Southern California Cricket Association Retains California Cup

Van Nuys, CA: The 2006 California Cup, hosted by Southern California Cricket Association, was played on Easter weekend (April 14 - 16, 2006) at Woodley Cricket Fields in Van Nuys, California.
This year’s format featured four talented teams representing four regions: North Texas Cricket League, North West Cricket League, Northern California Cricket Association, and Southern California Cricket Association. The tournament originally scheduled over three days was cut short by one day due to heavy rain on Friday (April 14th). Consequently, each team played two matches, and the team with most points after two games was crowned champions.
SCCA, winners in 2005, recorded two comfortable and impressive wins to retain the trophy.
SCCA lead by the batting of Captain Aditya Thyagarajan and the bowling of former West Indian international Franklin Rose proved too much for the competition. Aditya scored an impressive 95 and 62 in two games, while Rose blew away the opposition with some hostile pace bowling capturing 6 wickets in 2 matches. SCCA stars Rashid Zia, Abishek Powar, and Sandeep Patel provided excellent support throughout the tournament.
Former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, Rashid Latif, who is on a month-long fund-raising trip on behalf of Islamic Relief (earthquake fund) took time out of his busy schedule to visit Woodley and watch the SCCA stars in action. Rashid met with SCCA officials and the SCCA team, including fellow international and one time Scotland teammate Franklin Rose. Rashid congratulated the SCCA on establishing a strong cricket base and encouraged the cricketers to continue their efforts in promoting the sport in the US.
SCCA President, Mr. Veman Reddy presented Rashid with a plaque commemorating his first visit to Woodley, and also presented the SCCA team the winners trophy.
Aditya Thyagarajan was declared man of the tournament for his outstanding performance with the bat.
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