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UCCC hammer Kalvin Cincinnati

UCCC hammered Kalvin Cincinnati-2 by nine wickets as they coasted to a comfortable win. UCCC won the toss and elected to field first and before long Ashu and Amish wrecked the top order as KCCC-2 found themselves 5 down for 20 odd runs. But then Karan Singh played a sensible innings as he rotated the strike and also put away the bad balls to the boundary. At the other end Mathew Varghese frustrated the bowlers by leaving every ball even a centimeter outside the off stump . It was Yaju who then changed the tempo of the match by getting the threatening Karan Singh caught and bowled and then dismissing the next batsman of the very next ball. Abhinandh then got Mathew to edge to slip where Nabil took a good catch. With two more wickets to get, the ninth wicket pair tonked the spinners around for a bit. Nabil then changed the bowling as he introduced seamers Varanasi and Pappu and before long they cleaned up the tail. KCCC-2 was dismissed for 85.

Nabil and Abir opened and there was only one thing on Nabil’s mind, to go after everything and boost the NRR. Both he and Abir found the going easy but just as one thought they would finish it ,some dreadful running by Abir left Nabil stranded as he was runout at the nonstrikers end. In came ‘The Megharaj’ and played the perfect support role as he ran hard and picked the gaps efficiently. In the end he and Abir chased down the target with ease. Abir Sengupta got the MOM for his unbeaten 34.


UC crushed Kentucky United in an important game for top spot

After losing to Kalvin Soft in the previous game, it was important for UC to secure a big win against Kentucky United, which is resting at the bottom of the table. Winning the toss, and electing to bat first, Kentucky United’s batting weakness was exposed to a testing spell of fast bowling by Vineet Ashu Chaturvedi. First three wickets went to Ashu. After Amish looked a bit rusty, Urvish and Abhshikth started to bowl in pair. They kept the ball up, and a couple of sharp chances at mid-off went down. Urvish bowled well, but went for a few runs. Abhishikth got his first wicket when he clean bowled Francis for one. Spinners were soon introduced into the attack. 3 wickets fell in quick succession, which included a good catch in the deep by Urvish. Yajuvendra, bowling well, took 2 of those wickets. This followed up by a loud war cry easily audible on Moon. A dropped catch in the slip by Abir prompted Nabil to take up the first slip’s position. Abir is still looking for his first catch of the season (Andya smiling suggestively). Prabhu, the Meghraj, was missed on the field. So was a dear voice “ae ball dena”. Nabil soon gulped a stunning catch in the slips off Prahit’s bowling (who, according to some unconfirmed sources, has been a victim of 7 dropped catches off his bowling in the tournament so far). Prahit ended up taking 2 wickets, and finishing up half of the container of spicy butter milk, which the hosts offered UCCC players to “taste”.

SriWatson was keeping wickets for UC for the first time in the tournament. Even though his bad stomach tested the performance of the air-conditioner in the van throughout the trip, he provided some good support to the bowlers by his sharp maneuverability.

The batting followed up with Nabil hitting 4 sixes over covers, and sweeper area to remind the opposition, once again, about his explosive form. With Abir’s helping hand, UC managed to post a win in just over 4 overs. This made sure a healthy increase in UC’s net run rate. Ashu was given the man-of-the-match award for his brilliant bowling, and the 75 dollars that he recently paid to UCCC (West Chester’s hidden motive?). Virag debuted for UC in this game, while Andya padded up for the 916th time in his 150 years long of cricketing career for UC (of course sarcasm intended☺), only to look nice in white shiny pads, and a supporter. “At least he does not bat at number 10, thanks to an amazing captain”, says Pande, who is playing for CICC this season.


UCCC beaten by 5 wickets

UCCC lost their first game of MCT 2012 as they crashed to a 5 wicket defeat against Kalvin Cincinnati cricket club at VOA. UCCC won the toss and elected to bat and immediately they were in trouble as they were hopping around facing the pacey Ali. Just as one thought openers Nabil and Watson were grinding it out Watson called for an ill judged single, hesitated mid pitch and ran himself out. Prahit came and went bowled for naught. Jui and Nabil hung around a bit but right after the break both of them were dismissed in the space of 1 over. It was to be the story of the day as batsmen got out in pairs after small partnerships. Abir and Andya played themselves in and got out and in the end Amish and Vaibhav ensured that UCCC reached 158.

158 was never going to be enough considering the batting talent on offer for Kalvin Cincinnati. But UCCC started brilliantly as Vineeth Chaturvedi(Ashu) bowled a dream first spell as he had Hariprasad bowled first ball and Pirabu bowled in the next over. He was bowling a lovely line and a probing length as KCCC-1 were put under the gun in the first few overs. But after weathering the initial Ashu storm, the experienced pair of Thiag and Ravneet slowly rebuilt the innings. Ravneet was scratchy initially but once he got his eye in he took full toll on the bowlers as he hammered the spinners out of the ground time and again. By the 24 over mark KCCC had just 30 odd runs to get and the fielding team looked deflated. Ashu came back for another spell and removed both Thiag and Ravneet by knocking over their stumps but it was too little too late as the middle order saw to it that there were no more hiccups and guided the team to victory.

It was a disappointing day for UCCC as the batsmen failed to fire. The bowling was decent but they were just beaten by a better team on the day. For UCCC the lone bright spot was Ashu with exceptional figures of 4-20.


UCCC beat FCC by 4 wickets

UCCC recorded another win this time at Stubbs Park over FCC by 4 wickets an extend their stay at the top of the table for another 2 weeks. They successfully chased down a total of 204 thanks to a brilliant unbeaten 95 by Srivatsan Ravi an innings dripping with class and an absolute treat to watch.

It was a wet day and things didn’t go to plan for UCCC early in the day as bowlers found the wet conditions tough to handle. They medium pacers were hammered for 96 runs in the first 12 overs with only one wicket to show. One over by Pappu went for 4 boundaries as the team lost all focus and intensity. The break couldn’t have come at a better time, as a telling off from Andya and captain Prahit proved to be the right medicine. In the next 12 overs the spin trio of Prahit, Abhinandh and Yaju bowled disciplined lines and varied their pace and length intelligently to stem the flow of runs and in the process picked up wickets. By the last stage of the innings seamers Bandekar and Pappu came back well to polish off the lower middle order and restricted FCC to 204. It was a below par bowling and fielding performance with dropped catches misfields and ill disciplined bowling but in the end the captain marshaled his troops well to pull the game back.

