Category: 2017

IECC WINS KCL 2017 GRAND FINAL

KCL’2017 GRAND FINALE

Details

Date Competition Season
Nov 5, 2017 KCL 2017

Hello Everyone, This is Vinay Mohan Iyer, the Skipper of IECC and your author for the Day.  It was long wait for IECC between semis and final; almost 1.5 months and that too the big one of all, the GRAND FINALS of KCL 2017.

Once again, it was a rematch between IECC vs defending champion SAMURAI for 3rd time in a row. Engineers were desperate to break the jinx of losing the previous two finals to them. This time the challenge was bigger as we were playing on home turf of Samurai, ASHIKAGA ground for the first time..

Just 2 days before the FINAL, venue was changed from Edogawa to Ashikaga. IECC agreed for the new venue for the finals (too generous!). Lot of assumptions were playing out in my mind. It was difficult to choose Final XI. Thanks to Vivek & Himanshu who agreed to come and play though having other commitments.

Team of the day 
1.  Vinay(C)
2.  Prashant Kale(wk)
3.  Rajneesh
4.  Pavethy
5.  Raman
6.  Saif
7.  Praveen
8.  Abdul
9.  Vivek
10. Adrit
11. Himanshu

All drama began when IECC players, travelling in parts managed to find this untraceable ground and found the flex mat laid on to the dry patch of Baseball pitch and that too in a completely awkward direction. Within no time Samurai set the “short” boundaries and pitch nailed but our dentist “Pavethy” who is also KCL Committee member was in no mood to play in these conditions and asked the Skipper to call the game off and postpone it to the next weekend. It looked difficult as we knew if this was done; the Final would never take place & it was general consensus from players to play the game. Our veteran Rajneesh discussed with Samurai and made sure boundary line were moved out at-least by 10 yards.

40 over game never looked on cards. So it was decided to have 30 over game. I losing the toss was nothing new but Samurai asking IECC to bat first was a shocker. It was may be due to fact that Samurai chased well in the Semi finals. 150 runs at least was the initial target during the team meeting. Looking at the small boundaries and the Samurai batting Line-up, all believed  200 runs is needed.

 

The “A” Couple (Adrit & Abdul) started off the Innings. They stood to their task to see off the new ball making the Samurai desperate for early wickets. Samurai soon brought Spinners into the attack which worked out and Adrit (6) fell prey trying to up up the run rate. This brought in the Man in form of this season for IECC, Pavethy who took no time to get his eye in and was playing the Samurai attack with ease.A skiddy delivery from Thilana saw Abdul (7) caught right in front wicket . 20/2 and in came the dangerous & most experienced batsman Prashant Kale. He took some time to get his eye in but soon both Prashant & Pave played some fantastic strokes over the boundaries and few maximums too. Samurai were feeling the pressure and continued to leak runs. Against run of play, Kale (11) punched an over pitched delivery from left arm medium pace straight to mid-off. IECC @ 64/3 here, and in came the yours truly after a long break from Cricket, hoping to get in and get the score board ticking. It was difficult to read the dual pace nature. Pavethy was trying to explain me about the pitch and asking to play unusual way. We put on a small partnership before Pavethy (36) was caught leg before and IECC were 100/4 in 21 overs. In came Raman the Ravan for Samurai’s. I, Vinay (14), trying to play across the Left hand seamer was struck on legs and was given LBW. The score was 109/5 and Saif was the next man in. Saif and Raman started to build a good partnerships with 1s n 2s. As confidence grew, Raman took the bowlers ON with a few boundaries and a Huge Six. Their partnership soon ended when Saif (6) was bowled by Sankalpa .140/6. Vivek Singh joined in but in the very next over Raman (25) trying to go over long on only managed to find Chula.141/7. Praveen came in to support Vivek as we knew it was Vivek who could get us a par score of 170-175runs and he almost did so. Praveen (2) though sacrificed his wicket and was run out but Himanshu (1*) too supported Vivek (15*) as he blasted two boundaries in the last over and took the Final score to 163/8 in 30overs.

There was 10min break before Samurai begin their chase.Lunch was ordered but it did not arrive on time. I guess it was better for us as it kept us focused on the game. Inning started with IECCs most experienced bowler Rajneesh Shukla and the speedster Vivek Singh. Both gave us a brilliant start with accurate line and length troubling the Samurai openers all the way before Bhanuka the top scorer in KCL this season managed to nick one to the 2nd slip where i did my best  to dive to right and grab this a difficult one. This wicket provided the right momentum that we needed and more so to  Vivek who was all charged up. Rajneesh on the other hand was calm and managed to keep bowling the dot balls. The next ViV over saw the wicket of  Chula who tried play across and was  adjusted LBW. IECC was never looked so electric and charged in finals before. In came Hanif and was playing both Vivek and Rajneesh with ease. Skipper changed the bowling and brought the deadly RAVAN into the attack. He started off with a maiden over.

