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[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 Match Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Prashant B. Kale0 6-20----1-
Pavethynath Velusamy0 31-2451--1-
Dinesh Singh Rawat0 9-11----1-
M. Kobayashi0 38-2741--1-
Abhishek Jain0 24-233---1-
Vinay Mohan Iyer0 0-1----1-
Raman Tanwar0 6-61---1-
Prashant Kumar0 9--8----1-
Adrit Jain0 000000011
Bidyut Sarkar0 000000000
Sachin Panwar0 000000000
Extras(w 19, nb 2) 21
Total  144        

Did not bat: Bidyut Sarkar

Bowling Match O M R W bbf
Raman Tanwar040310-
Sachin Panwar020120-
Vinay Mohan Iyer040391-
Abhishek Jain040221-
Prashant B. Kale020150-
Pavethynath Velusamy040244-

ITCC

Match Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Match 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.

 

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

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

Match report by Manu B.  Date 21 Aug 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Target for IECC was 73 runs in 20 overs.

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

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

Final score: 75/1 in 5.3 overs.

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH SCORESHEET

British Embassy CC

Batting Match Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Julian Stevens0ct -- b. Rajneesh 0-------1-
Keith Franklin0lbw b. Rajneesh 1------1-
Zeeshan Naglekar0ct--. b. Anurag19--21--1-
Luke Eyes0lbw, b. Anurag16--2---1-
Shakil Mostaq0not out10--1---11
Millinda Dharmadasa0bowled b. Anurag0------1-
Shabbir Ahmed0lbw, b. Ashok0------1-
Yursy Mohideen0ct.--,b. Ashok0------1-
Joe Lewis0ct. -- b. Manu b1------1-
Benjamin Ward0b. Kale8--1---1-
D. Wright0lbw. b. Dinesh1------1-
Extras17 (lb 4,w11,nb2)
Total  73        
Bowling Match O M R W bbf
Joe Lewis0102100
Yursy Mohideen0202400
Shakil Mostaq0102000
Keith Franklin010600
D. Wright00.50410

IECC

Batting Match Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Prashant B. Kale0not out53-2582-111
Abdul Sattar0b. Des12-82---10
Pavethynath Velusamy0not out4-11---11
Dinesh Singh Rawat0 000000000
Bidyut Sarkar0 000000000
Prashant Kumar0 000000000
Anurag Singh0 000000000
Manu B.0 000000000
Rajneesh Shukla0 000000000
Suresh G.V0 000000000
Ashok Kumar0 000000000
Extras6
Total  75        

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

Bowling Match O M R W bbf
Ashok Kumar0402220
Rajneesh Shukla0302220
Dinesh Singh Rawat03.20910
Anurag Singh041730
Manu B.010710
Prashant B. Kale010210

 

 

 

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

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

Match Report by Vinay Iyer (date 24 July 2016)

Details

Date Competition Season
Jul 24, 2016 Japan Cup 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

IECC

Batting Match Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Anurag Singh0c A Barrett* b O Morris18-1421--10
Vinay Mohan Iyer0lbw b RD Davis 38-424---10
Pavethynath Velusamy0lbw b F Khan 43-317---10
Prashant B. Kale0c A Winston† b RD Davis 8-4-1--10
Suresh G.V0b A Ironside 2-4----10
Prashant Kumar0b F Khan 1-3----10
Saifuddin Raj0b F Khan 0-1----10
Manu B.0lbw b F Khan 0-3----10
Rajneesh Shukla0b O Morris 3-6----10
Bidyut Sarkar0lbw b F Khan 2-5----10
Prem Samuel0not out 1-2----11
Extras(w 11, nb 1, b 2) 14
Total  130        
Bowling Match O M R W bbf
Rajneesh Shukla020210
Anurag Singh0301810
Prashant B. Kale0401540
Vinay Mohan Iyer0201200
Prem Samuel01.10120
Manu B.010700

YC&AC

Batting Match Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
A Winston0c Manu B B b Raj Shukla0-30---1-
Fayaaz khan0c Raj Shukla b P Kale11-202---1-
Owen Morris0c P Kumar Kumar† b A Singh8-131---1-
H Basharat0b P Kale3-110---1-
Alaistair Ironside0b P Kale5-61---1-
M Curtis0c A Singh b P Kale 0-30---1-
AI Islam0run out (Suresh G.V) 0-10---1-
Andy Barrett0run out (Saif Raj/P Kumar Kumar†) 11-90---1-
Robin Davis0c Raj Shukla b Prem Samuel 1-50---1-
Ashab Ahmad0c Raj Shukla b Prem Samuel 1-70---1-
Nick Ashworth0not out 0-00-0011
Extras(w 9, b 2, lb 4) 15
Total  55        
Bowling Match O M R W bbf
Alaistair Ironside0402510
Andy Barrett0402100
Owen Morris03.103220
Robin Davis0403120
Fayaaz khan0412150

Match Summary

TeamRunsWickets LostOversOutcome
IECC1301020Win
YC&AC551012.1Loss

 

(JC) IECC gets mauled by Indian Tigers

Match report by Manu / Pavethy Date: 19June2016 

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

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

1st Innings:

“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”

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

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

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

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

2nd Innings:

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

 – Chinese Proverb

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

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

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

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

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

(JPL)Vinay scores T20 hundred

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

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

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

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

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

Skippers All-round Performance Seals the Match

May 15, 2016 by Prashant Kumar

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

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

The DEFENCE

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

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

Highlight of the Day

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

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

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(JC) IECC Vs AGCC- Huge win over AGCC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd Innings:

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

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

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

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

Match scorecard

 

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

Engineers massive score makes it 2-0

Apr 10, 2016 by Suresh G.V

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

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

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

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

Prashant Kale Steamrolls Rising Stars

Apr 10, 2016 by Anurag Singh. 

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

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

Match 1

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

Bowling

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

Batting

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

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

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

 

 

(WG) IECC vs Tochigi

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

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

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

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

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

Match 2: The Lion’s Share

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

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

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

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

Engineers falter in the KCL Final

Poor batting costs the title

Bidyut Sarkar
25th Oct, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brief Scores:

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

Engineers heist leaves Alpha Q devastated

The middle order engineer a riveting thriller

Biju Paul
Oct 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brief scores:

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

SIDO Players of the match: Anurag Singh and Chandru

Engineers and rain sink Serendib

Engineers secure their KCL Semi-final berth

Bidyut Sarkar|
Sep 6, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brief Scores:

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

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

Samurai finds Engineers and weather too hot to handle

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

Biju Paul
July 26, 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well played Samurai. Thank you for the wonderful game!

Brief Scores:

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

Engineers maul AlphaQ to secure KCL final berth

Allround Performance by the Engineers bring good result

Bidyut Sarkar,
28 September, 2014

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

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

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

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

Engineers decimate Serendib

Gurdeep Dua
Sept 14, 2014

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

” Anurag ne kulhari pe pair rakh diya tha. ”

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

Hurrraayyyy.

“aaj hum Jeet gaye”.

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

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

Three cheers for MOM Manvi For scoring 45 runs.

IECC Maestros play a flawless game

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

IECC thrash AQCC

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Engineers prevail in run-fest chase at YCAC

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

 By Sanjeeb Sahoo

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Engineers flatten Tigers

Semi-final berth all but sealed

 

 By Biju Paul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Engineers score a decisive victory

Opens the KCL campaign in style

 By Siddharth Rawal

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

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

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

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

 

Issue #117 KCL gets up and running slowly

Newsletter


June 9, 2011                                                                                              Issue #117

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • KCL gets up and running slowly
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

KCL gets up and running slowly

The Kanto Cricket League will be a 6 team affair this year and the first match is scheduled to be played on June 19 between the Shizuoka Kytes and Indian Engineers. The league, which was late to hold its AGM, is two months behind its usual starting date(April) but the organisers hope that with the reduced number of teams it is possible to finish the tournament in time.

