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[KCL Semi] Engineers leave the Tigers wounded

IECC enters Grand final of KCL  2016

Match report by P.Kale

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Date Competition Season
Oct 30, 2016 KCL 2016

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[KCL] Travel Agony and Thumping win over Rising Stars

Math report by Suresh  

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Date Competition Season
Sep 4, 2016 KCL 2016

Match Summary

TeamRunsWickets LostOversOutcome
Rising Stars1531030Loss
IECC154618Win
Peregrination to Sano:

      IECC’s travel plans were organized in such a way that half of the team would reach the ground directly and the other half were supposed to reach via Pavethy’s car. It all started with Pavethy’s car which wanted to have a weekend nap and doesn’t want to get started on a rainy Sunday morning, the battery was down. May be Pavethy has over used his battery, I meant the car battery guys! Half the team who were scheduled for Pavethy’s car had to commute by train. So Manu, Pavethy, Suresh, Vinay and Anurag were on the train station with their heavy kit bags. The next surprise in store for us was the train service had been interrupted due to some freakish accident.

      The frustration started to mount. The troop had to do some analytical thinking (Analytical variables = rent a car / look for alternate train route / keeping in mind the rain forecast at Sano) and worked out that the best way to reach the ground was by train via different navigation and finally reach the ground by 11:30am (Earlier schedule was to reach the ground around 10 am). Even some of the Opposition team Rising Star club lads joined us on the midway. With both the captains riding the train together, we could have easily had the toss on the train, only to find the umpire strangled at the ground with no players. 

     Finally both squads arrived at ground on 11:30am and match was rescheduled to start by 11:45 am and was reduced to 30 overs per side. FYI, we haven’t even started the match report yet, without further due let’s get started.  Meanwhile the other players reached ground on time (Biju, Rajneesh, Prakash Jayara, Prashant Kumar, Prashant Kale, Prem S.) Taking the opportunity of delay, Biju and Rajneesh did the center wicket practice. After middling few balls to middle of the bat, they wished to open the batting and bat freely. (New contenders for opening slot).

Toss time: The toss was won by RS captain and without any hesitation he decided to bat first.
1st Innings:

     Weather became hot & humid due to showers earlier in the day. With a long and treacherous journey, the players already lost most of their energy. With some energy still left in store IECC had the new ball in hand and skipper Vinay had plans to restrict the opposition within 150 Runs. The proceedings started with our spearhead Biju and Rajneesh. Rising Stars had come up with some aggressive plans. Their openers Maqbul & Abu went after the bowling from ball one and gave them a good start. 

    Our veteran bowler, Biju used all his experience and bowled some excellent change of pace deliveries. He claimed the 1st wicket of Abu caught at square leg by Rajneesh. In came new batsman Shankar but Biju countered him with an away swinging delivery and all he could do was chop the ball back onto the stumps without troubling the scorers. IECC got the 2nd breakthrough, with wickets falling at one end the RS batters continued to score at a brisk run rate. It was during the 6th over of the match Anurag chased and attempted to stop a mid-wicket boundary but ended up using his soccer skills to kick the ball beyond the boundary line (should be considered a self-goal in cricket). His extraordinary footwork skills brought some funny comments on the field.

     Meanwhile Rajneesh had made the ball to talk and took the important wicket of Maqbul caught at mid-wicket by Vinay. In the same over, Rajneesh also managed to remove the Rising Star veteran player Murad with a gem of a delivery. He couldn’t do much but to nick it back to the keeper Prashant Kumar (P. Kumar).  Rising Stars were losing wickets in a hurry.   Vinay brought about bowling changes on the both the ends by introducing Anurag from the river end and Prakash from the riverbank end. Anurag showed his baseball skills by bowling two beamers and was generous to give a few runs on his first over. Prakash was a touch off line bowling on the leg side and Batsmen soon capitalized on them. Anurag in his 3rd over got back to what he does best and took the important wicket of Naimul (28 runs) clean bowled with an absolute peach of a delivery (thanks to some own team sledging this time too). Next was Rising Stars captain Mr. Dependable Razaul (Sumon), their team needed him to play a captain’s innings and he delivered it. Razaul settled soon and used the pace of our bowlers very well and got quick runs. Mostly nudging them to third man and square boundaries.