One over before Drinks break, the skipper decided to get in the Man with the golden arm Pavethy who he believed would get the important breakthrough and he didn’t disappoint. The fifth delivery of the over and Hanif tried to send him over the long off boundary but managed it straight into the safe hands of Vivek who would never drop this golden chance. Samurai were 3 down with their best batsmen all into the Pavilion. We decided not to take the Drinks / Lunch break as we had the upper hand on the game and did not want to lose the momentum. Their opener Ali was too kind to agree and proceed with the game and it was no stopping from there on. Raman continued his Golden Spell  for this Grand Finale. He bowled consecutive 3 Maiden overs with the 3rd one bringing the wicket of their lone standing opener Ali & their last hopes. We knew it was all about keeping the momentum and not loosing the grip from here on. Few overs later I decided to bowl my off spin and continue to apply the pressure. It was good bowling partnership with Raman to dry up the scores completely with the help of our Cheetah’s (Saif/Himanshu/Abdul/Adrit) covering the field and not allowing the batsman to take a Single.

 

The task for the Defending Champions Samurai looked impossible from here. IECC were just playing with the Samurai batsman. Another player who was taking a lot of beating for IECC himself was the man behind the Stumps, Prashant Kale. We saw it from 1st over  that he saved 20-30runs on wicket which had  a lot of uneven bounces. A lot of credit goes to him too. It was matter of time and Vinay started running through the middle order and the Samurai Tail started to shake. Pavethy & Vinay finished off their spells and it was the last 4 overs left between the 3 fast bowlers with just 1 wicket left and 60odd runs to get. Raman in the 28th over completed the proceedings by knocking off the stumps of the last Samurai Batsman as they were bundled out for mere 106Runs.

Match Summary

TeamRunsWickets LostOversOutcome
IECC163830Win
Samurai C.C.1061028.2Loss

IECC gathered in to break their winning Slogan “AAJ….. JEET GAYEEEE”

The bowlers did an excellent job.

Rajneesh Shukla    5 – 0 – 23 – 0

Vivek Singh            5 – 0 – 29 – 2

Raman Tanwar       5.2 – 3 – 6 – 3

Pavethy                  6 – 0 – 27 – 1

Vinay Iyer*              6 – 1 – 12 – 4

Raman with an All-round performance (25Runs & 3 wickets) was awarded the KCL Man of the Match & Vinay (14Runs, 4Wickets & 1Catch) was awarded the Saachi Man of the Match

IECC are now THE KCL CHAMPIONS of 2017 . Do join us for the IECC Awards later this month.
Thank you all for joining us this Season. This is your Captain signing off for now. Cheers!!!!

Relive the Match here

 

IECC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Abdul Sattar 701400--1-
Adrit Jain 601800--10
Pavethynath Velusamy 3604351--10
Prashant B. Kale 1101701--10
Vinay Mohan Iyer 1402411--10
Raman Tanwar 2502000--10
Saifuddin Raj 60821--10
Vivek Singh 150620--11
Praveen Ram 20200--10
Himanshu Bugalia 101000011
Rajneesh Shukla 000000000
Extras40
Total 163        

Did not bat: Rajneesh Shukla

Bowling O M R W bbf
Vivek Singh502920
Rajneesh Shukla502300
Raman Tanwar5.23630
Pavethynath Velusamy602710
Vinay Mohan Iyer611240

Samurai C.C.

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

Utsunomia team concedes walkover to IECC .

IECC entered 2017 KCL Final game after Utsunomia CC captain agreed to concede walk to IECC due to unavailability of players.Its pity that  Utsunomia captain completely forgot about the game due to busy week thus could not inform team members.

For 2nd semifinal game scheduled this week, we hope weather would not play spoilsport .

KCL final  is scheduled on 29th Oct at picturesque Fuji 1 ground. If you plan to come to watch and support us , please let  us know.

2017 KCL Semi-final preview

2017 KCL league games are almost over and for the 1st semifinal game, IECC, the table topper will clash with Utsunomia CC. The  game will be held on 2nd Oct at Edogawa Cricket ground in Tokyo.

