MIT Engineers vs BOSTON U Terriers
MIT batted first, and made 127 all out in 19.3 overs.Coming at #6 Usman Ayyaz made 27,whilst opener Fahad Mahmood made 25. Parth Patel took 4 wickets for 22 runs.
Ayyaz then struck with the ball and Boston was 7 for the loss of 2 wickets in the first over ! At 33 for 3 after 6 it didn’t get much better for the Terriers. But Arush Sabharwal, in a wonderfully paced innings struck 11 fours and 4 sixes, staring down defeat and ultimately wrestling victory from MIT, though he got out 3 runs short of victory !
It was a magnificent innings by Sabharwal and earned him the MVP.http://www.crichq.com/matches/128728
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Quakers vs DREXEL Dragons
This was the first cricket game played at Home on the Drexel campus, under lights and the Drexel club did not play with time limits, so the lights went off as scheduled and the game had to be decided on Duckworth-Lewis. A reminder that ALL American College Cricket matches should be played with time limits, in the Home & Away games its 3 and 1/2 hours (for our tournaments its 3 hours).
Batting first Penn found a new batting star in J Aziz (incomplete profile on CricHQ) who scored 91 in 60 balls with 8 fours & 5 sixes, before getting out by the unfortunate route of run out ! Veteran Gavish Sharma made 56, and the 2 put on 110 for the 2nd wicket. This set Penn up for an excellent total of 205 for 6, also earning 2 Bonus points. Despite the run glut Maez Veqar took 2 for 18.
Maez then smashed the ball around to get 65 out of 85 runs scored by Drexel, he did it in 30 balls,2 fours & 8 sixes. Kush Navinchandra added to his 3 catches in the Penn innings by scoring 54* off 28 balls.
Drexel’s Veqar was the MVP. http://www.crichq.com/matches/129060
HARVARD Crimson vs DARTMOUTH Big Green.
At Harvard’s Jordan Field it was a record-breaking Sunday Home & Away league game ! A tremendous 2nd wicket partnership of 218 runs between Harvard Captain Manik Kuchroo, 134* and Nikhil Gopalkrishnan, 79 got Harvard a huge total of 265 for 2 wickets last Sunday. Kuchroo’s 134* was made in 59 balls with 20 fours and 5 balls, and it was his 2nd in consecutive games/weeks. Kuchroo, along with teammate Vik Jayaram are the only American College Cricket players to have multiple centuries. Jayaram scored his 3rd last week
Set the monumental task of scoring at 13.25 overs,one would have understood if Dartmouth had given up hope,but opener Shreyansh Patel played a Virat Kohli like innings, establishing himself as a new American College Cricket batting sensation,set a new record for highest score and almost got a miraculous win for Big Green ! His 155* eclipsed the mark of 145* set by Adrian Gordon at the 2011 American College Cricket National Championship.
Kshitsij Chilimbi 29, Angad Kapur 24 were the only other batsmen in double figures as Shreyansh played a magnificently paced innings ! With one over to go Dartmouth needed 24 runs, and on the last ball 4 runs, the batsmen got 2 and Harvard had won by 1 run ! Dartmouth made 264 for 7. Despite PAtel’s onslaught, Anjurmand Masood managed to get 3 wickets for 39 runs.
Manik Kuchroo (Harvard) and Shreyansh Patel (Dartmouth) shared the MVP Award