By Dyon Ravello
NYPD action continued last Thursday following the Independence holiday. Superstars met Kryptonites with the latter batting first. Superstars proved their superiority restricting their opponents to 139/4 only Antu 36 and Hasan 29 with any meaningful contributions. In reply Travis Ross 56 and Clifford Hamilton 47 posted 109 run opening stand to impair the potency of the Kryptonites. Superstars got home to win by eight wickets to go 2-0.
Earlier in the week Stallions chalked up their second win in as many matches against Predators. Predators batting first got to 153/8 with Abdulla 31and Dipta 21 off their 20 overs. Stallions led by Jazeeb Tariq 78 and brother, US youth player Zayib Tariq 38 got home by 5 wickets. Knight Riders were limited to 94, 13 runs better than a week prior. Brooklyn Knights lost seven wickets before completing the victory.
Prashant Nair continued his onslaught on the NYPD tournament with an unbeaten 78 following up his 76 on the opening day. Daredevils scored an imposing 180/3 with Usman contributing 39. Night Owls who had Superstars on the run made good of their efforts this time around to complete the chase in the sweltering midday heat.
Punjab met Richmond Hill as they looked to recover from their narrow defeat to Dragons. Batting first Punjab captain Imran Mahzar (49) and Waqas Shah (21) opened the innings with a partnership which lasted 10.4 overs. Punjab scoring 123/8 with Faraz picking up two wickets. Richmond Hill made light work of the asking rate as they lost four wickets in their chase. Choudhary 21 and Leon Mohabir 46 not out both playing cricketing shots leading the South Queens line up home.
Dragons won the toss and batted first against Lycans. Opener Rafique Nazeer 33 and Trinson Carmichael 38 gave the Dragons a healthy start. Wickets fell consistently following the dismissals of the NYYCC pair as the Reds closed on 171/9. Foysal had three wickets, as Rifat and Shovon had two each.
Lycans were up to the task as Rifat 39, Zahid 32 kept their teams hopes alive. It was Syed 56 who capitalized on the loose Dragons bowling and horrendous fielding as Lycans won by three wickets. Only Sajeed Salam with three wickets and H. Hossain two looked to pegged back their opponents.