This is IECC’s 2nd successive semifinal. In 2016 season semi-final,  they beat Indian tigers Cricket club to enter finals. A strong bowling display set up convincing win in semi-finals.

A fine sunny weather forecast sees that  there will be no advantage of winning the toss.

 

 

[KCL] Engineers climbs past Fuji CC for their second KCL win

May 21, 2017 IECC vs. Fuji CC at Edogawa

Report by Bidyut Sarkar

With plenty of sunshine and temperature in high 20’s it was a perfect day for cricket. Fuji CC, playing their first match of KCL this season, hoped for a strong start. IECC had a comfortable victory in their first KCL encounter with Serendib (link to match report) and looked forward to continue their unbeaten run across all tournaments this season. The proceeding started as usual(!) with our captain, Vinay losing the toss. It didn’t matter in the end as Fuji CC decided to bowl first and IECC got what they desired, to bat first and post a big total.

IECC innings:

Vinay decided to send a new opening combination- left handed Bidyut and the youngest player of IECC, Praveen. Both Bidyut and Praveen had a nervous start against upbeat Fuji CC. But soon they calmed their nerves and got the scoreboard ticking nicely with singles and doubles, and occasional boundaries.  Praveen, playing only his second match for IECC, shacked off a few play and miss with a beautiful drive to the cover fence. Bidyut who had an early reprieve in the first over itself concentrated on singles. These two provided a strong start to IECC and got separated one short of fifty in the ninth over. Praveen (19 of 25 balls) was caught trying to hit Ebisuya. This brought our marquee batsman Prashant Kale to the crease. However, his stay was cut short by a brilliant piece of fielding of a tight single to cover. With IECC deciding to give its new players a go, Dhruv joined Bidyut in the middle. The two kept the score moving until Dhruv  (10 of 13 balls) was LBW in the 15th over (IECC 85/3). Dhruv was followed a Chetak, another newcomer this season, at no 5. Bidyut, who was well set by then, looked to up the ante by hitting a couple of fours and taking the team score past 100 in the 16th over. He looked good for his first half century for IECC but he soon departed for 37 of 46 balls (IECC 104/4).

In came Pavethy, the man in form and the man of the match in previous KCL game. He started from where he left in the last match, carting the ball to all corners of the ground.  After a quick fire 24 of 16 balls (3 x 4, 1x 6) he departed in search of more (IECC 131/5). Chetak and the next batsman Manu played with freedom and scored runs at brisk pace. Just when ICC looked in full control, in came the moment of hara-kiri in the form of three run outs. The first one to go was Manu (17 of 15 balls, IECC 179/6), followed by Chetak (38 of 33 balls, IECC 180/7), and finally Vinay (4, IECC 185/8). Prashant Kumar also departed soon (4, IECC 193/9). From a very commanding position a mini collapse left the last pair Raman and Himanshu with ~8 overs to play. Well, both of them are very capable batsman and they showed it when it mattered for the team. They stitched a 49 run partnership for the final wicket. Raman (28 of 20 balls) got out while trying to hit a big one, while Himanshu remained unbeaten on 10 of 5 balls. IECC bundled out in 37.3 overs but not before posting 242.

After a reasonably good opening partnership IECC scored at good pace despite losing wickets at regular intervals; and the last wicket partnership ensured the series of run outs did not affect IECC too much at the end. With small but significant contributions from several batsmen and a half century from “Mr. Extra” meant IECC had the upper hand at the interval. For Fuji CC Ashfaq bowled a good opening spells, while Lokesh emerged as the most successful bowler (3/22).

Fuji CC innings:

Raman and Prashant Kale shared the new ball for IECC. With a little over run-a ball to chase, Fuji openers began on a positive note with flurry of boundaries. However, IECC got the desired early breakthrough with a clever piece of work from Pavethy (Fuji 26/1). Pavethy, at first slip, noticed that the Fuji batman K Khan was taking his own time to return to the crease after missing a ball. By the time the batsman realized what has happened the stumps were knocked down. Well done Pave! (maybe he got the inspiration from Suresh Raina dismissing Rishav Pant in similar fashion in IPL this year). After the fall of wicket, some brilliant bowling from Raman and Kale completely stalled the run scoring of Fuji CC. The next breakthrough was not far. The no.3, Ungar cut Raman through gully only to see Dhruv taking a stunning diving catch (Fuji 28/2). The third wicket also came through a good piece of fielding. Young Praveen timed his jump to perfection to snap the catch of J. Shearer at cover (Fuji 29/3). The bowler was Raman again.  After bowling a tight spell including a couple of maidens it was reward-time for Kale. He held onto a catch offered by Lokesh of his own bowling (Fuji 42/4).

