On Sunday, June 6th, in exhilarating match took place at Marine Park C between Rising Stars and Middlesex Cricket Club in Brooklyn Cricket League. Rising Stars emerged victorious after winning the toss and opting to bat first. They posted an impressive total of 268 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 35 overs.

Waqas Akram showcased his exceptional batting skills, contributing a superb 85 runs to the team’s total. Awais Rafiq played an outstanding innings, remaining unbeaten at 57 runs in a blistering display of power hitting. Mahboob Ahmad scored a valuable 28 runs, while Qasim Ghummond and Ihtasham Ali both contributed 22 runs each.

Marlon Richards and Mark Audain
Marlon Richards (left) picked up 3 for 21 and hit 68, and skipper Mark Audain batted throughout the innings for an unbeaten 84. Photo by Mark Audain

Middlesex Cricket Club faced a challenging task in their pursuit of victory. Marlon Richards, a former Trinidad and Tobago fast bowler making his debut for Middlesex, delivered an impressive bowling spell. He claimed three crucial wickets while conceding just 21 runs in his seven overs. Hugo D’Olivera also made a notable contribution, taking two wickets for 63 runs in his seven overs.

In their chase, Middlesex managed to accumulate 237 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their allotted 35 overs. Captain Mark Audain displayed exceptional resilience, carrying his bat throughout the innings and finishing with an unbeaten 84 runs, comprising 11 boundaries. Marlon Richards, continuing his impactful performance, played a whirlwind innings, smashing 68 runs with the help of 5 fours and 5 sixes. Francis Mendonca played a steady innings, contributing 43 runs in a business-like manner.

Ultimately, Rising Stars emerged victorious, securing a well-deserved win by a margin of 31 runs. The match showcased outstanding performances from both teams, with notable contributions from Waqas Akram, Awais Rafiq, Marlon Richards, and Mark Audain.