2010 Archive

Michigan League update - 09/12/2010:
"Cleveland is 2010 MichCA Champions"
Cleveland Cricket club continues to dominate Michigan League by winning back-to-back championships (2009 and now 2010)
CLCC defeated Canton Cricket Club by 90 runs in the finals at the Lyon Oaks Cricket Grounds in MI on Sunday Sep 12.
Scores: Cleveland 244 all out in 39.4 overs. (Devin 41, Pratik 51, Vignesh 70) Canton 153 allout. (Chandu 3 wkts, Devin 3 wkts, special note - all ten wickets were via catches taken!)
The title defender and the challenger - Cleveland and Canton
This year’s best two teams – Cleveland & Canton – squared up for final of the of the 40-over Michigan League 2010.

It was a glorious day for cricket at Lyon Oaks, Mi on Sunday. You would not ask for a better finale. The green outfield with clear blue skies and a steady breeze called for an awesome day for the teams and for the families that made it a picnic at the park…

Viggy won the toss and in these games, that’s a great start. He came back smiling and said 1% of the game is ours. Let’s use that and go get the rest of it. Goldy and Sujay started the inning. Goldy was first out trying to loft over mid-on but it was too early an attempt as he was not set yet. Then to make things worse for us Chirag was cleaned up too with not much on the board.

Pratik joined Sujay and they motored along for some good overs. Unfortunately the ever-consistent Sujay nicked one to slips. And we were in a spot – 25 or so for 3. Viggy walked in and the situation demanded these two to buckle down. And they did just that. Picking ones-twos, they kept the score moving. Pratik every now and then released the pressure by lofts and drives around the park. He did raise our blood levels, attempting some risky shots or runs. He was almost run out on one occasion, when he slipped and fell midway but was smart enough to run back without the bat. Certainly a life that.

On the other end, Viggy displayed lot of restrain and played an immensely responsible inning. He was determined to play through the inning and let others grow around him. Just when Pratik, completed his much deserved 50, he was caught in the deep to a blinder of a catch. But he had a very important partnership with Viggy and laid the perfect pad for Devin to launch.

At 28 overs we were around 140 or so. With 12 overs remaining we knew that a total of 200 plus was a good score for a final but with some short boundaries, the more we could get the better. And so began the 3rd and crucial session. Viggy played more aggressively and Devin was ready to take his time to settle. Canton know Devin, probably more than anyone else in the league. So they keep defensive fields. But as we crossed the 30-over mark, Devin unleashed his power. He cleared the boundaries on several occasions and did so very comfortably. In an over he had 2 sixes and a four but was caught the 4th ball. He made a rapid 41 from around 20 balls.

We were around 180 or so with about 6 overs in hand. From there on Viggy, and the rest of the batsmen carried us onto 244. Viggy made an excellent 70 – true captain’s knock. And thanks to Pratik and Devin for stepping at the need of the hour.

The chase:
Canton had a tough target to chase and with our bowling we had all the confidence to aim for glory. Deepak started the show by getting one behind the stumps. Manu on the other hand bowled to a perfect line and length not giving any room to the Canton batsmen.

Catches indeed win matches.

Chandu took a brilliant high sky catch – directly facing the sun. It was an important momentum. And just before the end of 14 over s, Devin got one to turn away, getting the edge gobbled up by Suhail behind the stump.

From there catch after catch Cleveland just raised the bar:

Chandu: a misfield at square leg gave away two runs. Next ball up, batsmen plays a flick low to the ground but enough for Chandu to dive full length (yes, all 10 feet of his length), to his left, and pulling off a sensational pick inches above the ground.

Sujay –an amazing catch just inside the boundary, hit high in the air – by one of Cantons most dangerous batsmen.

Navdeep – running away from the center, never losing sight of the ball – leaped full length to grab a stunner.

Viggy (2 catches) and Suhail (3 catches) rounded up an amazing catching display, proving the long-standing cliché – ‘Catches win Matches’.

