Category: 2009

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)
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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.

YC&AC storms into PFC final

Engineers continue their wayward batting

 By Vijeder Khatri

     It was the same story for Engineers as the previous encounter between the two teams. Same opposition batsman hitting a century and then every Engineer eager to go back to pavilion made the story exactly same and boring. This time we encountered a new Flicx pitch and colorful astro turf outfield at the YC&AC. It was a lovely colorful ground to have a cricket match. Engineers were high on confidence following their fighting win in the last match against the Indian Tigers. All guys were pretty much on time and match started at 11:10 AM with Engineers were asked to field first after losing the toss.

     Engineers opened bowling with Biju Paul and Ashok Kumar. Both bowled a tidy spell with a lovely line and length that made the YC&AC openers difficult to rotate the strike. Engineers were pretty happy about chipping 2 precious wickets inside 10 overs for just 31 runs. Engineers had their plan well executed for all batsmen until the wicket of YC&AC skipper, Kamran Ali, who was out to a frustrated shot after the Engineers blocked all his scoring areas. YC&AC 40 odd runs for the loss of 2 wickets. But then enter Prashant Kale, the most valuable batsman of YC&AC. We all knew we have to get him out as early as possible to restrict YCAC to a moderate total. Dinesh had a perfect plan to get him out and it would have worked to perfection if yours truly had not have been wondering about something and not looking at the playinf field standing at long-off. I was feeling guilty(I’ll buy everyone a beer!) and I tried to repair the non-repairable damage by running hard and fielding well but my team-mates weren’t impressed. Anyway Dinesh created one more chance when Prashant was at 40, this time to mid-on to Bikash but he also fumbled the precious chance even through he held a great catch earlier to get the YCAC captain out. On the other end Riaz, the YC&AC opener was batting beautifully with patience and occasionally hitting the odd boundaries but finally got out to Sanjeeb’s bowling at 40.

     At drinks break after 20 overs YC&AC was at 88 for loss of 2 wickets. But then some violent hitting by Kale (124) and some useful knock from other batsmen YA&CA set a target of 256 for the Engineers to chase with the help of some dropped catches to win the Pacific Friendship Cup Semifinal. As the outfield was pretty fast and ball was nicely coming on to bat, we were pretty confident to make a successful chase if we bat full overs. After having a 25-30 mini lunch break Engineers started the chase with Atul and Santosh but to be disappointed soon with the score reading 15/2. Skipper Kamran started the slide when he trapped Atul plumb in front in the 3rd over of the innings. Yours truly was sent to bat in at 1-down position but was soon bowled by a lovely in swinging delivery from Farhan, which clipped the off stump bail. With the ‘Keeper standing up to the stumps, the main umpire and batsmen had some doubt about whether it was bowled or stumped but the square leg umpire confirmed that it was clean bowled.

     Ashok and Sanjeeb started sensibly to repair the damage, playing cautiously but soon Sanjeeb was out to Neil’s inviting delivery to give a simple catch at mid-on. By Now the Engineers had lost 4 batsmen for score of 38. As soon as some partnership was building between Ashok and Dinesh, Ashok (16) was given out LBW as he left a straight-forward delivery off Neil’s spin bowling. Now Dinesh and Raju were sailing the drowning boat to give the chase some direction. Raju entertained the crowd fully by hitting three huge sixes, one of those almost landing in the swimming pool. But soon Dinesh was left alone on the pitch when he tried to cut a wide delivery for six to shortest part of the boundary but only succeeded in gaving simple catch at point which made score line 82/5. Soon other batsman followed the same pattern with the Engineers getting all out for 112 in 24 overs. This was yet another disappointing batting performance by the Engineers. “Catches win Matches” and we made it true again where as the YC&AC caught all of the chances that came their way in sharp contrast to us. View photos and score card at http://iecc-japan.blogspot.com/

Brief scores: YC&AC 255/7 in 40 overs , Prashant Kale 129, Ashok 3/31, Raju 3/39 IECC 112(24 overs). Raju 24, Dinesh 24, Riaz 3/8 

Details

Date League Season
Jul 5, 2009 Pacific Cup 2009

Match Summary

TeamRunsWickets LostOversBPOutcome
YC&AC255740Win
IECC112100Draw

YC&AC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Nick Horton 8-000--1-
Riaz 40-000--1-
P.B.Kale 12900000000
Avinash Jadhav 29-000--1-
Chetak Halageri 0-000--1-
Farhan 1-000--1-
Neil Lawrence 21-000--11
Sturges John 1-000--11
Kamran Ali 0-000--00
Total 255        

