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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.

 

(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.

(KCL)Prem S gets taste of umpiring job

Date 10 July 2016 

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

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

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