There was only one story during the chase. It was the innings of Srivatsan Ravi. A man who seemed burdened by his low returns in the previous games played a gem as he carved the bowlers to all parts of the ground to guide UCCC home. It wasn’t easy. He lost Nabil Prahit and Jui in the first 12 overs of the 2nd innings and it was the ever responsible Andya who finally provided the support. Srivatsan with that beautiful high back lift of his was driving exceptionally well and in Andya found a willing ally who helped rotate the strike and keep the score board ticking. When Andya went for 29 in came Amish Bandekar and played responsibly as Srivatsan at the other end grew in confidence and slowly started miliking the bowlers. By the time Amish went Srivatsan had got to his 50 and was slowly setting his foot on the accelerator. A chanceless innings, he then took charge completely as in one over he flicked Satish nonchalantly to the square leg boundary for 4 and then picked him up for 6 over midwicket the very next ball. His drives through the covers and his flicks were the featured of the innings but most importantly his running between the wickets was top class. He pushed his partners well at all times and took on the responsibility when the chips were down. In the end he saw the team home with an unbeaten 95 and in keeping with his character showed little emotion as he was mobbed by his ecstatic teammates.

In the light of the upcoming tough fixtures Sri vatsan’s form bodes well for the team and an improved performance in the field will be surely what the captain and UCCC are looking for.


UCCC cruise to 5 wicket win

UCCC chased down a mammoth 228 without much ado to register a 5 wicket win at VOA park against CICC-2. After 2 consecutive away games UCCC were happy to be back home, but things didn't go all that well as they were hit to all parts of the park on an insanely hot day. Opener Aditya Kulkarni and two drop Varun Sood put on a stand in excess of hundred after Chirag gave CICC-2 a brisk start. To add to the woes UCCC's fielding was sloppy with a couple of dropped catches not helping the cause. In the end CICC-2 posted 228 for the loss of just 3 wickets one of which was a runout.

The UCCC reply just proved how good a batting wicket it was and added to that it was a lightning quick outfield. Nabeel and SriWatson gave UCCC a blazing start but before too many were scored UCCC was 40-2. In came the Powerful Jui and struck another beautiful half century, the highlight of the innings being a 20 run over in which he struck 5 boundaries. When he fell there were still 60 odd runs to get in 11 overs. It was then that Amish who until then was playing second fiddle to Jui took over the reins and shepherded the side to victory. With the ever dependable Andya he ran hard and unleashed some powerful strokes, the best being a pick up over midwicket for six. In the end it was a comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable win.


UCCC completes a sweet revenge

UCCC defeated Columbus Indiana Cricket Club -1 by 47 runs in the searing heat at Ceraland Park to rise to the top of the table and continue their unbeaten start to the season. A comfortable victory against the last year's runners up, whom UC lost to in the semifinal of MCT made a strong statement for UC's bid towards the championship. Sumit Kumar Jui's brilliantly paced 87 proved too much for CICC as they failed to overhaul UCCC's total of 206.

It was a blisteringly hot day as CICC won the toss and chose to field first. The rampant Nabil Hamadani fell early this time as he slashed at a full wide ball only to be brilliantly caught at 2nd slip by Abhinav Pande. His single digit Score may suggest otherwise but SriWatson was looking good as he was middling the ball. He fell to a good ball nicking to the keeper and that brought Sumit Jui and Prahit Dubey to the middle and they put on a solid partnership as Prahit's quick feet and Jui's powerful shots kept the rate up. Then Prahit fell to an ungainly swipe across the line as he holed out in the deep to the spinner Karthik. In came the experienced Abir Sengupta and together he and Jui forged a 100 run partnership which effectively took the game away from CICC. Jui was particularly severe on anything short as he carved Pandey over backward point and swiveled to hit Atul out of the park over fine leg. It was a brutally classy innings. He eventually fell on 87, caught behind as he walked off to a standing ovation. Abir Sengupta fell almost immediately, but he played his part too in the partnership as he injected urgency in the running and complimented the running well with a couple of boundaries. There was a mini collapse but Abhinandh Shankar and Deepak Sridhara made sure the total went past 200 as UCCC posted 206.

CICC never really looked in the hunt as they lost 3 wickets inside the first 12 overs. Vineet Chaturvedi bowled a brilliant new ball spell as he accounted for the dangerous Ameya. Deepak Sridhara was all pumped up as cleaned up the captain Abhishek and when Abir sengupta got Shashi LBW CICC were in trouble. But then the innings was resurrected by some intelligent batting by Mazhar Khan and Jay Shah. They rotated the strike and hit risk free boundaries as they maintained a healthy run rate. Just when the game seemed to be drifting, the legspinner Abhinandh was introduced and what a masterstroke it proved to be. He got Jay bowled off a googly that bounced and took middle stump and in the same over got a beautifully flighted delivery to dip and outfox Mazhar who prodded forward and offered a simple caught and bowled. This was the turning point as CICC never really recovered. Joydeep hit a few runs of the medium pacers, but Abhinandh with one of the finest legspinning performances you will see, tormented the home team with a mix of flight dip, turn and bounce and by the time he bowled 6 overs he had accounted for 4 batsmen. Prahit Dubey realizing that the ball was soft brought himself on and cleaned up the tail. He also took a brilliant diving catch to get rid of the threatening Joydeep. When Prahit Dubey finally hit timber it was all over.

It was a disciplined overall performance by UCCC as they first batted well and then strangled CICC with wickets at regular intervals. The game was played in good spirit as there was some good natured banter with Abhinav Pandey taking a brunt of it as he played his first match against UCCC. Sumit Jui was declared Man of the Match.


UCCC stroll to 5 wicket win

UCCC defeated CCI at Post Road Community Park to continue their unbeaten start to the season. On a good day for cricket, CCI batted first and were off to a bad start as their opener Talha was out for a duck, caught behind of the bowling of Abir. The batsmen to follow for CCI all got starts but none of them could capitalize. Parag was the highest scorer with 35 with Mohsin scoring a quickfire 24. At one stage the game seemed to be drifting away but some disciplined bowling, good captaincy and a brilliant catch by Vignesh in the deep helped restrict CCI to 166.

There was just one talking point about the chase and that was Nabil Hamadani's innings of 89. It was an absolute ripper of an innings as he creamed the bowlers to all parts of the park. He lost Srivatsan before the 12 over mark and had Prahit for company for quite a while but his labored innings of 11 came to an end courtesy a brilliant catch at short fine leg. Nabil who was still continuing on his merry way was joined by Abir who proved to be the perfect partner. He rotated the strike and let Nabil destroy. Nabil was particularly severe on Tushar Patel as he brutally hit him out of the attack after just one over which cost 17 runs . Eventually he was bowled on 89 off the bowling of the speedy and accurate Mohsin Kapadia. Sumit Jui came and went, and when Andya also fell there were still a few to get. But the experienced Abir and debutant Urvish made sure that the win was just a formality as they guided the team to victory with an over and a half to spare.

Nabil took the man of the match award for his blistering 89, but Urvish patel's effort in the field must be mentioned as he fielded well and bowled a beautiful spell of 7 overs on the trot picking up two wickets in the process. His role was crucial in restricting CCI to 166.


