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CCC Lift the 2016 MCT Championship
CCC Strikers Beat a spirited Cuyahoga CC team to become champions!
10/01/2016
Tornadoes shock Strikers. CCC Strikers' juggernaut dismantled by excellent bowling & world-class cha
CCC Strikers win the toss & inexplicably debate what to do to get maximum practice. A big no-no taking any opposition lightly. They choose to bat. After a couple of tough catches get dropped, Strikers post a good aggressive total first seven overs. After two quick wickets (Senthil gets bowled around the wickets after getting troubled by Sriktnath; Naren takes a good catch to reward Sai's persistent good bowling to get rid of Voru), Amit jain & Madhav stabilize with an excellent partnership. Bharath falls cheaply for the second straight game (Naren producing an unplayable ball & Rahul taking a very sharp catch at slip to make it happen). Sunny Patel is batting on a different pitch.He takes all bowlers on & produces a breezy innings to pull Strikers out of trouble.

Jain plays on beautifully. Vaidy provides support but either batsmen couldn't get the prodding yorkers & excellent death bowling away. Strikers end at 229.
Hari Prashanth Sundaram - one the best (if not the best) batsmen MCT has seen decides to play for Tornadoes while visiting his friends in Columbus. He looks a bit out of touch on the pitch he has not played in a while. Aditya Wagh, the new found Bowling talent for Strikers compounds his trouble with probing length. Gowtham Voruganti is not ready for a sharp chance at second slip on the very third ball of first over - giving a reprieve to Hari. Rahul Joshi plays confidently to get some runs on board. With Hari gaining strength, Jasbir & then Murthy give great support -  Murthy launching into a big sixer to break shackles. Vaidy gives a another reprieve by dropping an absolute sitter when Hari was trying to accelerate. Later, Sunny Patel & Senthil krishna -  provide a lot of fodder for Hari to put Strikers in an improbable situation where losing was a real proposition. Hari plays some sensational shots, placed to perfection, to keep Tornadoes ahead in the chase despite best efforts from Strikers' bowling.

Srikanth & Naren stitch a great partnership out of pure belief & will to win, to put Tornadoes on the door step of a historic chase & win. Naren easily the pick of the batsmen when it came to fighting spirit & will to win that he displayed by diving full-length to avoid a runout.

Strikers strike back to take two quick wickets. Naren continues to run suicidal singles but the spirit of Tornadoes prevails as they take apart vaunted CCC strikers & crush them for big win with two overs to spare.
07/16/2016
Strikers outplay UCC to book big win on the new Tuttle Park ground
Strikers won the toss & chose to bat on a brand new pitch which is known to sport a few bad spots. 
Senthil & Deepak apparently didn't remember the pitch report. They were aggressive from the start & stroked beautifully. 
Having landed in the country only two days ago, Senthil apparently also didn't remember Jet lag as Deepak played second fiddle to some clean hitting by Senthil. Both openers also took superbly judged singles the helped put pressure on the bowlers. Deepak woke up after few overs & blazed away. The boundaries were big but both still cleared them with big sixes on Midwicket & Cover boundaries respectively.
Voruganti played a good stabilizing innings before falling to Uday - who was easily the best bowler on both teams that day. Uday consistently exploited the bad spots on the pitch & also was very disciplined with the line he bowled. Amit Jain & Bharath stabilized the innings further. Dinesh & Sunny blazed away towards the end to put CCC in a commanding position at 255 runs off 35 overs
Fast outfield meant no total is big enough. Praveen Bulusu & Faisal looked in great touch -Faisal's beautiful cover drive first ball looking ominous. JD takes a great running catch to dismiss Faisal at third man. Bharath takes screamer at mid off to dismiss new talent Gurinder Saini. Madhav gets Bhavik first ball LBW to put UCC firmly on the back-foot.
Subhodh plays a steady hand to keep UCC in the hunt. Abish flashes briefly. Fahad plays confidently to set up a doable finish but need partners.  Subodh is brilliantly runout by Dinesh & Tajinder struggles to setoff, resulting in an easy win for CCC.
06/25/2016
Strikers Chase down OSU's 209 like pros. Dilshan's brilliant century in vain
OSU start slowly but Dilshan plays agressively from start. Anoop looks super good but gets run out on a bad call & lazy reaction. Raghavan start very slowly but plays an excellent suport role while Dilshan is brilliant in stroke making. Dilshan makes CCC pay for dropped catches - 2 of which were simple regulations ones - gets to his century in 34th over. A few strikes from tailenders get OSU to a challenging 208.
Deepak starts off in brilliant fashion and gets CCC Strikers to a rollicking start - falls at 49 in the second consecutive game at EMeralds. Jain looks in good touch flashes briefly. Sunny & Dinesh stich an excellent match winning partnership to take Strikers to the brink. Bharath is dismissed cheaply thanks to a brilliant leaping & full length diving catch by Lakshika. Prashanth Taukari finishes in style while Sunny's brilliance keeps the nerves cool in a breezy finish
Strikers Vs OSU Scorecard 06/18/2016
CCC Strikers beat a spirited Dublin Cricket Club (formerly Hilliard Cricket Club)
Stirkers were under early trouble - Deepak looked good but fell right after first break. 49/3 in 12.3 overs. Bharath & Sunny put together an excellent partnership to pull CCC not only out of trouble, but towards a big total.
Anwer double strike Sixers were important blows to inflate CCC total. Taukari & Madhav score timely boundaries to push past 200. Strikers end at 214

