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[WG] Play or not to play ?

Match report by Manu B.

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Date Competition Season
Mar 26, 2017 Friendly 2017

“NAGOYA CC WINS  in  tough weather condition”

A rainy morning at the south-east part of Japan and it looked to continue the whole day. The weather report on only one website showed the otherwise “Cloudy day beneath Fuji”. That hope was enough to both IECC and Nagoya CC captains to make a decision. “Let’s go and have a good practice match”

IECCians were travelling from 4 different places
1.Pavethy, Manu, Raman, Rahul, Praveen, Pavan from Nishi-Kasai station,
2.Biju, Bidyuth, Prem from Yoga station
3.Prashanth Kale, Vishnu, Vinodh with Aditya young supporter and future player of the team from Yokohama,
4.Abhishek with his friend  Mukesh who came to support IECC
and Nagoya CC from Nagoya
When we arrived at the ground, hopes diminished as It was drizzling and ground was wet, slippery.

Discussion started “whether to play or not”, “let’s go to onsen”, “will have lunch together which we brought and leave for the day”, Pavethy IECC captain of the day was thinking otherwise. All have come from far places and going without playing is not good. Decision made by both captains to have a single T20 game first and then let’s see. Prashanth Kale was opposing the idea of playing in rain to avoid unnecessary injury to players at the start of the season.  so he decided not to play in the game instead was busy taking photos and keeping his young one away from the rain.

All players from IECC started preparing the ground and pitch, marking boundaries, inner yards, getting tent ready for the players and kit from getting wet. Rains stopped for a little while to raise the hopes of a possible game “.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MATCH
Biju Paul reached milestone of “Leading wicket taker for IECC with 112 wickets”
The bowling attack of Abhishek, Biju, Rahul, and Bidyut restricted Nagoya CC to a par score.
Pavethy’s half century made IECC reach a reasonable total.
Wajid’s   good bowling spell made Nagoya CC win possible against IECC.

FIRST INNINGS ” Hard hitting and good opening partnership by Nagoya team posted  a challenging score”

Nagoya CC captain won the toss and elected to bat first. IECC with many new faces & having the guidance of two senior players (Biju and Pavethy) were ready to take a challenge to restrict Nagoya CC for less score. In absence of regular keeper,  Manu took the initiative to keep wickets for the day.  Raman and Vishnu started bowling proceedings with a lot of difficulties due to wet and slippery conditions (pitch and outfield). First 3 overs were mainly extras. Captain made a bowling change and brought  Prem and Abhishek to control the run flow. This did not work as well. Nagoya CC openers (Adeel and Wajid) were hitting almost every ball on the leg side.  There were few missed opportunities as fielder were afraid to catch the wet ball  🙂  Score was increasing as was the intensity of rain.  Sudden heavy rain interrupted the match and play was stopped. There was a discussion whether to wait for rain to stop , clean the ground the again or let’s call it a day. As rain continued to fall for quite a while, few players of IECC left for the day.

After waiting for an hour, rain slowed down, play started and we continued to play a full game throughout rain. After the rain break, Abhishek got into form and got the wicket of Wajid(31) clean bowled.  As the pacers were unable to bowl at full pace, Bidyuth was brought into the attack. He finished a tight spell of 3 overs for just 12 runs. On the other side,  Nagoya CC batsmen struggled against spin bowling of Abhishek.He got his first wicket of the season by trapping  Zia(1) lbw.  The next ball, he trapped new batsman Kanwal(0)lbw and he was on a hat-trick but unfortunately, Salman survived to deny the chance. Abhishek finished a good spell of 4 overs for 20 with 3 wickets.

Here comes our senior most, well experienced, supposed to be leading wicket taker for IECC, “Biju Paul with the ball” was enthusiastic to become leading wicket taker and made one step near to do it by clean bowling  Salman(8), on 2nd ball of his over.  In the next over, he got the wicket of another opener Adeel(36), lbw and he reached milestone to become “The Leading Wicket Taker of IECC” indirectly telling IECCians “I am still hungry to get wickets at the age of 50”.

Nagoya CC next batsmen (Sarfaraz & Haji) slowly started building a partnership. Good comeback by Rahul from the last game as he was able to send Sarfaraz(14) back to the pavilion followed by next batsmen Faisal(1) clean bowled in 2 consecutive overs and finished his spell with 2 overs 10 for 2.

Pavan bowled a good single over without a wicket. Two players from Nagoya CC (Ashfaq & Qasim) joined the IECC substitute of Raman and Vishnu since it is a friendly game. They even bowled 1 over each with 1 wicket each, where Qasim took Haji(18) by one & only catch of the by Prem and Ashfaq getting Shahreyar(1). Waleed was run out off the last ball of the inning by Biju/Manu combi and finished their innings all out for 152 (not matching exact score it was around 140 as per total). Unfortunately, Vinodh left for the day without entering into the ground.

SECOND INNINGS “BAD WEATHER MADE IECC TO LOSE, BUT PAVETHY’s HALF CENTURY MADE IECC TO REACH A REASONABLE SCORE.”

IECC’s new player Praveen with captain Pavethy opened the innings to chase down the good score of Nagoya CC. IECC lost the first wicket very second ball.  Praveen(0) was clean bowled by Sarfaraz. New batsmen Bidyut joined Pavethy with the aim to build a  good partnership, but misjudgement made by Pavethy caused a Bidyut(4) his wicket in the form of runout.

Abhishek at no 4, started to build innings with Pavethy. There was a good partnership going on with Abhishek and pavethy around 40. This time Abhishek(16) made self-suicide by getting run out where there was no run. Manu came in and  tried to build a partnership. He got out by inside edge onto the stumps on  Zakria’s bowling.

Our senior and well-experienced player Biju came to the batting. Another bowling change worked where Wajid took the wicket of Biju(2) &  Pavan(2). As wickets were going down, IECC captain Pavethy standing at kept IECC hopes alive with well-calculated shots. Since IECC were far from the required run rate, Pavethy went for big shots and scored a bit. Unfortunately, after a well made 60,  Zakria finally got him out.

Finally, Wajid and Sarfaraz finished the IECCs innings by clean bowling  Rahul(4) & Prem(2) and Qasim(2) . IECC  team was all out for 117,  35runs short of target.

Nagoya C.C.

Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
O M R W bbf

IECC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Pavethynath Velusamy 60052320110
Praveen Ram 002000010
Bidyut Sarkar 409000010
Abhishek Jain 16015200010
Manu B. 209000010
Biju Paul 2010000010
Pawan 205000010
Rahul M. 409000010
Prem Samuel 205000010
Raman Tanwar 000000000
Vishnu 000000000
Total 117        
Bowling O M R W bbf
Raman Tanwar201900
Vishnu101500
Biju Paul201320
Prem Samuel202300
Abhishek Jain402030
Bidyut Sarkar301200
Pawan10400
Rahul M.201020

Well there was one happy man driving back home and he bowls ” flighted pace deliveries”

[WG] Friendly frenzy with Falcons

Match report by Raman Tanwar & updates by Pavethy

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Date Competition Season
Mar 11, 2017 Friendly 2017

 It was a beautiful sunny day for cricket, one couldn’t have asked for a better day than this to start this year’s cricketing season. The earlier we thought to reach Sano 3, the late we arrived there. This was due to few last-minute drop-outs and heavy Saturday morning traffic on the highway. Our own Michael Schumacher (Pavethy) was behind the wheel along with Suresh, Praveen and myself (Raman). Manu was driving in company with Prashant Kumar (PK) and Prem as usual on his bicycle was the first to reach on time to the ground. Saif, Samir and Rahul were piggybacking on the opponent’s car, who were also late to arrive. By the time we arrived, Manu & Prashant had already picked up the ground stuff and along with Prem had arranged everything to make up for the lost time, showed their real commitments for the game. However, delay in reaching the ground didn’t deter our spirits.

The skippers (Pavethy & Sameep from Falcons) decided to have two games, a T20 and a 15 over game respectively to compensate for the lost time.

First game: T20

Match Report

Match scorecard

Second Game: (15 Overs)

Match Report
Match scorecard

It was a good start to the season for IECC where we won back to back matches. These warm-up matches tested the stamina of players also and a few of them might be having body ache but win must have relaxed their pain. IECC started their season on winning note and we all would like to carry forward this momentum for the whole season.

Cheers

IECC 2016 Awards Presentation Night

 

The Indian Engineers Cricket Club held its Season end & Annual Awards Presentation Night for the 2016 season on November 19 at  Nirvanam Ariake Restaurant in  Tokyo. It was fun filled evening in presence of families & friends. Delicious food menu & fun events kept  everyone engaged through out the evening. See the list of all the winners presentation, pictures of the event.

2016 AWARDS

2016 IECC Awards Night

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[KCL Final] Engineers falls just short of the elusive 2016 KCL trophy

Match report by Anurag Singh

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Date Competition Season
Nov 13, 2016 KCL 2016

Match Report

Match scorecard

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[KCL Semi] Engineers leave the Tigers wounded

IECC enters Grand final of KCL  2016

Match report by P.Kale

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Date Competition Season
Oct 30, 2016 KCL 2016

Match Report

Match scorecard

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[KCL] Samurai’s decoded in a crucial Sano encounter

IECC enter semifinal by strong display of Cricket skills.

Match report by Himashu Bugalia & Pavethy

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Date Competition Season
Oct 23, 2016 KCL 2016

        On a bright sunny autumn day, IECC were all charged up for their most important game of the season, knowing a win here against the table toppers Samurai would take them into the semi-finals. After reaching the field on time, IECC started warming up under the command of our on and off field practice manager, Kale. Pavethy given the responsibility of captaining the side on a must win game, made it clear that he won’t be accepting anything less than victory. Luck always rides with those who take efforts and show their full commitment. After winning the toss, on his debut captaincy Pavethy chose to bat first. As MIB Umpires did not bother to show up, both teams agreed to have own umpires and play the game in best possible sporting spirit.

First Innings:

          Strategy was very clear. “Aggression” and not to give the Samurai’s any space to breath. Kale and Abdul, both experienced players opened the batting. They knew the importance of their wicket and were determined to lay good partnership together. As usual Kale the aggressor started to hit a few out of the ground sixes. The ball started getting disappeared again and again; and Samurai bowlers looked clueless to bowl to him. He lost three new balls in a span of four overs. The Samurai players were confused whether to search the lost balls or to bring another new one. At one point they were starting to realise that they too were lost again and were also losing time in searching the lost balls, the two captains spoke about it and reduced the match to 35 overs.

  20161023 vs SamuraiIt was decided to use one side of the wicket for rest of inning to avoid ball getting in to dense outfield. The raining sixes news had travelled very fast and it made our President (Biju Paul) rush to the ground and support the team. Abdul on the other end kept rotating the strike, well decorated by some classic boundaries. After putting up a quick and a solid 100 runs partnership in mere 64 balls, Abdul got stumped while trying to hit a lofty shot. Our skipper Pavethy started well by hitting a boundary however he was undone by playing all around to a well-pitched up ball (confused mind!!). After two quick wickets, Prashant Kumar decided to enjoy Kale’s classic sixes from the best view point in the ground, from the non-striker’s end.  

       After putting up a 49 runs partnership, 1 less than 50, umpire raised his finger for a strong appeal and disappointed Prashant Kumar had to leave the pitch with a pinch, followed by Devendra Dhaka in quite the same fashion.. Kale had his own set of lucks , nevertheless he reached his century raising his bat proudly to a standing ovation from the team members. He was eventually out on 111. Once looking strong at 167/2, IECC were 172/6. Our late bloomer Vivek took the strike to entertain the crowd with couple of boundaries, with one spectacular cover drive in it. Raman and Vivek tried their best to slow down the wicket flow, however, IECC were stubborn enough to reach 204/9 with 22 balls in hand. Samurai were almost getting ready to have their lunch but IECC was not in the mood to give up yet and decided to bat until the last delivery of innings. Last wicket partnership of Rajneesh and Himanshu tried to keep the scorecard moving and put up a small yet quick partnership of 23 runs in 22 balls with one six over the deep mid-wicket boundary in last over by Himanshu. IECC did wag its tail this time and scored 227 in 35 overs. 

Second Innings:

After putting up a good total on board, Engineers looked quite in rush to wrap up the Samurais. Starting the attack with Rajneesh and Vivek, our opening pair made Samurai batsmen to struggle very hard for runs and to rotate the strike. The gamble taken by the skipper in making the last minute changes within playing XI finally paid off. Vivek succeeded in dismissing Hanif with a fast & furious peach of a delivery rising from good length, hitting the batsmen’s glove leaving him awestruck. It was quick and was wonderfully collected by Prashant kumar behind the wickets at chest height. Supun (Captain of Samurai and their most important batsman) walked in next. He cut Vivek for a boundary at point region. Everyone knew him as an aggressive batsman. But the next delivery Vivek rattled his stumps with a bouncy top of off-stump in-swinging delivery.

     Samurai were left in totters to make any sort of comeback. Vivek looked like he was bowling on Gabba pitch and not in Sano. IECC showed full commitment in the field to support their bowlers and made sure that not a single loose run was given away. Rajneesh on the other end was bowling tight lines but was not lucky to get any wickets. Saif in the 30 yards circle and Suresh on the boundary showed the full commitment and put extra efforts in the field. Adding to it, Dhaka aka “The Osaka Express” quite disappointed by his own bowling with which everyone else was amazed and Samurai batsmen could only play him like a headless chicken, he took a spectacular catch on Kale’s delivery.

         Any words would be short in front of the jump he took at boundary and made sure to stay in the boundaries to take an unbelievable catch. Quite distressed by the IECC performance, Samurai batsmen were trying to come up with a good partnership. Raman was bowling good line and length deliveries with the old ball. But the Samurai batsmen were not taking any risks, hence no wickets. Pavethy decided to bowl some off-spinners with a set left handed batsmen in the crease. Soon the gamble worked out as he tried to hit a loose ball to heave but only managed to see Abdul who took a spectacular running catch by fielding at leg slip; he took the catch running backward. Raman soon added insult to injury by taking Talha on duck. Pavethy, made sure to get even with his poor luck in batting by taking 3 wickets.

     Spin seemed to be Samurai’s weak point. The Osaka Express finally got off from the poor luck to take Ishira who was looking settled at pitch but was leaking some runs behind the wicket because of his quick deliveries. Then the skipper just couldn’t wait and got our tail end specialist Saif to clear up the rest of the two wickets. IECC bowled out Samurai for 134 runs within 24 overs to clinch the most needed victory and made sure they qualified for the semi-finals. They will meet arch-rival’s Indian Tigers in the semi-finals coming Sunday. Definitely going to be a ripper of a match with some blasts seen during this high-octane Diwali season match.     

Scorecard highlights:   

Indian Engineers CC: 227/10 (35 overs) – P Kale 111, Asantha 3/24, Thilina 3/31

Samurai CC: 134/10 (23.1 overs) – Pavethy 3/14.   

Match Summary

TeamRunsWickets LostOversOutcome
IECC2271035Win
Samurai C.C.1291023Loss

IECC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Prashant B. Kale 111-71891-1-
Abdul Sattar 24-293---1-
Pavethynath Velusamy 5-6----1-
Prashant Kumar 10-241---1-
Suresh G.V 0-6----1-
Devendra Dhaka 0-1----1-
Saifuddin Raj 5-19----1-
Vivek Singh 8-11----1-
Raman Tanwar 10-19----1-
Himanshu Bugalia 16-1521--1-
Rajneesh Shukla 4-9----11
Extras24
Total 227        

Samurai C.C.

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Hanif Niyazi 000000000
Thilana 000000000
Lakmal 000000000
Sujit 000000000
Asanka 000000000
Supun 000000000
Asantha 000000000
Ishara 000000000
Total 129        
Bowling O M R W bbf
Hanif Niyazi00000
Sujit00000
Asantha00000

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[KCL] Engineers need a Kundalini Awakening to secure a KCL semi-final berth

Date: Sep 18, 2016
By: Biju Paul

Mid way through the Engineers innings on a day marred by persistent rain, a feeling of déjà vu gripped them. It’s the all too familiar middle order collapse. From a formidable position of 92/0 in 18 overs the Engineers literally handed the match in a platter to the Men in Blue just 16 balls later when their score read 110/7 and eventually finished with a score of 143/8. Engineers now need some sort of Kundalini Awakening to fire them up for the remaining two matches if they don’t want to be shut out of the knock out stage of the KCL.

It was a day no team would have liked to play due to the overnight rain and the forecast rain all day but the MIB forced the Engineers to the ground thanks to the walkover the Rising Stars gave to the Pakistan Stars in the other match on the same day. That concession by RS threw MIB in to a dire situation of winning as many matches as possible in their remaining outings. So both teams arrived at the ground, Engineers reluctantly though, and both were pedantic about KCL rules under such situations and of course the D/L Method.

Afterthought may question the wisdom of playing a match under constant drizzle throughout the day but both teams having full strength team at the ground, the captains decided to go ahead anyway. After winning the toss, under the constant drizzle, the MIB put the Engineers in first.

Masaomi Kobayashi accompanied his skipper Vinay Mohan to the crease to open the innings. Both the openers did a tremendous job of forming a solid opening partnership under wet and slippery conditions. They carefully constructed the partnership with scoring most of their runs behind the wicket towards the third man area. In fact, MIB didn’t bother to plug that hole throughout the innings and the openers scored their 1s and 2s in that area with élan. MIB openers Abhishek and Manvi, both former Engineers, posed no threat, whatsoever, to the openers. Kobayshi hit the first boundary over third man off Manvi in his second over which went for 9 runs. There was a brief stoppage of play at the end of 6 overs for 30 minutes. What initially started off as a 32 overs per side was then reduced to 28 overs as per the D/L Method.

After the break, MIB skipper Gurdeep Dua, another former Engineer, introduced himself to the attack but only for one over. Gurdeep then replaced himself with yet another former Engineer, Karthik M, and the other end saw Karthik V walking – literally – and bowling. As bowling looked innocuous and openers well set it was time for the skipper to up the pace of scoring and he obliged the need of the hour. Vinay hit his first boundary in the 2nd over of Karthik M. Two overs later he hit Karthik V inside the batsman’s V region on the on side. In between the hits to the boundary, runs kept flowing in 1s and 2s and at the end of 10 overs the score read 43/0 and at mid innings break at the end of 14 overs saw the Engineers sitting pretty at 62/0.

The first over after the break witnessed the first 6 off the innnigs, Vinay taking advantage of a loosener from Karthik M and the ball disappearing the surrounding jungle in the long off region. Vinay hit his second six in the following over to long on this time, taking his score to 47. Anticipating his 50 with a boundary or a six, the Engineers kept themselves ready in the pavilion with the trumpet to celebrate but the skipper didn’t fall into the trap of aggression. With a level headed approach he played innings well for the next few balls and scored his well deserved 50 off only singles.

Meanwhile, Kobayashi on the other end played a perfect foil to Vinay and scored his runs at the same rate at which his opening partner was scoring. He let his captain play his aggressive shots while he continued to eke out singles and twos.  The turning point of the innings came when Sushil Kumar was introduced into the attack. His first ball was hit to the boundary by Vinay, but in the very next ball he was caught at deep mid-off by Sanket, a man who chirping a lot all the time. Fall of that wicket opened the flood gates. In an attempt to improve the scoring rate, Prakash Jayara was sent in as a pinch hitter only to return one ball later, run out at the bowler end having backed up too much. That brought the cool and calm Pavethy to the crease. Sensing blood after two quick wickets, Gurdeep brought his ace bowler, Manvi, back into the attack. The moved seemed to have produced a counter effect when Manvi was hit for a huge six by Kobayshi but the bowler had the last laugh two balls later as Kobayshi was caught at deep mid wicket. Manvi then clean bowled the next batsman and his former mate, Ashok Kumar, the very next ball. Manvi’s bowling figure of that over looked 1,6,2,W,W, dot.

Panic stricken Engineers had one last hope in Prashant Kumar, who always showed what a player he can be. Given the circumstances, he played gem of an innings to steady the ship while wickets fell at the other end. He stood tall amongst the ruins at the other end. His flicks off the pad showed his class and maturity in handling the situation. He played wonderful shots; flicks through mid-wicket were played with panache.

Hard hitter Vivek Singh came in at the fall of Ashok and he did hit hard by dispatching the first ball he faced, off Sushil Kumar, over long on for a huge six. For some unknown reason – will we ever know it? – he tried to repeat the same shot the next ball only to see the timber behind him rearranged. In walked Rajneesh Shukla and out he went the next ball, clean bowled by a fast yorker by Sushil. MIB clawed back in the game with 7 wickets in the span of just 18 balls. A score that threatened to put the MIB out of the KCL this year at one point suddenly seemed like the Engineers were going to fold up for a meager total. The score read 110/7 at the end of 21st over.

Having wrested the initiative back, MIB was not to be blamed if they thought that the immediate closure of the Engineers innings was a foregone conclusion. Your writer came in as the next batsman determined to hang around to give company to Prashant Kumar at the other end. The one noisy player of the MIB tried his level best to dislodge both the batsmen with his tasteless comments but Prashant’s innings of 19 off only 23 balls and the partnership of 33 runs for the 8th wicket with yours truly took the score to a respectable 143 at the end of the innings in 28 overs.

The D/L method said the MIB needed to score 148 of 28 overs.

MIB opened their innings with both Karthiks – may be MIB skipper can explain why both of them are always paired together – and Engineers opened the bowling with Rajneesh and Vivek. While the former was all line and length, the latter was wayward in both departments in the first over while trying to achieve express pace. Rajneesh produced the first breakthrough in the 5th over when Karthik M tried to hoist the bowler out of the park only to be holed out in the long off by an amazingly judged catch by Basava Manu. In what can be nominated for the catch of the season, Kobayashi took out Karthik V in the next over in the deep cover point, covering a good 30 yards, running in from wide long off and diving at the last moment with outstretched arms and the ball securely sat in his hands. It was a remarkable athleticism by the national team captain.

Next man Md. Thouseef was stumped by ‘Keeper Prashant off Vinay for 13 which brought Sanket to the wicket. Engineers didn’t make the batsman’s stay comfortable at the wicket as the batsman was given his own medicine. The unexpected, targeted chirping by the Engineers probably unnerved the batsman as he attempted many shots only to miss the ball. Finally, his agony at the crease was put to end by a nalla throw from the deep cover by Pavethy which caught the batsman short of his crease.

In came the skipper, Gurdeep. In his inimitable style Gurdeep tried to muscle the bowlers and he did not go without success. His stay at the wicket produced a crucial partnership of 41 runs in 5 overs with steady hand, Amit Jain, at the other end. Gurdeep was finally caught plumb in front by Manu for 18 off 19 balls. From 81/6 in 18.5 overs MIB had progressed to 122/7 and by that time the Engineers had sensed the danger. With Amol Vaidya – yet another former Engineer and one who could play an anchor role – at the crease giving company to the well set Amit, it was game that could have gone either way.