The JCA league also started late this year but has picked up momentum with a number of matches being played already.

JCA Charity cricket match

In order to raise raise funds to help the victims of the March 11 Earthquake in Japan, the Japan Cricket Association has held a charitiy cricket match on June 4 and part of the money raised will be donated to support reconstruction in the disaster-affected areas. For further details are available at http://www.cricket.ne.jp/311

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

Three days after the World Cup final, officials from Sri Lanka are not happy with the level of courtesy extended to their President Mahinda
Rajapaksa during his trip to Mumbai to watch the final, which they have informally conveyed their displeasure at limited tickets made available to Rajapaksa’s entourage, and at the refusal let him meet the teams before the start of the match. Sri Lanka made a request for 40 tickets to the BCCI through the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka but only 10 were given. Around the same time, the cricket board got another request for 36 passes from Rashtrapati Bhawan for Indian President Pratibha Patil and her group. “Since it was not possible for us to accommodate everybody at such short notice, we made 10 passes available to both the leaders in President’s Box at the stadium,” BCCI’s Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said. “Since the Indian President is from Mumbai, we made another 20 passes available to her at the Garware pavilion. As for the Sri Lankan President, we could offer him only 10 additional passes in the Garware stand.”
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Within a day of touching down in Pakistan after being in hiding for five months in London, runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has landed in a legal soup with Kamran Akmal’s father-in-law filing a Rs 100 million defamation case against him. Haider, after returning home yesterday, told a television channel that Kamran’s father-in-law was a bookmaker and was involved in match-fixing. Badruzaman, the lawyer for Kamran’s father-in-law, said that the defamation notice had been dispatched to Haider’s home address on Monday evening. “My client is a well reputed businessman and he will not tolerate such allegations. Haider now has to either produce evidence to back his allegations or make a public apology or face legal action,” he said. The lawyer said his client had served a Rs 100 million defamation suit on the former Pakistan keeper.
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Irate with Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland for stating that Pakistan was not doing enough to prevent spot-fixing, the PCB has written to the ICC asking the governing body to take strong note of his comments. A PCB official said the letter had been dispatched to the ICC as Sutherland’s statement gave a very negative impression about Pakistan cricket and amounted to slander. “Sutherland is the serving chief executive of Cricket Australia and basically his statement is a violation of the ICC member board’s code,” the official said. Sutherland recently said the spot-fixing scandal in Britain last year would not have happened if the Pakistan Cricket Board had implemented the recommendations of the Justice (retd) Qayyum report into corruption in the 1990s.
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Fined in a match-fixing inquiry 11 years ago, former Pakistan Test cricketer and umpire Akram Raza has been arrested along with six alleged bookies, who were taking bets on the ongoing Indian Premier League. “We arrested seven men from a plaza in Liberty area in Gulberg today and one of them has been identified as Akram Raza a former Pakistan player,” a senior police officer at the Gulberg police station said. He said the police got a tip off that a gang of known bookmakers was taking bets on the IPL in the liberty area and conducted the raid.
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New Zealand’s Adam Parore conquered Mount Everest in May. Now, another cricketer is set to take on a different colossus. England’s Michael Vaughan will trek some part of the Great Wall of China in September, with wife Nicola – who came up with the idea, according to the BBC website – and about 20 buddies for company. The trek, which is for charity, will take seven days. The group will follow the Huangyaguan Hills, go northwest of Beijing through the mountains, and up Heaven’s Ladder – a steep climb of over 200 steps.
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Arran Brindle, a woman, playing in the ECB’s Lincolnshire men’s premier league scored 128 runs and helped club, Louth CC, beat Market Deeping CC, by 72 runs. It is reported that this may be the first time ever a woman scores a century playing in a men’s league.
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The match between South Wiltshire and Hampshire Academy was stopped for 20 minutes when a member of the public who believed there was an escaped white tiger hiding in a field near Hedge End. Police was called in and it was  found that the “animal” was a stuffed toy.

Comment: Instead of rain stopped play, it may be written “stuffed tiger stopped play” in the scoreboard.
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The veteran BBC Wales commentator Edward Bevan felt the full force of Peter Trego’s 59-ball century for Somerset against Glamorgan at Taunton on Monday, when one of the batsman’s six sixes smashed through the commentary box window and struck him in the small of the back. Bevan, who was on air at the time, had just enough time to say: “It’s coming up towards us, is it going to hit us?” before the sound of smashing glass confirmed his fears. There followed several seconds of silence before Bevan’s co-commentator, Steve James, took over the microphone. It was the third time in his long career that Bevan’s commentary stint had been  interrupted in such a manner, but the first time outside of Cardiff. “It hit me on the back and I was quite shaken for a while,” he told the BBC, after briefly losing sight of the ball. “There’s a bruise there this morning – in fact I couldn’t carry on.”
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

EAP region holds cricket administration course

Japan recorded its sole win in the recently concluded 2011 ICC EAP Under 19 Cricket Trophy held in Brisbane, Australia against Fiji U19 team. Japan U19 lost all its other engagements against Vanuatu, PNG and Indonesia.

PNG clinch Arafura Games title

Representatives from ICC Member countries from across the EAP region have attended a Cricket Administrator Program (CAP) course Papua New Guinea has captured the Arafura Games Twenty20 cricket title in Darwin, Australia after defeating Cricket Australia’s Indigenous Development Squad by ten wickets. Australia’s side was bowled out for 83 all out, before Papua New Guinea reached its target after just nine overs. The Arafura Games is a week-long multi-sport event which takes place every two years.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of March 31:

There is no change in rankings this month. Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1       Al Karam (4)
2       Lalazar (1)
3       Adore (5)
4       I Engineers (6)
5       YC&AC (11)
6       P Foleys(12)
7       C Sharks (13)
8       Wyverns (8)
9       S Kytes(9)
9       Serendib(7)
10      T Wombats(3)

See the full list here.

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

Do you agree with ICC’s decision to keep the Associates out of the next World Cup?
Yes      67%
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Not sure 0%

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Best of the Web

Collision course – Ricky Ponting angry with Steven Smith.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8qEGoWHo9E
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“Tendulkar uses a sniper rifle. Viv Richards walked over to his victim and clubbed him on the head, repeatedly. – A Cricinfo writer compares the batting styles of the two great batsmen.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

Cricket has been discovered by shepherds in England who started playing the early forms of cricket sometime in the 17th century. Later cricket was played in front of a wicket-gate – which led to the term “wickets”

That’s all in this edition ! !

 

Issue #116 Japanese season pushed back

Newsletter


April 11, 2011                                                                                              Issue #116

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Japanese season pushed back
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Japanese season pushed back

Both the KCL and JCA tournaments have been delayed due to various reasons. While the JCA is reported to have pushed its season back by a month due to the uncertainty over some of its grounds, the KCL has given out no reason for the delay starting its tournament. The KCL was not even able to hold its AGM this year on time and when it was decided to do so, the Tohoku disaster struck and the Committee decided to postpone the AGM indefinitely. It is not known when, if at all, it will be held.

