Cricket League of New Jersey fast bowler Jasdeep Singh clean bowled three batsmen in three balls to complete a stunning hat-trick as CLNJ defeated Minnesota Cricket Association by 53 runs in the morning before clinching first place with a 3-0 record after a 1-run win over Southern Connecticut Cricket Association in the afternoon on the second day of the 2012 American Cricket Federation Twenty20 Tournament at Woodley Park in Los Angeles, California.
In Sunday’s other morning matches, Southern California Cricket Association defeated Washington Metropolitan Cricket Board by 131 runs, Michigan Cricket Association defeated Massachusetts State Cricket League by 28 runs and Midwest Cricket Conference defeated Southern Connecticut Cricket Association by 48 runs. In the afternoon, MSCL defeated MCA by 117 runs, MCC beat WMCB by seven wickets and Michigan Cricket Association stunned SCCA by 2 runs.
Four teams – SCCA, MCC, MSCL and Michigan Cricket Association – finished tied at 2-1 but Michigan was the odd team out to miss the semifinals as they had the lowest net run rate among the four. SCCA finished in second place on net run rate, MSCL third and MCC fourth. Monday’s semifinals will feature CLNJ taking on MCC while SCCA and MSCL face off in the other game.
CLNJ batted first against MCA and posted 132 for 8 in 20 as Santosh Dani top scored with 44 not out at number four. Singh’s hat trick to end the match overshadowed spin bowler Pradeep Vedala’s spell of 4 for 11 as MCA was bowled out for 79 in the 17th over.
Image (above) - CLNJ fast bowler Jasdeep Singh erupts after bowling his third batsman in three deliveries to complete a hat-trick against Minnesota Cricket Association. [Courtesy: Peter Della Penna/DreamCricket.com]
In the afternoon game between CLNJ and Southern Connecticut, CLNJ batted first and posted 149 for 7 in 29 as CLNJ captain Kunal Baride top scored with 33 off 22 balls at number five. In reply, opener Abishek Patel nearly took the New Englanders to victory with 90 before being run out going for the tying run on the final ball of the innings as Southern Connecticut finished on 148 for 8.
SCCA batted first in their match against WMCB and posted 194 for 4 in 20. Mohammad Asad scored 75 off 43 balls at number three and was well supported by Timil Patel who finished 40 not out in 25 balls at number four. WMCB could not handle the spin attack of SCCA as Patel took 2 for 9 in four while Shayan Abdulghani wiped out the tail with 3 for 7 as WMCB was bowled in for 63 in 18.3 overs.
Michigan batted first in their contest against MSCL and posted 179 for 6 with Manpreet Singh scoring 91 not out at number four with six boundaries and four sixes. Timmy Thomas scored 82 not out at number five in the MSCL chase, but lacked support and MSCL eventually finished on 151 for 6.
MCC batted first in the morning against Southern Connecticut, posting 154 for 7 in 20 overs. Mir Alavi top scored with 35 not out off 20 balls at number seven. Southern Connecticut’s chase never got going as they were reduced to 4 for 2 in the third over and finished on 106 for 9. Abhijit Joshi took 3 for 17 with his off spin while Aditya Venkatesan also bowled a clever spell of medium pace opening the bowling to finish with 2 for 13 in four.
MCC completed their comeback from a first day defeat at the hands of SCCA to clinch a spot in the semifinals with a convincing win over WMCB, who finished the event without a win. WMCB’s batting order collapsed as MCC captain Nirav Amin and Sameer Raorane ripped through the Washington side to leave them 37 for 6 before they eventually scraped their way to 121 thanks to intervention from WMCB captain Ankur Saini who scored 32 at number seven. MCC chased the runs in 15.1 overs as Sandeep Dhar top scored with 39 off 33 balls.
MSCL needed to win their afternoon game against MCA to qualify for the semifinals and did so in emphatic fashion after posting the highest score of the tournament, 210 for 5. Sharaz Baksh top scored with 53 off 25 balls but Fazal Alam, Huen Daley, Zeeshan Muhammad and Thomas all chipped in with good scores. MCA was restricted to 93 for 7 in reply.
In the final game of the day, Michigan ruined SCCA’s quest for an undefeated run through the prelims. Prajwal Shetty scored 50 opening the match for Michigan in their total of 139 for 7. Asad took 3 for 14 for SCCA. The host side appeared to be cruising to victory, needing only 18 to win with five overs left and five wickets in hand. SCCA then committed three run outs in the next four overs while stumbling for runs and entered the final over needing seven to win. During an attempted two at the start of the over, the umpires called one run short. Patel was run out for 29 and another run out on the last ball meant SCCA fell short with the last five wickets all run outs as SCCA ended on 137 for 9. Rather than claim the number one seed in the semifinals and a matchup with MCC who they beat convincingly on day one, they now face a stern test against an explosive MSCL batting lineup.
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