With Fuji already tottering at 42/4, Chetak found the correct lengths to shatter the visitors any hope for revival. In a fine spell of bowling, he picked up 4 wickets for 27 runs to leave Fuji at 70/9. Vinay took the other wicket to fall in between, but not without a drama! (see moment of the day section). Although already out of the match, the last pair of Fuji, Ebisui and Iwasaki, showed great restraint and delayed the inevitable by 7-8 overs. Finally, IECC keeper Prashant Kumar effected a lighting stumping of the bowling of Vinay to finish thing off. The final bowling figures read Raman (2/20), Kale (1/12), Chetak (4/27), Vinay (2/15), Pavethy (0/8) and Himanshu (0/10). IECC win by a huge margin of 150 runs and with a bonus point.

This was an all-round performance from IECC with many contributing with the bat, disciplined bowling and good fielding and match awareness. Four run outs while batting was only negative point for IECC on the day.

For a strokeful 38 runs with the bat and 4/27 with the ball, Chetak was the KCL and Nirvanam “Man of the Match”.

for laying a solid opening foundation with the bat, Bidyut (37 runs) earned Saachi partners “Stylish Player of the Day” award.
Moment of the day:

At the fall of 5th wicket in Fuji innings, Odori joined Shouji. As the common perception goes, two Japanese batsmen at the crease will try to play overs rather than go for big shots. Shouji at the crease was already making the perception stronger. In comes the input from the experienced Prashant Kale, while Vinay marks for bowling to new batsman Odori.

Kale: This is the time to show intensity. The batsmen will try to block and will not give wickets away. We have to find ways to get them. Let’s attack more.

Vinay: Loops a driving length ball, and a wild swing of bat disappears the ball into the deep-midwicket boundary for a four.

Vinay and everyone: Stunned! Then burst into laughter J J

Vinay: Sends Kale to the boundary line, where the previous ball went. It was a tactical move although the readers for fun can extrapolate to anything.

Vinay: Next ball, he gives more air in the ball. Now the batsman, aware of the deep fielder defends but the ball lobs up only to fall short of Pavethy at cover. The batsman misses the next faster one.

The conclusion: Vinay bowls another loopy flighted delivery. The batsman caught in two minds, whether to slog (Kale is already manning the boundary) or to defend, finally lobs a simple catch to Pavethy.

Everyone:  Burst into laughter again J J

Celebrating 20 years of IECC in Japan Cricket

Founded in 1997, This year we are celebrating the active participation of IECC club in Japan cricket and   impact it had among cricket fraternity in Japan. In front of us, new clubs were formed and dusted. Clubs from 1997 or before are nowhere to be seen.

Its interesting that IECC is the Club that is still going strong throughout these years and keeping consistent high quality of Cricket.

100+ players represented the club over the years. Those who are away, still keep contact through social media and fondly follow the club activities. A very special report on these 20 years of the club will be compiled by one of founding member Biju Paul, and few more those who played cricket with and against IECC for more than 10 years.

It would be a lovely compilation of Interesting battles over the years, ups and downs, club records, people,sponsors who supported the club and lot more .

Stay tuned for special report and activities planned for celebration. 

We would love to hear from other founding members & those who have  played cricket with or against IECC. Please let us know your feedback on contact us  

[JC]Engineers cruise to a comfortable Victory

By Prashant Kumar

Batting

The weather was just ideal for a good day’s cricket. Engineers buoyed after a thrilling win against the Tigers, were desperate to take the field. Interestingly, British Embassy after winning the toss invited Engineers to bat first. Now the onus was on the batsmen to put up a healthy total. Vinay and Kobayashi opened the innings, however, latter fell cheaply to an unlucky decision, without troubling the scorers. Vinay, who was slightly cautious initially, was then joined by Pavethy, who has been a class apart this season. He brought on his trademark fluent straight and off drives. But he couldn’t last long, resulting in his rare failure this season.

At 18/2 Prashant Kumar joined Vinay at the crease. Focusing on rebuilding the innings, a partnership followed. Even though boundaries were not coming so frequently, they didn’t let the run rate dip by running hard between the wickets. They put on a partnership of 68. Vinay soon brought on his first fifty of the season, however, both looking to up the scoring rate fell in the process. The good foundation allowed the next pair of Adrit and Abdul to play freely. Helped by a couple of free hits, they just kept hitting boundaries with nonchalant ease. However, both sacrificed their wickets in the process.

