Category: 2018

2018 KCL Final: IECC A vs B

Its a dream of any club to have 2 strong teams. When these 2 teams reach final of same tournament for face-off, things  become more interesting. In the beginning of the 2018 season, when IECC put 2 teams in ever growing Kanto Cricket League tournament, no one would have thought of this dream final.

11th November it is when these 2 meet each other at Sano Cricket ground 1. This is going to be intense battle to win the Title.

Either way, IECC is set to keep KCL Winners Trophy in the Club award cabinet.

Let us know which team will you cheer for on our Facebook page !

 

Nirvanam Man of the Match

Ain’t No Stoppin’ the Engineers Now!

By: Leo Joseph
Aug 19, 2018

It’s been always great to be in part of the game, you will keep enjoying every moment of it particularly when it is a close finish, needless to say. It was just another big clash between the Alpha Quashers and the Indian Engineers in a KCL league match. It was Alpha Quashers who won the toss, decided to bat and hoped to put a big score on the board. But the Engineers seized their opportunity with an exceptional first spell. Dinesh and Amit took early wickets and started to contain the pressure throughout the spell. Alpha Quashers were down to 22-3 and started to feel the pressure. It was Nandha and Anees from then who struggled to recover from their early wickets.

In Second spell, Vishal and Leo stuck to a plan, bowling tight length, not giving away too many runs. There were couple of dropped catches and it didn’t go the way the Engineers wanted. Nandha and Anees took their time to settle down, rotating the strike, trying to steal the momentum from the Engineers. Despite the pressure, Anees really made use of few loose deliveries and went for big shots which turned up the way he wanted. The pressure was back on the Engineers and there were looking to get back their momentum in the game.

Just when the AQ boys thought everything was going in their way, Anees was given out LBW with an excellent ball coming from Atharva Kulkarni who had replaced Vishal in the second spell. Engineers came back really well with another tough spell, not giving away easy singles and no boundaries. Naren, who came in after Anees, struggled to rotate the strike and it was fielders who were doing great job to maintain the pressure. Skipper Pavethy then joined the bowling attack to remove Naren in his 4th over. Atharva and Pavethy from then ran through the tail-enders pretty quickly and Alpha Quashers were all out for 155.

The Engineers were all set to chase down the target of 156 knowing that the Alpha Quashers were a good bowling unit and will not go easy on them. Engineers had a great start with the bat where Supun was clearing the boundaries so easily during the Power Play. After 10 overs Engineers were scoring at a rate of 8 runs per over and it was apparent that scoring the remaining runs will not be any difficult. Opening bowlers really had a hard time to contain Supun from scoring boundaries. Nandha was replaced by Mani hoping to see whether the new bowler could make things better and it proved itself when Mani removed Supun in his second over. With only 88 more runs to win the match and with comfortable 192 balls remaining, Engineers were marching towards the victory. But the Alpha Quashers tilted the momentum by bowling a really good spell and it was a big collapse which nobody was expecting from the batting side. Engineers lost 6 wickets so quickly within 20 runs and the match suddenly turned on its head. Sachin Serenath then walked into the crease with huge pressure on him while the Engineers were tottering at 88/7. Vishal played perfect foil to Sachin and it was purely Sachin’s show right after that. He played his natural shots to take the Engineers towards yet another victory. Engineers lost couple of more wickets to make the match more interesting. With just 4 more runs to the victory Sachin played a handsome shot to long-on which, as it headed to the direction of the boundary, brought the Engineers to their feet to celebrate the victory, but AQ boys were not ready to give up yet and stopped the ball from hitting the rope. With just one more run to end all the pressure was on the new batsmen Dinesh and he scored an easy run, a comfortable drive through the covers,  as most of the fielders were inside the circle. In the end a match that looked an easy walk for the Engineers made them bite their nails.

Sachin earned Tokyo Cricket Association’s Nirvanam Man of the Match award while Saachi Man of the Match was given to Pavethy.

