Triumph Advance To NYSCL 30 Over Cup Division IIA Finals
By Compton Lumelino
August 23, 2012
It was a day of exciting cricket at Sea View Park in a superb semi-final match between Triumph and Ozone XI played last Sunday.
Having won the toss, Ozone XI decided to bat first. Their opening batsmen, Charlie Reginol and M. Ali put on a classic show of batting skills, hitting Triumph opening bowlers to every corner of the ground.
Triumph got their first break in the tenth over, when M. Ali was caught behind with the score at 76. At the end of their first 15 overs, Ozone XI was 129 for 1 wicket.
After the break, Charlie’s batting streak was short lived when he was caught off R. Ramnauth for 85 on the third delivery in the sixteenth over. The rest of the batsmen for Ozone XI took the score to a very competitive total of 217 runs for 8 at the completion of their 30 overs.
Triumph took to the crease with opening batsmen Compton Lumelino and R. Ramnauth struggling to gain runs off the stiff bowling of Ozone XI attacking bowlers. Ozone XI got an early break when Ramnauth was caught behind in the fourth over with the score on 15. Triumph lost their second wicket in the tenth over losing Boodram Deopaul who was caught of Nazam’s bowling for 20, and their third wicket in the twelfth over with a meager score of 57 runs.
At the end of the first half, confidence was high for Ozone XI, with Triumph having only 87 runs after losing 4 wickets, with Compton and Ricardo Lumelino still at the crease.
After the break, all hell broke loose when fours and sixes started raining off of Ricardo’s bat and getting very good solid support from Compton who was holding his end as his partner. These two made a partnership of 129 runs taking the score to 186 before Compton was caught off Nazam’s bowling for 48 runs in the 25th over.
At this stage victory was in the air for Triumph as Frank Paul joined Ricardo in the crease and continued to put pressure on the Ozone XI bowlers hitting a six on the second delivery he faced and scoring a quick 10. He remained unbeaten along with the fearless hitter of the day Ricardo, whose prolific performance produced an awesome 95 runs not out, this included 6 sixes and 7 fours taking Triumph to victory with 3 overs to spare.
Khemraj Heeralall Send Soldier Boys Marching With A Helmet Trick
By Compton Lumelino
August 15, 2012
On August 12th, 2012, a gloriously bright sunny Sunday afternoon Soldier Boys and Triumph took to the field at Garrison Park shortly after 1:00 p.m to play the first game of the playoffs in division IIA of the NYSCL 2012 30 Over Cup competitions.
Having won the toss, Soldier Boys opted to send in Triumph to bat. It was a dreadful beginning for Triumph who lost their first wicket on the last delivery of the first over without scoring. This motivated Soldier Boys bowlers who kept the pressure on the Triumph batsmen.
Triumph was 36 runs for 5 wickets after twelve overs, and then came in a very determined Balram Singh (Whitee) who chooses not to let the awful situation deter him. He put on a sterling performance that saw his team to a tidy score of 137 with good contributions from Compton, Ricardo, Sugrim (Chris), Frank-Paul, Khemraj Heeralall (Vice Captain) and Yudha Kumar (Yoda). Triumph was all out in 29 overs and Balram Singh (Whitee) remained undefeated on 46.
Soldier Boys took to the batting crease with confidence making a quick 22 runs in 4 overs then the Triumph Captain Roopraj Ramnauth (Vishnu), decided to move on to plan ‘B’ by changing the bowling strategy which gave the game an entirely new direction. Soldier Boys lost their first wicket for 22 runs to Triumph vice captain Khemraj Heeralall which was soon to be the beginning of an outrageous and incredible bowling performance.
At the end of the first 15 overs, Soldier Boys were 68 runs for 5 wickets with Heeralall bagging 3 of those wickets the other 2 wickets went to Captain Vishnu.
After the short break the 16th over started and Heeralall took to the bowling once again but this time to an entirely higher level. After bowling a wide and 2 dot balls, he took a helmet trick by earning 4 wickets on his last 4 deliveries of that over leaving the score at 70. On the first delivery of the 17th over saw the end of the game when Captain Vishnu disfigured the number eleven batsman middle and leg stumps. Soilder Boys lost their last 5 wickets in 5 consecutive deliveries without scoring a single run.
Bowling for Triumph Khemraj Heralall was in splendid form taking 7 wickets for 13 runs including a helmet trick. He was well supported by Roopraj Ramnauth who had 3 wickets for 9 runs, Boodram Deopaul who bowled 4 overs for 5 runs, Richard Lumelino and Yudha Kumar bowled 3 overs apiece for 12 and 14 runs respectively.