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UCCC is 2010 Midwest Cricket Champion !!!!!

Venue: Emerald Park Date:26th Sep Sun


  • 11 years since MCT first started and there has been only one University team to have ever won this tournament. UC started their finals with a dream of changing history by winning the most prestigious trophy in the midwest. Playing their arch rivals Dayton, against whom they lost their last MOCL semifinal outing, UC were determined to make the scores level this time.
  • On a chilly day at Emerald fields, Nabil loses another toss and Dayton elect to field first.
  • UC adopt a cautious approach while playing Dayton's(GDCC) opening bowlers. Natwar and Aravind slowly but steadily builds on UC's innings with some classic display of batting and in the process wearing down Dayton's bowlers.
  • After a steady start, two run-outs (Aravind and Abir) put UC in a spot of bother. Nabil steps up and plays some delightful shots. Aided by some quick running between the wickets, the innings gets some much needed momentum.
  • Niranjan continues his golden run down the order with another strokeful innings. He eventually gets out for 28 just when he looks set for a big score. All this while Natwar holds one end strong with an assuring innings of 49.
  • Smart bowling in the death overs by GDCC minimizes the damage that UC could do. UC end up with a respectable 163. UC had been comfortably defending such scores in previous games.
  • As has been the story so far, Kaustubh rattles Sonu's stumps and deals his customary blow to the top order.
  • Arjun and number 3 hammers a few meaty blows to put UC on the defense. Abhinav with his fiery pace made Dayton batsmen smell the leather and bowled Khan over for a timely dismissal before the first break.
  • Kaustubh, the most reliable UC's weapon, comes back to remove Arjun and Karl in one over, putting Dayton under huge pressure. Arjun goes for an ambitious hit and Prahit takes a good catch in the deep.
  • UC now get into the familiar mode and Prahit gets to work on the Dayton middle order with some quick wickets.
  • Jay plays a great innings for Dayton to keep them in the hunt. After coming in for some punishment early on, Yaju gets Jay caught behind for an important wicket with a gem of a delivery. Even John Cena would have felt proud when Yaju (DAWG) did his finishing "You can't see me" celebrations.
  • Dayton lower order keeps the fight on. Prahit sends Raj back to the pavilion with an unplayable delivery and Abhinav bowls two overs of scorching pace towards the end.
  • Ashu and Jawad have almost pulled Dayton out to safety when Prahit gets Jawad plumb in a maiden over when Dayton needed 16 off 18 balls.
  • Abhinav bowled a unplayable over giving only 5 runs. Nabil brings back Natwar to bowl the final over when Natwar bowls 2 perfect yorkers. Confusion reigns as the last man is run out and UC win the MCT finals by 8 runs.
  • A remarkable tournament win for UC after having their back to the walls in the early phases and being on the verge of elimination. A team effort all season long!!.

MCT: UC humbles CICC to reach MCT final (Venue: VOA Park Date:18th Sep Sat)

  • On a beautiful Saturday for cricket, Nabil loses another toss in a semi-final. After a team meeting CICC decides to put UC in to bat.
  • The decision seems to pay off immediately as Raj snags Abir with the first delivery of the game. Natwar and Aravind slowly and steadily rebuild the innings.
  • Just as UC look to break away Natwar (20 runs) loses his wicket to Raj.Nabil and Aravind continue to gather singles and doubles to keep the scoreboard ticking and add another 30 runs before Vishal snags Nabil with a beautiful delivery that cuts away.
  • A few over’s later Pande is cleaned up by a beautiful delivery from Harish. Niranjan and Aravind see UC into the drink break at the end of the 24th over with the score at 96 for 4.
  • In the over after drinks Aravind(35 runs) miscues a pull shot and gifts Harish another wicket. Niranjan is joined by Deepak who is promoted to boost the run rate.
  • Niranjan and Deepak keep scoring singles and doubles to keep the scoring rate above 6 an over. Niranjan hits a couple of big sixes in the batting power play to take UC past the 150 mark.
  • UCCC puts up a respectable 172 on the board, thanks to big partnership between Niranjan(49 runs) and Deepak(23 runs).
  • CICC start the chase in a positive manner with Ameya driving Big K through the covers for consecutive boundaries. Abhijeet looks in good touch scoring runs at ease.
  • Big K cleans up Ameya with a beautiful delivery while Abhijeet skies one of Natwar only to be caught at long on by Niranjan.
  • Mazhar and Abhishek look to settle in and play a long inning. Abhishek tries to force the ball through the covers driving straight in to the safe hands of Nabil.
  • Pande tempts Vishal with a few deliveries outside the off stump, and then fires one in, grabbing his wickets in the process.
  • Pande Mazhar and Harish see CICC into the drinks break. First ball after drinks, Natwar takes a magnificent diving catch off his own bowling to dismiss Harish.
  • A brilliant piece of fielding by Prahit leads to Kartik’s dismissal for a duck. In the end after being dropped 4 times, Natwar hangs on a skier from Mazhar to complete the victory.
  • CICC are bowled out for 114.UC to play GDCC in the MCT finals.Man of the Match: Niranjan Deshpande(49 runs).

MCT: UC thrashes COBCA to reach MCT semifinal (Venue: VOA Park Date:12th Sep Sun)

  • On a picture perfect day for cricket, COBCA wins the toss and elects to bat.
  • Kaustubh(3 wkts) continues his fantastic form, and along with Aravind, restrict COBCA to 24/5 at the first drinks break.
  • However Abish and Chandan play cautiously to prevent a further slide frustrating the UC bowlers with their passive approach.
  • In the end COBCA gets bowled out in 30 overs, thanks to a superb five wicket haul by Natwar, setting UC a target of 111 runs for a place in the semis.
  • Natwar and Aravind make sure there are no tense moments, as the COBCA bowlers snared Abir early in the innings. Natwar(30 runs) edges one to the keeper with less than 50 runs to win.
  • Aravind(32 runs) and Nabil(16 runs) milk the COBCA bowlers at ease, not taking undue risks.
  • UC wins comfortably with 7 wickets to spare. Man of the Match: Natwar Agarwal (30 runs and 5 wkts).

