Month: August 2001

Issue #14 What cricket has and baseball doesn’t


August 20, 2001                                                                                              Issue #14

Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.

What cricket has and baseball doesn’t

For Hollywood star Robin Williams “cricket is like baseball played on valium.” Obviously, the die-hard cricket fans will not agree with Mrs. Doubtfire. But has anyone, especially those living in Japan, ever wondered what is the real difference between the baseball and cricket? Well, here it is on Rediff Cricket, a cricket news web site:

Kanto Cricket League

The league matches of this tournament have been completed and the KCL enters the knock-out stage from now.

An interesting statistics that has emerged is that the Indian Engineers have scored the highest aggregate runs – 950 runs for the loss of 50 wickets – in the league matches! Friends XI holds the second place with 937 for the loss of 45 wickets. However, they failed to make it to the semi-finals having finished third in Group A.

The Indian Engineers scored a landmark victory over the mighty Friends XI in a closely contested match played at the Fuji ground on July 29. This was Friend’s first defeat in the tournament in many years. Read the reports here

In Other matches over the weekend(August 18 and 19), Friends XI crushed the Adore to enter the semi-finals. After batting first, Friends XI captain Syed Amir declared their innings as closed, very unusual in a one day match, for 208/7 in the 28th over obviously knowing that the victory would be easy. They then bowled out Adore for 50 runs.

Another expected result was the victory of the Sri Lankan Lions over Wyverns. Wyverns were bowled out for 71 with Aanura Gunasinghe claiming 5 wickets. The Lions won the match by 5 wickets thus entering the semi-final.

In what was the last remaining match in Group B, the Tokyo Giants won the match against the YC&AC by 7 wickets. YC&AC 133. Giants 134/3. However, both the teams will enter semi-finals being the toppers in Group B.

Another upset of the sorts was the victory of MAX C.C over the fancied Tokyo Bay on Saturday. Tokyo Bay were all out for 85 in reply to MAX’s 167. With this defeat, both MAX and Tokyo Bay, who were expected to qualify for the play-off for the Division I were relegated to the Division II.

Semi Final Lineup
Friends XI Vs. Tokyo Giants (Sept. 2)
YC&AC Vs. Sri Lankan Lions (Sept. 9)
Play-off for Division I for 2002 line up
Shizuoka Kytes Vs. British Embassy (Sept. 16)
Indian Engineers Vs. Millennium (Oct. 6)

The losers of the play-off matches will play again(date is yet to be confirmed) to determine the winner who will enter the Division I as the seventh member, apart from the semi-finalists and the winners the play-off matches.

Points Table

Brief results of all matches are available here.

Japanese Cricketers to visit the UK

National squad and University cricketers from Japan will make a visit to England from 30 August to 8 September. The touring party will comprise 20 men and 12 women with each team playing four matches against various sides in and around London. Highlights of the tour will include a game against the Marylebone CC and a net session at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Pressing cricket bat willow – the process explained

The game of cricket involves a bat that is made of a soft material and a ball made of a hard material. The ball, although hard on the outside, is designed to change shape slightly on impact thus minimising damage to the bat. The bat is designed to withstand the pressure of the hard surface of the new ball.Read the details at Columns.


New Arrival:

Robert Bennett announces the formation of a new cricket club in Hiroshima city. Read report of their first game at:

Kytes acquire a new roller:

The Shizuoka Kytes acquired a new roller for their ground paid by the KCL Committee. See the picture and a brief comment by R-G Martineau.

Do you know who is known as the African Botham? Try to answer the quiz on our home page… Well, here is a clue. He is NOT from a Test playing country!

Umpiring course held

Special session for Umpiring was held by JCA on August 12th(Sun.) at the Fuji ground. The coach of umpiring was from VCA(Victoria Cricket Assosiation), Australia.

Reader’s Forum

It has been pointed out to me by one of our players (who read your Newsletter more carefully than I did!) that in your game against YCAC Sriram was actually out (not ‘technically not out’). Local rules apply even in professional cricket, and this was also agreed in advance by both captains.

Editor: We agree with you the fact that local rules apply even in professional cricket. But I’m not sure of the method of a dismissal other than those well known and documented methods. At least we don’t know of such instances. It is true that the captains agreed in advance of this mode dismissal at YC&AC but since this is not an approved mode of dismissal in professional cricket, we thought that Sriram may be technically not out.


(FG)Falcon Hunting

Engineers continue their dream ride

By Amit Chatterjee

A brilliant performance is what it can be called. Mind everyone – the hunted are now the hunters. The best way sportsmen speak is through their performance on the field. And did we speak!!!!!

For the record minded. The Edogawa Falcons were bowled out in under 20 overs for 121 and we made the runs with tons of overs to spare with 7 wickets in hand. The bowling was very aggressive and credit does go to Sheikh for trying to attack his way back. But, the sustained hostility of the opening spell of Ashok Sr. and Rahul saw 2 wickets fall for 39 runs in 4 overs – most of the runs being scored due to the adventurism of Sheikh. The first change bowlers Ashok Jr. and Rajat bowled tight and kept the pressure on by taking wickets. But the lack of Stamina did show up when both Rajat and Ashok Jr. were taken for runs in the last over of their first spell. The fielding supported the bowling well with a lightening quick stop by Bibhas and direct hits on the stumps by 3 others being the stand outs. One of them was contentiously not given out. So, at drinks, which was taken after 16 overs, Pakistan was 90 for 5 and firmly with their backs to the wall.

Post Drinks saw inspired bowling by Santosh when he bowled one hostile over. In a terrible mix up one Falcon who was playing well succumbed to good fielding by Bibhas who relayed the Ball to Sunil who kept his cool and relayed it to the bowler for a simple run out. It does reflect a lot on the mental toughness building up.

So, Ashok Sr. combined with Ashok Jr. to wipe out the tail.

One noticable point to improve on will be stamina. The bowlers need to be ablse to maintain accuracy for four overs at least.

The credits for the batting are shared equally amongst the top four batsmen, though Prasad’s shots and Sunil’s effective batting stands out. It was great to see that now we put premium on our wickets. The opening stand of 50 runs was marred with usual gripes of the losers against good umpiring. So, the couple of wickets to fall and 50 and 53 of Prasad and Bibhas was against the run of play and given away by the batsmen due to lack of stamina. Rajat joined Sunil and they carried on the good work with another half century partnership when Rajat got out to boredom at 110. Sanjeeb joined Sunil to carry the team through the home stretch to complete a most outstanding thulping of the Falcons.

I think the best summary of the our performance came from the Falcon’s captain Sheikh, “If you play like this then you should be the champions in Japan”.