Needing 24 to win off 24 deliveries, the air was thick with tension and could have been cut with the proverbial butter knife. With the maverick batsman Manvi still behind, the only way the Engineers could come back into the game was by putting pressure on the batsmen by denying runs; wickets didn’t matter at that point. Quick conferences on mid pitch was followed by elaborate fielding changes. The pressure indeed had a telling effect on MIB. With 6 runs needing off 8 deliveries Amol was run out attempting to sneak a non-existent single and both batsmen ended up at the striker’s end. Next two balls went without any runs being added to the score. That brought 6 runs to win and 5 to tie off the last over. Skipper Vinay took the job on himself and boy! he almost produced a wicket. Amit, the well set batsman, edged one to short third man but the man who was positioned there was at least 5 steps too front and the batsman scored 2 off that delivery. That set the drum rolls going in the MIB camp and why not! Singles off next two deliveries put the match in a classic situation. 2 balls to go, 2 runs to win, 1 to tie. With all the fielders guarding singles Amit hit the ball over the mid off fielder to score two runs the next ball, bringing a raucous MIB to the ground to celebrate a stunning, come-from-behind victory that took them one step closer to the KCL semi-final berth at their first attempt.

Amit Jain anchored the innings with a classy 32 off only 35 balls. In addition to the Engineers middle order collapse, it was perhaps, Amit’s innings that made a difference for the MIB. If this result was any indicator, then opponents will be spending a far greater time second-guessing the MIB. Well done, Men In Blue!

Brief Scores:
IECC: 143/8 (28 ov). Vinay Iyer 55, M Kobayashi 36, Prashant Kumar 16. Sushil Kumar 4/28
Men in Blue: 148/7 (27.5 ov). Amit Jain 32*

[KCL] Travel Agony and Thumping win over Rising Stars

Math report by Suresh  

Details

Date Competition Season
Sep 4, 2016 KCL 2016

Match Summary

TeamRunsWickets LostOversOutcome
Rising Stars1531030Loss
IECC154618Win
Peregrination to Sano:

      IECC’s travel plans were organized in such a way that half of the team would reach the ground directly and the other half were supposed to reach via Pavethy’s car. It all started with Pavethy’s car which wanted to have a weekend nap and doesn’t want to get started on a rainy Sunday morning, the battery was down. May be Pavethy has over used his battery, I meant the car battery guys! Half the team who were scheduled for Pavethy’s car had to commute by train. So Manu, Pavethy, Suresh, Vinay and Anurag were on the train station with their heavy kit bags. The next surprise in store for us was the train service had been interrupted due to some freakish accident.

      The frustration started to mount. The troop had to do some analytical thinking (Analytical variables = rent a car / look for alternate train route / keeping in mind the rain forecast at Sano) and worked out that the best way to reach the ground was by train via different navigation and finally reach the ground by 11:30am (Earlier schedule was to reach the ground around 10 am). Even some of the Opposition team Rising Star club lads joined us on the midway. With both the captains riding the train together, we could have easily had the toss on the train, only to find the umpire strangled at the ground with no players. 

     Finally both squads arrived at ground on 11:30am and match was rescheduled to start by 11:45 am and was reduced to 30 overs per side. FYI, we haven’t even started the match report yet, without further due let’s get started.  Meanwhile the other players reached ground on time (Biju, Rajneesh, Prakash Jayara, Prashant Kumar, Prashant Kale, Prem S.) Taking the opportunity of delay, Biju and Rajneesh did the center wicket practice. After middling few balls to middle of the bat, they wished to open the batting and bat freely. (New contenders for opening slot).

Toss time: The toss was won by RS captain and without any hesitation he decided to bat first.
1st Innings:

     Weather became hot & humid due to showers earlier in the day. With a long and treacherous journey, the players already lost most of their energy. With some energy still left in store IECC had the new ball in hand and skipper Vinay had plans to restrict the opposition within 150 Runs. The proceedings started with our spearhead Biju and Rajneesh. Rising Stars had come up with some aggressive plans. Their openers Maqbul & Abu went after the bowling from ball one and gave them a good start. 

    Our veteran bowler, Biju used all his experience and bowled some excellent change of pace deliveries. He claimed the 1st wicket of Abu caught at square leg by Rajneesh. In came new batsman Shankar but Biju countered him with an away swinging delivery and all he could do was chop the ball back onto the stumps without troubling the scorers. IECC got the 2nd breakthrough, with wickets falling at one end the RS batters continued to score at a brisk run rate. It was during the 6th over of the match Anurag chased and attempted to stop a mid-wicket boundary but ended up using his soccer skills to kick the ball beyond the boundary line (should be considered a self-goal in cricket). His extraordinary footwork skills brought some funny comments on the field.

     Meanwhile Rajneesh had made the ball to talk and took the important wicket of Maqbul caught at mid-wicket by Vinay. In the same over, Rajneesh also managed to remove the Rising Star veteran player Murad with a gem of a delivery. He couldn’t do much but to nick it back to the keeper Prashant Kumar (P. Kumar).  Rising Stars were losing wickets in a hurry.   Vinay brought about bowling changes on the both the ends by introducing Anurag from the river end and Prakash from the riverbank end. Anurag showed his baseball skills by bowling two beamers and was generous to give a few runs on his first over. Prakash was a touch off line bowling on the leg side and Batsmen soon capitalized on them. Anurag in his 3rd over got back to what he does best and took the important wicket of Naimul (28 runs) clean bowled with an absolute peach of a delivery (thanks to some own team sledging this time too). Next was Rising Stars captain Mr. Dependable Razaul (Sumon), their team needed him to play a captain’s innings and he delivered it. Razaul settled soon and used the pace of our bowlers very well and got quick runs. Mostly nudging them to third man and square boundaries.

     Rising Stars started to get quick runs without any risk (104/5 in 15 overs), so Vinay decided to bring himself and Prem after the mid-innings break. Both of them bowled with lots of discipline and put the brakes on the scoring rate. Prem with his hawk eye line & length and Vinay with his loopy off cutters dried the runs, both the batsmen were struggling to score against them. With boundaries getting dried up, pressure was mounting on the batsmen and finally Prem got the much needed breakthrough wicket of Fayaz, thanks to some quick hand skills by P. Kumar who made a wonderful stumping standing up. Soon Vinay took his counter-part (Sumon) who scored a wonderful knock of 47, again stumped from P. Kumar. The combined bowling spells from Vinay and Prem had turned the sails in favor of IECC. Both Prem and Vinay bowled one of the most economical spells in IECC history: 1/ 9 runs in 6 overs and 1/15 in 6 overs respectively.

Suresh & Manu chipped in with a few overs. Manu cleaned up the tail with his gentle off spin and contributed a team hat-trick. RISING STARS were all out for 154 in their 30 overs. IECC were more than happy to have restricted them  to about 150 odd, comparing to the fact that they were 105 in 15 overs.

Bowling Chart:

Biju: 4-0-22-2

Rajneesh: 5-0-23-2

Anurag: 3-0-25-1

Prakash: 2-0-17-0

Prem: 6-1-9-1

Suresh: 2-0-16-0

Vinay: 6-1-15-1

Manu: 2-0-15-2

 

2nd Innings:

               After restricting Rising Stars for 154/10 in 30 Overs on a hot & humid day, we wanted to chase the target with a good run rate to get the bonus points. 

Captain Vinay decided to change the batting order and sent in Kale and Pavethy.  Kale looked tired in the field earlier, but with the bat in his hand and his favorite opponent he started to hit some lusty blows and some of the shots were breath taking. Every time the fielders had to search for the ball into the bushes and they soon got tired of it. He dispatched 3 balls which were lost forever. On the other end, the ever dependable Pavethy played a steady innings; both of them scored at a good rate. The drama during the 3rd over is worth a note here. Rising Star pace bowler fired in a bouncer that struck Prashant Kale flush on his helmet. Kale paid his due respect on the next delivery by dispatching the bowler with an excelling pull shot and the ball went out of the park. Joy, jubilant scenes in the dugout. Kale had the last laugh, it was a good contest within the game.

           At the other end, Pavethy was picking the right balls and sending them to the boundary at will and in particular two leg glances of the same over were classic shots. The partnership was broken in 9th Over by Fayaz trapping Pavethy LBW for a well-made 36 in 26 balls and the partnership was broken at 97 runs. They both had maintained a healthy run rate of 10 run/over and doing that while chasing was incredible.  Anurag came in next and started his innings with caution, Kale at the other end was hitting the balls out of the park with ease. Soon IECC fielders had to be dispatched in boundaries to watch over the ball going into the bushes. Kale soon reached his half century with a straight six. Trying to repeat the shot he perished the very next delivery, caught at long off for a well made 55 in 36 balls.

     Suresh was the next batsman and he soon tried to hit a wide ball and was caught at mid-on. Anurag started to time the ball well and hit a huge six and followed kale by trying to repeat the same shot again. Manu and Prakash were soon new at the crease. Rising Stars bowlers wanted to capitalize on this crucial moment and tighten the noose but the pair was cautious and started to build a little partnership, Manu soon perished trying to cut one and was caught at point, trying to score during the pressure moment.  Kumar walked in next. But Prakash had other plans, he decided to cut loose and played a little cameo (23 off 14 balls) and demoralized the opposition with some lusty hits towards deep extra cover boundary. The target was within reach now, Prakash tried to finish the match in Dhoni style with a six but he missed the ball and lost his timber. Vinay walked in with his cool head and finished the formalities with a stylish leg glance for a two and the formalities were done and dusted.

IECC took the game away from Rising Stars along with bonus points and moved to the 3rd Position in the points table.

Batting summary

P kale: 55 (36 balls), Pavethy: 36 (26 balls) , Prakash Jayara: 23 (14 balls)

Scoresheet

Rising Stars

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Abu Hasnat  000000000
Imam Hossain  000000000
Naimul Sayeed  000000000
Kazi Murad  000000000
Total 0        
Bowling O M R W bbf

IECC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Prashant B. Kale 55-3664-11-
Pavethynath Velusamy 36-266---1-
Anurag Singh 8-11-1--1-
Suresh G.V 0-5----1-
Manu B. 8-141---1-
Prakash Jayara 23-1331--1-
Prashant Kumar 2-5----11
Vinay Mohan Iyer 2-1----11
Rajneesh Shukla 0-0----0-
Prem Samuel 0-0----0-
Biju Paul 0-000--0-
Total 134        

Did not bat: Rajneesh Shukla, Prem Samuel, Biju Paul

Bowling O M R W bbf
Biju Paul402220
Rajneesh Shukla502320
Anurag Singh302510
Prakash Jayara201700
Prem Samuel61910
Suresh G.V201600
Vinay Mohan Iyer611510
Manu B.201520

 

The Science of hitting the ball:

Usually in baseball they use this technique, you don’t need to swing at every ball you face, and if you try to swing in your sweet zone you have more chance of success.  We need to figure out our sweet zone and improve our temperament and shot selections.

Think about it until we meet again at the field.

Regards,

Suresh

 

[JC] Big win keeps hope alive to enter South Kanto T20 Cricket Finals

It was a must win game with big margin for IECC to have a hope to enter into the finals of the South Kanto division of Japan Cup T20 Cricket.  IECC have achieved it with great team effort.

Match report by Manu B.  Date 21 Aug 2016

  The men who represented IECC on the given day were Abdul Sattar, Anurag Singh, Ashok Kumar, Bidyut, Dinesh Singh, Manu B, Pavethy, Prashant Kumar, Prashant Kale, Rajneesh and Suresh. We had a young supporter Aditya (5year old) to support his father Prashant Kale and Team. Bidyut was called up few hours before the game in place of Prakash and he promptly arrived at YCAC ground. This shows our team strength and interest to play for IECC. Regular Captain Vinay could not join in as he was busy checking balance sheets.

     On a hot sunny, humid day at YC&AC, Captain Anurag Singh had a big responsibility in hand. British Embassy team reinforced their lineup by picking players from wombats and other clubs. On paper, it looked a very strong team when compared to previous games. It looked like a competitive game on the hand for IECC.

     British Embassy Captain Keith Franklin won the toss and elected to Bat first.  We would have loved to bat first as well but now task was restrict them to the lowest score possible.  Rajneesh opened the bowling attack from Bay end. On 3rd ball of the 1st over, batsman produced an edge and alert Pavethy grabbed a blinder at 2nd slip. He took one handed catch diving forward. This set the tone for match for IECC. On last ball of same over Rajneesh got Keith Franklin LBW.

The IECC veteran Ashok Kumar wanted to lead bowling attack and opened the bowling from YCAC end but his pitch map was all over the place (Nikko Hangover may be!!) . This was well cashed in by Naglekar (19) & Eyes(16) who tried to build a partnership. This made Anurag to introduce himself into the attack and succeeded to produce false pull shot by Naglekar which landed in safe hands of Manu B at Mid-on. Bowling partnership of Dinesh and Anurag gave away only 17 runs in 8 overs and took 4 wkts. Later on Ashok Kumar found his line and length and took 2 consecutive wickets of Ahmed (0) LBW & Mohideen (0)  well caught at mid-off by Anurag Singh. Anurag finished his splendid spell with another match winning figures of 4(o)-1(m)-7(r)-3(w)

Manu B and Prashant Kale got one over each and both grabbed a wkt. Lewis(1) played a good  square cut but straight in hands of Rajneesh Shukla of bowling of  Manu and Ward(8) clean bowled by Prashant. Finally Dinesh got the last man trapped in plumb in front of wicket.

The stupendous bowling and fielding effort made sure that BECC were restricted to 73 runs in 16.2 overs.

Target for IECC was 73 runs in 20 overs.

To increase the run rate, we needed explosive start to take opportunity of Power play and finish the game in 6-7 overs. Prashant Kale and Abdul Sattar opened the Batting with an intent. Cover drive boundary by Prashant of first ball of the match of the bowling of Joe started the proceeding and by the end of first over score was 21/0.

For Next 4 overs, it was real carnage as ball went flying to all parts of the ground. Fielders were running only to fetch them back.  At 4.3 over of inning, Prashant Kale scored his first half century in T20 in this season (8×4, 2×6) in 21 balls. Abdul gave good support to the Prashant at the other end by rotating the strike and hitting few 2 copybook pull shot boundaries. Pavethy & Dinesh were eagerly waiting to finish the game.. Pavethy got the chance when Abdul (12) got clean bowled by D Wright going for ambitious big shot & Pavethy finished it with a boundary.

Final score: 75/1 in 5.3 overs.

1st Inning summary : Z.Naglekar 19, L. Eyes 16 ,  Anurag  7/3,  Dinesh 9/1

 2nd Inning Summary: Prashant 53* , Abdul 12 , D Wright 4/1 ,.

This was a tremendous batting display. This must be a kind of record of fastest runs chase by a team in Japan Cup. This was again good example of IECC team value which makes us strong team. Good team work, tight fielding, good bowling partnership and well execution of plans. With this win IECC remain in contention for the Finals. Last League match of Indian tigers against YC&AC on 28 August is a high pressure game. A win to tigers ensure they are 2nd in division and earing the place in final.

However win by YC&AC or a tie game will certainly ensure IECC place in finals against AQCC.

We have exciting weekend match ahead for South Kanto Cricket Division.

MATCH SCORESHEET

British Embassy CC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Julian Stevensct -- b. Rajneesh 0-------1-
Keith Franklinlbw b. Rajneesh 1------1-
Zeeshan Naglekarct--. b. Anurag19--21--1-
Luke Eyeslbw, b. Anurag16--2---1-
Shakil Mostaqnot out10--1---11
Millinda Dharmadasabowled b. Anurag0------1-
Shabbir Ahmedlbw, b. Ashok0------1-
Yursy Mohideenct.--,b. Ashok0------1-
Joe Lewisct. -- b. Manu b1------1-
Benjamin Wardb. Kale8--1---1-
D. Wrightlbw. b. Dinesh1------1-
Extras17 (lb 4,w11,nb2)
Total 73        
Bowling O M R W bbf
Joe Lewis102100
Yursy Mohideen202400
Shakil Mostaq102000
Keith Franklin10600
D. Wright0.50410

IECC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Prashant B. Kalenot out53-2582-111
Abdul Sattarb. Des12-82---10
Pavethynath Velusamynot out4-11---11
Dinesh Singh Rawat 000000000
Bidyut Sarkar 000000000
Prashant Kumar 000000000
Anurag Singh 000000000
Manu B. 000000000
Rajneesh Shukla 000000000
Suresh G.V 000000000
Ashok Kumar 000000000
Extras6
Total 75        

Did not bat: Dinesh Singh Rawat, Bidyut Sarkar, Prashant Kumar, Anurag Singh, Manu B., Rajneesh Shukla, Suresh G.V, Ashok Kumar

Bowling O M R W bbf
Ashok Kumar402220
Rajneesh Shukla302220
Dinesh Singh Rawat3.20910
Anurag Singh41730
Manu B.10710
Prashant B. Kale10210

 

 

 

IECCians enjoy first get together at Nikko

IECCians had fun time in 2 day camp organised at Nikko on Aug 6,7. This trip became  an instant success when you instantly blend in quite and peaceful environment of Nikko and perfect weekend spot like Woods man Village. Sightseeing, barbecue, fun games at nearby river, walk in mountains were the activities where we mainly spent our time.  Barbecue & breakfast arrangement by PK is praiseworthy mention.. 

Special report coming soon.. 

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(JC) Convincing win over YC&AC keeps finals hope alive

A TIE game in last League match of Japan Cup almost cost us the straightforward entry into finals. IECC needed to win rest of the games convincingly against YC&AC and BECC to boost run-rate. This will ensure that we remain in race to enter South Kanto Division Finals to enter into Japan Cup T20 National tournament.  

Match Report by Vinay Iyer (date 24 July 2016)

Details

Date Competition Season
Jul 24, 2016 Japan Cup 2016

Team of the day :Anurag, Bidyut, Manu B., Pavethy, Prashant Kale, Prashant Kumar, Prem, Rajneesh, Suresh G.V, Saif, Vinay,

Winning the Toss, Captain Vinay Mohan Iyer, Your writer, knew exactly what was to be done. Batting first, we started with the same opening pair as in the last game; Anurag & Vinay and did justice to power play with 44/0 in 7 overs until Anurag was out for 18 runs (2×4,1×6). This brought in the “Dark Horse” Pavethy who is well known for his stylish photogenic drives. Vinay & Pavethy took off from there stealing quick 1’s & 2’s which was frustrating for the opponents. With 100/1 in the 13th over and Pavethy all guns blazing, IECC was looking for yet another mammoth total around 180-200 with 9 wickets left until Pavethy was struck on his pads of the bowling of Veteran Fayaz Khan. He fell 7 runs short for his half century but he managed his 43 runs in just 31 balls. (4×7)

In came the famous, Japan international, Prashant Kale who was expected to take IECC to their target of 170-180. In very next over Vinay tried to flick one off the pads which he thought was going too down the leg side but the AGCC Umpire thought exactly the opposite and was given LBW. Vinay ended his innings on 38 runs (24b, 4×4).

Kale in the same over lofted a huge six but perished quickly trying to accelerate scoring and suddenly we were down to 124/4 in the 15th over. Suresh G.V & Prashant Kumar were the 2new batsmen in, with almost half of the side back into the Pavilion, 170-180 looked too far but yes 150 was always on the cards as we have always seen IECC batting line-up goes deep up to no.10-11 but who knew we would repeat history much often as a Sunrise or Sunset.

Sensing the opportunity, veteran Fayaz khan of YC&AC started testing batsman patience with teasing loopy off-spin on flex mat. He picked Suresh (2) & Prashant Kumar (1) & Saif (2 consecutive golden ducks). Manu who seemed promising in the previous game was pushed up the order but just managed another duck in 3balls. Rajneesh Shukla & Bidyut managed to open their account but they short-lived before being bowled & LBW for 3runs & 2runs resp. Prem S. managed to remain not out on 1. From 100/1 to 124/4, finally we could manage only 130/10 in 19.1 overs. It was yet another disappointing performance from the middle order. Fayaz Khan in process earned his first 5 for in T20 game against IECC.

Knowing the job, our bowlers came in with a good fight with our usual Opening duo, Rajneesh Shukla & Anurag Singh. Rajneesh has been the most economical bowler for IECC over the years and the breakthrough bowler too and he did it in his very 1st over when he got the wicket of the dangerous Anton Winston who tried to go over the infield but was caught straight at mid-on by Manu B. Anurag at the other end with his furious pace was troubling the batsman before he got one caught behind by P. Kumar which he fumbled but was cleaned up by Suresh a 1st Slip, good team work & good presence.

Prashant Kale replaced Rajneesh and continued tight line and length. He picked his 1st wicket in his 2nd over and there on, he added 3more crucial wickets to his tally which packed up half of the YC&AC side into the pavilion. Kale finished his spell with figure of 4(o)-15(r)-4(w) and YC&AC were 33/6. Alert fielding meant two quick run-outs added to tally. One of them a cheeky one by Suresh and YC&AC were 45/8. The final rituals were completed by Prem who took the final 2wickets in 1.1overs giving away just 1run and YC&AC were All Out for mere 55 Runs giving IECC a victory margin of 75runs.

Quite a lot of positives especially in the bowling department. They build pressure by maintaining good line and length and bowling changes worked like magic. Batting woes however continues. Hopefully we will sort this by next game. A dominating win in last league game against BECC will create strong chance for us to play the finals.

