September 3, 2013
USYCA has received the following from Associate Member Staten Island Cricket Club:
The Staten Island Cricket Club conducted its 3rd Annual Under 19 Youth Cricket Festival at Walkers Park, Staten Island, NY from Monday August 19 to Wednesday August 21.
This Youth Cricket Festival is designed for four teams to participate but at the last minute, The New York Youth CC expressed their inability to participate due to a clash with the scheduling of NYPD Youth Cricket Tournament that was held in Queens, Brooklyn and other parts of New York City.
The other three teams that participated in this Youth Cricket Festival are as follows:
1. Staten Island and North East Combined
2. USA Cricket Coaches Academy (USACCA)
3. Washington Cricket Club
The USACCA won the championship, Staten Island and North East combined team came as runner-up and the Washington CC finished third in the Youth Cricket Festival.
In the first day of the game, Jaskaran Singh of Staten Island North East Combined scored 53 runs which was in vain as their total score of 110 runs in 30 overs were easily surpassed by USACCA with scintillating performance of Raj Bhavsar with 46 runs and Rafeek Nazeer with 22 runs in 13.4 overs. USACCA won over the Staten Island North East Combined team.
In the second game, the USACCA scored 244 runs in 30 overs with a magnificent batting by Rafeek Nazeer with 110 runs coupled with 31 runs with Travis Ross. In reply Washington CC could scored 109 runs in 26.5 overs with R Singh and S Azeez scoring 24 and 15 respectively for the team. The Washington Team was restricted by good bowling contribution from Poojan Mody, Vivek Narayan and Gauranshu Sharma each grabbing two wickets, with Gauranshu Sharma taking a crucial wicket that lead to slide of Washington team and big win of USACCA team.
In the third game, The Staten Island North East Combined team won with a score of 180 runs in 30 overs against Washinton CC with Haider Imran scoring a quick 73 runs for which Washington CC replied with a score of 172 runs all out in 29 overs. This game was fought tooth and nail by both teams with Harish Saikara capturing the match turning wickets of Brendon Perera who at one stage was unstoppable and Rizwaa with 26 runs to his credit at that point.
The highlights of the game are as follows:
R Nazeer won the Best Batsman Award with a tournament high score of 110 runs against Washington CC and 22 runs against Staten Island North East combined team.
Lijo Vazhuvachery won the Best Bowler Award with a tournament high of 5 wickets with 3 wickets against Staten Island NorthEast Combined and 2 wickets against Washington CC.
Both the Best Batsman and the Best Bowler were each given a professional cricket bat courtesy of the SICC President, Clarence Modeste.
Best batsman Rafeek Nazeer
Tournament Champions USA Cricket Coaches Academy
Staten Island and North East Combined team, with Washington Cricket Club
SICC President Clarence Modeste Conducts the Award Ceremony