Shock and Disbelief on one side, its joy on the other:
All along their innings, Canton was in a shock and disbelief as to how its innings crumbled. Towards the end they did delay the inevitable as we had to toil to wrap up the win, but we worked well, kept up the pressure, keeping our heads down. Our families had the best of time and showed all their support. When it happened- Chandu getting one to nick behind - we all erupted in joy!!
Through the season, all of us stepped up at some time or other – be it as batsmen, or as bowlers, or as fielders and in some cases just moral support – it takes a team to win a championship, it takes class to win two!
Thank You - to everyone who supported Cleveland this year and before. And lets look forward to more glory.
Michigan League update - 08/28/2010:
Cleveland reaches the FINALS of the 2010 MichCA Championship!!!! 
..defeats Metro Detroit CC in the semis held at Canton on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010...
On a beautiful day for cricket at the Heritage Park, Canton, MI...Cleveland displayed excellent teamwork and skill to overcome the semis hurdle and reach the finals of this years MichCA League. The final clash will be against Canton Cricket Club on September 11 at Bloomer Park.
MDCC won the toss and elected to bat first. They had a sedate start and at the first break were about 62/2. Both Deepak and Manu bowled tight lines and got the ball to move. Manu was unlucky not to get wickets with the ball hissing past the egde several times. Viggy, Navdeep, Sujay and Devin picked up from Manu and Deepak and continously kept up the pressure, not allowing any room for MDCC to flex their arms. And they ended up closing at 175 in 40 overs.
Chasing 175 in a semis is tricky, but Cleveland had a lot of confidence going into the chase. Unfortunately lost Goldy early on but Sujay and Chirag played beautifully and did not let any pressuire to build up. Chirag continuing from his century from the previous game played out one of the best 30 plus innings you would see. In one of the overs he smashed 4 boundaries, deflating MDCC's confidence. After Chriag got out, Sujay, Pratik, Devin and Puru worked well with each other and ensured we crossed the line and reach the finals.
Scores and the preview of the finals will be updated shortly.... stay tuned!!
Michigan League update - 08/21/2010:
Cleveland marches into the SEMIS stage of the Michigan League...
CLCC thrashes Grand Rapids at Toledo before the rain god decides to stop the rampage...
Winning a 'great' toss :), Viggy decided we bat. It was dark, overcast, with an 80% chance of rain. Goldy and Sujay took strike. The outfield was fast and we were off to a flying start. Goldy played some delightful shots before getting out LBW. Sujay peppered the off-side with some amazing fours and looked in top touch. Chirag joined Sujay and looked in even bigger rush. And they both caused mayhem as a steady drizzle was on. Grand Rapids had no clue as to what to worry about - runs or rains.
Chirag (in pic) played some awesome punch shots, lofts and drives to entertain us all with a brilliant century (124) and Sujay got an excellent 60 odd.
In 9 overs we were 91, in 18 we crossed 180 as we set our sight on the 400 mark! And when Pratik, Suraj and Navdeep played their parts, the rain increased but not as fast as the runs. Grand Rapids somehow wanted to find an opening to give themselves a chance, but it was never there. Batsman after batsman just blew them off. And to be fair to Grand Rapids, the field was getting slippery by the minute and the ball absolutely messed up.
Finally, 34 overs and around 345 run later with Devin just joining Navdeep (50+ n.o) and a lot of batting to still come, the game was called off. We had to share the points but more importantly that was enough for us to move onto the semis stage. And the way we batted helps set us up with a great momentum going into the semis...
Next up: 2010 MichCA Semifinals - Canton  or MDCC vs Cleveland on Aug 28, Saturday at  Lyon Oaks or Bloomer Park, MI.
Preveiw: Canton topped the table this year and are a well balanced team, and thoroughly deserve to be on the top. Cleveland did beat Canton in the league rounds in a tight clash and has shown its calibre. So, if we play Canton, no doubt this clash is going to be one for the ages.