Well played Alpha Quashers! Thank you for the good match.

Fast and Furious Nagoya Win a Thriller

By: DhineshKumar Senguttuvan
Aug 19, 2018

August 19 was the day when the Engineers second XI, consisting of a few new faces and debutantes, faced off against the mighty Nagoya at the picturesque Gotemba ground in the backdrops of the Mt.Fuji. The weather was not in good mood with predictions of heavy rains. Both teams arrived at the ground on time expecting the rains to stop and to everyone’s delight, the rain took a break to witness the match. With a breezy weather and nice climate, both the teams got ready for the game. Keeping in mind the weather conditions, the KCL match was reduced to 30 overs taking into consideration the future stoppages of play.

Toss time! Nagoya won the toss and their skipper elected to bat first. Nagoya openers Wajid and Jawad Ali made their way to the pitch while Engineers second eleven skipper Pavethy handed the responsibility of opening the bowling to Dhinesh. Jawad started off with a boundary off the third ball but he was soon out LBW two balls later. But Dhinesh bowled a very erratic over with 9 wides and ended up conceding 15 runs for one wicket. Ifthihar opened the bowling from the other end where Wajid was very aggressive scoring a six and four and the over costing 12 runs. The Nagoya boys were having a good start with 27 runs off two overs. Pavethy called up another new comer to bowl the third over but new batsman Kanwal scored a couple of boundaries in this over too. Nagoya was scoring at a very good rate and the score read 49 runs at the end of the fifth over with the loss of just one wicket.

Engineers needed to take wickets in order to stop the run flow but it was not looking easy until the 7th over when Leo Joseph clean bowled Kanwal with a good delivery to break the partnership of 40+ runs. Avneesh, who was asked bowl from the other end took the wicket of Wajid & Fasil in back to back deliveries. Wajid was out for 30 runs. Two in two! Nagoya captain Sarfraz negated the hat-trick ball with a boundary. The Nagoya team slipped from a position of strength of 51/1 to 60/4 as the Engineers wrested control of the innings with quick wickets. The quick wickets, however, did not deter the Nagoya from their aggressive approach. The boundaries kept coming with Danu from the other end striking a six and two fours. Leo again came to the rescue and chipped in with the wicket off Danu (18 runs) in the next over. Avneesh soon scalped the Nagoya captain Sarfraz’ wicket for 8 runs. The match seemed to play in a fast-forward mode with runs flowing and wickets coming in quick succession. The Nagoya team were 91-6 at the end of the 11th over.

No sooner than skipper Pavethy brought himself into the attack had Hasan, who had scored back to back boundaries, was caught and bowled and he immediately took out Yasir in the same over. Haji took on the bowling to score some quick runs with two fours and six. Meanwhile, Pavethy claimed the wicket of Hafiz too. Leo cleaned up Qasim to finish the innings and Haji remained unbeaten on 17. Nagoya boys ended their innings with a score of 139 all out in 16.3 overs. Leo, Pavethy and Avneesh scalped three wickets each.

Not a big score to chase, Suresh and Praveen opened for the Engineers and Sarfraz opened the bowling for Nagoya. Praveen skillfully played out the first over. Hasan who started the proceedings from the other end cleaned up Suresh for a duck with a beauty which brought Pavethy in, who made his presence felt with two well timed fours in Sarfraz over. At the other end, Hasan claimed the wicket of Praveen in the next over. With almost no contribution from the openers Manu joined Pavethy, who was starting to look in ominous touch. But at the other end Manu was also out for a duck off a Wajid beauty. Mahesh (3 runs) and Dhinesh (5 runs) came one after the other and tried to anchor but failed to score quick runs. They were also clean bowled by Hasan and Faisal respectively. Pavethy played splendidly and scored his fifty whereas Leo was also bowled by Sarfraz. Pavethy was soon out LBW to Javed for 50 runs. Ifthihar and Avneesh tried to score quick runs with higher required rate but Avneesh was run out due to miscommunication. Aravind came as the last batsmen and he was also run out ending the innings at 121 runs in 28.3 overs. Avneesh remained not out on 13. And the match was lost by 18 runs. Hasan accounted for 3 wickets. This match was a good learning curve for the team and no other member stood out with the bat except Pavethy. The match was lost but it was very exciting and thrilling till the last.