Did not bat: Kamran Ali

Bowling O M R W bbf

IECC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Biju Paul 000000000
Ashok Kumar 000000000
Mohan Govindasamy 000000000
Dinesh Singh Rawat 000000000
Sanjeeb Sahoo 000000000
Bikash Mohanti 000000000
Total 112        
Bowling O M R W bbf
Biju Paul603200
Ashok Kumar803130
Mohan Govindasamy503900
Dinesh Singh Rawat804700
Sanjeeb Sahoo604610
Sidde Raju503930
Bikash Mohanti202000

Engineers trump Tigers

Escape an embarrassment with a huge margin

By Biju Paul

When duty called, only two Engineers answered it and answered it in style. It was almost going to be a one-sided match (in favour of the opposition though) what with only 8 Engineers available until as late as less than 12 hours before the match but thanks to some last minute work by the captain, even forcing one of the Engineers to take absence from work to play, Engineers managed to get an eleven. After blowing their chances for a KCL semi-final berth by irresponsible bating against the Kytes the previous week, Engineers this time arrived Shizuoka with hope of an easy win against the Indian Tigers.

Nursing hopes of posting an imposing total by batting out all 40 overs, skipper elected to bat first after winning the toss but as it turned out the hopes turned into embarrassment within the first 30 minutes of the play. Tigers’ opening bowler Anil trapped Engineers’ open bat, Atul Joshi, in front of the wicket in the 2nd ball and set off the damage. In his second over Santosh drove one into the hands of Rajeev, who was stationed at the cover. The batsman stayed at the crease telling the umpire that the fielder might have grounded the ball but the umpire rightly disagreed. It was a great catch indeed taken just centimeters above the ground. But from the other end skipper Udayaraj was leaking runs and he replaced himself with Bala which turned out to be a smart move. Bobby, The Wall, went on to flick a straight delivery off Bala but was clean bowled. Engineers 3/27 in 4.2 overs. No. 4 Dinesh pushed the score with some beautiful pulls and drives to the fence but he too fell to Anil- Rajeev combination with Rajeev producing yet another fantastic catch. Skipper Sanjeeb got off the mark with a flick, the exact same shot Bobby tried off the same bowler but he too fell two balls later to Anil, his 2nd victim in the same over and 4th over all. Engineers 35/6 in 6 overs. The Anil-Bala bowling combination damaged any hope of recovery, or so it seemed, for the Engineers with Bala clean bowling Silvester for naught. Engineers 35/6 in 6.2 overs.

The way out of the hole the Engineers dug for themselves was to bat out and last at least 20 overs so a few nudges and pushes and then hope for the greatest friend under these circumstances, Mr. Extras, to come to their help. Targets were soon revised and a score of 120 was thought to be reachable, not really defendable. However, the pair at the crease was the most dangerous of the Engineers line-up. The calm and composed Sidde Raju and the teen-aged Anurag with fire and brimstone. While the Tigers were relishing an opportunity of a rare and long awaited victory, the batsmen bid their time to see off the bowlers. After withstanding the probing spells from Anil and Bala, Anurag teed off with élan once the second-stringers came on who were palpably ineffective. The duo took the sore past 100, and continued with poise and elegance bringing smiles and cheers to the Engineers camp. Raju hit the first 6 of the innings, a ferocious one that was, over midwicket, off Rajeev, with the ball landing in the river, an occasion Bobby used to take an anticipatory bail – in case things went wrong still – saying “this will save our face even if we lose this match”. Tigers tried every bowler available to them but the duo at the crease was not willing to let the advantage slip. They batted almost like a conjugal couple, clearly understanding the one at the other end. Raju did give a chance, after reaching his 50, but skipper Udayaraj, standing at mid-off spilled a relatively easy one. By then the horse had bolted the stable anyway. The rest was all clean hitting, too clean for Tigers’ comfort. Raju departed first after scoring 66(4×4, 5×6) with the score at 186, contributing to a massive 151 runs partnership in 21 overs, which took the match out of the reach of the opposition. Newbie, Merwin Frank, replaced him but lasted only a few balls as he was cleaned up by Bala, returning for his second spell, handing him his 3rd wicket. But in the span of those few balls, Anurag had helped another cameo partnership of 25 runs. Having lasted 30+ overs, Anurag stepped up the attack but fell soon to Udayaraj for 76(12×4, 1×6). After the fall of these two, Engineers didn’t trouble the Tigers much as the innings folded up in the 36th over when Masood pulled Udayaraj but succeeded only in sending the ball up in the air, with keeper completing the formality.

