COVID-19 has gripped world severely. Japan is no exception. Considering the safety of all people, no Cricket events are scheduled in April. mostly likely it shall get extended in the month of May. Japan Cricket Association and Tokyo Cricket association have already released a note to all clubs about the postponement of events scheduled in April. We wish everyone and family to stay home and stay safe and healthy.
IECC kicked off their 2020 season with participation in Indoor cricket league tournament organised by Tokyo Cricket Association at Koshigaya Futsal center. The Event will be held over 2 days. (23, 24 Feb 2020) . Cold weather and COVID-19 issue did not dampen the spirit of players
Detail match report shall be published soon.
Its a dream of any club to have 2 strong teams. When these 2 teams reach final of same tournament for face-off, things become more interesting. In the beginning of the 2018 season, when IECC put 2 teams in ever growing Kanto Cricket League tournament, no one would have thought of this dream final.
11th November it is when these 2 meet each other at Sano Cricket ground 1. This is going to be intense battle to win the Title.
Either way, IECC is set to keep KCL Winners Trophy in the Club award cabinet.
Let us know which team will you cheer for on our Facebook page !
By: Leo Joseph
Aug 19, 2018
It’s been always great to be in part of the game, you will keep enjoying every moment of it particularly when it is a close finish, needless to say. It was just another big clash between the Alpha Quashers and the Indian Engineers in a KCL league match. It was Alpha Quashers who won the toss, decided to bat and hoped to put a big score on the board. But the Engineers seized their opportunity with an exceptional first spell. Dinesh and Amit took early wickets and started to contain the pressure throughout the spell. Alpha Quashers were down to 22-3 and started to feel the pressure. It was Nandha and Anees from then who struggled to recover from their early wickets.
In Second spell, Vishal and Leo stuck to a plan, bowling tight length, not giving away too many runs. There were couple of dropped catches and it didn’t go the way the Engineers wanted. Nandha and Anees took their time to settle down, rotating the strike, trying to steal the momentum from the Engineers. Despite the pressure, Anees really made use of few loose deliveries and went for big shots which turned up the way he wanted. The pressure was back on the Engineers and there were looking to get back their momentum in the game.
Just when the AQ boys thought everything was going in their way, Anees was given out LBW with an excellent ball coming from Atharva Kulkarni who had replaced Vishal in the second spell. Engineers came back really well with another tough spell, not giving away easy singles and no boundaries. Naren, who came in after Anees, struggled to rotate the strike and it was fielders who were doing great job to maintain the pressure. Skipper Pavethy then joined the bowling attack to remove Naren in his 4th over. Atharva and Pavethy from then ran through the tail-enders pretty quickly and Alpha Quashers were all out for 155.
The Engineers were all set to chase down the target of 156 knowing that the Alpha Quashers were a good bowling unit and will not go easy on them. Engineers had a great start with the bat where Supun was clearing the boundaries so easily during the Power Play. After 10 overs Engineers were scoring at a rate of 8 runs per over and it was apparent that scoring the remaining runs will not be any difficult. Opening bowlers really had a hard time to contain Supun from scoring boundaries. Nandha was replaced by Mani hoping to see whether the new bowler could make things better and it proved itself when Mani removed Supun in his second over. With only 88 more runs to win the match and with comfortable 192 balls remaining, Engineers were marching towards the victory. But the Alpha Quashers tilted the momentum by bowling a really good spell and it was a big collapse which nobody was expecting from the batting side. Engineers lost 6 wickets so quickly within 20 runs and the match suddenly turned on its head. Sachin Serenath then walked into the crease with huge pressure on him while the Engineers were tottering at 88/7. Vishal played perfect foil to Sachin and it was purely Sachin’s show right after that. He played his natural shots to take the Engineers towards yet another victory. Engineers lost couple of more wickets to make the match more interesting. With just 4 more runs to the victory Sachin played a handsome shot to long-on which, as it headed to the direction of the boundary, brought the Engineers to their feet to celebrate the victory, but AQ boys were not ready to give up yet and stopped the ball from hitting the rope. With just one more run to end all the pressure was on the new batsmen Dinesh and he scored an easy run, a comfortable drive through the covers, as most of the fielders were inside the circle. In the end a match that looked an easy walk for the Engineers made them bite their nails.
Sachin earned Tokyo Cricket Association’s Nirvanam Man of the Match award while Saachi Man of the Match was given to Pavethy.
Well played Alpha Quashers! Thank you for the good match.