 

IECC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Anurag Singhc A Barrett* b O Morris18-1421--10
Vinay Mohan Iyerlbw b RD Davis 38-424---10
Pavethynath Velusamylbw b F Khan 43-317---10
Prashant B. Kalec A Winston† b RD Davis 8-4-1--10
Suresh G.Vb A Ironside 2-4----10
Prashant Kumarb F Khan 1-3----10
Saifuddin Rajb F Khan 0-1----10
Manu B.lbw b F Khan 0-3----10
Rajneesh Shuklab O Morris 3-6----10
Bidyut Sarkarlbw b F Khan 2-5----10
Prem Samuelnot out 1-2----11
Extras(w 11, nb 1, b 2) 14
Total 130        
Bowling O M R W bbf
Rajneesh Shukla20210
Anurag Singh301810
Prashant B. Kale401540
Vinay Mohan Iyer201200
Prem Samuel1.10120
Manu B.10700

YC&AC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
A Winstonc Manu B B b Raj Shukla0-30---1-
Fayaaz khanc Raj Shukla b P Kale11-202---1-
Owen Morrisc P Kumar Kumar† b A Singh8-131---1-
H Basharatb P Kale3-110---1-
Alaistair Ironsideb P Kale5-61---1-
M Curtisc A Singh b P Kale 0-30---1-
AI Islamrun out (Suresh G.V) 0-10---1-
Andy Barrettrun out (Saif Raj/P Kumar Kumar†) 11-90---1-
Robin Davisc Raj Shukla b Prem Samuel 1-50---1-
Ashab Ahmadc Raj Shukla b Prem Samuel 1-70---1-
Nick Ashworthnot out 0-00-0011
Extras(w 9, b 2, lb 4) 15
Total 55        
Bowling O M R W bbf
Alaistair Ironside402510
Andy Barrett402100
Owen Morris3.103220
Robin Davis403120
Fayaaz khan412150

Match Summary

TeamRunsWickets LostOversOutcome
IECC1301020Win
YC&AC551012.1Loss

 

(JC)Dramatic Last ball run out leads to first Tie in IECC history

Middle order collapse costs entry into season finals 

Match Report : IECC vs AQCC (Japan Cup T20) – Sunday 17th July,2016  by Pavethy

IECC’s dream to qualify for the Japan national T20 Cup was swept away as the game was tied between both teams. Sunday’s weather was as perfect as it could be asked for. 

First Innings:

AQCC won the toss and elected to bat first. They unleashed their “N-Power” players Nilesh, Nikhil, Nandha, Naren and Nirmal.  Nilesh gave them a good start at the top of the order only to see Kale shattering his stumps with a ripper and Rajneesh removed another opener Srinivas caught by Manu at long on. Vasanth and Nandha steadied their middle order and a timely run out by Abhishek Jain broke their partnership removing the dangerous Nandha. With Abhishek tightening the screws the run flow stopped and strangled the AQCC batsmen only to find themselves short of their creases, wanting for greedy runs. Vinay and kale each contributed a run out removing Naren and Nirmal respectively.

AQCC reeling for 88/7 in 17 overs, in came pinch-hitter Nikhil, the last of the N-Powered ones. He scored 32 off 18 balls hitting 4 sixes of Skipper Vinay’s bowling, 3 of which came in the final over. Considering 115/8 in 20 overs, a low score in T20 standards, the team got together quickly and started off the chase confidently.

Second Innings:

Openers Vinay and Anurag gave a solid and quick start against a quality bowling line up. Unfortunately, Anurag backed up too much to find himself out to a direct hit by Bakiyaraj from covers. Mr. Consistent Vinay too was out to an incoming delivery immediately after Anurag. Pavethy stranded and steadied himself on one end but to witness quality batsmen Dinesh, Kale and Adirit get out in quick succession for cheap runs.

 In came the young wicket-keeper batsman Prashant Kumar, playing sensible cricket he kept the scorers busy. Pavethy and Prashant Kumar build a partnership during the middle overs and took the team to a decent score of 94 in 16 overs from the stage of 61/5. Pavethy hit two consecutive boundaries of Nandha’s over and got greedy only to find the fielder in covers. As per the cricket saying “One brings Two”, IECC were 94/6; 95/7 and 96/8. Prashant Kumar followed Pavethy soon after and was followed by Saif. With two new batsmen at the crease, Abhishek Jain and Manu B., AQCC’s top bowlers pounced on them with the final 4 crucial overs. The pair batted wisely, hitting occasional boundaries and taking quick 1s and 2s. They both brought the team closer to target.

The Last over Drama:

IECC needed only 6 runs of the last over with 2 wickets in hand. At the start of over mix-up between Abhishek Jain and Manu led to a  run out . Manu sacrificed his wicket and Rajneesh came in. Calm and sensible batting made sure IECC required 1 run of last ball to win.  When an experienced cricketer like Abhishek Jain is at middle, you are sure that nothing will go wrong..!  AQCC captain brought all field inside 30 yard to stop any chance of single. With this field it was sure that bowler will try to bowl a Yorker and guess what he bowled low fulltoss which on nornal occasion could been hit out of ground. Batsmen were too rooted to thinking of not giving away wicket that he hit low full toss straight to short covers fielder and found himself run-out at non striker end. It was a tense and nail biting finish.

relive the Last over :

 The positives out of this match: 

   Overall our Bowling unit was excellent with – Abhishek Jain & Kale taking 2 wickets each. Our team’s fielding was also fabulous effecting 3 run outs. As with the Batting Unit – Anurag top scored with a quick fire 24, Pavethy and Vinay chipped in with 21 and 13 respectively at the top order. The highlights were the performance of our new comers Abhishek Jain (10), Prashant Kumar (11), Manu B (8) and for the rest of the batting unit, the faux pas still continues.

(KCL)Prem S gets taste of umpiring job

Date 10 July 2016 

  In summer, Sano area records highest temperatures and high humidity in Japan and it was similar kind of day. Prem accepted the request of umpiring but little he knew that it would be his toughest day of the season.  

  KCL match that was played between Samurai and Utsunomia was marred with lot of issues. Late arrival of both teams, taking their own time to settle down, excessive appealing, setting the boundaries into the field of play of JCL Div1 match happening between Sharks and Sano Cricket Club and verbally abusing their players.

Amongst all these, Mr Cool of IECC made sure that both match innings were finished smoothly and no further issues were raised. 

(KCL)Hell Hath No Fury Like Engineers Scorned

Biju Paul
June 29, 2016

A week after Engineers batting line-up was pulverized by Tigers in a T-20 outing, Engineers turned up with all their might for a longer version of the game(40 over KCL game) and the result was not surprising. Tigers were taken to the cleaners inside 15 overs for half the score of what they had bowled the Engineers out for in the previous week. The T-20 game was clearly a debacle as Engineers couldn’t score even half the runs Tigers had scored, having their top batters failed miserably which put pressure on the middle order who also found it difficult to get going in the face of persistent attack of the Tigers.The embarrassment of being bowled out for 61 runs had stirred the Engineers pride and the aftermath saw the Tigers being blown away for a paltry 31 runs in 13.2 overs.

The architects of this revenge victory were Masanao Kobayshi(80), who is a new addition to the Engineers this season, the skipper himself(50) and the tearaway quicks, the two Singhs, Vivek (4 wickets) and Anurag (3 wickets).Having won the toss skipper Vinay didn’t have any hesitation in electing to bat first. With Kobayashi as his opening partner, skipper’s decision to bat first yielded the desired result. The first two overs yielded 18 runs with skipper Vinay appeared to be in the zone. Kobayashi was more circumspect in shot selection but Vinay opened up quite early with a boundary off Tigers’ opening bowler Ankit in the 1st over itself. The unprofessionally dressed Tigers looked disoriented from the beginning itself and the opening batsmen started scoring at will. The Engineers goal was to bat all 40 overs and the openers played their role to lay the foundation.

The first 7 overs, after which the first bowling change occurred, saw 40 runs scored with neither of the batsmen showing any discomfort. Change bowler Saneesh started well with only 2 runs coming off his first over and it looked like he could create a break-through. Second change bowler Vishnu Shankar lost the plot in his second over with 17 runs coming off it. That over saw two no-balls one of which went for a four and the resultant free hit was hit for the maximum by Vinay. Tigers skipper Prasanth replaced his expensive bowler after one more his over went for 10 runs. Although Vinay scored at will he did offer a chance in the 12th over by Saneesh but the fielder dropped an easy one. At drinks after 15 overs Engineers were sitting pretty at 93/0 with Vinay 2 short of his half century.

Vinay completed his well deserved 50 soon after drinks break . As the bowling looked pretty ordinary skipper decided to accelerate the scoring further and went for shots off Pravin Mohan, who had just started bowling. But the ball didn’t get enough elevation and ended up in the hands of the fielder at deep cover. Tigers celebrated well their first breakthrough. Vinay’s innings contained three 4s and two 6s. Next in was the big name in Kanto Cricket, Prashant Kale. He didn’t waste much time getting used to the pitch and started his business right away. Kale stroked the balls fluently and his effortless innings of 33 came off 36 balls which included five hits to the boundary. Kale’s innings ended when he was caught behind off Ranjit Mouli. A partnership of 53 runs for the 2nd wicket with Kobayashi. Score 150/2 after 27 overs.

Next man Pavethy opened his account with a single off the first ball he faced. He dispatched the third ball he faced to the fence and in the company of Kobayshi went on to punish the bowlers with ease. Saneesh was brought back for a second spell in between and almost produced a result which would have been a pricey wicket. Again the fielder at deep square leg could not hold on to a catch offered by Kobayshi. Two overs later Pavethy perished going after his skipper’s way. In an effort to accelerate the score he succumbed to a fine running catch at deep cover by Ankit Thakur. The partnership produced 33 runs, 23 of which was scored by the outgoing batsman. Paverthy was caught on camera playing some exquisite square drives and classy straight drives by Manu Basava who was the operating the camera.  

Score 183/3 after 33 overs. After the fall of Pavethy’s wicket and with very few overs left, Kobayshi decided to go after the bowling. Next 23 balls he played had only two dot balls in it and the remaining 21 balls yielded 39 runs during which he completed his well paced 50. Some of Kobayashi’s defense techniques showed why he is considered one of the best in the country.  Kobayshi fell at the score of 224 for a personal score of 80 in the 37th over. He was caught behind off Ankit. Very next ball saw Suresh, who was Kobayshi’s partner after the fall of Pavethy’s wicket, clean bowled. Suresh’s 15 came off only 12 balls. With just 4 overs to left in the innings and wickets in hand, incoming batsmen started going for shots which saw the wickets falling in heaps.

From 224/4 in the 37th over, Engineers slumped to 250/9 at the end of the 40th over. In between vice captain Anurag Singh was the one who threw spanner in the celebrations of Tigers. With quick wickets, Tigers were having their tail up but Anurag’s innings of 16 runs off only 9 balls dampened their spirit. Especially that six over long on must have been a demoralizing sight for the Tigers.

With a target of 251 to chase, Tigers showed intent in the first ball they faced. Rajneesh Shukla was dispatched to straight down the boundary by Ranjit Mouli. He played and missed a few more balls in that over. The batsman showed his intent again in the next over trying to pull a short ball from this writer from the other end but the ball ended up hitting him on the chest due to the pace (or lack thereof!). Your reporter produced the first breakthrough trapping Ranjit Mouli plumb in front of the wicket. Skipper Prasanth walked in next but could not get going with the chase. Both Rajneesh and yours truly bowled decent lines and the latter accounted for the skipper when he played a lofted shot straight down the throat of mid-on. Pavethy didn’t have to move an inch. Score 20/2 after 6 overs.

Fielding at mid-on your reporter in between made the incoming batsmen aware of the need to go for shots if they wanted a victory. Some may call it sledging though. The two Singhs, Anurag and new comer Vivek replaced Rajneesh and Biju. With their express pace both bowlers created havoc among the Tigers. At the end of 10 overs Tigers score looked 24/5 with both Anurag and Vivek claiming a wicket each. With the top and middle order wiped out inside 10 overs, Tigers looked clueless against the pace of these two. Three of the next five batsmen were clean bowled which was again beautifully captured by the official photographer of the day, Manu. Last man Saneesh lasted only 3 balls as his middle stump was uprooted by swinging yorker by Anurag. Tigers all out for 31 in 13.5 overs.

Brief scores:

I Engineers: 250/9. Kobayashi 80, Vinay Iyer 50, Prashant Kale 33
I Tigers: 31/10 (13.5 ov). Anurag Singh, 3/4 Vivek Singh 4/4.

Match Scorecard   Match Photos

 

(JC) IECC gets mauled by Indian Tigers

Match report by Manu / Pavethy Date: 19June2016 

After two big wins The Engineers were all set to have a smooth ride on the Tigers for their third game in Japan cup. It was a cloudy day at the YCAC with overcast conditions. Captain Vinay, had sudden malady which forced vice captain Anurag to lead the team at the last moment. Vinay was replaced by 12th man Prem, who turned up from Sano to Yokahama. IECC appreciates your commitment Prem. This is what we expect from the newbies. It was debutant Manu’s first outing in YCAC as well (hearty welcome to the IECC family).

Bidyut opted to be the part-time wicket keeper with our regular keeper Prashant kumar having an outing in the Amazon forest. Prashanth Kale returned back from his Gharwapsi trip landed straight to YCAC from the airport, shows his commitment towards cricket and the team. Although he had to pass the IECC immigration check with a pack of Kaju Katli. The Toss was won by Anurag and elected to field first. With Vinay out of the game, we were one batsman and a bowler short with a last minute shuffling of the batting order as well. 

1st Innings:

“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”

A good start was provided by IECC pace bowler Rajneesh Shukla. Shukla managed to see through both the opening batsmen Ragesh Nair & Anuraj Singh (Both caught at mid on by Manu B). Anurag from the other end was bowling tight with his out swingers.

After a good spell by both Rajneesh and Anurag, other two pacers Ashok Kumar & Prakash Jayara (PK) were given the chance to bowl. Ashok Kumar striked immediately by shattering the stumps of Joe George. The Tigers started to crouch and build a decent partnership through Sabaorish (26) & Anil Kumar (21). But their partnership was broken by Prakash Jayara (PK) with a nice catch taken by Dinesh Singh at the first slip. 

Next batsman, N Karautiya unable to get going gave a sensational diving catch to Saifuddin Raj at mid off. Entered aggressive Rahul Koul (37 off 17) hitting boundaries and sixes at will was looking dangerous of making a big score, but Anurag brought himself back again and setup a plan to pick him at deep square leg which soon fulfilled by a well judged catch by Kale. 

Even though Saifuddin Raj had an expensive spell he managed to take the wickets of Anil Kumar & Divyanshu Srivastava both were beautifully caught by Prashanth Kale again at the same spot (deep square leg). Rajneesh Shukla came back and took the wicket of S Singh caught by himself leading the wickets list column (4 wickets). Even though YCAC is a small ground and has a tendency of having huge scores, disciplined bowling and fielding restricted the Tigers to 144/9 in 20 overs.

2nd Innings:

While keeping a tiger from the front door, the wolf comes in at the back.”

 – Chinese Proverb

     IECC’s new openers Kale and Bidyut started off slowly, thinking that with wickets in hand it would be much easier later to chase down the small target. But the pressure from the opposition was too much to handle. Losing Bidyut on the 4th over with only 7 runs on the board there were some alarm bells ringing in the dugout. With hardly 10 runs scored of the power play overs (slowest start by IECC in T20 so far to my knowledge) it was high time to score at a much faster pace. Dinesh Singh joined with kale to increase the run rate. In the process both got out to rash shots. 

     Kale who usually scores at a higher strike rate failed this time to up the ante. Pavethy tried to hold the strike on one end slowing the fall of wickets like dominoes but he too didn’t do any good to the run rate. Anurag Singh (0) followed to the pavilion giving away his wicket to Joe George going for a bad shot on the second ball he faced. Prakash Jayara (1) & Saifuddin Raj (4) was sent back by Saboarish, again trying to heave a six as early as they entered to bat. 

With 46 on the board on the 13th over and 6 wickets down there’s nothing much you can expect of the tail. One hundred needed in 7 overs. Pavethy tried to score to the shortest part of the ground and played across the line to give an easy catch to a boundary rider of Manoj Bharadwaj’s bowling. Another rash shot in the air with no timing. Manu (0) had to follow soon to an lbw decision in the same over, which was a clear inside edge. With 8 wickets down and too much to get even the umpire decided to dose off. He had to ask the scorer for the ball count each over. Thus was the state of our batting. Rajneesh Shukla (1), Ashok Kumar (8) and Prem S (5*) tried to keep the scorer busy but managed nothing but singles. With just two double figure scores and the rest all scoring in single digits IECC managed to score only 63 in 17 overs, failing to even bat the full quota.

        Failure to rotate the strike, look for gaps and run two’s, hit occasional boundaries, trying to build a partnership, valuing your wicket and not throwing away it so easy for the opposition to pounce on– these are the hard learnt lessons out of this match. With a fast paced game like T20 it is important to realize the mistakes soon and rectify it and nullify the advantages of your opponents. Hope this match will be a stepping stone for the following matches.

“Never let success get to your head; never let failure get to your heart”

(JPL)Vinay scores T20 hundred

Rich form of  Vinay Mohan Iyer this season continued as he scored his 2nd T20 hundred of the season and 1st in a Japan Premier League match held at Akishima ground on 29May, 2016..

 Representing South kanto Superkings, Vinay won the toss and decided to build challenging total for opposition to chase. Opening pair of Vinay and M. Kobayashi (max and IECC common players !!) batted cautiously for first few  overs, punishing bad deliveries which in process had their first 100 run opening partnership. Once settled, they cashed in and  Vinay with his classical and innovative batting scored exact 100 in 57 balls .Its the first 100 in JPL T20 match this season.  His another IECC Opening partner,  Prashant Kale batting at No 3 scored quickfire 34 of 17 deliveries.

IECC is placed in South Kanto division. Vinay Mohan Iyer, Prashant Kale, Anurag Singh, Rajneesh Shukla from IECC are selected to play for South Kanto Superkings this season.

All players in good form and their  consistent performance shows strong unit of IECC this season.

(JC) IECC Vs Keio Uni Captain’s Day Out

Skippers All-round Performance Seals the Match

May 15, 2016 by Prashant Kumar

The weather was just ideal for a good day’s cricket. Engineers captain, Vinay Iyer, after winning the toss decided to bat first putting the onus on the batsmen to put up a healthy total.

Skipper himself walked out with Prashant Kale to open the innings and started cautiously. Keio new ball bowlers, accompanied by the brilliant work in the field, were able to put a check on the scoring during the initial few overs. After getting their eyes in, both openers started looking for big shots. However, Kale, who was returning after his “Ghar Wapsi” break, failed to get going and was finally caught in the deep. It was a rare failure for him. Vinay, on the other hand, completely unperturbed, continued from where he had left in the last match. He kept on finding the fence at will. He was joined by Dinesh, who despite having a leg injury didn’t let the scoring rate dip scoring a quick-fire 22. He was replaced by Saif at the crease, who this time failed to trouble the scorers much. This brought Adrit at the crease. He proved to be the able ally for Vinay. They just kept hitting boundaries with nonchalant ease. The brilliant partnership between these included some excellent running between the wickets as well. Vinay, who was on 89 at the start of the final over, reached 97 in a matter of a couple of balls with double and a brilliant six. Though he had a chance to score back to back hundreds, however, it was not to be. A brilliant captain’s innings from Vinay, who was very well supported by Adrit with 43*, helped Engineers set up a formidable total of 192/3 in 20 overs.

The DEFENCE

Chasing the humongous target of 193 was always going to be difficult for the Keio University. They were trying hard to cut down the risk factor, which also meant compromising on the scoring opportunities. Our new ball bowlers, Anurag and Prakash (PK) were in superb form although their bowling figures don’t reflect to how well they bowled. Anurag in particular created pressure by bowling impeccable line and length but was unlucky to not get some more victims. As they say “ball was doing too much to even get a nick”.

It took 14 overs for Keio to reach 50 for the loss of a wicket. Just as the touring teams have often found the Indian spinners too hot to handle at the international level, it wasn’t much different here as well. The slower bowlers ran through the batting line up. Saif rolled his arm over for 3 wickets and Vinay claiming 4 scalps, including first hat trick of the season. Even Prashant Kale (Editor: What do you mean  by “even” 🙂 ), making a bowling comeback of some sort, chipped in with a wicket towards the end. Brilliant bowling and superb fielding by the Engineers were the reasons behind Keio boys succumbing to a meagre total of 70. But even this small total had some sparks of brilliance in between. Hope this outing will help our lesser experienced opponent gain some confidence and they would be able to turn up with more inspirational performances in their next matches.

Highlight of the Day

Today’s win was constructed on the fact that how each member stuck to his assigned tasks and was able to deliver when it mattered. Highlight of the day, undoubtedly was an inspirational performance by the captain both with bat and ball. The bowlers were up to the task, giving away only a few extras and were ably supported by the fielders. Wicket-keeping was excellently done by Prashant Kumar standing upto the stumps (since he was the author of this report , he didn’t mention it – added by Pavethy :p )

The captain couldn’t have asked for more from his troops, with all three departments warming up to the bigger challenges which is expected ahead with a few interesting encounters lined up. Hope we continue with our good work throughout the season. Cheers!!!

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(JC) IECC Vs AGCC- Huge win over AGCC

Vinay’s Century and Anurag blitzkrieg enable Engineers to breeze past AGCC.

Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation.  in my case i wouldnt start the Report-writes saif  Raj

IECC 248 for 2 (Vinay 124, Kobayashi 73) beat  AGCC 58 for 10 (Kawasaki 20, Anurag 4ov – 6 – 6)  by 190 runs. Scorecard 

Firstly, let me welcome the debutants to IECC family – Adrit Jain, Masaomi Kobayashi and Prashant Kumar. All the best and hope you guys have a good time.

Nature was not turning out to be kind enough; there was persistent rain in the build up to the match. Strong winds blowing across the ground throughout the day also threatened to put off our first match of the season.

Our Captain, herein referred to as Vinay J lost  the Toss and AGCC invited us bat first. More than the opposition’s bowling arsenal, breezy conditions were going to be a bigger challenge. IECC openers cum captains (IECC and Japan team respectively) were watchful to begin with. Soon after, they opened up and the boundaries started to flow at will. Kobayashi’s stroke play was matched by Vinay’s drives and deft touch.

Bowling by Aoyama CC was below par to say the least but cannot blame them for the effort on the field. Fielding was up to the mark with some brilliant out fielding effort by AGCC. At a little over halfway stage both batsmen had crossed half centuries at a brisk rate. Kobayashi perished in search of quick runs for a well-made 73(45).

Vinay upped the ante and with some lusty blows with good support from Pavethy at the other end. Score reading 150 for 1 at 15 over mark and Vinay at 60. 16th over yielded 20 runs; all coming from Vinay’s bat. I bet Vinay was not thinking what the whole team was thinking – a chance to score a century. From there on it was carnage, amazing display of stroke play by Vinay.

By 18th over Vinay reached the land mark with boundary over midwicket as the entire team rose to applaud a stupendous effort.

IECC ending at a humongous 248 for 2 from 20 overs.

2nd Innings:

     With all due respect to Aoyama G. CC the match was all but over.  AGCC was never going to chase down a mammoth total against the bowling might of IECC.Opening spell started by ever reliant Rajneesh and tear away spearhead Anurag. AGCC openers survived the first over unaware of what was going to hit them next.

Hit they were, by the pace, swing and aggression of Anurag who was in no mood to let go off the hard work and muscle built during the off season.