UCCC defeated MCC

UCCC defeated MCC by two wickets at VOA Park to record their second win in 3 matches. On a cloudy day with passing showers UCCC won the toss and elected to field first. It was the third opening bowling partnership in as many games as Vineet Chaturvedi and Amish Bandhekar opened the bowling. Any early assistance was lost in two oversââ,¬â"¢ time as the opening bowlers had to toil hard. Credit to them as they kept the batsmen in check and it was this pressure that yielded the first wicket in the form of a runout. Amish Bandhekar especially was miserly as he varied his pace and length intelligently and was rewarded with 2 wickets in his first spell. The bowlers to follow bowled decently too as Pappu and legspinner Vaibhav claimed a wicket each. Vineet came back for his 2nd spell in the middle overs to remove the dangerous Mandeep and Laxmi to claim 3 wickets in the match. UCCC were in control but then sloppy fielding and dropped catches allowed easy runs as MCC made 161. The pick of the bowlers certainly was Amish who came back in his 2nd spell to take 2 more wickets and wrap up the innings.

UCCCââ,¬â"¢s chase was off to the worst possible start as Sumit Jui was trapped plumb in front first ball. The tentative SriWatson followed soon, after an uneasy stay at the crease as UCCC were 2 down for not too many. This brought the experienced Prahit and Abir together as they put their heads down,played straight and put on the most productive stand of the match. On 32 Abir unnecessarily chased a wide one from left armer Vijay as he fell to a catch behind the wicket. But Prahit carried on serenely as he used his feet smartly to chip over the infield and ran hard to keep the pressure on the fielders. Vaibhav and Amish supported him for a while, but just when the finish line was close Prahit holed out at the midwicket boundary, and with the wickets of Amish and Prabhu in quick succession the cat was amongst the pigeons. It was a tense finish but the experienced Deepak Sridhara and youngster Urvish made sure that UCCC reached the target. This match surely belonged to captain Prahit Dubey as he demonstrated the virtues of keeping things simple. Quick running mixed with a few hits to the boundary, it was a beautifully paced innings of 74. Overall UCCC made heavy weather of the taget with a late collapse but in the end disaster was averted.


UCCC versus UKCC ends in a tie

It was a beautiful morning in Lexington Kentucky and a perfect day for cricket. After a resounding victory at the VOA park this was going to be a sterner test for UC. UKCC won the toss and elected to bat first. UC opened the bowling with a new combination, Abir Sengupta and Vignesh Gopal. Both found the going tough as they didn't hit the right areas regularly enough. Added to that there wasn't any assistance off the pitch or in the air as the opening batsmen played freely and on the up. Venkata Narayan was particularly severe on anything too full or short as UKCC moved along at a fair clip. By the 12th over UKCC were 75 odd for one the only wicket to fall being Prageeth bowled of the inside edge of the bowling of Vignesh Gopal. The UCCC fielding wasn't at its sharpest either with too many quick singles being stolen

The next 12 over phase was when UCCC began to get into the game. Prahit Dubey the captain and Suryanarayana Pappu bowled in tandem and strangled UKCC with some tight bowling and good support from the fielders. Pappu particularly bowled a hostile 4 over spell in which he bowled a maiden and uprooted all the 3 stumps of the set Venkatanarayan. Slowly the pressure started to tell as the next batsman tried to loft Prahit Dubey, only to hole out at long on. The ball was then thrown to Abhinandh Shankar who was playing his first match since splitting the webbing on his left hand last season. He immediately found good rhythm as he gave the ball plenty of air and enticed the batsmen to go over the top. He deceived Harvinder singh in flight as the batsman went for an ungainly heave over midwicket only to find his stumps pegged back. Abhi was rewarded with a second wicket as an attempted sweep ended up being top edged and Prahit dived forward to take a smart catch. By now the fielding had improved and UKCC were found guilty of underestimating the best arm in the UC team. A Ricardo Powellesque throw by Megharaj from midwicket found Awais Mian way short of his crease and by the 2nd drinks break UCCC were in the ascendancy. The last 6 overs saw the balance shift again as 60 runs were hemorrhaged due to some lackluster bowling and fielding. The standout innings for UKCC half was played by Prasanna Padmanabhan. In the end UCCC had 189 to chase, a daunting task but not impossible.

UCCC didn't start too well with Sriwatson edging to second slip.Abir sengupta never looked too comfortable and just when one thought he was settling in he played a lazy chip to short midwicket and was caught. In came Prahit Dubey, and he didn't stay too long either as he played an unnecessary shot and was snaffled at cover. While all this was happening Nabil Hamadani was in a zone of his own. After a few plays and misses early on he unleashed a flurry of amazing offside shots ,the stand out being a blisteringly flat six over sweeper cover. The most productive stand of the match was between Nabil and Sumit Jui with Nabil doing the bulk of the scoring. By the 18 over mark UCCC were 111/3 and cruising. Then a tired shot from Nabil and some quick glovework form the keeper found him short of his crease as he was stumped of the bowling of Prasanna. The wicket of Sumit Jui followed almost immediately and with 2 new men at the crease UKCC were back in it. Well who better to enter the arena than Aniruddha Palasule aka Andya. With his laid back attitude he and his 'protege', Prabhu Megharaj, put on 50 runs to calm the nerves. Just when UCCC sensed the finish line Prabhu played one uppishly to point and was caught. Shibalik and Vignesh didn't bother the scorers . Abhinand stuck around for some time and when he too went UC were still 15 runs short of victory. Andya's brilliant cricketing acumen must be mentioned here as he showed confidence in his partners when necessary but also farmed the strike at other instances. With 8 required of the last over he took 2 runs each of the first 3 balls. A single of the next ball and it was down to Pappu the last man to score 1 run of 2 balls. He was beaten outside off the first ball, and with 1 required of one , he top edged a slow full toss on middle towards short square leg and as everyone looked up the keeper called, ran flattened two other fielders and completed a remarkable catch to result in a nerve shredding tie. Both the teams shared one point.


UC crushes West Chester to start MCT campaign

After the customary team breakfast at McDonalds UCCC arrived at the VOA Park on a warm day to play the Westchester cricket club. UCCC captained by Prahit Dubey needed a win badly to get the confidence back up after a disastrous outing against CICC in a practice match the previous weekend.

WCC won the toss and elected to bat. It was good to see Aravind Kishore, Abir Sengupta and Deepak Sridhar back in the team to add much needed depth and experience. Aravind and Deepak opened the bowling and immediately Aravind found some beautiful away shape and before WCC knew what hit them they were 3 down for not too many. After a tight opening spell, Pappu and Vignesh were brought in, and they settled in easily as they exploited a batting lineup which was under tremendous pressure after failing to negotiate the opening spell. This phase of the game basically killed off any chance of a recovery that WCC had as Vignesh took 3 and Pappu took 2 wickets. The last two wickets fell to the spin twins Yaju and Dubey as WCC was all out for 56.