It may be recalled that the Chiba Sharks, Tokyo Predators and Tokyo Giants had already decided not to participate in this year’s KCL, which considerably weakened the tournament and took the sheen off it.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

The budding romance between Shane Warne and Liz Hurley is the real deal, according to one of the spin king’s friends. Comedian Glenn Robbins shared Chinese takeaway and a bottle of wine with the pair at Warne’s Brighton mansion in February and said the pair made a great couple. “It really was just a mate ringing up and saying ‘Come and meet my new girlfriend’,” the Herald Sun quoted Robbins as saying. “She was delightful and he’s an old friend of mine, and it’s as simple as that. “People have been so desperate for information but there isn’t any. We had a nice night, but nothing happened,” he said. Asked if the couple were the real deal, Robbins replied: “Yeah, I don’t think they are playing out anything. I wish them all the best. “There have been speculations that Warne has left Australia to meet up with Hurley during this week’s English school holidays.
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Australian spin great Shane Warne has reportedly slept with a London-based porn star and bombarded her with a series of raunchy text messages even while his romance with Hollywood beauty Elizabeth Hurley was blossoming, a report has claimed. The British tabloid newspaper ‘Sunday Mirror’ reported that Warne had bedded 26-year-old Chloe Conrad in the same presidential-type suite at London’s Bentley Hotel where he and 45-year-old mother of one Hurley later spent two nights. The 41-year-old Warne and London-based Australian Conrad were put in touch by a mutual friend. At a time when the flirtation between Hurley and Warne was well advanced, the cricketer was busy sending lewd text messages to Conrad, according to the report. “If Liz thinks he has changed, she’s sorely mistaken.
On the night he was with Liz at the Bentley he was sending texts to me. I never for a second thought I was the only woman. Everyone knows Shane is not the ideal guy to settle down with. Liz is a lot older than me and should be wiser,” Conrad was quoted as saying by the tabloid. Conrad also claimed that she was left with a scar on her back from carpet burn that she now calls her “Warnie stamp” after  their meeting at the hotel.

Comment: That must have Warnie’s googly to Liz Hurley 🙂
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A Twitter feud between hard-hitting batsman David Warner and fast bowler Brett Geeves erupted during Tuesday night’s Big Bash  preliminary final between NSW and Tasmania when Warner blasted Ben Hilfenhaus for six and celebrated by shouting ‘that’s massive’. Writing on Twitter, Geeves accused Warner’s act as “an example of humility gone wrong”, to which the batsman responded by reminding
the Tasmanian he was “lucky one player refused to follow up on your racial vilification slur u made on the field”. The two then traded insults, with Warner labelling Geeves a ‘cock’.
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Local police foiled a burglary attempt at Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s house when they arrested two thieves and recovered goods worth R 50,000. The two were caught within minutes of escaping with some of the cricketer’s personal goods. The police recovered CDs, DVDs, a laptop and jewellery, captain Johann Neethling of the Swartkops Police said. The incident took place on Wednesday night at the 24-year-old’s home in Lynn Street, Bluewater Bay. Tsotsobe, who will play in the fourth one-dayer against India on Friday, was staying with his parents
when the incident happened. He asked a friend to keep an eye on his house. The friend confirmed that there had been a “break-in” and that several items had been stolen. “The men were hiding in a bush when we arrived at the scene. We found them and locked them up.”, Cricket South Africa (CSA) spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith said.
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Canadian all-rounder Rizwan Cheema has traveled miles, across three countries, to finally reach his dream destination. Born in Pakistan, Cheema moved to the USA as a 20-year-old but eventually settled in Canada. All through his arduous journey, the 32-year-old never lost sight of playing top-level cricket. Just as he managed to break into the USA’s top league, three years after he had stepped into the foreign land, 9/11 happened. As incidents of racism and violence towards the South Asian community increased, Cheema moved to neighboring Canada. Migration meant that Cheema had to wait for a few years before he could earn the Maple leaf cap. He took up a job of a taxi driver. “It was the best job for a person who was obsessed with cricket. I used to plan things as to how I could take out time to play. And on some days I would skip my job and only concentrate on cricket. Although it cost me financially, I was satisfied,” adds Cheema who finally made his international debut in 2008 aged 30.
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Anti-aircraft missiles, guns and robotic bomb-disposal units were deployed in and around Mohali ahead of the diplomacy-laced cricket encounter between India and Pakistan that was watched by the political who’s who from the two sub-continental rivals. While the missiles were deployed by the Indian Army’s Western Command around the stadium to foil any airborne terrorist attack, the bomb disposal units were equipped with British-made remote-operated vehicles (ROVs) built to defuse powerful explosive devices. Several columns of troops
from the Western Command were on alert to deal with any eventuality.

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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Japan U19 team records a win

Japan recorded its sole win in the recently concluded 2011 ICC EAP Under 19 Cricket Trophy held in Brsbane, Australia against Fiji U19 team. Japan U19 lost all its other engagements against Vanuatu, PNG and Indonesia.

Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 to be held next week

Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div. 2) tournament wikll be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 8 to 15 April. The top four sides of the tournament ill become eligible to receive dedicated ICC High Performance Grants and two of the top four, as determined by the ICC Development Committee, will join the eight-team ICC Intercontinental Cup which will commence later in 2011. The sides that finish fifth and sixth in WCL Div. 2 will be relegated to Pepsi ICC WCL Div. 3.

Samoa Win EAP Division 2

Samoa are the Pepsi ICC East Asia-Pacific Division 2 champions after a commanding 9 wicket victory over the Philippines in the final at the Garden Ovals in Apia on Friday, April 8. The win was set up by a magnificent 5 wicket haul form Winston Mariner which was then followed by a brilliant century from tournament leading run scorer Ben Mailata who made 107 not out to top off an incredible event in which he was not dismissed in any match.

Brief scores:

Philippines 179-10, 46.0 overs (F Khan 46, D Sohal 27; W Mariner 5-34);
Samoa 183-1, 40.3 overs (B Mailata 107 not out, S Cotter 56 not out; R Thakur 1-35)

Singapore cricket records rise in popularity

Singapore Cricket has had a large increase of participation in the game and now holds some impressive figures; as well as promoting officials’ courses. The number of cricketers, teams and all round fixtures have all a dramatic upsurge. It is estimated that there are 2500 cricketers, 104 teams, 80 umpires, 35 fixtures a week and a large amount of emerging young male and female cricketers. Singapore Cricket Association (SCA), General Manager Dharmichand Mulewa is very excited by these new figures and what they could potentially mean for cricket in Singapore: “It’s keeping us all very busy as we prepare for the new season, we have six divisions of cricket and a corporate league as well as school and friendly matches which we take an interest in, as well as our international commitments,” says Mulewa.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of March 31:

There is no change in rankings this month. Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1       Al Karam (4)
2       Lalazar (1)
3       Adore (5)
4       I Engineers (6)
5       YC&AC (11)
6       P Foleys(12)
7       C Sharks (13)
8       Wyverns (8)
9       S Kytes(9)
9       Serendib(7)
10      T Wombats(3)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

IECC Poll results

Who is your favourite to win the World Cup?
       India           80%
       Australia       0%
       England         7%
       South Africa    13%

Note: We didn’t include Sri Lanka in our list of possible candidates for the title winner. As they say, it is our bad.  Also, it is noteworthy that Australia didn’t receive a single vote!

Take the new poll:

Do you agree with ICC’s decision to keep the Associates out of the next World Cup?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Top batmaker Gray-Nicolls is unbeat about the challenges facing the British family business – hopefully with the help of Ashes success.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/8222896/Batmaker-Gray-Nicolls-goes-to-the-crease-in-the-Ashes.html
 

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“I’m afraid the next World Cup will be like the American World Series – you are crowned World Champions but the world did not take part” – Irish coach Phil Simmons on the exclusion of Associate countries from the next World Cup

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

Cricket has been discovered by shepherds in England who started playing the early forms of cricket sometime in the 17th century.

That’s all in this edition !

Issue #113 Lalazar claim KCL; Japanese women reap dividends

Newsletter


December 10, 2010                                                                                              Issue #113

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Lalazar claim KCL; Japanese women reap dividends
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

Lalazar claim KCL; Japanese women reap dividends

While Pakistan women claimed a historic 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh women in the final of the inaugural women’s cricket tournament in the Asian Games in Guangzhou, it was the Japanese women who surprised many. Given their past performance record, it was a major achievement for the Japanese eves in particular and women’s cricket in Japan in general. On their way to the thrilling victory, Japan stunned Nepal twice to qualify for the semifinal, which they lost to Pakistan, who ultimately won the Gold medal. Here is the brief score card of the tournament performance:

Nepal Women 62/7 (20/20 ov); Japan Women 64/0
Bangladesh Women 111/8 (20/20 ov); Japan Women 57/8 (20/20 ov)
Japan Women 135/4 (20/20 ov); Nepal Women 90/9 (20/20 ov)

Semi-final: Japan Women 61/8 (20/20 ov); Pakistan Women 62/1 (10.4/20 ov)

In the play-off for 3rd place Japan defeated China to claim the Bronze medal. Batting first China scored 65/6 in 20 overs which was overcome by Japan (66/3) with 5 balls to spare. Opener Ema Kuribayashi scored an unbeaten 24 off 55 deliveries to lead her team to a historic victory.

