September 17, 2018

11 Year-Old Claims 5 Wickets and a Hat Trick In SAC League

Last month, it was Maryland Thunder "young guns" day, as Maryland Thunder gained a much needed win against GKCC in the Save-A-Child (SAC) league, continuing their winning streak in recent tournaments. Maryland Thunder’s Neel Vyas, an 11 year-old spin bowler, took a hat-trick in his haul of 5 wickets. In batting, it was Shaunake Marathe who continued to hold one end rotating the strike and hitting loose balls, allowing Maryland Thunder to overcome GKCC total of 105.

Neel Vyas has been actively playing 16U cricket since he was eight years old and now at the age of 11 has gradually developed as a specialist spin bowler.  Lately he has been trying his hands on leg spin as well.  A very shy and quiet child, trying to follow in his cricketing father Jatin Vyas’s footsteps, Neel has come a long way to secure his place in the side.  He has been a “go to” guy whenever Thunder is looking for wicket. At one stage in the season, he was feeling discouraged that he was playing in his appropriate age group, as he was convinced that he could play at the 16U age group. He has gained a lot of confidence after this match and Maryland Thunder is very proud of him and expecting him scale greater heights in his cricketing career.

On August 26 against GKCC, at the 10 overs stage, GKCC was comfortably placed at 53/2 in 10 overs and were ready for a final assault to score at high pace.  Well, at the same time Maryland Thunder had different plan. After the drinks break, Captain Ohm passed on the ball to Neel. Neel frustrated Tanuj and Arjun with accurate line and length and couple of outside off stump deliveries. Out of frustration Arjun tried to hit Neel on 4th ball and was caught by Ohm at point while chasing an off-side ball.  In the 13thover Neel again got Tanuj caught at mid-wicket by Vikas Patel.

In the innings 15th over, Neel did wonders for Maryland Thunder. He bowled full length flighted deliveries to Aryan and Abhinav getting them clean bowled.  Thereafter Teja failed to understand Neel’s leg spin and was trapped in the front for LBW. In the process Neel became the 1st bowler from Maryland Thunder claiming a hat-trick as well as a five-wicket haul.

Thanks to Neel’s magnificent efforts GKCC was all out of 105 in 17th over, which Maryland Thunder overtook in 18 overs with four wickets in hand.

Congratulations, Neel!


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