It was an easy chase but UCCC couldn't afford hiccups. Nabil and SriWatson made sure there was nothing to worry about as they mixed shots over the top with intelligent running and before long UCCC had won by 10 wickets. Nabils six over cover was certainly the shot of the match, as he held the pose for the cameras. Overall a morale boosting victory, and a true team effort as the bowlers and batsmen came to the party. Not to forget the fielding which was focused and good. The constant chirping on the field was a good sign as the team's body language was positive. Special mention to the captain and the old guard Anna, Nabil and Abir for keeping things calm on the field and injecting the much needed aggression at the right times.


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UC Cricket wins the Club Sport of Year Award

"It is our great pleasure to announce that the University of Cincinnati Cricket Club has won the 2011-2012 Club Sport of the Year Award amongst 35 Clubs in a glittering ceremony on May 3rd at the Great Hall, TUC. Apart from the monetary benefits that we receive as a result of this, it is also a recognition for all the efforts that we, in the past years, have put forth in building this club. This is a victory for all the team member who have considered cricket as a part of their lives, and contributed to the team's success. This is a victory for all of us who stayed together in the team during the hard times, and celebrated together during the joyous ones.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Nabil Hamadani, whose undeterred devotion to the club as a leader, student, alumni, has played a vital role in our success. We would also like to thank Abir Sengupta, Aniruddha, Farah, Pande, Niranjan, and other alumni who have continuously supported us. Having said all this, we must also acknowledge that the good work does not stop here. It is our responsibility to carry this forward, and make sure that we prove ourselves worthy for such recognitions in the coming years as well. Special thanks to Anish Dantale, who helps to maintain our website, and does not even charge us money ;)

Comfortable win for UC against West Chester

West Chester chose to bat first in this second twenty-20 game for UC Cricket Club this season. West Chester started their batting innings in a cracking fashion with a flurry of boundaries and big hits over the line. Even the trees at the Stubbs cricket ground were going for cover. A drop catch by Abhi at third man in the first five overs did not help the team until he came on to bowl and wrap things around with fine slow leg spins. This saw regular wickets fall down at one end but they still managed to put on a decent total of 140 in 20 overs.

Chasing 140 for UC has always been a familiar task and was one of the same when the score was reached in 12.4 overs. The opening batsmen Nabil and Srivathsan spoiled the party for the West Chester bowlers as they smashed them all over the field with classy shots and fine running between the wickets. In the end it was all too simple for UC as they chased the score down only losing 3 wickets.

UC falls short chasing a mammoth total against Columbus Cricket Club


Playing the toughest game of the season in extremely cold conditions, UC lost the toss, and were asked to bowl first. Columbus openers started cautiously against Vineet, but soon came into their groove, and scored freely against Vignesh. An edge went pass through the keeper, and a couple of cut shots went passed close to point.

Pande was brought into the attack which resulted in Bharat hitting him out of the park for two gigantic sixes. Prahit bowled the next over and was able to get UC their first breakthrough in the form of Columbus' captain Amit Jain. Shibalik bowled beautifully, and continued to beat the Columbus Batsmen. However, other bowlers struggled to maintain their line and length, and soon 4's and 6's started to rain off Bharat's bat.  Owing to Bharat's spectacular hundred, Columbus piled up 201 runs in just 20 overs.


UC started their chase magnificently, and their openers, Nabil and SriWatson, gave UC a superb start. Scoring at over 10 runs an over, Nabil and Sri, continued to pierce the gaps in the outfield regularly. 4 sixes that came off their bat, made sure that UC scored 100 runs in the first 10 overs. After Nabil got out, Sri could not stay for long. Sumit missed out again. It was left to the middle order to take the game from there. Abir and Pande started off impressively but could not manage to stay for long. Prahit, struggling with an injured knee, could not manage to continue from where he had left in the previous game. Vignesh and Andya provided some resistance at the end, but the game got soon after that. UC ended up scoring a respectable 180 in 20 overs.


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UC loses the season opener against Miamisburg

MCC won the toss, and sent UC to bat first on a bouncy track. Srivathsan and Nabil utilized the fast outfield to their advantage, and added 45 runs in 6 overs for the first wicket. Srivathsan mistimed a shot and got out after scoring a strokeful 31 in just 12 balls. Sumit could not add to the score, and a confusion in the middle resulted in Nabil's run out. UC found themselves in a bit of a bother with 3 wickets down for just 50 runs on the board. With Abir and Prahit in the middle, UC started to build their score once again. Abir soon got into his groove and hit 3 sixes on his way to a brilliant 40, while Prahit kept taking the singles and doubles. The duo added 60 runs together. After Abir's dismissal, Prahit and Pande continued to run hard, and play strokes which helped UC to reach a respectable 148 runs off 20 overs. Prahit scored a classy 35, while Pande remained unbeaten on well grafted 17. Gopal and Lakshmi bowled economical spells for MCC, making sure that UC does not get away with a higher score.

Pande opened the bowling for UC, and got MCC's opener, Bora, out in the first over. Vignesh held on to a spectacular catch to bring his dismissal. Varanasi, playing his first game for UC, troubled the MCC batsman a lot, and got the wicket of Bhatara. Prahit, bowling his first over was hit for a few runs before he got Jayesh out for 39. However, some extremely untidy fielding, and lack of control from UC bowlers soon resulted in MCC batsmen getting ahead in the game. Shibalik and Yaju bowled a few tidy overs to bring UC back into the game. At that point of time, MCC required 25 runs off 3 overs, thanks to Viggi's nearly perfect 17th over. Pande's 3rd over cost a few runs, and when Viggi could not repeat his previous over's performance, the game was over for UC. Manoj scored a spectacular 59, and hit a couple of mighty blows in the 19th over to seal the game for MCC.


A message for all the new and existing members from the President, UC Cricket Team

Let me take this opportunity to welcome all the new members once again, and say hello to all the older members.

I am very excited to announce that the new schedule for UC Cricket Team's 20/20 campaign is now available, and will be accessed from the UC Cricket website ( very soon. The first game is on March 31, 2012, against NCC at Columbus, Ohio. Yes, it's an away game. And to answer some of the new members, we play hard with a leather ball. We will give you helmets, and it's your job to face the bouncers with us.

This season is going to be a very challenging one, as it looks like we will have at least two games a week inclusive of a home, and an away game. Considering the heat, and the fact that we are participating in TWO 20/20 tournaments prior to the big Midwest Cricket Tournament, I have no doubt in my mind that we will be tested rigorously and very frequently.

I would personally like to invite all of you to come and practice with the UC Cricket Team on March 28, 2012 (Wednesday), and show your talent. This is an opportunity for anyone who is passionate about cricket, loves to travel, stands up tall irrespective of how difficult the situation is, and wants to be a part of the UC Cricket Team.

Yes, I would like to see all of you sharp at 6:30 PM in front of Sigma-Sigma on Wednesday for the first of the many fielding drills. We have got a job in our hands boys, and the UC Cricket Team's jerseys are waiting to be worn, once again. KICK ASS!!

