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USA Tigers Lift AGCC Inaugural Spring T20 Carnival 2012

AGCC Inaugural Spring T20 Carnival 2012 was won by the USA Tigers who beat Cric Depot Atlanta with a comfortable margin of 62 runs on March 25. The carnival was played at McNair School ground, Atlanta. Suren Gundavaram, President - Atlanta Georgia Cricket Conference addressed the gathering and Viral Pandya who played a vital role in organizing a very successful tournament thanked the chief guest of the evening, Assistant Consulate General of India, Ashok Kumar.

This is the first time a competitive cricket event of this size with prize money has taken place in Atlanta. Altogether six teams participated in the tournament. They came from all over USA. The tournament was played on league basics, giving all the teams a fair chance to qualify for the grand finale final.

The tournament started on Saturday, with six matches played. The USA Tigers won both of their matches, Cricdepot lost one and won one of its matches, Future Tech lost one and won one of its matches, Atlanta Hurricanes lost one and won one of its matches, Mississippi lost both of their games and DJ XI lost one and won one of its matches. 
Three matches were played on Sunday morning and USA Tigers was the first team to qualify for the finals after a tie match with Future Tech and the match was decided on a super over which US Tigers won.

Cricdepot and DJ Eleven were tied on number of matches win and CricDepot made it to the finals on the run rate basis. 

In the finals, CricDepot won the toss and elected to field. USA Tigers started the innings by losing two quick wickets, but thanks to Timil Patel and Ravi Timberwala, who did exceptionally well, played some calculated shots and placed the ball between the fielders and batted through almost to the end of the innings with a solid knock of 60 and 56 runs respectively. 

Timil who played competitive cricket in Gujarat, played a sensible knock and guided the team to a formidable total of 197 for 7 in allotted 20 overs. He was ably supported by other batsman Ravi Timberwala who was aggressive at times contributed and well to the team score. R. Fletcher and Redwood got 2 wickets each for Cric Depot. 

Cric Depot started their innings with a definite plan getting runs at ease and per calculation. Once they started losing wickets at regular intervals, they fell behind on run rate and achieving the target of 197 runs was history. It was not until Redwood who came at the fall of Khasif Rana, who scored 22 runs, that Redwood, who sends the first 2 ball of his first over from Timil patel, leg spinner, for two consecutive sixes over mid-on. He got settled and after 2 over he hit left arm spinner Minal from the other end for two towering sixes. It looked like Cric Depot was in the game to chase their target. To every oneís surprise Redwood fell in the 13th over, playing an un-wanted shot and got out when the team score was 121 runs and the match was pretty much over. CricDepot were all out for 135 runs in 20 overs. Timil Patel 3 for 26, Sai 3 for 18 and Minal 2 for 36 were the successful bowlers for US Tigers. 

The guest of the evening, Assistant Consulate General of India, Ashok Kumar gave away the Winnerís trophy and cash award of $4000 to US Tigers. Praful Patel, former AGCC President gave away the runner up trophy and cash award of $2000 to Cric Depot Atlanta. Several individual prizes were given by the sponsors.

Timil Patel received the MVP of the Tournament award of $200 and a trophy from Anup Patel and Timil also received the Man of the Match award (Finals) of $150.00 from John Patel. Tulaib Faizy of Atlanta Hurricanes received the award for maximum number of sixes in the tournament. 

Score Card:

Date: March 25th 2012
Finals: US Tigers Vs Cric Depot Atlanta 

Cric Depot Won the toss and elected to field.

US Tigers 
197 /7 in 20 Overs (Japen Patel 15, Ravi Timberwala 56, Timil Patel 60, Nakul Patel 25, R Fletcher 2/28, Redwood 2/41)

Cric Depot Atlanta 
135/10 in 20 Overs (D Morgan 20, Khasif Rana 22, Redwood 45, Timil Patel 3/26, Sai 3/18, Minal 2/36)

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