Closer to home, Lalazar claimed the KCL Cup in an almost one-sided match made possible by their captain’s superb bowling performance. Al Karam, who was tipped to win the trophy was weakened by the absence of two of their key players, was completely out-maneuvered by Lalazar captain, Gulzar Ahmed, who claimed 6/15. Batting first, Lalazar scored 217/6 in 30 overs with big contributions from Hamad Barsat (70) and Razzaq Chima (45). In reply, Al Karam started well enough and were ahead of the run chase until the 10th over thanks to Javed Niazi (42), but after he was bowled, Al karam collapsed losing 8 wickets in 10 overs for 52 runs, bamboozled by the bowling of Gulzar Ahmed (6/15) for a final score of 117 all out in 18.5 overs.

Predictabley, Gulzar Ahmed was named Man of the Match for his bowling figures of 5.5-1-15-6.

(With inputs from Robert-Gills Martineau)

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

A U.S woman, who had a fan following of about 300 in her twitter account suddenly discovered that her fan base has swelled to more 7,000 during a one week period when the first Ashes test was being played. The reason ? Her twitter name was “theashes”. That prompted a campaign on Twitter to “gettheashestotheashes” and Qantas Airways then posted the following on its Twitter account “Qantas wants to see theashes in Australia. We will fly her from New York for the Ashes”. Vodafone Australia offered her to pay for her match tickets. She has now started cashing in on her new-found popularity by selling T-shirts with her original tweet when new fans started following her,”I’M NOT A FREACKING CRICKET MATCH”. The 22-year old baby-sitter said that her boyfrind had given her the nick name ‘The Ashes’ a few
years ago.
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A large crowd of cricket enthusiasts watched as Finance Minister Mohammad Omer Zakhiwal and United States Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry laid foundation stones to inaugurate the renovation of the Kabul National Cricket Stadium. Because of the national team’s exceptional success in many international tournaments, cricket in Afghanistan is gaining popularity. More than 100 young women are also currently playing cricket in Kabul and the Afghanistan Cricket Board is about to create a National Women’s Cricket Team for the 2011 Asian Elite Cup Tournament in February 2011. “Cricket in Afghanistan is more than a game. It is a means for bringing Afghan youth from different backgrounds together. It has become a source of pride for ordinary Afghans and an example of their resolve and determination. It is a game that can contribute positively to peace and stability in our country. That is why, today, we are so very grateful to USAID in supporting the construction of the Kabul National Cricket Stadium,” said Minister Zakhiwal. Minister Zakhiwal is also the Chairman of the Afghan Cricket Board. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project will employ labor-intensive construction methods to provide short-term employment for unemployed Afghans.
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England cricketer Kevin Pietersen branded Adelaide groundstaff “pathetic” on his twitter feed after they failed to cover the nets during a rainstorm, forcing England to train indoors.Here is his tweet verbatim:# What should a groundsmen make sure he does 2days out from a test match???? # Cover the nets when it rains maybe??? 2:43 PM Dec 1st via UberTwitter# PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2:48 PM Dec 1st via UberTwitter
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New South Wales and Victoria, the powerhouses in Australian domestic cricket, are scouting for Indian investors to pick up stakes in their T20 teams. Cricket Australia had recently approved private investment into state’s T20 sides for their proposed IPL-like T20 League that’s scheduled to kick off rom January 2012. Jamie Stewart, managing director Commune Sports and Entertainment – the company that NSW and Victoria have hired to raise private equity investment- claims at least there big Indian Corporate Houses have shown interest and are in discussions with the Australian domestic sides.”I can’t tell you the names, but many corporate houses have shown interest and at least three of them are in discussions,” said Stewart.
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Former England opener Marcus Trescothick was offered USD 1.56 million if he can send the ball sailing over the stands of the historic Lord’s stadium. The hard-hitting batsman received the offer from his bat makers Mongoose for repeating a feat that has been attained only once in the cricketing history when Australian Albert Trott cleared the 50-foot building during a match for Marylebone Cricket Club
in 1899.
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Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath has re-married in a private ceremony two years after the death of his first wife, Australian media reported. The Seven Network said McGrath married 28-year-old Italian-American Sara Leonardi at their Sydney home in a ceremony that was closed even to former teammates. The network said only close family, including McGrath’s parents, stepmother and two children, James aged 10, and Holly aged eight, were invited. McGrath’s former teammate, leg-spinner Shane Warne, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday “is it true Glenn McGrath got married today? Wow. Wish you all the best my friend.” McGrath had said Leonardi, to whom he became engaged in July, “made him feel alive again” after the loss of his first wife, Jane, to breast cancer.
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Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has claimed to have turned down lucrative offers from the media to give details of his decision to desert his team in Dubai midway through an ODI series and flee to London after receiving death threats for refusing to fix matches. The 24-year-old wrote on his Facebook account that the News of the World tabloid had offered him lots of money for an interview but he spoke to them without taking a penny. “They offered me lots of money but I gave them the interview free of cost but what was surprising was that they said it would be half an hour thing but it went on for one and half hour,” Haider wrote. “They were trying to ask hard questions but I told them they should talk to the ICC about it,” Haider wrote on his account. Haider also wrote on his account that electronic media had also offered him big money for giving interviews but he had no intention of taking money and even if he took, he would ask them to give it directly to a charity.
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Australian spinner Shane Warne, who turned designer with his clothing brand ‘Spinners’, is all set to bring the apparel label to India. The sporty fashion line comprising menswear, boyswear and innerwear was launched down under in 2009 making headway in the ‘Spashio’ (sport + fashion) market. Shane Warne. The 41-year-old cricketer is now keen on expanding it globally, beginning with India. “I’m excited to be launching Spinners by Shane Warne globally. It’s no secret that I’ve always loved India. It’s a beautiful country and the people are as passionate about cricket as I am! “I’ve experienced such strong support from my Indian fans and I’m really looking forward to sharing my range of menswear, boyswear and innerwear with them,” said Warne in a statement. Designed by Warne himself for sporting fans and spectators alike, the collection is in soft, breathable fabrics and includes soft-washed tees, double stitched denim, etc. ‘Spinners by Shane Warne’ is currently available at Target stores in Australia.
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The roof of the north-west stand at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium which is currently hosting the India-New Zealand ODI match came down, injuring four to five people in Jaipur. The incident happened just after New Zealand’s first innings got over here. “The roof came down all of a sudden. Around 4-5 people were injuried but there was nothing serious. It lead to a little scramble in the stands but there weren’t reports of any untoward incident,” a volunteer in the stadium said.
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An “accidental” remark he wished he had never made is behind AB de Villiers’ rapid ascent into the top-rank of the world’s leading batsmen, the South African said. De Villiers scored an epic 278 not out, the highest individual Test score for South Africa, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi to rise to an all-time high of fifth in the ICC Test rankings. Just over two years ago, De Villiers told a news conference he
wanted to be the best batsman in the world, a comment that was generally greeted with amused scepticism as he had not been a consistently heavy scorer at international level. “I sort of said it by accident, what I meant was that it should be the dream of any international player to be the best in the world, otherwise you’re playing for the wrong reasons. At the time I felt really stupid, I was saying
to myself ‘oh my word, now I’ve gone and put all this pressure on myself’,” De Villiers said. “But I had this vision and I put it out there, I was open and honest and it was the best thing I could have done. I had been in a comfort zone, scoring the odd fifty and just doing well enough to stay in the team.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Cricket Legends Leave Their Mark on PNG

Nine former Australian or International Test players including, the World Record holder for Test wickets Mutiah Muralithuran and former England Captain Adam Hollioke descended on Port
Moresby to take part in five Days of activity to build and promote Cricket and to support both World Aids Day and the “Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign. Six of the Legends then joined 70
talented PNG national players, emerging talents and young hopefuls in the Weekends 20 over round robin tournament, The Pacific MMI, Motor Vehicles Insurance Ltd Don’t Drink and Drive”
Bash. The event culminated in a LIVE televised final on Sunday afternoon. World record holder Muttiah Muralitharen, was in PNG lending his support and considerable profile to all pre-
promotion activities including World Aids Day, a Port Moresby Supa Clinic, a Cricket PNG dinner on Wednesday evening and also in Lae on Thursday as well as talent identification clinics and
involvement in the BSP schools cricket program in Port Moresby and Lae.

