Penn upsets National Champ UMBC on Last Ball to win Regionals on TV Asia !

Mayur Rao (Penn) hooking vs UMBC. Minhaj Shahid & Chirag Vani follow the ball

Mayur Rao (Penn) hooking vs UMBC. Minhaj Shahid & Chirag Vani follow the ball

The Mid Atlantic Championship presented by Coca Cola, supported by Dish Network, once again took place at the twin fields of the British Officers Cricket Club near Philadelphia, and involved National Champion University of Maryland Baltimore (UMBC), 2011 Nationals Semi Finalist & 2013 Ivy League Champion University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Princeton and Drexel.

The Semis & Finals were shown on TV Asia on all major cable systems in the USA & Canada.


UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA vs UMBC – Probably no one gave Penn a chance against National Champion UMBC when the 2 teams met in the Finals of the Mid Atlantic Championship, televised across the USA & Canada. But TV viewers were in a for a thrilling game that went down to the last ball !
Mayurnath Rao launched an assault on the UMBC fast bowlers, like a West Indian batsman from the 60s, 70s or 80s ! Hooks and cuts yielded 9 fours & 4 sixes to give Rao 72 in 38 balls. Stroke player Rueben Abraham, played a secondary role as the 2 openers put on 100 in 10.5 overs before Rao went lbw, then Abraham followed for 28 runs. The blistering start enabled Penn to get 175 for 3 in 20.
Rahul Bhanot 33 and Minhaj Shahid 32 got UMBC off to a great start, hitting 57 in 6.4 balls before the first wicket fell. Rao & Rai then ripped through the UMBC middle order and it was 99 for 5 before Rikin Parikh played a captains’ knock of 42 to combine with Gurnish Singh 32 to take UMBC to 151 before Parikh was out, at 16.5 overs. 25 balls, 25 runs & 4 wickets in hand meant UMBC were practically home free !
But Valapadi-Bhaskar removed Anand Patel for a duck whilst Rai got the in form Gurnish Singh for 32 and it was 169 for 8 ! 6 balls left, 7 runs needed & 2 wickets left !
Jay Dave ran out fast bowler Aluvathingal, making it 169 for 9 with 5 balls left. Then with 1 ball left, 3 runs were need for the National Champions to get the win – 1 wicket was needed for Penn to have the upset of the year !
Usman Shahid was run out on the last ball giving Penn the win by 2 runs !
An amazing finish to a thrilling Mid Atlantic Finals, with Penn upsetting UMBC & getting their 2nd title, after winning the Colin M Jodah Trophy at the Ivy League Championship !
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA vs DREXEL ; Penn routed new club Drexel, who had looked good up to this game. None of the Drexel batsment got into double figures whilst veteran Penn opening bowler Aditya Nagaraja too 3 wickets for 8. The other Penn bowlers shared the rest of the wickets.
2012 John Bart King Award winner Nick Mancino hit the winning run as he and Roshan Rai quickly knocked off the winning runs . Nagaraja was the MVP.
UMBC vs PENN STATE –  Centurion didn’t get score much but consistent scoring by the UMBC Retreivers’ middle order got them to a good total of 171 for 9 in 20.  Gurnish Singh 37, Rocy Islam 29, Captain Rikin Parikh 28 run out were the top scorers. Remarkably Chirag Methani took 5 wickets for 31 runs !
In response Penn State got 110 for 7 off 20 with Shreyansh Jain making 34, and Siddarth Datla 21. Big hitter Rohit Reddy was run out for 8 and UMBC won easily. Mehtani was the MVP.


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