Month: July 2011

Crucial Friendly won against Tigers

Yes, crucial was the one word that described the ‘Friendly’ match on the 31st of July.
 
Match report by Kunal
 
     After losing to them in the previous 3 encounters, it was time for the redemption of the pride we take in being the IECC. With the weather Gods again threatening to play the spoil sport at the Moriya grounds, we eventually reached the venue by 9:30am. After losing the toss and put into Bat by the Tigers, we were off to a fantastic start, thanks to some superb batting display by Anurag and Shailaj. With Anurag blazing guns at one end and the calm and composed Shailaj at the other end, it was a true display of what a true opening batting pair is supposed to be. Both Anurag and Shailaj eventually raised their bats in response to the loud cheers from the team sitting on the sidelines.
 
After the first wicket loss of Anurag, in came Dinesh and showed some classical stoke play along the ground on the off side to score 30 runs. Even Dravid would have applauded on some of those straight fluent strokes of our 3 opening batsmen i suppose. 🙂
 
After Dinesh, it was come and go for almost all the batsmen due to pitch not playing conducive to slog shots.A quick fire 13 from 5 balls from Kunal did help to cross the psychological barrier of 180 runs. The ball was keeping low and an occasional ball would just skid in without much bounce. The need for a pitch roller is getting more and more highlighted with every match. The final total after playing our quota of 30 overs stood at 193.
 
With the innings break taken, the drizzle started to come down harder every moment. Worth noting was the spirit of the Tigers to continue to play even in that drizzle. Eventually the second innings commenced amid doubts and fear of rains pouring harder any moment.
 
To say the least, the start was horrible. With the Tiger’s openers slashing ball to every part of the ground and our opening bowlers struggling with their line, length and swing, it seemed for a while that even 190 was not enough on the day when it was rainy and the ball kept very low.
 
Then started the fight back IECC is known for. In came Sanjeeb and Anurag to the rescue. Putting an end to easy run flow and pitching in with occasional wickets, we slowly started to see the silver lining. The first wicket of Tigers came in the form of a run out with some swift fielding in the deep and superb efforts by the wicket keeper Vezly throughout the innings. Thereafter, it was all about containing the Tiger’s batsmen and good ground fielding which we did exceptionally well. At the end, with Tigers eventually needing 22 from the last over, it was as good as done and Dinesh ensured it was done in style with us winning by 15 runs. Sanjeeb with 4 wickets was our pick of the bowlers, with Anurag, Dinesh and Kunal pitching in with wickets as well.
Shailaj and Anurag both adjudged joint man of the match award.
Overall, a superb winning team performance by IECC in a match where pride was at stake.
 
 
 
 

KCL-ENGINEERS SCORE OVER SERENDIB

Nostalgic Engineers team shows off its might

By Biju Paul 

Well this victory is for the oldies. A team consisting of some of the Engineers past performers got together to make a team for the first KCL match of the season to be played at Moriya, which has now become the Engineers home ground. When former Engineer Ashoke Sharma decided to make a weekend trip to Japan he chose a date that coincided with a KCL match. Then came long time inactive members Sriram Sampath and Jagan Panda to make it a nostalgic team, with the exception of a few others such as Viswa Ghosh, Silvester Pereira, Santhosh Ghadge and the self exiled Bobby Philips.

     The party had already started on Friday night itself when Ashoke had lived up to his old title of manoranjan vyavastapak (Entertainment Manager)  and led a team of Engineers in and out of Zest Mexican restaurant in Roppongi. Having had a day to recover on Saturday, the Engineers set out to Moriya ground on Sunday in sober state and the match got going at 12 noon. Serendib won the toss and elected to bat first. Engineers knew that the score could probably be around 200 given the small boundary infront of the batsman. But the  Engineers had Serendib soon in trouble at 4/17 in 9 overs, all the batsmen perishing trying to score over the short long on/long off boundary. Rajneesh had started the bowling along with Shailaj, who drew the first blood in his 1st  over when he trapped Arish in front of the wicket. Rajneesh had his first wicket in his 2nd over when he had Dhanuka caught by Sanjeeb at long off going for a big hit.

     Soon Serendib realised the reality that the wind is against the batsmen and the ball doesn’t sail over the bowler’s head that easily. They changed gears and it was a rebuilding effort from their side. The 5th wicket yielded a sensible partnership of  56 runs, the sixth wicket partnership yielding another 56 runs and the 7th 30 runs. While Engineers bowlers struggled after the initial success, their fielders didn’t help them either, dropping a few easy catches as well as some difficult ones. Engineers have been dropping catches in bunches since the beginning of the season anyway, so this performance was not a big surprise for them either. Seeing the frontline bowlers suffering skipper decided to try the new comers of the season Jagan and Ashoke but neither gave the Engineers any hope and only helped Serendib in their quest of building the innings.

    The two together gave away 28 runs in 2 overs. While Shailaj was the most successful bowler with figures of 3/32, Rajneesh was miserly giving away only 17 runs in 7 overs with a return of 2 wickets. Serendib really applied themselves here to make it a respectable total from a near precarious situation and played all their 35 overs. Their most successful  batsman was Jayathura with 62 runs, the batsman benefitting from Engineers butter fingers a few times. The Engineers started their innings with newly promoted opener Bikash Mohanty and Anurag Singh with Bikash given a specific instruction of seeing off the new ball (grapevine, however, has it that he was assigned the task of protecting the opener) after his success in the previous match. In any case, Bikash didn’t last long and fell for 1 failing in his unofficial and undocumented task, giving fodder to Sharmaji for a series of jokes for the rest of the day. The second wicket partnership between Anurag and Dinesh proved to be decisive as the pair put up 94 runs.