By: DhineshKumar Senguttuvan
Aug 19, 2018
August 19 was the day when the Engineers second XI, consisting of a few new faces and debutantes, faced off against the mighty Nagoya at the picturesque Gotemba ground in the backdrops of the Mt.Fuji. The weather was not in good mood with predictions of heavy rains. Both teams arrived at the ground on time expecting the rains to stop and to everyone’s delight, the rain took a break to witness the match. With a breezy weather and nice climate, both the teams got ready for the game. Keeping in mind the weather conditions, the KCL match was reduced to 30 overs taking into consideration the future stoppages of play.
Toss time! Nagoya won the toss and their skipper elected to bat first. Nagoya openers Wajid and Jawad Ali made their way to the pitch while Engineers second eleven skipper Pavethy handed the responsibility of opening the bowling to Dhinesh. Jawad started off with a boundary off the third ball but he was soon out LBW two balls later. But Dhinesh bowled a very erratic over with 9 wides and ended up conceding 15 runs for one wicket. Ifthihar opened the bowling from the other end where Wajid was very aggressive scoring a six and four and the over costing 12 runs. The Nagoya boys were having a good start with 27 runs off two overs. Pavethy called up another new comer to bowl the third over but new batsman Kanwal scored a couple of boundaries in this over too. Nagoya was scoring at a very good rate and the score read 49 runs at the end of the fifth over with the loss of just one wicket.
Engineers needed to take wickets in order to stop the run flow but it was not looking easy until the 7th over when Leo Joseph clean bowled Kanwal with a good delivery to break the partnership of 40+ runs. Avneesh, who was asked bowl from the other end took the wicket of Wajid & Fasil in back to back deliveries. Wajid was out for 30 runs. Two in two! Nagoya captain Sarfraz negated the hat-trick ball with a boundary. The Nagoya team slipped from a position of strength of 51/1 to 60/4 as the Engineers wrested control of the innings with quick wickets. The quick wickets, however, did not deter the Nagoya from their aggressive approach. The boundaries kept coming with Danu from the other end striking a six and two fours. Leo again came to the rescue and chipped in with the wicket off Danu (18 runs) in the next over. Avneesh soon scalped the Nagoya captain Sarfraz’ wicket for 8 runs. The match seemed to play in a fast-forward mode with runs flowing and wickets coming in quick succession. The Nagoya team were 91-6 at the end of the 11th over.
No sooner than skipper Pavethy brought himself into the attack had Hasan, who had scored back to back boundaries, was caught and bowled and he immediately took out Yasir in the same over. Haji took on the bowling to score some quick runs with two fours and six. Meanwhile, Pavethy claimed the wicket of Hafiz too. Leo cleaned up Qasim to finish the innings and Haji remained unbeaten on 17. Nagoya boys ended their innings with a score of 139 all out in 16.3 overs. Leo, Pavethy and Avneesh scalped three wickets each.
Not a big score to chase, Suresh and Praveen opened for the Engineers and Sarfraz opened the bowling for Nagoya. Praveen skillfully played out the first over. Hasan who started the proceedings from the other end cleaned up Suresh for a duck with a beauty which brought Pavethy in, who made his presence felt with two well timed fours in Sarfraz over. At the other end, Hasan claimed the wicket of Praveen in the next over. With almost no contribution from the openers Manu joined Pavethy, who was starting to look in ominous touch. But at the other end Manu was also out for a duck off a Wajid beauty. Mahesh (3 runs) and Dhinesh (5 runs) came one after the other and tried to anchor but failed to score quick runs. They were also clean bowled by Hasan and Faisal respectively. Pavethy played splendidly and scored his fifty whereas Leo was also bowled by Sarfraz. Pavethy was soon out LBW to Javed for 50 runs. Ifthihar and Avneesh tried to score quick runs with higher required rate but Avneesh was run out due to miscommunication. Aravind came as the last batsmen and he was also run out ending the innings at 121 runs in 28.3 overs. Avneesh remained not out on 13. And the match was lost by 18 runs. Hasan accounted for 3 wickets. This match was a good learning curve for the team and no other member stood out with the bat except Pavethy. The match was lost but it was very exciting and thrilling till the last.
Hasan was adjudged the KCL Nirvanam MoM for his three wickets and 12 runs. Leo was the Saachi MoM of for his three wickets.
Date: Aug 5, 2018
A perfect bowling performance by the Engineers helped register their most comfortable chase against Fuji,
with 181 balls remaining with a healthy run rate. Going through a patch of uninspiring performances, the bowlers returned with a thorough show and as a result the Fuji batsmen could not bat through their allotted 40-overs. The attempt to hit the ball into the river very often resulted in them being bowled out in 22.5 overs.
