London born Napa Valley Irish-American teen, Caen Healy, invited to ICC America’s Cricket combine

Caen HealyCaen Healy, a Senior at Napa High School and a member of Merrion Cricket Club in Dublin and the Napa Valley Cricket Club, has been invited to the ICC America’s Cricket combine in Indianapolis.

The invitation to Indianapolis will see Healy, and 82 other cricketers, from across the America’s – from Canada to Argentina – take part in three days of intensive fitness and skills testing by ICC (International Cricket Council) coach’s, West Indian legend Courtney Walsh and internationally renowned fielding coach Mike Young. The combine is set for 18 – 21 September at the Indianapolis World Sports Park, which features international standard cricketing facilities. Healy applied online to attend the combine earlier this summer producing this skills video –https://youtu.be/ImGXuTmRlIc – to highlight his wicket-keeping skills.

“It’s and incredible opportunity for me” says Healy who has been playing cricket since 2006 “and I’m excited to test my skills in what I’m sure will be a challenging environment. To work with some top-notch coaches will help me to fine-tune my game and give me exposure. With America being such a large country I wanted to get exposure for my wicket-keeping skills and this ICC combine will allow me to do just that.”

Healy was born in London (England) and holds dual American – Irish nationality, as his mother is American and his father Irish. Healy lived in England for four years in West London and Haslemere, Surrey before moving to Ireland in 2001. He attended St. Patrick’s National School in Greystones, Co. Wicklow from 2001 to 2008 and moved to Napa, California in late 2008 where he attended Alta Heights Elementary and subsequently Silverado Middle School. In addition to cricket Healy has played soccer at Napa High School at both JV and Varsity levels, rugby at JV level for the Napa Stormers and plays football for the Napa High Varsity team where in 2014 he kicked 29 of 32 PAT’s, four field-goals and 417 yards from kick-off.

Napa-Valley-Cricket-Club-logo-300x300Healy represented Northern California in 2009 in a national tournament of sorts in the South Bay area but since then due to the distance from Napa and other commitments – to his books and other sports – hasn’t played much competitive cricket in the Bay Area. That will all change in the run up to the ICC Combine as Healy will again be part of a Nor Cal team competing in the Owen Graham U19 Memorial tournament over the Labor Day weekend. This tournament will include teams from Northern and Southern California in addition to a team from Texas.

If Healy makes it through the initial weekend he will be invited back to Indianapolis as part of smaller group for more intensive training and from there he could be selected as part of an ICC America’s team to compete in the Caribbean in January of 2016.

“That would be a incredible dream come true” said Healy who has always dreamed of playing cricket at the highest level. “In the meantime I just need to buckle down and do the hard work over the next few weeks in the lead up to the combine”

Inspired by the famous and thrilling Ashes series of 2005 while holidaying in England Healy first started playing cricket at Merrion CC in Dublin in 2006 and has played there every season since.

Healy travels back to Ireland every summer to spend time with his paternal grandparents and plays cricket for the club’s u-19’s in addition to the seniors 3rd’s and 4th’s. With Merrion CC being the largest the cricket club in all of Ireland there is plenty of opportunity for Healy to play in his favored role of wicket-keeper. For those not in-the-know the wicket keeper is the cricket equivalent of a catcher in baseball and is at the heart of the fielding teams efforts to get the respective batsmen from the batting team out.

“All of us at Merrion CC are excited that Caen has been invited to the ICC America’s combine” said Isobel Joyce, Irish International cricketer and Youth Development Officer at the club. “Caen has been part of the Merrion family for almost a decade now and has risen through the under-age ranks from the under 9’s to where he is now, a fixture for the men’s “fourths” when he’s with us in Ireland for his summers” continues Joyce “We know he’ll impress with his sharp wicket-keeping skills and we look forward to hearing all about his adventure when he’s back in Ireland next summer, assuming of course he isn’t playing for the USA by then!”

vc-first-logo5Merrion fields eight senior men’s teams, two senior women’s team and a number of social teams. In addition they have a full youth structure from U9 through U19 for both boys and girls. Some of the most famous players to emerge from Merrion CC include Irish international players Ed Joyce, who captains Sussex CC in England, John Anderson, Joyce’s twin sisters Isobel and Cecelia and a contemporary of Healy’s, Elena Tice, who in 2011 became the second youngest person in the history of cricket to play international cricket, at the age 13 years and 272 days

Healy practices regularly with the Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) at their weekly nets practice and has played a number of games for them, including their annual World Series of Cricket, when his schedule allows. The local club are generously contributing to Healy’s expenses for the Indianapolis weekend as a gesture of support for the talented local cricketer.