 Highlight of the Day

This brought Raman to the crease, who seemed to be “in the zone”. It was a beautiful display of clean hitting setting a new record for fastest 50 (55 Runs of 16 balls) in a T20 match. He bettered the previous record held by Prashant Kale by 5 balls against same opposition last season. Raman and Suresh saw through the rest of the innings combining for a partnership of 61, out of which Suresh’s contribution was a grand total of 5 runs. Raman’s innings was the difference between a good score of 180 and a humongous score of over 200. Engineers set up a formidable total of 210/6 in 20 overs.

The Defense

British Embassy, with a mountain to climb, tried to be aggressive from the start. However, Engineers bowling, led by the old pro Biju (with a new French-cut look) did not allow any complacency to creep in. While keeping a check on the scoring rate, Engineers bowlers kept taking wickets regularly. For British Embassy, only Rajpaksha and Rupaningalge could reach double figures.

Abdul, playing first game of the season, was the pick of the Engineers bowlers, claiming 3 for 4 in 2 overs. Pavethy after failing with bat, tried desperately to compensate with the ball. He tried bowling every sort of delivery off spin, leg spin, right arm, left arm, faster ones, even full-tosses, etc., however, failed to break the last wicket partnership of Thomas and Newman. The final pair managed to survive over 5 overs of good bowling, helping British Embassy finish their innings on 84/9.

Saachi Partners Man of the Match

With all the three departments coming good, it was a good team effort. Highlight of the day, undoubtedly was the breathtaking innings by Raman. There were no surprises that who the best performer of the day was. Raman was unanimously chosen for “Saachi Partners Man of the Match”.

Hope Engineers continue with our good work throughout the season.

Kindly refer to the below link for the detailed scorecard.

https://www.crichq.com/matches/513937/1st_innings

Cheers!!!

[KCL] IECC Walks out Strong in their 1st KCL Outing of the Season

Match report by Vinay.

A week after IECC knocking out Tigers almost out of Japan Cup, they were back on the field with some fresh looking young Guns & Veterans too this time, to grab their 1st KCL Victory.

The Match was scheduled at Edogawa, onto a newly laid Mat. IECC were looking very much confident on taking Serendib against whom they have a 100% Win record. IECC Players were on time and started their Practise sessions. Men in IECC Jersey all around but Serendib had some late comers which delayed the Toss…But both, the Captains & Umpire from Pak Stars (Mr. Mumtaz Alam) decided to go with the Toss. With clear intentions to Bat 1st, Myself, the Captain & your writer was eager to win the Toss and have a go @ their not so good looking bowling attack but as usual IECC lost the Toss and Serendib decided to Bat first.

We started with our Veteran opening pair, Biju Paul & Rajneesh Shukla. Both of them kept the openers on their feet all the time. Runs coming off extras but nothing with the Bat which kept the openers to think off. Finally one of the opener perished to Rajneesh (1/10) by giving a simple catch to Saif at mid-wicket. After the pair bowled 4 overs each, the Captain decided to bring on our very own Ashok Kumar and to join him was Raman from the other end. Both bowled with good pace and great line which both the batsman couldn’t read. Raman (1/11) produced another break through which was caught excellently at gully by Rahul Manahoran. The ball was travelling with good pace but he managed to grab it well. Rahul was involved in a crucial Run-out too which dent the Serendib Batting further and to make it worse, Rahul (1/11), next in the bowling line up, chipped in with another quick wicket by knocking the Stumps.

Looking at the Tail we didn’t expect it to last long but it did when a batsman was sending our bowlers to every part of the ground. The score started moving and @ drinks the Captain decided to Bring on the Spin-Twin Pavethy & Himself to stop the scoring and wag the tail off.

It worked in the very first over when Pavethy got the other batsman out. Vinay (1/11) at the other end tempted that batsman with some loopy doosra’s to take him on but he couldn’t manage to connect a single one and was finally stumped by Prashant Kumar. Pavethy(4/25) was firing the ball at the tail enders and kept knocking the timber. Finally Serendib were bowled out for 120 Runs, Gaining the 1st Bonus Point for bowling out the Opposition. Pavethy finished off with 4 wickets in his bag, and IECC had to Chase down 121 Runs in 40overs. Rather in less than 20overs to gain the Additional Bonus point which was always on the cards with our strong batting line-up.

Our out-off form Captain, Vinay decided to open himself with in-form Adrit so that he can try to get his form back. The game started after a 15 mins break. Adrit taking the strike off the 1st ball managed to Middle the ball. Serendib bowlers bowled good length but missed their line and few wide deliveries gave us few Byes too. Adrit smashing the bowlers through covers for boundaries and 2’s but Vinay at the other end was being too cautious but that didn’t last long when a short ball shooter which he couldn’t do much off knocked the stumps from below his bat. Another rare DUCK for him.

