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Portrait of Sheshu Shenoy
8 Feb 2016

Welcome to CricBay 2015 Fall Open Finale

Dear CricBay,

It's that time of the year again. The culmination of  everything we have done and worked so hard for this whole season. The grand finale is here and it is time to celebrate the eight teams who have managed to stay alive in a hyper competitive and brutal of a RR2. The rains and washed out weekends made it even more brutal and like they say, toughest ones have made it to the finals. 

Chennai, those perennial hot favorites are going to appear in the Platinum finals for the second time. So Are the super exciting boys from Sahara. Gentlemen we have a repeat of the 2015 Regular Season Finals. Incredible talent of Chennai fueled by the smartest Cricket brain of Sir. Singampalli, ever miserly Wilson bowling overs after overs, years of big game experience will ensure these guys are a treat to watch.

Not much needs to be mentioned about Sahara.. They are by far one of the most exciting teams we have had in a while. Their supremely talented, fast and furious bowlers led by Tariq combined with batsmen with devil-may-care attitude lead by Badar Munir, Hamid Khan, add a fantastic Wicket keeper to the mix and they will be the perfect match for Chennai. With Sayed Zia back in full flow, We will probably get one of the finest Platinum finals especially considering they have their best team available for the finals.

Syndicate CC have been a loyal CricBay team since March of 2006 and will play their First ever finals in any division and they start their quest with Gold finals. They will face talented United CC who are also playing their first Gold finals (bu their third CricBay final). Arjun Bhatia has been in sizzling form with batting and bowling numbers to back it up (and first entry into CricBay Allstar team) ably supported by a bunch of batsmen. Any team that has Virag Parekh and Sagar Nataraj can never be taken lightly. On the other hand, Syndicate CC are led inform Sudeep and Venkatesh Satrawada who had lead their batting charts, have taken tons of wickets between them and are the Captain and VC of the team. Looking at the stats. both teams boast no super stars but 11 able players who have the ability and confidence to "win the game as a team" without depending on any one. I would count on super over during the Gold finals :-)

Top Guns will play their Second Silver finals  (They won the first one they played) . They will face Steelers (who had to beat the mighty Extreme XI) will play their first CricBay finals in the very first year of their entry into CricBay. Steelers have been a revelation this season, had to beat some of the toughest teams to get here but will now have to get past Abhinav Bobba and the super talented Top Guns.. This is going to be another nail-biter of a winners-take-all game.

Seamers will  will fight it out with Phoenix for Bronze trophy.. This could very well have been a platinum or gold game  and that should tell you the talent these two teams possess.

It goes without saying, 8 of the very best teams from their divisions have worked hard, focussed throughout a highly competetive season, managed to survie rained out weekend, stayed consistent and reached their pinnacle.

As always, we will have a good lunch catered by Swagat..

Excited Yet? 

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Portrait of Sheshu Shenoy
7 Feb 2016

2015 CricBay Fall Open AllStars

We have been lucky enough to finish all the play off games without delays, and finals seems to be on track too.. While we will miss out on the all star game, We can not ignore the performances of so many players, who worked hard to get their teams through, whether it was bowling/batting/fielding/keeping (in some cases, doing all of them and leading the teams).. and hence here is the 2015 CricBay Fall Open All Star list.. I will let you guys discuss and decide the two "possible" teams and who should Captain it :-)

Congratulations to all the players .. we will ensure your profile shows an all star badge and you will get an award during the finals next Saturday (13th Feb, 2016)

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Portrait of Sheshu Shenoy
7 Feb 2016

2015 CricBay Fall Open MVP

This has been a crazy season with many games getting washed out.. teams and some of the players missing out on having a good game.. and on top of that, we don't consider numbers of play off games for stats..

and yet, a bunch of players did very very well.. whether it was batitng, bowling, fielding, winning games on their own, influencing their teams to get better, or being consistent..

There are many who did great.. My personal favorites were Arvind Muthukrishnan and Srinivas Singampalli who have had eye popping bowling figures, catches, MOms and good batting numbers as well..Gangasani Karthik scored a lot of runs..

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Portrait of Mohan Rao
24 Jan 2016

2015 Fall Open - Ranking after RR2 and Playoffs Teams

2015 CricBay Fall Open - Ranking after end of  RR2  And Playoff Teams. Here is the ranking after RR2 and teams qualifed for playoffs .

