University of Cincinnati Cricket Club Match Report.
Midwest Match 1 against Lexington Cricket Club.LCC wins by a whopping 120 runs! Scorecard
It was a perfect sunny day for UCCC to kickstart its Midwest campaign. UCCC was squaring up against Lexingon Cricket Club (LCC) at Lexington. The squad led by skipper VijayS left Cincinnati with full confidence and great excitement.
LCC won the toss and elcted to bat. UCCC opened its bowling with Ramki and Chandan. Ramki, playing his first game for UCCC generated some serious pace having the batsman pop all over the crease. Chandan, on the other end with his gentle swingers kept the batsman guessing. Chandan had his man when he put one short of good length and had the batsman mistime a drive straight into his hand. LCC was 19/1.
LCC's dangerous batsman Hammad Malik strolled down to the pitch and immediately got into the attacking mode. He straight away danced down the pitch and lofted Chandan over the covers for a boundary. However, Chandan got his man with the very next delivery. A beauty of a ball which pitched on middle, had Mallik dance down the pitch and just moved a tad outside to uproot the off stump. UCCC was celebrating with LCC at 27/2.
Immediately with the bowling change, Kaustubh had the other opener nick one behind to VijayS. Ramki, being reintroduced into the attack got another middle order batsman play all over the ball and was plumb in front. LCC was precariously placed at 67/4. This is when LCC took control of the game.
UCCC just took its foot of the pedal in the middle overs and let the batsman in the middle consolidate. Hammad Bokhari and Naveed Zaman played sensibly and held the LCC innings together. Once they found the going easy, they began to open their shoulder and played some sensational shots all around the wicket. UCCC's bowlers were packed to all parts of the ground and the ground being too small didn't help it either.
Bokhari blasted his way to a well compiled century, ably assited by Naveed and Nadeem. Again, UCCC commited crucial fielding errors which proved costly. Ramki saved some face for UCCC by getting rid of the tail quickly with his rapid pace. At the end, Bokhari was the only not out batsman for LCC which had, by then, posted a daunting total of 277/10 in 34.1 overs.
UCCC though faced with an uphill task, looked upbeat with the ground size being smaller. Vignesh and Bijoy opened as usual and started attacking immediately. Bijoy played all around one from Mallik and was bowled. Ram was sent in to do some pinch hitting to up the tempo a little bit but got out soon. VijayS opened his account with 2 sweetly timed sixes off consecutive balls and UCCC looked to be on the road to recovery.
A half-hearted shot by VijayS made him scoop the ball to short mid-wicket and with him UCCC's hopes of putting up a fight ended. On the other end, Vignesh was keeping the scoreboard ticking with well executed shots all around the wicket. He got out when trying to clear the boundary.
Wickets were falling at an alarming pace as UCCC batsman tried to keep the run rate going. Madhu displayed his batting prowess with some neatly timed shots. Unfortunately nobody kept him company. He too was did in when trying to slog and was trapped in front. Ramki tried his hand at slogging and got UCCC past the 150 run mark but it was not enough. UCCC was all out for 157 and lost by a whopping margin of 120 runs.
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