TORONTO, Canada – Bacchus Ruff Ryders defied the odds to upstage Ramblers in last Saturday’s Paul & Sons 15-over Division Two Consolation final, played at the Littles ground, Scarborough.The buoyant Bacchus Ruff Ryders, who have been enduring a torrid time in the regular season (20 overs), overwhelmed Ramblers by 13 runs in the hotly contested affair.Taking first strike, Bacchus Ruff Ryders reached a challenging 102 for six in their allotted 15 overs with the experienced Uniss Yusuf hitting a top-score of 29 while Fazil Rasool supported with 24.Bacchus Ruff Ryders players Nirad Lall (left) and Uniss Yusuf pose with the winning trophy. Officiating umpires were Albert Ramcharran (left) and Vish Jadunauth.Bacchus Ruff Ryders were in early trouble, losing Avi Singh without scoring. However, Yusuf kept the top-order together, smashing two fours and a similar number of sixes in his fine knock. Rasool’s innings contained two sixes while Jai Singh also hit two sixes in a quick 14.Farook Inshan, who did the early damage, finished with the impressive figures of three for 12 from his three overs while Patrick Shivrattan claimed two for 24.In reply, Ramblers were always behind the required run rate despite an attacking 43 from Shivrattan who failed to get adequate support from his other teammates. The only other player to reach double figures was Adam Hussain with 13. Shivrattan, who was later named MVP for the losing side, slammed three fours and two sixes.MVP for the winners, Jaybalack ‘Johno’ Panday, bagged three for 12, while Yusuf (one for seven), Navin Misir (one for 13) and Avi Singh (one for 19) were the other successful bowlers.The championship finals featuring Rems and Mercenary in Division One, and Enmore and Carr Tec in Division Two are set for Saturday, September 7 at Ashtonbee numbers two and one respectively. Rebels have already claimed the Division One Consolation title by virtue of GT Bannas forfeiting the game. (Frederick Halley)
Although he’s retiring and although his successor figures to be in place by November and although it would be quite understandable if he didn’t do anything more compelling during his final days than exchange high-fives and handshakes with students, professors and other campus inhabitants, Dr. Robert (Fightin’ Bob) Maxson still is tending seriously to his presidential duties at Long Beach State. In fact, he has spent a considerable amount of time in recent weeks forming a search committee to screen applicants for the 49ers’ athletic director job recently vacated by the storied Bill (Mr. Nice Guy) Shumard, who departed to take charge of the Southern California Special Olympics. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I think it’s good now we get the ball rolling, and have some top candidates in place for the new president to make a choice,” says Maxson. Naturally, the august body Bob Maxson has put together is an eclectic coalition of individuals, representing various factions. In it, you have three people who have made multi-million dollar donations to both academics and athletics at Long Beach State: Dr. Mike Walter, a professor of business who has given so much money to the school that the Pyramid is now named after him; Dr. Mick Ukleja, a one-time 49er football player; and Glen Bickerstaff, a wealthy local businessman. You also have the 49ers’ terrific tennis coach, Jenny Hilt-Costello; the school’s director of intramural sports and former 49er basketball star, Glenn McDonald; the men’s volleyball player, Kevin Cape; the long-time athletic staff member, Pat West; the Dirtbags’ coach, Mike Weathers; the professor of education and faculty athletic rep, Dr. Jana Echevarria; and the interim AD, Cindy Masner. The committee will be chaired by one of the school’s vice presidents. Dr. Doug Robinson, a one-time football star at Iowa State. Now Fightin’ Bob didn’t have to get involved in the process at all and could have waited to let the new Prez select such a group, just as he’s going to let the new Prez make the final decision on who will succeed Shumard. But had he taken such an uninvolved course, a new AD might not have assumed control until next summer, which in Maxson’s view was too long for an athletic department to be without a permanent boss. “This is a true blue ribbon committee,” says Maxson. I’m sure it is, and will not make the miscalculations of its less than enlightening predecessors who offered up stirring endorsements for such disappointments as Wayne Morgan and Larry Reynolds, neither of whom is destined for the College Basketball Hall of Fame, much less the 49er Athletic Hall of Fame. Those forever will be known to me as the Pabst Blue Ribbon committees, for the recommendations they wound up making made about as much sense as those beer-guzzlers do in barroom conversations. Bob Maxson figures about 50 candidates eventually will wind up applying, and that the search committee will pare the number to four finalists by perhaps late November, at which time Maxson will turn the list over to the new president for him to make a final verdict. Who will it be? I’m hoping it’s Brian Gimmillaro, the 49ers’ successful women’s volleyball coach who hasn’t officially announced his candidacy but is intrigued about the AD job. Gimmillaro is bright, strong and charismatic and has a lot of devoted followers in the community. I have no idea who eventually will wind up with the job, but at least Bob Maxson has seen to it that it should be filled by the end of the