In came the MoM of previous game Pavethy, who knew was the no1 contender to get it this time too with 4wickets in the 1st innings. He & Adrit together kept the scorecard ticking with one’s & two’s. With no further break through the Serendib Captain decided to keep changing the bowling which never worked as Adrit and Pavethy had now decided to go after them. Adrit dealing in Boundaries & Pavethy in Sixes which bought us very close to the Target as Serendib had already given up their hopes. With six Runs to WIN and Adrit on 45 everyone were expecting a SIX to finish off the game and a well deserved Half Century by him. He took a Single which bought Pave on strike who in turn took another single to bring back Adrit (46) on strike. No wasting time and he smashed the very Next delivery into Deep midwicket, once bounce Four and a very well deserved Half Century and IECC Won the Game in 18.3 overs with 9 Wickets in Hand gaining a total of 2 Bonus Points. Adrit 50* and Pavethy 42* were the Stars of the Chase.

Sachi Mom & KCL MoM (Both going to pavethy) its special note to mention about Adrit’s Fielding who managed deep midwicket and Square as almost every Ball was into him and he had to keep changing quickly for both the Batsmen…commendable  Fielding effort and later on opening the inning  and playing a not-out innings.

A brief Summary of the Game.

Serendib   –  120 All Out (Pavethy 4/25)

IECC      –  124/1 (Adrit 50* Pavethy 42*)

 

[JC] IECC wins Last ball thriller in the opening T20 Japan Cup.

Details

Date Competition Season
Apr 23, 2017 Japan Cup 2017

Match Summary

TeamRunsWickets LostOversOutcome
IECC144820Win
ITCC143720Loss

A Nail-biting finish on TV is always thrilling and nerve wrecking. The final over and particularly the final ball deciders are not for the weak-heart.  Watching the game and being the part of the game are two worlds apart. When you are actually involved in it, the feeling of pressure going through cannot be described.

Typically, what would a nervous player at a club level think?

Fielders: Hoping that a catch does not come to them or they don’t drop it,

Bowlers: Shy away to take last over, or not to bowl full toss or good length for slogs,

Batsman: Hoping that they don’t miss any ball or get out

Umpires: Either all senses become numb or far more sensitive to identify any edge or give correct decisions on run outs.

Everyone in the park including the spectators feel the pressure. I hope you can imagine the feeling that always go through the players’ mind.

The difference IECC had at this particular moment was entirely opposite. Every fielder was alert to take the catch, two bowlers wanted to bowl the final over and take responsibility of winning.When a team has this kind of mindset, calmness & attitude to not to give up till last ball, I am sure everyone felt & will feel proud to be part of this team including supporters and junior members.There was excitement in the group for the first match of the season. Vinay announced the team few days back and few members even had a practice session in Tsukuji. The excitement was obvious as all members & few families arrived at YC&AC around 12:15 ~12:30 noon. Kobayashi fresh from National team duties, led the warm up & practice sessions. Umpires from Aoyama Gakuin Cricket Club (Hidehiko Matsuchika & Hiroyuki Takayanagi) were more excited as they were going to key men  this pressure match.

This year’s Japan cup teams were divided in such a way that only the top team from each group qualifies for the final. IECC was placed along with ITCC, Keio, Aoyama Gakuin and British embassy teams. Considering the previous year matches, toughest opponent was ITCC and it proved to be. Praveen ram took the responsibility of scoring and Saif (12th man) ensured that everyone in the Team is aware of the stats situation after every over.

Ist Inning 

ITCC captain Saborish won the toss and elected to field first. IECC captain Vinay wanted to bat first, so it was win-win situation for both teams.

Considering the form, our batting line was shuffled. Pavethy and Prashant kale opened the batting together for the first time. ITCC opening bowler, Ragesh Nair, felt the crucial game pressure straight away as he bowled 13 wides’ in the first over and gave a hard time for the wicket keeper on both sides of the stumps. The Umpires were already tired of giving away wide to an extent that he refused to give a wide in an attempt to complete the first over. Normal proceedings followed in the second over.

The new Flex pitch was just laid on artificial grass of YC&AC meant that ball stopped and bounced awkwardly in first few overs. Prashant Kale was cautious initially and did not find the middle of his bat. Pavethy at the other end had no trouble whatsoever.

