Category: News

(KCL)Prem S gets taste of umpiring job

Date 10 July 2016 

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

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

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

(JPL)Vinay scores T20 hundred

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Flicx Pitch report

First time ever in Japan

By Biju Paul

For the first time ever, a Flicx pitch(artificial, portable surface) was used in Japan in a KCL match which was played at the Fujinomiya ground, which, incidentally, was also the first time any team played there. Given below is the report sent to the KCL Organising Committee about the Flicx pitch by Biju Paul.

Although it was a good idea in itself to use one and the Indian Engineers were happy to be part of the history(if it is going to the JCA records at all), it wasn’t the ideal day to use it. The wicket was mowed in the morning but it wasn’t enough to keep the grass under the pitch, with more still poking out of the Flicx. Wet ground conditions made it difficult to mow the grass ideally and as such I’m unable to give a true assessment. In my opinion, we should try this pitch on a strip where the grass is cut to the ground level and on a dry day, definitely not on a wet and foggy day(our match report is coming out soon).

One thing worth mentioning here is the fact that shoes with studs cannot be used on this pitch as I found out myself while bowling a few test deliveries. It was slippery and dangerous as such. I’m not sure if it has got anything to do with my studs. My shoes is a local made(Indian) normal bowling shoes. But one mode of dismissal of our opening batsman(Hit Wicket) illustrates the problem more vividly. He said that as he went backfoot, his right leg slipped and hit the wicket dislodging the bail while dispatching the ball to the boundary. It is important to note that he was using the normal sports shoes without studs.

Because of the problem with my studs on the Flicx, we decided to use only half of the Flicx pitch(only at the batting end) which resulted in creating a local and temporary rule that any ball that does not pitch on the Flicx – on the edge or in front of – should be called a noball. However, it made my bowling figures look messy(not that it was any exceptional this season) with as many as 7 noballs off five overs and a total of 17 noballs by our bowlers. Since the middle of the pitch is the perfect spot to pitch the ball if you are looking for a bouncer or short pitched ball, this rule should be done away with. I’m no McGrath to pitch all 6 balls in an over on the exact same spot. In hind sight, the ball pitching on the edge should be called a ‘dead ball'(since it is a bit unpredictable) – nothing else – and all other balls should be valid.

A word about the Fujinomiya ground. The ground has the potential to become a regular venue with proper maintenance and a diagonally laid pitch, which, I was told, may be done by the ground custodians. Currently, the boundaries on the on and off side are too short for a batsman like me!

In conclusion, we should try this on a dry day with the grass cut to the ground level or no grass at all with different types studded shoes. Since this is a popular type of portable pitch, I have a feeling that it cannot be as bad as I made out in this mail.