August 20, 2018

Record Breaking Performance By Ellicott City 11U Girls Team Player in SAC League

Even though they lost yesterday to an excellent Future Stars School of Cricket (FSSC) squad in the summer Save-A-Child (SAC) league, the Ellicott City girls cricket team saw a record-breaking performance by leg-spinner Arna Gumgol. Arna ended with a total of seven wickets for 16 runs in four overs. The seven wickets are the most any bowler has ever taken in a sanctioned Maryland junior league match.

During the game, Arna held an accurate line and length and gave the ball good flight. The spin of the ball imparted an extra bounce that deceived the batters into thinking that the ball was easy to hit. The batters went for the big hit and popped up the ball instead, giving easy catches to the fielders. Arna is just 9 years old and will be entering 4th grade at Heather Hills Elementary School in Bowie this fall.

Ellicott City wicketkeeper/batsman Aditi Garg, who attends attends Ellicott Mills Middle School, also played well, taking two catches off Arna’s bowling. The safe hands of Perryonna Hamilton also took two catches with Sana Sanwal and Anika Kumar took one each, all off Arna's bowling.

This summer, the Ellicott City girls cricket team is currently playing at the 11U level in the SAC league, which is being conducted by the Maryland Thunder Youth Cricket Club. The SAC league has eight 11U teams, five 13U teams and eight 16U teams. The other seven teams at the 11U level primarily consist of boys. Since most of the girls are new to cricket, girls up to 13 years old are allowed to play at the 11U age group.

The Ellicott City girls team comprises players from the Ellicott City area including Clarksville, and players from the Bowie area. The girls have been showing steady progress under the tutelage of Coaches Soumya, Sreedhar, and Makesh in Ellicott City. Coach Ashwin Gumgol and Coach Preeti Gumgol have been providing guidance to the Bowie girls. Last week the girls had their first win in the league, and this certainly boosted their confidence. Coach Soumya said, “The best part is the amazing overall improvement of the team in all departments of the game.”

FSSC’s top scorer was Vijay Mahimtura with 28 runs including 3 sixes and 2 fours. Vijay attended Greenbriar West Elementary School in Chantilly and previously played for the Chantilly 11U team in the spring MYCA league. Vijay was looking to get his first 50 runs in a game. But he was tempted to hit Arna’s loopy leg-spin and stepped out of his crease. He missed the ball and was quickly stumped by Aditi. The next highest scores were 14 runs from Zayaan Mallick from Poplar Tree Elementary School and 9 runs from Aum Patel from Greenbriar West Elementary School. Zayaan and Aum also played for Chantilly 11U before joining FSSC, and both are excellent, hard-hitting batsmen, but yesterday both fell victim to the leg-spin bowling of "Awesome Arna."

FSSC scored a total of 107 all out in 15 overs. The other 3 wickets were taken by Sana Sanwal, Anika Kumar, and Arushi Acharya.

Aditi and Nishka Kumar opened the batting for Ellicott City. Aditi scored a game high of 29 runs including three fours. Thus far, Aditi has a total of 47 runs, which is the 6th highest of the 126 players at the 11U level. And to think that two years ago, Aditi did not know much about cricket. She learned to play in the middle school league while playing for the team at EMMS. Aditi’s mom and team scorer, Shipra Garg, strongly encouraged Aditi to play cricket. Now, Aditi is one of the top girls players in Maryland.

Aditi was eventually bowled by Siddarth Penmetsa, who took 3 wickets for FSSC. Arna scored 6 runs including 1 four, and Kasturi Vedantham scored 4 runs. Ellicott City ended with 71 runs in their allotted 16 overs.

Arna Gumgol and Aditi Garg were the match MVP for the Ellicott City girls team, and Vijay Mahimtura was the match MVP for FSSC. 


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