Chaitanya Malineni tore into Amit Atrey's first over. Anhwanth took the cue & upped his aggression to post 50 in 3 overs!
Anwer takes a good catch to get rid of very dangerous & supremely confident Malineni. Dinesh cleans up lethal-looking Ashwanth.
Erratic bowling & some clean strikes from Harsha keeps the pressure on Strikers. Madhu plays beautifully to keep one end up.
Enter Amit Jain & Deepak Kher. Bowlers hunt in pairs - boy did they hunt.
With 55 needed 11 overs, DCC lost their last six wickets cheaply - excellent field placement by captain & bowlers; brilliant catching (Vaidy, Dinesh) and a final death blow (Hat-trick by Amit Jain) ended the game quickly
CCC Strikers beat DCC 06/12/2016
CCC Strikers escape GNCC Polaris to register first win in MCT T35
Strikers bat well to post a mammoth 259 runs in 35 overs
Deepak Kher's brilliant stroke play gets CCC off to flyer. Amit Jain and Bharath; then Bharath with Madhav put up good partnerships to keep pushing Strikers toward big total.
Vaidy & Dinesh Kamraj's tailend fireworks push CC to an imposing 259 runs

Anji counterattacks to get GNCC P to a flying start. Karthi buckles down one end. Hari Vuppala starts slow but chooses the shots brilliantly to keep pressure on the big total.
Prashant Taukari bowls sharp & tight. Dinesh is almost unplayable & get Hari after he is hit for a couple of big sixers by Anji & Hari.
Prashanth Taukari's double wicket maiden swings the game towards CCC - at one point GNCC P needed 110 in 11 overs - perfectly achievable task given the the way their batsmen were playing

Strikers tighten screws - Dinesh unplayable towards the end.
GNCC Polaris at CCC Strikers 06/05/2016
Amit Atrey (87*) and Madhav (6 wkts) steal the show against UCC-R

Stallions win the toss and elect to bat on a cloudy day. UCC-R bowlers start spraying the ball around, but the Stallions openers are unable to cash in. Prashanth is first to depart, which brings Amit Atrey to the crease and he immediately dispatches a ball over the ropes and it sets the tone for his entire innings. Him and Rushit build a small partnership before Rushit(12) departs trying to accelerate. On the other end Amit is dealing in boundaries sparing none of the bowlers. Madhav(22) and him take the Stallions past the 100 mark. With a good platform set, both batsmen take the UCC-R bowlers to the cleaners. Amit with his amazing knock takes the Stallions score to 150 and remains unbeaten with 6 fours and 4 sixes.

Already facing a daunting target UCC-R is not prepared for what comes next. Madhav with some precision swing and pace picks up the openers with hardly any score on board. To add to their woes he follows up with a hatrick, dashing any chances of a recovery for UCC-R. He picks up one more to finish with an amazing spell of 4.0-1-6-6. Sajid (1wkt) and Manish(2wkts) pick up the other batsmen while being ably supported by Darpan and Prashanth. UCC-R end up with 48 on board and 9wkts. Stallions win by 102 runs.

