Month: April 2009

Engineers kick-off their KCL campaign with a strong show

Skipper’s all round performance seals the match

 By Anurag Singh

     The engineers headed off to Shizuoka early morning to play their first game against Nagoya. With Bobby ‘Sobers’ (he has given up booze, believe me) behind the wheel, as expected, we reached the ground a good a good thirty minutes early. The Nagoyans had already laid down the pitch by then, and the venerable Robert-Gills Martineau, probably the only lively French human being on earth as the umpire for the game, was trimming the grass.  

     The weather was perfect for a nice cricket game and it did turn out to be a good one. Sanjeeb, the Chaser(?), won the toss and decided to field first, no surprises there. The captain gave the new ball to Vimal and Anurag. Vimal started the proceedings from the bridge end with his off spinners and got the opening batsmen trapped in front on his first legal delivery. He bowled with great accuracy and had batsmen in trouble all the while. He got another success after a couple of overs as he trapped the opposition team’s captain Saqib in front of the wicket. Anurag was denied a wicket because of a dropped catch in his first over but after that he produced no chances. He also bowled a few wides, although some of them were pretty harsh decisions, so the bowler says. After the first ten overs the captain threw the ball to Dinesh while he himself joined from the other end.

     They bowled great in tandem and kept troubling the batsmen every now and again. Both of them bowled with great accuracy, giving very few wides and asked a lot of questions. Sanjeeb soon got rid of both settled batsmen, Raja and Shehenshah. The latter was caught beautifully by Dinesh at first slip. After the drinks break the captain called back Vimal for the second spell and he responded by disturbing Ali’s timber with a beautiful flighted delivery. Dinesh also got into the act by getting rid of Gul and Butt. And later, Raju and Anurag cleared the tail by picking one wicket each, ensuring no comeback from the Nagoya batsmen unlike previous games. The Nagoyans were bundled out for 167 in 30 odd overs, with extras being the highest scorer at 46. There were a few dropped chances but the ground fielding was of pretty good quality. There were some very good diving efforts by Javed, Masood Jholi and Dinesh. Sobers was initially a bit rusty behind the stumps but changed back to his usual agile self later in the game. He managed to pull off a blinder off Dinesh’s bowling which, alas, was turned down by the umpire. All the other fielders did a good job too.

     Vimal and Viswa opened the batting for the engineers and were going slow and steady. Vimal looked in good touch as he played a spanking straight drive which almost took away RGM’s head with it. But he soon fell for a rash shot, scooping the ball in the gully region. Vijender walked in to replace him. Both the batsmen played some good shots but were unable to find gaps through the packed off side field. And they both fell in succession to some caught behind decisions, which left the engineers at 37 for 3. In walked Raju and Dinesh to replace them. Raju was his usual aggressive self as he hit a big six over over the long leg region, but soon fell to Hasrat trying to smack him over his head(too aggressive maybe).

     Dinesh on the other hand, played magnificently giving no chances to the opposition. He cracked a couple of spanking back foot drives through cover off Shaheen, their premier bowler. Hasrat picked up his 4th wicket in the form of Anurag who had a brief partnership with Dinesh and then 5th on the next ball as he trapped Javed in front of the wicket. In walked Sanjeeb, who along with Dinesh steadied the innings. Together, they piled up 47 runs for the 8th wicket. Dinesh’s wicket was probably the most dramatic and controversial one(believe me there were others). After defending the ball, he got out of the crease to pick up the ball and give it to the keeper, but the keeper purposely outran him and then threw the ball on the stumps, before he could get back. The Nagoyans started appealing and Vijender (Harish Chandra), the leg umpire, had no option but to raise his finger. The decision was correct but was it the correct sportsmanship? Jholi walked in after the whole drama and played sensibly along with Sanjeeb. They both played good shots, aggressive when necessary and took Engineers home.

    The chase may not have been convincing but still a win is a win. Great way to begin this years KCL campaign. P.S. If you don’t like the nicknames you got, I can think of some better ones 🙂

Brief scores: Nagoya 166(29.5 overs). Shahensha Hussain 34, V Vikrant 3/40, S Sahoo 3/28. IECC 169/8 (33 overs). S Sahoo 41*, Hasrat Ali 4/41.   Scorecard

 
 

Issue #95 Japanese season warms up

Newsletter


April 10, 2009                                                                                              Issue #95

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Japanese season warms up
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP News –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • Announcements
  • IECC Poll results
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the Month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Japanese season warms up

The Japanese season kicked off with friendly matches last month as clubs started preparing for various tournaments ahead of them. Rusty and lazy over winter months, except those who love snow sports, players took advantage of the warm weather in March to get back into the grove and some light exercises. One team even underwent a name change, probably not wanting to limit themselves to a small town. Ichihara Sharks, based in the Ichihara city of Chiba prefecture changed their name to Chiba Sharks. Their new homepage is accessible at http://www.chibasharks.com. Another team, Al Karam, who were rumored to be considering a name change a few months ago, apparently decided continue with the old name.