If we end up playing MDCC, it will also be a good contest, mainly because MDCC has beaten Cleveland in the league round. And MDCC is new team we are playing this season so we don't know much about them. But Cleveland will want to set the record straight, and move further towards the pinnacle..  
NEWS just in (8/23) -  MDCC defeated Canton in the super sixes game and hence we will now be playing MDCC in the semifinals. By this win, MDCC has beaten all the three other semifinalists this year, so they must be feeling pretty good right now. This game promises to be a cracker.... Stay tuned....
Midwest League update - 08/07/2010:
Cleveland trounce OSU on their Home turf in the second super stage game. 
Sundeep kept up his brilliant form with the toss winning another one against OSU and deciding to Bat first. The Outfield was lush green but heavy and was also a bit damp. Cleveland had a stuttering start loosing Goldy in the second over to a beautiful inswinging delivery that caught him plumb on the back foot. However some determined batting and controlled aggression by Lokesh (30), Sajid (20) and Nikunj (16) kept the score board ticking. Navdeep gave the innings impetus by smashing a quick 19, however some decent bowling and good catching by the OSU restricted us to 150 in 34.4 overs.
Posting 150 runs on a heavy field seamed to be a bit short on paper but we knew with the bowling we have we could defend it very easily. Bowling started really well with wickets in the first 2 overs. Our bowlers kept a good line and length and with James standing up to the stumps, the only way their batsmen could score were by going over the top. This coupled with great field placements meant OSU kept loosing wickets on a regular basis. Fantastic catches by Kuljeet (3), Nikunj (2), Lokesh, Basu, Navdeep and Sajid (1)each and excellent ground fielding by everyone in the team allowed the bowlers to put a lot of pressure on the OSU lineup. An excellent 7 over spell by Basu - which included 3 maidens in a row helped the other bowlers capitalize and get wickets. Navdeep 4-26 in 5 and Sundeep 3-24 in 7 picked up majority of the wickets.
Cleveland 150/10 (34.4 overs) - Lokesh (30), Sajid (20), Nikunj (16)...
OSU 109/10 (30 overs) - Navdeep 4-26 in 5, Sundeep 3-24 in 7, Basu 7-3-18-2.
Michigan League update - 08/01/2010:
Greater Detroit CC defeats Cleveland in the Playoff Game 1 played at Lyon Oaks on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010...
GDCC reached the semi-finals stage by humbling Cleveland by 4 wickets. Cleveland must win its next game against Grand Rapids to stay alive in this tournament.
Batting first after winning the toss, Cleveland lost both openers quickly but some good partnerships (Chirag+Pratik), (Pratik+Viggy), and (Chandu+Puru) along the way allowed for it to reach a respectable 203 in 40 overs. GDCC bowlers bowled tight lines and with variety never allowing the batsmen to free their arms.
204 is a good score to defend in any game, let alone a crucial playoff but unfortunately Cleveland bowlers had a bad day at the office. And lacked the consisitency or sting to create the opportunities to get 10 wickets. GDCC batsmen built their chase around 2 good partnerships especially the 4th wicket partnership of around 100 runs (between Bokhari and Matta).
This loss is a learning experience and hopefully we will come back strong and solid in the game ahead against GRCC on Aug 15. From now on every game is a do or die..
Stay tuned.
Cleveland 203 (40 overs) - Chirag (35), Pratik (30), Viggy (30), Chandu (31), Puru (20+)...
GDCC 204 for 6 (38 overs) - details unavailable.
Midwest League update - 07/31/2010:
Cleveland beats Kalvinsoft Cincinnati in the first Midwest Super Stage game at Rhodes Park.