Fiji named ICC EAP U17 hosts

Cricket in Fiji has received a huge coup after being named as hosts for the 2012 International Cricket Council East Asia Pacific Under 17 tournament. This will be the first time in 11 years that
Fiji has hosted a competition of this calibre and is a direct reflection of the resurgence of cricket in this country. Cricket Fiji high performance manager Steve Jenkin said this was a huge
achievement for the game in Fiji and the tournament represents an exciting opportunity for our young cricketers.”This is an exciting moment for Cricket Fiji and we’re delighted to be named as
hosts,” Jenkin said.

Announcements

Beer for Books celebrates 100,000 books

Indian Engineers C.C have been one of the early supporters of the Beer for Books(http://www.beersforbooks.org/), a simple idea made possible and has become a world event by a Tokyo based
recruiter, Gary Bremmerman. The basic idea of “B4B” is that you find a cool bar/restaurant in your neighborhood which agrees to donate 100yen for every drink sold on a specific night, you
invite all your friends, and every 100yenfunds a high quality local language book for kids via Room to Read.

B4B recently crossed the 100,000 book milestone at the Nakameguro Taproom on Monday, November 29. Also, on October 20th the 1st ever B4B in a country where Room to Read LLP books
are published, Vietnam, raised US$2,300.00.

For more details log on to their website: http://www.beersforbooks.org/

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of November 30:

Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Lalazar (1)
2 Tokyo Giants (2)
3 Tokyo Wombats (3)
4 Al Karam (4)
4 Adore (5)
5 Indian Engineers (5)
6 Serendib (7)
7 Wyverns (7)
8 Shizuoka Kytes (8)
9 MAX (10)
10 YC&AC (11)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

IECC Poll results

Will England retain the Ashes?

Yes 50%
No 50%
Can’t say 0%

Take the new poll:

We will leave the poll unchanged for this month for our readers to have second thoughts 🙂

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

We recently stumbled on this cricket game website:

http://www.sporteecricket.com/

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

Who is he? He’s a nobody.” – Kevin Pietersen about John Buchanan.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

New Zealand’s Chris Martin holds the dubious record for scoring max number of pairs in Tests – five.

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #112 Japanese season winding up

Newsletter


November 11, 2010                                                                                              Issue #112

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • Japanese season winding up
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

Japanese season winding up

The warm November appears to have encouraged KCL finalists to move their match to November 28, which otherwise may have been played by now. The teams had their own reasons for postponement (no surprise here) with reports that one team even sought postponement to next year but the KCL Committee set the date for November 28th with the caveat that that if, for any reason, the match cannot be held then both teams will be declared as joint winners.

With this it is quite likely that the Japanese season will come to an end and teams would enter the party mode!

Japan’s team sponsor extends deal

Japanese men’s team principal sponsor, Imperial Woodpecker, has agreed to extended its deal to support the men’s national team till 31 December 2011. During the course of 2011, Japan’s national team is scheduled to feature in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 in Botswana to be held in May 2011. Japan finished fourth in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 in 2009. Japan will also feature in the ICC EAP Trophy Division 1 in Papua New Guinea, to take place later in 2011. The tournament will serve as the regional qualification tournament to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.

Wyverns CC win the inaugural SriLankan Airlines Japan Cup

Wyverns CC have become Japanese National Champions for the first time, after winning the inaugural Sri Lankan Airlines Japan Cup, which was held on the 10th and 11th of October at the Fuji Cricket Grounds. The Sri Lankan Airlines Japan Cup was held as the National Championships with teams from across Japan competing.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

Pakistan’s Javed Miandad, who is China’s Lahore-based ‘Ambassador of Cricket’ feels that the next big thing in world cricket could be China. He is seconded by former India women’s team player Mamatha Maben, who thinks China could be challenging “top-rung teams” in about five years’ time. “China is a huge country but cricket is not very popular. However, it is a known fact that when they decide to do something, they go all out. Same is the case with cricket,” said Miandad who is helping the Chinese team’s preparations for their debut international appearance at the Guangzhou Asian Games that begin on November 12. “Just as an example, they have a player who until three months ago did not know what cricket was, he was completely clueless. I don’t remember the name but today he can bowl leg breaks as good as many professional players. Their complete devotion to mastering anything is simply awesome. Something that is missing in Pakistan
and India”, he said.
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In a stunning endorsement of the International Cricket Council’s vision of China being one of the sport’s major new markets, all tickets for for the week-long women’s cricket tournament during the Asian Games have been sold out, the organisers said. China will make its bow in international cricket on Saturday amid high-pitched excitement and huge expectations at the sport’s Asian Games debut. A full house will cheer the Chinese women as they take on Malaysia in the opening match at the brand new 12,000-seater cricket stadium in the university area of Guangzhou.
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Australian pacer Brett Lee feels Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, West Indian Brian Lara and England’s Kevin Pietersen are part of a select band of international batsmen who should never be sledged as the strategy generally backfires. “There are guys you can stir up and get stuck into and there are others you leave alone,” Lee said.”Sachin Tendulkar is a guy you don’t want to chat to period, because he will knuckle down, same as Brian Lara. Kevin Pietersen has controlled aggression and he likes it when someone has a chat to him. He takes it personally and it fires him up and he’ll want to score a big hundred,” the fast bowler was quoted as saying
by the local newspapers here.
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He has “forgiven and forgotten” former umpire Darrell Hair but Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan says the chucker jibe that came from Australia’s ex-Prime Minister John Howard still rankles him. “I have forgiven (him) and forgotten. People do make mistakes and I think he made a mistake. My action has been cleared,” he was quoted as saying by ‘The Daily Telegraph’. “What I really didn’t like was the comments Howard made (in 2004). That was why I didn’t come on the next tour here. From someone in his position, that was worse than anything the crowd said”, Murali
said.
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In 1998-99, when Md Azharuddin was riding the crest of his career graph, he described himself as a ‘professional model’ and an ‘amateur cricketer’. And it wasn’t out of modesty the then Indian cricket captain described himself so. The ace cricketer, who was to later find himself entangled in an ugly match fixing scandal, had dumbed down his credentials to seek tax exemptions on his earnings from the Income Tax department. His plea for exemption has now been pending for 12 years and came up for hearing on Thursday here when his auditor argued once again how at the time of filing the tax exemption plea, the cricketer (who had by then led India in 47 Tests and 174 ODIs) was indeed an ‘amateur cricketer’, apart from being a model for various commercials. The matter will now be heard on January 3 next year.
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Inspired by Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, Australian Mike Hussey today said he has no plans to retire despite the criticism of his continuing poor form and growing age. The 35-year-old said watching Tendulkar, who is two years older than him, play gives him enough inspiration to continue. “It does give you a bit of inspiration … and I’ve got a lot of inspiration from a lot of guys,” Hussey was quoted as saying by ‘The Australian
Associated Press’.
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Sunil Gavaskar has been the most influential voice in Indian cricket – if not the world itself – for a long, long time. Now, it seems he’s in danger of becoming persona non grata after rubbing certain powerful board officials the wrong way in recent times. Gavaskar’s role in the Kochi IPL team is said to be playing a major role in his fall from grace as some BCCI officials are said to be not happy with this association. More than anything else, they see it as a clear case of conflict-of-interest as it is being whispered that Gavaskar has been assisting the Gaikwads right from Day One, even while he was on the governing council.