“We are thrilled that a Napa Valley local is getting the opportunity to try-out with the best of American cricketers.” said Phil Bourke president of the NVCC “as a club, we are very much about the social aspects of cricket, but we will always look to support those who can take the step to a more competitive competition, and we are proud that Caen has earned this opportunity.” continued Bourke “We are excited to support Caen in his endeavors and hope he is the first of many Napa Valley locals to take their cricket to a higher level. I’m sure I join all in the cricket community in Napa Valley in wishing him all the best”

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EACA Playoffs And T20 Bowl Off August 30

Cricket Zone Eastern American Cricket Association Power 40 and Blitz T20

EACA Power 40 SemiFinals: Game Time 12 noon

Liberty – Richmond Hill @ Bay Park

Big Apple – Atlantis @ Baisley Cage

Gladiator – Victory @ Lido Beach

Long Island United – Falcons @ Brentwood

The EACA would be starting its T-20 competition for the 2015 season on Sunday August 30, 2015

All game are schedule to begin at 1 pm.
Note
There would be one change to the playing conditions.
Any no ball would result in a free hit to the batsman, please be aware.
 
Please see zones and fixtures below.
Zone A: Liberty SC, East Sside Warriors, Camelot, Victory
Zone B: Big Apple, NY Centurions, All Stars, Falcons
Zone C: Atlantis, Galaxy, Arsenal, Long Island United
Zone D: Richmond Hill, ACS/Everest, Phantoms, Gladiators
EACA Blitz T20 Round I
 Camelot – East Side Warriors @ Flushing II
NY Centurions – All Stars @ Flushing I
Arsenal – Galaxy @ Brentwood II
Phantom – ACS Everest @ Hecksher II

 

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Fall Cricket Coaching Bowls Off September 12th

CLPUSA Fall Coaching From September 12th – October 31st

CLPUSA Wh logo CLPUSA will open its Fall Coaching on September 12th through October 31th. Students between the ages of five and 18 years old are encouraged to be part of the history making experience. CLPUSA will be hosted at two locations; Queens and Long Island.

CLPUSA has introduced cricket to over 6500 students in the New York Elementary and Middle Schools. CLPUSA has been featured on One World Sports’ “Out of My League,” – http://tinyurl.com/n7jdaqo  while contesting the NATA Under-13 tournament. Over the winter CLPUSA conducted coaching programs geared on improving the technical ability of the players.

CLPUSAUnder the guidance of Dyon Ravello CLPUSA will continue to serve students with the latest and most effective drills and tips on improving their game. Ravello not only a coach with experience of coaching over 1500 students but too, is a certified umpire with experiences in officiating youth leagues like the Public School Athlete League and NYPD United as well as open  Leagues as in NYD Metropolitan Cricket Association and the Eastern American Cricket Association. Apart from coaching at the “Pee Wee” level, Ravello has coached Colt players up to age 21. Many of these players have represented the New York Region and even the US National Team, be it, seniors or Under 19.

CLPUSA is an evolving, vibrant youth program which encourages Parent Participation. To get involved contact us at:

QUEENS:917-266-5395, email: dyon.ravello@cricketletsplayusa.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CricketLetsplayUSA

LONG ISLAND: 516-924-5245, email: cricketletsplaylongisland@gmail.com, Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cricket-Lets-Play-Long-Island/1630692787166621?fref=ts

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Falcons’ Homraj 134 Burn Phantoms

Cricket Zone Eastern American Cricket Association (EACA) Power 40 Division II

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Akshay Homraj led Falcons over Phantoms with a classy knock of 134

by Dyon Ravello,

Akshay Homraj announced himself with a measured century in only his third EACA Power 40 fixture this season. On a blistering hot day at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Falcons won the toss and elected to take first strike against the host, Phantoms. Early on Phantoms were buoyed with excitement as A. Homraj guided two deliveries past the vacant second slip in the very first over. There would be no clear cut chances for the host in the immediate proceedings.

