Heavy rain on Friday afternoon brought anxiety to the NATA Prime Cup organizers, and some uncertainty about the ground condition for the weekend’s tournament. The rain subsided by evening, and the weather was favorable for two days of exciting youth cricket.
Two turf wickets were prepared at the beautiful Foothill Ranch Community Park, and by 8.00 AM all teams were on the field ready for action.
March 12 Match Report
8.00 AM – 11.00 AM
On field # 1 Cricket for Cubs from Northern California won the toss and elected to bat on a slow pitch. Although SDCCYA Bolts got two quick wickets, Cricket for Cubs steadied the innings with 50 runs in the second wicket partnership.
Cricket for Cubs posted a challenging 127 runs on the scoreboard. SDCCYA did not offer much resistance, wrapping up the innings for 93 runs.
On field # 2 home team SCYCA Cougars took on the Bay Area’s CZA Spartans. CZA batted sensibly, with an excellent finish by the middle order, reaching a very good score of 150 at the end of the innings. SCYCA Cougars were outplayed by CZA and were all out in 17.5 overs.
11.30 AM – 2.30 PM
A Northern California battle between the CCA Falcons and Cricket for Cubs played out on field one. The Falcons won the toss and elected to bat. They were restricted by very good bowling from Cricket for Cubs, posting 89 runs. The Cubs reached the target in 13.4 overs, losing only 5 wickets.
On Field #2 the CCA Centurions won the toss and elected to bat first on a good batting wicket. An outstanding performance by the top of the order posted the tournament-high innings total of 201 runs. The highlight was Vod Patel’s 102 runs in 54 balls. SCYCA Cougars were unable to control the innings, going all out for 55 runs in 16 overs.
2.45 PM – 5.45 PM
The SDCCA Bolts moved to field #1 to take on the CCA Falcons in a must-win games for both teams. The Falcons won the toss and elected to bowl. They bowled very tight line and length, so runs were hard to come by. The Bolts were bundled up for just 18 runs under pressure. The Falcons scored the required runs in 4.4 overs.
On field #2 the CZA Spartans won the toss and elected to bat. They managed to score just 66 runs against accurate bowling from the CCA Centurions. The Centurions reached the winning target comfortably in 10.4 overs.
March 13 Match Report
Semifinals 9.00 AM – 12.00 NOON
Field # 1 – CZA Spartans v. Cricket for Cubs
Spartans won the toss elected to bowl. The Cubs’ top order batted sensibly, but a middle order collapse meant they could not capitalize on the strong start, resulting in only 89 runs after 20 overs. Cricket for Cubs recovered with solid bowling and fielding. The CZA Spartans lost wickets at regular intervals, posting 29 runs for 7 wickets at the seventh over. Two good partnerships got them close to the target, but with the fall of last wicket at 87 runs, CZA lost its hopes for the finals.
Field # 2 – CCA Centurions v. CC Falcons
Fans expected a great game from two equally balanced teams. The CCA Falcons won the toss and elected to bat. Bowling was tight, limiting runs. The Centurion batsmen stuck with the basics, playing the balls on merit and punishing the odd lose ball. Falcons held danger man Vod Patel to 8 runs, giving them some hope of winning. The Centurions posted 104 at the end of the innings. The Falcons’ top order batted well against an accurate bowling attack, but the middle order could not hold to finish the match on winning note.
Finals – 1.00 PM – 4.00 PM
Field # 1 – CCA Centurions v. Cricket for Clubs
CCA Centurions won the toss and elected to bat on a good batting wicket. The top order fired from the start, setting up a commanding score of 187 runs in 20 overs. Cricket for Cubs tried hard but could not keep up with the required run rate, surrendering for 85 runs in 17.3 overs.
The NATA Prime Cup offered a lively cricket festival where players, parents, and supporters enjoyed two days of good cricket. The presentation ceremony was held at 4.30 PM, ending a great event organized by the North America Telugu Association in collaboration with the Sothern California Youth Cricket Academy. The NATA Prime Cup will be an annual event, with organizers planning to scale up based on the 2015 tournament success.