Hasan was adjudged the KCL Nirvanam MoM for his three wickets and 12 runs. Leo was the Saachi MoM of for his three wickets.

 

Ahmed and Shreyas Dismantle Fuji

By: Ifthihar
Date: Aug 5, 2018

A perfect bowling performance by the Engineers helped register their most comfortable chase against Fuji,
with 181 balls remaining with a healthy run rate. Going through a patch of uninspiring performances, the bowlers returned with a thorough show and as a result the Fuji batsmen could not bat through their allotted 40-overs. The attempt to hit the ball into the river very often resulted in them being bowled out in 22.5 overs.

Ahmed shook off the rust with the ball and shook the heart of the Fuji’s batting line-up. He claimed 5-0-18-4 with the help of his bowling partner ifthihar, who claimed 3-0-9-2 in the Powerplay. Shreyas’ quick fire 35 off just 23 balls – with 3 boundaries and a huge six- ensured his side to win comfortably without any damage. The fast bowlers executed their plan of cramping up all their batsmen, especially Ahmed’s spell which he started
in the 14th over, thwarted their batsmen’s attempt for big shots. Ahmed returned his best bowling figures of 5-0-18-4.

Chasing a modest of 83 runs, skipper Pavethy and Shreyas then provided Engineers a breezy start with the partnership of 24 runs stand between them. But unfortunately the in-form batsmen and skipper Pavethy was ruled out LBW to Vishal. Shreyas , however, was quite fluent with his shots. The second wicket partnership between Shreyas and Praveen (11) added 47 runs but both fell in quick session soon. Eventually, Engineers coasted home when Shiv Prasad hitting a huge six, to help apply the finishing touches to the game.

Ahemd earned Nirvanam Man of the Match for his bowling performance and Shreyas won the Saachi Man of the award.

Brief Scores:
Fuji: 81/10 (22.5 ov). Fahad 16*, Ahmed 4/18, Ifthihar 2/9
I Engineers:  82/4. Shreyas 35.

 

 

Wombats swept away by the Engineers

By Vinay Iyer

With the first Japan Cup game against the Tigers washed out Engineers found themselves in a desperate position to win this game if they were to make it to the finals for the 2nd season in a row before taking on Aoyama Gakuin and the British Embassy. So the Engineers packed a full strength side hoping to see a full Wombats side too. As docile the real wombats are, the Tokyo Wombats also turned out to be no different. The 7 member Wombats had the 7th player, veteran Wombie M. Payne, father of their current Wombat, Jamie Payne. Senior Wombat was 68 years young and probably the oldest Wombat to take the field. Any thoughts Robert-Gilles Martineau?

The Engineers have a kind heart (of course they do!) and felt for these 7 Aussies so it was mutually decided to have a fair game and give the Wombats the first go at the game. The toss took place with a counter. Wombats won it and chose to bat first. They would have batted first even if they had lost the toss. We offered them to take a few YCAC players if required for feilding too. Skipper and your writer for the day, Vinay, was happy to field first as it gave us the chance for our new comers to get a feel of the YCAC Ground. We had 3 debutantes, Shreyas N., Vishnu Shekawat & Ajitesh Koushal playing their first Japan Cup game.

