Tag: Indian Engineers Cricket Club

Nirvanam Man of the Match

Ain’t No Stoppin’ the Engineers Now!

By: Leo Joseph
Aug 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fast and Furious Nagoya Win a Thriller

By: DhineshKumar Senguttuvan
Aug 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wombats swept away by the Engineers

By Vinay Iyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

[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 Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Julian Stevensct -- b. Rajneesh 0-------1-
Keith Franklinlbw b. Rajneesh 1------1-
Zeeshan Naglekarct--. b. Anurag19--21--1-
Luke Eyeslbw, b. Anurag16--2---1-
Shakil Mostaqnot out10--1---11
Millinda Dharmadasabowled b. Anurag0------1-
Shabbir Ahmedlbw, b. Ashok0------1-
Yursy Mohideenct.--,b. Ashok0------1-
Joe Lewisct. -- b. Manu b1------1-
Benjamin Wardb. Kale8--1---1-
D. Wrightlbw. b. Dinesh1------1-
Extras17 (lb 4,w11,nb2)
Total 73        
Bowling O M R W bbf
Joe Lewis102100
Yursy Mohideen202400
Shakil Mostaq102000
Keith Franklin10600
D. Wright0.50410

IECC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Prashant B. Kalenot out53-2582-111
Abdul Sattarb. Des12-82---10
Pavethynath Velusamynot out4-11---11
Dinesh Singh Rawat 000000000
Bidyut Sarkar 000000000
Prashant Kumar 000000000
Anurag Singh 000000000
Manu B. 000000000
Rajneesh Shukla 000000000
Suresh G.V 000000000
Ashok Kumar 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 O M R W bbf
Ashok Kumar402220
Rajneesh Shukla302220
Dinesh Singh Rawat3.20910
Anurag Singh41730
Manu B.10710
Prashant B. Kale10210

 

 

 

(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 League 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 Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Anurag Singhc A Barrett* b O Morris18-1421--10
Vinay Mohan Iyerlbw b RD Davis 38-424---10
Pavethynath Velusamylbw b F Khan 43-317---10
Prashant B. Kalec A Winston† b RD Davis 8-4-1--10
Suresh G.Vb A Ironside 2-4----10
Prashant Kumarb F Khan 1-3----10
Saifuddin Rajb F Khan 0-1----10
Manu B.lbw b F Khan 0-3----10
Rajneesh Shuklab O Morris 3-6----10
Bidyut Sarkarlbw b F Khan 2-5----10
Prem Samuelnot out 1-2----11
Extras(w 11, nb 1, b 2) 14
Total 130        
Bowling O M R W bbf
Rajneesh Shukla20210
Anurag Singh301810
Prashant B. Kale401540
Vinay Mohan Iyer201200
Prem Samuel1.10120
Manu B.10700

YC&AC

Batting Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
A Winstonc Manu B B b Raj Shukla0-30---1-
Fayaaz khanc Raj Shukla b P Kale11-202---1-
Owen Morrisc P Kumar Kumar† b A Singh8-131---1-
H Basharatb P Kale3-110---1-
Alaistair Ironsideb P Kale5-61---1-
M Curtisc A Singh b P Kale 0-30---1-
AI Islamrun out (Suresh G.V) 0-10---1-
Andy Barrettrun out (Saif Raj/P Kumar Kumar†) 11-90---1-
Robin Davisc Raj Shukla b Prem Samuel 1-50---1-
Ashab Ahmadc Raj Shukla b Prem Samuel 1-70---1-
Nick Ashworthnot out 0-00-0011
Extras(w 9, b 2, lb 4) 15
Total 55        
Bowling O M R W bbf
Alaistair Ironside402510
Andy Barrett402100
Owen Morris3.103220
Robin Davis403120
Fayaaz khan412150

Match Summary

TeamRunsWickets LostOversOutcome
IECC1301020Win
YC&AC551012.1Loss

 

(JC)Dramatic Last ball run out leads to first Tie in IECC history

Middle order collapse costs entry into season finals 

Match Report : IECC vs AQCC (Japan Cup T20) – Sunday 17th July,2016  by Pavethy

IECC’s dream to qualify for the Japan national T20 Cup was swept away as the game was tied between both teams. Sunday’s weather was as perfect as it could be asked for. 

First Innings:

AQCC won the toss and elected to bat first. They unleashed their “N-Power” players Nilesh, Nikhil, Nandha, Naren and Nirmal.  Nilesh gave them a good start at the top of the order only to see Kale shattering his stumps with a ripper and Rajneesh removed another opener Srinivas caught by Manu at long on. Vasanth and Nandha steadied their middle order and a timely run out by Abhishek Jain broke their partnership removing the dangerous Nandha. With Abhishek tightening the screws the run flow stopped and strangled the AQCC batsmen only to find themselves short of their creases, wanting for greedy runs. Vinay and kale each contributed a run out removing Naren and Nirmal respectively.

AQCC reeling for 88/7 in 17 overs, in came pinch-hitter Nikhil, the last of the N-Powered ones. He scored 32 off 18 balls hitting 4 sixes of Skipper Vinay’s bowling, 3 of which came in the final over. Considering 115/8 in 20 overs, a low score in T20 standards, the team got together quickly and started off the chase confidently.

Second Innings:

Openers Vinay and Anurag gave a solid and quick start against a quality bowling line up. Unfortunately, Anurag backed up too much to find himself out to a direct hit by Bakiyaraj from covers. Mr. Consistent Vinay too was out to an incoming delivery immediately after Anurag. Pavethy stranded and steadied himself on one end but to witness quality batsmen Dinesh, Kale and Adirit get out in quick succession for cheap runs.

 In came the young wicket-keeper batsman Prashant Kumar, playing sensible cricket he kept the scorers busy. Pavethy and Prashant Kumar build a partnership during the middle overs and took the team to a decent score of 94 in 16 overs from the stage of 61/5. Pavethy hit two consecutive boundaries of Nandha’s over and got greedy only to find the fielder in covers. As per the cricket saying “One brings Two”, IECC were 94/6; 95/7 and 96/8. Prashant Kumar followed Pavethy soon after and was followed by Saif. With two new batsmen at the crease, Abhishek Jain and Manu B., AQCC’s top bowlers pounced on them with the final 4 crucial overs. The pair batted wisely, hitting occasional boundaries and taking quick 1s and 2s. They both brought the team closer to target.

The Last over Drama:

IECC needed only 6 runs of the last over with 2 wickets in hand. At the start of over mix-up between Abhishek Jain and Manu led to a  run out . Manu sacrificed his wicket and Rajneesh came in. Calm and sensible batting made sure IECC required 1 run of last ball to win.  When an experienced cricketer like Abhishek Jain is at middle, you are sure that nothing will go wrong..!  AQCC captain brought all field inside 30 yard to stop any chance of single. With this field it was sure that bowler will try to bowl a Yorker and guess what he bowled low fulltoss which on nornal occasion could been hit out of ground. Batsmen were too rooted to thinking of not giving away wicket that he hit low full toss straight to short covers fielder and found himself run-out at non striker end. It was a tense and nail biting finish.

relive the Last over :

 The positives out of this match: 

   Overall our Bowling unit was excellent with – Abhishek Jain & Kale taking 2 wickets each. Our team’s fielding was also fabulous effecting 3 run outs. As with the Batting Unit – Anurag top scored with a quick fire 24, Pavethy and Vinay chipped in with 21 and 13 respectively at the top order. The highlights were the performance of our new comers Abhishek Jain (10), Prashant Kumar (11), Manu B (8) and for the rest of the batting unit, the faux pas still continues.