Prahit Dubey
UC Cricket Team

CICC outplays UC for a spot in the MCT finals

(Venue: Ceraland Park   Date: September 10)

On a cloudy day in Columbus IN, UC won the toss and elected to field. On a wet outfield, the new ball became softer as soon as play started and negated any swing for the new ball bowlers. Ameya starts off with some boundaries on the fast outfield.Deepak pulls back the initiative with two quick wickets. This brings Abhijeet and Ameya together in an aggressive partnership. With boundaries coming regularly, and plenty of ones and twos CICC are easily able to maintain a run-a ball scoring rate. Prahit bowls with a degree of control and Ameya is snapped up by Aravind to give UC a 3rd wicket. A dropped catch off Abhijeet at this point proves crucial as Abhijeet and Vishal score half centuries. CICC are able to score 100 runs in the last 11 overs as all bowlers leaked runs on a good wicket and fast outfield. CICC end up with 247 which is the highest total conceded by UC in 3 years.

UC begin the chase enterprisingly with Nabil and Srivatsan in good form. The openers race away to 70 runs before the first break with no wickets down putting UC in a good position. Srivatsan played some outstanding shots off the new ball and there was some sharp running between the wickets. Nabil gets out to a brute of a delivery from Joydeep. Abir and Aravind fall soon after leading to 3 quick wickets. Srivatsan gets run out to an ill judged single and UC are in trouble. Niranjan lends some respectability to the score with a few big shots, but his wicket means that there is too much work for the lower order to do. The CICC spinners pick up the last 4 wickets to fall.UC are bowled out for 150 and beaten comprehensively. CICC go to Columbus, OH to play the finals against CCC.

After winning MCT last year, UC's campaign fell just short of the finishing line this time. On the whole, this was a solid campaign for UC with some new faces emerging and taking up much of the responsibility. UC took solid steps towards staying a student driven team this year.

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UCCC steadily cruise into semis with an all round performance

(Venue: VOA Park  Date: August 27)

COBCA won the toss and elected to bat first. UCCC struck early with a sharp catch by Prabhu at gully of Deepak's bowling to dismiss Abish. Anando and Aniket steadied the ship with some lusty blows keeping the run rate at six per over. Abir broke the partnership bowling Anando for 46. Nakul came in next and got set quickly hitting some beautiful shots all over the park. But when COBCA seemed to be taking control, Abir again was in action completing a spectacular running catch of Prahit's bowling. Thereafter disciplined bowling by Abhinav, Abir and Prahit didn't let the batsmen run away with the scoring. Abhinav finished with figures of 7-0-17-2 keeping COBCA down to 181 in 34.3 overs.

Chasing a par score, openers Nabil and Srivatsan got off to a good start without taking any sort of risks. They nudged 1s and 2s, keeping the run -rate in check before Nabil was caught behind of Nakul's bowling for 21. Srivatsan continued his good form with Aravind for company at the other end. The COBCA slow bowlers started doing the trick and reduced the run flow which made the batsmen go after them and lose their wickets. Both Srivatsan and Aravind were stumped while losing their cool. With some panic in the UCCC dug out, Abir and Niranjan were in at the crease with 90 runs needed of 17 overs. They scored 35 runs together before Niranjan got out for 19. Wickets started falling at regular intervals even though runs were flowing steadily with Abir holding one end. UCCC were 163-6 when they lost Abir for 28. With 19 needed off 4 overs, senior statesman, Andya took control of the situation with Prabhu (half Andya's age) at the other end, and UC won easily in the end with 9 balls to spare.

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UCCC lose to KCCC despite a fighting display.(Quick Fire T-20)

(Venue: VOA Park  Date: August 28)

On a bright Sunday morning at VOA Park, UC wins the toss and elects to bat in this T-20 fixture. Nabil and Srivathsan start the innings in a lively fashion with quick singles and a flurry of doubles. Nabil continues to be the accelerator even when Srivathsan walks off for only 7 runs in a 47 run opening stand. With Ketan joining Nabil at the crease, another solid partnership starts until Nabil is caught and bowled by Thiag after a well-made 57. Nabil played a wide range of shots lifting bowlers over the infield. Thiag, who bowled one change in the bowling line-up, was able to control the flow of runs to a decent extent. Ketan, who was later joined by Ashok, helped UCCC accelerate the scoring in the middle overs with crucial boundaries off Parth and Visvesh. Ketan later falls to Visvesh which brought Niranjan to the crease who scored a quick fire 29 with 3 huge sixes. Abhinav too joined the party at the death overs with some exciting stroke play setting a challenging target of 190 runs for KCCC to chase.

KCCC came out all guns blazing as they started off in a hurry scoring almost 10 runs per over with Thiag and Hari going berserk. A smart bit of bowling by Prabu helped UCCC break the opening stand of 59 runs between Thiag and Hari. Pirabu took no time to settle down as he joined Hari at the crease. Some delightful strokes were played during the middle overs though both batsmen had their share of luck with rather easy drop catches. Hari was later dismissed for 59 playing a sweep shot and top-edging to deep square leg. Though Abhinav had removed Ravneet and Pirabu, KCCC were pretty comfortable during the course of their chase. Srikanth and Visvesh gave the final touches to the chase amidst a fighting display from UCCC.

UC stumble after a string of victories.(Quick Fire T-20)

(Venue: University of Kentucky  Date: August 21 )

On a bright and sunny day, UC travel to Lexington with 10 men as Ketan pulls out with an injury. UC wins the toss and elects to field first.

After a bright start from the UKCC openers, Prahit gets Rohit out caught behind. Prasanna comes in at No 3 and along with Vinod starts taking calculated risks against the UC bowlers. Just when UKCC seem to be motoring towards a huge total, Prahit comes to the rescue yet again by getting Prasanna's wicket. Thanks to some brilliant bowling by Abhinav at the death, UC manage to restrict UKCC to a manageable 135 in 20 overs. Vinod timed his innings very well and remained unbeaten on 41.

UC needed a strong start to chase down 135 but that did not materialize as Nabil gets out in the second ball of the innings. Things start to unravel pretty fast for UC as wickets keep falling at regular intervals. A combination of good catching by the UKCC fielders and rash shot selection by UC batsmen reduces the score to an abysmal 12/6. Some lower order resistance coupled with a good knock from Prahit helps UC reach 99. UC tastes defeat for the first time in seven matches after falling 36 runs short of the target. Find the scorecard here.

UC starts T-20 tournament on a winning note

(Venue: Medlar Park   Date: August 20)

UC took on MCC in their first match of the OICT T-20 tournament. Nabil won the toss and decided to bat first. UC got off to a decent start with the openers scoring at run-a-ball for the first five overs. However MCC bowlers struck at regular intervals to keep the batsmen in check. UC lost 4 quick wickets in the space of 5 overs thanks to some incisive bowling and poor umpiring. But Niranjan and Prahit batted with determination to put on a 50 runs stand for their 5th wicket partnership. Niranjan in particular looked set for yet another half century but fell 7 short while trying to force the scoring rate. Things didn't go as planned for UC as wickets started falling in a heap and were finally bundled out for 139 runs in 20 overs.