Vinay decided to open the bowling with Vishnu from the pavilion end and veteran Anurag from the far end. Anurag had delayed his Saturday Flight to Singapore to Sunday midnight, Thanks Anu for making it 🙂 Both provided a quite start. A few wides here and there by Vishnu but these Wombies looked they had a plan to play off 20 overs as they we not looking to score runs. Vishnu in his 2nd over got the break through when he bowled the opener out. After 6 overs the score was just 18. Skipper’s plan was to try out all his bowlers in a pair of 2 overs each. So the next pair Raman and Ashok was introduced. Their 2 overs didn’t trouble the batsmen much. Wombats were 38/1 after 10 overs. Vinay bought in the other 2 debutantes, Shreyas N, the Left Arm spinner and Ajitesh a medium pacer. Both did a fantastic Job, drying up the score, troubling the batsman, tempting them to go after their bowling, which created a lot of chances.

Finally, Ajitesh broke through. He got Jamie Payne, the ever-slow Batsman who was defending all the balls all the time for 6 overs without scoring. The batsman finally decided enough is enough and played a shot but straight in to the hands of Raman at square leg. Ajitesh cleaned up the next batsman in the very next ball with yorker. With a hattrick chance, skipper continued with him as well as Shreyas who had been troubling the batsmen. Ajitesh got his 3rd scalp soon, then the 4th in his 4th over. He completed his spell of 4 overs with a 3 for.

The score reading at 68/4, Vinay then decided to change to Manu and Pavethy with one over each. Pavethy got the wicket of the Wombats captain who looked dangerous with 3 boundaries and a six. The final over was handed over to Anurag, but it was a different Anurag, bowling to a 68-year-old Veteran Mr. Payne Senior, so it was his sportsman spirit which he showed at the end making the veteran see off the balls though without scoring but becoming the oldest guy may be to stand not out on the YCAC field.

The innings ended with a joy on the faces of both the teams. Engineers then opened their innings with debutantes Shreyas and Ajitesh. Engineers offered their 12th man, Nikunj Pandya, to the Wombats to make it 8 for them on the field. The Wombats field setting was exceptional, not eve seen in Test cricket 🙂 6 slips straight away with no fielders in front of the batsmen. Shreyas was quick to launch the very first ball over mid-on to get a couple of runs. The fielders dispersed in no time back to normal positions and the game began as normal. Ajitesh and Shreyas were in no mercy mood, they went over their bowling attack with an open field. The score looked like this – 1st over 10 runs, 2nd overs 23 runs, 3rd over 35, 4th overs 48. Wombats got their 1st break through when Ajitesh (24) trying to clear the in-field but only managed to find the Engineers 12th man fielding for them at point – the catch was a blinder.

This bought in the Prashant Kale, who we expected to finish the stuff off with his fluent style and he didn’t disappoint in the 1st ball he faced which he launched for a six. It seemed that it is only a matter of time before the game is wrapped up but he fell prey to a J.Payne’s tempting loopy flighted delivery which Kale played straight to mid-on. With the score at 55/2, came the skipper, Vinay, the ever-cool captain knowing his Job. Ticking 1’s and 2’s he gave Shreyas the control as the barsman was going after them from ball number one. With just 8 required Shreyas (29) fell to Payne and in came the japan national team captain Amigo. Vinay (17*). Amigo struck two boundaries to complete the proceedings and Engineers won this crucial encounter by 7 wickets.

Ajitesh, with 3 wickets and 24 runs was chosen as the Saachi Man of the Match and also earned the MoM for the Aussie wine. The Wine and Beer Party continued at the YCAC sports bar, all thanks to Ashok bhai :-)).

Thanks for Joining us here, please wait until the next IECC Encounter which is a Japan Cup Double Header at Sano against AGCC & BECC. Until then this your captain signing off for the day!!!!

 

 

Engineers begin their KCL season with a dominating performance

By Abhijeet Jha
June 3, 2018

With abundance of talent available, the Engineers decided to put two teams in this season in the Kanto Cricket League, with both the teams bolstered by young blood and veterans.  The Alpha Quashers, another veteran club of the KCL also had put in two teams in the KCL. The Engineer’s 1st Eleven’s first match was against the Alpha Quashers’ 2nd Eleven and the Engineers had no trouble in registering a dominating victory over the Alpha Quashers.

