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[Source: NCCA T-20 Media Release]
Supernovas defeated Fooglies to win the Matrix NCCA-T20 2012. The tournament was held in Santa Clara, California and was attended by a large number of spectators, including Mayor Jamie Matthews, sponsors and players from the six teams. Also present was coach Owen Graham who is presently undergoing chemotherapy.
Fooglies defeated Spinners in the first semi-finals and Naseer Islam's rapidfire 95 paved the way for Supernovas to defeat Titans in a keenly contested second semi-finals.
In the final, Fooglies scored 135 and Supernovas chased it down comfortably. Supernovas was led by the young USA U-19 player Pranay Suri and Fooglies was lead by Arjun Thyagarajan.
Mayor Matthews appreciated the efforts of NCCA's leadership and added that he was extremely delighted to see the professional manner in which the tournament was conducted. The Mayor was accompanied by Dr. Mohammed Nadeem who is running for the City Council in Santa Clara.
Sunny Sethi, owner of Matrix Insurance Agency, the tournament's title sponsor, said that Matrix had made the right choice to continue its partnership with NCCA. Sethi thanked all those who were at the ground and also those who watched the game live over web stream through TVU networks.
Sunil Kumar, president of NCCA thanked Mayor Matthews for joining the event and appealed to all stakeholders to help NCCA find a dedicated facility for NCCA to practice and play its games. “We have been around for over 120 years and I feel it is the right time for us to reach out to the larger community and create awareness and interest among the sport loving youth, women and men who are willing to practice and play the sport," Kumar said. Sunil also thanked Sujesh Pulikkal, Secretary of NCCA-T20 and the coach of NCCA's senior men’s team, and all the team owners and the league's board and executives for their support.
The following prizes were presented in the award ceremony that followed the final:
Best Batsman: Vatandeep
Best Bowler Award: Kuldeep Singh
Most Valuable Player Award: Naseer Islam
The event photographs can be viewed by clicking the following url: http://alturl.com/fvxsi