     Rising Stars started to get quick runs without any risk (104/5 in 15 overs), so Vinay decided to bring himself and Prem after the mid-innings break. Both of them bowled with lots of discipline and put the brakes on the scoring rate. Prem with his hawk eye line & length and Vinay with his loopy off cutters dried the runs, both the batsmen were struggling to score against them. With boundaries getting dried up, pressure was mounting on the batsmen and finally Prem got the much needed breakthrough wicket of Fayaz, thanks to some quick hand skills by P. Kumar who made a wonderful stumping standing up. Soon Vinay took his counter-part (Sumon) who scored a wonderful knock of 47, again stumped from P. Kumar. The combined bowling spells from Vinay and Prem had turned the sails in favor of IECC. Both Prem and Vinay bowled one of the most economical spells in IECC history: 1/ 9 runs in 6 overs and 1/15 in 6 overs respectively.

Suresh & Manu chipped in with a few overs. Manu cleaned up the tail with his gentle off spin and contributed a team hat-trick. RISING STARS were all out for 154 in their 30 overs. IECC were more than happy to have restricted them  to about 150 odd, comparing to the fact that they were 105 in 15 overs.

Bowling Chart:

Biju: 4-0-22-2

Rajneesh: 5-0-23-2

Anurag: 3-0-25-1

Prakash: 2-0-17-0

Prem: 6-1-9-1

Suresh: 2-0-16-0

Vinay: 6-1-15-1

Manu: 2-0-15-2

 

2nd Innings:

               After restricting Rising Stars for 154/10 in 30 Overs on a hot & humid day, we wanted to chase the target with a good run rate to get the bonus points. 

Captain Vinay decided to change the batting order and sent in Kale and Pavethy.  Kale looked tired in the field earlier, but with the bat in his hand and his favorite opponent he started to hit some lusty blows and some of the shots were breath taking. Every time the fielders had to search for the ball into the bushes and they soon got tired of it. He dispatched 3 balls which were lost forever. On the other end, the ever dependable Pavethy played a steady innings; both of them scored at a good rate. The drama during the 3rd over is worth a note here. Rising Star pace bowler fired in a bouncer that struck Prashant Kale flush on his helmet. Kale paid his due respect on the next delivery by dispatching the bowler with an excelling pull shot and the ball went out of the park. Joy, jubilant scenes in the dugout. Kale had the last laugh, it was a good contest within the game.

           At the other end, Pavethy was picking the right balls and sending them to the boundary at will and in particular two leg glances of the same over were classic shots. The partnership was broken in 9th Over by Fayaz trapping Pavethy LBW for a well-made 36 in 26 balls and the partnership was broken at 97 runs. They both had maintained a healthy run rate of 10 run/over and doing that while chasing was incredible.  Anurag came in next and started his innings with caution, Kale at the other end was hitting the balls out of the park with ease. Soon IECC fielders had to be dispatched in boundaries to watch over the ball going into the bushes. Kale soon reached his half century with a straight six. Trying to repeat the shot he perished the very next delivery, caught at long off for a well made 55 in 36 balls.

     Suresh was the next batsman and he soon tried to hit a wide ball and was caught at mid-on. Anurag started to time the ball well and hit a huge six and followed kale by trying to repeat the same shot again. Manu and Prakash were soon new at the crease. Rising Stars bowlers wanted to capitalize on this crucial moment and tighten the noose but the pair was cautious and started to build a little partnership, Manu soon perished trying to cut one and was caught at point, trying to score during the pressure moment.  Kumar walked in next. But Prakash had other plans, he decided to cut loose and played a little cameo (23 off 14 balls) and demoralized the opposition with some lusty hits towards deep extra cover boundary. The target was within reach now, Prakash tried to finish the match in Dhoni style with a six but he missed the ball and lost his timber. Vinay walked in with his cool head and finished the formalities with a stylish leg glance for a two and the formalities were done and dusted.

