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The Staten Island Cricket Club conducted the 3rd Annual Under-19 Youth Cricket Festival at Walkers Park. The tournament commenced on August 19th and ended on August 21st.
The USA Cricket Coaches Association U-19 team (picture at right) took the top prize at the tournament which saw participation drop to just three teams after the New York Youth CC dropped out of the tournament due to a scheduling conflict with the NYPD Youth Cricket Tournament which was held in Queens, Brooklyn and other parts of New York City.
On the first day, Jaskaran Singh of Staten Island and North East Combined team scored 53 runs but in vain as the total score of 110 was easily surpassed by USA Cricket Coaches U-19. Raj Bhavsar's 46 run knock and Rafeek Nazeer's 22 saw their side reach the target in just 13.4 overs.
In the second game, the USA Cricket Coaches U-19 scored 244 runs in 30 overs thanks to some magnificent batting by Rafeek Nazeer who scored 110. In reply, Washington CC were bowled out for 109 runs in 26.5 overs, restricted by good bowling contribution from Poojan Mody, Vivek Narayan and Gauranshu Sharma each grabbing two wickets.
In the third game, Haider Imran's knock of 73 proved crucial as the Staten Island and North East Combined team scored 180 runs in 30 overs against Washington CC. The visitors fought hard but fell short in the end as they finished with 172 runs all out in 29 overs. Harish Saikara captured the match turning wicket of Brendon Perera.
Rafeek Nazeer won the Best Batsman Award with a tournament high score of 110 runs. Lijo Vazhuvachery won the Best Bowler Award with a tournament high of 5 wickets. The two award winners were presented with cricket bats courtesy of USA Cricket Academy.
Awards were also presented to Haider Imran for his 73 run knock and to Brendon Perera for his best score of 26 for Washington CC and to Washington team Manager Mr. Ajith Silva and The Staten Island Cricket Club Youth Coordinator Mr. Radhakrishna Mohan. Clarence Modeste, President of the Staten Island CC, presented trophies to the teams at the prize ceremoney which was attended by the Club's Vice President Dr Kumar Balakrishnan.