     The batsmen were on their toes while playing him (or not so) all the time.One ball whizzed past the ears and the other would rattle the stumps – It was the beginning of an end. Awesome display of fast and accurate bowling saw wickets being rattled 7 times in a span of first 8 overs. 6 of which snapped up by Anurag in a 4 over spell, all bowled. At the end of 8 overs, score read 27/7. AGCC all but finished even before it began.

     The last few wickets was going to be a formality for IECC and it was about going through the emotions for AGCC. IECC wrapping up the ACC innings with a professional and dominating performance. At the end IECC made light work of AGCC batting, gunning them all out for a meagre 58.

Match scorecard

 

[WG] Gale and Storm flattens the Rising Stars – Part 2

Engineers massive score makes it 2-0

Apr 10, 2016 by Suresh G.V

After the “Prashant Storm” chased the target of 145 in the 1st match in just 11 overs, the batters were ready and loaded with fire with all guns blazing for the second match.

The second match was led by vice captain Anurag in the absence of our regular captain Vinay. Anurag did a very fine job in marshalling his troops well. The openers, Abdul  and Saif, right from the word “Go” were on a destructive mode. Abdul in particular was at his very best, scoring 44 of just 22 balls. Saif too contributed with a swift 38 off 26 balls. The opening partnership was broken in the 7th over and in came the man of the day, Prashant Kale, who had earlier taken the Rising Stars by storm. Kale started his innings where he had left off in the first match with complete dominance again scoring an  aggressive knock of 38 in just 18 balls.  Rest of the natters (PK, Bidyut, Suresh, Dinesh) continued their good work, and Vivek finished the innings with some fire power scoring 29 of 11 balls. The Engineers finished the game with a huge score of 225/6 in 20 overs. IECC Defending 225: The word discipline was perfect to describe our bowling unit. Rising Stars were in huge pressure with a humongous score to chase. Engineers started the proceedings with Dinesh & Prem.  Dinesh in his very 1st over got the important wicket of Sunny, which was supported by a very good catch from PK. I could say with that the hopes of Rising Stars were buried, and from there on no batter had answers for the engineers bowling attack. It was a complete dominant performance from engineers, Prem once again had produced a decent spell. By half way of RS innings, they were struggling at 23/3. Then came the spin duo of Bidyut and Manu and RS batters failed to pick the spin combo, Bidyut (2) and Manu (3) chipped in some quick wickets and the rest of the game was just a formality. Captain Anurag was very good in field placing and rotated his bowlers very well, bowled a very good spell too and the overall job was great. The hard fought hero Vivek bowled his heart out with very good pace and our man behind the wickets Prashanth Kumar had done an excellent job with gloves. Keep up the good work guys. Rising Stars could manage to reach only a paltry 82/8 in their 20 Overs, Engineers took the game by 143 Runs. Although we had lot of positives to take from the games played, there is always room for improvement.

Expertise come by repetition. let’s work hard until we make winning a habit.

[WG] Gale and Storm flattens the Rising Stars – Part 1

Prashant Kale Steamrolls Rising Stars

Apr 10, 2016 by Anurag Singh. 

Kale Scored 117 of 44 deliveries.what was most striking was that his century came inside 10 overs which is in all likelihood is a record in Japan.

“They say cricket is a team game, but that’s not always the case” – Mystery man

Match 1

After a tense encounter in the T-20 World Cup, with India taking the game in a thrilling finish, P. Kale invited the Rising Stars to play a couple of friendly T-20s at Sano. Rising Stars gladly accepted the challenge and the was game on. Every one was wishing for close games, but Engineers’ batting line up (read Prashant) made sure that that was not the case. Engineers captain Vinay, offered the opposition to bat first, if they agreed to Engineers batting first in the second game. After that sweet deal was made, the game started with Anurag and Vivek opening the bowling, in absence of the regular (read older) pair of Biju and Rajneesh.

Bowling

Vivek playing his first game for the Engineers, bowled in good areas, with very good pace, despite the pot belly, which is a proof of the good time he had back home. Anurag was a bit wayward to begin with and allowed Rising Stars’ openers easy runs, with Sunny, the opener taking him for a couple of fours and a six. First change, Abdul got rid of the other opener straight-away in his first over, with Prashant Kumar pocketing the catch. This brought in Naimul at number 3, who was sent back by PK in the first over of his spell, with Vinay taking the catch. Sunny on the other end was riding all his luck and making sure Engineers paid the price every time it was bowled in the slot. He had a good partnership with Rajin (16) and Sayeed (18). After two overs from Abdul, Vinay took over for a two over spell, and took out Sunny in his first over to halt their march. Afterwards, Manu and Prem were brought on to bowl two over spells each. Prem bowled a good spell, bowling wicket to wicket, and taking out Mohibul in his first over. Vivek and Anurag finished the innings with some tidy overs to restrict the Rising Stars to 142 in their allotted 20 overs. The bowling effort from the Engineers was good, but it lacked control, and the ground fielding and catching let them down too many times. The keeping by Prashant Kumar was brilliant as always.

Batting

Chasing 143, Engineers started with Prashant Kale (referred to as Kale hereafter as we have two of them now 🙂 ) and Vinay. Kale was in no mood to take it slow, which is the case most of the times, and he started with a huge six off the second ball of the innings. On the other end, Vinay had a contrasting start, miscuing his second ball to offer a simple catch. This brought the younger Prashant to the crease who played very sensibly and kept rotating the strike, making sure Kale got to face as many deliveries as possible. Kale was in great touch and was making sure that anything that was in his zone was punished. It was just one of the days where his zone was pretty wide. All the bad deliveries and even the not so bad ones were dispatched to the boundary and he showed no love to any of the bowlers. Engineers had to dispatch two people on the boundary just to fetch the balls that were mostly landing outside the ground. He took a special liking to Rajin and Helal, with the former going for 37 in his 2 overs, and the latter going for 35 in his single over spell. Kale was in such good touch in the second half of the innings that he took only 15 deliveries to complete his second fifty and raced to 117 in a mere 44 deliveries.  It was a great knock and I hope he continues paying like this for the rest of the season.

What was most striking was that his century came inside the first 10 overs, which in all likelihood is a record in Japan.

Prashant Kumar also played a good supporting role and scored a run-a-ball 20. The game was completed in the 10.2 overs and it was a highly convincing win for the Engineers. [separator top=”10″ bottom=”20″ style=”shadow”]

 

 

(WG) IECC vs Tochigi

Honors shared equally in two T20 games March 20, 2016 Pavethy Nath

Match 1: “The Lion and the Ring master” It was a clear sunny day with spring in the air and hopes on our heart for a good day’s cricket. The Engineers reached on time in Sano for a good pre-match warm up session headed by Prashant kale and the mystery masked man with an unnamed IECC T-shirt. All geared up and waiting for the opponents almost an hour passed by. At about 11 am, they slowly appeared in patches, the lions are known for their laziness in the wilderness but this is cricket in Japan. May be they tried to imitate Miyamoto Musashi (the samurai who was known to be late for duels), but Ashok was quick to give them an earful. With the stumps laid out and the boundaries marked, in walked Kale and Neeraj – our newest opening pair for the first match. Vinay (Captain) wanted to have a blend of new comers and old players to get a better understanding between batting partners. Neeraj played a classic cover drive to start with a boundary but soon perished to a short pitch delivery edging to the keeper. On the other hand, Kale was aggressive and scored a quick fire 24. He was then bowled to a sharp incoming delivery. We were 2 wickets down within the power play but with a good run rate, the match was in balance.  Our next mix and match pair Dinesh and Adirit Jain steadied the ship. They made the opponents run all around the ground like a wild goose chase.

To add insult to injury in came Udayanga, a bowler with the pace of Malinga but no where near to his accuracy. He bowled a 2 ball over with the rest all too high no balls giving us 17 runs in worst economy rate of Sano’s history (Economy – 51.0). The pair made a 50 partnership. Soon Adrit got out on the 14th over. He hit 3 sixes and 1 four showing his capability in the shortest format. Dinesh soon got out for a well made 38 in 32 balls. In walked Vinay and the Unnamed masked mystery man. Vinay continued his form from the previous season as if he rose from hibernation. He made a quickfire 33 from 20 balls. As the saying goes “Make hay while the sun shines”. The mystery man made Hay (Hay fever) but didn’t shine this time with his Laver & Wood bat. He got out at 5. Nevertheless, he showed his passion for cricket despite having hay fever and surrounded by hay all over in Sano 1. His efforts were appreciated by giving him a ride in PK’S convertible. Thanks Anurag (vice-captain). We made 169/ 5 after 20 overs.

After few munches and drinks we got back to the field. Biju and Rajneesh opened the bowling. They soon got to their line and length make it difficult for the opposition batsmen to score. They picked up a wicket each, followed by Anurag and Abhishek. Abhishek rolled his left armers excellently and picked up 2 wickets with a good economical spell.  Roshan and Rasika scored some crucial runs for their team in the middle overs but failed to continue. Ponnusamy bowled some very slow spin which frustrated them and he finally got the wicket of Rasika who was batting well. Vinay chipped in the final overs and ended the game with 2 wickets in one over. Their batting was at par and they scored 141 at the end of 20 overs.

TOCHIGI – 141/7 IN 20 OVERS. Engineers won by 29 runs.

Match 2: The Lion’s Share

After resting for a while, the 2nd game was reduced to 15 overs due to time constraint, with Tochigi batting first. They started with a bang making use of the power play overs. The openers reminded us why they are the defending champions of Japan Cup. Aravinda hit 5 sixes and 4 fours in an incredible knock of 60. And Pethum scored 46 with 1 six and 5 boundaries. It took an international standard full stretch one handed catch by Adrit at the long on boundary to stop the explosive Aravinda. All our bowlers were torn apart by the opening pair except Vinay who came to bowl in the later half. They reached 100 at the end of the 8th over. Later Vinay pulled up his sleeves along with Adirit, who was rewarded with the ball in his hand for his incredible catch. They both bowled an economical spell to restrict Tochigi CC to 159 in 15 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. With nearly 10.6 runs needed per over.

Pavethy and Prashanth gave a good start with Prashanth Kumar rotating the strike and Pavethy going for the big shots. Pavethy scored a quick fire 27 in 11 balls but failed to dominate the power play throughout. Abhishek Jain followed him and ran some quick singles and 2’s trying to up the run rate as the boundaries were drying. Prashanth Kumar was retired our and Abhishek was retired hurt. Kale and Vinay came in next with kale scoring 19 and Vinay unfortunately getting out through his legs with just 2 runs. Neeraj joined kale and 13. Both of them were scalped by Rasika and Prabath combination catching them in the boundary line. With more than half the side back to the pavilion, entered Dinesh (hamara Sher Khan). He sent the Lions running all round the park, scoring an incredible quick fire 26. With him on strike IECC hopes were high. But he was caught out by Aravinda off the bowling of Chinaman Prabath. There went the Lion’s share of wickets. We were short by only 15 runs by the end of 15 overs.

Tochigi – 159/ 4 (15 ov). IECC – 145/ 8 (15 ov).

Having won one and lost the other, we sure had a lot of take home messages and a good day of practice against one of the best teams in Japan. We sure did tackle them but failed to tame them.

Engineers falter in the KCL Final

Poor batting costs the title

Bidyut Sarkar
25th Oct, 2015

The stage was all set. All the hard work and wonderful display of cricketing skills by the Engineers, throughout the season of 2015, finally boiled down to this one match: the final of Kanto Cricket League (KCL-2015). It was a ‘clash of the titans’ between Indian Engineers and Samurai, the best two teams of the tournament. Riding on the back of an awe-inspiring performance in the semifinal against Alpha Q, the Engineers were all set to lift the coveted trophy in their maiden final appearance. They also had a very strong team consisting of batsmen, bowlers and several all-rounders (importantly majority of them in form) at their disposal. On the other side, Samurai was also ready to avenge the loss they suffered against the same opposition at the group stage. They were high on confidence after demolishing Indian Tigers in the semifinal. After the tussle over neutral umpire in their group match, the final had two neutral umpires. Among all the brights, the only dark point was the weather: a persistent and strong wind of 20-30 km/hr was threatening to blow everything away. However, the match started as scheduled. Skipper Vinay won the toss and decided to put the opposition to bat first.

The start was not as engineers would have liked: a wide down the leg-side by the Engineers’ most consistent bowler Rajneesh eluded the keeper to the boundary. It was just the beginning but it somehow reminded this writer about the World cup final-2003 between India and Australia, when Sourav Ganguly elected to field first and Zaheer Khan bowled a wayward first over including a wide that went for four runs. However, Rajneesh was quick to correct his line. Samurai opener Ishara showed his intents very early by dispatching the third ball he faced for four. The first over yielded 10 runs (better than 15 runs by Zaheer!). After keeping quiet for four balls in the second over, bowled by Biju, Ishara launched one straight over the bowlers head for six. The other opener Hanif, the tormentor of Indian Tigers in the semifinal, was also in the mood of taking game away from engineers early. He hit two fours of Rajneesh in the next over taking Samurai to 27/0 after 3 overs. In Biju’s second over, Hanif hit straight into the hands of mid-on where Ashok made an easy sitter looked difficult before grassing it. A couple of balls later Biju had his hands in the head again. This time Rajneesh messed up the catch offered by the other opener, Ishara. To make amends for his missed chance, Rajneesh scalped Hanif in the very next over thanks to stunning catch by Sumon at gully (35/1). The fall of wicket also stopped the run flow to some extent. Both Rajneesh and Biju bowled at good length on off-stamp line. While Samurai no.3 Thirimanne concentrated on singles, Ishara could not rotate the stike and relied on occasional expansive shots. The bowling change in the 9th over worked for the Engineers when Anurag accounted for Ishara (23). After surviving a strong appeal for caught behind, Ishara tried to smack the very next ball out of the ground over the bowler’s head but only managing to nick it to the keeper. This time the umpire had no doubt. At the end of 10 overs the score read 54/2. The game was well balanced, with the Engineers new ball bowlers did very well to manage the ball in the strong wind.

Samurai no.3 Thirimanne and no.4 Suppun played very well from here, building a match defining partnership of 85 runs in 15 overs. They survived a probing spell by Anurag and a mixed caution-aggression approach to take their team to 100 in the 18th over and then to 114/2 midway (20 overs). Engineers broke the threatening partnership when Dinesh trapped Thirimanne in front of the stamps in the 25th over. By then he already scored a half century (Thirimanne, 54) and Samurai (134/3) was well set for the final assault. However, Samurai captain Chula with well set Suppun at the crease could not just break free thanks to some good bowling effort by the Engineers. Particularly Vinay was economic, conceding just 13 runs in his first five overs. However, the breakthrough belonged to Rajneesh who disrupted the timbers of Chula (8), trying to break the shackles (184/4, 32 overs). The new batsmen could not score much and wickets kept falling at regular intervals (202/5,204/6, 217/7,228/8). However, Suppun, well set by then used the wind to good effect. He played his big shots along the direction of the wind, picking up 14 in an over of Vinay and 22 in the final over by Manvi. With a six of the final ball he also reached to his century (104*) and took Samurai to a formidable 249 in stipulated 40 overs. Samurai accumulated 65 runs of the last 8 overs.

Overall, engineers’ bowlers did very well in the unfair weather, particularly after Samurai got off to a flying start. Rajneesh, Anurag and Vinay picked up two wickets each while Dinesh accounted for one. Manvi got the maximum smacking (7-0-58-0). A couple of dropped catches also did not help the Engineers, but otherwise the fielding was not too bad. Sumon was particularly brilliant in the gully area, and later with keeping gloves in the hands in effecting a stamping and a run out.

Midway through the match it was not all over for the engineers. Although the target (250) was more than run a ball, with a very strong batting line up and a small ground at disposal, Engineer’s were confident of chasing it down. They knew if they can play full 40 overs the match will be theirs. With this belief engineers’ went to have the mouth watering Chicken korma, prepared by PK, and bread for lunch. By then more supporters and sponsors of Team IECC had also reached the ground to cheer. With skipper captain Vinay deciding to bat in the middle order, Rajneesh was promoted to open along with Prashant Kale. They played the first over with caution scoring only 4 runs off it. In the next over a misunderstanding between the openers cost the Engineers their first wicket. Rajneesh played a ball towards square leg and set off for a single. However, Kale’s refusal was a bit late for Rajneesh to come back to the crease. The umpire ruled the close call for run out in favor of the fielding team, although the batsman felt he was home. Engineers were reduced to 6/1. Dinesh joined Kale next. While Samurai opening bowlers Ashiq and Uddika bowled tight line, Dinesh and Kale played with caution. Kale also got a reprieve in the 4th over when his catch was dropped in the mid wicket region. He tried to relieve some pressure by greeting Samurai captain Chula with a four of the first ball and a six of the fourth in the 7th over. However, their partnership did not last enough and the Engineers lost another wicket to run out. This time Dinesh tried to a play a big shot in the final over of power-play, but only offered a high catch to point. The fielder failed to hold onto the catch in the strong wind. But Dinesh, while watching his reprieve, was late to respond to Kale’s call for a run and was run out in the process (IECC: 29/2, 7.3 overs). Now Saif joined Kale, who continued to bat positively. The bowing change worked for Samurai when the introduced Hanif in the 10th over. Kale smacked a four of the fifth ball of Hanif, but perished in the process of hitting the next ball out of the ground by offering a catch to long on (Kale: 30). The Engineers were once again facing similar situation as in the semifinal: 45/3 in 10 overs in a stiff run chase. They needed once more a strong display from their middle order. They had heroes of previous match, namely Anurag, Sumon and Manvi along with Captain Vinay, Ashoke and PK to see them through.

Vinay came in at no.5 to join Saif. However, Vinay a got an early beauty from the opposition number, Chula, that kept rising from short of good length and took a thin edge through to the keeper (IECC 45/4). The jubilant celebration of Samurai showed the importance of the wicket. While next batsman Sumon played cautiously, Saif decided to take the attack to the opposition. He quickly scored 22 of 14 balls, but got out in the process of hitting one too many. After hitting a six of Samurai spinner Thirimanne, he tried to smack the next one also out of the park. But this time the shot against the strong wind only reached the waiting hands of long off. It was bit unlucky; had it been with the wind it would have easily cleared the ropes. Now IECC was in serious trouble with 71/5 in the 15th over.

With Anurag joining Sumon in the middle, all IECCeans were hoping for a repeat of semifinal feat from them. However, that was not to happen on this day. In his next over, Thirimanne trapped Sumon in front of the wickets to reduce the Engineers to 79/6. Manvi and Anurag played safely and took the score to 100 in the 23rd over.  However, Manvi was trapped LBW in the same over, once again by Thirimanne (IECC, 100/7). Anurag, playing out singles till then, decied to open up against Samurai spinner Sujith hitting him thee fours in an over. He and Ashoke quickly accumulated 29 runs in three overs. Once again when the Engineers  camp was seeing some ray of hope, they were again undone by another misunderstanding resulting in the wicket of Anurag. Just similar to Rajneesh’s shot in the beginning, Ashok played a shot to square leg. This time non-striker Anurag quickly set off for a risky single and reached the danger end, while Ashok stood the ground. Both ended up at the striker’s end and Anurag had to depart (IECC 129/8, Anurag 24). Samural put the final kneel in the coffin in the next over when Ashiq uprooted the stumps of PK of the very first ball he faced (IECC 130/9). Ashok managed a few more runs in the company of last man Biju, but that was never going to be enough. Finally Ashok was stumped off Chula for 11 and the Engineers were bundled out for 143 in the 29th over. For Samurai Thirimanne was pick of the bowlers picking up 3 for 27 in 5 overs. Chula took two wickets, while Hanif and Ashiq took one each. But IECC did not help themselves with three crucial run outs in the final.

Samurai keeper Suppun was their man of the SIDO match with a superb century. For the Engineers, Anurag was the top performer with two wickets and a spirited 24 with the bat. Although the Engineers could not win the final battle, they fought it hard in the challenging weather and they should take pride in their performance throughout the tournament, specially the semifinal match. They did enjoy the moment and did some post match analysis over a barbecue party in the ground, arranged by Biju. This brings curtains to the 2015 season where Team IECC fared rather well with semifinal appearance in the Japan cup T-20 and finalist here in KCL-2015. However, they have one more chance to clinch a trophy this year. The final 2014 KCL was postponed to this year and scheduled to be played on 15th Nov against the Indian Tigers. After Semifinal and final appearance is it time for the trophy? Lets’ all hope so.

Brief Scores:

Samurai: 249/9(40 ov). Supun 100*, Thirimane 54
I Engineers: 143/10 (34 ov). Prashant Kale 30, Thirimane 3/19

Engineers heist leaves Alpha Q devastated

The middle order engineer a riveting thriller

Biju Paul
Oct 18, 2015

Sunday was a day for drum beats and celebrations for the Engineers at Sano. They  beat Alpha Q in one of the most thrilling matches of all times and secured their place for the title clash with the mighty Samurai. The magnitude of the heist that the Engineers have pulled off  is the stuff of legends. In a performance that simply beggars belief, a score line that read 4/41 after 10 overs read 196/6 after 38 overs throwing the jubilant Engineers into a frenzy of noisy celebrations and a cacophony of vuvuzela and trumpet. The chief architect of this show was involved in a similar heist that the Engineers pulled off a few years ago against the Indian Tigers at Shizuoka. Chasing a little over 200 runs on that occasion, the Engineers were 5 wickets down with 50 odd runs on the board but two brave men, Sidde Raju and Anurag Singh pulled off an incredible win with 150+ runs partnership that left the opposition stunned. It had taken the Tigers more than two seasons to recover from that loss.

Here it was again, one of those guys, Anurag Singh, probably a bit wiser and smarter, again involved in yet another legendary stuff. His unbeaten 46 along with a run a ball 47 not out by Manvi Prashant formed the backbone of the riveting thriller along with the flawless ensemble performance of the supporting cast, Sumon and veteran Ashok Kumar. The only aberration was the Old Monk that played its part on Anurag. After a night of drinks and who knows what else, with his neighbour and team mate, Charan Sidhu, and then an excellent spell of 7 overs for a purchase of 2 wickets, that included 2 maiden overs in the morning, the young man’s muscle struck work for a while during his stay at the crease, probably robing him of his half century.

The Engineers now meet Samurai whom they have beat with ease at the league level. Samurai probably is also on a high after they chased down a target of 153 with ridiculous ease in 15 overs with their star batsman Hanif Niazi scoring 93 off only 45 balls in the first semi-final against the Indian Tigers.