Ahmed shook off the rust with the ball and shook the heart of the Fuji’s batting line-up. He claimed 5-0-18-4 with the help of his bowling partner ifthihar, who claimed 3-0-9-2 in the Powerplay. Shreyas’ quick fire 35 off just 23 balls – with 3 boundaries and a huge six- ensured his side to win comfortably without any damage. The fast bowlers executed their plan of cramping up all their batsmen, especially Ahmed’s spell which he started
in the 14th over, thwarted their batsmen’s attempt for big shots. Ahmed returned his best bowling figures of 5-0-18-4.
Chasing a modest of 83 runs, skipper Pavethy and Shreyas then provided Engineers a breezy start with the partnership of 24 runs stand between them. But unfortunately the in-form batsmen and skipper Pavethy was ruled out LBW to Vishal. Shreyas , however, was quite fluent with his shots. The second wicket partnership between Shreyas and Praveen (11) added 47 runs but both fell in quick session soon. Eventually, Engineers coasted home when Shiv Prasad hitting a huge six, to help apply the finishing touches to the game.
Ahemd earned Nirvanam Man of the Match for his bowling performance and Shreyas won the Saachi Man of the award.
Fuji: 81/10 (22.5 ov). Fahad 16*, Ahmed 4/18, Ifthihar 2/9
I Engineers: 82/4. Shreyas 35.
By Vinay Iyer
With the first Japan Cup game against the Tigers washed out Engineers found themselves in a desperate position to win this game if they were to make it to the finals for the 2nd season in a row before taking on Aoyama Gakuin and the British Embassy. So the Engineers packed a full strength side hoping to see a full Wombats side too. As docile the real wombats are, the Tokyo Wombats also turned out to be no different. The 7 member Wombats had the 7th player, veteran Wombie M. Payne, father of their current Wombat, Jamie Payne. Senior Wombat was 68 years young and probably the oldest Wombat to take the field. Any thoughts Robert-Gilles Martineau?
The Engineers have a kind heart (of course they do!) and felt for these 7 Aussies so it was mutually decided to have a fair game and give the Wombats the first go at the game. The toss took place with a counter. Wombats won it and chose to bat first. They would have batted first even if they had lost the toss. We offered them to take a few YCAC players if required for feilding too. Skipper and your writer for the day, Vinay, was happy to field first as it gave us the chance for our new comers to get a feel of the YCAC Ground. We had 3 debutantes, Shreyas N., Vishnu Shekawat & Ajitesh Koushal playing their first Japan Cup game.
Vinay decided to open the bowling with Vishnu from the pavilion end and veteran Anurag from the far end. Anurag had delayed his Saturday Flight to Singapore to Sunday midnight, Thanks Anu for making it 🙂 Both provided a quite start. A few wides here and there by Vishnu but these Wombies looked they had a plan to play off 20 overs as they we not looking to score runs. Vishnu in his 2nd over got the break through when he bowled the opener out. After 6 overs the score was just 18. Skipper’s plan was to try out all his bowlers in a pair of 2 overs each. So the next pair Raman and Ashok was introduced. Their 2 overs didn’t trouble the batsmen much. Wombats were 38/1 after 10 overs. Vinay bought in the other 2 debutantes, Shreyas N, the Left Arm spinner and Ajitesh a medium pacer. Both did a fantastic Job, drying up the score, troubling the batsman, tempting them to go after their bowling, which created a lot of chances.
Finally, Ajitesh broke through. He got Jamie Payne, the ever-slow Batsman who was defending all the balls all the time for 6 overs without scoring. The batsman finally decided enough is enough and played a shot but straight in to the hands of Raman at square leg. Ajitesh cleaned up the next batsman in the very next ball with yorker. With a hattrick chance, skipper continued with him as well as Shreyas who had been troubling the batsmen. Ajitesh got his 3rd scalp soon, then the 4th in his 4th over. He completed his spell of 4 overs with a 3 for.
The score reading at 68/4, Vinay then decided to change to Manu and Pavethy with one over each. Pavethy got the wicket of the Wombats captain who looked dangerous with 3 boundaries and a six. The final over was handed over to Anurag, but it was a different Anurag, bowling to a 68-year-old Veteran Mr. Payne Senior, so it was his sportsman spirit which he showed at the end making the veteran see off the balls though without scoring but becoming the oldest guy may be to stand not out on the YCAC field.
The innings ended with a joy on the faces of both the teams. Engineers then opened their innings with debutantes Shreyas and Ajitesh. Engineers offered their 12th man, Nikunj Pandya, to the Wombats to make it 8 for them on the field. The Wombats field setting was exceptional, not eve seen in Test cricket 🙂 6 slips straight away with no fielders in front of the batsmen. Shreyas was quick to launch the very first ball over mid-on to get a couple of runs. The fielders dispersed in no time back to normal positions and the game began as normal. Ajitesh and Shreyas were in no mercy mood, they went over their bowling attack with an open field. The score looked like this – 1st over 10 runs, 2nd overs 23 runs, 3rd over 35, 4th overs 48. Wombats got their 1st break through when Ajitesh (24) trying to clear the in-field but only managed to find the Engineers 12th man fielding for them at point – the catch was a blinder.