He started dispatching short and wide deliveries to all parts of the ground. Looked like both were playing on 2 different surfaces. At the end of power play IECC were 42/0 in 6 overs. In the 7th over, they brought 50 runs partnership. Soon later, Pavethy (31runs) chased a wide ball, aiming to go over the infield, but sliced it straight to point fielder. Dinesh joined Prashant Kale in the middle and tried to build-up the partnership. In an attempt to take risky single, a direct hit saw Prashant kale (6 runs) returning to pavilion. IECC batting line up goes deep till number 10 so everyone was excited to go out there and perform for the team. Kobayashi at no 4 instantly found his timing and started carting the bowlers. Dinesh (9 runs) could not connect the slow, short ball and pulled it straight up in the air and got out. Abhishek (24 runs), our star in the team took the responsibility of building the partnership with Kobayashi. After a steady 30runs partnership, Kobayashi (38 runs) fell to a loopy leg spin, giving a catch.

Vinay (0 runs), usually ever reliable was caught at covers in the very next delivery, without disturbing the Score and suddenly the tigers felt the upper hand. Raman (6 runs) and Prashant Kumar (9 runs) both tried to increase the run rate and perished in vain. With the last 10 overs yielding only 81 runs at the end of 20 overs IECC posted a below average total of 144 Runs.

It was a challenging total considering a slow pitch and our bowling line up.

2nd Inning 

Raman and debutant Sachin Panwar opened the bowling attack. ITCC started quickly and were able to maintain constant run flow, courtesy to some buttery fingers in the field and some traditional over-pitched and short-pitched stuffs. Vinay and Abhishek replaced opening bowlers and Abhishek tempted the batsman to play a false shot and provided the breakthrough, Adrit took an excellent catch in the outfield

It was the right motivation and gave the team a chance to gather together, decide next action to curb the run rate and bowl lot of dot balls. Meanwhile the other opening batsman was having his day on the field, in between few good shots, often found catches dropped short of fielder or over the fielders. Prashant kale & Pavethy replaced Vinay and Abhishek, in search of another Breakthrough. Pavethy produced the second breakthrough. Being dropped of previous ball, he bowled the inform batsman the next delivery.

The other ITCC batsman kept their team in the hunt of the total with slogs and mistimed shots over the fielders. In T20 Games, Runs matter, whichever way they come. The fielders who gave IECC batmen suggestions to play straight in “V” with footwork were themselves clueless against some good bowling. Only thing they knew were cross batted slogging and they succeeded in it. YC&AC outfield is made of synthetic grass, so anything going past the fielder is a certain boundary. Pavethy knew how to bowl in these conditions and started picking wickets with his variations.

Any over with less than 5 runs was a match winning over. Abhishek finished his spell with excellent figures of 4-0-22-1. At the end of every over, Saif was informing the updated score, target and run rate. Great team man to have in this situation. 15 required of last 2 overs. Raman did his best and gave way only 7 runs. Boundary scored of him was again the cross batted hook over square leg.

Pavethy took the responsibility of bowling the last over. Game went into overtime and made YC&AC support staff nervous.

1st ball : Drama started with a mankading appeal. The non-striker was backing up too much and Pavethy was quick to notice it and took the bails. According to the rules it was out but IECC decided to warn the batsman and withdrew the appeal. Meanwhile the Tigers dugout went raucous and started abusing.

1st  ball again: wide. (nervous may be)

1st  ball: dot ball

2nd ball: single and the inform batsman was on strike the next delivery.

3rd ball: dot + wicket. Batter tried to hit straight and was excellently caught and bowled by Pavethy.

4th ball: dot ball

5th ball: 2runs. a bit flight and the batsman slogged it to Deep Mid-wicket but Prashant Kale was fast enough to stop the ball cross over the boundary to save 2runs.

So it came to last ball of the match.1 to tie and 2 to win.

Last year IECC already had a tie game, so was History going to repeat? Anticipating chance of run out, Prashant Kumar behind the wickets moved a few steps back. Smart move & good thinking by him. I guess the batsman was more nervous at that moment.

6th ball: Pavethy bowled a flatter, faster one and the batsman missed it. The Non-striker was almost at the half of the pitch trying to take a single, Prashant Kumar keeping his calm, collected it cleanly and took the bails of the Stumps. RUN OUT+ Dot ball.

IECC pulled off a sensational win.

The Players were jumping in air with joy. Saif & Praveen off their seats, ran into the Middle & joined the winning Hurdle. We could proudly change our Slogan and say “AJJ JEET GAYE”

Thanks to ITCC for giving a good fight. Good to win such tough matches. It gives more understanding of team work, execution and motivating each other through tough periods in the match.