Earlier in the morning, electing to bat first after winning the toss Alpha Q progressed steadily. Engineers in their new jersey, sponsored by Jay Enterprises (www.jay.co.jp)were a bunch of happy and bubbly crew. Rajneesh and Biju opened the bowling for the Engineers. Rajneesh was as always McGrath-like miserly. Though both bowlers beat the bat several times, the openers Nilesh and Chandru progressed steadily. Nilesh looked more assured of the two and Chandru seemed to be playing a supporting role but in the end it was Chandru who top scored for his team and earned the SIDO Man of the Match award for AQ. Nilesh tried to play attacking shots and was successful on two occasions to send the ball to the boundary during his brief stay. He paid the price in the 7th over, slashing a ball to the waiting hands of first slip off Rajneesh. Score 24/1 after 7 overs. Anurag and Manvi were brought in as the change bowlers. The first over of both the bowlers must have given the batsmen a bit of confidence as they scored 19 runs off next two overs. But as the bowlers settled in, it became apparent that it was not easy as it seemed. Chandru and new batsman Vasant played sensible cricket to stay at the wicket and produced a valuable 54 runs partnership. Searching for a wicket, skipper brought in PK and he produced a result immediately. After being hitting for a four, which was followed by a wide, PK produced an edge off Vasant into the waiting hands of slightly widely placed first slip where Dinesh Singh took his second catch. Meanwhile, Chandru grew in confidence and was looking more like an opener who could play shots. He hit Manvi for a six and a four and started playing confident shots. New batsman Narendar gave him support and the pair put up another good partnership of 38 runs for the 2nd wicket. The partnership ended when Narendar was caught at the long on boundary by Rajneesh as the batsman tried to clear the ropes off skipper Vinay. Next batsman Krishna didn’t last long either and was caught at long off boundary by Anurag, who didn’t have to move an inch from where he was placed. In between Dinesh accounted for opener Chandru who was caught at the wicket for a personal score of 40. The score read 122/5 after 26 overs.

With three quick wickets, the momentum was brought back and Engineers estimated that Alpha Q could be restricted to around 180 runs. Next in was the big hitting Nanda. The ever smiling batsman played some handsome shots but many a times was tempted by Vinay. He jumped out of the crease a few times only to miss the ball but escaped being stumped. The batsman’s overconfidence, however, led to his own peril. His sardonic comment “stop me if you can” sounded more like a verbal than a statement of confidence. The comment obviously spurred the engineers. In order to state his case, he played one shot too many but a searing delivery from Anurag sent his off stump cart wheeling. A send off comment “sometimes words can bite you back” was heard as the dejected batsman walked back for a personal score of 37. But by then he had taken his team to a respectable score of 183/7 in 37 overs. His partnership with Mohan yielded 35 runs for the 6th wicket. Mohan’s 16 came off only 11 balls but he also could not withstand the pace of the Old Monk lover. Some of his deliveries just seared off the surface as if they came off a spring. Engineers wrapped up things pretty soon thereafter, with AQ score reading 195/9 after Dhinesh Kumar dispatched Manvi to the boundary off the last ball of the innings.

A delicious chicken curry lunch prepared by PK provided the spice required for the chase but the drama was yet to unfold. Engineers always knew that it would be AQ’s batting vs. Engineers’ batting. So skipper Vinay Iyer and Bidyut Sarkar went out determined to see AQ’s opening bowlers Mani and Nanda through. Mani generated good pace and kept a consistent line. His hard work was rewarded when Bidyut played on to his stumps in the 3rd over. Score 4/1. With a pretty decent batting lineup with big names like Dinesh Singh and Prashant Kale yet to come, an early wicket normally does not cause a big problem. Mani, however, persisted with him immaculate line and length and he was rewarded again in his very next over. A searing beauty outside the off stump took the edge of Dinesh’s new bat on its way to the ‘keeper’s gloves. Engineers 10/2 after 5 overs. Now, that is a cause of a slight concern. In came Prashant Kale, due for a big innings the whole season. He produced his trade mark flick that fetched the maximum in the 3rd ball he faced off Mani. Things looked a bit better and batsman gained some confidence but the AQ bowlers still kept the runs dry. As the score read 30/2 after 7 overs, Prashant tried to ease the pressure by hoicking the change bowler Mohan. Although two fielders converged from far ends the ball landed safely in no man’s area in the mid wicket region. That was an aah.. moment for the Engineers. Mohan continued to keep the Engineers under pressure. His hard work seemed to have fetched results when he trapped skipper Vinay in front. As the ball seemed to have hit the pad the fielders went up in unison and up went the finger any batsman dread to see. The batsman walked back after exchanging his views on the decision as he had played the ball on to his pad. Score 31/3 after 7.2 overs. All these seemed to have affected Prashant who normally keeps his calm. A few balls later he tried to shake off the shackles once again by lifting Mohan again to the same region where he was dropped earlier but his luck had run out by this time. Score read 41/4 after 10 overs. The celebration of the AQ said it all. They thought they had the game. Their nostrils had filled with the scent of victory as that scoreline is most times a harbinger of a jolly good trouncing.

Now, the Engineers had a situation. It was a familiar situation. But this was no league match. This is a prestigious match. This is the knock out of KCL. They have gone through this pain 5 times before. The trophy suddenly seemed to be ever elusive. Though there was no Situation Room to address the situation two brave men at the crease handled the situation very well – again. One was the Old Monk lover and the other was the diminutive little master, Sumon. Both played cricket like it has to be played. They respected good balls, punished the bad ones, ran quick singles where there seemed none, converted singles to twos. Sumon took 10 balls to open his account but he did it in style by dispatching two consecutive balls to the boundary. He took another 8 balls before playing his next scoring shot. He knew what was to be done. He knew how it was to be done. He had Anurag at the other end who kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and twos. Engineers heaved a sigh of relief as the score reached 100 in the 20th over. Alpha Q was 101/2 at this stage. Game evenly poised. Soon after the drinks break, Nilesh broke the partnership when he clean bowled Sumon for a personal score of 27 but his immensely valuable partnership of 67 runs with Anurag had taken the Engineers to a stage where they could stay alive in the game. Score 108/5 after 22 overs. Dignity was restored and an attack could be planned. In came the Sehwag of the Engineers, Manvi. His simple Sehwag-like philosophy of “if the ball there to be hit, hit it” had cost him big scores many times in the past but he has always provided the team with the impetus it needed. This writer has implored the batsman many times to develop a bit more patience to play longer innings. The potential is huge but the patience, or the lack thereof, most times never allowed the maverick batsman to fully realise it. Here was a situation where the team needed best and most of these two guys and boy, did they live up to the expectation! The two men played the innings of their life to the total discomfort of AQ. Bowlers steamed in, doing their best to dislodge the partnership but they took the bowling by the scruff of the neck and shepherded the side well.

When Anurag was forced to take a break to nurse his muscle at his personal score of 26 in the 23rd over veteran Ashok Kumar replaced him to give company to Manvi who had changed gears to top by that time. Ashok played with ease and calm, not seen of him in the recent past, to score 14 runs but a series of dot balls caused the batsman to play shots to break the shackles only to give a catch at mid wicket. Score 163/6 after 34 overs. The match was still evenly poised but the return of Anurag to the crease to join Manvi restored the calm. The nimble footwork and silken timing of both had the poise and elegance of finest of players you could see in Japan. AQ skipper Srinivas tried all the tricks in the hat, brought his primary bowlers back but after withstanding probing spells from the bowlers, Anurag and Manvi teed off with élan once their spell was over. The rest was all clean hitting, too clean for AQ’s comfort. With almost identical scores it was only natural that the number of big scoring shots were also the same. Both batsmen had four hits each to the boundary and one each over it.

Manvi did give a chance, but only a ghost of one, but so ferociously was the ball hit that,  Vasant, who was fielding at cover point could only deflected the ball to his face, injuring his nose in that process, and then to the boundary. By then the horse had bolted the stable anyway. With Manvi on 43 and Anurag on 46 and only 4 runs needed for an incredible victory the Engineers stood at the edge of the ground hoping Anurag to score his half century but it was Manvi who was destined to hit the winning runs. He hit Dhinesh over cover for a boundary throwing the Engineers into extra ordinary scenes of celebration.  This writer believes Charan owes the team an Old Monk 🙂

Very well played Alpha Q. It was a great match and we thoroughly enjoyed the intensity and sportsmanship. Glad to know that Vasant has no internal injury!

Brief scores:

Alpha Q: 195/9 (40 ov). Chandru 40, Nanda 37, Anurag Singh 2/32, Vinay Mohan 2/27
I Engineers: 196/6 (37 ov). Anurag Singh 46*(4×4, 1×6), Prashant Manvi 47*(4×4, 1×6), Sumon 27

SIDO Players of the match: Anurag Singh and Chandru

Engineers and rain sink Serendib

Engineers secure their KCL Semi-final berth

Bidyut Sarkar|
Sep 6, 2015

Dark covers of ‘cumulonimbus’ and frequent showers throughout the week cast doubts over the possibility of a KCL match between the Engineers  and Serendib on Sunday, 6th September. However, the cricket-hungry players of the two teams decided to take a chance and see what actually happens at the ground itself. Well, the morning looked good as the darks clouds slowly disappeared and a match could be started at 11 am. Due to late start the match was reduced to 35 overs a side affair.

The Engineers  started off on a good note with stand-in captain, Biju Paul, calling the correct side of the coin and took the obvious decision to bat first(who will just field in case rain washes of the second half!). The Engineers opener Ashok Kumar got an early reprieve in the 1st over, when a Serendib fielder failed to hold onto a regulation catch. Ashok could not make use of the opportunity for too long and fell to the same bowler (Peshala) in the 3rd over (14/1, Ashoke: 4). However the other opener Asala Wickramasinge (brought into the side after several of the Engineers regulars were unavailable for the match) continued to bat on a positive note in the company of Bidyut Sarkar. While the latter rotated the strike, Asala went for his shots. Asala was particularly severe on Peshala and hit him for two consecutive sixes in the fifth over of the match. The Engineers reached 50 as early as in the 7th over.

Asala continued his onslaught on the change up bowlers as well, hitting the first two balls of Amilendra in the 8th over for a four and six respectively. Against the run of the play, he flicked the third ball to unfortunately pick the square-leg fielder to perfection (62/2, Asala: 33). This brought Dinesh Singh to the crease. He and Bidyut batted sensibly, regularly rotating the strike mixed with occasional boundary. Once again when the Engineers looked in control they lost another wicket. The bowling change worked for Serendib when Bidyut was caught and bowled in the first delivery of Amila (90/3, Bidyut 19). However, Dinesh took the control to himself and hit a boundary to the rope and one over it in the same over. The six also brought the team 100 in the 15th over.

Dinesh and his new partner Rajneesh Shukla, who was promoted up in the order, batted at a brisk pace soon took the team score to 150 in the 21st over. Dinesh also brought up his half-century in same over with a six of Samith. He hit two more boundaries of the next two balls to accumulate a total of 22 runs of the 21st over. The Engineers looked good for a 250+ score. However, for a third time in a row Engineers lost a wicket against the run of the play. Dinesh was caught of the bowling of Sampath in the 23rd over (163/4, Dinesh: 65) while attempting a big shot.  Soon after Dinesh’s departure runs dried up due to some very disciplined bowling from rejuvenated Serendib. Rajneesh, who had been playing beautifully till then, also departed at the score of 167 in the 26th over while trying the keep the scoreboard moving (167/5, Rajaneesh: 16). Charan Sidhu also fell in the very next ball (167/6) offering a caught and bowled chance. Bowling change again worked for Serendib as Indika took the wickets of Rajneesh and Charan of the last two balls of his first over. Indika also accounted for Puskar Kaushik in his next over (170/7, Pushkar:1), only to miss hat-trick separated by a wide bowled in between.

The Engineers was once again staring at the season-long (bad-)habit of sudden collapse for nothing (163/3 to 170/7) and handing over the advantage of a good start. However, PK (Prakash Jayara) had other idea. He took the attack the opposition and scored a quick fire 29 of 13 balls including two sixes and three fours. Not to forget, coming at no. 6 at the fall of Dinesh, Anupam Sharma kept his head cool during the collapse from the other end and supported PK well. This ensured that The Engineers crossed 200 during the process (in the 30th over). PK’s entertaining inning was prematurely cut short in the 31st over (212/8) by Dimuth. Anupam also departed in the 33rd over (217/9, Anupam: 12). Biju Paul and Palash tried to play out rest of the overs safely in order to refrain the opposition from getting a point for bowing the opposition out. Unfortunately that was not to happen and Palash got out in the final ball of the innings (223/10, Palash:1).

While Dinesh batted beautifully for 65, significant contributions from others and power-packed 29 from PK ensured The Engineers had a very good score to defend. For Serendib Indika was the pick of the bowler with figures of 5-1-22-3, and was ably supported by Sampath 7-0-38-3. Serendib captain Arosh did not get a wicket but bowled a tight spell of 6-1-15-0. Other bowlers well for plenty with Samith (6-0-63-0) getting the maximum treatment. So far so well, but now The Engineers had other reasons to worry about. The sky started pouring again during the innings break. However, within 15-20 minutes it the intensity decreased to drizzle may be just mild enough to begin the second innings. At least 18 overs were needed to be bowled to make a match out of it.

Team IECC started their bowling with a purpose, bowing very tight lines and fielders moving swiftly during and between the overs. 15 overs were bowled within an hour, which was of course helped by the cautious approach taken by Serendib. Rajneesh (4-0-8-0) and Biju (4-0-12-0) bowled miserly opening spells. Although the two beat the bat of both openers several times the first breakthrough came with bowling change when Dinesh trapped one of their openers in front of the wicket. Still, Serendib continued to play cautiously and the score at the end of 15 overs read 45/1. Even with drizzle continuing incessantly, with just three overs to go The Engineers sensed the match in their pocket at the end of first hour.

Serendib innings got some momentum when they took on Palash, bowling his first ever over for his team, for 20 runs. However, PK once again proved to be a throne in their throat. He hit the timbers thrice to knock Serendib out of the game (PK: 7-0-16-3). Pushkar (6-0-41-1) also chipped in a wicket. With the match already in pocket skipper decided to try out his other bowlers. The move also worked as both Charan (3-0-14-1) and Bidyut (3-0-23-1) contributed with a wicket each. During a complete rout of Serendib only Samith provided some resistance. He took on the bowlers with some power packed strokes to and over the boundary. At the end of 30th over, Engineers still required 2 wickets to bowl out the opposition and earn the bonus point. So skipper decided to stop experimenting and go for the kill and called back Dinesh and PK once again.

Dinesh’s second spell over brought some laughter on the field as well. He wanted to move the fielder Charan, who was fielding on deep cover, a few yards squarer and in, the fielder’s response was a No with a confident statement, “tu tension mat lo, mein catch nahi chodunga”(don’t worry, I won’t drop a catch). As luck would have it, the Samit lifted the very next ball to deep cover where the fielder was asked to stand. Charan tried hard to get hold of the catch but grassed it as he was not in a position to take it. As the frustrated bowler wore a I-told-you-so look, came the response from the fielder, “dobara  de do, main nahin chodunga”(try again, I won’t drop again). That brought a lot of chuckle on the field and the fielder moved to the position where he was originally asked to stand. In the next ball it appeared that the bowler and batsman colluded to test the word of the fielder – Dinesh bowls the exact same ball, Samit plays the exact same shot and as the entire team looks on anxiously to see if Charan lives up to his word, he took it with a glee, giving a relief to the bowler and the skipper. The phrase “dobara  de do, main nahin chodunga” is being nominated for the Catch Phrase of the Season awards.

Serendib managed 143 in 32.3 overs, thanks to the sole effort from Samith, the last man to be out. The Engineers completed a comprehensive 80-run win with a bonus point.

The rain started to get heavier again, but not before the full match could be completed. From the Engineers Dinesh (for his allround performance) and from Serendib Smaith (for his stroke-filled innings) got the Man of the Match awards (sponsored by SIDO). With two comfortable wins from as many matches team IECC is well on course to the knock-outs ok KCL and looking good for many more.

Brief Scores:

I Engineers: 223(34.6 ov). Asala 33, Dinesh Singh 63, Indika 3/22, Sampath 3/38

Serendib: 143(32.3 ov). Peshala 35, Samita 39, Dinesh Singh 3/15, Prakash Jayara 3/16

Samurai finds Engineers and weather too hot to handle

Vinay Mohan’s master class 78 and Rajaneesh Shukla’s seam bowling ensures a perfect win

Biju Paul
July 26, 2015


July-August is not an ideal time to play cricket. The sapping heat and high humidity makes it feels like one is standing in front of a furnace. To boot, when the game is in Sano,  which is the second hottest city in Kanto area because the heat is trapped by the surrounding mountains, it will be like a war of attrition not a cricket game. When the game is between two equally strong teams and two favourites to lift the cup this year, it adds some spice to the game as well.  But you forget all the hardships when you get the desired result at the end and the Engineers did go home satisfied.

It was the Engineers’ first KCL match and if the opponents, Samurai, who had played 4 matches before with an undefeated run, came thinking to finish their league level matches with a clean slate, this writer will not blame them. They had the batsmen, they had the bowlers, they had the fielders and they had the hope too.  But the Engineers had the will.

Samurai won the toss and as expected chose to bat first. Having only played T-20 matches until then this was the Engineers first 40 over match of the season and therefore it was perhaps a good toss to lose. Every skipper’s inherent desire is to bat first so we probably would have batted first had we won the toss. Who knows, without a target in sight, we would have played like a bang bang T-20 game only to get out for around 100 runs!

As Supun and Hanif Niazi opened the batting for Samurai, Rajaneesh and Biju opened the bowling for the Engineers. Both openers opened up straight away with boundaries. Biju produced an edge off Hanif in the his first over but to everyone’s dismay the keeper could not hold on to it. As the captain wore a worried look wondering the cost of the drop, Rajneesh produced a beauty to take out Hanif in the next over, the batsman being taken in the deep smartly by a well placed Dinesh. Lakmal, the next batsman, and Supun tried to lay the foundation with a 32 runs partnership. With 55 runs in 11 overs, Lakmal played one shot too many and was bowled by Manvi. From then on, the Samurai didn’t look like any sort of warriors their club is named after. Batsman after batsman tried to play shots before getting set and paid the price immediately. The hard hitting Chula was an example. He lofted the second ball he faced for a six and got caught out in the deep by a well placed Dinesh the very next ball trying to play the same shot. The only batsman who played with some sense was Asantha who came in at no. 9 when the score was at 109 after 23 overs. Asantha displayed the skills that is required to play an one-day  game. He blocked, he pulled, he  drove, he left, he flicked, he had all the shots. When he left, clean bowled by Rajaneesh, he had taken his team’s score to 157. The Engineers didn’t let the Samurai add any more to that score and wrapped the next two batsmen in quick succession. While Rajaneesh stood out among the bowlers with a return of 4/26, Anurag and Manvi were miserly with 18/1 and 19/1, respectively.

Engineers opened their innings with skipper Vinay and debutante Charan Sidhu. Charan showed the nervousness of a debutante, wafting at most deliveries. Chula, the veteran all rounder of Samurai, sensed blood and bowled a slower one. Charan went after it only for the ball to go straight up giving Chula a comfortable return catch. That brought Dinesh, who has been in awesome form throughout  the season,  into the crease. The duo played real cricket and took the score to 108 in 15 overs. Dinesh’s departure caused a mini-collapse, which Engineers have specialized in over the years – free advice is available how to do it – but skipper Vinay stood tall among the ruins to alleviate any trepidation.  His pugnacious 78 consisted of 8 shots to the boundary and 5 over it. He raced from 40 to 50 in only 4 balls with 2 scoring shots, one four and a six.

When two strong teams are sparring the absence of a neutral umpire can cause some consternation. Immediately after Vinay’s half century, Samurai thought they had their man when Chula apparently produced an edge off the batsman but the umpire thought that he had heard two sounds and wasn’t quite sure which one of that came off the bat. Easy decision – not out :-). By that time Vinay and Dinesh had taken the game almost beyond Samurai’s reach.

As the Engineers fell from 127/2 to 129/5 in a quick span, game seesawed, with the initiative being more often given up by Samurai than wrested away by the Engineers. Finally the Engineers managed to hold their nerve and win by 5 wickets with all rounder Manvi scoring 13 runs and the second debutante Palash Agrawal managing to stay at the wicket seeing off 24 balls while scoring 4 valuable runs. The win ensured that the Engineers earned bonus points for bowling out the opposition and scoring 1.25x the rate of opposition’s run rate.

Well played Samurai. Thank you for the wonderful game!

Brief Scores:

Samurai: 157/10(32.5 ov). Supun 31, Asantha 47, Rajaneesh Shukla 4/26.
I Engineers: 158/5(25.2 ov). Vinay Mohan 78, Dinesh Singh 32, Chula 3/23.

Engineers maul AlphaQ to secure KCL final berth

Allround Performance by the Engineers bring good result

Bidyut Sarkar,
28 September, 2014

The Engineers registered yet another convincing win in KCL, this time over AlphaQ, and confirmed their place in the final already with two matches to spare.

Winning the toss, AlphaQ decided to bat first. But their hope to score big got buried under a spotless bowling performance by the Engineers. The opening bowlers, Biju Paul and Rajneesh Shukla, started with probing line and created early discomfort for AlphaQ batsmen. The first success came in the 5th over when Biju bowled Nilesh for 6. There was no turning back from there for Engineers as they kept taking wickets at regular intervals. After top the order failed to score, AlphaQ concentrated on occupying the crease rather than scoring which was a sensible thing to do at that time. With the bowlers not giving any extras (till it was jinxed by Biju’s comment in 11th over ‘aaj ek bhi extra nahi gaya!’, followed by a couple of wides) runs were hard to come by. Biju bowled six overs on the trot and returned with the figure of 2/15. While, Rajneesh settled for 1/6 in four overs. The change bowlers Manvi and Anurag also bowled well. While Manvi was economical (7 runs off 5 overs), Anurag bowled with some fierce pace. Well, the smart bowling changes and excellent field placements from the captain Vinay also helped their cause. The Engineers spinners, Bidyut (2/19) and Prashant (1/7), also didn’t return empty handed. AlphaQ’s “Mr. dependable” opener Chandru (12 runs in 50+ balls), after playing for 22 overs got out to a soft dismissal to Bidyut. With the tail exposed Vinay decided to bring back Anurag for another spell. The raw pace from Anurag left the batsmen with the option of either saving their wicket or their ……(fill in the blanks!). The result was that the AlphaQ innings folded very quickly for 75. Anurug was pick of the bowlers with 3/10 in five overs. Even with just one AlphaQ batsman scoring 2 digit runs, they somehow managed to reach 75, a score worth giving a fight.