Having been in similar situations before, Engineers knew exactly how Tigers would have had their lunch. Tigers started their chase at 3:20pm with Anil NT and skipper Udayaraj, both former Engineers, opening the innings. Opening the bowling along with this writer, Dinesh did early damage in a long spell of 7 overs, claiming 3 wickets, almost as if to make up for his failure with the bat. With a few quick wickets, but not the way Engineers batted, soon the resistance of Tigers fizzled out. The sights of Raju and Anurag coming at them again would not have been pleasing at all. Anurag bowled with fire in his belly and sent in deliveries with fierce pace which batsmen could only poke at. Raju’s slow run up deceived the pace he generated and both claimed two wickets each. With match almost in the kitty, skipper threw the ball to Merwin, who was full of beans, bubbling around and Masood. An expensive 1st over from Merwin followed with a c&b wicket of the opener Anil(20). Masood’s over too produced a wicket when Gijo lofted one over the head of the bowler but this writer running some 30 yards from long off, defied every fielder’s expectation of a dropped catch, held on to one. Engineers soon ended the Tigers’ innings in the 27th over for 119 runs.

The significance of the partnership Raju and Anurag built can only be gauged when one looks at the score card. The next highest score was 11 by Dinesh, besides the eternal friend of every team, Mr. Extras(42). More than the sum total of this partnership, or the intrinsic value it brought in, it was the way they tore the attack into smithereens which must have destroyed the Tigers’ morale. It has been long since the Engineers has taken the attack to the opposition in such strident fashion but it still leaves the Engineers with a gaping hole(The Wall not withstanding) at the top with successive batting failures which results losing matches that should have been won.

To be fair to the Tigers, their fielding great and they played with the same enthusiasm as they started the innings. They just missed some of their bowlers, who could have helped reduce the damage Raju and Anurag caused.

View photos and score card at http://iecc-japan.blogspot.com/

Brief scores: IECC 231(35.3 overs). Sidde Raju 66, Anurag Singh 75. Anil Nair 4/19. Bala S 3/28 Tigers 119 (26.5 overs). Dinesh Sing 3/28.

IECC lose one of their very best

Vimal who played for IECC about 8 years had been a key member of the squad. Apart from being a rock solid opener he was a very good bowler and fielder. Also he was a very good friend and his gentle , friendly and selfless natures had made him really popular within the team. His 156* against Kytes is among one of the most memorable innings he has played for IECC.

He will be soon moving to Denmark on his new job assignment. IECC is hopeful that he will be back in Japan sometime in future and will be again playing for us.

Here are few pictures from the farewell party.

IECC Winning streak broken by Serendib

Sarendib won the toss and elected to bat first.
We opened the bowling with Ashok and Anurag and Vijender took care of the keeping in absence of our regular wicket keepers.
We bowled well but Sarendib capitalized on the occasional bad balls.We also dropped several simple catches to let them of the hook. The weather also played its part. We had 3 breaks due to rain and each time we came back to bowl after the rain, we had a hard time dealing with the slippery pitch and ball. Sarendib batted intelligently mixing caution with aggression and post a challenging total of 248.

We had a packed batting line up and we knew 6 runs per over at Shizouka is gettable. We started promisingly reaching 50 in just 5 overs. Fresh from a 150+ partnership in the last game, Vimal and Viswa were batting brilliantly but both got out to some brilliant fielding and accurate bowling. At that stage we were still sitting pretty, but then some poor running between the wickets and some bad luck with the decisions took the game out of our reach. Finally we got all out for just 188 on the 31st over.

Brief score card….
Dhanuka(73), Ashok 4/39
Dinesh(29),Vimal (26), Ashanka 2/35

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IECC defeats Predators convincingly

Since the conditions were not good for KCL match the captains and the umpires agreed to reschedule the KCL match. IECC and Predators decided to play a friendly 20/20 instead in the rain.

IECC batting first scored 213/6 in 20 overs. Viswa(85) and Vimal(65) had a 150+ opening partnership.

Predators crumbled under pressure of chasing such a high score and got all out for 113 in the 19th over. Predators captain Andrew(46) was the top scorer from their side.

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Engineers kick-off their KCL campaign with a strong show

Skipper’s all round performance seals the match

 By Anurag Singh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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