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Midwest Match 5 against Cincinnati Cricket Club.

UCCC romps home with a win by 94 runs margin!                 Scorecard

UCCC played Cincinnati Cricket Club (CCC) at ECC's Rhodes Park cricket ground on 07/12/03. The ground was lush green and the wicket was made of concrete with a mat on it - in short, a batsman's paradise.

CCC won the toss and contrary to expectations decided to field. And B-O-Y!! did they make a mistake??

RahulP and Bijoy opened the batting. With some steady batting and quick running between the wickets, a solid but slow opening partnership was built. RahulP was bowled in the 9th over and UCCC was at 18/1.

Bijoy, after a sedate start, was striking the ball well. With VijayS rotating the strike on the other end, UCCC was able to increase the run rate and had posted a moderate 28/1 in 10 overs.

Bijoy was out LBW in the 12th over. VijayS,who had by now gotten used to the wicket, started opening his shoulders and played some nice strokes on either(!!!!) side of the wicket. Madhu played perfect foil at the other end nudging and punching for well run singles. UCCC, at the end of 15 overs, were at 42/2.

After the break, the runfest began as Madhu and Vijay sent CCC's bowlers for a leather hunt!! While Vijay was dealing with balls-over-the-boundary Madhu was scorching the turf with his silkening drives and perfect sweep shots. Between 15th and 19th overs, the two batsman had accumulated 47 runs!! Thanks to the blitzkreig batsmanship, UCCC was quickly onto 100/2 in 20 overs. Madhu was a little unlucky when he was given out LBW in the 21st over.

Santosh joined VijayS and the scoreboard was just ticking. UCCC was now cruising at 127/3 in 25 overs. VijayS, after a brilliantly made 52, was caught in the 26th over trying one too many shots over the fielder.

A mini collapse ensued...Shashikant was run out, Santosh was bowled and Ram was caught in the next 2 overs, when the batsmen tried to up the tempo. UCCC had buried itself at 134/7 in 27 overs due to poor batting.

But, true to the cliche' "it aint over until the last ball bowled"...VijayW and RahulM picked up the strings and quickly turned things around. VijayW, in particular was spectacular. Couple of massive sixes and a few boundaries studded his innings of 35. On the other end, RahulM kept a cool head scoring beautifully. The two batsmen remained unbeaten and had by then weaved a 67 run partnership which took UCCC to 201/7 in 35 overs.

CCC started batting slowly and steadily, willing to take no risks. VijayW and Chandan started the proceeding for UCCC and right away made it extremely difficult for the CCC batsmen to get going. RahulP and VijayS took over and maintained the pressure on the batsmen making them take unnecessary risks. CCC was at 18/0 in 10 overs. RahulP got the first breakthrough when he induced the batsman to slash at a ball that was moving away and VijayS, standing at point, snapped it up. At the end of 15 overs, CCC was at 38/1.

After the break, and after some missed chances... UCCC struck again through Nagendra with a catch by VijayS. Shashikant duly completed a sitter off Ram and UCCC was stepping closer to victory. CCC was now struggling at 54/3 in 20 overs.

UCCC decided to wrap things up as soon as possible and applied more pressure that paid off. In the next 10 overs CCC was able to score 40 runs, but had lost 5 wickets. CCC's run chase was now in shambles. They were 94/8 in 30 overs after Ram, Nagi, and Rahul had struck.

With continued tight fielding and bowling, UCCC wrapped up CCC for 107 in 33.5 overs, and securing a much needed but deserving victory. VijayW with his 'killer' batting and bowling performance earned the 'Victory Ball'.