     Anurag was always running dangerously and his fall also came through such an effort. Backing up too much for a single, he couldn’t get back to his crease in time when Dinesh, the striker, denied a call for a single. His 40 contained 5 hits to the boundary. That brought Sidde Raju to the crease. He opened his account straight away in the 2nd ball he faced with a hit to the boundary. Raju didn’t bother to run much and he mostly dealt with 4s and 6s. Both Dinesh and Raju troubled the Serendib the maximum they could but Dinesh then fell to a ball that shot along the ground after pitching taking the batsman by surprise and uprooting his middle stump, for a personal score of 42(6×4, 1×6). In came Sriram Sampath, who was playing after a gap of almost two years. But his lazy elegance was in full display during his brief stay. His personal score of 21 off 13 balls contained three 4s and one 6. The responsibility of seeing the Engineers through then fell on to skipper Sanjeeb and hard hitting Raju but the skipper could not give company to Raju long enough. He left a ball that was on the off stump thinking it was on the leg stump. The ball held its line and knocked back the correct stump in its path. Mutters of “well left skipper” could be heard in the dressing room at this point. Seeing the familiar middle order collapse, Raju decided to take matters into his own hands and went berserk, and the bowler, Sameera, suffered. His final over went for 18 runs, three 6s in a row.

    Needing only 2 runs for a win and 3 runs for a well deserved half century for Raju, Shailaj who was at the other end decided to stay to put and blocked out all the balls. Raju then hit a 4 at the next opportunity to seal a great victory for the Engineers. His 51(4×4, 5×6) came off only 28 balls.

Brief scores: Serendib 201/9 (35 ov). Jayathura 62, S Lal 3/32 IECC 204/5 (29.1 ov). A Singh 40, D Singh 42, S Raju 51*

 

Serendip scrape through

Engineers were not good enough to last the pressure

By Silvester Pereira

 Rains had almost threatened to spoil another day of cricket; this time a friendly between IECC and Serendib played in a soccer field in Kashiwa, Chiba (close to Moriya). Indian engineers were the first to arrive at the ground and setup the flex pitch while waiting for the opponents. Serendib won the toss and elected to bat in a 30 overs per side game.

     The Serendib openers (Sachinat and Sameera) batted cautiously in the early stages before the Engineers opening bowler Rajneesh got the first wicket (lbw) with the score reading 25 for 1 at the end of 5 overs. Biju was the other opening bowler followed by Dinesh, Sanjeeb, Vehzy etc. The ball was keeping very low, sometimes almost skidding. Our bowlers at times had kept a good line but almost all our bowlers bowled at least 30+ wides with grand total of 40+ extras. The Serendib batsmen had a hard time scoring under these conditions and the opener Sachinta even offered two straight forward catches but we failed to gab on those opportunities.(Unlucky Bowler being Dinesh). At one stage, Serendib were 51/5. We dropped few more catches along the way, Sachinta, riding his luck, gradually began to solidify his batting with some good strokes/boundaries while the rest of Serendib batsmen hardly scored, got out mostly bowled or lbw to some good bowling especially from Sanjeeb who ended up with 4 wickets haul for 13 runs. Serendib finished their innings with a low score of 139 of which the opener Sachinta remained not out on 53.

     The Engineers opened the innings with Yogesh and skipper Sanjeeb but lost Yogesh early on lbw to the opening bowler. Dinesh came in with the score at 5/1 and started to attack the bowling. He hit some splendid boundaries (4 fours and a six) in just 15 balls before he tried to go for another big hit and was brilliantly caught of the bowling of the first change bowler. While Dinesh was at the crease it appeared the match would be over quickly as we were scoring at an average of 8~10 runs per over and at one stage we were 46/2 in 5 overs. The middle order batsmen tried to hang in there scoring at an average of 4 runs per over but with some good bowling from the Sri Lankans and some sloppy shots from our batsmen, we kept loosing wickets at periodic interval. By the end of 20 overs, the score was xx, still needing another 30+ runs in 10 overs and 3 wickets in hand, it was still anybody’s game. Around 25 overs with 2 wickets in hand and 30 odd runs required, Raju, our main hope, who was still at the crease but yet to get runs, started to open the face of his bat going for some hits. He managed to score some boundaries including a six (six coming off a fielder who failed to take the catch at the fence and the ball popping out of his hands and over the line. With the six in the 29th over, the match was now evenly poised and full of nerves with about 6 runs required in 8 balls and one wicket in hand. Raju went for another big hit (possibly to score a six and finish the match) but failed to hit it cleanly and was caught by the fielder at mid-on. Serendib won the friendly match by 5 runs. Though the engineers lost the match, it was a good close game with lots of fireworks and excitement and good sportsmanship and team spirit by both teams. We gave more wides (36) compared to Serendib (20). Overall the wides and the dropped catches in our fielding has cost us the game.

Brief scores: Serendip: 140. S Sahoo 4/13 IECC: 136(28.2 ov). D Singh 23, S Raju 29