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Cricket Club gets third; hosts Tepper-CIT match

Credit: Isaac Jones/Comics Editor Credit: Isaac Jones/Comics Editor A Tepper team batsman swings his bat at the ball during the CIT-Tepper cricket match, while CCMC president Sagar Shah looks on.  (credit: Isaac Jones/Comics Editor) A Tepper team batsman swings his bat at the ball during the CIT-Tepper cricket match, while CCMC president Sagar Shah looks on. (credit: Isaac Jones/Comics Editor) Credit: Isaac Jones/Comics Editor Credit: Isaac Jones/Comics Editor

This fall has been a busy season for the cricket club, with the team recently competing in two competitions. The Carnegie Mellon Cricket Club (CMCC) team placed third in the first ever American College Cricket Midwest (ACCM) Championship held at Ohio State University during the weekend of Sept. 25–26. Seven teams competed in the championship for the E. Gordon Gee Trophy. Also, just last weekend, the CMCC hosted the first ever CIT vs. Tepper cricket exhibition match in Gesling Stadium.

Cricket is a sport from which baseball evolved. It consists of a “batsman,” the equivalent of a batter, facing a “bowler,” equivalent to a pitcher, who sends down, or “bowls” the ball. Each team is allocated a certain number of “overs,” off which they have to score runs. An over is a series of six balls bowled by the same bowler. CMCC organizes cricket workshops, pick-up games on the Cut, and fall and spring cricket tournaments.

In the Tartans’ first match against the University of Iowa, Carnegie Mellon lost the coin toss and the team was asked to bowl first. Information systems master’s student Ankit Kothari took four wickets as Iowa was dismissed for 81 runs in the 18th over, failing to bat out their allocated 20 overs. However, the Tartans lost the match by 19 runs, deterred from a win by a strong Hawkeyes bowling effort.

The Tartans then faced the College of Wooster, their cricketing rivals, in the second match. After winning the coin toss and electing to bat, the Tartans were given a quick start by their opening batsman. Mechanical engineering graduate student Madhur Kaushik was the top scorer with 76, as the team finished with a strong 134 runs off its20 overs. Carnegie Mellon bowlers threw aggressively, as Wooster was dismissed for 95 runs, giving the Tartans a victory by 39 runs and earning them a bonus point.

When the dust settled, Carnegie Mellon finished in third place at the tournament. Purdue University won, while local favorite Ohio State finished in second place.
“Participating in this tournament was a great opportunity for the team to establish our presence as a strong team in the Midwest region,” said team captain and junior Sahil Jolly. “It was an excellent opportunity to play some quality cricket and develop plans ahead of the national championship to be held in Florida later this year. With a few of our regulars injured, it was great to see new players step up and take responsibility,” he added.

The inaugural CIT vs. Tepper cricket match was held at Gesling Stadium last Saturday. The game was played under a modified set of rules, with 13 players on each side instead of the standard 11, and the teams were allotted 12 overs each. Before the game began, a moment of silence was held to remember Raghuvendra Singh, a CIT alumnus, who had passed away the previous night in a car accident in California.

Tepper won the coin toss and elected to bat. CIT bowlers obtained significant swing in the air as Tepper lost wickets at regular intervals. In particular, several Tepper batsmen were caught trying to hit down to the ground rather than aiming for the shorter square boundaries. The CIT captain, senior Sagar Shah, took three wickets in his allotted two overs and only conceded 15 runs, an effort for which he was later named best bowler. Carnegie Mellon alumnus Parag Shah took two wickets in the one over that he bowled with some good swing bowling. Tepper was bowled out in the 10th over and scored 67 runs in total.

CIT, confident after its disciplined bowling effort, got off to a slow start as the team lost two wickets in the second over of its innings, bowled by Tepper captain junior Nakul Bagla. However, the batsman that followed consolidated the innings with some solid batting. Halfway through the CIT innings, the match looked like it would head to an exciting finish, with CIT needing 30 runs off their six remaining overs with six wickets in hand. Tepper’s efforts were halted by excellent batting by seniors Raghav Todi and Sagar Shah and undisciplined bowling by Bagla in his second over, which turned the game CIT’s way, as 16 runs were conceded in this over. Though Todi, later named best batsman, had to retire after scoring 26 runs, Sagar Shah completed the formalities, hitting a six over the square boundary to seal victory for CIT.

For more information, visit www.cmucricket.org.