year. … I was far more shocked when the Sparks announced they had hired Henry Bibby than when they announced they were parting company with him. … I have no idea how the UCLA Bruins will do this football season, but I’m willing to bet anyone a guy with the surname Olson will be their starting quarterback. … I’m not sure even Arnold Palmer’s famous Arnie’s Army ever gave their hero the voluble support that those golf fans in New Jersey did last week to Phil Michelson at the PGA Open. … On those rare occasions when I summon up the courage to look into a mirror, I’m horrified at what I see, because the person staring back has absolutely no resemblance to the one I fondly remember. … That well-known international traveler, Phil Trani, is back from a two-week trip to Italy with his four children, including a visit to his parents’ birthplace, Ischia, a small island in the Bay of Naples near Capri. … The standings insist that the Boston Red Sox, four and a half games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East Division going into Thursday night’s match against the Los Angeles Angels, don’t miss Pedro Martinez. And maybe they don’t now. But, oh, will they miss Martinez’s wizardry during the postseason. … Is there a division-leading team in baseball that has endured more gut-wrenching losses than the Angels, who proved those two late-inning meltdowns against the Yankees weren’t flukes by coming right back and doing the same recently against the Oakland A’s? … Stunning purse bid victory by Bob Arum over Don King for the right to stage a Nov. 12 heavyweight match between champion Vitali Klitschko and Hasim Rahman. Arum put up $12 million and probably unwittingly did King a huge financial favor. I wouldn’t put up 12 cents to watch these two counterfeits embarrass their sport. … If the Dodgers go on to win the NL Worst Division, then I’m sure Paul DePodesta would receive a few Executive of the Year votes from those playing it for laughs. … Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo is wondering why Long Beach’s zaniest character, Dr. Dickie (2Fast2Furious/Count Dracula) Babian, wasn’t given star billing for appearing in “March Of The Penguins.” … I still find one of the most entertaining summer getaways in Southern California to be a leisurely afternoon betting the ponies at picturesque Del Mar. … Tom Lasorda will be honored next Thursday night by the Armada before their game with the Samurai Bears, the latest of many positive marketing moves by the team. Barry Stockhamer continues to do a terrific job running the Armada. … That rising XTRA Sports 570 radio personality, David Vassegh, is making quite a name for himself on the local sports talk circuit with his resourceful work, as just this past week he did live interviews at the Raiders camp in Napa and the Chargers camp in San Diego, to go with his Laker, Dodger and Angel duties. … A Cat’s Tale: She is my Constant House Companion, a seven-year-old, eight-pound Calico with black, orange and white markings. Actually, she was selected at a cat rescue mission by my late wife Gillian, and we named her Orphie, as in orphan. She is adored by everyone on Huntdale, is warm and friendly, is not skittish around strangers, is quite animated and adores the few hours I allow her outside each day. But early this week, she, uncharacteristically, became quite lifeless, which worried me because two other cats I had a long time ago showed similar symptoms before being diagnosed with feline leukemia, which resulted in their deaths. In a near panic, I took Orphie to Los Altos Animal Clinic on Tuesday afternoon at Woodruff and Los Coyotes, but was told by a receptionist that there was only one veterinarian on duty, that I couldn’t get an appointment until Thursday and that she’d kindly give me the number of another place to take my cat. Somehow, I kept my temper in check after all, there was only one other customer in the room and explained that my cat was quite ill, needed immediate attention, and that I had been a regular customer for 30 years. A few moments later I was told my cat would be given a check by the vet, and she was taken in her cage to a back room without my being asked to come along, which I found to be a strange development. Apparently, it was a most cursory check, because the aide who brought the cat back to me said her vital signs were fine and that there didn’t appear to be anything seriously wrong with her. I felt an immediate sense of relief, and made a Thursday appointment, which I’m glad to say I failed to keep because it turned out there was something seriously wrong. You see, by Wednesday, my cat had reached a moribund state she was barely moving at all and a friend recommended I take her to the Community Pet Hospital at Spring and Los Coyotes, which I did, much to my relief and that of my cat. A smiling, personable, empathic receptionist named Wendy Weiss got me right in to see the vet, Dr. Sheree Stern, a passionate animal lover who discovered that Orphie had become infected from serious bite wounds from another cat. She performed minor surgery on Orphie to draw out the pus from her abscess, and gave me antibiotics and a syringe to inject fluids twice a day for Orphie’s condition, and said my cat should make a full recovery within 10 days. One of the many benefits of our American capitalistic system is that we have alternatives, and my cat probably is alive today because we do. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!