A. Homraj and opening partner Rajendra Khan would combine aggressive stroke play with sensible running to turn up the temperature on the Phantoms. A. Homraj played fluently through the covers along the ground as well as up and over the infield, while Khan took a liking to playing shots down the ground. A. Homraj skied a streak shot over cover which fell in no man’s land to bring up his half century with a single. At the first drinks break Falcons were flawless at 99 without loss after 13 overs.

Following the resumption both Khan and A. Homraj continued in the same vein as Phantoms looked dazed in the sun. Khan got a life when he was put done on the mid wicket boundary off Irfan, Imran Baig the culprit. But Khan failed to take advantage of the chance as he scoped a similar shot to mid wicket where Baig made no mistake this time, giving Irfan a reprieve. Khan scored 50 (6 x 4’s and 1 x 6’s) in what was his third score of 40 plus in as many matches, Falcons 122/1. Renwick Batson joined A. Homraj as the pair worked to maintain the momentum. Batson looked shelled as he gathered a number of singles.

A. Homraj continued in the same vein but would lose Batson at the other end. Batson trying to sweep Shakeel Hamdani could only glove his stroke for a pouch by wicket keeper Shahid Choudhary, Falcons 164/2. Himendra Kowlessar was the new batsmen and he signaled his intent early with some lofty strokes over the infield. At the end of the 24th over with the temperature cooling off the match was interrupted by a passing thunder shower. The interruption lasted 40 minutes, which resulted in a 10 over reduction with the teams to contest 35 overs each.

On the resumption A. Homraj approached his hundred without fear as he found the boundary frequently. A. Homraj would bring up his hundred with a quick single and then celebrate by strike three consecutive boundaries off Atiqur Mufti. A. Homraj upped the anti in an attempt to record 150, but could only hold out to Mufti off the bowling of Baig for 134 (17 x 4’s and 1 x 6’s). Kowlessar brought up his fifty as he saw the backs of two other batsmen. Nonetheless the impetus was sufficient as Falcons scorched 291/5 in 35 over with Kowlessar unbeaten on 68 (5 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s). Bowling for Phantoms Baig had 2/27, with Umer Aslam, Irfan and Hamdani sharing a wicket each. Mufti held three catches on the day.

vc-first-logo5In reply Phantoms were confident in chasing the huge total having set a similar score against Arsenal previously. Openers Mufti and Hamdani were circumspect against the pace of Batson in contrast to their attacking approach against the spin of Kumar Hemnauth. Hamdani found the boundary off of Hemnauth but fell the very next delivery to a sprawling catch by Batson, for Hemnauth to be vindicated. At the other end Mufti continued his battle against Batson, with Choudhary playing a perfect foil as he whipped a Batson bouncer over square leg for a maximum. Mufti repaid Medium Pacer R. Madramootoo for the three consecutive boundaries he has received by dishing out three in one over of his own. At this point Phantoms motoring along at a healthy rate.

Falcons captain Zulfiqar Alli picked up on the fact that the pacers wont as effective as he would like, resorted to spin. Ruhail Asghar struck in his sixth delivery bowling Mufti for 36. Asghar accounted for Choudhary in similar fashion to Mufti.  M Homraj got into the act at the other end as he bowled Faiyaz Desai. M Homraj took care of Ali Raza to dent the Phantoms cause. Aslam got a life when K. Hemnauth dropped a chance off the bowling of Asghar. Asghar would be vindicated in his next over with K. Hemnauth holding on to a simpler chance to dismiss Aslam. M Homraj had Manvinder Singh bowl and caught to sap all life out of the Phantom chase.

K. Hemnauth return to pick up two more wickets with Kowlessar completing the rout off his only delivery. Phantoms all out for 119 with only Atiqur Mutfi (36) offering any resistance. Bowling for Falcons K. Hemnauth had 5-0-20-3, Asghar 7-1-21-3 and M. Homraj 7-0-23-3. Falcons extending there record to 11-2 on the season with one round left before they enter the playoffs, as Phantoms will continue to play for pride in their final Power 40 bout of the season. Akshay Homraj deservedly man of the match for his class innings of 134.

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Napa Valley End Losing Streak Against Marin CC‏

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Napa-Valley-Cricket-Club-logo-300x300The Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) turned around a three game losing streak in their second game of 2015 against local rivals Marin CC in Calistoga recently.  A pair of centuries from batsmen Martin Mackenzie (102 not out retired) and John Leake (133 not out retired) set the NVCC up for a big score of 297 in their 35 overs which ultimately proved to much for Marin to chase.