This bought in the Prashant Kale, who we expected to finish the stuff off with his fluent style and he didn’t disappoint in the 1st ball he faced which he launched for a six. It seemed that it is only a matter of time before the game is wrapped up but he fell prey to a J.Payne’s tempting loopy flighted delivery which Kale played straight to mid-on. With the score at 55/2, came the skipper, Vinay, the ever-cool captain knowing his Job. Ticking 1’s and 2’s he gave Shreyas the control as the barsman was going after them from ball number one. With just 8 required Shreyas (29) fell to Payne and in came the japan national team captain Amigo. Vinay (17*). Amigo struck two boundaries to complete the proceedings and Engineers won this crucial encounter by 7 wickets.
Ajitesh, with 3 wickets and 24 runs was chosen as the Saachi Man of the Match and also earned the MoM for the Aussie wine. The Wine and Beer Party continued at the YCAC sports bar, all thanks to Ashok bhai :-)).
Thanks for Joining us here, please wait until the next IECC Encounter which is a Japan Cup Double Header at Sano against AGCC & BECC. Until then this your captain signing off for the day!!!!
By Abhijeet Jha
June 3, 2018
With abundance of talent available, the Engineers decided to put two teams in this season in the Kanto Cricket League, with both the teams bolstered by young blood and veterans. The Alpha Quashers, another veteran club of the KCL also had put in two teams in the KCL. The Engineer’s 1st Eleven’s first match was against the Alpha Quashers’ 2nd Eleven and the Engineers had no trouble in registering a dominating victory over the Alpha Quashers.
The opening match of the Engineers was scheduled on 3rd of June 2018 at Edogawa Sports Ground, Tokyo. A lush green ground on the banks of the Edogawa river looked beautiful. A perfect weather added to the perfect game of cricket . Engineers, led by Vinay Iyer, debuted four new players – Abhijeet (this reporter), Ashutosh, Rahul and Sameer.
Skipper seemed to have a perfect strategy of trying out the debutantes by electing to field first after winning the toss. Raman Tanwar, the Engineer’s precious stone, opened the bowling along with the debutante Abhijeet .Both kept the opposition openers guessing all the time with their consistent length and line, and beautiful swing bowling.
Alpha Quashers lost its first wicket in the very first over of itself when opening batsman Darshak went for a second run on a wide ball, eventually falling short of crease, thanks to accurate and sharp throw by skipper Vinay to the veteran wicket keeper Prashant Kale. Alpha Quashers suffered a set back in the very next over when the opener Rajaram was forced to retire when Abhijeet’s bouncer hit his right thumb. The second wicket fell shortly in the 4th over when Prasath nicked an out swinger by Abhijeet to Vinay at first slip, giving the bowler his maiden wicket in the KCL. The Raman-Abhijeet opening pair finished their opening spell after 7th over giving away only 14 runs.
Seeing the Alpha Quashers under pressure with excellent opening bowling, captain Vinay handed the ball to the next pair of debutantes medium pacers – Rahul & Asuthosh. The pair bowled till 13th Over with Rahul successfully grabbing his first KCL scalp trapping Jasmeet in front of his wicket on 29.
Skipper then brought the spinners, Sameer, another debutante, Sumon, Vinay, Bidyuth & Pandya. Sameer managed to pick 2 wickets while Sumon, Vidyut & Pandya picked 1 wicket apiece. That brought Rajaram, the injured player, back after fall of 9 wickets to support his team & scored 10 runs of 16 balls. Although the Engineers dominated the Alpha batsmen throughout the match some late hitting by Naga (23 off 21) & Tamil (22 off 38) saw them manage 141 all-out in 29 overs. The last batsman, Tamil, was dismissed by Raman, caught by Vinay.
After the break, the Engineers started their chase with their openers Prashant Kale and Masamo Kobayashi. The Engineers openers started in style with scoring boundaries at ease and keeping the run rate above 10 runs per over throughout the match at ease. Bowlers bowled inconsistent lines and were punished by the openers each time when they erred in line and length. Dropping Kobayashi twice, both being dolly chances, did not help their cause either. The openers cashed on this opportunity and both scored their half-centuries. Prashant was the first one to reach his fifty and eventually went on to score 74 runs before bring bowled by Tamil.
After Prashant, Bidyut joined Kobayashi but did not last long and was LBW for 5. But it was too little too late for Alpha and Engineers saw home with Kobayshi completing his fifty. Engineers won comfortably by 8 wickets chasing their target of 142 in just 14 overs.