Well, the start to the batting the Engineers batting was not so fairy tale like. Two wickets fell in the first over itself. Atul got a fine nick to the keeper, while Abdul unfortunately got run out in a misunderstanding with the bowler (bowler !!??). Yes, bowler it is. As he went to listen to something the bowler was saying to him without grounding the bat (well, the ball was not dead), their fielder knocked the wickets down. Dinesh also fell cheaply and the score of the Engineers was 19 for the loss of 3 wickets in 5 overs. The other opener Ashok and the Engineers captain ‘cool’ Vinay lifted game from there. Both played some wonderful, eye-popping strokes and scoring briskly. With a win within sight, the Engineers slumped again. After Ashok’s departure the Engineers lost another two quick wickets (of Manvi and Anurag) and were reduced to 52 for 6. Possibly, for first time in the game AlphaQ could think that they can snatch the game away from the Engineers. But, Vinay had other plans. With debutant Bidyut’s (this writer) support, Vinay made sure no further hiccups happen. Vinay played a match winning “captain’s innings” (31 n.o.). Other notable contribution came from Ashoke (18 runs).

With this win the Engineers booked their place in the final. This makes the remaining two group matches against Indian Tigers mere courtesy matches.

Engineers decimate Serendib

Gurdeep Dua
Sept 14, 2014

Winning the toss and elected to bat was the decision from our captain. I know, hey did it matter ? Actually, saw the scorecard and IECC were put to bat first. Whatever.. The plan from Serendib was to put pressure on our batting line up and chase up the small total. They started off very well with superb bowling attack and dismissing our star openers Atul and Ashok cheaply.

This brought our Mr. Dependable Dinesh on the crease which started off very brilliantly and hitting a boundary. He gave the momentum to scoring but got busted soon and blamed our respected and Mr. Nice Rajneesh for giving him LBW for the “first apeal” in his words ;). Score was very bad and IECC were struggling at 39 for 3 in 10 overs. But as the clouds were protecting us from Sunshine, Karthik (calling Karthik, which is another off field sparkling topic which was entertaining our 40+ Biju-San, Mr cool Abdul, Mr Geographical and Historical Pavethy and Charming Guru

 

Together they had partnership of 60 odd runs with Karthik scored superb 19 runs and Manvi fell 5 runs short of half century for his match winning innings. Once, Manvi was out batting saw a collapse again before Mr. Cool scored a 25 balls 29 runs knock and making sure team reaches to 167 runs. Rajneesh supported him with brisk 7 runs and hitting a boundary. That brings us to the end of our batting innings on the field but there was another story cooking off field. You wanna know? Come to ground next time.

It’s too lengthy and now should I write for our superb balling performance as well? Jo vada kiya woh nibhana padega, aaye jitni bhi neend humko likhna padega.

 

Ok ok, aur nhi bore karoonga. Here you go.

 

Bowling was started by Rajneesh not giving any runs from Bat ( yeah nothing from Bat) but Biju took the first wicket by being a crook. He dropped their best batsman of Rajneesh but forced Rajneesh to take the catch of Biju’s bowling in the very next over. Smarty and Naughty was Biju-San on that day. May be the naughtiness forced him to become smart. Yes, you impressed them Biju-San. Jokes apart Biju-San tried to took much more difficult catch and did put splended effort in taking the catch.

 

Every bowler who came in kept taking wickets while our Nozomi express had other plans of injuring the batsman. Anurag kept on bowling at consistent 135+ and always kept Serendib batsman at back foot. He managed the troops very well. One thing I learned was that during innings break he made very clear that don’t change field as per your convenience, but approach him to get it changed. This helped a lot in cutting nuisance and the team operated smoothly. I have booked mark this tactics and will be using myself, yeah yeah some of you know it very well. Let’s confine. Everything was going well before Sarendip players stuck in between and denying their wickets. All IECC members wanted to have party from Nozomi express being the captain and he kept saying only if you bowl them out now. Again, Karthik raised his hands and asked for bowling.

 

” Anurag ne kulhari pe pair rakh diya tha. ”

Karthik made Sure Anurag ends up paying the bill by taking 3 wickets in his only over and bowled Sarendip out under 40 runs.

Hurrraayyyy.

“aaj hum Jeet gaye”.

Guys, humble request to change the team slogan please. May be better to start a poll. People can choose “Aaj hume jeetna hai” or can propose new one please.

Chalo ab saare so jao taki kal Kaam pe ja paao. Last but not the least , thanks to Biju-San, Anurag and Karthik for the post match treat at 7/11.

Three cheers for MOM Manvi For scoring 45 runs.

IECC Maestros play a flawless game

By Atul Joshi A walkover handed out by Serendib for the KCL match in the previous week left the Engineers with no match practice before this tournament match.

Taking initiative to start a first ever tennis ball based T-20 tournament in Tokyo the Engineers could not afford to lose the first match of their own tournament. The response to roll call to form a team was lukewarm though, with only 7 players available until the day before the match but by Sunday night the Engineers were able to find an eleven. Phew..!! For the T-20 tournament, the Engineers renamed themselves IECC Maestros.

Late evening shower in Tokyo on the eve of the match had the newly laid pitch completely under water and the match looked doubtful. With the chance of play grim at the regular ground, IBS did manage to find a playing field on the extreme far side of the actual ground.Under the hot sun and a sticky humid weather, IBS won the toss and decided to bat first. In the absence of both the regular captain and vice-captain, the young and dynamic Anurag Singh led the Engineers. The IBS openers started cautiously against the opening attack of Biju and Karthik. With single and a occasional boundary the score was steady with an run rate of 8 after 4 hours. Anurag started making bowling changes with short spells which starting giving results as IBS lost 3 wickets for 13 runs before they reached 50. The fall of wickets brought the 2 of their best batsmen, Unni Krishnan and Paul Pauly, on the crease and they didn’t disappoint their captain, adding a 50+ partnership in 4 overs which included an over by Jagan Panda that conceded 26 runs. Both batsmen found the midwicket area very useful to score runs. With the score crossing the 100 mark in the 11 overs total of 200 was on the cards, but Abdul Satar had other ideas and came up with a excellent spell of fast and accurate bowling. Abdul took 3 wickets and was also involved in 2 great close catches which saw IBS collapse from 119/4 to 129 all out. Abdul was the standout performer for the Engineers equally well supported by Pavethy Nath who bowled a steady line and length. His consistency gave him a return of 6/12 in 4 overs. What at one point looked like would be a big chase for the Engineers was brought down to manageable one by these two bowlers aided equally by the fielders and a fair bit of intelligent captaincy. A lot of singles were denied by sharp fielding and good catches in the outfield. Paul Pauly was the star batsman for the IBS with 47 runs with a strike rate of more than 100%. He was quick to latch on to anything short or over pitched, which were plenty, and most of them disappeared over the boundary line. Without his contribution the score wouldn’t have been competitive.

The target was not a huge one but the Engineers are known for doing things unpredictable. Sanman Koyande and this writer went out to chase but Sanman got out in the very first over trying to score from the first ball. This caused a bit of nervousness in the camp. Kartik and Atul tried to play cautiously with 1s and 2s without taking any risk. Kathik too fell soon but not before forcing a few drives. With score standing at 29/3 after 7 overs the required rate was almost 8. Atul tried to lift the run rate and succeeded with couple of hits but lost his wicket when he was caught on the boundary. That brought in stand-in captain Anurag to the crease with score at 54/4 after 10 overs and with Pavethy at the other end batted sensibly for the next 4 overs without losing any more wickets. With asking rate touching 9.5 with only 5 overs left the batsmen decided to change gear and hit few lusty blows. With IBS running out of bowling options, both Anurag and Pavethy batted in tandem to dispatch bad balls over the rope a few times. One particular over by one of their bowlers saw 6 wides being bowled. Anurag got out trying to hit but till then the required run-rate was brought down to 7. Pavethy continued to rotate strike with Shanmugham and with the target in touching distance, Shanmugham played a Dhoni look-like wining shot to clear the long off boundary with a 6.

Having seen batting collapses for most of the last season, this was a good performance by the batters. Most of the top 6 spend some time in the middle and the chase never look out of reach. The win should give the Engineers a lot of confident for the rest of the season.

 

  • Brief scores:
  • IBS: 128 (16.3 ov.) Paul Pauly 47, Pavethy Nath 6/12, Abdul Sattar 3/24
  • IECC Maestros: 129/6 (18 ov.). Anurag Singh 29, Pavethy Nath 22*.

IECC thrash AQCC

A Rainy weekend and we had our 1st KCL match coming up on Sunday against AQCC which was also this writer’s 1st KCL

match as captain where we got some pictures of the pitch logged in water but both captains decided on phone to arrive at the ground and then decide whether to play or not. We had some great, great hard work by Ashok Kumar, Atul , Morimoto san, Rajneesh and your reporter to drain out the water out of the pitch, and get some hay on to the bowlers run-Up. But the AQ’s were looking hesitant to play on the wicket especially the bowling run-up where they were worried about theinjury to bowlers. After a long wait, it was decided to go for a game of 25 overs as rain was expected later in the afternoon too. After winning the toss your writer decided to put AQ into bat as I felt giving them a go at the bowl first would give them a chance to avoid the match to go on as they were reluctant on bowling in those conditions & also would the pitch get easy to bat later on.

Rajneesh and Manvi opened the bowling handled the opening spell very well with hardly any runs coming off the bat in the first 6 overs, rest were wides and legbyes. Soon Manvi came up with a double breakthrough sending both the AQ openers back to the pavilion. Manvi was unstoppable from there on and he captured all the top 5 AQ wickets in his continuous spell of 5 overs conceding a mere 26 runs. AQ were struggling at 43/5 after 10overs. Gurdeep Singh, who replaced Rajneesh, after his first spell too bowled extremely well (5/16) keeping the AQ batsman on their toes with a few speedy balls taking the AQ batsman by surprise. ‘Keeper Atul kept excellent all the way with some hard taking from the bowlers but kept going tougher & tougher. Well done, Atul!

 

The Next bowling change proved a bit expensive with Ashok, Adbul, Shanmugam having bowled an over each and Pavethy at the other end bowled a couple of good overs but the wickets had dried up by then an the batsmen were getting set. So yours truly decided to bring himself on from one end and bring back the experienced Guru and Rajneesh at the other end to stop them which proved effective in my very 1st over where I ran out the set batsman with a direct hit after which the AQ runswere dried up and we ran through their lower batting order. Your writer had figures of 4-0-11-2. Pavethy bowled the last over which was a maiden 5 ball over taking the last AQ wicket. AQ finished at 121/10. With the Pitch nice & dry and the ball coming perfectly on to the bat which proved my decision right of bowling first.

 

Having a strong and looong batting line up, I decided to keep myself lower and start off with a left hand-right hand combination of Karthik and Ashok. They kept going until the sixth over when Karthik (6Runs) was caught & bowled by the AQ bowler followed by Atul who fell without disturbing the scoreboard. Abdul was sent in and he along with Ashok took the score 76 runs in 15 overs with some fine strokes by both of them and not to forget a huge six from Abdul which eased the pressure a bit. With the target coming close to 46 runs from 10 overs, Ashok (13Runs) fell in the 17th over which bought in the captain, your story teller of this match, into the crease who has actually been a nightmare for the AQ’s in each and every match 🙂

 

As the was score getting closer to the target, Abdul (20) fell after which our star bowler of the match, Manvi (4) arrived but did not last long. In came the Dabangg Guru who started off with a ‘kadak’ boundary. With run rate of a run a ball, myself and Guru kept the scores ticking with singles & doubles after which I got a boundary followed by a six to mid-wicket which took the pressure off the batsmen. Guru showed no respect to any of the AQ bowlers and kept hitting the ball harder and with a boundary to it, took away the match from them. Needing 10 runs in 3 overs myself (18) & Guru (16 Runs) finished off in style with 2 overs to spare. There was no doubt our MoM was Manvi who rocked AQ’s top order with an excellent 5 wicket haul.

 

Cheers guys, let us keep this winning momentum ON. Untill then, it is your captain signing off for now.

Engineers defend paltry total

After a successful chase of 200+ runs in the previous KCL outing, the Engineers had all the confidence in the world to do anything they wanted – bat first and put up a huge score, or chase any big total. So when the skipper won the toss, he had no doubt to elect to bat first so that all the batsmen get a chance to swing their arms. Everyone indeed got a chance and swung their arms but not probably the way their skipper would have liked.

The Engineers indeed were aware of Alpha Q’s(why did they name their team like that?) bowling prowess, but what they got was more than what they expected. Alpha Q almost lived up to their club’s name and pha Qd up Engineers chances but for the partnership of final two wickets.

Engineers were jolted when former skipper and opener, Sanjeeb Sahoo, who was successful in the previous match, was the first to return caught behind for duck in the 5th ball of the innings. His opening partner, Sanman Koyande, returned in the 5th ball of the next over, again for a duck. So we have 2 new batsmen, in the name of Yogesh Chandwadkar the vice captain, and M Karthik, the all rounder, at the crease in the 2nd over of the innings but with their reputation as fine players, the Engineers hoped that the early loss of two wickets was just a fluke, the result of an uneven Flicx pitch. The hope, however, was short lived as the vice captain was judged LBW, in the 5th ball (not again!) of the 4th over by AQ skipper Mohan. That brought another all rounder, Mohubul Hassan, to the crease. With two all rounders, both with a reputation of hard hitting at the crease, the Engineers again hoped that batting collapse was just a flash in the pan. As no wickets fell in the 5th ball of the next few overs and the Engineers began to heave a sigh of relief, a sudden rush of blood overcame Karthik, he stepped out and heaved at a delivery only to be caught by the bowler himself in his follow through. Karthik out for 4. It was the 2nd ball of the 9th over and the beginning of another strange pattern. That brought the daring Prashant Manvi to the crease. He indeed relieved the pressure by hitting a boundary right away but was clean bowled by Venu in the 2nd ball of the 10th over. In the 2nd ball of the 11th over, Mohibul Hassan was caught in the middle of the wicket by Dinesh. Next batsman was Rajaneesh Shukla, who normally doesn’t play aggressive shots but hangs around to make his 20s and and 30s. He too fell to a strange pattern,  caught at mid-wicket in the 2nd ball of the 13th over making the score line look a precarious 7/41 in 13.2 overs. Old timer Jagan too returned in the 15th over with the score at 44 and the Engineers batting lineup that looked so marvelous just a few weeks ago looked like they are not going to cross 50. With the score looking 44/8 your writer walked in to give company to debutant Vinay Mohan who was batting solidly at the other end. The pair didn’t exactly set the the stage on fire but showed some sensibility in batting and took the score to 76 before Vinay slogged at delivery but was brilliantly caught at deep mid-wicket, the fielder having had to cover quite a long distance and the catch was taken with fielder still running. That brought the last man, Taka Morimoto, to the crease and Taka provided a good support to this writer. What pleased the eyes of yours truly was the opposition spreading the field wide and deep after two boundaries were hit 🙂 Soon the innings wound up when Nanda clean bowled this writer but the score at that was 97, not exactly a defendable total but a far cry from 44/8.

In the pre-fielding briefing, skipper encouraged everyone to do their best and Jagan reminded the team of successfully defending a score of 48 against the British Embassy a few years ago. With only confidence in their hands and a pride to defend, the Engineers set about their task. Rajaneesh opened the bowling with a tight line and length. Yours truly made the first break-through in the 3rd ball of his over by clean bowling the opener, Anirudh, the bastsman missing his off stump. New batsman, Shafiq was also sent back the next ball, again the batsman missing the offstump. A hat trick was denied when an edge fell agonisingly fell short of gully. With their tail up, the Engineers continued to attack the AQ and their batting line-up could not withstand the sustained attack although there were patches short partnerships(details in the scorebook are sparce). The last wicket partnership did do their best and came close to 10 runs of victory but Mohibul had Dinesh caught plumb in front of the wicket and the Engineers won by 10 runs.

Brief scores:
IECC: 97 (29 ov). Dinesh Kumar 3/17, Nanda Kumar 3/17
Alpha Q: 87(26.5 ov). Mohibul Hassa 4/14.

Spectacular Batting Collapse

It was the occasion of the big clash in KCL between the top 2 teams in the competition at Ageo. Early morning rain had made the ground wet and soggy. Nonetheless, the toss was done with both teams uncertain about having a full game. Trouble started immediately after Engineers captain Biju Paul had, apparently, won the toss after calling Heads to the home team captain’s spin of the coin. As the coin landed on the ground with the flower side of the 500 yen coin facing up, Lalazar skipper declared he won the toss saying the flower side is the Tail and number side of the coin, Heads. Thinking that the opposition captain was trying to play a prank, skipper laughed off the claim but soon it became apparent that opposition skipper was serious to the shock of Biju and the entire Engineers. Having played all his cricket regarding number side of a coin as Tail and the other side Head, a stunned skipper almost walked out of the ground but his team mates persuaded him for a re-toss, this time deciding to call the actual image on the side of the coin instead of Head or Tail. Skipper called Flowers this time and indeed it was Flowers but as the coin fell hard on the soggy ground, the ground was so soft that a small part of the coin went inside the ground making it standing at a slight angle(probably about 5 or 10 degrees) but with the Flowers clearly and fully visible. Jokingly, or may be half seriously, the opposition captain tried for a re-toss but Engineers skipper controlled his tongue to keep it to himself what he was about to mouth off and brushed off the second claim. Anyways, the Engineers chose to bowl first on a wet ground and uneven Flicx pitch relying on the forecast of the sunny weather later in the day.

The decision of bowling first seemed to be correct initially. With a wet outfield and a slippery pitch and trying conditions Rajneesh and Biju broke the top order of LaLazar in the initial opening burst with the score reading at 8/3. Hard hitting opener Barqat was clean bowled by Rajaneesh and Ashiq Hussain, the other opener was caught at square leg by Ashok Kumar off Biju. Ibrar, the centurion in their previous match, with skipper Gulzar did try to stabilize the innings but Ibrar fell before the score reached 50, clean bowled by Rajaneesh. Even though the top 4 were back in the pavilion in less than 10 overs and half the side was sent back by the time score reached in the 90s, the Engineers had a big task in their hands. As the Engineers entertained the thoughts of finishing off Lalazar’s innings quickly, Adil and Noman had other ideas and their partnership for the sixth wicket brought some respectability to the total and with some late big hitting from the low order saw Lalazar reach 226. Rajneesh bowled his heart out to earn 4 wickets. Engineers bowled well in patches but the fielding was below par, which can be partially blamed on the wet outfield.

226 was a good score but not a impossible total to chase at Ageo where the engineers have already chased down a similar total this season against Nagoya. Skipper assigned Abdul as opening partner to regular opener Sanjeeb and boy, did they provide a wonderful opening stand. Abdul’s aggressiveness sent shock waves through Lalazar camp as he dispatched the opening bowlers to all part of the ground. Abdul was very severe on Lalazar spearhead Mubashar hitting 17 runs in one over. But against the run of the play, Engineers lost Sanjeeb when he attempted a suicidal run and an accurate throw from mid-off hitting the batsman’s wicket as Sanjeeb tried to got back to his crease. But 30/1 in 3 overs is not a bad score and the Engineer kept up the scoring rate till the 12th over with the score was 94/3, well above the asking rate. However, the introduction of spin on both ends resulted in a batting collapse. The pitch, which until then looked like a batsman’s paradise suddenly became a devil’s den for the Engineers. Wickets started tumbling every over and the Engineers yet again witnessed a spectacular collapse as they lost the next 7 wickets to the spin of Gulzar and medium pace of Barqat. Their innings folded up quickly and the journey from 94/3 to 110 all out didn’t take very long. 5 overs, to be precise. That, my dear friends, is the story of a spectacular collapse! The Engineers lost the match from a winning position – not the first time – by a margin of 126 runs. Gulzar was pick of the bowlers taking 6 wickets as he had a perfect game as caption(except for the controversy over the toss) with an all around display with bat and bowl.

Lalazar are well placed in the competition as they are yet to be defeated this season. The Indian Engineers needs to find a solution quickly for its repeated batting failures. Even though they are in second spot but they should win the last game to confirm their place in the semis without being subject to complex calculations of run rate.

Brief scores:
Lalazar: 226 (33.2 ov). Adeel 80, Nomnan 41. Rajneesh 4/37
IECC: 110 (17 ov). Abdul 27, Gulzar 6/15, Barqat 3/28

Engineers prevail in run-fest chase at YCAC

Shailaj and Dinesh help make it 5 in a row over YCAC

 By Sanjeeb Sahoo

     A late call from the YCAC had the Engineers skipper, yours truly, scamper for a quickly assembled team. Given that the Engineers had 100% win record over YCAC in their last four encounters, your writer was cautiously optimistic of making it five in a row, but he was also aware of the rival captain Karman’s ability to gather quality players and leveraging the home advantage well. The team had at least 5 players playing first time at this ground as the older regular players chose summer vacation, some also had complained that the heat these days turning their hair white 🙂

     Sanjeeb lost the toss and expectedly Kamran choose to bat first. Rajneesh was given the responsibility to attack from the pool-end while south-paw, Karthik, from the far-end. YCAC openers Mark and Anton started cautiously but soon started opening up their shoulders from the 3rd over onwards seeing that the pitch has nothing to offer to the bowlers and balls coming nicely to the bat. Rajneesh was not getting the swing he normally gets as the ball(BDM) was not of good quality, apparently. He was replaced by Anurag who was instructed to bowl full length with all the pace he has, that which restricted the scoring from one end. But Anton was in a very aggressive mood and was clearing the rope almost at will. Sensing danger, captain brought himself to try and remove the batman with some planned bowling and un-orthodox field placement. He finally succeeded to get Anton to edge one to the short third man where Anurag took a well judged catch. Anurag who also got tired quickly from bowling full throttle was also replaced by Dinesh, who just arrived(late by an hour)from the other end. He replied the night duty related questions(taunts?) 🙂 from his team-mates well with a brilliant first over. He used all his previous experience at YCAC and bowled his 8 overs on the trot from the pool-end while bowlers kept changing at the far-end. At the Drinks the score was 145/1.

     After the drinks on the 20th over YCAC tried to step on the gas pedal a little more, but Dinesh clean-bowled Mark with a Malinga-like yorker, not relying on the sleepy catchers who had already missed several chances. That brought part-time Engineer, Prashant Kale, to face his own team-mates in other matches and scoring rate even accelerated further as both Kamran and Kale made sure they take at least 12 in an over. However in the 27th over Dinesh’s brilliant throw found Kamran short of his ground and that brought down the scoring rate a little bit. Rajneesh also removed Kale with a similar direct throw in the 30th over and then removed batsman no. 5 in the next over, skipper taking a sharp catch at the short leg. These quick wickets restricted YCAC to 307 otherwise the score would have been around 350.

