The New York Cricket Academy hosted it inaugural Sixes Tournament on July 4th 2012 at Baisley Pond. Eight teams contested the knockout format five over affair. The teams were placed in a blind draw with each captain pulling a number to complete the bracket. Following the draw, Americas Cricket Academy (ACA) played New York Centurions, Liberty CC tackled bulldogs, Cosmos challenged Melbourne and Stallions took on BCANA.
In the opener ACA batted first, with Troy Mars scoring 52 not out after he returned at the fall of the first wicket. Captain Akeem Dodson retired scoring 34, as any batsman scoring in excess of 31 was obliged to retired, but could have returned at the fall of a wicket as in the case of Mars. ACA 93/1 off 30 deliveries. Marlon Kallicharan took the only wicket of Andre Kirton. Centurions were restricted to 63 with V Persaud 20 and Kallicharan 18. Rafique Nazeer had 1 wicket, so too did Mars as he capped of a match winning display, to led ACA to the semifinals.
In game two Bulldogs batting first against Liberty, were restricted to 51/5. A Khan top-scored with 14 as Thakur Singh, Terence Madramootoo, Michael Noble and Trinson Carmichael took a wicket each. Liberty needed as little as 14 balls to get home with Skipper Noble leading the charge with 30 not out. Liberty booking a place in the semis with ACA.
Melbourne took first strike against Cosmos, scoring 62 from their allotted 5 overs. Sumon top scored with 13 as R Levy and C Burton had two wickets each. Cosmos were lead by Faisal Taj 26 and M Lewis 13 but fell 9 runs short as they closed on 53/3. Sumon with an all rounder performance picking up two wickets to booked a semifinal berth for Melbourne.
Bangladesh Cricket Association North America (BCANA) were restricted to 59/4 as they played Stallions. Jasim bowled his over for 3 runs 1 wicket as did Jazeeb Tariq 1/7. Stallions were comfortable winners losing three wickets, with Zayib Tariq and Abrar Zafar scoring 24 each. Stallions to meet Melbourne, completing the semifinal block.
ACA won the toss against Liberty as they attempted to repeat the free flowing scoring from earlier in the day. Mars 15 and Akeem Dodson 27 continued the onslaught. It was the dismissal of Mars which pegged ACA’s later push as Alex Amsterdam bowled the dangerous Andre Kirton before picking up Ahmad Dodson too. Liberty set 68 from 3o balls a long way from the imposing 94 of earlier in the day.
Mars started tightly conceding just eight off the first over. Amsterdam proved the game changer with the bat as he did with the ball hitting two sixes off Nazeer in the second over and then another two of Ahmad as he retired on 33 delivering what would be a knockout punch. Noble 22 ensured that there would be no blemishes as he took 15 off Kirton to complete the victory with 5 balls to spare. Liberty in the final without even losing a wicket shocking early favorites ACA.
Melbourne batted first for the second time on the day, but like ACA they need something special to brace a final place. Stallions conceded 56 in their 5 overs as Jasim took 2/12. Stallions confident and composed winning with Z. Tariq 23 meeting Liberty for the first NYCA Sixes Championship.
Noble won the toss and invited Stallions to batted as the five over affair now consisted of eight deliveries rather than six. Noble’s decision to insert the opposition paid dividend as he had the Tariq brother first Zayib and then Jazeeb off the first two deliveries of the innings. Abrar Zafar 25, and Mohsin Bhatti 29 stuck to the task as Stallions recovered to 93-5. Like Stallions, Liberty were in early trouble with semifinal star Amsterdam falling in the first over to A. Zafar. Noble 14, Imtiaz Hassan 13 and Madramootoo 12 all played solid but lacked the lusty hitting need at 2.5 run per ball. Zayib had 2/8 to confirm the outcome along with Bhatti 1/7 and Jasim 2/7, Liberty nowhere near 66 over 5 overs, to lose by 27 runs. Stallions, New York Cricket Academy Sixes Champions 2012