American League Cricketers Represent Brooklyn In Mayor's Cup
By Marcus Bethel
The American League cricketers defeated representatives of the Brook-lyn League by 57 runs in the second round of the Mayor's Cup cricket cham-pionship last weekend to stake their claim as Brooklyn's representative as the knockout competition heads into the semifinal round.
After winning the toss, Brooklyn in-vited the Americans to take first strike on a wet wicket, under overcast conditions at Canarsie Park cricket ground on Saturday. The decision to bowl first proved correct for Brooklyn when open bowler Marcus Bethel removed H. Blades for two, in the final ball of the first over, placing a straight forward catch down the throat of long-on with only three runs posted on the board.
The celebrations were brief though as C. Williams joined C. Thomas at the crease to begin an onslaught that would place the American team in the driver's seat; a position they sustained for the remainder of the game. The batting was centered on Williams, creating valuable partnerships with N. Stan-ford who got 23 and D. Smith, 29. Williams, with a top score of 95 fell via the run-out route but he had en-sured his side a formidable total, though disappointed in not getting the five runs that would have given him a very much deserved century.
The American League team finished on a challenging 192 for 5 at the end of their allotted 20 overs, a run rate of over nine runs per over. The other batsmen to get into double figures were A. Harris, 20 and C. Thomas, 14.
No Brooklyn bowler was spared the onslaught as Bethel, A. Kirston, C. Mendoza and G. Anthony took a wic-ket a piece, with the other wicket to fall going by the run-out route.
In reply, the Brooklyn cricketers never got a chance to consolidate after losing their first wicket with the score on 14. It was a steady procession with only S. Smith putting up any significant fight to remain unbeaten on 50 when the innings ended on 135 all out in 19.3 overs, still needing a further 58 runs to win the match. The other batsmen to get into double figures were T. Florence with 17, W. Celestine, 14 and G. Anthony, 13.
Bowling for the Americans, N. Stanford was the peak of the bowlers with figures of three for 21, well supported by P. Harris; two for 37, with C. Williams, A. Gordon, K. Clarke and C. Williams picking up a wicket each to account for Brooklyn; one batsman going via the run-out route.
The intense action continues Satur-day as representatives from the five boroughs battle for bragging rights, a title presently held by the cricketers from Queens, after winning the inaugural Mayor's Cup match in 2007.
Brooklyn and the borough's parks commissioner in conjunction with the New York Park's Department will host this year's final.