Defending a small target, UCs bowlers ripped through the batting order, with Abhinav snaring two wickets in the first over of the innings, leaving the opposition delicately placed after 8 overs. All the bowlers bowled a steady line and length to force the MCC batsmen into rash strokes. Siddarth and Rakesh led a recovery of sorts by getting to their respective 20's but both fell at crucial moments. The batting let MCC down with only two batsmen getting to double figures. All the bowlers chipped in for UC to dismantle the MCC batting line up. Abir wrapped up the tail and finished a comprehensive victory for UC over MCC.

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UC cut a swathe through Cuyahoga

(Venue: Cleveland Cricket Ground  Date: August 6)

Geared up for an exiting game on Saturday, UC wins the toss and decides to field first. It's a sunny day and pitch conditions allowed for plenty of movement to aid the bowlers of both sides.

Cuyahoga lose their first wicket in what appears to be a careless 'swatting' shot to Aravind's opening ball. UC lost no stride in cutting through Cuyahoga's opening batsmen with Deepak bagging a wicket in the second over. Aravind resumes his devastating spell and captures a record of five wickets including a Golden Wicket for UC this season. Despite aggressive bowling by UC, Dhruv Patel scores a highly respectable 42. Vignesh and Prahit take the wickets of Abhishek and Abhilash respectively and Abir sweeps through two tail-enders with ease. An intimidated Cuyahoga folds their innings with 86 runs in 28.4 overs.

Charged by the first innings, UC stumps Cuyahoga with a spectacular partnership between the opening batsmen, Nabil and Srivatsan. Although Cuyahoga's initial bowling spell is met with precise and calculated batting, Srivatsan playing across the pitch is taken lbw by Chirag. Nabil and Abhinav continue the attack but an appeal leading to a close call by the umpire ends Nabil's innings with 45 runs. Abhinav and Aravind score the final runs bringing UC a very comfortable no-hitch victory in 16.5 overs. Find the scorecard here .

Comfortable win for UC

(Venue: VOA Park  Date: July 30)

On an overcast Saturday, UC won the toss and decided to put the opposition into bat. UC bowlers made sure the Akron batsmen couldn't get off to a flying start.

The first wicket fell when Prabhu at midwicket held on to a difficult catch, a spectacular diving effort. It was a sign of what was to come. Prabhu held on to three more catches during the innings, a commendable performance, given UC's catching skills, or the lack thereof, in the previous game against OSU. With no runs on the board, and consistent pressure on the batsmen, Akron never looked like they were on track to get a huge score. Some sensible batting by Vivek ensured Akron got to 132 for 6. The bowling by UC was good, but lacked the penetration needed to push the advantage and take 10 wickets, especially when the batting side was already on the defensive. All the bowlers shared the spoils, except for one run-out.

Nabil and Aravind opened the batting for UC. Some spirited bowling by Aditya put the batsmen in trouble initially. But, Akron's fielders put down some straight-forward chances. The openers made full use of the lapses by the fielding side, got to their respective fifties, and made sure UC was home in 19 overs without losing a wicket. By and large, a good win for UC. Find the Scorecard here

UC win a nail biting thriller against OSU

(Venue: OSU Cricket Ground  Date: July 24)

On another hot day in record setting heat, UC traveled to Columbus to play OSU on their home ground.UC lose the toss and are put in to bat. Srivatsan and Aravind are cleaned up by Romel with well directed yorkers and Prahit falls to a contentious catch at square leg. UC are in trouble and 3/31.Nabil and Abir begin the counter attack with a mixture of caution and aggression and some smart running between the wickets. On a ground where it is difficult to drive straight and on the off side, Nabil peppers the off side with some smart drives. Nabil soon races to his half century defying the heat.UC lose Abir soon after the second drinks break. Nabil gets out to direct hit from fine leg which looked like the only way he could have gotten out. Abhinav falls soon after. Niranjan plays a characteristic valuable knock in the middle order and Naveen continues his good rein of form with some well timed shots. Some purposeful running in the lower order leads UC to 197, the highest score of the season.

OSU begin their chase with intent with Romel smashing a six in the first over. Aravind soon has him caught at mid off but the big shots keep coming and OSU are at 31 in 3 overs.Abir gets Neeraj caught at short mid wicket in a very sharp catch by Nabil and takes another wicket in the same over.Raaj and Deepak counterattack for OSU with some lusty hitting off the spinners. UC are unable to adjust their lengths to the pitch and bowl short with a huge number of runs scored off pull shots.

Abir takes a well judged catch to get rid of Deepak. With 10 overs to go OSU look well placed to win with Raaj playing well. UC keep taking wickets. As rain starts to fall some catches are dropped.

OSU are down to the last wicket with about 11 runs to get. Nabil bowls an excellent second last over leaving Abhinav 7 runs to defend off the final over.Another catch is spilled and an easy run out missed leaving 3 to win of 3 balls. At this point Raaj lofts a ball and Niranajan judges a superb catch and tumbles on the slippery grass eventually holding on to the catch for dear life.

On a day when UC made some uncharacteristic errors on the field and with the ball, they manage to come up with enough moments of brilliance to win a thriller.Find the Scorecard here

UC trump Cuyahoga in a hard fought game in record heat

(Venue: VOA Park  Date: July 17)

In what was probably the hottest day of the season so far, UC win the toss and opt to field first as per their strength.

Cuyahoga start brightly with Chirag and Ajay launching a calculated assault on Deepak. Abhinav is introduced into the attack to calm things down. Cuyahoga is motoring along at 6 runs an over as a simple catch goes down off Chirag.

The introduction of Abhinand brings the first breakthrough as Ajay holes out to Abir. Chirag is caught smartly by Deepak in the deep off Abhinand to stem the run flow. Prahit runs through the middle order at thsi point with some sharp off spin and UC get into the familiar mode. Aditya meanwhile is playing a lone hand for Cuyahoga.

Cuyahoga lower order hang in there as more catches go down for UC. The heat is beginning to take its toll on the fielders with overthrows and dropped catches. Abir and Abhinav in the meanwhile defy the heat to bowl fast and sharp.Some late order hitting by Khadder and Dhruv push Cuyahoga to 174.

Facing a tough chase Nabil and Srivatsan begin the chase well with some welcome boundaries at the top. Nabil falls after a quick 17 and Prahit is run out with a direct hit from mid off to put UC under pressure. Srivatsan plays the innings of the season defying the heat and sharp bowling from Chirag with some crispy timed shots and excellent running between the wickets. Some perfectly timed 4s and 6s provide much needed relief. Abir is bowled by a fast ball by Chirag and Abhinav is trapped in front by left arm spin.

Under pressure Naveen Goyal plays a gem of an innings with some well placed drives and a couple of big sixes. With just over 60 runs left, Srivatsan holes out in the deep.Aniruddha and Naveen take UC closer with singles and doubles and hardly a shot played in anger. Naveen falls eventually with less than 20 runs left after a well compiled innings. Cuyahoga drop a couple of catches at this point of Vignesh sparing UC some last minute hiccups.