IECC took the game away from Rising Stars along with bonus points and moved to the 3rd Position in the points table.

Batting summary

P kale: 55 (36 balls), Pavethy: 36 (26 balls) , Prakash Jayara: 23 (14 balls)

Scoresheet

Rising Stars

Batting Match Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Abu Hasnat 0 000000000
Imam Hossain 0 000000000
Naimul Sayeed 0 000000000
Kazi Murad 0 000000000
Total  0        
Bowling Match O M R W bbf

IECC

Batting Match Runs HS B 4s 6s 100 50 Inn NO
Prashant B. Kale0 55-3664-11-
Pavethynath Velusamy0 36-266---1-
Anurag Singh0 8-11-1--1-
Suresh G.V0 0-5----1-
Manu B.0 8-141---1-
Prakash Jayara0 23-1331--1-
Prashant Kumar0 2-5----11
Vinay Mohan Iyer0 2-1----11
Rajneesh Shukla0 0-0----0-
Prem Samuel0 0-0----0-
Biju Paul0 0-000--0-
Total  134        

Did not bat: Rajneesh Shukla, Prem Samuel, Biju Paul

Bowling Match O M R W bbf
Biju Paul0402220
Rajneesh Shukla0502320
Anurag Singh0302510
Prakash Jayara0201700
Prem Samuel061910
Suresh G.V0201600
Vinay Mohan Iyer0611510
Manu B.0201520

 

The Science of hitting the ball:

Usually in baseball they use this technique, you don’t need to swing at every ball you face, and if you try to swing in your sweet zone you have more chance of success.  We need to figure out our sweet zone and improve our temperament and shot selections.

Think about it until we meet again at the field.

Regards,

Suresh

 

(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. 

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 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%
No       33%
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?

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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 ! !

Engineers keep their semi-final hopes alive | Scorecard (August 21, 2005)

Engineers keep their semi-final hopes alive…and continue their excellent run with the bat

By Vimal Vikrant

The final league match of KCL for the Engineers was against Lalazar and the Engineers had to win this to have a chance of qualifying for the semis. The travel on the way to the ground was a mostly an intense discussion about the possibilities, permutations and combinations of the semis lineup. That said that the confidence was sky-high after the victory against the Friends, but this is cricket and there is no saying what can happen. There were a couple of freak showers on the way but that did get us concerned about the state of the ground, and heaven forbid, a washout. But we reached the ground to find the conditions quite nice. The toss was won by Lalazar who elected to bat first. No batting records this time for us, we thought! The bowling was started by Ajey Kulkarni and Sanjeeb Sahoo and they usually stick to a line. There were a few loose balls that were taken full toll of by the openers but there was a general feeling of tentativeness in thier proceedings. The first breakthrough though, was via a fantastic catch behind the stumps by Sriram. The batsman went for a booming drive off Ajey, but inside edged the ball and Sri made a one-handed snatch for the dying ball to grab it just inches off the  ground. The first wicket down for 30 odd and the Engineers started feeling a little relaxed. I was introduced into the attack and beat the bat a few times, but nothing special seemed to be happening. It was drizzling on and off and that was not really helping anyone. Anyway, one of my slower ones worked, the batsman going for an over-the-top heave only to find the ball not there. The middle stump out of the ground and the second wicket down for 71. The rain came down harder now and there was short stoppage. On resumption of play, Naresh was introduced and this did the trick for us. Making full use of the slightly greasy pitch, with flight and turn as his weapons, Naresh cleaned up the Lalazar middle order. The batsmen were very uncomfortable against the flighted delivery and were beaten time and again. 3 LBWs resulted. Santosh, Nissar and Sanjeeb were rotated as bowlers at the other end and with constant breakthroughs, the Engineers seemed to be on the way to restricting the opposition to a low total. But as is customary, the tail wagged and we found it difficult to break the last couple of partnerships. Eventually Lalazar were bowled out in the 35th over with 166 on the board. Not a difficult total, but the runs were on the board and they had to be got. A new combination of Naresh and myself opened the innings. The opening bowler of Lalazar, Amjad Mirza, looked to be from the Waqar Younis mould in his run up and delivery. He got quite a decent bounce off the pitch. Third ball that I faced, I hook it, ball travels to the fine leg area, we take 2, but then Naresh sees the throw coming in loopily and calls for the third. I probably reacted a fraction late. Direct hit at the non-striker’s end and it’s bye-bye. MoM in the previous innings, run out for 2 in the next. Well, welcome to cricket, the great leveller. Naresh though, to his credit, continued almost like nothing happened and a couple of beautiful square drives resulted. Sanjeeb on the other end kept things cool and the strike rotating. A little while Naresh fell LBW to Amjad for a personal score of 17 and the team score of 37. In walked Sri with a decent platform and after settling down he opened up to show the bowling deficiencies of the opposition. The opposition left arm spinner was treated particularly badly though he did bowl a few good balls to beat the bat. The game was running away from the opposition and the Amjad was reintroduced, but Sriram was already nearing his half century and very well set. One boundary and one six and he was there. After this the strike was rotated to try to get Sanjeeb also to his well deserved 50, but somehow, when Sri hits it, the ball likes to head to the boundary. Sanjeeb was stranded on 46 when the winning boundary was scored, in the 25th over. A convincing win and now we await the decisions in the other matches to see if we qualify for the semis. This year is a pretty tough competition. We are waiting with our fingers crossed. Brief scores: Lalazar 166 (35.1 ov). A Naresh 4/18 IECC 168/2 (24.1 ov). S Sahoo 46*, S Sampath 78*. Scorecard

