Unstoppable Panthers Roll On in Brooklyn

by Dyon Ravelllo

Panthers continued their impeccable run with two victories last weekend as they edged Imperial by 16 runs and Diplomats by three wickets.  On Saturday Diplomats record their second win of the season as they got past fellow stragglers Wanderers by 86 runs. Whille Cavaliers (223/7) notched up a convincing 126 run victory against Queensbury.

On Sunday Panthers lost seven wickets as they chased 183 set by Diplomats, to go “nine and o” on the season. Travel Treat stayed close on the heels of Panther as they lost 4 wickets to get past Cavaliers’ 91 to win by six wickets and maintain their second spot.

Middlesex batted first against Wanderers scoring 232/4 in 35 overs. Joseph Ledwridge led the charge with 75 not out, with support coming from Andre Kirton (43) and Freddie Roopchand (41). Bowling for Wanderers George Sutherland had 2/24, Leon Hyde 1/47 and Shane Anthony 1/52. Wanderers fancied their chances getting to 173/7 to lose by 59 runs. Sutherland followed up his bowling effort scoring 60 with the bat. Middlesex kept Wanderers in check with Mark Audain 2/18 and Claymont Rose 2/36.

What was expected to be a grudge match between Sheffield and Imperial turned out to be a very pedestrian affair. Imperial racked up a mammoth 235/3 off 28 overs on the back of 94 by veteran batsman Roy Bryan. Only Peter Persaud with two wickets and Dellon Moffat with one induced any faults in the Imperial batting. Trouble set in early as Glen Hall was dismissed in the first over for four, 4/1. Akeem Dodson  (26) and Moffat (26) took the attack to the bowlers keeping the run rate close to the asking rate. At 51 Sheffield captain Dodson went caught at point and the rate began to dip and never recovered as wickets fell at regular intervals. Sheffield eventual closed on 103 to lose by 132 runs allowing Imperial to draw level on points in the battled for fourth.

Brooklyn league breaks this coming weekend for New York Cricket Region’s Double wicket Challenge. See latest standings below.

Brooklyn Standings: 7/2/2012 (unofficial)

Team         Matches Wins Loses Tie      Points

Panthers          9          9          0          0          90

Travel Treat     9         8          1          0          80

Middlesex       8         6           2          0          60

Sheffield         9          5          4          0          50

Imperial           9        5           4          0          50

Cavaliers         9         4          5          0          40

Diplomats        9       2           7          0          20

Wanderers       9       1           8         0          10

Queensbury     9        1          8         0          10

In other matches Shaheen defeated Carriacou by 58 runs at Floyd Bennett on June 30th. Shaheen batting first took advantage of poor fielding and catching to score 199 off 35 overs. Abbas scored 49 before he was run out attempting a third run with four deliveries left in the innings. Waqas Akram (35) kept up the momentum after opener Raja (33) had given Shaheen a healthy start. Alwyn Simon picked up 4/29 to keep things even as Carriacou skipper Devon Jones nabbed 2/26.

Carriacou lost their first wicket of the very first ball of the innings at Philbert Augustine was deceived by slow delivery bowled by Shaikh Shoaib. L awrence Williams (38) played his shots as he got able support from Jameel Simon (36). But Williams played one too many as he held out to Wali running round from long on to cow corner. J. Simon took on the challenge as he began to run out of partners. Following J. Simon’s dismissal, only last man Hakeem Patterson (21) provided any impetus for Carriacou, but like Williams he lofted a catch to mid wicket going for another big shot . Shoaib, Wahaj and Jawad Alam got two wickets each to restrict their opponents to 141.

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