Towards the end of only its 2nd year American College Cricket organized 5 regional College Championships around the USA. 30 Universities particpated.Most of the teams were created or motivated by American College Cricket working with a highly motivated student leader. 14 teams played their first American College Cricket games during these regional Championships.
The strategic partnership with BIG League USA was a key factor in ensuring the successful implementation of this next step in USA cricket.
The top performers in the 5 Championships ; Midwest, Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Southeast & West Coast, were :
OTHER NOTABLE BOWLING
Abhijeet Deshmuk (Purdue ) – 4 wickets in Finals vs OSU
Raghav Bharadvarj (UMBC) – 4 wickets against Penn State
Bilal Shahid (York College) – 4 wickets against NYU-Poly
Prasanna Venkatesh (Auburn)- 3 w for 4 runs
Shabir Adrali (George Mason) – 3 w for 5
Alok Prabhu NYU-Ploy – 3 wickets for 9 runs vs Rutgers
Vijay Pappu – UF 3 for 10 and 2 for 10 in Finals
Harsh Boddepalli USF – 3 wickets for 12 runs
Ahmed Faraz (Auburn) – 3 for 12
Yasneen Khan (York College) – 3 w for 16 runs
Melan Jancz UCF – 3 for 21
WICKETKEEPER – Ian Carlin (Wooster)
Along with Ian, there were many superb ‘keepers – but in addition to his ‘keeping skills, Ian’s role in making the Homecoming Game happen distinguished him.
CENTURY – Faraz Arif 116* Purdue
Romel Somavat 97 OSU
Harshad Sowani 95 USC
Madhur Kaushik 76 Carnegie Mellon
Faraz Arif 67 Purdue
Dushyant Sharma 65 USC
Raghav Bharadvarj 63* UMBC
Ricky Nayyar 63 UF
Romel Somavat 55* OSU
Srikar 55* Purdue
Mihir 54* Purdue
Vihesh Vikas 51* UF
Hammad Rafique 51 George Mason
Romel Somavat (Ohio State U) & Tarun Sandhu (USC) were outstanding in assisting in organizing and hosting the Midwest & West Coast Championships respectively. Through the efforts of Romel Somavat OSU President E Gordon Gee came to the Midwest Finals. Gordon Gee is now on the Advisory Board of American College Cricket.
Adrian Gordon (NYU-Poly) and USA star, played huge roles at the Northeast and MidAtlantic Championships, supporting American College in every way he could.
North Carolina State bowling of Ankit Mehta ,Sethu Gopal, Hiren Patel, Suhas Ramesh,and Sami Syed was outstanding but reflected the tight bowling that was generally found in all the regional Championships.
Rutgers was remarkable in that they really had no outstanding individual performance -but as a team won the Northeast Championship with tight bowling and great fielding.
Though Cal State Long Beach had no 50’s they had consistent scoring, with 3 scores in the 40’s.
In the featured rivalry game of tapeball, USC vs UCLA, Abhimanyu of USC smashed 65, whilst Junayd Badaya of UCLA countered with a ferocious 79 to announce his arrival on the American College Cricket stage.
As a completely new team, the UF Gators performed remarkably well led by Captain Sandeep Pillarsetty and powered by the talented batting of Ricky Nayyar.
A number of teams drove long distances to play in the regional Championships, particularly the University of Iowa, Thunderbird School of Global Management,Penn State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, and was expression of their dedication to the American College Cricket movement,but Auburn’s 14 hour drive to the Southeast Championship was the ultimate.
Just after the Midwest Championship in Big 10 country the College of Wooster had one of the great moments in USA cricket history when they played a cricket game for Homecoming in the football stadium, and as icing on the cake, drew a college cricket record crowd of 967 spectators.
The Trophy presented to the Champions of each region, was specially designed in conjunction with Ravi Etwaroo of Cricketzone. Ravi Etwaroo played cricket with Errol Jodah ( brother of Lloyd ) years ago at the Under 19 level in the West Indies.
The notes here reflect mainly scores, a lot of other talent was on display such as Kislaya Kanan OSU, Shaan Mehta GWU, Sai Ramesh UCF,Mishal Patel USC, Az Cheema NYU-Poly, Rahul Potghun Auburn, and more was on display.
The fielding was generally of a high standard, with diving and athletic saves, and many direct hits to the stumps.
TOP ALL ROUNDER – Romel Somavat (Ohio State Buckeyes)
TOP BATSMAN – Faraz Arif Iyoub (Purdue Boilermakers)
TOP BOWLER – Hiren Patel (North Carolina State Wolfpack)
TOP FIELDER – Vibudh Mishka (UF Gators)
Ian Carlin (Wooster) -Wicketkeeper/batsman