Kale earned the Nirvanam Man of the Match for his stellar 74 runs while Kobayashi earned the Saachi Partners Man Of the Match for his 50 runs. A surprise visitor and one of the stalwarts of the team, who had rescued the team many a times from difficult situations, Anurag Singh, awarded the Saachi award to Kobayashi.
Alpha Quashers II – 141 All Out (Sameer 2/20, Raman 1/16, Abhijeet 1/2, Rahul 1/19, Sumon 1/21, Bidyuth 1/22)
Indian Engineers I – 142/2 (Prashant Kale 74, Kobayashi 50*)
By Silvester Pereira
A casual idea floated back in 2017 became a big move as 2018 rolled in and the veterans playing a cricket match in Tokyo aagainst the current young team triggered a great enthusiasm of bringing in the veterans together from different continents for our first ever reunion. On a beautiful sunny match/reunion day (Mar 31st) and pressure tactics working with Bobby Philips, the former captain, being able to come to Yoga pick-up point directly from Haneda airport (overnight flight from Australia), the veteran team left for iconic Fuji ground with lots of memories, Shinkansen and Mount Fuji in the background and a lot of fanfare. Milind Sapre and Nikesh came from US, while Atul Powale led a team from Australia to join us at Fuji.
After having overcome the Tomei expressway traffic, the teams arrived in Fuji around 11:45. Without much ado, the match (T20) was started with the veterans winning the toss and electing to bat first . With hardly any practice and age not on their side, it was obvious that batting first would ensure the veterans would not get tired by chasing balls for the full 20 overs from an experienced and youthful IECC team.
Babu Koshy along with Sandeep Labde opened the innings. Though a slow start 30 runs in 10 overs for no loss of any wicket, the openers were reminded from outside the boundary that this is a T20 game. At the same time, veteran Biju Paul, who was playing for the young team under the leadership of another veteran, Ashok Kumar, was brought into the attack by the skipper. As the shouts from outside the boundary grew louder, Sandeep, who had still maintained his form as younger days, taken out at point off Biju’s bowling thus bringing the first breakthrough. After that the veterans Milind and Nilesh played a good partnership and towards the end with some wild hitting, the veterans managed to score 95 runs in 20 overs with the loss of only 8 wickets. So much the pre-match talk of getting the veterans out within the first 10 overs 🙂
The youthful IECC team played some great shots against a weak veterans bowling line-up. The young team, led by Ashok Kumar included veterans like Sidde Raju, Atul Joshi, Yogesh Chandwadkar, Suresh GV and the young bloods, Pravin Ram, Prabhaharan, Shiv Prasad, Shreyas etc. On the Founders’ side, it was good to see Amol, Srini, Jaya, Greg and Stanley all getting to bowl, most them had never had an opportunity to do so in their IECC career. Jaya also managed to get couple of wickets including one that of Biju which brought out the loudest celebration the game saw on that day. Jaya turned out to be the star among the veterans given the fact that Biju was playing for 20 years and Jaya was playing a match after 20 years :-). All this was supported with having laughter, and plenty of videos taken to look back.
With match easily won by the youth, it was decided to have another short match of 8 overs per side. There was excitement here as well with veterans batting line up reversed from 1st match, funny sights of Srini falling while batting or constantly having to walk from left to right side of the field due to left/right batsman. The second match was won by the veterans with Atul hitting the winning runs off the bowling of Biju in the last over. Important to note that Amol Karekar, who had been complaining for the last 20 years saying he had never got a chance to bat for the Engineers, had his life’s wish fulfilled but his joy lasted as long as only 3 balls as he was clean bowled by Biju.
As the batch wound up, Bobby conducted a quick laughter yoga session and introduced the concepts, explaining the advantages of the laughter in life.
Having had wonderful time at the ground, it was time for some booze. Both teams headed back to the Viva Goa Indian Cafe, at Harajuku, owned by another veteran, Greg Azavedo. The booze, the cheer, karaoke singing et al. lightened up the mood and each of the veterans made a speech on their thoughts, reminisced the early days. By the time the dinner ended at 2AM, a proposal was made and finalised to have a similar reunion meeting soon (duration interval is being discussed and it seem@s Melbourne 2020 is the likely candidate site).
Overall it was the reunion which won the day, reviving the good old friendships and the importance of meeting, staying in touch despite the challenges, managing family expectations, busy schedule in everybody’s personal lives, aging/health fitness and with leaving with a smile on everybody’s face that we will be seeing each other again for many more reunions to come.
The wait is over. IECC grabbed the maiden KCL 2017 Champion trophy and 150,000 yen cash prize in a ceremony held by Tokyo Cricket Association. IECC beat samurai in the Final game held at Ashikaga ground. IECC were the Runners Up in the 2016 season.
