CrciMax Tigers Victorious at the NYCL Cricket Tournament
The National Youth Cricket League is a prestigious tournament held every 4th of july weekend. The tournament was held in North Carolina at Cedar Park. Eight teams from all over USA participated in The Under 12 division.The tournament is conducted over four days where teams battle it out On days one, two and three for a ranking that will determine who they will play on finals day or the last day.
The Under 12 CricMax team known as the CricMax Tigers showed all of their skills developed during coaching at the CricMax Indoor Facility in Sayerville, New Jersey to come home as champions.
The Tigers got off to a dream start on day one of the tournament as they beat the TCL-Red team from North Carolina by 10 wickets. The victory was set up by some impeccable bowling including a hat-trick for Dev Salian. Dev including five other members of the team where playing their first leather ball tournament. The second game was against Future Stars of School of Cricket, from Washington DC. After winning the toss captain, RisabhSomani inserted the team in batting. Openers Pranav Roa and AkhilThurumella batted beautifully making 61 and 30 respectively. The tigers cruised to a score of 135. It was spin bowlers who took charge in bowling. All three bowlers took wickets with Sanjay finishing with best figures of the day in 2.0 – 1 – 3 – 2. then let the bowlers do their bit. On the back of a beautiful 61 from Pranav Rao, the Tigers cruised to a score of 135. This was too much for the opposition who were stifled by the Tigers bowling. Sanjay Rao finished with the amazing figures of 3 runs for 2 wickets.
Day 3 was virtually a semi-final. Tigers were going up against the one of the best teams in the tournamentin East bay Youth Cricket Aassociation from California and the Tigers were up for the challenge. Tigers won the toss and decided to bat. EYCA opening bowling was brilliant and Tigers top order collapsed. There was tension building up in the lineup but middle order batsmen ArneshBadurai and Yasir Mohammad restored some calmness by hitting quick boundaries and taking the game to EYCA. EYCA hit back and took wickets but finally Aryan Jain and Sanjay Roa batted brilliantly to guide Tigers to a defenable total of 102. Tigers new that they had made enough to win but the bowling under pressure was something they were facing for the first time. Opening bowlers started the second innings well but were unable to take wickets, that when direct throw from Surya Thurumella got Tigers their first break. EYCA batsment had dug in again Tigers were losing their grip on the game again, yet again Surya Thurumella threw a blinder from the boundary getting their one of the best bastmen out. During this AshwinManur bowled two brilliant balls to get rid of their middle order who had played a match winning innings a day before. Tigers were comfortable but the EYCA had a deep batting line up. The game was going to a nail bitting finish. That’s when coach Ashok decided to insert one of their most experience bowler in Aryan Jain into the bowling. He returned coaches trust by getting a Hattrick and running through an entire lower order. Tigers knew that they had taken the game away from EYCA. It was a see-saw of the game which cannot be scripted. It was cricket at very best. The desire to win could be seen in joy of Tigers and tears of EYCA kids. The game was so interesting that parents from other game also started watching, cheering, relishing every moment of it. Tigers had won the hard fought battle and they knew only one team stood between them and the trophy. It was a nail-biter but the CricMax under-12’s held their nerve to secure a place in the finals. There were contributions all round as the Tigers reached 102/8 off their allotted 20 overs. Some very disciplined bowling ensured that this was more than enough with the EYCA Team only managing to reach 87, handing the CricMax Tigers victory by 15 runs. Aryan Jain picked up a hat-trick to ensure that the Tigers would contest the finals.
The Finals was against Cricket Altanta USA from Atlanta. They like Tigers were unbeaten thus far and won their game comfortably. Beating EYCA had provided an uncanny advantage of Tigers, they knew that they belonged and no opponent was too big or difficult for them. Tigers got off to slow start but they knew they had a deep batting line up and eneded up making 100+. Their two batsment were very good but Dev Salian who had made a name for himself in first game back and took wickets. And we won.
The finals was yet another fantastic all round display by the CricMax team. The Tigers displayed all round skill to bring home the title. The CricMax players accredit their success to their own hard work along with the CricMax coaches. It helps that CricMax has a technologically advanced training facility that ensures that players of all ages are given the maximum ability to thrive.