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Midwest Match 4 against Charleston Cricket Club.

Charleston Cricket Club shocks UCCC and wins by 3 wkts!                 Scorecard

It was a nice and sunny day for cricket, with no hint of clouds anywhere. UCCC drove to Charleston to play its fourth game of the midwest season against Charleston Cricket Club (CCC). UCCC won the toss and elected to bat.

RahulP and VijayS opened the innings. With some steady scoring, UCCC was quickly at 33 for 0 in 5 overs. In the 8th over, RahulP drove a ball to the covers and UCCC was 41/1. Bijoy entered and left immediately getting trapped plumb in front by a well directed yorker. VijayS, who until that time was batting with aplomb, nicked one behind while going for an expansive drive. UCCC was suddenly reduced to 46/3 in 9 overs.

UCCC immediately got another blow when Madhu super-timed a flick and was equally super-caught at sqaure leg. UCCC was reeling at 49/4. Matters just got worse when RahulM was trapped in front with out scoring. UCCC was facing the barrell at 59/5.

At this point, UCCC got a breather. With Vignesh anchored at one end, Ram started attacking. Sensing that the wicket offered nothing but R-U-N-S, Ram unleashed a barrage of boundaries and took UCCC to 71/5 in 15 overs.

UCCC suffered a major blow when Vignesh got bowled by a ball which pitched and rolled on to the stumps. UCCC was again pushed back to 74/6. Ram sensing that there were a lot of overs to play for throttled down a bit and settled down. Chandan and Ram tried to keep UCCC alive, but Ram was trapped plumb in front and was out for a well compiled 23. UCCC was 81/7.

Ramgopal trying to accelerate the pace was bowled scoreless and the score was now 92/8. Kaustubh and Chandan kept up the scoring with good running between the wickets. But, Chandan unfortunately played on to his stumps and UCCC was now 96/9.

Then came the most enterprising phase of UCCC's innings. With No.9 and No.10 batsmen in, UCCC was struggling to get past 100 to have a psychological edge. Nagendra together with Kaustubh stitched a face-saving 41 run partnership that not only pushed UCCC's total above 100 runs, but also provided a crash-course in batting to UCCC's top-order batsmen. Kaustubh made a stunning 22 with two neatly timed sixes over long -off and as many boundaries. Nagendra brought jubilation to the UCCC camp with a massive six over midwicket. He went on to make 16. Unfortunately, the exciting partnership came to an end when Kaustubh got bowled in the 27th over. UCCC, by that time, had posted a decent 137 in 28 overs of the alloted 30 overs.

CCC still needed 138 to win off 30 overs. UCCC immediately got the first break-through when Chandan got his man plumb in front in the 4th over. With RahulP bowling beautifully in the other end, UCCC was off to a good start. Chris was stroking the bal very well for CCC and Rasheed, who came in at the fall of the first wicket, started attacking immediately. Both the batsmen had a 34 run partnership before Rasheed was bowled by Ramgopal.

Amjad came in and together with Chris started scoring easily. Ram broke this partnership by taking a stunning catch at mid-on. Chris trying to up the tempo hoisted Ramgopal and Ram, stationed at mid-off, ran a good 30 yards and completed a stunning catch. CCC was now 50/3. Givi and Amjad put on a good partnership of 18 runs. Ram and VijayS combined to get Amjad runout in the 14th over. CCC was now 68/4.

Givi was then bowled by a Nagendra top-spinner in the 18th over and CCC was facing the pressure at 74/5. Saeed and Rakesh then put up a match winning partnership of 45 runs. Saeed was stumped by VijayS off Nagendra. It was a bit too late as CCC was 119/6 at that point of time needing only 20 odd runs for victory.Rakesh was scoring steadily at the other end. He was bowled by RahulP in the 26th over. By then the match was as good as over with CCC at 127/7.

A last ditch effort by UCCC to get quick wickets failed as the umpires refused some obvious decisions and gave some unnecessary wides inching them closer to the total. CCC reached the total in the 27th over and upset UCCC with a good victory.