The event was held at Nirvanam Indian restaurant, Ariake, Tokyo. Event was kicked off by Biju Paul, longest running IECC President and bearing the responsibility of Tokyo Cricket Association as well. This is first time at all league games Man of the match was awarded Cash Prize of 5000 yen.
Only those who attended could get it. KCL Final Game Man of the Match was Raman kumar Tanwar. IECCs Inform player of the season Pavethy Nath won the Best Bowler award which carries 30,000yen cash prize. Lot of IECC players and families attended the event.
TCA also published the KCL 2017 team of the year which features 4 IECC players. Team is led by IECC captain Vinay. List of IECC players included in KCL 2017 team are as below
- Vinay Iyer (c)
- Pavethynath Velusamy
- Raman kumar Tanwar
- Vivek Singh
Last event of the season is grand IECC Year end party. It will be held at same venue “Nirvanam Indian restaurant” on 17th Nov 2017 .
Last year was lot of fun with family and friends and this year it will continue to be same.
KCL’2017 GRAND FINALE
|Nov 5, 2017||KCL-I||2017|
Hello Everyone, This is Vinay Mohan Iyer, the Skipper of IECC and your author for the Day. It was long wait for IECC between semis and final; almost 1.5 months and that too the big one of all, the GRAND FINALS of KCL 2017.
Once again, it was a rematch between IECC vs defending champion SAMURAI for 3rd time in a row. Engineers were desperate to break the jinx of losing the previous two finals to them. This time the challenge was bigger as we were playing on home turf of Samurai, ASHIKAGA ground for the first time..
Just 2 days before the FINAL, venue was changed from Edogawa to Ashikaga. IECC agreed for the new venue for the finals (too generous!). Lot of assumptions were playing out in my mind. It was difficult to choose Final XI. Thanks to Vivek & Himanshu who agreed to come and play though having other commitments.
Team of the day
All drama began when IECC players, travelling in parts managed to find this untraceable ground and found the flex mat laid on to the dry patch of Baseball pitch and that too in a completely awkward direction. Within no time Samurai set the “short” boundaries and pitch nailed but our dentist “Pavethy” who is also KCL Committee member was in no mood to play in these conditions and asked the Skipper to call the game off and postpone it to the next weekend. It looked difficult as we knew if this was done; the Final would never take place & it was general consensus from players to play the game. Our veteran Rajneesh discussed with Samurai and made sure boundary line were moved out at-least by 10 yards.
40 over game never looked on cards. So it was decided to have 30 over game. I losing the toss was nothing new but Samurai asking IECC to bat first was a shocker. It was may be due to fact that Samurai chased well in the Semi finals. 150 runs at least was the initial target during the team meeting. Looking at the small boundaries and the Samurai batting Line-up, all believed 200 runs is needed.
The “A” Couple (Adrit & Abdul) started off the Innings. They stood to their task to see off the new ball making the Samurai desperate for early wickets. Samurai soon brought Spinners into the attack which worked out and Adrit (6) fell prey trying to up up the run rate. This brought in the Man in form of this season for IECC, Pavethy who took no time to get his eye in and was playing the Samurai attack with ease.A skiddy delivery from Thilana saw Abdul (7) caught right in front wicket . 20/2 and in came the dangerous & most experienced batsman Prashant Kale. He took some time to get his eye in but soon both Prashant & Pave played some fantastic strokes over the boundaries and few maximums too. Samurai were feeling the pressure and continued to leak runs. Against run of play, Kale (11) punched an over pitched delivery from left arm medium pace straight to mid-off. IECC @ 64/3 here, and in came the yours truly after a long break from Cricket, hoping to get in and get the score board ticking. It was difficult to read the dual pace nature. Pavethy was trying to explain me about the pitch and asking to play unusual way. We put on a small partnership before Pavethy (36) was caught leg before and IECC were 100/4 in 21 overs. In came Raman the Ravan for Samurai’s. I, Vinay (14), trying to play across the Left hand seamer was struck on legs and was given LBW. The score was 109/5 and Saif was the next man in. Saif and Raman started to build a good partnerships with 1s n 2s. As confidence grew, Raman took the bowlers ON with a few boundaries and a Huge Six. Their partnership soon ended when Saif (6) was bowled by Sankalpa .140/6. Vivek Singh joined in but in the very next over Raman (25) trying to go over long on only managed to find Chula.141/7. Praveen came in to support Vivek as we knew it was Vivek who could get us a par score of 170-175runs and he almost did so. Praveen (2) though sacrificed his wicket and was run out but Himanshu (1*) too supported Vivek (15*) as he blasted two boundaries in the last over and took the Final score to 163/8 in 30overs.