The opening match of the Engineers was scheduled on 3rd of June 2018 at Edogawa Sports Ground, Tokyo. A lush green ground on the banks of the Edogawa river looked beautiful. A perfect weather added to the perfect game of cricket . Engineers, led by Vinay Iyer, debuted four new players – Abhijeet (this reporter), Ashutosh, Rahul and Sameer.

Skipper seemed to have a perfect strategy of trying out the debutantes by electing to field first after winning the toss. Raman Tanwar, the Engineer’s precious stone, opened the bowling along with the debutante Abhijeet .Both kept the opposition openers guessing all the time with their consistent length and line, and beautiful swing bowling.
Alpha Quashers lost its first wicket in the very first over of itself when opening batsman Darshak went for a second run on a wide ball, eventually falling short of crease, thanks to accurate and sharp throw by skipper Vinay to the veteran wicket keeper Prashant Kale. Alpha Quashers suffered a set back in the very next over when the opener Rajaram was forced to retire when Abhijeet’s bouncer hit his right thumb. The second wicket fell shortly in the 4th over when Prasath nicked an out swinger by Abhijeet to Vinay at first slip, giving the bowler his maiden wicket in the KCL. The Raman-Abhijeet opening pair finished their opening spell after 7th over giving away only 14 runs.

Seeing the Alpha Quashers under pressure with excellent opening bowling, captain Vinay handed the ball to the next pair of debutantes medium pacers – Rahul & Asuthosh. The pair bowled till 13th Over with Rahul successfully grabbing his first KCL scalp trapping Jasmeet in front of his wicket on 29.

Skipper then brought the spinners, Sameer, another debutante, Sumon, Vinay, Bidyuth & Pandya. Sameer managed to pick 2 wickets while Sumon, Vidyut & Pandya picked 1 wicket apiece. That brought Rajaram, the injured player, back after fall of 9 wickets to support his team & scored 10 runs of 16 balls. Although the Engineers dominated the Alpha batsmen throughout the match some late hitting by Naga (23 off 21) & Tamil (22 off 38) saw them manage 141 all-out in 29 overs. The last batsman, Tamil, was dismissed by Raman, caught by Vinay.

After the break, the Engineers started their chase with their openers Prashant Kale and Masamo Kobayashi. The Engineers openers started in style with scoring boundaries at ease and keeping the run rate above 10 runs per over throughout the match at ease. Bowlers bowled inconsistent lines and were punished by the openers each time when they erred in line and length. Dropping Kobayashi twice, both being dolly chances, did not help their cause either. The openers cashed on this opportunity and both scored their half-centuries. Prashant was the first one to reach his fifty and eventually went on to score 74 runs before bring bowled by Tamil.

After Prashant, Bidyut joined Kobayashi but did not last long and was LBW for  5. But it was too little too late for Alpha and Engineers saw home with Kobayshi completing his fifty. Engineers won comfortably by 8 wickets  chasing their target of 142 in just 14 overs.

Kale earned the Nirvanam Man of the Match for his stellar 74 runs while Kobayashi earned the Saachi Partners Man Of the Match for his 50 runs. A surprise visitor and one of the stalwarts of the team, who had rescued the team many a times from difficult situations, Anurag Singh, awarded the Saachi award to Kobayashi.

