The groundbreaking televising of cricket in USA & Canada continues this Saturday Nov 12, at 7 pm on TV Asia, with the Finals of the American College Cricket Northeast Championship !
Frrom 10 teams we have the Final two : NYU – Polytechnic featuring America’s fastest bowler, Adrian Gordon, vs Toronto’s Ryerson University, featuring 4 pacers !
Gordon has made possibly the highest score in a 20/20 game in America – he scored 145* at last March’s national Championship, whilst Chintan Modi looked in great form in the semis vs Rutgers.
However Ryerson has 4 pacers over 6 feet tall, including Warren Rajroop at 6’5′ and Rayan Pathan at 6’4′ ,capable of generating great bounce. Then there is the effective medium pacer Harsh Desai.
At the Central Broward Regional Park, the American College Cricket Southeast Championship begins Sat with Auburn University defending its SE title. Last year the newly formed University of Florida Gators team put up a strong fight in the Finals, spearheaded by a magnificent innings by Ricky Nayar.
But the Auburn Tigers led by Naveen Thiagarajan and Rahul Potghan,has played as one of the most tightly knit teams in college cricket and were crowned the SE Champs.
The Gators Cricket Club have also gone on to start an Alumni Network to support their cricket club. They have won 9 of 11 “practice games” played this semester in preparation for the regionals said Vijay Pappu.
The University of South Florida (USF) Bulls under Sri Harsh Boddepalli, have been consistently strong since they were started for the first National Championship (2009 ). They were in a Finalist in 2009, a Final Four in 2010, & played undefeated in 2011, narrowly missing the final four on points.
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) led by Ranjit feel they are ready to become the top team in the Southeast.However USF’s Nagesh Nayak says, “Even the Indian team doesn’t practice as much as USF does.”