KCL-Engineers qualify for Division I

Viswa’s century helps post a mammoth 322

By Biju Paul

This match report can be summed up in one sentence.The Indian Engineers have qualified for the Division I of Kanto Cricket League.

But it will be a travesty of justice to two great batsmen if I did that. The two batsmen who took the honours in the late autumn day match are Viswa Ghosh and Dinesh Tashildar. Viswa’s third century(147*, 16×4, 8×6) but the first with the Engineers and Dinesh’s blitskereig(79 off 29 balls, 5×4, 8×6) helped the Engineers to pile up their highest total ever, 322/5.

So to stretch the story further, this was the last match of the season in Kanto and possibly in Japan too. This correspondent elected to bat first after his opposite number lost the toss. The decision had a lot to do with the previous Sunday’s Pacific Cup match against the Kytes where the Engineers were asked to bat first and notched up 250+ runs in 30 overs. So with history to go by and in-form batsmen in the middle to compensate any disastrous start(which normally is the case), the Engineers handled the first over well. That gave the no. 3 batsman some relief and just as he started to lean back on his chair came the bad news. The first wicket fell for 9 runs in the second over. In the 7th overs the Engineers lost the other opener too for a score of 19, which brought in Sriram Sampath to give company to Viswa Ghosh at the crease. There is no prettier sight than these two class batsmen at the crease and handling the bowling with consummate ease. Sriram, after a futile trip to Philippines where he was led to believe that he could play in the Sixes tournament but was only asked to drink beer and watch all day the lucky ones play, was in a belligerent mood as if to make up for the lost opportunities. As both batsmen pulled and drove with felicity and put up 54 runs for the 3rd wicket, Rahul remarked, “what a wonderful couple!”. One is not sure the pun was intended or not. The pull shots that Sriram has been playing with power and beauty resulted in his downfall too, giving a simple catch to the strategically placed short fine leg fielder. By the way, the advise from Sriram is not to go ever for the Philippines Sixes tournament as it is very badly organised.