There was 10min break before Samurai begin their chase.Lunch was ordered but it did not arrive on time. I guess it was better for us as it kept us focused on the game. Inning started with IECCs most experienced bowler Rajneesh Shukla and the speedster Vivek Singh. Both gave us a brilliant start with accurate line and length troubling the Samurai openers all the way before Bhanuka the top scorer in KCL this season managed to nick one to the 2nd slip where i did my best to dive to right and grab this a difficult one. This wicket provided the right momentum that we needed and more so to Vivek who was all charged up. Rajneesh on the other hand was calm and managed to keep bowling the dot balls. The next ViV over saw the wicket of Chula who tried play across and was adjusted LBW. IECC was never looked so electric and charged in finals before. In came Hanif and was playing both Vivek and Rajneesh with ease. Skipper changed the bowling and brought the deadly RAVAN into the attack. He started off with a maiden over.
One over before Drinks break, the skipper decided to get in the Man with the golden arm Pavethy who he believed would get the important breakthrough and he didn’t disappoint. The fifth delivery of the over and Hanif tried to send him over the long off boundary but managed it straight into the safe hands of Vivek who would never drop this golden chance. Samurai were 3 down with their best batsmen all into the Pavilion. We decided not to take the Drinks / Lunch break as we had the upper hand on the game and did not want to lose the momentum. Their opener Ali was too kind to agree and proceed with the game and it was no stopping from there on. Raman continued his Golden Spell for this Grand Finale. He bowled consecutive 3 Maiden overs with the 3rd one bringing the wicket of their lone standing opener Ali & their last hopes. We knew it was all about keeping the momentum and not loosing the grip from here on. Few overs later I decided to bowl my off spin and continue to apply the pressure. It was good bowling partnership with Raman to dry up the scores completely with the help of our Cheetah’s (Saif/Himanshu/Abdul/Adrit) covering the field and not allowing the batsman to take a Single.
The task for the Defending Champions Samurai looked impossible from here. IECC were just playing with the Samurai batsman. Another player who was taking a lot of beating for IECC himself was the man behind the Stumps, Prashant Kale. We saw it from 1st over that he saved 20-30runs on wicket which had a lot of uneven bounces. A lot of credit goes to him too. It was matter of time and Vinay started running through the middle order and the Samurai Tail started to shake. Pavethy & Vinay finished off their spells and it was the last 4 overs left between the 3 fast bowlers with just 1 wicket left and 60odd runs to get. Raman in the 28th over completed the proceedings by knocking off the stumps of the last Samurai Batsman as they were bundled out for mere 106Runs.
IECC gathered in to break their winning Slogan “AAJ….. JEET GAYEEEE”
The bowlers did an excellent job.
Rajneesh Shukla 5 – 0 – 23 – 0
Vivek Singh 5 – 0 – 29 – 2
Raman Tanwar 5.2 – 3 – 6 – 3
Pavethy 6 – 0 – 27 – 1
Vinay Iyer* 6 – 1 – 12 – 4
Raman with an All-round performance (25Runs & 3 wickets) was awarded the KCL Man of the Match & Vinay (14Runs, 4Wickets & 1Catch) was awarded the Saachi Man of the Match
IECC are now THE KCL CHAMPIONS of 2017 . Do join us for the IECC Awards later this month.
Thank you all for joining us this Season. This is your Captain signing off for now. Cheers!!!!
Relive the Match here
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|Vinay Mohan Iyer||14||0||24||1||1||-||-||1||0|
Did not bat: Rajneesh Shukla
IECC entered 2017 KCL Final game after Utsunomia CC captain agreed to concede walk to IECC due to unavailability of players.Its pity that Utsunomia captain completely forgot about the game due to busy week thus could not inform team members.
For 2nd semifinal game scheduled this week, we hope weather would not play spoilsport .
KCL final is scheduled on 29th Oct at picturesque Fuji 1 ground. If you plan to come to watch and support us , please let us know.
2017 KCL league games are almost over and for the 1st semifinal game, IECC, the table topper will clash with Utsunomia CC. The game will be held on 2nd Oct at Edogawa Cricket ground in Tokyo.
This is IECC’s 2nd successive semifinal. In 2016 season semi-final, they beat Indian tigers Cricket club to enter finals. A strong bowling display set up convincing win in semi-finals.
A fine sunny weather forecast sees that there will be no advantage of winning the toss.
May 21, 2017 IECC vs. Fuji CC at Edogawa
Report by Bidyut Sarkar
With plenty of sunshine and temperature in high 20’s it was a perfect day for cricket. Fuji CC, playing their first match of KCL this season, hoped for a strong start. IECC had a comfortable victory in their first KCL encounter with Serendib (link to match report) and looked forward to continue their unbeaten run across all tournaments this season. The proceeding started as usual(!) with our captain, Vinay losing the toss. It didn’t matter in the end as Fuji CC decided to bowl first and IECC got what they desired, to bat first and post a big total.