09/29/2015
CCC Devils beat BCC Scarlett in a low scoring thriller

Devils and BCC-Scarlett faced off at Emerald Fields in one of the key battles for position in Group B. On an overcast day, BCC won the toss and decided to bat. Dinakar and Ravi opened the bowling and constantly troubled the batsmen. Kirti and Nikunj played well to survive the opening spell & were looking poised for big scores when Faisal and Waleed were introduced into the attack. Playing in what might have been his last game for the Devils; Faisal bowled with purpose and deadly accuracy.  Kirti fell in Faisal’s first over to a gem of delivery as he tried to go for the pull - r a catch well taken by Anwer. Faisal then went to work to destroy the rest of BCC’s batting lineup as he took the first four wickets of the match. Deval was the next batsmen to go, caught at second slip, courtesy of an absolute screamer from Raghu. Nikunj played well for his 26 but tried to take on Faisal one-too-many - caught at wide Long-On, accurately placed for him.. Devin and Nakul were looking to build the innings and provide a platform to launch when Devin was undone by an amazing delivery from Faisal and the edge was held comfortably by Birthday boy Bharath. From 53 for no loss to 68 for 4 wickets the BCC lineup was wrecked by some hostile fast bowling. Waleed was introduced & provided no respite - he had one of the most economical spells of the game in which he focused on line and length and bowled wicket to wicket. Prashanth was brought into the attack alongside Amit. when Nakul & Lucky were trying to build a partnership. Prashanth had Lucky caught behind with a gem of a delivery. Ravi was then brought back into the attack and pulled a wicket out of nowhere when he had the dangerous Nakul run out at the non-strikers end. Ravi managed to get a hand on the straight drive hit by Manohar that then hit the stumps and had Nakul short of the crease. Nakul might think he was unlucky but these are things that Ravi works on regularly during practice(tongue firmly in cheek on this one :) ). One of the greatest celebrations in cricket followed in which even the umpire was the recipient of a high-five from Ravi.  With all the main batsmen out for 97 runs the Devils went in for the kill. Faisal tried hard for his 5th wicket but was unlucky that a chance in his final over didn’t carry to the slips. However, he finished with the best bowling figures of his career and a spell that was a treat to watch for everyone except the BCC batsmen.  Ravi bowled an amazing final spell - Manohar was Ravi’s first victim caught at Long-Off. Mukesh was the second victim to fall. Ravi then got Ankit’s wicket due to an excellent stumping by Bharath. The score was 116 runs for 9 wickets when Waleed was brought back in to the attack and wrapped it up with his maiden wicket for CCC. BCC was all out for 125. With Excellent bowling, fielding, and field placement Devils derailed BCC’s famous batting lineup. 

Devils just needed to play out the opening bowlers and then start attacking to get to the meagre target of 126. However, Deval had other plans.  Ravi and Prashanth opened the batting and Deval was vicious from the first ball. Similar to Faisal, he used his pace and the bounce to his advantage to have the batsmen in serious trouble. He took two - He had Ravi caught at slips on the first ball of the innings and then had Sunny caught at short le, 4 balls later with a short ball. The Devils looked in trouble - but, with many batsmen left to come  Anwer blocked & played cautiously. Prashanth was hitting the occasional boundaries & was aggressive. Anwer was out caught at Short Mid-Off. The Devils had only managed 26 runs and had lost 3 wickets in the process. Prashanth and Amit looked in fine touch - but Devin was brought into the attack and was constantly deceiving batsmen with his flight and spin. He got Prashanth out lbw with the score at 36. Raghu was in next. Similar to their last game, the Devils hopes were now on Raghu, Bharath, and Rajni to guide them to victory. With Amit batting sensibly from one end a partnership was needed to seal the victory. Raghu started confidently and looked to continue his fine form from the last game when he was caught behind to another amazing delivery by Devin. Bharath came in with the score at 59. Bharath and Amit finally got a partnership going. Both batters looked calm and were playing good cricket and taking quick singles when Amit was runout to a great piece of fielding from the deep - a close decision that went against the batsman. With the score at 75 and 50 runs still needed for victory Rajni came to the field. Bharath and Rajni were cautious and batted sensibly and were scoring at a comfortable rate. A couple of boundaries were needed and Bharath looked to accelerate. Deval was brought into the attack to break the partnership. He bowled another short ball to Bharath at his menacing pace that had troubled batsmen the entire game when Bharath pulled him for a huge 6 over deep Square-leg that had everyone going crazy. However, Deval came back as he bowled a peach of a delivery to get Bharath caught behind. At 98 for 7 the Devils were left to get 28 runs. Faisal joined Rajni on the wicket and together they started trying to stay at run a ball. However, Devin bowled a couple of excellent overs that had the run rate climbing again. Faisal and Rajni looked to take on the bowlers when both batsmen were given new lives due to dropped catches. After Faisal edged one behind, Waleed now came to join Rajni at the wicket and 16 runs were still needed off the last three overs. Deval still had an over left. Lucky was brought into the attack and Rajni hit him for a boundary and 8 runs were taken off his over. With 14 to get in the final three overs and Deval bowling the final over the next over was absolutely critical for the Devils. Nakul was brought on to the attack. Waleed was on strike and BCC moved the field in thinking they would not let the dangerous Rajni back on strike to win the game. However, Waleed had other plans. Waleed once said that he doesn’t care who is bowling to him he can even hit Mitchell Johnson for boundaries. While Mitch will never play in the MCT league for us to see Waleed hit him for fours. Waleed did hit Nakul for an absolutely perfectly timed boundary through fine leg that relieved all the pressure and assured Devils the victory. Rajni then finished out the game once again. Rajni played an amazing innings, made it a point to be there till the end, and kept his nerves to conclude another nail biter of a game. With the victory the Devils are well positioned in Group B to qualify for Division 1 in the playoffs. 