The fall of Sriram brought in the hard hitting Dinesh and the swashbuckling innings he played took the steam out of the Embassy attack. Dinesh in the company of Viswa changed the course of the match in a matter of few overs. While raising a partnership of 158 runs for the 5th wicket in just 14 overs, the duo severely punished the Embassy bowlers, who were without some of their regular members. Singles and twos were hard to come by but fours and sixes were plenty, giving a hard time to the scorers and the opposing captain as well. Denis Perry suffered the most at the hands of Dinesh, who once hit him for three successive sixes and ultimately the bowler had a nightmarish figures of 6-0-105-1. Viswa completed his third century in style by hitting a four. By the time Dinesh departed in the 28th over, the Engineers had a comfortable 231 on board, which gave the following batsmen the license to go after the bowling which they did. Jagan and Viswa remained unbeaten on 14 and 147, respectively, in a total score of 322 in 35 overs, the last 5 overs yielding 72 runs. For the Embassy, Andrew King was the most successful bowler claiming 2/21 off 7 overs.

The Embassy didn’t start their innings well as Jagan clean bowled their make-shift opener for a duck. An umpiring oversight allowed Ashok Kumar to bowl 7 balls in an over which resulted in the sad(but to Engineers’ joy) dismissal of the dangerous Brent Kininmont. An offer to call the batsman back was politely turned down by their captain, who came in as the replacement. Thereafter, there was not much resistance from the Embassy and were ultimately bowled out for 98 in 20.3 overs. Skipper Thomas Goodwin top scored with 11, while Jagan Panda, who claimed 3/28, was the most successful bowler for the Engineers.

To be fair with the Embassy team, they were without some of their regular players and had difficulty in finding an eleven for the match.

The victory gave the Engineers a place in the elite Division I of Kanto Cricket League and a great season. Calls for grand celebration is being met with positive response from the treasurer.

KCL-Cricket at its best leaves the Engineers broken hearted

Rahul’s and Ashok’s vigil goes in vein

By Biju Paul

October 21 was a day for drumbeats and celebrations for the Millennium C.C. They beat the Indian Engineers by 1 run in what was the most thrilling match in the history of the Kanto Cricket League, if not the Japanese Cricket, thus qualifying for the Division I of KCL in 2002.

Whoever present at the Shizuoka oval on October 21 witnessed cricket at its best. A transfixing contest and a pulsating finish. An electrifying atmosphere, hair rising moments, early and mid-innings crisis with both the teams going “ooh!” and “aah!” at the end of every ball, the solid fight back by the Engineers from a no hope situation to come within 1 run of victory, it had all the ingredients required for a legendary match.

Chasing a target of 104 in 35 overs, The Engineers slumped into a perilous position of 5 down for 7 runs in the 3rd over and then fought back ball by ball, run by run, only to lose by 1 run ultimately. It was cricket at its best.

Millennium won the toss and elected to bat first on a damp pitch. They were all out for 104 in the 33rd over, with Jagan and Rahul claiming three wickets each and Dinesh and this correspondent accounting for the rest. There was no significant contribution from anybody in the 104 that the Millennium scored, except the usual suspect, the extras who, as usual, top scored with 42.

Having lost to the same opposition in a friendly tie two weeks before, the Engineers had brought the best available team for the match and the batting order looked formidable – on paper at least. The main discussion during the lunch was that how many overs the game would last and how many would get to bat – and as it turned out, everyone got to bat, under different circumstances, though.

At the end of the 3rd over the scoreboard looked like this: Target 105. Wickets 5. Runs 7. Overs 3. As wickets kept tumbling, it was Rahul who was giving hope to the Engineers of an entry into Division I without another play-off. In the company of hard-hitting Dinesh, Rahul raised the highest partnership of the innings, 36 for the 6th wicket, which ensured that the Engineers would cross 50. By the time the 9th wicket fell at the score of 78 in the 20th over, Millennium’s nostrils had filled with the scent of victory. Last man Ashok Sharma walked in and what a support role he played! At one point it looked as if a Test match was going on, not an ODI. Calm and composed, Ashok played out maiden overs, put a premium on his wicket and made sure that the well set Rahul got most of the strike. It was plain frustration for the Millennium as they did their best to dislodge the partnership while the two batsmen played sensible cricket. As the target became closer, the pressure was visible on the fielders, the batsmen and in the pavilion. In the electrifying atmosphere, every run was cheered by the Engineers while the fielders threw themselves in the field trying to save runs.