Cleveland posted a healthy total of 223 for the loss of 6 wickets in 35 overs thanks to a 100+ opening stand between Sajid (83) and Goldy (66). Sajid continued his Golden form cracking another half century and holding his end up till the 35th over (he got out when there were 2 balls left in the innings). However it was Goldy who started the fireworks for Cleveland early on with his clean striking after Sundeep won the toss and elected to bat first on a newly carpeted pitch. James joined the party once Goldy departed and added run-a-ball 17 before he was caught at midwest to a mere chip that sailed a long way into the deep. Cleveland saw a late flourish with Navdeep (28) hitting some vicious blows in the end and Nikunj just running the opposition to the ground.
During the break the skies opened up and threatened to wash away the game, it poured for nearly an hour and half. Just when the opposition were hoping for the rain to continue, the skies cleared up at around 3:00 p.m. which resulting in the continuation of the game without any overs being cut-off (using Duckwork and Lewis).
Cleveland began their bowling with a big score to back them up and bowler friendly conditions. Kalvinsoft lost wickets at regular intervals and failed to put up any fight what so ever. Cleveland bowlers did a fabulous job to restrict them to less than 100 runs to register a huge win against a good batting side.
This huge win against Kalvinsoft has made Cleveland a very strong contender for the Championship... Watch out Midwest Teams... We are on a Roll...  
Cleveland 223/6 (35 overs) - Sajid (83), Goldy (66), Navdeep (28)...
Kalvinsoft Cincinnati 78/10 (32 overs) - details unavailable.
Michigan League update - 07/29/2010:
The League round of MichCA 2010 has concluded and here are the team standings:
Playoffs preview - The playoff stage consists of the top 6 teams that have been divided now into 2 groups (3 per group). Each team battles against the other two teams in its group.
The top 4 teams after the playoff stage will go on to the semis stage. Cleveland is grouped with Greater Detroit CC (GDCC) and Grand Rapids CC (GRCC). 
Playoff Game 1 for Cleveland is against GDCC... at Lyon Oaks Cricket Ground on Aug 1, 2010.
Game Preview: GDCC is regarded very highly in the MichCA circuit. They have won this championship several times (5 or 6 times). Although we have beaten them the last 2 occasions we faced them, they are always a potent team. This clash is highly awaited also considering the fact that our league encounter with them was rained out. Cleveland on the other hand has had a mixed bag this season, we started the season brilliantly but faded slightly in the second part, dropping couple of games. But both teams are experienced enough to understand the importance of this game and will come out banging on all cylinders. The venue is a delight to play at and hopefully the weather plays along.
Stay tuned for updates....
Michigan League update - 07/25/2010:
Cleveland looses at home to Troy in the last game of the 1st round.
Scores: Cleveland 181 (36 overs), Troy 182/6.
More on the MichCA second round to follow.... stay tuned.
Midwest League update - 07/18/2010:
Cleveland storm into the Playoff's of the Midwest League beating the defending champions Columbus Cricket Club on THEIR Home Ground.
In an exciting away game for Cleveland, Cleveland beat last year's defending Champions Columbus Cricket Club on their Home ground Emerald Fields in their last league game to top their Group. Acting Captain Navdeep lost the toss and Columbus had no hesitation in batting first. Traditionally Emerald Fields Pitch helps the seamers early on in the innings and the heavy green outfield makes run scoring a tad bit difficult. Some very tight bowling and ingenious field settings saw Columbus Batsmen wilt under severe pressure. There were a couple of missed chances however they did not cost us many as the bowlers kept going at the batmen and never let them settle down. Eventually Columbus made only 103 runs in 32.4 overs.
Krupen (4Ov-1M-6R-0W) and Manu (7Ov-2M-11R-3W) opened the bowling and gave nothing away. Navdeep (6Ov-1M-19R-2W) and Basu (7Ov-0M-34R-4W) bowled devstating spells of seam bowling to bundle up the top order batsmen cheaply.
Michigan League update - 07/17/2010:
Cleveland beats Canton in a great game of cricket at Toledo on July 17.
As promised this game was one for the books...
Devin's brilliant century (114*) along with solid performances from Sujay (60+), Puru (51*) and Chirag (30) helped Cleveland (295/7) defeat table toppers Canton (242 a.o.)