According to the reports we have here, the following friendly matches took place:
Tokyo Wombats defeated Tokyo Predators
Shizuoka Kytes defeated Paddy Foleys
Chiba Sharks defeated Tokyo Predators
Tokyo Predators defeated Paddy Foleys
Serendob defeated Indian Engineers

The KCL matches took off in the last week of March with Al Karam defeating Gunma and defending champions Tokyo Giants bulldozing Lalazar.

Alkaram: 197/10 in 36.2 overs. Gunma: 158/9 in 35.3 overs.
Lalazar: 156 in 31.4 overs. Tokyo Giants: C.C – 157/5 in 25.3 overs
Gunma: 137. Lalazar: 138/5

KCL results are available here

The Fine Print

During the rain break during final India-NZ Test a reader came with this trivia fact. “The first testicular guard was used in
cricket in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. It took 100 years for men to realise that the brain is also mportant!”
The species has to continue even if produces mad people. The priority is perfectly fine!
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Mark Greatbatch, the coach of Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor reckons Taylor’s power and his hitting technique could have come from Kilikiti, the Samoan version of cricket. Kilikiti is played with a heavy rubber ball and a long three-sided bat, which makes it difficult to predict
the direction of the hits. Taylor’s mother was from Samoa.

Comment: Some of our readers may recall that this Newsletter had run an article on Kilikit in our 43rd issue, http://www.ieccjapan.com/newsletter/newsletter43.htm, which was later used by Wikipidea as a reference.
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Niranjan Shah, who was India’s tour manager for the one-day series in New Zealand recently was labelled as a ‘travelling goon’ in the New Zealand media for the veiled threat he issued just before he left New Zealand against using anyone (and more likely Craig McMillan) who has something to do with ICL doing commentary in the India-New Zealand series.

Comment: Hard to disgree with the label.
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Umpire Steve Bucknor claimed that the BCCI used its financial might to sack him from the Perth Test in 2008.”I have survived for a long time. Had it not been for strong-willed people within the ICC, I might have been out due to negative reactions from certain quarters”, Bucknor said. “So, I was expecting these things to happen because on earth … there are some people who are more equal than others. Because they are more equal, they seem to have more say. And what they say, especially influenced by money, they seem to have their way. So, I’m not too surprised”, he said.

Comment: Mr. Bucknor should perhaps watch this on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R29I2Wh_XOg
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Australia’s latest batting sensation, opener Phil Hughes, prefers to be called Phillip rather than Phil in print. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, this seemed a bizarre request, given Hughes is unshaven, a fan of shorts and thongs, the son of a banana farmer, vertically challenged, and a country bumpkin to the bone.
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Hitting out at authorities for using cheerleaders in the cricket field to “seduce” crowds, a prominent Hindu political party leader said that the sanctity of cricket has been lost as the promoters have turned the field into a dance bar. “I am a lover of good sports and music. It is the secret of my cheerfulness. I have a special affinity towards cricket. But till now only cricket was played in the field. However, now things are changing with the bringing of cheergirls to seduce the crowd,” Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said. But now one does not know whether people are coming to watch the cricket or to see the cheergirls, he said adding it has degenerated cricket. Thackeray also questioned Maharashtra government’s reluctance to stop, the “naked dance” when farmers in parts of Maharashtra were committing suicides.
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Sachin Tendulkar is a god to millions of Indians who worship this sport but now his fans apparently have plans to turn him into a real Hindu god. Some of his fans in Delhi have hired artists to create icons of Tendulkar as the Hindu monkey god Hanuman but this Tendulkar god will be holding an MRF bat instead of the mace.
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The IPL is not just a money spinner for sponsors, players and franchises but also for Government which earned a whooping Rupees 910 million (US$20m) as income tax from first edition of the Twenty20 cricket tournament. The revenue was received by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) after it categorised the tournament under the ‘professional services’ in 2008.
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Disgraced former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin is rumoured to be standing for election in the upcoming parliamentary elections in India as a candidate of ruling Congress party. The reactions from the public were mixed with one calling him a thug and a man who disgraced cricket.
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Bruised and shaken by the terror attack in Pakistan, Sri Lankan cricketers are breathing easy after undergoing yoga and meditation taught by Indian spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Kumar Sangakkara, the dynamic and optimistic new captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, said that he felt relaxed and calm after just two sessions of the “Sudarshan Kriya” breathing. It was “a really pleasant experience”, the sports ministry quoted him as saying. “The Sri Lankan cricketers have now found a new direction to be relaxed, calm and still be dynamic and alert,” the ministry said. Vice Captain Muttiah Muralitharan said he felt “a new calmness” after learning the breathing technique, which Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living has taught to millions around the world.
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South African batsman Ashwell Prince was furious when he was told that his No. 5 position was taken by A. B. de Villiers and Prince will be asked to open the innings against the Aussies. Prince, who was appointed as captain, for the 3rd Test wanted to review the decision but Cricket South Africa quikly put an end to the problem by replacing Prince with Jacques Kallis as captain. The reason for his objection is rumoured to be that one of the openers will be dropped when actual captain Graeme Smith returns and in case Prince failed to score and the debutant Imraan Khan scored runs, Price would have to wait.

