NYSCL 2016 Twenty20
SPONSORED BY: MIKE BANSI
Rain End NYSCL 2016 Season in An Impasse
By James Persaud
October 5, 2016
The final week of the NYSCL 2016 season was built for a grand finale, with both Assassins and Mafia going after their second Premier division championship of the season, while Survival got a rematch against Liberty Knight in the Division IB final. In the division two, Renegade reached the final for the first time this season and battled with Island Boys who was looking for their first championship in this division. In Division IIB, Royal Challenger was looking for their second championship and Crown XI reached the final for the first time this season.
It was a beautiful day for cricket, and for many it was too good to be true for this time of the year in New York. The weather forecast for the day was for temperatures in the low sixties, but by game time it was well into the low seventies. All the games started on time, but by 4:30pm, the weather just made a wild turn and everyone became optimistic of the outcome of the games.
It rained heavy for about twenty minutes, depending on where you were at the time. When the rain was finally over, many of the ball fields and pitches became unfit for continuing the games. The umpires and captains had to make inspection of the pitches and made decisions pertaining to the games.
The league has rules in place for games that are affected by weather. In the Premier division, in this game the team batting second did not reach the half way point of their innings and this game was declared a draw. Also in the game, Survival versus Liberty Knight, Liberty Knight batted second and had completed 14 overs when the rain stop play. Based on the runs and overs comparison, Survival was leading and was declared the winner and Liberty Knight get their second runner up prize in this division for the 2016 season.
In the Division IIA final, this game was completed and Renegade defeated Island Boys to take the championship. Renegade batted first and scored 170 for 6 off their allotted overs. Island Boys replied and was all out and still needing another 74 runs for victory.
The Division IIB final game between Royal Challenger and Crown XI, Crown XI was leading the run rate comparison when the rain stopped play. Royal Challenger needed 24 runs from 13 balls, based on the run rate, Crown XI took the championship and Royal Challenger walk away with the runner up prize.
In the two Third Place games in Division two, Blitz forfeit to Cobra, and Cobra took the Third-Place trophy. In the other Third Place game, Port Mourtant All-Stars defeated Giants to take their second third Place trophy of the season in this division.