American College Cricket Spring Break Championship Day Two Roundup: USC, UMBC, Auburn and MCC impress

USC bounced back after an opening day loss to notch two wins on day two of the American College Cricket Spring Break Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In the first of six matches played on the artificial wickets outside the stadium at Central Broward Regional Park on Thursday, USC dominated South Florida to complete a 41-run win after South Florida produced a horrid display in the field. Rishabh Nanda top scored for USC with 36 in their total of 157 for 6 in 20 overs. Nanda survived two dropped chances as well as two missed stumpings in his innings to capitalize for USC, who earned a bonus point for reaching 150 in their innings. Right arm medium pacer Jeet Poonater then took four wickets to keep South Florida pinned down.

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In a somewhat controversial affair, Boston University lost by four wickets with two balls to spare against NYU-Poly. All three matches played on Central Broward Regional Park field two were done without an official scorer as the designated scorer for the field failed to show up. As a result, the teams scored the match themselves and a dispute resulted with BU in the field as they did not agree with how NYU-Poly was scoring their chase of 124. There were no disputes in the two games that George Mason played on the field against UMBC and Auburn, but that was not the case between BU and NYU-Poly.

“The first thing is you should not ask us to score when our team is batting. That’s not fair in a tournament because there is a bias already in there,” said BU player Bhupi Nagpure. “Second thing is, when you are asked, you should have a third neutral party who should be keeping score.”

“The real issue here is that the entire integrity, everything about this tournament and what it’s supposed to be about is just completely broken because you’ve got two teams keeping track of their own score and you can’t take anything seriously,” said BU player Vidit Munshi. “It’s like a pickup hoops game pretty much.”

NYU-Poly captain and Atlantic Region senior player Adrian Gordon felt his team scored fairly, but said that he was not really comfortable even starting the match without a neutral scorer.

“I hope we have a good scorer next time,” said Gordon. “I hope that he doesn’t depend on us to score so I hope we have an official scorer.”