Persaud, Asif Adam, Erapalli Sahadeo and Dharampaul Singh, with Eric Ferrier (Coach), Arvin Budhram, (Assistant Manager) and J.P. Singh (Manager).