Scorecard 06/17/2015
Gowtham smashes maiden century as Warriors cruise past COBCA Tigers
Warriors win the toss and elect to bat in hot and humid conditions. Gowtham and Senthil open the innings for Warriors. Both openers are in excellent touch and they have little trouble in dealing with the pace and swing of the opening bowlers. They start off very positive and score at a rapid pace. Faisal is introduced into the attack and he bowls brilliantly to hold the openers back for a just a little bit. Gowtham is brutal as he hits the fast bowlers for some huge sixers. Senthil joins in hitting a few himself. The bowlers struggle with line and length as the left-right combination of the openers troubles them. The pair gets Warriors past the 100 run mark in the 14th over. They continue to be strong in really humid and hot conditions. They get Warriors past 150 mark and continue to attack. They are still unbeaten during the second break. Just when both batsmen look set for centuries, Senthil nicks one to the keeper and the 189-run opening partnership comes to an end with Senthil making 79 off 80(2 fours, 8 sixes). Amit joins Gowtham in the middle and looks very aggressive from the very first ball. Sixes begin to flow and it is a treat for the ones watching. Gowtham completes his maiden century with a flick to fine leg and the warriors dug out goes crazy. It was a well-deserved, classy innings and we know there are many more to come. He finally falls in the 28th over after a brilliant 107 off just 78 balls(4 fours, 8 sixes). Amit Jain meanwhile just looks in immaculate touch and he dispatches the bowlers at easy. Pace, spin, short, over-pitched, no matter what is being bowled at him, he finds a way to put them away. Deepak and Amit put on a 50-run partnership as Amit falls caught on the boundary rope for an awesome 46 off just 30 balls(1 four, 4 sixes). Deepak, Vish and Madhav keep things moving as Warriors make a massive score of 278 accented by a huge six by Madhav in the last over.
Madhav and Sreedhar open the bowling for Warriors. Sreedhar gets the important wicket of Uddy off the very first ball he bowls as he beats the defense with great swing and length. Gary and Faizal stay positive and keep the runs coming as they score 33 in the first 6 overs. Deepak is introduced into the attack and he gets a wicket off his first ball as Vaidy takes a good running catch at covers. Kislaya is the next batsman in and looks solid in the middle. Senthil bowls good pace and tries to keep the batsmen in check. Deepak strikes again as he gets Faizal to nick one to be well caught by Gowtham at first slip. Kislaya tries to stay positive as he is joined by Adhyarth. Vaidy comes into the attack and troubles the batsmen right away. He gets the important wicket of Kislaya for a good catch by Madhav at extra cover. Adhyarth is brilliantly runout by Sreedhar with a sharp throw from square leg. Though wickets keep falling at regular intervals, the COBCA batsmen stay positive and the scoreboard keeps ticking at a steady pace. Rushit bowls very well but is unlucky to not get a wicket. Anshuman, who makes his debut for Warriors is introduced into the attack and he bowls brilliantly. He shows great composure and poise and finally is rewarded with a wicket with Madhav taking another good catch. Amit Jain is also brought into the attack as he shows great control and variation as well. Harry and Sandesh take the attack back to Warriors as Harry hits some really big sixes. Vaidy brings himself back on and gets the wicket of Sandesh as he misses the ball after stepping out to be very well stumped by Lokesh. Deepak and Madhav are brought back into the attack and they keep the batsmen at check. Sreedhar bowls a maiden over as he gets the wicket of Anando for a good catch by Gowtham. Vaidy finally gets Harry for a spectacular catch by Amit Jain just couple for inches from the long on boundary. Dickpaul and Suvankar hang in there till the last over. Lokesh bowls the last over and gets the final wicket of Suvankar. COBCA manages to score 179.