NVCC Club Captain Rob Bolch lost the all-important toss and was asked to bat by Marin captain Vish Chapman. With a strong batting line up Bolch was happy to oblige and sent out New Zealanders Mackenzie and Jeff Keene to see off the new ball. The pair did their job well until Keene fell in the 10th over to a leading edge for seven runs. Shortly after that the NVCC number three batsman Kiranpreet Singh fell for two runs, again to a leading edge. While Marin sensed that they had NVCC on the back foot  Leake had other ideas and with Mackenzie saw NVCC to the drinks break with a total of only 62 runs on the board.

Knowing that NVCC needed to accelerate the run rate Leake and Mackenzie duly obliged and in the next 14 overs the pair pummeled the Marin bowling attack, sharing a third wicket partnership of 244 runs. Leake amassed a total of 21 boundaries – 12 fours and 9 sixes – while Mackenzie struck 10 boundaries – five each fours and sixes. The pair both retired in the 33rd over after Mackenzie had achieved his first century for NVCC, in fact his first ever “ton” in all the time that he has played cricket. Leake on the other hand has scored a century in each of the games that he has played for NVCC this year. Birthday boy Andrew Healy (8 not out) and Tim Irwin (10 not out) closed out the batting for NVCC after the simultaneous retirements but could not quite push NVCC over the 300 runs mark.

On a day of records at The Fairgrounds Marin would have created their own if they had chased down the total. It wasn’t to be for them as NVCC took regular wickets that were spread among the team. Bolch used nine different bowlers showing that NVCC had depth in the bowling department in addition to firepower in the batting department. Two early wickets for Bernie Peacock and some pin-point bowling from Patrick O’Neil had Marin tied down and they continued to ship wickets as Bolch built the pressure by rotating his bowlers and not allowing the Marin batsmen to settle. The most patient batting performance from Marin came from Sunil who faced 24 balls before he got off the mark. Sunil eventually went on to anchor the Marin innings with a total of 89 runs and once set he took a liking to everything Bolch had to throw at him from the pace of Irwin, the turn of Peacock to the accurate medium pace of Tim Kay. A quick fire 15 off five balls from Marin Captain added some respectability to the final scoreboard as Marin ended up with 173 runs in their 35 over. The NVCC bowlers shared the spoils with Singh posting the best figures of 2 wickets for only 13 runs off his 6 overs. Peacock (2 for 20 off 5) , Kay (2 for 26 off 4), O’Neil (1 for 5 off 5) and Bolch (1 for 19 off 4) were well supported by their fielders with Hardeep Thakar in particular having a strong day in the field with two catches.

After the match, NVCC Club Captain Rob Bolch presented the Man of the Match award to Marin’s Sunil for his contribution to the game with the bat.

“We needed that win” said NVCC Club Captain Rob Bolch “having gone three games on the bounce without a victory. We’re now tied 1-1 with Marin in our three game 2015 series so that means it’s all to play for in Larkspur in September” continued Bolch “I would have batted had we won the toss as I knew we had a strong line up today and I’m chuffed for Martin that he got to score his first ever century. He’s been close to it in the past so for him to achieve it in a game when we really needed the top-order to fire makes it all the better for him, and the club”

Score Summary

Sunday 8th August, 2015 – Napa Valley CC vs. Marin Socials CC at The Fairgrounds, Calistoga

Napa Valley CC 297 / 2 beat Marin Socials CC 173 / 8 by 124 runs.  (35 over game / 13 batting)

Napa Valley CC Batting – John Leake 133 runs (retired) off 71 balls (12 x 4, 9 x 6), Martin Mackenzie 102 (retired) off 85 (5 x 4, 5 x 6), Tim Irwin 10 off 6 (1 x 6).

Napa Valley CC Bowling – Kiranpreet Singh 2 wickets for 13 runs off 6 overs including 1 maiden, Bernie Peacock 2 for 20 off 5 including 2, Tim Kay 2 for 26 off 4, Patrick O’Neil 0 for 5 off 5 including 2.