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Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar’s willow fetched the highest bid of Rs 4.2 million(US$10,000) at a glittering sports auction in Mumbai that saw personal items donated by 25 top sportspersons from the country and overseas go under the hammer. Tendulkar had scored an unbeaten 163 against New Zealand at Christchurch last year, his fourth highest one day score, with this bat. Rahul Dravid’s bat, with which he had scored a century in each innings in the Kolkata Test of 2005 against Pakistan went for Rs 2 millionThe bat signed by all team members of the 1983 World Cup winning team and donated by former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar’s willow went under the hammer for Rs 1.75 million. Anil Kumble’s jersey which he wore when he equalled Jim Laker’s ten-wicket in a Test innings record against Pakistan in New Delhi in 1999, and his Test cap that he wore between 2004 and 2006 went for Rs 1.15 million.
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The Kerala High Court’s recent ruling that cricket administration officials are public servants and are liable to be investigated by the vigilance department should be see as a significant leap forward in the sport feels noted columnist Peter Roebuck. “That thought alone will help to keep them on their toes. It will also force them to publish accounts. Boards tend to forget that the game belongs to the public. Not long ago a Cricket Australia official remarked that they had every right to control all proprietary interests in ‘our game’”. He had to be reminded that it was actually Australia”s game, yours and mine. Cricket officials are servants not masters. Honesty is the least that can be expected from them. If they cannot abide by those standards, let them join the honest thieves.
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A glittering concert in will be held in Durban on January 9 next year to bid farewell to the South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, who announced his retirement from cricket recently. The New Age Friendship Celebration Concert will take place after an International Pro20 match between the South Africa and India. To add to the glamour, the oranisers have invited Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra to entertainmen an expected capacity crowd of about 60,000 people, making it the biggest to attend a cricket match in South Africa.
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England batsman Kevin Pietersen has hit back at John Buchanan for criticising him and described the former Australian coach as “a nobody”. Buchanan had earlier said that Pietersen had the potential to be a ‘major problem’ during the Ashes if he did not halt the alarming slump in form which has seen him go 27 Test innings without a century. “I’m not interested in what he has to say. Who is he? He’s a nobody,” said Pietersen.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Muttiah Muralidaran to visit PNG in December

Cricket PNG has announced that Muttiah Muralidaran will be visiting the country for the first time in December as part of an annual cricket festival. The Don’t Drink and Drive Bash is a feast of
high quality, super exciting T20 Cricket featuring six cricket legends who are placed into teams made up of the best emerging talent in Papua New Guinea. This year’s line-up includes cricket
legends from Australia, England and Sri Lanka and constitutes the highest profile group of sportsman to ever visit Papua New Guinea. Participating legends include Muttiah Muralidaran, Andy
Bichel, Michael DiVenuto, Craig McDermott, Adam Holliaoke, Greg Ritchie and Steve Rixon.

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Results as of October 31:

With their semi-final qualification, the Shizuoka Kytes got themselves a spot in the top 10, pushing down the YC&AC.

Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Lalazar (1)
2 Tokyo Giants (2)
3 Tokyo Wombats (3)
4 Al Karam (8)
5 Adore (4)
6 Indian Engineers (5)
7 Serendib (7)
8 Wyverns (6)
9 Shizuoka Kytes (12)
10 MAX (9)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

Do you think every no ball or wide from now on will be looked at with suspicion in light of the spot fixing scandal recently?

Yes 58%
No 3%
May be 17%

Take the new poll:

Will England retain the Ashes?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Some fights on the field between players

Here is a list of some of the famous fights in a cricket field.

http://in.yfittopostblog.com/2010/07/08/fights-on-the-cricket-field

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“In Pakistan a life ban lasts only as long as the life of the ban.” – A made up quote by a Cricinfo writer.

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

Most man of the series awards in Tests: 11 by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #111 KCL season drags

Newsletter


October 15, 2011                                                                                              Issue #111

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Index

  • KCL season drags
  • The fine print
  • Asia & EAP news –
  • Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results
  • IECC poll results
  • Reader’s corner
  • Best of the web
  • Snippet of the month
  • Trivial facts from our Archives

 

KCL season drags

The KCL season appears to be dragging into the cold November with the semi final matches scheduled on October 17 and the final likely to be played on the last week of October or early November.

Shizuoka Kytes produced a memorable match to throw the Nagoya out of the KCL and secure their berth in the knock out stage after a gap of … well.. can’t remember! Kytes’s trump card Ashley Harvey played an important role in the victory by scoring a match winning 66 runs. Batting first, Kytes scored 183/6 in 35 overs but Nagoya fell short by 7 runs in their chase by getting all out for 176. Kytes and Serendib ended up having 13 points each but Kytes qualified on the basis of a better Economy Rate(Total runs scored/total wickets lost) according the KCL match rules.

In our last issue, we had wrongly calculated that either Nagoya or Serendib would qualify for the semi-final. That calculation was based on the assumption that the KCL uses NRR to determine the winner in case of a tie for points but KCL uses Economy Rate(Total runs scored/total wickets lost). The error is regretted.

Meanwhile, the Chiba Sharks, who, strangely could not produce a single win in the KCL has won the J1C competition beating the favourites, Tokyo Wombats.

YC&AC Sixes tournament

The 20th annual YC&AC Sixes tournament held at the YC&AC ground, Yokohama saw the Pakistan team retaining their title beating Sri Lanka. Pakistan have been holding this title since 2006. From the records available with us, Pakistan have won this cup 7 times since 1999 while the other winners were Sri Lanaka (2000), India (2002 and 2005) and YC&AC (2004).

Kansai Cricket

The Kansai Cup, which used to be a 40-over competition, this year has been changed to T-20 competition due to lack of grounds, the organisers said.

Indian Engineers on Twitter

Follow the Engineers at http://twitter.com/ieccjapan/ for live match updates and other cricket updates.

The Fine Print

In an inter-academy tournament, conducted by the Vidarbha Cricket Association of India, a 15-year-old Ali Zoren Khan scored an unbeaten 461. Khan’s knock spanned seven hours and faced 308 balls and hit 64 fours and 12 sixes. The left-hander, who is a Class X student of Saraswati Vidyalaya, eclipsed the highest score by an Indian schoolboy — 439 by Mumbai’s Sarfaraz Khan in a Harris Shield match in November 2009.
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The ex-girlfriend of tainted Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif claimed that she received death threats after meeting International Cricket Council officials to discuss match-fixing scandal. Veena Malik, a popular actress, model and television show host, told the British tabloid ‘The Sun’ that she received a chilling warning at home after handing evidence of Asif’s dealings with an Indian bookie to the ICC Anti-corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). She also claimed that she had got a mail in which she was ordered not to talk to the media and keep her mouth shut. “I will kill you, watch what I do,” she claimed the mail read. “I was also visited two weeks ago by a man who gave me a message to say someone was going to come after me – and there would be no warning. I can’t sleep at night because I fear for my life,” she said. “But if I have to die, I will die. I’m not scared of threats. I warned the Pakistan Cricket Board about match-fixing eight months ago but I was ignored. Now people have to speak out,” she said.
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Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi has admitted that following a clash between left arm pacer Wahab Riaz and England batsman Jonathan Trott, his team had considered not playing the fourth one-day international at Lord’s. Afridi said that Trott had later apologized to Riaz in front of the match referee and the matter was closed. “But what he did was something that could have led to us filing a police case. He called Riaz a “spot fixer” and threw a pad at him which was not acceptable behaviour at all”, Afridi said.
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Sachin Tendulkar’s humility has bowled over Australian batsman Philip Hughes, who says it was a fantastic experience to get tips from the Indian icon over a cup of coffee. “When I was in Mumbai earlier, I had coffee with him and we spoke for about an hour. He asked me so many questions and I also put him many queries. He is a fantastic man and very humble,” Hughes said. “He told me that I should try to play my natural game. We also talked a lot about other things in general. I also asked him a lot of questions about his career,” the 21-year-old left-hander from New South Wales said during an interaction.
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Noting how wrong the legendary English fast bowler Fred Trueman turned out when he proclaimed, upon becoming the first Test bowler to cross 300 wickets, that anyone who managed to break his record would be a very tired man, Muttiah Muralitharan prophesied that his mark of 800 would also be broken one day. “Statistically, a bowler would need to play Test cricket for 18 years and average about five wickets every Test,” he said. “Definitely, one genius will come someday and surpass my record.”, Murali said.
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Controversies have become synonymous with Pakistan’s cricket. They gave been hit by a series of setbacks and controversies over the past five years. Earlier in the year, Shahid Afridi was pictured biting the ball although it didn’t inflate into a bigger issue. Here is a timeline of controversies surrounding the team.