Warriors are solid in their performance. Gowtham has an innings that is going to be cherished by us for a long time. Senthil and Amit are brilliant as well. The bowlers show get resilience and skill as the team prepares for a couple of tough games coming up.
Scorecard 06/13/2015
Warriors hit their stride with a big win over HCC Gold
Warriors win the toss and elect to bat. Gowtham and Senthil go about their business as usual as they belt the bowlers for some big boundaries. By the 7th over, the pair is past yet another 50 partnership. Gowtham looks in amazing form and flicks the bowlers for a couple of sixes. He falls attempting the third one as he edges one straight up to be caught at square leg. Amit joins Senthil and the pair goes on in clinical fashion rotating the strike and dispatching loose balls to the boundary. They see Warriors past the 100-run mark in the 15th over and continue to stay positive. Amit falls in the 16th over for a brilliant catch at deep mid-wicket. Vaidy joins Senthil in the middle. Vaidy tries to rotate the strike and Senthil keeps hitting boundaries off loose balls. Senthil finally falls after a well made 48 trying to hit another six over deep square leg. Deepak is the next man in. He looks in extremely good nick after a match-winning knock just the day before. Vaidy and Deepak put on some valuable runs as they try to steady the innings in windy conditions. Deepak falls in a swinging yorker just when things were looking set for an onslaught. Dinesh joins Vaidy and the pair tries to stay positive. After watching a couple of balls to get his eye in, Dinesh shows glimpses of his old self hitting some beautiful lofted cover drives and keeping the scoreboard ticking. He is unlucky to be caught at long off as he hits one against the wind. Rushit joins Vaidy and the two batsmen run very well to put on about 20 runs in 2 overs. They see Warriors past the 200-run mark as Vaidy falls in similar fashion to Dinesh hitting against the wind. Madhav and Lokesh finish things off for Warriors as they manage to score 218 in their 35 overs.
Madhav and Dinesh start the bowling for Warriors. While Madhav troubles the batsmen with his swing, line and length, Dinesh is unplayable with his pace and bounce. Together, the pair strangles the Gold batsmen. Madhav strikes the first blow as Deepak takes a sharp catch at second slip. He gets another wicket in the same over as he rattles the stump of the left-hander foxing him with the perfect in-swinger. The 2 wickets and extremely tight bowling sends the Gold batsmen into a shell as they focus just on surviving and not scoring. Senthil and Yash continue with the attack and have ne mercy for the batsmen. At the end of 12 overs, they just manage 16 for the loss of 2 wickets. Spin is introduced in the 15th over as Vaidy and Rushit pair up to trouble the batsmen. Vaidy strikes in his very first over as he gets Madhu by taking a good return catch. In the 18th over, Satish is run out as Vaidy gets a sharp throw back to Lokesh from the deep square leg and misunderstanding leaves batsmen stranded at the same end. In the same over, Rushit bowls a beauty to beat the defense of Srikanth and clips the top of off stump. The spinners keep going at it as Vaidy gets another wicket in the 19th for a good catch at short-third by Madhav and Rushit gets one in the 23rd for a brilliant catch by Lokesh behind the stumps. Amit Jain and Murthy join the party of spinners and continue with the good work. Amit gets 2 quick wickets as Karna(subbing for Madhav) takes two solid catches at cover. Gowtham finishes things up for the Warriors as he takes the last wicket for a catch by Vaidy at mid on. HCC gold manage to score 64.

It was a great weekend for the Warriors who are coming back after almost a whole month's break. They look very solid in all departments and hope to continue getting better as a unit.
Scorecard 06/07/2015
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