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Midwest Match 7 against Cincinnati2 Cricket Club.

UCCC blows Cincinnati2 Cricket Club with a 43 runs victory!              Scorecard

Cross-town rivals, UCCC and Cincinnati2 Cricket Club (C2CC) finally met on 07/27/03. It was a bright, sunny day with the wicket being the one which any batsman would roll up and cart along with his kit bag! The two captains went for the toss and it was customary for UCCC skipper VijayS to opt for first strike as soon as he had won the toss.

As usual, Bijoy and RahulP opened the proceedings for UCCC. Bijoy showed everyone, his UCCC mates including, why he is nick-named "Veeru"! Starting his innings in a sedate manner,UCCC being 19/0 in 5 overs, he quickly shifted gears and opened up with a barrage of shots that would have made the real "Veeru" proud!! Jus when the scoreboard was ticking at a snail's pace, Bijoy whacked one on middle and on a good length, over the mid-wicket boundary. He followed that with another one over the square leg region. But the one that really took the cake was yet to come. Joydeep bowled a perfect length ball and Bijoy sighting that one early, planted his foot forward and dispatched the ball over long-on boundary for a massive six. The ball scurried off the deck and into the stratosphere, yelling along its way: "Will the real "Veeru", please stand up!?" UCCC, was now quickly onto 68/0 in 12 overs. Meanwhile, RahulP injured himself when he attempted a half-hearted pull and had to retire.

VijayS started doing what he does best initially - milking the opposition for runs. With Bijoy moving into the assasin mode, it was but natural for VijayS to keep the strike rotating. C2CC was clueless! Bijoy, with his imperious form on the day, got out in a way only by which he could've been out: run-out! After a blistering knock of 45, he was run-out to a fine piece of fielding by Venkat who threw down the stumps with Bijoy well short of his ground.

Vignesh went in and took over where Bijoy had left! He greeted Chani's first ball with a handsome six over the square leg region. The two batsmen in the middle kept the scoreboard ticking like a time-bomb!! VijayS, after seeing some scintillating strokeplay on the other end, decided that it was his show to run now!! Sixes flowed off his blade as UCCC was racing towards the 200 run mark. Vignesh fell, lobbing a simple catch to Shawn at long on.

Santosh joined VijayS, who didnt seem to be fluttered with Vignesh's fall. He went on to hoist Jayesh for a huge six and also greeted him with a scorching boundary! Looking for more runs, VijayS fell nicking one behind his stumps for a well-made 51. Venkat managed to save some face for C2CC as he maintained a tight line which got C2CC the much needed wickets. But it was too late as UCCC had, by the end of their quota, amassed a whopping 199 given that the ground size was much larger than the other grounds where UCCC had played so far.

C2CC had an uphill of a task as they had to score heavily against a bowling attack, which unarguably is the best of the lot!! C2CC's Ashok started briskly scoring 11 off VijayW's first over with Anil keeping him company. With Anil rotating the strike, Ashok put away the bad balls with ease and batted sensibly. By no time, C2CC was 67/0!! UCCC didn't panic. UCCC's trump card- Nagi was brought on and immediately made the batsmen look like jumping jacks!! A bit of indiscretion between the two batsmen over a brace brought Ashok's downfall as he was run-out after he had made a solid 37. Nagi, then produced a gem which would have made Shane 'the bunny" Warne proud!! He pitched one outside Anil's legstump, who gleefuly left it for a wide to be called only to see it spin sharply around his legs and knock back the stumps!! Now....that ball had class written all over it!!!

Thereafter it was all but over for C2CC. With RahulP, Vignesh and Ram bowling a tight line and not allowing any easy runs....Nagi went about foxing the batsman to throw away their wickets with his guiles. Some of the C2CC batsmen were audacious enough to attack as soon as they were in against such quality bowling attack. They only found that it wasn't so..but the hard way!!! Nagi ended another stupendous performance with 4 wickets for a meagre 25 runs and was rightly adjudged "Man of the Match".

In the end UCCC achieved what they set out to by winning the game by a convincing margin of 43 runs, in the way, almost knocking C2CC out of play-off contention!