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Thaiman Sports Club Lifts NYTBCL 2020 T10 Regular Division Trophy

12/21/2020POSTED BY Ajith Bhaskar


Thaiman Sports Club Lifts NYTBCL 2020 T10 Regular Division Trophy

Thaiman Sports Club Lifts NYTBCL 2020 T10 Regular Division Trophy

By Rajiv Nair, December, 14, 2020
  • Thaiman Sports Club 51/7; NY Warriors 48/6 (10 overs)
 
Thaiman Sports Club Cricket Team Post Presentation Group Picture
 
NEW YORK: Thaiman Sports Club (Thaiman) emerged victorious in a nail-biting final against NY Warriors to lift The New York Tennis Ball Cricket League (NYTBCL) 2020 T10 Regular Division trophy held at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY on Sunday, October 18th, 2020.
 
The day started with the sun shining early after heavy downpours the past two days. Praneeth Rao, captain of the NY Warriors won the toss and elected to bowl. It was a smart decision as they had one of the best bowling attacks in the group. The stage was set with an expectation for a low scoring game. Thaiman had to think out of the box to negotiate the NY Warriors bowling attack.
 
Thaiman shuffled the batting order by sending Kugan Sivaguru 2(6) to open the batting with Kovarthanan Arulampalam 7(4) instead of the regular opener Anojan Sivalingam 0(4). Unfortunately, this did not work out as Kugan got out early. Next came in Thivakar Pakkijasikamany 20(23), Thaiman’s most technically correct batsman but has been out of form the entire series. He was asked to play the sheet anchor role instead of going after the bowling.
 
One of the highlights of the match was a massive six by Kovarthanan of Praneeth in the 3rd over. However, luck turned towards Praneeth (2-0-13-1) when he got Kovarthanan caught by RK soon afterwards. This was a massive blow to Thaiman’s chances of putting up a high score. Ankit Arora (2-0-3-3) claimed two quick wickets of Anojan 0(4) and Kirubakaran Ragunathan 0(1) in the 4th over to leave Thaiman struggling at 21/4 in 4 overs. Ankit again struck in the 6th over to claim Thusimokan Vikknieses 2(10). Thaiman was in deep trouble at 23/5.
 
Salipan Gaksakuman 13(10) came into the middle and he has been known as a finisher. He weaved a 22 run crucial partnership with Thivakar 20(23) which was massive considering the context of the game. Thivakar’s sheet anchor role paid off handsomely. He was the joint highest scorer of the game, scoring an invaluable 20. Salipan gave the perfect end to Thaiman’s batting efforts by sending the ball across the rope off the last ball. Thaiman scored 51/7 in their allotted 10 overs.
 
 
NY Warriors needed to make 52 runs in 10 overs to claim their maiden NYTBCL T10 title. However, they got to a poor start when their allrounder Jyothish Radhakrishnan 1(3) was caught by Salipan off Mithursan Karunakaran (2-0-7-1) on the 4th ball of 1st over. Salipan followed up with a great return catch off his own bowling to get Rohit Kumar 1(4). At the end of the 2nd over, NY Warriors were 3/2. Not exactly the start you are looking for when chasing in a final.
 
The need of the hour for NY Warriors was for a partnership to stabilize the innings. Thaiman needed wickets to keep the run rate in check. It was a cat and mouse game! Shravan Gadella 11(12) and Shravan Chitragar 20(21) put on nice little partnership for the 3rd wicket before a miscommunication and excellent fielding had Shravan Gadella being run out. NY Warriors were 23/3 in 5 overs. Thaiman bowlers bowled well under pressure to take further two wickets in the 8th and 9th overs. Scorecard read 42/6 after 9 overs.
 
Kugan came back to bowl the last over where NY Warriors needed 10 runs to win. He was the right choice to bowl with his vast experience. He bowled a tight line and length and conceded just 4 runs off first 3 balls. The 4th ball was a dot. Ankit was able to score 2 runs off the 5th ball. NY Warriors required 4 runs off the last ball to win or 3 runs to force a super over. Ankit went in for a reverse shot off the last ball to deep covers but was not able to make connection with the bat and ball. Thaiman Sports Club won the scintillating final by 3 runs!
 
The entire tournament was well organized and the necessary COVID prevention protocols were put in place. We would like to thank all the individuals who stepped up and provided unending support.
 
  1. Mr. Ajith Bhaskar, President (NYTBCL) and Director of USA Cricket
  2. Mr. Imran Pasha, Administrator
  3. Mr. Ajith Ganesh, Treasurer
  4. Mr. Rohan Tendulkar, Coordinator
 
None of this would have been possible if not for the necessary support of our esteemed sponsors to whom we are really grateful:
 
  1. Mrs. Sona Punjab
  2. Dr. Aman Deep
  3. Mr. Raj Jaggi
  4. Mrs. Sheetal Desai
  5. Mr. Kamlesh Mehta
 
About Thaiman Sports Club:
 
Thaiman started in 2017 as Thaiman Volleyball Team. In order to give equal preference to Volleyball and Cricket, they changed their name to Thaiman Sports Club in 2020.
 

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