Talented cricket all-rounder Sudesh Dhaniram is set to lead Atlantis Cricket Club in this year’s Eastern American Cricket Association’s season.

Clain Williams was named vice captain of the new looking Atlantis squad. Photo by Shiek Mohamed.

This is Dhaniram’s second season with Atlantis, having scored over 700 runs and grabbing 20 wickets during the EACA’s 2009 season. The hard-hitting batsman, spinner and medium pacer recently returned from representing the USA at ICC tournaments in the UAE and Nepal. Dhaniram will be joined by fellow USA cricketers Clain Williams, Atlantis’ new Vice Captain, and Lennox Cush, along with several talented youngsters, in representing the long-standing New York cricket organization on the field of play.

The vitality and energy of the younger Atlantis players was on display last Sunday at Canarsie Park, Seaview and 108th Street in Brooklyn, and against Diplomats Cricket Club of Brooklyn. It was an all-youth XI against Diplomats, as the senior Atlantis players stood out the match.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Diplomats was off to a solid start with Romeno Dean scoring an entertaining 80 and Francis Mendonca, 38.

Diplomats, which included the stylish Selwyn Ramphal, would go on to amass 227 all out in 31 overs. Matthew Sandiford 2 for 15, Hugo D’Oliveria 2 for 40, and Prashant Nair 2 for 42, were the successful bowlers for Atlantis.

With an asking rate of over seven runs per over, the Atlantis “colts” faced an apparent uphill task, or at least it appeared so shortly after 3:30pm last Sunday. However, the blazing willow of Nicholas Stanford with an unbeaten 118, Sumon Bari 30, and Willie Charles 30 not out, quickly made the impossible appear very possible, as Atlantis went on to score 228 for 3 in 31.5 overs, thus winning their first 2010 season warm-up match, and comfortably so, by seven wickets.

Bowling for Diplomats: The always dangerous Andre Kirton snared one wicket, along with Chris Singh and Dyon Revello, each with one apiece also.

Executive Board Elected for 2010-12 Term
Off the field of play Atlantis recently held elections for its Executive Board for the 2010-12 term , with former club Executive Vice President Steve Welcome being elected unopposed as President. Courtney “Sarge” Legall was also unopposed as the new Executive Vice President, while Lester Hooper was elected the club’s new Vice President and Manager. Colin Sandy was returned unopposed as Secretary and long-standing player and member Keith Aaron was elected Treasurer after a two-year hiatus from the same position.

Former Atlantis President John Aaron did not seek reelection as President after serving in that position for the past ten years and as the club’s Secretary prior to that stint. John Aaron was however elected to the Executive Board as Assistant Secretary Treasurer. He will also serve as the club’s “Chief Whip” and chair of its Membership Committee.

New York youth cricket coach Linden Fraser was appointed the club’s senior coach, while Basil Butcher, Jr., will serve in the capacity of Physo.

The club’s next preseason activity is a club night at the Archer’s residence in Ossining, NY on Saturday, April 24 from 8:00pm. For more information, members and guests requiring transportation or detailed directions, are asked to contact the club’s Secretary via e-mail at secretaryatlantiscc@gmail.com on or before Thursday, April 22nd.