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Montgomery College cricketers come up empty

A follow-up on an earlier story by Anny Shin:

The Montgomery College men's cricket team's quest to win a second American College Cricket championship ended this past weekend in the face of stiff competition from local schools. The MC squad came on strong in their first game, defeating George Washington University. They also beat Auburn. But the team lost to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. The MC cricketers still had a chance to win a spot in the semi-finals by beating George Mason University, but poor fielding did them in.

“We probably gave them about 20-30 runs just by dropping catches,” Sadiq Naseer, Montgomery College vice captain, told the cricket news site dreamcricket.com. “We should really not have dropped as many catches, but everyone has a bad day and that’s what we had.”

Things became tense and at one point in the match, MC players and supporters stormed the field.

UMBC was the only local team to make it to the final four. The ultimate winner was York University from Toronto, which won every game it played.

When asked about next year's tournament, Naseer told Dreamcricket.com: "We will try to come back. I'm not sure how many guys will still be in college that will be able to come but hopfully we will have a Montgomery College team next year also."

By Annys Shin  | March 22, 2010; 11:52 AM ET
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