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Monday, October 17, 2005

The Rise and Fall of SCC

2002 - TCA Open Semi-Finalists (Lost to Acers)
2003 - TCA Open Semi-Finalists (Lost to Acers)
2004 - TCA Open Finalists (Lost to Panthers)
2005 - TCA Open Finalists (Lost to Bay Tigers)

SCC is a team of individuals who have a great passion for cricket. A team built around passion, discipline, determination, motivation and character. These folks have done lot of sacrifices over the last 4 years to build a formidable, respectable team that knows only one thing "FIGHT & Never give up". SCC's rise in TCA annals is a talk among all teams that play in the TCA and every SCC member is proud of that. There are teams in TCA that have achieved similar success but no team in TCA commands the same respect as SCC.
After a heartening loss to Panthers in 2004 Open Finals, SCC was determined to lay their hands on the "Blue Trophy" in 2005. Each year SCC has the privilege of getting to know new players and have made vital additions to their roster. Year 2006 saw two new faces in the team, Viral and Ahmed. Viral a stylish left hander who earned the opening slot this year. His batting has been a joy to watch. Ahmed was the other find of the season, right arm medium pace bowler. Ahmed has played in leather bowl leagues and he too quickly established himself as a strike bowler. The rise of SCC was not just in ranks but was also in the new players that joined.
Athletes always dream of a second chance. SCC got a third one in 2005 Semis by getting to play against Acers. With great determination and focus SCC overcame this challenge in great fashion. They defeated Acers by 25 runs thus ending their woes. SCC has risen by leaps and bounds in the past two years and along the way they have defeated top caliber teams in TCA. There have been nail biting finishes and SCC has always stood up. In the course of past two years SCC has defeated teams like Catalysters, Megastars, Yorkers, Islanders, San Ramon CC to name a few. Beating the Acers in the semis was a dream come true, a dream that every member has lived since they lost to them in 2003 semis. The rise of SCC was inevitable. Kudos!!!
Having just lived their dream SCC went into the finals of 2005 Open to realize another dream. There was no lack of motivation, determination or hunger to win. The finals were held in San Leandro, Pacific field 2. Having narrowly won their second round match against SRCC on the same field SCC camp knew what to expect from the pitch. SCC cheering camp was upbeat from the beginning of the match just as the players. TCA’s expansion in Bay Area has been tremendous and every year they seem to keep getting better. This year’s chief guest was the mayor of San Leandro city (Sheila Young). The ceremonial pitch was thrown by her and after all the hype and fan fare the match was underway.
Having won a tremendous game in semis, SCC opting to bat first lost their 9 batsmen with just 25 runs on board. The last pair of Ranjeet and Ahmed salvaged some pride by putting by 9 runs for the last wicket. 35 runs were never going to be enough against any team and fall of SCC was prolonged till the 12th over. The fellowship of the trophy that SCC has dreamt about came crumbling down with fall of batting. Any email on other TCA team group sums it up “Just see how meekly Saturday CC (35 All Out) surrendered to Bay Tigers”. This was not how SCC folks had thought how the Super Weekend will end.
The taste of defeat sucks. The sleepless nights with nightmares of finals will continue for a long time. Having won the greatest game in the history of SCC to suffering their worst loss, in the span of 24 hours feels like suffering a Tsunami. The rise took 2 years, fall just 2 hours.
SCC once again has to rise from ashes. The arithmetic sequence seems to be on their side 4 (semi), 4 (semi), 2 (finals), 2 (finals). 2006 has got to give them number one status. The Kings must return to power!!! The Jedi’s have to keep on fighting and overcome the dark side. SCC is the chosen one and it’s time will come.

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