USACA Central East Region Regional Tournament August 7, 2008

Midwest wins Interleague tournament

Midwest Cricket Conference defeated the defending champions, International Cricket Management League, in the finals of the USACA Central East Region Regional tournament 2008, played at the Bloomer Park in Michigan.

By Cricinfo's unofficial estimate, the leagues at the tournament represented over 150 cricket clubs in the USA. This would make the tournament easily the largest in the country in 2008-- a testimony to the growth of cricket in the US heartland.

The Six Conferences/Leagues represented in the tournament were: 1. National Cricket League (NCL); 2. Directors' XI (DXI) ; 3. Midwest Cricket Conference (MCC) ; 4. Great Lakes Cricket Conference (GLCC) ; 5. International Cricket Management League (ICML) , and 6. American Cricket Conference (ACC).

The tournament was played in a round-robin unbalanced scheduling to complete two league games. The top two teams from the League stage, Midwest Cricket Conference and International Cricket Management League, qualified for the finals with undefeated records, and Midwest Cricket Conference won the grand finale to defeat the defending champions International Cricket Management League.

Here are the box scores for all the matches played in the tournament.

1. GLCC 235 for 9 (Shahzad Butt 95, Gautam Bala 37, Fahad Bin Aziz 3-20, Sunny 2-51) lost to ACC 236 for 7 (Mohit Saini 42, Mir Ali 25, Ashaar Mehdi 45, Kumar Devineni 2-43, Shahzad Butt 2-27) by three wickets

2. NCL 132 all out (Faisal Baig 44, Shahid Munir 2-27, Mohammed Bakshi 5-28, Asif 2-18 ) lost to MCC 134 for 2 (Kabir Hussain 112*)

3. ICML 260 all out (Razaak Malik Ahmed 68, Aamir Mustaq 32, Amber Abbas 57, Kumar Srinivasan 4-41, Mahesh Surya 3-36) beat Directors' XI 156 all out ( Ali Ahmed 42, Sumitkumar Jagani 27, Mirza Baig 2-22, Niel S 2-19, Amber Abbas 5-21) by 104 runs

4. ICML 240 for 7 (Razaaq Malik Ahmed 59, Aamir Mustaq 31, Farhan Syed 37, Wahaab Munir 29, Gautam 2-43, Mansab Butt 2-37) beat GLCC 103 all out (Shahzad Butt 29, Wahaab Munir 3 for 12, Asad Hussain 3 for 25, Razaaq Malik Ahmed 3-18) by 137 runs

5. DXI 96 all out (Rup Narayan 3-31, Talha Mohsin 3-28, Hassan Aktar 2-17 ) lost to NCL 97 for 4 (John Titus 26, Talah Mohsin 25*, Kumar Srinivasan 2-34) by six wickets

6. MCC 291 all out (Amit Kumar 85, Afroze Siddiqi 38, Shehzad Rasheed 48, Shahid Munir 28, Hashim Raza 2-54, Ashaar Medhi 2-36, Talha Zamir 2-33, Mir Ali 3-34) beat ACC 153 all out (Ashaar Medhi 42, Raheel Akthar 2-39, Mohammed Asif 4-33, Mohammed Bakshi 2-37)

GRAND FINALE MCC 257 all out in 48.1 overs (Mohammed Bakshi 38, Amit Kumar 36, Afroz Siddiqi 72, Sohail Mohiuddin 7-53) beat ICML 65 all out (Raheel Akthar 2-28, Mohammed Yousuf 5-6) by 192 runs.

Deb K Das is Cricinfo's correspondent in the USA