Next Game

Wednesday 19th August 2015 at The Fairgrounds, Calistoga in an intra-club game between NVCC members based on where they live, in a City v County format from 4:00pm

About the Napa Valley Cricket Club

The Napa Valley Cricket Club is a California non-profit with the purpose of establishing and running an amateur cricket club in the Napa Valley to further the social enjoyment and development of cricket and associated events within the area. Formed in 2012 and now in its fourth season the Napa Valley Cricket Club welcomes adult players of all skill levels

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Cricket Council USA Launches Regional National Championship

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Liberty SC Open Up Ten Point Lead In EACA Division I

Madramootoo’s magnificence  surge Liberty SC past Big Apple CC

Terrence Madramootoo topscored with 137 for Liberty  SC against Big Apple CC

Terrence Madramootoo topscored with 137 for Liberty SC against Big Apple CC

Terrence Madramootoo turned in a majestic batting performance to power Liberty Sports Club past Big Apple Cricket Club in their EACA Cricket Zone 40-Over clash on Sunday at the Baisley Cage. The devastating right-hander hammered an unbeaten 137 off just 73 balls to lead #TheBlueNation in an otherwise daunting chase of 293. On his way the Blue Hulk, as he is referred to by his teammates, scored his maiden century for LSC and shattered numerous club records in the 4 wicket victory.

There was a fair amount of hype leading up to the match. During the first round of EACA Division 1 matches the two teams clashed Bay Park. A location which many of the local cricket fans in Queens find too far to travel out to. BACC won that match, successfully defending 221 to hand LSC their only loss of the season. With the news that the second round match up will be played at the Cage – what can be called the home ground of the EACA – fans turned out in their numbers to witness the match-up. The game would not disappoint, on the day fans were treated with 590 plus runs which included two brilliant centuries, three half centuries and a thrilling run chase.

The day started with Telston Johnson winning the coin flip for hosts BACC. Without hesitation Johnson declared his preference to bat. Prominent Guyanese youth player Dominique Rikki and national player Richard Ramdeen strode out to open up BACC’s account. The pair raced to 50 in eight overs before Leon Mohabir proved to have the golden arm. His first ball of the day claiming Ramdeen. Rikki got off to a quick start and hinted early that he was here to score runs. Ramdeen had only scored 14 of the 50 when he departed.

Skipper Zaheer Saffie strolled out to the middle and staged one of the crucial partnerships in the game. The captain and his crafty opener cautiously navigated their team through the middle overs adding 113 runs. Leon Mohabir would once again scalp a crucial wicket to remove Saffie. The skipper by then had already brought up his half century, striking four fours and two sixes in his 67 run a ball  stay at the crease. Rikki had also cruised past his half century at this stage.

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With 10.3 overs to go and the game still in a balance BACC promoted their finisher, Donwell Hector, up the order to push the scoring along. The plan worked like a charm. Hector clobbered six boundaries and four maximums in his firework filled 63 of just 26 balls. One trip too many down the wicket, however, to have yet another hoick at the bowling resulted in Hector being stumped.

Before the Hector fireworks, Rikki was the center of attention, the young batsman turned up the intensity to get past his century. His inning ended with him on 113 having struck 14 fours and one six.  Clain Williams (10), Trevis Ross (13*) and Amarnauth Persaud (0*) were the other batsmen who took guard in the innings. When the dust settled after the first half of the game BACC had posted 292 for 5 in their 40 overs. Leon Mohabir was the pick of the LSC bowlers with 2 for 47, Andre Kirton 2 for 54 and Terrence Madramootoo 1 for 47 were the other wicket takers.

May 8th, 2011 Liberty Sports Club was into it’s second year of competing in the EACA when they chased 238 against Bay Shore Tigers. The following year LSC did slightly better when 239 was successfully chased against Camelot Cricket Club. Those were the highest successful run chase by LSC. To get past BACC the boys in blue would have to trump those efforts… and then some.

Francis Mendonca got things going on a positive note, two boundaries in the first four balls and things looked promising.  Memories would have still been fresh of Mendonca’s  game winning 86 not out about a year ago when LSC defeated BACC at the same location. Going to make it three in the over Mendonca held out as BACC celebrated his wicket. Trevor Henry, LSC’s leading run scorer, joined Romeno Deane at the crease and the duo got to work.