    YCAC must have thought that they had an un-beatable score and some of their players even started relaxing with beer during lunch break. They never knew what was coming up in the afternoon. With only regular opener in Shailaj being present, captain checked with couple of guys if they would like to open, only Kaushik was enthusiastic about it. Also he being a lefty captain thought it is worth a try. Both batsmen started steadily, running between the wickets was bit of a problem as both batsmen are not the quickest when it comes to it. With the score around 30+ by the 5th over captain asked Shailaj to be more aggressive as the ball was not doing much and the next over changed the complexion of the game. 22 runs were taken out of Prashant’s over which had 5 boundaries in it(never play against your own mates, Prahant 🙂 ). Shailaj hitting 3 of those and rest Kaushik. Runs started flowing after that with at least 8 in an over with Shailaj unleashing his whole range of shots. YCAC must have regretted not being able to hold on to couple of sharp chances that came in their way initially. Kaushik got out when the score read 103, but by that time the Engineers were on top. Dinesh fighting with the cold he contracted from late night party at Roppongi went in wearing a jacket in the hot sunny day. He was a bit shaky to begin with, to the screwed-up bowling of Kamran. But captain gave Dinesh few yoga tips during the drinks break to bring down the fever immediately and after that balls started disappearing all around the park.

     Shailaj reached the milestone of 100 first. His innings was filled with 15 boundaries that included copybook shots and was a treat to watch. Diensh was around 60 at that time. Shailaj was looking exhausted by then and captain sent a message asking Shailj not to throw away his wicket and let Dinesh to take the chances. Karthik who has been the scorer all these time was not letting the batsmen fall behind the required rate by advising them the exact no. of runs needed in each over. About 60 runs were needed in last 10 overs and Dinesh exploded with couple of huge sixes, one of them when he was on 99 to reach his 100 in style. Then both batsmen threw caution to the wind and overcame the score in 5 overs. Both batsmen remained not out at the same personal milestone of 113. Engineers celebrated the great victory, which was their 5th straight win over YCAC with some beer, orange juice and pizza and ended the day on a high note. Thanks to the sponsors Dinesh, Shailaj, Anurag and Karthik. Brief scores:

YCAC 307/5 (40 ov). Prashant Kale 78*, Anton 62  IECC 308/1(35 ov). Shailaj 113*(15×4), Dinesh 113*(9×4, 5×6)

 

Engineers flatten Tigers

Semi-final berth all but sealed

 

 By Biju Paul

The weather all week preceding to the match was giving an impression that the match was going to be played in furnace like atmosphere. Fortunately, by the weekend, the low pressure in the Pacific Ocean brought cooler air to the land but that didn’t ease the pressure on the Tigers as they were under high pressure to win and keep their chances for a berth in the KCL semi-final alive.

     After having been involved in two eventful matches earlier, due to umpiring decision disputes at the square-leg, where normally a neutral umpire is not present, Tigers were justifiably wary about batting side umpire’s impartiality. To aggravate their fears, the neutral umpire appointed for the day didn’t turn up either, which caused consternation in their camp. Tigers’ skipper went on overdrive even to suggest that the match be not treated KCL but a friendly. Arguments for and against playing without a neutral umpires continued for a significant amount of time, with various suggestions such as removing the LBW decisions all together which was the main sticking point for the Tigers, trusting the umpire and playing in the right spirit and so on. While the Engineers seemed unfazed by the absence of neutral umpire the Tigers didn’t share that view and some of the Engineers felt that a mountain is being made out of a mole.

     A suggestion from the Tigers asking the Engineers to accept one of the non-playing Tigers on that day as a neutral umpire was initially rejected by the Engineers as it would have appeared that Engineers trust Tigers but not vice-versa. But in the end, skipper Sanjeeb relented and agreed to their suggestion to give them a level of comfort. To make up for the loss of time in the morning, the match was reduced 30 overs per side. Engineers elected to bat first after winning the toss – skipper has made this a habit now – and in the absence of regular opener Shailaj, veteran Ashok Kumar was sent in as a partner to Sanman, who is yet to convert his reputation of explosive batting to some tangible performance. Sanman returned for a duck in the 2nd over after being caught in front of the stumps.  Dinesh Singh went in next but good bowling from the Tigers kept him quite for a few balls and then he too returned without troubling the scorers. In came the ever dependable Prashant Kale.

    Both Prashant and Ashok brought in some semblance of balance in the game. The pair batted with common sense and temperament and runs started coming. Prashant was particularly severe on anything lose and dispatched a couple of such balls over the boundary which brought cheers to the Engineers camp, who were a bit worried when two quick wickets were lost in the first two overs. Prashant departed when the score was 46, to a superb low catch at short extra-cover by Rajeev. Srikkant, the leg spinner, is a good prospect for the Tigers if he can control his loose balls. Karthik, the Engineers new find of the season, walked in and walked back quickly after hitting Srikant for a six but falling to the same bowler in the next ball, trying to repeat the shot. Hopefully, the batsman has learned his lesson from the past three matches that he cannot score all his runs in one single over.

    Patience is the key. Rahul Yeskar, the debutant, showed his potential with some stylish defense and a shot over the bowler’s head but he too did not last long as he was cleaned up by Balu. Vezley, another veteran, playing his first match of the season, tried to rebuild the innings again along with Ashok, who was waging a lone battle at the other end. As the pair looked settled and skipper watching them in the pavilion remarked, “Ashok will remain not out today”, the batsman fell LBW to Rajeev Nair, claiming his second wicket. Someone in the pavilion then replied, “keep your mouth shut captain!”. With the added pressure, after getting his own batsman out from the pavilion, skipper had to put in extra effort to rescue the team. And did he. The pair put on 33 runs and took the score past 100 in the 20th over. Engineers heaved a sigh of relief  as they knew that anything above 100 runs is a score that the Tigers would struggle to chase. Vezley soon returned with a personal score of 26 but not before inflicting some damage to Tigers and destroying the rhythm of Srikkant and in that process helped the Engineers post a defendable total.

     Skipper stayed at the crease grinding his way, when the new batsman, Abdul Satar, another debutant, showed his aggressiveness by fearlessly stepping out to both slow and fast bowlers, ala Matthew Heyden. In the end the Engineers posted 129 in 25 overs. Knowing fully well that they have a decent total on the board, the Engineers set about their task of defending it, but with one player missing on the field. Grapevine has it that the missing player was bating somewhere else on easy pitch, after his failure on the grassy pitch :-). Karthik and your reporter opened the bowling. Tigers’ first wicket fell in the 2nd over, when yours truly claimed opener Anil to a juggling catch by Prashant in the first slip. Baiju, the other opener fell in the next over to Karthik’s pace and was clean bowled. Srikanth, the next batsman, stuck around for a few overs but fell to Karthik again when he slashed a wide delivery to third man fence where Vezley took a catch after a brief fumble. Soon the Tigers appeared to have lost any interest in chasing as none of their batsmen offered any significant resistance although some of them tried to play as best as they could. The anti-climax was when last batsman Ramki hit the first ball he faced to a huge six over the top of the bowler’s head. Indeed, no bowler likes that shot. But Tigers folded up for 62 runs in 23 overs with Dinesh, Vezley and Kathik picking up two wickets each. Brief scores:

IECC 129 (25 ov). Tigers 62 (23 ov).

 

Engineers score a decisive victory

Opens the KCL campaign in style

 By Siddharth Rawal

     It was a late start of the season by the Engineers, after 3 practice matches were washed out earlier. But the Engineers showed no sign of lack of practice in their comprehensive victory over Serendib in the KCL match. It was a beautiful day to be at Edogawa river to watch the fireworksdemonstration by Anurag and Prashant. Stand-in skipper Sidde Raju won the toss and elected to bat first. The new skipper tried his new strategy by sending his man with cool temperament, Shailaj Lal, and Ashok Kumar as openers. Jolly good Ashok contributed for a decent start but was caught at cover while trying to elevate the ball over the ropes after putting up 30 odd runs for the opening wicket. It seemed like Dinesh Singh, the next man in, had all going his way for the day before he was run out due to mix up with Shailaj.

     First lesson to learn, batsman at the crease communicate well and avoid run outs when runs are already coming easily. At least let’s not try getting Dinesh run out for the next game!! 🙂 Shailaj helped get the foundation for the day where duo of Anurag and Pradhant dominated rest of the inning. Couple of classic sixes and at least a dozen boundaries helped cross 150 before Prashant managed to crack his bat loosing momentum in the game for him and getting out for 43. I must repeat that we would love to such innings by Anurag and Prashant during rest of the season. It was not a great day for skipper Raju with the bat but his captaincy is well appreciated. With not much pressure on batsmen – score was 131/3 when skipper walked in – Raju’s debut innings as a skipper lasted only one ball. Yes, a Golden Duck, as his counterpart cleaned him up first ball. Add to the confusion in the dressing room, next wicket fell 2 balls later. All too familar situation for the Engineers, from 131/3, the scoreboard read 132/6. However, the last 5 wickets helped achieve a par score of 206 with Anurag staying unbeaten on 74.

     Serendib’s skipper Arosh Pereira was the most successive bowler with figures 8-2-17-4. After the batsmen put up a good score, the bowlers can’t be left behind and did they dominate the Serendib innings. Rajnish  Shukla opened the bowling with Biju Paul. Although Rajneesh’s spell did not earn a wicket he conceded only 14 runs in 4 overs helping rest of the bowlers build pressure on Serendib’s top batting order. The first wicket fell by way of a run out and not too late, the new batsman Sasanka was cleaned up by Biju for a duck setting up the expectations for the rest of the bowling squad. New batsman Shiron was run out when an accurate through by Biju to the keeper found the batsman short of his crease. Bowlers to watch: Ashok Kumar and M. Kartik.  Both bowlers were bouncing the ball to keep Serendib on back foot. But Ashok Kumar definitely delivered severe blows to Serendib’s top order batsman sending Lasith to Edogawa Hospital to X-ray his injured hand. Biju, Ashok, Dinesh and Kartik contributed a wicket each where as all rounder Anurag worked his magic with ball as well striking 3 wickets in 2.2 overs while giving away only 11 runs. Tip of the day: Sanjeeb who is working out these days for his muscles, don’t be surprised if he shows up on the crease with helicopter shot.

Brief scores: IECC 205 (39.4 ov). A Singh 74*, P Kale 43. Arosh 4/17. Serendib 88/9 (23.2 ov). A Sing 3/11

 

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

(FG) vs Serendib

Serendib wins over IECC in a thrilling finish – (By Silvi)

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. Sarendib captain won the toss and elected to bat in a 30 overs per side game.

The Srilankan openers (Sachinat and Sameera) batted cautiously in the early stages before IECC 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, Raju, Shailaj. 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 xx wides with grand total of 36 wides. The Srilankan 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.

Indian Engineers opened the innings with Yogesh and Sanjeeb but lost Yogesh early on lbw to a swinging yorker from Sukitha. 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 by Arosh of the bowling of Dhanuka. 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 78, still needing another 60 runs in 10 overs and 4 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:
Serendib:
139 all out in 30 overs (36 wides)
Sachinta (opener) 53
Sanjeeb 4/13

IECC
134 (20 wides)
Dinesh 23 off 15 balls(4×4, 1×6), Raju 29 (3×4, 1×6)
Asanka 3/14 in 6 overs

KCL Semifinal

IECC prepared hard for this match with couple of practice sessions at home ground Koga. In addition President and strike bowler Biju was seen jogging 10 km in the morning and Captain Sanjeeb seen exercising hard at the Gym everyday to be able to bowl again. Raju almost didn’t eat anything for an entire month so that his hunger for run stays intact. While Kamal reduced smoking by 50%, Dinesh did not pick any mysterious phone calls that could turn out to be energy swapping in the end 
IECC won the toss and elected to field first. Biju soon trapped Alkaram captain Javed plumb in-front of the stump with a well disguised slower delivery on his 2nd over. However the other opener Chula was hitting the ball nicely and wasn’t giving any respect to any of the IECC bowlers. Alkaram raced to 93 on the 8th over and were 107/1 by the end of 9th over.
Raju was brought into the attack and Sanjeeb decided to give it a try from the other end , after not bowling for the entire season due to a shoulder injury. Luckily the slow bowling worked and Sanjeeb managed to remove Chula with a flighted delivery. Raju had 2 quick wickets in his next over and the momentum slowly shifted towards IECC. Dinesh also contributed with couple of wickets towards the end but Alkaram managed to post decent score of 221 before getting all out on the 32nd over. Masood bowling the 32nd had his revenge when he clean bowled Omar on the 2nd ball after getting hit for a six on the first ball. Silvester as usual did a great job again behind the stumps.
Ageo ground is normally a high scoring ground. Though IECC would have liked to restrict Alkaram below 200 they seemed pretty happy chasing 222 given that they had a packed batting line up.
However Alkaram bowlers mainly the openers Chula and Yasheen bowled a fantastic opening spell to took the game away from us.While Yasheen was really good with his line and length and was managing some swing, Chula’s raw pace and bounce was disconcerting to most of our batsmen. Masood fell soon trying to put the bowlers under some pressure. Santosh manged to get a decent start. Dinesh and Santosh tried to forge a partnership but it didn’t last long as Santosh trying to accelerate the score miss-read a slower delivery from Chula and the woodwork got rearranged.
The first change bowler were not any easy to score of either. Even though they were not as threatening as Chula and Yasheen they were consistent with their line and length and managing to bounce the ball to chest height every now and then. The mounting run rate meant we needed to take risk and most of our middle order perished just trying to do that. IECC lost Dinesh(LBW) and Sanjeeb(caught at Short mid wicket) in quick succession. Only Kamal and Mohibul managed to bring some cheer to IECC camp and at that point IECC was still hopeful of a win. However Kamal got caught at the boundary trying to hit a six and Mohibul also fell in a similar fashion soon. Mohibul was the pick of the batsmen and top scored with a brilliant 44. Eventually IECC got all out on the 32nd over managing only 144.
There were few interesting incidents during the game. One of them being Amjad Mirza hit the ball in the air towards Masood, Masood could not find the ball for few seconds after dropping the chance as the ball got hidden under the grass. Amjad thought it was 4 and stopped running in the middle, Masood then found the ball and threw the ball to Ganesh who dislodged the bell to get Amjad run out.
The game was played with good spirit and both the umpires from Giants team were quite good at their job. Would like to take this opportunity to thank both Mumtaj and Javed for doing the job skill-fully.
Though we lost this game and it was disappointing, we should still be proud of ourselves reaching the Semi after 7 years. This new looking team has lot of potential and I am sure we should be able to achieve great heights if we play up to our potential. We should also plan to play few more friendly matches with Pakistani teams, to better prepare ourselves for big matches. Since we have our own pitch and ground now, it shouldn’t be too difficult next year.

Detailed Scorecard attached below….

 

 

Engineers claim Friendship Cup

YC&AC skipper’s century goes in vain

By Anurag Singh

The Engineers continued their winning streak with their fifth consecutive win this season. With this, the Engineers have wrested the Friendship Cup, a friendly series that  was started in 2008 between the two teams, and extended their domination overt YC&AC to four. The game was played at the YC&AC ground. With both teams looking to beat the heat and trying to avoid fielding first, Prashant, YC&AC’s stand-in captain, called it right and decided to bat first. With temperatures soaring well above 30 degrees, the Engineers started their attack with the experienced duo of Biju and Ashok.

    It only took an over for Biju to send back the opening batsman Kumara, who trying to up the ante, ended up giving a lolly to Masood at mid-on, who never drops any. A couple of overs later, new Engineer Mohibul was asked to replace Biju, who started generating pretty serious pace from the beginning. Mohibul took out the other opener with a good yorker, which brought YC&AC’s best batsman and captain, Prashant, in. After that, Dinesh and Anurag started attack from the respective ends. Anurag took out the aggressive Chandana with a bouncer, Ashok taking the catch at fine-leg. In the same over, another slower one took out the leg stump of the new batsman, Richard, who was trying to duck thinking it was a beamer. The scoreboard read 69/3 after 13 overs. After the fall of these few quick wickets, YC&AC’s new recruit, Amila(ex-SL Lion), joined Prashant in the middle. Both batsman started building partnership, playing sensibly, mixing aggression with caution without taking unnecessary risks. Both batsmen, after seeing off the main bowlers and getting their eye in, started taking their chances. Prashant hit a couple of consecutive sixes off Kamal. After a big partnership of 131 runs, Amila fell to Naveen trying to accelerate after his half-century, caught at long-on by Naveen. The scoreboard read 200/4 after 30 overs. After that, Engineers were able to restrict YC&AC to 267, with the help of some useful death bowling especially by Mohibul. Prashant, their star batsman stayed unbeaten at 112*. The conditions were not favorable but the Engineers should have restricted YC&AC to a much lower score looking at their bowling strength. Overall fielding was pretty good which is a big positive. There were a couple of dropped chances but those were really difficult catches. New keeper Silvester was a sight of improvement behind the wicket. He’s a complete natural, he just hadn’t realised his hidden talent earlier.

     The Engineers started their chase with Masood and Ashok. Masood fell early to a quicker one by Brent, with the score reading only 3. The newbie Naveen came in and was looking in good touch, before he lofted one straight to Prashant at mid-on off Amila. The scoreboard read 7 for 2 after 4 overs. Dinesh walked in to join Ashok, who was steady at the other end. Both of them started building the crucial partnership. Ashok played a couple of beautiful and powerful cuts to YC&AC’s best bowler, Amila. Dinesh survived a couple of chances, thanks to YC&AC’s poor fielding, and started playing cautiously thereafter. Ashok played an absolute cameo, dealing mostly in boundaries. He looked and played solid throughout. Both the batsmen completed their half centuries and took the total past hundred. After drinks, Ashok fell to Sanjay, trying to up the run rate. This was the biggest partnership of the game, at 133 runs. Dinesh fell soon after, mishitting a long hawk by Tim. The score at that point was 162 for 4.

     With another 100+ runs to go, the run rate was touching 8. After this, Engineers captain Sanjeeb steadied the ship with Vezly with a 25 run partnership. After Vezly fell down trying to accelerate, Anurag joined Sanjeeb for another useful 30 run partnership. Anurag fell the same way as Vezly with the score reading 217 with 7 overs to go. Sanjeeb on the other hand was hitting the ball well. He hit a couple of big sixes before getting caught at long-off after a well paced 31, with Chandana taking a superb catch. At this point the Engineers needed another 39 runs with 5 overs to go. Silvester and Mohibul contributed with another meaningful partnership. After Silvester fell, Engineers needed another 29 with only two wickets in hand and less than 4 overs to go. Kamal who was playing with the season ball after ages, joined Mohibul in the middle. The next over by Brent was the turning point of the game, both Mohibul and Kamal took a six each, both straight bat proper cricket shots right over the bowler’s head. The run rate eased down a bit but Mohibul fell soon after that, which brought Biju to the crease. Run rate wasn’t a big problem anymore but all of Engineers hopes lied with Biju. Biju rotated the strike right away. In the next over Biju flicked one to the boundary to level the scores and the winning run was scored by way of a wide. It was an impressive batting performance by the Engineers to chase down 260+. The best part was that it wasn’t a one man show and everyone contributed. Special thanks to Mohan for being such a good sport. He fielded as a sub in the scorching heat and later umpired the whole innings.

Brief scores: YC&AC 267/5. Prashant Kale 112*, Amila 51, Anurag 2/37 IECC 268/9 38.4 ov). Dinesh 64, Ashok 54, Sanjeeb 31

 

vs Kytes

By Sanjeeb….
IECC won the toss and decided to bat first. The wicket offered good bounce and pace and IECC lost their first wicket in Masood the score reading only 6. But a superb 94 run 2nd wicket partnership between Santosh(35) and Dinesh(55) gave solid foundation to IECC’s innings. Both batsmen mixed caution with aggression and dominated Kytes attack.
However 3 wickets fell in quick succession; First Santosh was bit unlucky to be adjudged LBW, next Dinesh top edged a delivery,he could have easily dispatched to the boundary in another day. Anurag was next to fall trying to set a slower delivery into orbit.

Sanjeeb sensing danger went into a defensive mode and scored only in singles and occasional boundaries when he received a bad ball. However the fallen wickets had no effects on Raju and as soon as he joined Sanjeeb at the crease he dispatched three back to back sixes straight over the bowlers head. All of them being massive and landed deep inside the dry river. However Raju soon fell victim to an uneven bounce and had to depart.All other batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking and played freely while Sanjeeb made sure he holds one end till the very end. Some late big hitting by Harsha, Shailaj and Pankaj evetually took IECC to 260/8.

With bowlers like Anurag, Dinesh and Ganesh in their ranks IECC was pretty confident to defend this total. Pankaj and Sahilaj were trusted with the new ball, Pankaj bowled steadily and managed to remove Neil on his first over. Thanks to a superb catch at gully by Ganesh.Any body else would have certailnly dropped it, take my word for it. That catch went a long way lifting IECC’s moral and the fielding remained top class through out the inning.There were couple of runouts and Ganesh even bettered his last effort by taking another diving catch at gully which would have made Jhonty Rhodes proud.

However most of our bowlers, apart from Anurag and Dinesh, got little carried away, and bowled too many wides. Though it was a windy day and the CA ball is little hard to control it is no excuse for giving 43 wides and no balls in just 23 overs. That is almost 2 extra deliveries each over.Must commend Silvi for negotiating those bad deliveries, if he wasn’t a natural and someone with a long reach the extras would have looked even more ridiculous. Anurag was pick of the bowlers again and claimed 3/13 from his 5 overs.

Nevertheless this was a huge victory and will certainly do a lot of good to IECC’s run rate. And of course the victory was celebrated in Engineers traditional way, at the highway beer garden 🙂

Brief scorecard
IECC: 260/8 (40 overs) (Dinesh Singh 55, Sanjeeb Sahoo 52)
Kytes : 128/10 (23.4 overs) (Sukitha Halambage 30, Anurag Singh 3/13)

 

Here is a link to the scorecard

Engineers thump Predators

 Understregth Predators no match against the confident Engineers

By Silvester Pereira 

     The day had begun as usual at this time of the year – bright, clear and sunny weather – but probably no one would have thought it would end the way it did. Although a win was expected of the Engineers against their KCL opponents, Tokyo Predators, the manner in which the Engineers went about their task was very pleasing (Predators excluded). The game began around 11:30 am with the Engineers stand-in captain Anurag Singh, winning the toss and electing to bat. Masood and Ritesh opened the batting for the Engineers to face Saijash and Robin of the Predators. The Predators had only 10.5 players (0.5 being a 11 year young and enthusiastic Liam Hunt). It was rumored that the key player for Predators didn’t make it for the game which added to their misery. The openers gave a good start to the Engineers scoring 33 runs before Masood was out caught for 12 runs.

