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T&T U19 is winner at the Philadelphia Cricket Festival
by DreamCricket USA
May 07, 2008
The Philadelphia Cricket Festival concluded on Sunday, May 4th 2008, with an exciting final encounter between Toronto 'A' and Trinidad & Tobago National U-19 at the spectacular Philadelphia Cricket Club. Even Jonty Rhodes was impressed. He was the guest of honor and played four matches for Philadelphia clubs.

Captain of Trinidad & Tobago U19 team accepts trophy from Jonty Rhodes


In all, there were three teams from overseas. Toronto sent a team which comprised several internationals. T&T National U-19 team was the real deal. The consequent energy levels made the festival the best in its 16 year history. In all, 31 games were played in 4 days on 5 of the most beautiful grounds in USA.

Domestic teams included the regulars - Mad Dogs (NY); the Anzac Wanderers (NC); Littleton Cricket Club (CO); Australians (NY); Germantown Cricket Club, Pittsburgh Cricket, British Officers Cricket Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club, and the Merion Cricket Club (all PA).

The Finals

T&T U19 restricted a strong Toronto side featuring two internationals to 134 on a slow a PCC wicket. When it was their turn to bat, the top order succumbed to Canadian bowlers who seemed in a rush to send T&T back without wasting too much time. With seven wickets down and 3 overs remaining, and the Required Run rate soaring like the price of gasoline, the end looked near for T&T U19.

That was the moment of departure for this match. T&T batsman Mark "Hurricane" Brown decided to test the limits of his willow. He smashed 24 runs in the 24th over featuring 3 sixes and a four. The second of the sixes landed on the far side of West Willow Avenue and the last one sailed over the pavilion in the direction of the golf course. Having thus secured the match for T&T, Brown abided by the festival rules and retired after crossing 50. The rest, as they say, was merely procedural detail.

For his stunning effort, Mark Brown won the Man of the Match award and took home a Hunts County bat, courtesy Tina Fuselli.

Here is a short summary of some of the remaining matches:

Merion (191) beat BOCC (190)
Mad Dogs (86 all out) lost to Anzacs
Toronto (159) beat Mad Dogs (144)
Mad Dogs (160) beat Philadelphia Cricket Club
BOCC (152 for 8) beat Littleton (151 for 8). Jonty scored 18 runs for BOCC in this match. His fielding, was expected, was unbelievable.
Mad Dogs (210) beat Germantown Cricket Club (featuring Jonty who scored 50 and then retired as per festival rules)
T&T U-19 (50 for no loss) beat BOCC (49 all out)
Privateers (133 for 8) beat BOCC (132 for 9)
Aussies (from NY) lose to Mad Dogs (160)
BOCC (191 for 2) beat Pittsburgh (190 for 6)

Tom Culp said before the tournament that "In 2008, fans will enjoy an afternoon of top class skills and competition while non-cricketing sports enthusiasts can learn about the art of the game." Looking at the number of spectators (especially kids) who were present at the venue and the generosity of the sponsors and patrons, he surely went home a happy man on Sunday.

Credit must also go to Craig Joss (Merion), Bart Withstanly (GCC), Alfred Reeves and Mike Thomas (BOCC), Howard Chinn, Chris Spaeth (PCC), Bruce Gottschalk, Bonnie Thomas, Lambie Khan, and Nadim Ahmed. Not to forget Ernie Precious, Klaus Bondar, Chris Stubbs, John Long, Brian Sloman and Alberto Raffo for umpiring.

'Festival spirit' was sponsored in part by Yards Brewing Company.

Best quote from the tournament came from Jonty Rhodes after he conceded a boundary at backward point from his military medium pace bowling : "Where is my backward point? Oh yeah, he is bowling!".

More pictures from the spectacular festival



Mark Hurricane Brown hits a six. Umpire is looking at the sky.




And it soars over the pavilion roof




The scorer confirms that it is a six.




Mark Brown retired after his 50. Festival rules must prevail.




Thunderous applause for Mark Brown for his glorious inning.




T&T U19 coach talks to his team after their victory.




The setting for the final was the Philadelphia Cricket Club




Jonty Rhodes was the perfect gentleman. He signed autographs, dived after balls, appeared for photos, and batted like a test cricketer!
 
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