Friday, 21 March 2009
On an absolutely beautiful South Florida day the Inauguaral American College Cricket Spring Break Championship got underway. Early on the overnight dew made the outfield a bit slow but the Florida sun soon dried the outfield and the boundaries were flowing.
First the University of Miam Cricket Club took on Carnegie Mellon University Cricket Club. UMiami batted first and scored 114 with most of its batsmen reaching double figures.For Carnegie Mellon University Ankur Sarin 2 for 21 oof 3 overs,Mohit 1 for 8 off 3overs and Atishe Chordia, the Captain taking a break from keeping wicket, 1 for 16 off 3 overs. Carnegie lost an early wicket but opener Aswin badrinarayan 34 and Man of the Match Zoheb Veljee 44* took them within victory before 2 wickets fell and made it a thrilling finish. For UMiami Mohit 1 for 14 off 4 overs, Hasan Ahmad 1 for 15 off 4 overs and Kalpesh Patel 1 for 23 off 4 overs bowled well.A few late dropped catches then cost UMiami the game.
With the temperature at 75 % the University of South Florida Cricket Club upset the Boston University Cricket Club. USF batted first and got off to a bad start,losing 4 wickets for 23 runs before opener Aditya Agarwal 39 (5 fours) and Man of the Match Bruthvi Penare 44* steered them to 146 for 7 off 20 overs.The left-handed Agarwal played some exquisite shots which proved 20/20 did not have to mean slogging. Boston U ‘s batsmen did not fare well and only some late hitting by fast bowler Sumantro Das,31 got them to a respectable total. The bowling attack of Dhir Shah 3 for 15 off 4 overs and Nirav Shah 2 for 16 off 4 overs finished the surprising win by the University of South Florida which gave notice that they were a Team to watch.
Great as the cricket was all day the Montgomery College batsmen were amazing, blazing 223 runs in 20 overs, an astounding runrate of 11 runs per over. Captain and Man of the Match Adil Bhatti,46 ( 4 sixes and 2 fours) led the batting attack and Ankit Sehgal, 29 ( 2 sixes ans 2 fours) Danish Ashgar,27 and Mohamed Kamran,26 (2 sixes) batted well also. It was a cornucopia of strokeplay and big-hitting. Ashwin Badrinarayan again scored 34 for Carnegie Mellon U but the Montgomery College total was just too daunting and it was an overwhelming win for Montgomery to close the day of exciting cricket. A momentous day of American College cricket.