Aniruddha takes UC home with a boundary, with an over to spare in what is the highest score for UC so far this season.Find the Scorecard here

UC complete an easy win against Polaris

(Venue: VOA Park  Date: July 9)

After losing the toss for the 6th consecutive time, UC were put into field. Polaris openers hung around for a bit without scoring too many runs. In the meantime, Deepak and Aravind were able to make the ball talk with some penetrating swing bowling.

Aravind makes the initial breakthroughs trapping Karthik and Abheesh plumb in front and Niranjan holding on to a nick from Vinay. Another catch in slips for Aravind means he has a hand to play in the first four dismissals.

Deepak takes matters in his own hands. With balls starting from outside leg stump and crashing into off stump, he takes 3 middle order wickets in one devastating spell. The opening spells by Aravind and Deepak along with the field placings were test match style.

Rohit and Senthil offer some resistance in the lower order pushing the score to 92 cashing in on some runs off the spinners.

Polaris begin their bowling brightly with sharp pace and bounce accounting for Aravind's wicket. Niranjan and Nabil steady things for a while before falling to sharp catches. Polaris makes it hard work for UC and Aniruddha and Ashok fall to tame shots creating a stumble in the middle order.

Abir and Prahit play with a mixture of caution and aggression and ensure that there are no more alarms. Abir scores 28 and Prahit finishes the game off with a big six over the bowler's head.Find the Scorecard here

UC batting crumbles against Cleveland to result in a defeat

(Venue: VOA Park  Date: Jun 26)

On a day when bad weather almost won, hard work by the UC team to get the ground ready resulted in a shortened game of 27 overs/innings.

Cleveland won the toss and elected to field first. In ideal conditions for swing bowling, Cleveland get Abir out for a duck. It is hard work to score for UC and it leads to Nabil's wicket for 14. This is followed by a crucial lack of momentum in the middle overs due to some sustained bowling by Cleveland and lack of urgency by UC batsmen.

Aravind plays some good shots in his steady hand of 30. But after his wicket, UC middle and lower order crumbles in the search of quick runs. A combination of poor shots,an umpiring error and poor running between the wickets results in a collapse for 101 in 26 overs. Navdeep ends up with 3 wickets and Gopal with 4.

UC begin the defense of a low score enterprisingly with a probing spell by Vignesh. Smart catching in the slips by Abhinav and Aravind result in the first 2 wickets. Abir bowls a scorching spell and the introduction of Abhinand bowling his leg breaks produces two quick wickets.

Navdeep and Gaurav keep their heads for Cleveland in what could have been a tricky chase. Slowly but surely they get the momentum back. Navdeep launches a calculated assault on the leg spin of Abhinand and swings the game Cleveland's way.

Abir comes back for another probing over resulting in late wickets. However, Cleveland overcome the target with 3 wickets in hand.

Another tale of poor batting and sharp bowling leaves UC in a position akin to last season, needing wins in all the remaining games to qualify.Find the Scorecard here

UC win against United Cricket Club

(Venue: VOA Park  Date: 18th June)

UCCC?s 4th game in the MCT against UCC at the VOA Park was greeted by some light rain and gloomy conditions to start with. Having covered the pitch with cars to keep it dry, both teams decided to start the game amidst the light rain.

UCC having decided to bat first, started steadily with Mayur and Ravi looking in good touch. Deepak and Vignesh started the proceedings on UCCC?s behalf. Although both kept it tight for most of the part, a few good shots made sure UCC kept itself in the game. This was until Deepak broke through Ravi?s defense and UCC ended up at 51/1 at the end of 12 overs. By that time the rain had faded away and it seemed likely that the match would be completed without any interruptions.

UCCC determined to come back strongly after the break showed good intent in the field and kept things tight. Nabil continued with Vignesh and he was able to give another break to take his first wicket. Mayur on the other side kept strong and was batting fluently. This was until Prahit was unleashed in to the attack and looked to dominate immediately. Wickets came at regular intervals after this and although a few chances went begging, the bowlers kept a tight leash. Prahit ended with 3 wickets in a brilliant spell assisted bzxsy Abir at the other end. Abir, Abhinav and Shibalik finished things off with Abir (3 wickets )and Shibalik (2 wickets) restricting UCC to 130 in 33.4 overs.

UCCC started well and although Abir fell early after playing a few good shots, Prahit and Nabil kept their composure. Nabil was run out to a direct hit and it seemed to be the only way he could have been dismissed. By then the game was pretty much decided in UCCC?s favor. UCC fought hard to pick up 3 more wickets that of Srivatsan, Aravind and later Prahit, but the formalities were completed by Abhinav and Ashok in the 28th over to hand UCCC its second win in the tournament.

Prahit was adjudged the MOM based on his all-round performance of 3 wickets and 34 runs.

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UC humbled by Columbus CC in a low scoring battle

(Venue: Emerald Fields  Date: Jun 11)

On a slow pitch with slightly overcast conditions, Columbus CC decided to bowl first.

UC started on a disastrous note losing their in-form captain in the very first over of the match. Naveen joined Abir and looked to stabilize the innings for more than 12 overs. The duo put together a good partnership as things started to look good for UC during the first break. Abir, in particular, played a brilliant knock mixing caution with aggression. However Naveen got out in the very first over after the break trying to force the scoring rate. Abir looked set to score a half century as two quick wickets fell at the other end. It took a brilliant piece of fielding by the Columbus team to dismiss Abir one short of a well deserved half century. Andya and Ashok tried to get the team to a respectable target by taking singles and doubles. But the wicket of Andya triggered a lower order collapse as the last 4 wickets fell for 5 runs.

Defending a small target of 125 runs, UC needed some early wickets. Vignesh gave them an early breakthrough by getting the wicket of Hari who was caught brilliantly in slips by Abir. But Amit kept the scoreboard ticking and held the other end even when wickets fell at regular intervals. He played with lot of maturity and scored a well composed fifty. Andya and Prabhu pulled things back slightly for UC by taking 3 wickets in two overs but couldn?t stop Columbus from scoring those runs as they reached their target with 3 wickets in hand and with 9 overs to spare. Even though the bowling looked good, the target wasn?t big enough to put pressure on the opponents. It?s high time some of the top order batsmen bat with responsibility for UC and post some huge total on the board.

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UC back on track with a convincing win against Akron CC

(Venue: NEOCC Ground  Date: Jun 4)

On a bright sunny day in Cleveland, Akron CC won the toss and elected to bat first on a field with very short square boundaries on the leg side. Akron openers, Ganesh and Rajani made a bright start with a couple of lusty blows.