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Portrait of Sheshu Shenoy
24 Dec 2015

CricBay 2015 The Number Game

This is a bird’s eye view of (approximately) what happened in 2015. Note that I tried my best to look at numbers for the Calendar year (games that happened between January 1, 2015 and December 12, 2015). I am not guaranteeing that this is 100% accurate, but it should be pretty pretty close enough.  

      • 1409 – That’s the number of NEW players registered in 2015 ! you to get an idea where we have reached.
      • Total number of games played: 1575 (including those that were abandoned)
      • Total Number of Runs Scored: 172974
      • Total number of Wickets taken: 20662
      • Total Number of extras: 25000+

I would love to the community discuss about who was the best Captain, the "MVP" (pick 3 if you like),  and the top 24 (let's call it the AllStar 2015). I have a tiny list (with numbers to back up, but what's the fun without everyone participating)

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Portrait of Mohan Rao
19 Dec 2015

CricBay Test Matches: Another way to give back

CricBay has always made it a priority to support charitable causes related to education, healthcare to the needy, hunger and during times of natural disasters.

Given that there was lot of interest in having practice games during long weekends (when there are no scheduled games), we started organizing test matches over the long weekends. Everybody from CricBay was invited to play. We used that as an opportunity to raise money towards charities and also had fun during this process - playing the game in a format we all dreamt of playing as children. These games while not as competitive as CricBay games, there were quite competitive.

At the end of the year we tabulate all the money raised (minus the expenses) and donate it to local charities in the SF Bay Area community.

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Portrait of Sheshu Shenoy
30 Nov 2014

CricBay Holiday Cup 2015

CricBay is a membership-based organization with over 4000 active members being part of the 100+ teams. Right from its humble beginnings, CricBay has always made it a priority to support charitable causes related to education, healthcare to the needy, hunger and during times of natural disasters. Over the years we have also partnered with charity organizations like BATA, Sankara Eye Foundation, Vibha to support their events to raise money towards the causes.

Couple of years ago, we decided to amplify our efforts and conduct our own tournament. In 2013, We organized a short tournament wherein 160 of our members participated to raise money for the local food banks. Over a weekend, we raised upwards of $10000 dollars and fed 20,000 people who would have otherwise gone hungry. Last year, we turned this into an annual rolling trophy - CricBay Holiday Cup with the goal of supporting the local charities in the SF Bay Area community.

We expect large majority of the CricBay teams and members to participate and contribute towards raising larger amount of money thereby make a larger impact in the society around us.

Check the important update below about the CricBay Holiday Cup 2015 Edition

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22 Nov 2015

Food for thought, safety in cricket.

Sharing my recent experience on the cricket field.

I have played in CricBay league for few seasons now.  It was just another day at business when I came to batting on the field for my team this weekend. 
I got a single after few deliveries to get off the strike. I was on strike again in next over, did not know what was coming. In my effort to hook a short pitched delivery, I was hit by a bouncing ball on the right eye.  The ball speed was not particularly high, coming from a medium pacer. However the impact was pretty strong, i landed on my knees immidiately. 
I felt dizzy for a minute before I came back to my senses. I was in severe pain and decided to retire hurt. It was an unfortunate incident and no hard feelings.
My team, opposition and umpires were kind and offered all the help. I was able to open my hurt eye after a while with some efforts and was relieved that I could see alright. No visible bruises. Fortunately, I had closed my eye before I took the hit, otherwise I was in for some serious trouble.

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Portrait of Mohan Rao
9 Nov 2015

2015 Fall Open RR1 Finals Rankings and RR 2 Groups

We have completed the Round Robin 1 stage and we are entering the Round Robin 2 stage of 2015 Fall Open Tournament.

Please review the final ranking after RR1 and groups for RR2- 2015 CricBay Fall Open season.

Note: Bronze -Division has 8 groups and one top team from each group will make it to quarter-finals.

Please let us know if you find any mistakes or if you have any questions by filing a ticket for CoLa (Ticket type: CoLa General Query)

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Portrait of Manish Nadkarni
4 Nov 2015

2015 Fall Open Round Robin 1- Final Week Round Up

15 teams have booked their berth for the coveted CricBay Platinum group. Some have confirmed their Gold berth too.
Still a few teams have a shot at those remaining 9 spots. I am sure, every team mgmt has worked the numbers, to see how they face their opponent.

With one more weekend to go, Here is the break down and different scenarios. If I missed any, please correct it.

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2015 CricBay Fall Open - Round Robin 2

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