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CricMax Tigers won the 2013 NATA East Junior (U-13) Cricket Cup by defeating Indoor Cricket USA (ICUSA) Sons of Liberty in the tournament final held on September 29th, 2013. The two CLNJU-13 teams battled on September 28th for third place finish, which CLNJ Colts won easily.
Both CricMax Tigers and ICUSA Sons of Liberty were undefeated in preliminary round matches held on September 22nd at the Mercer County Park - the only park in NJ with three cricket pitches in one location.
Pic (Right): A keen contest was on the cards and over 500 cricket fans assembled in anticipation.
Batting first, the CricMax Tigers were aided by a tremendous knock by captain Varun Narayan whose 28 not out from 29 balls included a four and a six. Tigers also benefited from 72 extras gifted to them by Sons of Liberty.
With the captain and extras contributing 100 runs to the score, the remaining Tigers did their part to bring the total up to 121 from the allotted 20 overs. In their chase, Sons of Liberty saw their opening batsman Daoud score 26 - that score included a four and a six. In the final analysis, the CricMax bowlers bowled better and gifted fewer extras which saw them through.
Among the spectators were several dignitaries including Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu, Deputy Mayor Neil Lewis, Township Committee Member David Bender and West Windsor - Plainsboro School Board member Rachelle Feldman Hurwitz. The special guest for the final was Alvin Kallicharran, the batting legend and former captain of West Indies.
Pic (Right): Tigers pose with the trophy and with the CricMax coaching team.
Speaking on the occasion, Alvin Kallicharran said that he was very impressed with the skills on display. "When you look at all the great players on TV, what you all should observe and copy is their passion, discipline and hard work," Kallicharran told the boys. "It is not about the shoes or the clothes that they wear."
"Copy the good things and throw away the bad," was his sage advice.
Speaking about the importance of hard work, he said, "don't go on with ifs and buts, talk about now and what. If I didn't get out all those times, I would have scored a lot more centuries, but that is not how it works."
"You often hear about the role of luck. But I can tell you that it is not about luck. It is about hard work," Kallicharran said reinforcing the importance of hard work.
Volunteers from NATA and CricMax left no stone unturned and set a very high bar with what is NJ's first ever junior cricket tournament in the modern era. Umpiring was first class, the field was well prepared, food and hospitality were without parallel, and a strong media contingent from TV Asia, TV9 and TV5 was present to record the proceedings.
Pic (Right): Dr. Sanjeeva Reddy (President, NATA), Alvin Kallicharran, Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu, Deputy Mayor Neil Lewis.
NATA's President Dr. Sanjeeva Reddy flew in from New Orleans to witness the final. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Reddy announced that NATA would continue to support grassroots cricket activities. Also present was Advisory Council member Dr. Pailla Malla Reddy, a pharmaceutical industry entrepreneur who was among the event's main sponsors.
Several members of the NATA Board including Rajeshwar Reddy, Rami Reddy Alla and Dr. Raghava Reddy were present at the event. USACA was represented by Leon Copeland, the region's youth coordinator.
In an email sent to tournament supporters, Nagesh Mukkamalla, who was instrumental in organizing the tournament with the help of fellow NATA cricket committee members Srikanth Reddy Lakkasagaram and Santosh Pathuri, thanked the sponsors including Zahid Mahmood of Zee Sports, the CricMax team, the scorers, umpires, coaches, the many volunteers and Persis Biryani - the food sponsor. "Last but definitely not the least, thanks to all the parents for their time and dedication towards youth cricket," Mukkamalla wrote in the thank you note.
The following prizes were presented at the prize distribution ceremony following the final:
Winner's Cup - Cricmax Tigers
First Runners Up - Sons of Liberty
Second Runners Up - CLNJ Colts.
Man of the Series - Shayraur
Best Batsman - Raymond Ramrattan
Best Bowler - Nimesh
Best Wicket-keeper - Sai Teja Mukkamalla
Man of the Match Awards:
Game 1 - Varun Narayan
Game 2 - Raymond Ramrattan
Game 3 - Pranu
Game 4 - Rohan Arvindh
Game 5 - Shayraur
Game 6 - Shayraur
Game 7 - Sai Teja
Final - Kaushal Patel