MIT was crowned the 2014-2015 American College Cricket (ACC) league home and away champion in its first full season finishing with a 13-7 win-loss record. MIT finished ahead of local rivals Harvard in a league that comprised the likes of Boston University, Northeastern University, Dartmouth, Yale, and Princeton.
MIT resumed its American College Cricket (ACC) league campaign on Sept. 14 via back-to-back away games against Harvard University. In the previous semester, both teams had won a game each, with all to play for. Winning the toss, MIT elected to bowl first and immediately put Harvard under pressure.
Hurting from the losses against Harvard University, MIT were looking forward to imposing themselves on the Boston University (BU) Terriers on September 20. MIT fielding coach and talisman, Saad Shoukat ’15, had taken the losses seriously and put his charges through a grueling training session which turned out to be the difference between the teams.
MIT’s cricket team traveled to New Haven to take on Yale for the first time in their campaign this season. The conditions at New Haven were very different from conditions in the grounds that the team has gotten accustomed to. The prospects of a low-scoring game due to a wet outfield and slow, low pitch definitely dampened the spirits of the team. Winning a crucial toss, the Engineers decided to use the wet conditions to put pressure on the opposition, hoping the warm weather would bake the pitch and dry out the field by the time it was their turn to bat.
MIT’s cricket team locked horns with Babson College in an away game at Babson Park, Massachusetts on Sunday, April 27. Much was at stake for the Engineers, as a win would take them to pole position in the American College Cricket League. Overcast skies and a damp outfield welcomed MIT, on what appeared to be favorable conditions for bowling.