Comment: Prince scored 150 in the 1st innings. That is determination for you.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

No updates this month..

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of February 28:

Here is the list of the top 10 teams(last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Tokyo Giants (1)
2 Nagoya (2)
3 YC&AC (3)
4 Al Karam (4)
4 Wyverns (4)
5 Tokyo Wombats (5)
6 Millennium (6)
7 Adore (7)
8 Kansai Lions (8)
9 Indian Engineers (9)
10 Ichihara Sharks (10)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Announcements

Room to Read Fund raising event

Room to Read, a charity organisation working for the education of underprivileged children in the developing work, is organising a fund
raising event on Friday May 15 at the Academy Hills Library at the Roppongi Hills. This event is geared to raise finds for the organisation’s
chapter in Nepal. John Wood, the founder of Room to Read and Pushkar Shresta, the Country Director for Nepal will be attending the event.

http://www.roomtoread.org/involvement/events/2009/05_15_japan/invitation.html

You may recall that the the Indian Engineers cricket club became a sponsor of “Beers for Books”, a casual networking event that helps raise money for Room to Read. The idea behind the concept is a regular social networking event which will be held in a bar/restaurant in a casual setting. For every drink you order, the bar/restaurant will donate 100yen to Room to Read. One beer = 100yen = 1 local language book for a child in a developing country where Room to Read operates (Nepal, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Zambia). So all you have to do is to drink a beer!

We encourage our readers to attend the events to help promote literacy and education in developing countries. We will be publishing the event details in this Newsletter as well as on our website regularly.

Cricket Club Invitation

Gretchen McQueen from Australia writes:

My father has built a cricket ground just out of Melbourne, Australia, and shares the same passion for the game. I thought that if you
intended to ever tour Australia, that your club would really enjoy playing on the beautiful oval, that has turf wickets, set in the Australian
bush. If you are interested, the website with pictures and news is www.humeandhovell.com.au

They hold coaching camps for junior groups, social cricket games, and the ground is complete with white picket fence and club pavilion with Don Bradman signed bats and so much memorabilia. It is a cricket lovers dream. Contact me at Gretchen.McQueen@lion-nathan.com.au.

IECC Poll results

Here is the last poll result:

Can Australia reclaim its top spot any time soon?
Yes 67%
No 0%
Yes, but will take time 33%

Take the new poll:

Do you think the new T-20 in Japan that carries JPY100,000 as the prize a good idea?
Yes 96%
No 0%
May be 4%

Take the new poll:
India won the Test and ODI series in New Zealand because:
India is strong and emerging / New Zealand was young and inexperienced / This just a one-off success for India

Readers’ Corner

Editor** We encourage our readers to write back to us with your articles, opinion, feedback and criticism. Feel free to write about anything related to cricket, in Japan or outside.

Best of the Web

The Guardian of the U.K. says how BCCI and ECB who were hardly on speaking terms last year, except when it came to trading barbs and threats
are now throwing themselves face first into the deep end to host the IPL. Read here.

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“I love playing cricket in India, particularly one-day cricket. I’ll miss the crowd.” The 1.5 million dollar baby Andrew Flintoff on IPL being shifted out of India this year.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

1. Ranjith Singhji, after whom India’s top domestic competition, Ranji Trophy, is named, lost his right eye in a hunting accident in 1914.

2. Sunil Gavaskar’s only Test wicket was that of Pakista’s Zaheer Abbas when Abbas was dismissed on 96.

That’s all in this edition!