Taking the attack to the BACC bowling Henry and Deane raced LSC to the first 50 in the chase off just 5.2 overs. Deane was on 20 when he was called through for a quick single and was found short of his ground by a Zaheer Saffie direct hit. Trevor Henry continued his assault on the bowling attack. Henry passed his fifty with a booming drive through the covers for four. Looking to press on in his inning, Henry skied one to cover where Clain Willimas hung on to a blinder. Henry fell on 59 having struck 9 fours and three sixes. Skipper Danesh Deonarain and Trinson Carmicahel briefly tried to consolidate before Carmichael was unluckily bowled for 5.

Madramootoo joined his captain at the crease walking in with the look of purpose in his eyes. Deonarain and Madramootoo shared a crucial 58 runs partnership before Deonarain lost his wicket for 28 with the score on 158 at the end of the 23rd over. Needing to score another 135 runs to win off the final 17 overs Madramootoo, a former Guyana Defense Force player, arrested the game from the opposition.

The stocky built right-hander smashed three fours and 3 towering sixes before hitting his fourth maximum to bring up his half century. Sharing another crucial 53 runs partnership with Dilly Khilawan, the LSC chase was moving along towards the target. Two ball after bringing up his fifty Madramootoo completed a hat trick of sixes to take 20 off the 26th over. Two fours and three maximums later the Blue Hulk blasted yet another boundary over extra cover as fans around the park erupted in celebration of Madramootoo’s hundred. The century is Madramootoo’s first for LSC and will now sit as the record highest second innings individual score.

Achieving his personal milestone, Madramootoo did not get distracted, he kept focused at the team’s target. Partnered by Andre Kirton the duo saw home #TheBlueNation past the additional 82 runs needed after the sixth wicket fell. Madramootoo stayed true to his hard hitting ways smashing an additional two fours and three sixes. Fittingly Madramootoo’s final maximum sealed the victory with 3.3 overs to spare as the Liberty Sports Club camp erupted in jubilation and capping a record chase for #TheBlueNation.

Kirton finished unbeaten on 18. Bowling for BACC Saffie finished with 2 for 49 while Mark Gomes and Rikki picked up one wicket each.

The win keeps #TheBlueNation in first place in the Cricket Zone 40-Over EACA Tournament with a 11 – 1 record and two games left before the playoffs. LSC will travel to Belmont State Park to host the resurgent Atlantis CC-NY for their 13th game this season. BACC will be again at the Cage taking on hosts Richmond Hill CC.

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ACS/Everest Edge Ahead of Richmond Hill in Playoff Race

Cricket Zone Eastern American Cricket Association Power 40 Division I

by Dyon Ravello,

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Surinamese national, Wasim Haslim

Locked on points heading into the EACA Power 40 12th round, ACS/Everest hosted Richmond Hill CC at the picturesque Lido Beach Cricket Ground, Lido Beach, LI, NY. Upon winning the toss the visitors elected to take first strike, looking to take advantage of perfect cricket conditions. With the backdrop of the Atlantic ocean – the beach – to the south and a wind turbine to the north in addition to clears skies made for a superfluous cricket stage.

ACS opened the bowling with Charlton Senior, who began at the southern, Lido Beach end running into a breeze blowing in a south-westerly direction across the park. Senior was into the action early as he seemed to have found Marlon Kallicharran’s edge only for the standing umpire to turn down a vibrant appeal. Senior would be vindicate the very next delivery as Kallicharran edged to veteran Amjad Khan at second slip who pouch the chance after and initial juggle. At the other end stalwart Trevor Walke kept proceeding tight with his miserly medium pace as he looked to continue from his stellar performance against Big Apple a week earlier. Walke would draw an unforced error as Pradip Roopchand played a loose shot only to be caught by US national Karan Ganesh at point. Walke then accounted for Nedesh Basdeo (20) caught at the wicket by Surinamese national Wasim Haslim.

Debo Sankar and Shawn Thompson worked to repair the slide with strong running between the wickets. Thompson was given a life as he ran towards Sankar at the bowler’s end with Sankar unresponsive. Haslim needing only to walk to the stumps and flicked the bails, resort to a throw which missed both ends allowing Thompson to regain his ground. Thompson would fail to carry on as he was caught at the wicket off the bowling on Senior. Wazid Ward joined Sankar but he looked uncomfortable during his short stay at the crease before he was caught at the wicket for Haslim’s third dismissal off Walke. Richmond Hill unconvincingly perched at 87 for 5 at the first drinks break after 15 overs.