Once the score crossed 100 and as the pressure mounted, runs became a rare commodity and the batsmen seemed to have gone into their shell. With the score on 103 in the 31st over, Rahul uncharacteristically defended the last two balls of the over that were just short of length, which under normal circumstances would have seen the rope. It was evident that the pressure was getting on to the nerves. The two together had raised most crucial partnership of the innings, 25 runs, in 10 overs by this time with Ashok’s contribution being 2.

In the 32nd over, with the Engineers on the brink of an extraordinary victory – 1 to tie the match and 2 to win – off-spinner Andrew pitched one on the middle stump which bounced a bit more than the previous deliveries. Ashok tried to work it on to the on side, but the ball took the top edge went up in the air towards short fine leg. The fielder in the forward short leg ran for it and produced an outstanding running catch which gave the Millennium a well deserved victory and a place in the elite Division I in 2002. Both teams displayed a fighting quality and an understanding of the game.

Although it was a disappointing loss, I guess we played one of the best cricket matches ever played in the tournament. Recovering from 5 for 7 to come within 2 runs of victory is no mean task, thanks to the gritty innings of Rahul and Ashok. I’m sure Ashok’s grandchildren will get tired of their grandpa, listening to the same story every now and then!

With this, the Engineers have to face the British Embassy in the last play-off for Division I, which will be a do-or-die match for both the equally strong teams.

Well Done Millennium!!

KCL-Engineers upset the Friends’ Apple Cart

Victory rekindles the hopes for a semifinal berth

By Biju Paul

The Engineers pulled off a sensational three wicket win over the Friends XI, the two time champions of erstwhile Kanto Cup and the front runner of KCL Cup this year, on Sunday in their last league match. The magnificent victory put an end to the Friends’ undefeated run this season and threw open the contest for the semi-final berth from Group A.

For the Engineers, this victory was the icing on the cake after a series of high profile wins since last year – against Edogawa Falcons, YC&AC, Lala and a close run chase against the Fuji Far East – underscoring their might in the Tokyo cricket.

The humdinger, with both the Shizuoka Kytes and Engineers have a total of 18 points each from 6 matches(4 wins, 2 losses) having won two matches each, is fraught with ponderables. But the Engineers have a healthy Runs/Wicket average of 19.26(886 runs for the loss of 46 wickets) as against the 12.67(583 runs for the loss of 46 wickets) of the Kytes.

The other two top performers in Group A – Friends XI and the Sri Lankan Lions have 15 points each from 5 matches(3 wins, 1 loss and a wash out) with one match each remaining for them. If any result other than a win – a wash out or a defeat – in their respective encounters will be the end of road for them as far as KCL is concerned while throwing open the possibilities for the Engineers to qualify. Some of the engineers are already out to perform special poojas but no one is sure if the weather Gods will listen to their prayers!

For the Engineers, everything went as per the script. Yours truly won the toss and with some successful run chases recently to go by, inserted his opposition into bat. After some initial wayward bowling by both this correspondent and Jagan Panda, the other opening bowler, the Engineers systematically began tightening their grip on the game. Jagan drew first blood by having Asad Ali caught at the wicket. First change Ashok Kumar, who eventually captured 4 wickets, was almost impossible to play beating the bat many occasions. He produced some gems, all of which were rewarded. Amir Ali, this correspondent’s opposite number, having faced just two deliveries, stood in disbelief at the crease as a faint edge flew to the ‘keeper. While the Engineers were systematically destroying the Friends batting lineup, opener Naeem Qureshi stood tall amongst the ruins at the other end and top scored with 65. For the Engineers, Ashok was ably assisted in his task by Ganesh Tajave who returned a figure of 3/34, including the wicket of Naeem. At 106 for 9, the Friends didn’t seem to score more than 120 odd runs but thanks to the last wicket partnership 46 between Jamshed Ali and Zafar Iqbal, they managed 152 in 20 overs.