OICT:  UC defeats Avengers to reach OICT semifinal (Venue: Nationwide   Date:11th Sep Sat)

  • Avengers win the toss and put UC in to bat keeping in mind UC?s success after bowling first.
  • Abir and Natwar help UC get off to a flyer (Abir 29 & Natwar 23) before they lose their wickets on successive balls at 58 in 7 overs.
  • Aniruddha is joined by Niranjan at the crease. However, both of them lose their wickets cheaply.Niranjan deceived by uneven bounce of the pitch.
  • Abhinav and Nabil steady the UC innings by troubling the opponents with some cheeky and fast running between the wickets. Boundaries come easy as they make a 90 run partnership with Abhinav at 39 and Nabil at 35.
  • UC set a total of 160 for Avengers to chase.UC?s bowling attack continued their form by troubling the batsmen on the bouncy pitch.
  • Avengers were all down for 105 with Kaustubh, Abhinav, Natwar and Shibalik picking up 2 wickets each. Man of the Match: Abhinav Pande (39runs and 2 wickets).

MCT:  UC rolls past Cleveland CC with ease (Venue: Rhodes Park   Date:14th Aug Sat)

  • On a hot and humid day, Cleveland CC wins the toss and promptly elects to bat. Aravind and Deepak respond with quick strikes to leave Cleveland CC at 33 for 3 at the end of 12 over?s.
  • Vignesh and Puru bat sensibly to rebuild the innings, but the bowlers keep picking wickets at regular intervals to keep CCC in check. Smart hitting ensures CCC reach a respectable score of 175 for 8 at the end of 35 overs.
  • UC starts the chase confidently bolstered by Abir?s return to the squad. Couple of quick wickets leaves UC stranded at 30 for 2. Natwar?s good form continues as he rebuilds the innings with a captains knock from Nabil. Just when UC look to break away, CCC strikes again leaving UC at 66 for 3. Niranjan walks in with UC requiring 110 runs from 20 overs. Niranjan scores a quickfire 49 including 5 sixes adding 80 runs with Natwar (56) for the fourth wicket to bat Cleveland out of the game.
  • Goldy strikes twice to keep Cleveland in the hunt, but Naveen and Aniruddha ensure UC secures the win with 4 wickets in hand and 4 overs to spare.
  • UC becomes the first team to qualify for the quarter finals in Division I.
  • Man of the Match: Niranjan Deshpande (49 of 36 balls).

OICT:  UC lose a hard fought game to Buckeyes to end the winning streak (Venue: Emerald   Date:8th Aug Sun)

  • In the second game of the day, UC won the toss and chose to field first. Buckeyes get off to a flyer with Milinda, but Aravind pulls them back with quick wickets at the top.
  • UC keep chipping away at the buckeye lineup despite Milindas blazing innings..
  • From 72/3 in 10 overs, UC come up with a 'now customary' choke of the opposition batting with some top class bowling from Prahit and Natwar and sharp fielding.
  • Chasing 100, top order falters to some poor shots and incisive medium pace bowling.
  • Naveen and Ashok inject some life into the game with some fight in the lower order.
  • Ravi Patel finishes off his spell and hopes of a successful UC chase with an outstanding display of fast bowling in the final moments of the game.

OICT:  UC trounce United Cricket Club easily (Venue: Emerald   Date:8th Aug Sun)

  • Batting first, United get off to a sluggish start against the pace of Abhinav.
  • United come to life in the second half of the innings, capitalizing on some shoddy bowling. Ravi and Subodh hammer 50s.
  • Chasing 146, UC make a steady start with Natwar(35 runs) aided by the top order.
  • In form Abhinav couples up with Prahit in the middle order to ease off the nerves with some outstanding batting.
  • Abhinav(49 runs) is the man of the match for his allround perfomance. The win was Prahits first as captain.

MCT:  UCCC thrashes COBCA to seal another big win (Venue: VOA   Date:1st Aug Sun)

  • Cobca' s intention to utilize gloomy conditions, when they sent UC in to bat first, was thwarted by some classic batting from Natwar and Aravind.
  • After their partnership of over 80 runs, things were looking quite steady. UCCC were 122 for 4 at the end of 24th over with Abhinav and Ashok in the middle.
  • Huge sixes and stunning drives got UC 105 runs in last 10 overs. It was Pandey who started and Ashok who finished it with fiery fifties. UCCC finished 227 for 6 in 35 overs.
  • Kaustubh gets the magic done again, getting out the top order cheaply with some a classic display of swing bowling.
  • When things started to look a little better for the Opposition team, Prahit brimming with confidence buried any remaining hopes of Cobca by claiming 6 wickets for 10 runs with great support from Bigg K's marvelous slip catching.
  • UC registers another victory under Nabil winning the match by 128 runs.

OICT:  UCCC defeats MCC by 8 wickets (Venue: VOA   Date:31st July Sat)

  • MCC did not get any momentum in their innings, with their batsmen playing rash and poor shots.Mandeep gives the innings some sort of respectability with a quick fire 22.
  • MCC is bowled out for 93 in 16 over.
  • The UC innings gets off to a slow start with Thomas and Siddharth bowling a good spell of accurate fast bowling.
  • Natwar makes sure there are no hiccups with a assuring 51 not out and gets UC across the line in the 17th over.