Brief Scores:
Alpha Quashers II – 141 All Out (Sameer 2/20, Raman 1/16, Abhijeet 1/2, Rahul 1/19, Sumon 1/21, Bidyuth 1/22)
Indian Engineers I – 142/2 (Prashant Kale 74, Kobayashi 50*)

 

The Founders vs. The Young! – The Reunion match as it happened

By Silvester Pereira

A casual idea floated back in 2017 became a big move as 2018 rolled in and the veterans playing a cricket match in Tokyo aagainst the current young team triggered a great enthusiasm of bringing in the veterans together from different continents for our first ever reunion. On a beautiful sunny match/reunion day (Mar 31st) and pressure tactics working with Bobby Philips, the former captain, being able to come to Yoga pick-up point directly from Haneda airport (overnight flight from Australia), the veteran team left for iconic Fuji ground with lots of memories, Shinkansen and Mount Fuji in the background and a lot of fanfare. Milind Sapre and Nikesh came from US, while Atul Powale led a team from Australia to join us at Fuji.

After having overcome the Tomei expressway traffic, the teams arrived in Fuji around 11:45. Without much ado, the match (T20) was started with the veterans winning the toss and electing to bat first . With hardly any practice and age not on their side, it was obvious that batting first would ensure the veterans would not get tired by chasing balls for the full 20 overs from an experienced and youthful IECC team.

Babu Koshy along with Sandeep Labde opened the innings. Though a slow start 30 runs in 10 overs for no loss of any wicket, the openers were reminded from outside the boundary that this is a T20 game. At the same time, veteran Biju Paul, who was playing for the young team under the leadership of another veteran, Ashok Kumar, was brought into the attack by the skipper. As the shouts from outside the boundary grew louder, Sandeep, who had still maintained his form as younger days, taken out at point off Biju’s bowling thus bringing the first breakthrough. After that the veterans Milind and Nilesh played a good partnership and towards the end with some wild hitting, the veterans managed to score 95 runs in 20 overs with the loss of only 8 wickets. So much the pre-match talk of getting the veterans out within the first 10 overs 🙂

The youthful IECC team played some great shots against a weak veterans bowling line-up. The young team, led by Ashok Kumar included veterans like Sidde Raju, Atul Joshi, Yogesh Chandwadkar, Suresh GV and the young bloods, Pravin Ram, Prabhaharan, Shiv Prasad, Shreyas etc.  On the Founders’ side, it was good to see Amol, Srini, Jaya, Greg and Stanley all getting to bowl, most them had never had an opportunity to do so in their IECC career. Jaya also managed to get couple of wickets including one that of Biju which brought out the loudest celebration the game saw on that day. Jaya turned out to be the star among the veterans given the fact that Biju was playing for 20 years and Jaya was playing a match after 20 years :-). All this was supported with having laughter, and plenty of videos taken to look back.

With match easily won by the youth, it was decided to have another short match of 8 overs per side. There was excitement here as well with veterans batting line up reversed from 1st match, funny sights of Srini falling while batting or constantly having to walk from left to right side of the field due to left/right batsman. The second match was won by the veterans with Atul hitting the winning runs off the bowling of Biju in the last over. Important to note that Amol Karekar, who had been complaining for the last 20 years saying he had never got a chance to bat for the Engineers, had his life’s wish fulfilled but his joy lasted as long as only 3 balls as he was clean bowled by Biju.

As the batch wound up, Bobby conducted a quick laughter yoga session and introduced the concepts, explaining the advantages of the laughter in life.

Having had  wonderful time at the ground, it was time for some booze. Both teams headed back to the Viva Goa Indian Cafe, at Harajuku, owned by another veteran, Greg Azavedo. The booze, the cheer, karaoke singing et al. lightened up the mood and each of the veterans made a speech on their thoughts, reminisced the early days. By the time the dinner ended at 2AM, a proposal was made and finalised to have a similar reunion meeting soon (duration interval is being discussed and it seem@s Melbourne 2020 is the likely candidate site).

Overall it was the reunion which won the day, reviving the good old friendships and the importance of meeting, staying in touch despite the challenges, managing family expectations, busy schedule in everybody’s personal lives, aging/health fitness and with leaving with a smile on everybody’s face that we will be seeing each other again for many more reunions to come.