The annual family day celebrations of the Staten Island
Cricket Club was held on Saturday the 14th of August, at the club
grounds, here in
People began trickling in, with their contribution of
foodstuff, drinks etc. The final headcount was 24 adults, and 14 children.
Joining in the fun was Sam Selvendran from
Bala provided us with his grill. Babu and Satha took over
the task of cooking. The main menu was barbecued frankfurters, tastily
marinated chicken quarters, and burgers. The male chefs did a great job at the
grills to outsmart the ladies, who hitherto dominated the cooking during the
previous years’ family day celebrations. There were plenty of tastily prepared
I was given the task of putting together two ladies cricket teams. It took a lot of persuasion and reluctantly 16 ladies agreed to play. One was lead by Earl’s wife Dawn and the other by our club captain Shaficool’s wife Sintra. Each team fielded 8 players. Sintra’s team went into bat and was bundled out for 25 runs. Navel Felix bowled 3 overs and captured 2 wickets at the cost of 17 runs. Vijay had a better bowling spell, capturing 4 wickets at a personnel cost of 8 runs in 3 overs. Captain Sintra top scored with 12 runs. Dawn’s team goes into bat, scored 26 for the loss of 5 wickets, winning the game by 3 wickets. Navel Felix top scored with 18 runs. Thahir Butt’s wife had a splendid bowling spell of 1 over – 1 run – 3 wickets, which also included a hat trick. Bala and I officiated as the scorers in this annual ladies test series.
Hurriedly picked men’s cricket match followed the ladies
cricket match. Vinney’s team went into bat and piled up 49 for the loss of 4
wickets. Roy and Earl captured 2 wickets each.
The children’s event was the 80 meters dash. Melanie Hacket was able to beat my youngest daughter Shireen, by atleast 2 lengths.
The day was wearing out and every one was obviously tired and anxious to get back to their respective homes to spend the rest of the weekend doing usual stuff. It was now time to call it a day and the president made his usual speech thanking everyone for sacrificing a well-earned Saturday. The children were quite disappointed to go home empty handed, because the ‘token trophies’ were not available for distribution. The president however assured that the trophies would be sent to the competitors at a later date and declared the family day closed. Everyone headed towards his or her vehicles homeward bound!