However, incisive bowling by Abhishek Pande on debut yielded UC its first breakthrough when he bowled Rajani with a yorker. After that UC kept striking regular blows with Abir, Abhinav and Prahit picking up vital wickets. Ganesh batted steadily and scored a patient fifty. UC ground fielding was very sharp and did not yield any easy runs as Niranjan got a run out off a direct hit.

UC knocked Akron over for 117 runs in 28 overs

UC began the chase in an enterprising fashion with Abir hammering 24 runs from the second over. In a rush of blood, Abir fell soon after. Srivatsan and Naveen fell to unlucky dismissals, Srivatsan caught backing up too far while Naveen was given leg before. Nabil and Abhinav ensured that there were no more alarms and Abhinav helped himself to a fast paced 50. UC won the chase with few alarms and 6 wickets in a major boost to their net run rate. UC gear up for a 3rd away game in a row against favorites Columbus CC next week.

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Pokiri CC trumps UC in closely contested game.

(Venue: Emerald Fields  Date: May 21st)

Nabil won the toss and elected to bat. The decision seemed to pay off immediately as Nabil hoisted the very first ball of the game over extra cover for a six. Nabil and Abir were put on 30 runs for the first wicket before Abir was trapped plumb in front. Srivatsan and Nabil put on another 20 runs before some smart bowling from Saket had Srivatsan stumped, Nabil got out soon after leaving UC reeling at 55 for 4. Natwar and Niranjan put on about 50 runs before Saket and Mallick struck to remove both of them in successive overs. UC kept losing wickets at regular intervals before Vignesh aided by some brilliant support from Abhi and Shibalik took UC to a respectable 157 all out in the 34th over.

UC 157 All out Niranjan 27, Vignesh 21*, Nabil 21, Ayyappan 2/10, Satya 2/23, Mallik 2/28

UC started strong with Natwar drawing blood in the second over of the game and then cleaning up Karthik with a beautiful delivery. At the first break PCC were 30 for 3. Saket accelerated the scoring with some smart hitting against the spinners. Nabil and Abir kept striking to remove wickets at the other end with Nabil removing Saket when about 30 runs were needed from 6 overs. Rohit and Ayyappan made sure there were no hiccups as they achieved the target with 5 balls to spare.

PCC 158/7 in 34.1 overs Saket 54, Abhinav 16,Harpreet 15 Abir 3/34, Natwar 2/23, Nabil 2/24

Man of the Match: Saket 54 and 2/45

UC stumble in the Quarter final of 20-20

(Venue: OSU  Date: 14th May )

On a rare dry and sunny day, Sachin Sena won the toss and elected to bat first.

UC start poorly with the new ball despite a probing spell by Vignesh with runs being leaked at the other end. In a sign of things to come, a catch went down as early as the second over as Mitul and Abhish capitalize.

Vignesh strikes twice to remove both the openers. However Nakul and Abhish keep going their merry way as UC fielders seem to be unable to catch anything in the air. A total of 8 catches go down.

Nakul reaches his 50 with some meaty sixes. With contributions from Parminder down the order, Sachin Sena post a formidable target of 167. UC begin their chase brightly as Nabil blasts his way to 25 runs in the first 2 overs. UC is unable to keep the good start going after Nabil?s dismissal as the run rate starts falling. In stark contrast to UC fielding, Sachin Sena is able to catch everything that comes their way. With contributions from Abir, Niranjan and Natwar, UC are in the hunt until the 13th over of the chase.

As the required run rate mounts, in the face of some smart slow bowling from Anurag and Abhish, UC batsmen perish to big shots caught in the deep and run outs. UC sink to their first defeat in this season in a game that was decided by the fielding ability of the teams. Sachin Sena advance to the semi finals on the backs of this comprehensive victory.

UCCC defeat GNCC to enter Quarter of UCC T20/20 2011 Cup

(Venue: MEDLER PARK  Date: 7th May )

UC took on GNCC in their T20 pre-quarter final match up.

Nabil lost the toss and UC were asked to bat. UC started shakily losing Abir in the very first over. Chetan and Milinda bowled a tight line keeping the scoring to a minimum. Srivatsan and Nabil put on about 20 runs before Srivatsan was run out. Milinda quickly struck twice in one over to remove Andya and Natwar cheaply. Nabil was joined by Niranjan and they started to rebuild the innings slowly. At the end of the 10th over UC were 56 for 4. After putting on 40 runs for the 5th wicket Nabil lost his wicket scoring 34. Niranjan and Abhinav accelerated the scoring rate, taking UC past the 100 run mark by the 16th over. Abhinav was run out for 23 in the 18th over trying to convert a single into a double. Niranjan and Vignesh ensured that UC did not lose any more wickets and posted a score of 140. Niranjan scored 16 runs off the last over bowled by Praveen.

UC 140/6 20 overs Niranjan 58*, Nabil 34, Abhinav 23 Chaitanya 18/1 Milinda 19/2

GNCC started strong with Milinda and Suresh scoring at ease and all over the park. They put on about 60 runs before Abhinav struck to remove Milinda aided by some brilliant fielding by Srivatsan. Praveen and Suresh kept the score board ticking before Prahit nabbed Suresh with some excellent fielding again from Srivatsan at deep midwicket. Prahit removed Praveen in the very next over. Natwar, Abhinav and Abir cleaned up the tail and ensured that UC emerged victorious by 20 runs.

GNCC 120 All out. Suresh 41, Milinda 37 Abir 25/3, Prahit 17/2, Natwar 15/1 Abhinav 13/2

Man of the Match : Niranjan Deshpande for his unbeaten 58.

UCCC win against FCC

(Venue: VOA Ground  Date: 17th April Sat)

The UC team won their first match against  EKUDCC  by 7 wickets with ease to start the 2011 season on a good note.

On what seemed to be a sunny day in Cincinnati, UCCC lined up to play their second 20-20 of the UCC tournament against FCC. The ground was soggy with water all around; it took a lot of effort from the UCCC players to get the ground in shape. Eventually, after much debate the game started with FCC loosing the toss and Nabil electing to bowl.

FCC started by trying to hit the bowlers from the get go, Abir and Vignesh held them for a while. Vignesh got his debut wicket playing for UCCC in his very first spell. Things went downhill from there on as Saradhi, Uday, Nauful and Satish stuck in there and hit most of the other bowlers for runs which included some big hits across the rope. Prahit suffered the most, however he was unfortunate to be let down twice, once by Niranjan, (stumping) and once by Ashok at mid off. If it wasn?t for Abhinav?s four very economical overs UCCC were looking at much more than 154 to get.

UCCC had their task cut out. Abir and Nabil started well doing exactly what was needed. Abir hit Sarodhi for 3 sixes in the second over which eased the pressure a bit. At the other end Nabil was playing a gem of an innings getting twos and threes and keeping the scoreboard going. Nabil kept going even after Abir was gone and with help from Srivatsan, Abhinav and Niranjan finished the game with ease. Although things did work out for UCCC this time they would surely want to tighten their bowling department for the playoff games.

Man of the Match : Nabil Hamadani for his unbeaten 69.