     Ritesh didn’t last long before being out lbw for 10 runs (score being 42). Harsha, our newcomer, joined Yogesh on the other end before he too, was bowled around his legs of the bowling of Saijash, their only and good bowler of the day. Raju joined Yogesh with score reading 49/3 (in 10 overs) and the mayhem started. The two carried along making merry, enjoying their luck (dropped catches) and scoring from a weak bowling attack for a long and well deserved partnership. Raju was first dropped in his 30s and then once more before he reached his century and a further three more times. There were plenty of fireworks, mainly from Raju, who was well supported by Yogesh on the other end. The pair batted together for almost 25 overs setting up a new 4th wicket KCL record partnership of 251 runs, eclipsing the unfinished 177 between Mayank Dabral and Ken Wadano of Tokyo Bay against Chiba Sharks in 2003. This has also became the highest partnership for any wicket. The previous one was 240 runs for the 6th wicket between Aamir Ali and Shakir Khan of Friends XI against Myoden in 2006. While the fireworks were going on, there was agony off the field too.

     Anurag, the stand-in captain, was padded and kept waiting for almost 25 overs. His chance came only in the 37th over when Yogesh was bowled by Greame Gardiner after a respectful personal best score of 65 runs with the team score at 300. The Predators, at this stage, having almost given up the game started experimented by bringing in the young Liam, who gave 25 runs in his 2 overs.  Raju remained not out for169 at the end of 40 overs with 46 extras in the Engineersscore of 310/4. Saijash was the only bowler who looked like doing anything for the Predators. He bowled a continuous 8 over spell starting from the first over, gave just 16 runs and took 2 wickets. The Engineers, after having a good score behind them, started to take charge of the bowling with Biju opening the attack and Rajeesh at  the other end. Gardiner and Chanukha opening the batting for the Predators before Chanukha was beautifully caught at point by Ganesh of the bowling of Biju with the score reading just 8 runs.

     Saijash joined Gardiner and the two gradually built a good partnership hitting some great shots before Gardiner, the danger man, missing the line, was bowled of the bowling of Anurag for 13 runs. Saijash, trying for a pull shot, went immediately  caught by Raj at mid-on again of the bowling of Anurag for well made 25 runs (highest for the Predators). The rest of the batsman didn’t last long, falling at short intervals of some really good bowling from Ganesh, Rajeesh and Shailaj, most of them being “clean bowled”. Due to absence of our regular wicketkeepers, yours truly was asked to do the honors of keeping wickets, something not done for 16 years since the club was formed! With fading light, the Engineers wrapped up the Predators innings for 110 runs (33 of which came from extras!) with a victory margin of 200 runs paving the way for an excellent start to the KCL tournament.

     Overall it was a good team work from the Engineers in all departments of the game with good batting, luck, bowling and being able to take over 95% of the catches whereas the opponents surprisingly appeared weak in all departments! Hopefully we can maintain such a momentum for the upcoming games.

Brief scores: IECC 310/4. Yogesh 65, Raju 169*, Saijash 2/16 Predators 110(26.4 ov). Anurag 3/24. Click here for the full score card.

Engineers roar against Tigers

Tigers almost mauled Engineers

By Rahul Tiwari

     The game was a last minute arrangement and Tigers had a very good chance to avenge their defeat they suffered the repvious week in a D/N match. But their batting done them in but the Engineers did provide a glimmer of hope, but just. The game got off to a delayed start under gloomy skies.

     The Engineers started on the back-foot as they were 1 player short, were wihtout some key players and then went on to lose the toss as well. Tigers had no hesitation in batting first. Despite taking the field with just 10 players the Engineers opening bowlers, Rajeesh and new comer Shailaj, put up a fine show. They bowled an immaculate line and length and did not allow the Tigers opening pair of Anil and Rajeev to get away. Even singles were restricted as the Tigers scored just 18 runs in the first 7 overs. With no option left but to take risks, Rajeev and Anil started taking risky singles. Rajeev beat a direct throw from Ganesh, but was not that lucky the second time as another accurate throw from Ganesh found him short.

     Mithun survived a very close run-out shout before even having faced a ball, but did not last long as he holed out to long off, of his first delivery. Rajesh held on to a well judged catch off Shailaj. Every batsman found the going tough as Raju and Saijesh continued their tight line. Anil tried to up the ante and hit a couple of balls to the boundary but was did not last long and fell with the score on 45. Saijesh and Ganesh scalped 3 wickets each as the Tigers were bowled out for 89 of which 23 were wides which could have proved crucial in this low scoring affair.

With the asking rate at exactly 3 runs per over IECC opened with Santosh and Rahul. Rajeev operating from round the stumps, scalped Santosh caught at slip with the one that went across in the second over of the innings. Atul came out and hit a few lusty blows to keep the score ticking. Rajeev once again cut short his innings with a caught and bowled. Javed joined Rahul in the middle and kept scoring aggressively. He was trapped in front trying to play across the line to a straight one. Rahul fell trying to hoick one over long on. Raju and Sanjeeb were cleaned up by balls that kept low and suddenly a game which should have been an easy chase for the batting side was on the line. 26 runs were needed with 4 wickets in hand.

     Saijesh batted beautifully under pressure and hit a couple of boundaries to take the Engineers close. With just 4 needed he was trapped infront. To their credit, Tigers kept up the pressure right through the innings and there were some close shouts against Saijesh and Shailaj. Shailaj sealed the game in the 24th over to take the Engineers home. It was a game which should have been won comfortably by the Engineers but were made to sweat by the Tigers. With the KCL starting next week, Engineers have a lot of improvement to do if they are to advance in that tournament.

Brief scores: ITCC 89/10 in 26 overs Anil (38), Ganesh (3/10),Saijesh (3/13) IECC 93/8 in 24 overs Saijesh(18), Atul(15), Rajeev(2/35)

Engineers start new season taming the Tigers

Day/Night match at Koga, Ibaraki Pref.

 By Sidde Raju

      As this is the first match happening under lights, Engineers reached the new Koga ground at 3:00PM with strong winds still blowing from the previous night. The stadium ground looked excellent, full of grass except for the corner for the baseball pitching, had a gallery that can accommodate around 100 spectators, a dressing room each for both teams, flood lights available for nominal fees, which the Engineers made use of, having the match played from 3pm to 9pm. The Tigers arrived after prowling the city at 4:00PM, and quickly found the incompatibility between the mat and the ground soil. After some brainstorming sessions, our curator Dinesh took the lead in installing the pitch on new ground. Coin has been tossed after a delay of an hour, the Tiger’s leader called the wrong side of the coin, which leads to engineer’s openers to walk towards the pitch with bat. Cool headed Masood opened the innings with veteran opener Santosh. Things went good until Masood got out.

     Dinesh walked in as a replacement, and the Engineer’s camp looked comfortable as the last years leading run scorer took the charge of rolling the score card. But soon he returned after an LBW decision. On the other side, Santosh keep ticking the score. The new man Kushal looked pretty comfortable, but soon got run out. Raju walked in as a replacement to him. By this time the score looked 56/5, a situation the Engineers are quite familiar with. The young blood and the new vice captain, Anurag Singh, walked in style, as the back ground voices echoed as “GUYS DON’T LET THE LAST YEAR’S KCL STITATION REPAT AGAIN”. They kept up their word, after a partnership of 30 runs Raju fell to an unintended yorker. By this time Anurag gave full thrust to the score card. The captain Sanjeeb joined him and made some valuable runs before returning back after a caught and bowled chance. Bikash replaced him in order to give some strong support to Anurag, as he is one of the stake holder in high score partnerships. This time the partnership didn’t go good. After few runs contribution, Anurag fell in the process of accelerating the score as the innings reaching the final phase. Engineers scored 133 runs in 24 overs in very unplayable conditions.

     Knowing very well that any score above 120 will be difficult for the Tigers to chase Engineers took to field after a few minutes break in order to hunt down the 134 in 27 overs. Though the figures looks achievable, the path towards that looks not that easy at the end. The valuable weapon in our arsenal, with a perfect text book bowling action (Rajeesh) started the bowling attack, the very first one went like a rocket juts like on Koiwa pitch, which we haven’t seen in our day’s play until then. According to strategy, along with our veteran seam bowler Biju the pair has to put the Tigers on back foot. Biju got the break through when he had Tigers opener Anil caught in front of the wicket in the 2nd over. A lots of convincing shouts turned out against Rajeesh though. After encouraging new talented players with the bowl, the captain thought its time to bring in Anurag. The real down fall started when the ball came in to the hands of Dinesh. He cleaned up the Tiger’s middle order taking 4 wickets in 4 overs, one in each over. After Dinesh and Raju restricted the Tigers from scoring in a long stretch of 12 overs, the asking rate was too much for the Tigers and they folded up soon with Rajeesh, Anurag and Kushal cleaning up the rest of the list and recorded the first win of this season just before the lights gone off at 21:00hrs. Key Points: 1. Ground is great. Playing cricket under lights is amazing, thanks to all stake holders in this initiation.

     A flicx pitch may make it more interesting.  Return driving to Tokyo took just one hour. 2. Though the playing conditions in the first half are unplayable, the batsmen managed to score 133. Anurag and Santhosh contributions were impressive. 3. Bowling department: bowlers did good job in restricting the tigers. 4. Ground fielding is good, but we managed to miss few catches which my go costly in other situations. [As we all know this is a well known and well repeated statement :)]

Brief scores: IECC 133 (24 overs). S Ghadge 19 I Tigers:  104 (27 overs). D Singh 4/18

2009-year end-party-bobs Farewell party

IECC held its 2009 year-end party at Ashoka Ginza in traditional style, with Indian food and Japanese beer. This time the party had an added significance as this was also one of our key member Bobby Philips’s farewell party.

After many bottoms-ups and onegos it was time for IECC president Biju to reflect upon our performance this year. President was justifiably bit disappointed with IECC’s performance this year. Pointing specifically towards the losses against ITCC a relatively new team in Japan he urged the members to do some soul searching and to do everything in their power to bring the past glory back to IECC. He drew attention toards the aging core members of IECC and stressed upon the importance of infusion of new young blood into the team and asked support of every existing members to help out in the recruiting process.

Next was Captain Sanjeeb’s turn. Taking responsibility for the poor show of IECC this year and sharing the same view as the president Captain pointed out towards some achievements which IECC can take pride on. One of them being beating YCAC 3 times in a row in their own backyard. He also drew attention towards unavailability of enough players when it comes to travelling out of Tokyo. Captain also proposed a solution to the problem by suggesting to have a IECC’s own ground near by area and briefed the team about the progress in that direction.

Everyone including the president and captain expressed a deep sense of loss considering that we will miss one of our most dynamic member Bobby next year. Not only he will be missed in the cricket ground we all will miss a really great friend and one of our great motivators. And of course we will miss his speeches and the curve negotiating skills on the Tomei:)

Next it was Bobby’s turn to light the party with his fiery speech. Bobby spoke for several hours and did not stop until the restaurant manager requested him to stop as it was time to close the restaurant:) This time for a change it was a fiery come rainy speech. It made some the members to cry. In fact even the sky cried that night:).Sensing danger and possibility of a typhoon our treasurer Bikash intervened and distributed the special achievement awards in a hurry.

Following is the list of winners….
-MVP 2009 : Dinesh Singh
-Best Batsman: Raju Sidde
-Best Bowler: Anurag Singh
-Best Fielder: Masood Khan
-New comer of the year: Vezly Gracis

Here is a picture from the party. More pictures are in Bob’s camera. he has promised to send them to us from Australia.

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p.s. Thanks to Yogesh and Biju for making the arrangements for the party and to Bikash for arranging for the presents and prizes.

Hat-trick over YCAC

Initially it looked like we can’t play this match due to lack of players as the Kerla-Japan festival was also scheduled on the same day; But we somehow managed to get an 11 just before the match day. Even though this was not a full strength team and we were sure that YCAC will definitely field their best team following defeats in last two matches, the IECC captain was still hopeful of making it a hat-trick.

Winning the toss at YCAC is normally crucial as history shows team batting first normally wins, but IECC captain called it wrong this time.

Fielding first, IECC started the bowling with Ashok and Rahul. Ashok at his usual best produced a easy chance on his 4th delivery when YCAC opener Nick mistimed a pull. There was slight confusion between the shortleg and midon fielder and shortleg eventually dropped it.

Rahul bowling with the new ball for the first time for IECC, also bowled beautifully with accuracy and swing and scoring was difficult for both batsmen. Mostly the runs were coming via occasional extras.

There were many catching chances(at lest 5) that came our way but we managed to drop them all, and the openers survived until the 15th over when a direct through from Ashok caught Nick short of his crease.

IECC was on top at that stage as almost half the innings was gone and only 56 runs were on the board.

Next batsman Kamran, tried his luck and played some risky and some very good shots but eventually got out to a well judged catch at the fineleg boundary by Rahul.
Pramod being the bowler in this case. Prashant also did not last long as Pramod manged to swing a ball in the air to disturb his middle stump. Promod and rest of the bowlers Sanjeeb, Rahul and Ashok rapped up the YCAC innings by the 33rd over for the score of 151.

It should also be mentioned that Atul, keeping after a long time, did the job beautifully in Bobby’s absence and saved some valuable runs and even managed one stumping.

Chasing a relatively easy target Masood and Atul opened the batting for IECC. Masood started promisingly hitting the first ball from Prashant for a boundary but got out LBW couple of deliveries later when he missed a flick. And when Atul also got out to a swinging delivery from David in the next over, the target suddenly started looking a competative one.

Next batsman Pramod playing for the first time for IECC displayed his cool head and sound technique when he negotiated the new ball with ease. On the other end Santosh batting at No 3 for a change was on his usual aggressive Viru(Shewag) mode when he hit Prshant for 3 magnificent boundaries on his 2nd over. However Santosh was the next to fall when he misjudged the bounce of a straight delivery that crashed into the stumps. By that time though he had made a brilliant 28 and has set IECC on course for a victory as IECC was crusing at 7 runs per over at that point.

IECC was needing another 71 runs to win the match on the 10th over. But some disciplined bowling from Kamran and Chatan reduced IECC to 113/6 by the 20th over and the possibility of a surprise IECC loss started to emerge. But Pramod’s calm presence at the crease and knowing that the asking rate is not that great, gave strength to the batsmen at the other end.

YCAC was still in the money when Javed walked into bat at No8 while the score was reading 135. But some big hitting from Javed including a huge Six that almost crossed the net and landed on one of those houses, sealed the match for us on the 30th over.

In the end it was a interesting match with lots of ups and downs and a great team effort where everyone played their part to handover a record hattrick win to IECC agaist YCAC.

3 cheers for IECC.

Brief scorecard…..
YCAC 151/10 in 33 overs, Steve(31), Kamran(23), Pramod(4/31)

IECC 152/8 in 30 overs, Pramod (32*), Santosh (28), Javed(16*)

Detail scorecards below…

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First ever loss to Tigers

As Sanjeeb and bobby had some preplanned commitment on sunday, vijender was given the responsibility to captain the side and to gather the players for the friendly match against Indian tigers. We only managed to have 9 confirmed players for the match due to Ganesh Festival on the same day.

Match started at 1:3o with IECC again lost the toss and asked to field first. As we were short to two players, we had to compromise in the fielding. Tigers openers started their innings confidently and had a partnership of 27 runs in 6 overs. Raju did some excellent fielding to get rid of their opener as they tried to steal a tight single. Raju covered a lot of distance in competiton with Rajeev (Tiger’s opener) with ball in his hand to remove the bail at non-striker end to give IECC the first wicket. Pramod(50) came next to continue Tiger’s innings with his fluent hitting all over the ground. IECC poor fielding also allowed him to score at a fast pace. At the end of their innings Pramod and Anil(29*) took the scorecard to 139/6. Bala,the new joinee in the IECC team and Rahul did a good job to restrict the scoring in the middle overs.

Massod and Sagar was asked to open the innings for IECC. Both was playing extremely well to keep the scoreboard ticking at the required rate. Sagar was out to a loose ball giving straight catch to square leg fielder. Vijender came next but was forced to retire hurt when he hurt himself while hitting a fulltoss ball on his face just near the left eye. It was the luckiest escape for me as there was no harm in my left eye. Vizley(19) came next and started hitting the big shot straight away but was given out LBW. Javed(14) and Raju(13) tried to control the damage but IECC could not cope with the required rate and got all out at 121 in 19.5 overs. That was a first ever loss to Indian Tigers.

Captaining the side is really tough and i got this bitter taste in this friendly match.
Hats off to sanjeeb who is handling IECC team so well from past 2 years.

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IECC prevail over YCAC in a close encounter

By Vezly….

Driving along the bay bridge to Yokohama on Sunday mornings has become a way of life for IECC for past few months and so is winning!!! This time we were again playing our arch rivals YCAC at their fantastic facility for a record third time in a row.

IECC won the toss and elected to bat first. Santosh and Bobby opened the innings for us but the start wasn’t as solid as we would have wanted it to be , and we lost quick wickets in the first 2 overs and were 3 for 2 at the end of the 2nd over. While Santosh got out to a fine out swinger from David, Bobby once again ran himself out. Dinesh and Sanjeeb played cautiously and added 61 runs for the third wicket to stabilize the innings like last time.

Bad luck struck us again, when we lost 3 quick wickets for just 3 runs, in the middle of our innings, but Silvester and Vezly once again did the rebuilding act successfully. Valuable contributions from Vezly (49), Dinesh (42), Silvester (30), Kushal (16) carried us past the 230 mark. While Dinesh was looking good to score another century he got out to a superb caught and bold effort by Chetak. Vezly batted beautifully mixing aggression with caution but was unlucky again to miss out on his 50, this time getting out to a superb running catch by Farhan at long off. Silvester shouldering the responsibility remained not out and made sure we played out those 40 overs.

While our batsmen played well agaist the YCAC pace-men, it were the slow bowlers who did most of the damage. David was easily the pick of the YCAC bowlers, bowling with the new ball, for the first time in his carrier, he surprised everyone with his accuracy and variations.

In reply YCAC started promisingly scoring 12 in the first over for no loss. In fact they lost their first wicket only in the 14th over at the score 78, when Sanjeeb managed to swing a ball in, from outside off , to hit nick’s pad in front of the middle stump. Immediately after, a brilliant fielding effort by Silvester got rid of the other opener Riaz (38) at the same score. But that didn’t stop YCAC as the next batsmen Farhan(16),Richard (42) and Kamran (28) started scoring at a brisk pace and the game started slipping away from us.

By the 26th Over YCAC was 174/4 and it appeared that they will easily overhaul the target when captain decided to bring Dinesh back into the attack from the far end . Dinesh immediately obliged with two wickets in the same over, both crean-bold, to bring us back in the game. Bowling around the wicket in the next over Sanjeeb got rid of the dangerous Kamran, to put IECC back in the driver’s seat, thanks to a sharp reflex catch behind the stumps by Bob.

Other bowlers then wrapped up the innings in quick succession to hand over IECC a deserving victory. Mohan did an incredible job of bowling with the new ball and saved at least 10/15 valuable runs patrolling the whole fine-leg area, and who can forget the runout and difficult catch at short-square leg by Silvester which gave us crucial breakthroughs.

Even though 232 was not a very big and difficult target for our opponents to chase, our team came out with an all out effort to defend its position. Disciplined fielding, team work and focus were the key elements which kept the team going in an energy swapping hot day.

We then joined YCAC at the post match drinks session and thanked them for inviting us.Winning a consecutive second time against YCAC does give KAMPAI a different flavour doesn’t it!!! IECC guys lets make it a hat trick and do our best at the next occasion we play them.

Brief scorecard as mentioned below:
IECC
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232/9 in 40 over , Vezly(49), Dinesh(42), Silvester (30*), Kamran(41/3), David (46/3)
YCAC
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205/10 in 35 over, Richard(42), Riaz(38), Kamran(28), Sanjeeb (41/3), Dinesh (22/2)

Few pictures and detailed scorecard below….

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Engineers end a long drought at YC&AC

Dinesh Singh scores his maiden century

 By Sanjeeb Sahoo

 In a fantastic all round display we managed to beat YC&C in an exciting high scoring game. Engineers captain Sanjeeb called the toss right this time and elected to bat first. Bobby was promoted to open with Santosh in the absence of regular openers. YC&AC got 2 quick breakthroughs via run outs, Santosh in the 2nd over misjudged a direct throw and then in the 6th over Bobby sacrificed his wicket for Dinesh in a terrible mix up. Bobby’s sacrifice did not go waste though as Dinesh went on to score a fantastic century. Sanjeeb and Dinesh steadied the innings for the 3rd wicket and added about 70 runs, Dinesh doing bulk of the scoring. Then Vezly and Dinesh for the 5th wicket added 115 runs to put the Engineers on top. Towards the end a blistering 51 not-out, including a last ball 6 from Anurag, took the Engineers past 300. Chasing a mammoth total YC&AC started in a steady fashion.

     Good pace bowling by Ashok and Mohan meant that they had to take risks to meet the asking rate. Ashok got through Nick’s defense in his 3rd over to give the Engineers the much needed quick breakthrough. Steve and Mark batted well and put up 50 runs for the 2nd wicket. The game was on balance at that point. But a brilliant fielding at point by Santosh ran Mark out and the momentum started swinging towards the Engineers. Then a good catch at cover by Ashok got rid of the dangerous looking Steve to put the Engineers on top, Anurag being the bowler in this case. Prashant(59) and Farhan(26) batted well for some time and gave the Engineers some anxious moments but the growing asking rate got the better of both batsmen. Anurag took a superb catch at long-on to get rid of Farhan and Vezley bowled a beautiful yorker to knock Prashant’s middle stump out of the ground. Once Prashant was out it was just a matter of time before the Engineers became victorious. Vezly bowling his 7th over got rid of the 9 and 10th wicket in 2 consecutive deliveries to get YCAC all out within the 40 over.

     It was a disciplined effort at the field by us, we took some fantastic catches, caused run outs. Even though we dropped some catches was still a far better performance than the previous outing against the same opposition. I must mention that Anurag and Sagar took two outstanding catches while yours truly dropped a simple one ;). In the end we had a drink with YCAC and thanked them for inviting us to play in their fantastic facility, and wished well to Neil who was playing his penultimate game in Japan and the last one against the Engineers. We then marched home with the satisfaction of beating YCAC which had remained as a dream for few years now.

Brief scores:  IECC 302/6 (40 overs).

Dinesh Singh 114(14×4, 3X6),         Anurag Singh 51 (7X4, 2X6),       Vezly Gracies 43(5X4, 1X6),

Prashant Kale 3/49.

YC&AC 237/10 (37 overs). Prahsnat Kale 59, Cmitha 40*, Vezly Gracies 4/35.