Chasing 153 against the Friends is not an easy task. And they showed that they are no pushovers. At 81 for 7 in the 20th over, the Engineers needed a bit of hard work. And there they were! A perfect chaser(of runs, I mean..) and a man of not outs. Silvester Pereira and Rahul Kumar. Silvester has showed that his batting is at its best while chasing(runs!) and Rahul has remained not out in all his matches this season so far, this time being no exception. The two together took the attack to enemy camp. While Silvester raced to his carefully crafted maiden half century, Rahul with a couple of lusty sixes was virtually unstoppable. One of his shots went up in the air like a rocket but only about two miles, but Naeem at mid-wicket could not judge the flight of the rocket on its downward journey to earth and allowed it to land safely on the ground without causing much damage to the ground or the launcher, a sharp contrast to a similar catch taken by Viswa Ghosh while the Engineers were fielding.

Amir did whatever he could to dislodge the partnership. While Rahul was fire and brimstone, Silvester was calm at one end. They went about their task of gathering runs with consummate ease. While they were at the crease, the bowling looked palpably ineffective. In the process, the duo established a new record for IECC, an unbroken 72 runs partnership for 8th wicket which in the end led to a magnificent win. Silvester remained not out 61(9×4) and Rahul on 31 not out(1×4, 2×6).

Last but not the least, the ‘keeper Balasubramanyam Kaleeswaran(Balu) who has an entry in the Guinness Book of world records for having the shortest name in India, was a real entertainer both on and off the field. Apart from collecting the bullets of Ashok Kumar at chest height, this hard hitting middle order batsman hit Amir Ali out of the attack. He even managed to annoy one of the fielders while at the crease by singing his favourite Tamil rhymes loudly, prompting the fielder to say “urusai yo”.

KCL-Kytes manage a tight win

Loss put paid to Engineers semi-final hopes

By Biju Paul

After riding on a wave of a few impressive wins this season so far, the Engineers lost a match that was very crucial for their qualification for the semi-final of the KCL. The Shizuoka Kytes defeated the Engineers by two wickets on Sunday.

Although it was bright and hot in the morning, the Engineers expected a rain when they saw Silvester sipping his coffee – before time – at the pick up spot at Yoga. Silvester on time…? Something is cooking..! As it turned out, it didn’t rain but the first sight at the Shizuoka ground was a pleasant one for the Engineers. Kytes captain Anton McCloy unable to hold on to himself, staggering all over the ground, which he vows was not because of the previous night’s drinking but five nights before. But their joy was short lived when they saw all others in perfect senses and on their respective legs.

At the toss, yours truly, the captain of the Engineers, called wrong but his counterpart, surprisingly, was able to recognise the correct side of the coin and inserted his opposition. The Engineers hopes of breezing through their opposition vanished quickly in the breeze after Mathew Sharp was able to get some sharp swings in the air. One typical delivery was by which the opener K. Balu was clean bowled by a ball he thought was going out side his leg but came in at the end to uproot his leg stump. In general, Kytes bowling was impressive. They gave away very few extras. In fact, this was the first time ever this correspondent has seen the Kytes fielding with so many close-in fielders and an umbrella like slip cordon. So much for their confidence in their bowlers.

It was a match lost by the Engineers’ inability to score enough runs to defend after being inserted by the Kytes captain. There was no substantial partnership worth its name, there were no big hits. In fact, after 3 wickets were gone for 18 runs in the 5th over, the only point of interest was if the Engineers would be able to establish a new record of scoring more than 99, the highest any team has scored this year against the Kytes, which apparently, they did not. They were all out for 97 in 20.1 overs.

When the Kytes came to bat, the Engineers gave them a tough time, with regularly taking wickets, four of them were sent back for a duck. On two occasions, the Engineers thought they caught two batsmen behind and the entire close-in fielders went up in unison but the umpire thought otherwise. But ultimately, the 26 wides conceded in a total of 38 extras proved decisive while defending a paltry total of 97.

With this, the Engineers are all but out of the KCL. All that they can hope for now is to win a play off later this year to decide the third member of the proposed Division I for 2002.

In all, it was very good game with fortunes swinging either way throughout the innings but at last won by the better team.