Pavethy, for this all-round performance was adjudged “Saachi Partners -Man of the match”.

The victorious lads spent some good time reliving their nail-biting moments in YC&AC sports bar.

IECC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Prashant B. Kale 6-20----1-
Pavethynath Velusamy 31-2451--1-
Dinesh Singh Rawat 9-11----1-
M. Kobayashi 38-2741--1-
Abhishek Jain 24-233---1-
Vinay Mohan Iyer 0-1----1-
Raman Tanwar 6-61---1-
Prashant Kumar 9--8----1-
Adrit Jain 000000011
Bidyut Sarkar 000000000
Sachin Panwar 000000000
Extras(w 19, nb 2) 21
Total 144        

Did not bat: Bidyut Sarkar

ITCC

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

This is certainly a wonderful start to 2017 season and this win meant IECC keep their hopes alive to top the group and enter Japan Cup “South Kanto” finals.

 

Friendly T20s against MIBs

On a warm sunny day 2nd of April, IECCians met the MIBies on the Edogawa pitch for a friendly and yet not so friendly match. One of the most convenient ground to be accessed around Tokyo. Two T20 matches were planned for the day. IECCians were quiet energetic after to have nice warm weather (ideal weather in this time of year in Japan) after the rain mishap in Fuji.

Prashant Kumar, the Skipper, decided to field first. Raman and Chetak took the command with new ball and bowled a very tight spell. MIBies were restricted to 20 runs in 5 overs. Adrit came to bowl as the first change and took his first wicket in second over and continued the streak with the second wicket in his third over. Samir’s on the other end kept the pressure on by his leg spin. Under the pressure of slow run rate, MIBies tried to push run rate by scoring some quickies though IECCians made no mistake and quickly took 4 wickets. The score from 39/0 soon drifted to 54/4 with both the opener back in the pavilion. Vidyut with one of the eye pleasing spell, bowled it very tight. He missed his hat-trick by a whisker. Prashant kept modifying the field according to the changes and made his best efforts to ensure that fielders are placed at right positions all the time. If it wasn’t about extras (33) being the highest scorer of the innings, MIBies would have been totaled within two digit score. Vidyut and Adrit being the highest wicket taker in the innings with two wicket each. Sachin, debuted with one wicket in his first spell, showed a good sign for the upcoming season.

IECC came to chase the target of 115. Little did we know and its quiet rare to see Pavethy getting out in the first over for a duck. Adrit took the command and played some astonishing shots down the leg side. After a brief reasonable partnership with Suresh, he continued to build up the plinth for IECC innings with Bidyut. From 0/1 the score reached 28/3 when Adrit was given LBW. Bidyut continued to build good partnerships with Himanshu and then Sachin. But the turning point was the partnership between Raman and Bidyut. Both played some classics shoots and kept the scorers busy. They kept on moving and added 43 runs to the partnership. After taking IECC very close to the victory, Bidyut lost his wicket after scoring 38 runs, the highest individual score of the match. He left the task of scoring the winning run on Raman’s shoulder which Raman carried out with pleasure by scoring a six with swag. Raising his bat towards the tired bowler after hitting the winning six, he announced the victory for IECC with only 2 balls left.

After a short break, second match began with IECC decided to bat first. Avik and Himanshu opened the innings and couldn’t give the start that was expected from them. Avik bowled out on the first delivery of match which made Suresh and Himanshu to play defensive for some overs but soon Suresh defense was breached and IECC reached 24/2. Chetak came to bat and tried to make a partnership with Himanshu. They started increasing the run rate but ended up with Himanshu getting run-out by the direct hit. Sometimes luck play a huge role and that is exactly what happened when Skipper Prashant decided to go for a long shot on a very easy delivery but ended up with an edge and keeper took a sitter catch behind the stump. Bidyut came to bat and was expected to continue where he left off at first match but ended up getting out on 1 and from 37/2 IECC bowled out a score of 64.

Nothing much left to loose from there and IECC came to field to defend a very low target with all hopes on the bowlers. The hopes went high as soon as Raman revenged Avik’s dismissal by getting wicket on the very first delivery of the match. The match went with very slow pace but very effort from IECC to turn the match went futile as extras kept flowing. IECC took second wicket by a run out and by the time Himanshu and Bidyut made the break through, it was too late to make a comeback.  MIB chased the target in 11th over with loss of 4 wickets.

[WG] Play or not to play ?

Match report by Manu B.

Details

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

Details

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