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Following 16 overs of unchanged seam bowling from Senior and Walke it was time for the spin twins, in the form of former and current US nationals, Zamin Amin and Ganesh. Amin ended Sankar’s cameo leg before for 22 and Ganesh has skipper Deryck Mc Donald plumb in front, leg before as the procession of Richmond Hill wickets continued. Kumar Nandalall played a couple of classy drives over Cover off Amin, but play one shot too many as he held out to Long on off the same bowler. N. Khan and Ramphal Bactowar crafted a late order partnership to stall ACS’ flow. Then Khan called for a quick single, only to be found short by a direct hit from Steve Nowrangilal at the bowler’s end. Bactowar went the very next ball leg before to Muneshwar Patadin for a top of 23 as Richmond Hill could only muster 151 off 35.5 overs.

For ACS, Walke in his 37th year led the bowling with three wickets, with Senior and Amin sharing two each, as Ganesh bowled miserly for his one wicket for 7 runs off 8 overs.

In reply Richmond Hill looked to suppress the typically aggressive Nowrangilal, opening with spin from both ends. Nowrangilal respond with his usual approach as he dispatched Basdeo onto the roadway for a maximum. At the other end Patadin was circumspect in his approach. Patadin looking to break the shackles could only find Nandalall at Midwicket, who took a sharp catch off Basdeo. Nowrangilal continued to play positively as he lofted Basdeo for another straight six.

Bactowar earned his reward for disciplined bowling as Nowrangilal missed a wrong-un as he chipped at the bowler, losing his stumps in the process. Ganesh joined Haslim at the fall of Nowrangilal and the pair resorted to sharp running between the wickets when boundaries were not available. Nandalall bowling his pinpoint left arm orthodox accounted for Ganesh as the latter played one on to his stumps. Ganesh disenchanted with his dismissal claim the ball had ricocheted of the wicket-keeper, only for the umpire to uphold the original decision. At the first drinks break ACS were 68 for three after 16 overs.

Following the break Richmond Hill employed a slip for Nandalall which paid immediate dividends as Amjad edge to an awaiting Basdeo to add hope to the Richmond Hill cause. But that would be the last of the inroads by the visitors from Queens as Haslim and Amin formulated and unbeaten match winning partnership based on hard running and lusty hitting. Haslim proved a handful a he whipped each bowler over Cow Corner for maximum. All but Nandalall felt the blows dished out by the wicket-keeper batsman who top score with a man of the match performance of 78 not out to add to his three dismissals. ACS/Everest 152/4, completing a commanding six wicket victory in 28.1 over to move ahead to fourth with a record of 6-6-0 with two rounds left to play.

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USACA Launches League Champions Trophy

USACALAKE WORTH, FLORIDA: For the first time in US cricket history, the top clubs around the country will have a chance to compete for $100,000 in prize money and the national USACA League Champions Trophy.

At the end of the summer season, the top two clubs from every USACA member league will compete in a playoff in their respective regions. The top two clubs from each regional playoff will advance to the finals in Florida from November 12-15, 2015. Regional winners will be awarded $2,500, airfare to Florida, hotel accommodation, breakfast and lunch. Regional runner-ups will be awarded hotel accommodation, breakfast and lunch.

At the USACA League Champions Trophy Finals in Florida, 12 teams will compete for the top prize of $50,000 while the runner-up, third and fourth place teams will receive $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000, respectively.

PRIZES

Regional Playoff Winners:

 $2,500 per club

 Airfare to Florida for up to 16 persons

 Hotel, breakfast, and lunch for up to 16 persons in Florida

Regional Playoff Runner-Ups:

 Hotel, breakfast, and lunch for up to 16 persons in Florida

FINALS:

 1 st Place – $50,000

 2nd Place – $20,000

 3rd Place – $10,000

 4th Place – $ 5,000

The Champions Trophy will help to drive the improvement and appeal of domestic cricket. The tournament opens up a pathway for clubs who play all season long to be rewarded for their hard work. Contact: Sankar Renganathan | Executive Secretary, USA Cricket Association | 1.734.252.9927 | sankarrenganathan@gmail.com

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Scotland – Improving community cricket facilities

An ICC Quick Singles Presentation

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