It was deja vu for Canton as they faced up against Devin. And as he did last year, Devin picked them out again for a punishing century with 30 runs (5 sixes) in an over being the highlight. Canton did not go down without a fight and brought all theirs skills to the center (Zaki 60, Saeed 40+, and other cameos) but in the end it was too high a hill and Cleveland prevailed (with Manu 4/28, Sujay 2/35, Viggy 2/36).
Midwest League Update: 06/26/2010
Cleveland beats Royal Punjab CC by 118 runs at home on July 11.
Cleveland amassed 281/6 runs thanks to a beautifully paced innings by Sajid. Sajid batted through the innings to finish at 108 in 91 balls which included 6 boundaries and 1 hit over the rope. After losing Rajan's wicket early, Lokesh (48 from 57 balls) and Sajid build a 131 run parterner ship  to put us in a commanding position. We ended strongly with cameo's from Romy (24 from 17 balls), James (25 from 21 balls) and Puru (20 from 8 balls). Royal Punjab started their innings meakly before a breif scare from Harjit (79 from 50 balls) tried to turn the tables on us. Goldy cleaned Harjit up and we were able to wrap up the Royal Punjab innings at 163 (all out).
Score: Cleveland 281/10 (Sajid 108 n.o, Lokesh 48, James 25, Romy 24) in 35 overs to beat Royal Punjab CC 163/9 in 24.2 overs.
Michigan League update - 07/10/2010:
Metro Detroit CC defeats Cleveland at home on July 10.
MDCC posted 210 in the allocated 40 overs based on an excellent 3rd wicket partnership of over 130 runs between Kumar (100) and Nadeem (30+). Cleveland was bowled out for around 165 (Sunny 35, Manu 19, Gaurav 15+).
Scores: MDCC 210/40 overs beat CLCC 165 all out. Score details to be updated when available.
Next Up: Cleveland vs Canton at Beatty Park, Toledo on July 17. This promises to be a cracker of a game as Canton are currently the table toppers and Cleveland's grounding at the hands of Metro Detroit sets this up nicely. Stay tuned...
Michigan League update - 06/26/2010:
Cleveland continues its winning streak by crushing Grand Rapids at Canton on June 26.
Batting first, Cleveland amassed 258 in the reduced 35 overs. A superb partnership between Chirag (67) and Viggy (60) plus a well-compiled 20 by Navdeep, laid the foundation for 'Man of the match - Chandu' (56) to blow Grand Rapids away from the game. Chandu's quick-fire knock demolished their bowlers with some huge hits. When they batted, Grand Rapids limped to 105 all out with the Cleveland bowlers not giving anything away. Some special bowling spells for Cleveland came from Manu (5-1-18-3) and Ishant (2-32). It was a thoroughly professional performance by Cleveland.
Scores: Cleveland 258/35 overs beat GRCC 105 all out.
Next Game: Cleveland vs Metro Detroit Cricket Club at Cleveland on July 10.
Midwest League Update: 06/26/2010
Cleveland had their first loss of the Midwest Tournament in a home game against Renegades Cricket Club. Electing to bat first Cleveland made a solid start with 60/0 in the first 12 overs of the game, however Renegades came back strongly and got quick wickets. Renegades bowled out Cleveland Cricket Club for 153 in 33.1 overs. In response Renegades made a good start and kept wickets in hand to chase down the total with 11 balls to spare.
Score: Cleveland 153/10 (James 34, Rajan 23, Gaurav Goel 2/10 in 2.1 overs Kuljit 2/29 in 7 overs) in 33.1 overs lost to Reneages 154/6 in 33.1 overs.
Midwest League Update: 06/12/2010
Cleveland had a convincing win against Everest Cricket Club in a home game. Electing to bat first Cleveland made a steady start with the openers playing out the new ball before loosing a few quick wickets. However the middle order came to the rescue with good contributions from Puru (31) and Pratik (51 n.o). The final assault was lead by Navdeep (58 n.o) with a Quick fire half century to end the innnings for Cleveland at 202/6 in 35 overs. In response Everest Cricket Club lost wickets at regular intervals before they were bundled out for 120 runs in the 28th over.
Scores: Cleveland 202/6 in 35 overs (Pratik 51 n.o, Navdeep 58 n.o, Puru 31) beat Everest 120/10 in 27.5 overs.
Midwest League Update:
Cleveland wins the Midwest league opener by beating Cleveland Krushers CC in a rain reduced 30 over game.

