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Supernovas Champions beat Fooglies to lift the cup!!

One of the most anticipated cricketing event in the calendar of US Cricket, the IPL Style Matrix NCCA-T20 2012 was held in great style in Santa Clara, California. The tournament saw 6 teams with 84 players and 9 matches playing at one single venue.
celebrating cricket The four semi-finalists were Cloudalyze Spinners (2011 Winners), Fooglies, Supernovas and CSZ Titans. Fooglies beat Spinners in the first semi-finals. The second semi-finals witnessed one of the best T20 games ever witnessed by Bay Area. Titans set a score of 190 to win in 20 overs, thanks to a magnificent innings by young Vatandeep, whose 50 in 19 balls, helped titans accelerate the scoring rate well above 9 per over. But Supernovas came back very strongly, thanks to the powerful innings of 95 runs from Team US cricketer Naseer Islam who made his fifty in 21 balls, and then raised the tempo hitting a flurry of sixers and making the target look smaller, Supernovas won with more than 2 overs to spare.
The final game was played between Supernovas and Fooglies. Fooglies scored 135 and Supernovas chased it down comfortably. Supernovas was led by young Pranay Suri (the US U19 player) and Fooglies was lead by Arjun Thyagarajan.
Sunil Kumar, thanked the Honorable Mayor, for presiding over the function and giving away the awards. He appealed to all stakeholders including the City, Sponsors, Media and well wishers seeking their support to help NCCA find a dedicated facility/park for NCCA to practice and play its games, especially for its Youth and Women whose unique Training Program to be held across Bay Area was launched at the occassion. He specifically requested the help of print & electronic media to help spread the awareness of this game to the larger community and offered to support and work with anybody willing to take the lead. “We have been around for over 120 years and I feel it’s the right time for us to reach out to the larger community and create awareness and interest among the sport loving Youth, Women and Men who are willing to practice and play the sport. Media & Sponsors play a great role in achieving our goals” ncca
Honorable Mayor of Santa Clara Mr. Jamie Matthews presided over the function and gave away the awards. Speaking to the spectators and supporters who had gathered in great numbers, Mayor congratulated the winning team and appreciated the efforts of NCCA under the leadership of Mr. Sunil Kumar, President NCCA and mentioned he was extremely delighted to see the professional manner in which the tournament was conducted. With Mr. Jamie Mathew during the awards ceremony was Dr.
Mohammed Nadeem who is running for the City Council in Santa Clara. Mayor was kind enough to thank the family of Sunil Kumar who had volunteered for three days to support the tournament.
Sunny Sethi, Owner Matrix Insurance Agency was thrilled beyond limits seeing the response to the tournament and felt that Matrix made the right choice to continue its partnership with NCCA, which as per him is a great vehicle for branding. He thanked all those who were at the ground and also those who watched the game live over web stream through TVU networks exclusive streaming arrangement. He quoted that “the excitement of the game he was watching live prompted him to jump from the seat and rush to the ground with his friends so as he can catch the action at the ground. I loved NCCA coining the Matrix Maximum for 6’s and Matrix Boundary for 4’s”. Thanks to TVU Networks backpack which enabled high quality streaming possible.

The Matrix NCCA –T20 2012 Cup was presented to the winning team by the Mayor. Best Batsman of the tournament was received by Vatandeep, the award was presented to him by Mr. Ravi Kapur, CEO & Founder of DiyaTV, the exclusive media sponsor for the event. Speaking during the occasion, Ms. Deepti Dawar, COO of DiyaTV mentioned that DiyaTV will be featuring a one hour exclusive SPOTLIGHT on this tournament. The Best Bowler Award was given to Kuldeep Singh, the award presented by Mr. Umakant Uppalapati, Partner at Dosa N’ Biryani, official caterers for the tournament. Mr. Vinay Parachuri, Partner at Dosa N’ Biryani mentioned that they took their partnership with NCCA to a different level and have now renamed their Bar to DB Pavillion and invited everybody to “come taste success”. Similar sentiments were shared by Kishore Kumar, Scopus Consulting, the IT Sponsor for the event, NCCA had coined “Scopus Catch IT” for the best catches. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Ranga Broker, Realtor were other sponsors who shared similar views.

Mr. Jagat Jeet Singh, CEO & President of Smart Converged Solution requested the Mayor to present their state of the art G-Pad Geet-1 to the Most Valuable Player Award. MVP for the tournament was Naseer Islam a former Team USA player.

NCCA also felicitated all their sponsors, the Mayor Mr. Jamie Matthews gave away special mementoes to all sponsors who had arrived to watch the finals and be part of the awards ceremony.

The most emotional part of the evening was Owen Graham (OG) who had been the coach for NCCA for a decades and who is currently undergoing chemotherapy, being invited to the stage and being felicitated. Speaking to the audience Mr. Sunil Kumar, President NCCA & Commissioner NCCA-T20 2012, thanked OG and requested all those who have been coached by OG to raise their hands. It was a sea of hands and the guest were moved by the love showered by NCCA to their beloved Coach OG. NCCA also offered financial assistance to OG and requested volunteers and well wishers to continue to support the cause of his treatment. Sunil also thanked Sujesh Pulikkal, Secretary of NCCA-T20 and Coach NCCA Senior Men’s Team, all the team owners and the NCCA-Board of Directors and NCCA Executives whose support was unwavering through all the phases of the tournament.

In all the three days provided a great exhibition of outstanding talents who had travelled from across the country to be part of this prestigious tournament. This tournament which is styled like IPL has no found itself a great acceptance and audience globally. Players were provided world-class dri-fit uniform
made out of the best fabric to ensure they stay fresh and fit at all times. The games were played in one of the best grounds in Bay Area. Highly qualified umpired who have passed the WICB tests had officiated the games. Live streaming was used for live streaming. Exclusive media sponsorship was awarded. “This concept is here to stay” said Mr. Sunil Kumar, “in future, we have plans to attract the best, not only from across US, but from all over the globe. As the commissioner of this tournament, I will conclude by saying “we lived our dream”, that was just the beginning, we are now dreaming bigger and with support from media, well wishers and our sponsors, we will once again live up to our reputation of providing Quality Cricket and developing this sport and taking it to every home!!

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