By Alia Seepersaud
A week after Galaxy Cricket Club (GCC) bowled out Richmond Hill Cricket Club for a mere 93 runs, the men in blue arrived to Bay Park with high hopes of closing out the match against the struggling Big Apple in the same manner. With high winds being the only undesirable factor in sight, the toss decision would be a simple, but crucial decision – Big Apple’s Andy Mohamed called wrong.
Big Apple was asked to bat and they faced an uphill task as GCC’s opening bowler Telston Johnson snatched his first wicket with the first ball bowled in the match taking out opening batsman Dominque Rikhi for duck. Johnson continued to wreak havoc in the first over when he bowled down skipper Andy Mohamed who also walked for duck. Big Apple was spared a third loss when Deonauth Baksh was dropped in that same over – he went on to contribute 8 runs to the best partnership Big Apple would see with partner Michael Noble.
Johnson later took out batsman Mark Gomes for a measly 2 runs – snatching himself a total of 3 wickets for the game. Aside from Michael Noble’s contribution of 20, Mr. Extras would be the only other to add double figures to Big Apple’s scorebook. The real mayhem would reach Big Apple when medium-pacer Inzy Khan took to the ball. Khan unleashed wrath when he took out three of Big Apple’s four scorers in the game – Michael Noble (20), Deonauth Baksh (8), and Zaaid Majeed (5). He further inflicted pain when he took out Ajaz Asgarally, R. Hoyte, and Neel Patel all for duck. Stellar performance from the youngster as he grabbed himself a total of 6 wickets giving up only 16 runs off his 7.2 over spell. One wicket contribution from spinner Dhanieram Seepersaud sent Rayanul Islam packing for duck and helped put the nail in the coffin to take out Big Apple for a meager 58 runs in an easy 19.2 overs.
Chasing a modest 59 from 40, opening duo Troy Mars and Naresh Persaud took to the pitch for some Sunday batting practice. Troy Mars did nothing other than capitalize on the modest chase as he scored an easy 29 off 22 before being stumped out by Ajaz Asgarally. Persaud would face 18 balls before getting run out for 6 and handing his spot over to top bowler Inzy Khan. Youngsters Inzy Khan and Keeran Krishna would partner up and help close out the game for Galaxy scoring 7 off 20 and 9 off 12, respectively – both not out. Contributions from these four batsmen and Mr. Extras had the remainder of the men in blue sitting in the sun and enjoying the Sunday breeze as they added another W to their win column by defeating Big Apple by 8 wickets in only 12 overs.
While it would be nice to blame high winds for seven Big Apple men walking out for duck, the G-force was just too strong for the struggling Big Apple team this past weekend.
Be sure to follow #GalaxyNation as Galaxy Cricket Club hosts Falcons Cricket Club at Belmont Park this coming Sunday.