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A steller performance against Buckeyes confirms semifinal birth for UC
On a chilly and sickly wet day at Columbus, University of Cinicinnati cricket Club posted an emphatic 8 wicket victory at OSU on Sunday Oct 6th, against a strong Buckeyes side to advance to the Semi finals of the OICT. Buckeyes won the toss and elected to bat. The openers Nakul and Mitul gave them a steady start as UC’s opening bowlers kept the run rate under control. It was Abhishikth Varanasi, who picked up the first wicket as Nakul advanced down the pitch to hit him out of the ground. He only succeeded in top edging to midoff where Virag snapped up the catch. The next batsman didn’t stay too long, as he top edged to square leg where shibalik took an easy catch off the bowling of Vaibhav. Buckeyes enjoyed a productive period therafter with left hander Hiren striking a few lusty blows, but once he was sent on his way by Rahul , lbw for 30 the innings never really got going. Batsmen got starts but never really threatened to take the game away as UC with a combination of smart captaincy, intelligent bowling and efficient fielding kept the Buckeyes to 163 in 20 overs. UC opened with Jui and Nabil and Nabil as is his wont struck a 6 over cover almost immediately. They got UC off to a good start before Nabil dragged one onto the stumps. Jui and Vaibhav then started playing themselves in with Jui doing the bulk of the scoring. A stunning six behind square was the highlight of his innings, but before long he too perished trying to clear long off as the fielder dived forward to complete a smart catch. In came youngster Urvish Patel and along with Vaibhav built a partnership steadily. Vaibhav played some delightful strokes through the covers and with Urvish gaining in confidence the partnership gained momentum. Urvish played a delightful little pick up for 6 over square leg as both the batsmen mixed the big hits with the singles and kept the scoreboard ticking. With 9 overs to go UC still required 72 runs but this pair paced the innings brilliantly and in the end saw the team home with 5 balls to spare. Hero of the previous match Prabhu Megharaj was quoted as saying” This was a fantastic team effort” and indeed it was. Everyone played their part despite the lousy weather conditions. Its an effort that gives UC a huge boost before the semifinals, and there is no reason not to believe that they can go on to win the tournament. Vaibhav was named man of the match for his second half century in the tournament.
The Meghraj magic helps UCCC get past Nationwide Cricket Club (GNCC)
After forfeiting against MCC, UC struggled against WCCC. In order to stay a live UC had to defeat the the strongest team in the south west region, Kalvin Soft. Thanks to a rejuvenated performance against, led from the front by Prahit Dubey and Urvish, UCCC made it to the knockout stages of the OICT T20 tournament, where they had to play their pre - quarters against GNCC at Rhodes Park, Columbus. The team was looking more confident with Nabil back in the side, which has bolstered the batting line up. Srivathsan captaining the side lost the toss and UCCC were put in to bat first. After a couple of good opening overs by the two new ball bowlers Nabil started to bring out elegant and powerful offside strokes with a six over extra cover and backward point. Srivathsan came to the party with a hook over square - leg which he can connect even in his sleep. After a brisk start of 38 in 4 overs both Nabil and Sri got out in the same over leaving it 39-2. Urvish, Prahit, Vaibav and Virag got out trying to build a partnership. The score was 46 for 7 with Prabhu and Abishikth (Abi) at the crease at the end of 9 overs. It was a win – win situation which they capitalized and built a partnership slowly with 1s and 2s. They ran hard between the wickets which was their strength. Prabhu tried to push on in the 17th over with a four dead straight over the bowler and one over the sqaure leg. Abi got out in the 19th over with score 99 -8. The innings ended with 11 runs in the 20th over with a final score of 111-9, which was not a par score but something to fight with. Prabhu was not-out on 42. Pappu and Abishikth opened the bowling for UCCC urging for wickets. The score was 28-0 in 4 overs, when Prahit was introduced. He bowled a really tight line making the batsman to nick one to the keeper where Sri did a really great job. Vaibhav came in with his leg spinners taking the pace of the ball. This is when the batsman started giving away wickets trying to clear the fence. There was more drama and pain when Sri got hit on his nose with while trying to keep the one going down the leg of Prahits bowling. He still led the team without showing out his pain on the field. Vaibhav with his flight started foxing the batsman and rest was completed by our cool Abishikth at log – on. The score was 52 -5 in 10 overs with Prahit and Vaibav doing really well. Then was another Master stroke together from Sri and Nabil as they introduced Rahul ‘Mendis’ Yalkur who had a clear plan and took it from where Prahit left. Eventually GNCC was bundled out for 71 due to the amazing effort by Vaibhav, Prahit and Rahul with the ball aided by Abishikth, Pappu and Urvish with their catching. It was an all round team effort to defend a low total and this team showed the fighting spirit. Vaibhav having a dream T20 tournament ended with 4-1-15-5 which was his second five wicket haul and another match winning spell. Prahit ended with 4-1-12-2. Abishikth was amazing on the field with three catches which helped sealing the game. This game surely has to go into the UCCC Hall of Fame for its all – round effort and the fighting spirit from the youngsters.
A win against Kalvin Soft keeps UC alive in the Quickfire 20/20 tournament
Prahit got back into the team with a superb spell of bowling and claimed the top 4 wickets to restrict a mighty Kalvin Soft batting line up to a modest total. Vaibhav cleaned up the tail to claim his first 5 wicket hall for UC. Chasing 122 UC top order collapsed leaving Urvish and Prahit to score 80 runs. Urvish played an amazing innings, along side Prahit, who finished the job for UC in a must win game. Both the batsmen remained not out on 40. Pappu, Abhishikth's bowling spell at the beginning of the innings also proved to be extremely vital for UC. Good fielding performance by the team, and good captaincy by Sumit helped tremendously in the cause.
Victory against KCCC2 in the Quickfire 20/20 tournament
With Prahit deciding to take rest in the tournament, it was Srivathsan Ravi leading the UC team. His shrewdness, coupled with strong bowling performances led UC to a victory in the first quick fire 20/20. Vaibav Kumar was adjudged MOM for his scintillating half century
Heartbreak for UCCC in the playoffs
After scoring 222 runs, UC was unable to defend it, following a moderate bowling performance. Nabil scored a fascinating 98 supported by other UC batsmen. Ram scored a furious hundred for CICC2 to win the game for them. CICC2 later was unable score 130 runs in their following game to get knocked out of the tournament too. This ends the MCT2012 venture for UC. Everybody in the top 7 scored played good innings in the tournament, which made sure that UC were at the top of the table through out the tournament. Pappu, Vineet, Sankar come out to be the pick of the bowlers. Sumit and Urvish have shown tremendous potential for future, with their strong performances. UC will work harder to improve the mistakes and pledge to come out strongly next year.