Tennis ball cricket has taken a whole new dimension and grown to a different level in the Bay Area. CricBay started 3 years back with a simple ideology, a platform for the cricketers, by the cricketers and of the cricketers. It started with 28 teams competing for the coveted trophy and now just 3 years down the line, it has grown to 68 teams.
The organization is run by volunteers, who work tirelessly to make this form of weekend cricket not only enjoyable but highly competitive. The backbone is the website, cricbay.com which has everything from forums to blogs to statistical data of teams and individual players. This weekend saw the finals for this competitive bay area league.
The two finals played on the weekend of March 14th were the gold and the platinum finals.
Based on the league games, the teams were divided into 3 groups-Silver, Gold and Platinum. Extreme XI bagged the Silver trophy last week by defeating Cheers CC by 45 runs.
Silver Finals’ scores:
Extreme XI 77/7 in 20.0 overs [20.0] (Aditya 18, Ashu 14, Abhishek 4/0/13/3) defeated
Cheers CC 32/10 in 12.4 overs [20.0] (Kiran 10)
Gold Finals: The Gold Finals was played between Megastars and the RisingXI. Megastars played well on the windy day on an unpredictable pitch and reached a competitive score of 74 off the allotted 20 overs. Rising XI were equal to the task and at the end of the 19th over they were at 69 runs needing just 6 runs off the last over; easier said than done. The first ball of the over was a wide. Each run was cheered at the ground. The bowler was booed at and the tension was widespread. What followed over the next 4 balls were 3 cheeky singles, a dropped catch and a bye run. They were running for just about everything.
Scores were leveled and Rising XI needed just one run off the next 2 balls. The team almost started celebrating, but the bowler had different ideas. 5th ball – outside off stump, a swing and a miss, oops. The last ball was a game changer, instead of RisingXI getting the much needed single, they ended up with one more run out.
With the scores level, both teams were given one over to bat (the team that scores most runs would win). Rising XI batted first and after a really good spell from Megastars managed just 4 runs from the over. The game had turned around. Megastars got the 5 runs in just 4 balls and won the Gold cup. This just shows how unpredictable the game of cricket is!
Gold Finals’ Scores:
Megastars 74/6 (20.0 overs) tied with Rising XI 74/6 (20.0 overs)
Tie Breaker: Rising XI 4/2 in 1 over Megastars 5/1 in 5 balls
Platinum Finals – These are played for the number 1 rank in the league. Spartans and Indians faced off for this game – A game that all bay area tennis ball cricketers dream to play. Spartans won the toss and elected to field first. Spartans were looking to contain the Indians who had some of the best batsmen in the league. But this was the Spartans’ day. They started bowling really well and their fielding was equally strong. With 3 wickets a piece for CricBay’s Best Bowler Jaymin and the MVP for the tournament Dilip and 3 runouts the Indians were bundled out for just 43 runs.
Needing 44 runs to win the Spartans started out cautiously making sure they don’t lose wickets and give Indians the edge they were looking for to run through the Spartans line-up. At the end of the 10th over mark Spartans were comfortable placed at 24/1 needing 20 runs with 9 wickets in hand in 10 overs. Again as it looked to be fairly simple Indians came out with a purpose after the break and sent a scare through the Spartans with some quick wickets. At the end Spartans finished strong, as ever, and completed a famous win with their captain hitting the winning shot. The team went berserk and ran on to the field with stumps and the scenes were dramatic. They were the new bay area champs and the feeling was slowly getting to them.
Platinum Finals’ Scores:
Indians 43/10 in 19.1 overs (Ramana 12; Jaymin 3/3 Dilip 3/6) lost to
Spartans CC 44/6 in 18.1 overs (Anal 15, Jaymin 9; Vishal 1/4)
The games were followed with the presentation ceremony. This little cricket community is expanding exponentially and apart from the enthusiastic players it also owes it success to its sponsors Tech CU, Swati Tiffins and ERP Factory.
The closing article of the 2008 season would not be complete without the mention to the sensation of CricBox; a weekly section initiated by Rohan Pai(Nemesis) and sponsored by Evolution Stone, Inc. which highlights the games scheduled for the forthcoming weekend along with highlights about the statistics, players in the spotlight and a lot of spice.
We are thankful to the CricBox writers guild, Manish Nadkarni(WCW), Rohan Pai(Nemesis), Rajeev Tharoor(Mavericks), Samkit Shah(The Immortals) and Krishnan Iyer(Thunderdawgs).
Also, any event could not be a success without the support of fellow community volunteers. We thank Girish Bangalore(Nemesis), Sulo Wijetunga(Mavericks), Roshan Shanbhag(Aryans), Rajendra Badadare(Cheers CC), Sheshu Shenoy(Aryans), Mehul Patel(Aryans), Ashish Tarhalkar, Manish Nadkarni(WCW), Naresh Nayak(Burlingame United), Prashant Ulavapalli(Raiders), Kirit Dawda(Hattrickers), Govind Jayant(Weekend Champs), Ciby Thomas(Daakus), Raghu(Seamers), Nagendra A(Megastars), Shiv Memamajal(Mavericks), Avi Gupta(Friends XI), Vasant Kumar(Syndicate CC), Vinod Vijayan(Aptech CC) and Sunil Shenoy(Aryans) and the members of the playing teams for their support and dedication to complete the third successful CricBay season.