The 2014 American College Cricket Home & Away season got into full swing almost as soon as it stopped snowing !
Apart from the fun of playing, clubs are trying to get in their minimum number of games (5) before the Summer Break to be eligible for the Regionals in the Fall.There won’t be a lot of weekends in September before the Regionals begin.
Of course Harvard won the Home & Away title in the first year, but many other clubs want to be the Champion this year.
RESULTS for Weeks 1 & 2 :
Sat 3/29 – Harvard Crimson vs Babson Beavers -rained out, to be rescheduled
Sun 3/30 – Boston Terriers vs Northeastern Huskies (Report by Pranav Advani) :
The Huskies played their first match of the American College Cricket League 2014 against crosstown rivals Boston University in an away fixture at the New Balance Field. BU won the toss and elected to field first.
Despite losing a couple of wickets earlier on, Northeastern’s innings was held together by batting opener Pranav Parakh, who scored a splendid 67 of 51 balls (8 fours and 1 six) and gave the rest of the team a platform to build upon. The middle-order supported the innings well, with useful contributions from Sohil Gandhi (31), Prathmesh Jakkanwar (24), and Ganesh Aithal (24). At the end of 20 overs, Northeastern posted a competitive total of 170-8.
The BU Terriers got off to a flying start, scoring 42-1 in 3 overs. However, the Huskies made a strong comeback by sweeping through the opposition’s batting line-up. At a stage where BU found themselves struggling at 76-8 in 10.1 overs, BU all-rounders Hayat Khan and Mitul Patel put up a brave fight to give their team some hope. In the end, however, their team was bowled out by Northeastern for 153 in 19.3 overs. The Huskies’ bowling performance was led upfront by captain Ganesh Aithal (3 overs, 19-3), Sohil Gandhi (4 overs, 24-2), Prathmesh Jakkanwar (4 overs, 19-1), and Nakul GV (2 overs, 9-1).
NU’s Pranav Parakh was MVP http://www.crichq.com/matches/121790
Sat 4/05 = HARVARD Crimson vs MIT Engineers
MIT batted first and piled up 216 for 7, with consistent scoring almost throughout its batting line up : Vineet Agrawal topscored with 42, Koustuban Ravi 35* and Priyank PAtel 35. Danny Yetman got 2 for 31 with his off spinners.
Harvard started off well, and at 75 for 2 off 9.2 overs were in a good position to launch an assault, but pacer Mohit Kansal devastated Harvard’s middle order, taking 3 for 17 off 1.4 overs., and Harvard was 75 for 5.
Vik Jayaram made 50 before being run out as Harvard fell well short on the batsman friendly Jordan field, making 168 for 8.
MIT’s Mohit Kansal was MVP http://www.crichq.com/matches/124373
Sun 4/06 – NORTHEASTERN Huskies vs BRYANT Bulldogs
Bryant won the toss & chose to field. The decsiion looked good when they had the Hsukies at 65 for 4 off 9.2 over, with last season’s centurion Jakkanwar being run out for 19, But a 101 run partnership between Ganesh Aithal 55 and Nakul 53 gave Northeastern a respectable 172 for 7 off 20.
Except for Captain Akshay Poonia 54, the Bulldogs couldn’t get Aithal & Jakkanwar away, and they both took 3 wickets for 22 runs.
NU’s Ganesh Aithal was MVP http://www.crichq.com/matches/124581
4/06 – YALE vs PRINCETON Double Header
Yale batted first and Vikram Sivakumar smashed 88 as Yale made 211 for 3. Naman Jain got 2 for 23.
At 59 for 1 in the 6th over Princeton looked on target to get the target but Shreyas Ravishanker changed everything when he devastated the Princeton batting, taking 4 wickets for 16 runs, and Princeton fell to 126 all out on the last ball.
Yale’s Ravishanker was MVP. http://www.crichq.com/matches/124603
2nd Game : Princeton’s opener, Ryan Edwards smashed the first century of the the 2014 Home & Away season, 101* in 71 balls ! Princeton made 173 for 4 and looked to win the 2nd game of their double header. But Vikram Sivakumar was once again the foil, scoring 44 and Akshay Deshmukh made 69 to get the Bulldogs an exciting win in the final over !
Princeton’s Ryan Edwards was MVP http://www.crichq.com/matches/124654