August 2006: England are awarded the fourth and final Test of their home series against Pakistan at the Oval after the tourists forfeit the match following a ball-tampering row. Pakistan refused to return to the field for the final session of the fourth day after umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove imposed a five-run penalty against them for altering the state of the ball.

October 2006: On the eve of their opening match, Pakistan send home fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the Champions Trophy in India after the pair test positive for the banned steroid nandrolone. Shoaib is handed a two-year ban by a PCB tribunal, which also suspends Asif for 12 months. The bans were subsequently scrapped after both players appealed the punishment.

March 2007: Pakistan crash out in the first round of the World Cup in West Indies following a stunning defeat by debutants Ireland. Less than 24 hours later Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer dies aged 58 after being found unconscious in his hotel room.

March 2009: Gunmen attack a bus carrying Sri Lanka’s cricket team outside a Lahore stadium in Pakistan, killing seven people, including six policemen and a driver. Six of the team and a British coach are wounded.

August 2010: Pakistan cricket is hit by allegations of spot-fixing after a newspaper report revealed players had been bribed to bowl pre-determined no-balls in the fourth Test against England. British police questioned Test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Wahab Riaz as part of the investigation.

September 2010: The ICC says it is investigating Pakistan’s role in the third one-dayer against England for suspicious “scoring patterns”. The news sparks angry reaction from PCB chief Ijaz Butt as Pakistan had won the match. A war of words breaks out after Butt told a television channel: “There is loud and clear talk in bookies’ circles that some English players were paid enormous amounts of money to lose (the third one-day) match.”
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Former Australian umpire Darrell Hair has termed Pakistan cricketers as “cheats and liars”, and criticised the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not taking action against fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for ball tampering. “The fans, viewers and crowds have been watching cheats and liars. How long will they continue to part with their money to watch manipulated matches and players cheating? The ICC should be ashamed to allow these matches to take place,” The News quoted Hair, as saying.
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England cricket selectors have super-sized their fast bowling attack for the coming Ashes tour, recalling giant Chris Tremlett for the five-Test series Ashes. The quick will join the twin towers of Stuart Broad and Steve Finn. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the England selectors believe steepling bounce can be valuable on the quicker, bouncier tracks in Australia. England’s national selector Geoff Miller admitted that England had deliberately pursued a policy of selecting tall bowlers in a bid to bounce out the Australian batsmen. “There are plans ahead, the size does matter you would presume there is going to be some bounce in the wickets over here,” he said with a grin.
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England cricketer James Anderson has become the first professional player to feature on the cover page of gay magazine Attitude. Good-looking Anderson posed nude for October’s issue of the magazine. “There’s a perception of lots of committees and old men being quite prim and proper, but I think the game is moving with the times. From my point of view, I think doing this could be fantastic for cricket. Hopefully this will attract a new sort of fan,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying. “If there are any gay cricketers, they should feel confident enough to come out, because I don’t think there is homophobia in cricket. Cricket fans are generally there to watchthe game and support their team,” he added, further co-relating the cricket and gay men involvement in the game.
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Former Australian spinner Shane Warne is reportedly foraying into the nightclub industry along with football player Dermott Brereton in Melbourne, Sydney and India. Australia newspaper The Age on Sunday reported that Warne and Hawthorn Premiership player Brereton are part of a consortium that will pay 3.5 million Australian dollars for a share in the club Silk Road located in Melbourne’s central business district. It has been learnt that Warne and Brereton also plan to change the name of the venue’s private rooms to Club 23, after the number they both wore in their respective sports.
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Rachael Heyhoe-Flint will become the first woman to be inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Hall of Fame. The former England captain guided the team to victory in the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1973 and was a member of the England team for more than 20 years. She will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the LG International Cricket Council Awards in Bangalore, along with West Indies fast bowlers Courtney Walsh and Joel Garner. The late Ken Barrington will be inducted next summer in a ceremony involving the former batsman’s family. The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is a joint venture with the Federation of International Cricketer Associations , whose chief executive, Tim May, said: “All four of those named today thoroughly deserve the accolade and of being part of the elite group that form the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in association with Fica. I congratulate all four inductees but I would particularly like to acknowledge Rachael Heyhoe-Flint for becoming the first female cricketer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
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Andre Nel, the former South African fast bowler, allegedly attempted to take his own life on Friday last week, a report said. Last week it was revealed that Nel had had an extra-marital affair with 34-year-old Londoner Jelena Kultiasova while he was playing for Surrey last month. Later two other women came forward with similar allegations. Nel and his wife Deanne Weitz have been married for six years. They are expecting their first child in April. According to a Sunday newspaper, Weitz confirmed on Friday night that doctors had been called to the couple’s home in Irene outside of Pretoria. “He is not in any immediate danger and there are many doctors looking after him,” she said.
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Source: Various web and print media

Asia & EAP News

Japanese player to be included in the ICC EAP Elite Squad camp

Japanese opening batsman Masaomi “Amigo” Kobayashi has been selected for the Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia – Pacific (EAP) Development Programme annual ICC EAP Elite Squad Camp to be held at the Cricket Australia (CA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Brisbane from 17th to 29th October 2010. Some of Australia’s very best coaches and staff members will be on hand to put the East Asia – Pacific representatives through their paces, with the ultimate goal being to represent the region at the upcoming 2011 Australian Country Cricket Championships in Bunbury in January 2011. Week One will see Papua New Guinea well represented with several National Squad members in attendance, including pace bowler Willie Gavera and opening batsman Vani Vagi Morea, while others of note include Japanese opening batsman Masaomi “Amigo” Kobayashi and Fijian pair Joseph Rika and Maciu Gauna.

The EAP squads will participate in many different programmes at the CA Centre of Excellence including:

* Fitness Education sessions
* Centre wicket practice
* Specific batting and bowling strategy
* Fielding technique
* Fitness testing
* Several T20 and 50 over matches against the Australian Sports Gateway XI

Indian Engineers’ Japan Cricket Rating – New results

Editor** We are always being questioned by our readers as to how come some of the apparently weaker teams go up in the rating table. Our answer is that this is an unfortunate reality of how cricket is run in Japan. For various historical and financial reasons, there is no unified effort or a common umbrella under which the cricket is played in Japan. Therefore, there are so many teams in Kanto who don’t play against each other. For e.g. many of the JCA sponsored tournament teams, especially the Japanese teams, don’t play against most of the KCL teams. This results in teams being rated based on their performance in isolation, which results in what some may see as an anomaly.

Unfortunately, this is a hard reality we are living with.

Results as of September 30:

Tokyo Giants have slipped into 2nd position (we can’t remember when did that happen last) while Lalazar took their position for the first time. Adore is one Japanese club that jumped notches due to some high profile wins in the last two months.

