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By Royo P. Sankar
Sudesh Dhaniram hit 24 runs in the final over bowled by Ryan Girdhary, setting up a 37-run victory for Richmond Hill Cricket Club (RHCC) over Atlantis Cricket Club-NY (ACC) last Sunday at Baisley Park (Cage) located in Queens, NY.
Dhaniram (130 not out) walloped eleven sixes and ten fours, in a 49-ball maraud that brought him a record seventh century for the season in the Eastern American Cricket Association Competition.
Dhaniram was very watchful—early in his innings and bore down on all of the Atlantis bowlers, that were pillaged for 40-plus runs in their allotted 4 overs with the exception of Dwayne Hurley and Greg Robinson, who gave away 24 from 4 overs and 10 from 1 over respectively, and in the process catapult RHCC into the T20 semi-finals.
RHCC appeared energized and more confident in this weekend clash with Atlantis and did what they set out to do - deny Atlantis a victory for the third time this season. Inserted to bat first after losing the toss, RHCC lost Zaheer Sadloo (7) to a stunning catch by Ryan Girdhary fielding at point, diving full stretch to his left with the scorecard on 14.
However, Dhaniram (pictured right) found a useful partner in Debo Sankar, coming in at number 3. The duo plundered 93 from 50 balls with Dhaniram sending balls out of the park and missing vehicular traffic by inches; houses were at risk of getting struck by white missiles; spectators were ducking for cover. Debo would interject periodically, smoking anything short to the fence in his 43 from 27 balls that included 4 fours and 2 well executed sixes before he departed with the score on 115.
Shameer Sadloo (3) lasted only 5 balls, being bowled by Alex Amsterdam, second week in a row, attempting an ambitious big hit. Wahid Ward struck a brisk 14 from 6 balls with a four and six, but lost his stumps to Dwayne Hurley with the score on 147.
Kumar Nandlal was run out for 17 with 2 sixes and a solitary boundary from 4 balls while Dhaniram provided the final flourish to the RHCC innings of 228 for 5 from their 20 overs with 4,4,4,4,and 6 off R. Girdhary and returned to the pavillion to a standing ovation with a stroke-filled 130 not out.
For RHCC, wickets fell at: 14 (Z.Sadloo) , 107 (D.Sankar), 134 (S.Sadloo) and 175 (W.Ward). The Atlantis bowling figures: R.Girdhary 4-0-41-0, D.Hurley 4-0-24-2 , A.Amsterdan 4-0-46-1, J.Greaves 3-0-45-0, G.Robindon 1-0-10-0 and R.Andrews 4-0-57-1.
Atlantis threatened to chase down Richmond Hill's 228 for 5 at an asking rate of 11.4 per over when their openers Ryan Girdhary and Shawn Mason hit 41from the first 4 overs. Kaleem Bux then had Mason caught for 16 from 7 balls (1x4,1x6). Alex Amsterdam joined Girdhary and pair saw the scorecard moved quickly to 112 from 38 balls with Girdhary carving Dhaniram's only over for two massive sixes. Amsterdam punished Bux for consecutive boundaries before Zaheer Sadloo had him caught for 33 from 20 balls (6x4s). Dhaniram ran out Kavishwar Bridgepaul for 1 and Jason Greaves was caught off S.Sadloo for 7.
Girdhary continue the onslaught on the RHCC bowlers, keeping pace with the required run rate or just a tad below. He struck S.Sadloo for consecutive boundaries but Shameer had the last laugh when Wahid Ward took a well-judged running catch to dismiss him for a swashbuckling 75 (7x4s,4x6s) from a meager 32 deliveries, with the scorecard reading 132 for 4 in 11 overs.
With a further 87 required from 54 balls, the rest of Atlantis batsmen lost their way soon after, and were never able to get themselves ahead of the required run rate. Ron Andrews was run out for 14 from 11 balls with a solitary six while Ryan Sukhdeo and Greg Robinson was unbeaten with 16 and 13 respectively when the 20 overs expired.
Allantis wickets fell at: 41 (S.Mason), 112 (A.Amsterdam), 132 (K.Bridgepaul), 132 (R.Girdhary), 141 (J.Greaves) and 174 (R.Andrews). Bowling for RHCC : D. Mcdonald 3-0-37-0 , K.Bux 4-0-37-1, K.Nadalall 3-0-18-0 , S.Dhaniram 1-0-19-0 ,S.Sadloo 4-0-30-2 ,Z.Sadloo 4-0-31-1 and W.Ward 1-0-11-0.