Scores: Cleveland 142/8 in 30 overs beat Krushers 104/10 in 27.1 overs.
Michigan League update:
Cleveland continues the march... beats Greater Toledo Cricket Club in Game 3 at Toledo on May 23. 
In a low scoring encounter, terrific performances by Cleveland bowlers helps the team defend 137, by bowling the opposition out for 100. 
Scores: Cleveland 137/40 overs (Viggy 31, Sujay 22, Suhail 20*) beat GTCC 100 all out (Devin 4/20, Viggy 2/11, Chirag 2/13).
UCC 20/20 Update:
Cleveland loses a heart breaker in the UCC 20/20 Semi-Finals. Cleveland bats well to post 146 in 20 overs only to see Miamisburg chase down the total with one wicket in hand in the last over.

Scores: Cleveland 146/8 in 20 overs lost to Miamisburg CC 147/9 in 19.4 overs
Michigan League update:
Cleveland make it 2 in a row.. comfortably beats Motown Cricket Club.
Scores: Cleveland 224/8 in 40 overs (Goldy 50+, Sujay 44, Puru 30) beat Motown 140 odd allout.
Michigan League update:
Cleveland wins Michigan League opener convincingly, beating Michigan by 133 runs.
Ani's masterful century and partnership with Suhail rescue's Cleveland from a precarious position of 89/5. 
Scores: Cleveland 257 in 40 overs (Ani 135, Suhail 43*) beat Michigan 124/10 in 39.2 overs (Goldy 3-20)
Man of the match: Ani
UCC 20/20 Update:
Big opening stand allows Cleveland to beat Cuyahoga in the 4th UCC 20-20 League Game.
Cuyahoga 122/7 in 20 overs (Pratik 5-13) lost to Cleveland 124/3 in 18.3 overs (Goldy 65, Sajid 19)
Final league game against Pokiri is washed out. Click here for Results after the league stages.
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UCC 20/20 Update:
Cleveland CC wins one, loses one in a blistering cold Cleveland Weekend in the UCC 20/20 Tournament.
Cleveland vs. Hashlington
Cleveland 134/7 in 20 overs (Sajid 44, Goldy 30) beat Hashlington 81/10 in 18.3 overs (Goldy 3-4)
Man of the Match: Goldy
Cleveland vs. OSU
Cleveland 100/6 in 20 overs lost to OSU 101/5 in 18.3 overs
UCC 20/20 Update:
Sloppy Cleveland lose to Avengers in Columbus
Avengers 113/8 in 20 overs beat Cleveland 89/6 in 20 overs (Manu 19*, Pratik 17)
UCC 20/20 Update:
Cleveland see's off Akron in a dramatic opener to the season and the UCC 20/20 Tournament. 
Cleveland bowlers and fielders do well to restric Akron to 96.
The chase by Cleveland was on the slower side thanks to some tight Akron bowling. Needing over thirty runs in the last three overs, Manu destoryed Akron's "fifth" bowler by scoring 21 runs in a single over to take the team home.
Akron 96/10 in 18.3 overs (Subhayu 3-19, Sundeep 3-19) Lost to Cleveland 97/6 in 19.5 overs (Manu 26*, Puru 25)
Man of the match: Manu Mehta
Cricket comes early to Cleveland as the team is set to begin the season with the UCC 20/20 tournament beginning this weekend. The team is placed in Group A along with some familar foes such as Akron, OSU and Cuyahoga. The league stage consists of six games with four being played at home.
The UCC tournament has grown to become a major regional 20/20 tournament as 28 teams from across Ohio and neighbouring states are participating. Cleveland hopes to navigate through some tough league games to continue its trend of making it to the play-off's and hopefully can make a run deep into the tournament.
Welcome to the 2010 season of the Cleveland Cricket Club. As we slowly get over the winter blues, the upcoming 2010 season brings with it renewed hope and expectations of another fantastic summer of cricket in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Cricket Club finished strong last year, winning the Michigan Cricket Association 40 over championship in only its second year of participation. The team finished the entire tournament with a single loss and along the way to the championship, broke and re-wrote club and tournament records.
Finishing last season on a such a strong note means the expectations of the upcoming season are high. The hunger, drive and desire to be one of the best teams in the region is only getting stronger and we expect to build upon our successes of last year as we begin this new season.
The 2010 journey begins with the 2010 UCC 20/20 torunament to be held in Columbus. The tournament is slated to begin sometime during the 1st or 2nd week of April and promises to be a cracking affair with 24 teams from the Ohio region in the mix.