Here is the latest top 10 (last month’s ranking in brackets):

1 Lalazar (1)
2 Tokyo Giants (2)
3 Tokyo Wombats (3)
4 Adore (6)
5 Indian Engineers (5)
6 Wyverns (4)
7 Serendib (7)
8 Al Karam (8)
9 MAX (9)
10 YC&AC (10)

We encourage all teams to send us your result statistics regularly so that your team’s rankings remain as accurate as possible. We are in a position to obtain the results of the official tournament matches on our own but we are looking for the results of the friendly matches.

Readers’ Corner

 

IECC Poll results

Do you think leniency must be shown to Pakistan’s Md. Aamir because of his tender age?

Yes    71%
No      29%

Take the new poll:

Do you think every no ball or wide from now on will be looked at with suspicion in light of the spot fixing scandal recently?

Visit our home page today to vote!

Best of the Web

Some fights on the field between players

Here is a list of some of the famous fights in a cricket field.

http://in.yfittopostblog.com/2010/07/08/fights-on-the-cricket-field

Snippets of the Month

Note: Beginning the Issue #39 (May 6, ’04), we bring you some interesting snippets from the cricket world, to celebrate the fourth anniversary this Newsletter and first anniversary of our popular “Trivial Facts” series. The same will be published on the front page of our website too.

“He is a Prufrock worrying about his trousers.” – Peter Roebuck on VVS Laxman after Laxman’s recent heroic innings against the Australians

Trivial facts (from our Archives)

South Africa’s Jacques Kallis is the holder of most Man of the Match awards in Tests with 20 awards.

That’s all in this edition ! !

Issue #19 Rain and YC&AC cause upset in KCL

Newsletter


June 16, 2002                                                                                              Issue #19

Hello and welcome to this edition of the I.E.C.C. Newsletter.

Rain and YC&AC cause upset in KCL

Two months into this premier tournament of Japan and this is how the statistics look like: 8 matches played, 4 rained out, 0 tied and 1 upset. While Division I had five of their matches scheduled in the first two months and Group B of Division II, four, Group A teams had to content with only one match which was rained out.

YC&AC upset the defending champions

The results so far have been more or less in the expected lines with possibly one exception. In what can be termed as an upset, Yokohama County and Athletic Club defeated the defending champions, Tokyo Giants, by 4 wickets. Having batted first, the Giants scored 248, which was studded with 16 sixes, in 36.3 overs with Hamid Saeed(68, 8×6) and Jahangir Babar(54, 3×6) crossing the half century mark. However, the man who prevented a greater damage to the YC&AC was Andy Coles, whose magnificent figures of 6/40 included a hat trick, which possibly could be a KCL first. YC&AC then scored 252/6 in 39.2 overs with Coles scoring 66 while Avinash Jadhav top scored with 98.

Friends set all kinds of KCL records

In another D-I match, the Friends XI sent a depleted Shizuoka Kytes to the cleaners to win the match by a huge margin of 270 runs. In a KCL record, the Friends scored 371 after choosing to bat first. In that process they erased the Indian Engineers, who held the record until then(322/5 off 35 overs) set against the British Embassy, from the KCL history and found a place for themselves. Munir Ahmed helped himself with a KCL highest individual score of 164(18×4, 11×6), eclipsing the previous best of 147*(16×4, 8×6) set by Viswa Ghosh of Indian Engineers against the British Embassy on the same ground last year in a KCL play-off match. Captain Aamir Ali, who along with Munir Ahmed put up a mammoth 159 run partnership for the third wicket, chipped in with a solid 71. In reply, the Kytes could manage only 101 runs, the wrecker-in-chief being Shahad Siddiqui with figures of 5/13. The only saving grace for the Kytes was the tail-enders showing the top order how to bat. At 34/7, the Kytes tail wagged to cross the three figure mark before they folded up for 101. The Kytes, however, are finding solace in the fact that they could manage only 31 runs against the same opposition last year before they were shot out in a KCL match.

Meanwhile, the Shizuoka Kytes leads the points tally in D-I with 7 points off 3 matches while Friends are closely behind with 6 off 2 matches. In D-II, Fuji Far East leads the pack with 9 points off 3 matches.

Latest match results and points tally are available here.

The unconfirmed KCL records so far are:

Highest team total 371, Friends XI against Shizuoka Kytes
Highest individual score 164, Munir Ahmed of Friends XI
Highest margin of victory 270 runs, Friends defeated Shizuoka Kytes
Maximum number of 6s in an innings Munir Ahmed of Friends(11)
Highest 3rd wicket partnership 159 runs between with Munir Ahmed and Aamir Ali (Friends) against Shizuoka Kytes in 2002
Highest 5th wicket partnership 158 between Viswa Ghosh and Dinesh Tashildar (Indian Engineers) against the British Embassy in 2001
Maximum number of runs from least number of balls
or the fastest 50
Dinesh Tashildar of Indian Engineers(79 off 29 balls) vs. British Embassy in 2001
Best bowling 7/18 by Avinash Jadhav of YC&AC against the Indian Engineers in 2000
Most expensive bowling 6-0-105-1 by Denis Perry of the British Embassy vs. the Indian Engineers in 2001
Fastest 50 by a team 50 off 4 overs by Indian Engineers vs. Adore in 2001 on a Flicx pitch at Fujinomiya
Maximum number of 6s by any team 16 each by Indian Engineers(vs. British Embassy) and Tokyo Giants(vs. YC&AC)
First hat trick Andy Coles(6/40) of YC&AC against Tokyo Giants in 2002

Read the interesting reports of these matches in which the above records were set:

Friends XI vs. Shizuoka Kytes (2002)
Indian Engineers vs. British Embassy (2001)
Indian Engineers vs. Adore (2001):

Japan Gold Cup

This 6 team tournament being held the Edogawa Cricket Ground saw two of its matches washed out in its first month. In the other matches, Edogawa Falcons defeated the Pakistan Eaglets and Gunma defeated the Indian Engineers. The Engineers had batted first and scored 199, thanks to a late order hitting by Dinesh Singh and Ashok Kumar. But the Gunma overcame the score in the 36th over for the loss of 8 wickets. Read report here.

Other Results

Friendly matches

> Nova defeatd Osaka Bulldogs. Osaka Bulldogs 151, Nova 152/5
> Kobe RAC defeatd Osaka Bulldogs. Osaka Bulldogs 147/9, Kobe RAC 150/5.
> Shizuoka Kytes defeated Adore. Kytes 124(Shimizu 4/20, T. Ito 3/17), Adore 97 (M. Sharpe 7/23, M. Wilson 3/15)
> Gunma defeated Indian Engineers. Gunma 232, Indian Engineers 125.
> Indian Engineers defeated YC&AC. Indian Engineers 187, YC&AC 156.
> Nova defeated Osaka Bulldogs again. Osaka Bulldogs 153, Nova 154/4.

Tidbits

1. Who was the first New Zealand batsman to score a century in each innings of a Test?
2. Which of these great bowlers was chiefly responsible for India being 0/4 at Leeds in 1952?
Frank Tyson
Alec Bedser
Fred Trueman
3. Who was South Africa’s captain when they thrashed Australia 4-0 in the 1969/70 Test series in South Africa?

Answers at the end of this Newsletter !!

Also playing in Japan, a little bit of cricket

The Indian scribes covering the Football World Cup in Japan were surprised to find that cricket also was being played here. Read the article on Indian Express, India’s largest circulated English language daily.

http://www.indian-express.com/full_story.php?content_id=4458

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Answers to the above quiz

1. Who was the first New Zealand batsman to score a century in each innings of a Test?
Glenn Turner
2. Which of these great bowlers was chiefly responsible for India being 0/4 at Leeds in 1952?
Fred Trueman
3. Who was South Africa’s captain when they thrashed Australia 4-0 in the 1969/70 Test series in South Africa?
Ali Bacher

That’s all in this edition!