Vinay decided to send a new opening combination- left handed Bidyut and the youngest player of IECC, Praveen. Both Bidyut and Praveen had a nervous start against upbeat Fuji CC. But soon they calmed their nerves and got the scoreboard ticking nicely with singles and doubles, and occasional boundaries. Praveen, playing only his second match for IECC, shacked off a few play and miss with a beautiful drive to the cover fence. Bidyut who had an early reprieve in the first over itself concentrated on singles. These two provided a strong start to IECC and got separated one short of fifty in the ninth over. Praveen (19 of 25 balls) was caught trying to hit Ebisuya. This brought our marquee batsman Prashant Kale to the crease. However, his stay was cut short by a brilliant piece of fielding of a tight single to cover. With IECC deciding to give its new players a go, Dhruv joined Bidyut in the middle. The two kept the score moving until Dhruv (10 of 13 balls) was LBW in the 15th over (IECC 85/3). Dhruv was followed a Chetak, another newcomer this season, at no 5. Bidyut, who was well set by then, looked to up the ante by hitting a couple of fours and taking the team score past 100 in the 16th over. He looked good for his first half century for IECC but he soon departed for 37 of 46 balls (IECC 104/4).
In came Pavethy, the man in form and the man of the match in previous KCL game. He started from where he left in the last match, carting the ball to all corners of the ground. After a quick fire 24 of 16 balls (3 x 4, 1x 6) he departed in search of more (IECC 131/5). Chetak and the next batsman Manu played with freedom and scored runs at brisk pace. Just when ICC looked in full control, in came the moment of hara-kiri in the form of three run outs. The first one to go was Manu (17 of 15 balls, IECC 179/6), followed by Chetak (38 of 33 balls, IECC 180/7), and finally Vinay (4, IECC 185/8). Prashant Kumar also departed soon (4, IECC 193/9). From a very commanding position a mini collapse left the last pair Raman and Himanshu with ~8 overs to play. Well, both of them are very capable batsman and they showed it when it mattered for the team. They stitched a 49 run partnership for the final wicket. Raman (28 of 20 balls) got out while trying to hit a big one, while Himanshu remained unbeaten on 10 of 5 balls. IECC bundled out in 37.3 overs but not before posting 242.
After a reasonably good opening partnership IECC scored at good pace despite losing wickets at regular intervals; and the last wicket partnership ensured the series of run outs did not affect IECC too much at the end. With small but significant contributions from several batsmen and a half century from “Mr. Extra” meant IECC had the upper hand at the interval. For Fuji CC Ashfaq bowled a good opening spells, while Lokesh emerged as the most successful bowler (3/22).
Fuji CC innings:
Raman and Prashant Kale shared the new ball for IECC. With a little over run-a ball to chase, Fuji openers began on a positive note with flurry of boundaries. However, IECC got the desired early breakthrough with a clever piece of work from Pavethy (Fuji 26/1). Pavethy, at first slip, noticed that the Fuji batman K Khan was taking his own time to return to the crease after missing a ball. By the time the batsman realized what has happened the stumps were knocked down. Well done Pave! (maybe he got the inspiration from Suresh Raina dismissing Rishav Pant in similar fashion in IPL this year). After the fall of wicket, some brilliant bowling from Raman and Kale completely stalled the run scoring of Fuji CC. The next breakthrough was not far. The no.3, Ungar cut Raman through gully only to see Dhruv taking a stunning diving catch (Fuji 28/2). The third wicket also came through a good piece of fielding. Young Praveen timed his jump to perfection to snap the catch of J. Shearer at cover (Fuji 29/3). The bowler was Raman again. After bowling a tight spell including a couple of maidens it was reward-time for Kale. He held onto a catch offered by Lokesh of his own bowling (Fuji 42/4).
With Fuji already tottering at 42/4, Chetak found the correct lengths to shatter the visitors any hope for revival. In a fine spell of bowling, he picked up 4 wickets for 27 runs to leave Fuji at 70/9. Vinay took the other wicket to fall in between, but not without a drama! (see moment of the day section). Although already out of the match, the last pair of Fuji, Ebisui and Iwasaki, showed great restraint and delayed the inevitable by 7-8 overs. Finally, IECC keeper Prashant Kumar effected a lighting stumping of the bowling of Vinay to finish thing off. The final bowling figures read Raman (2/20), Kale (1/12), Chetak (4/27), Vinay (2/15), Pavethy (0/8) and Himanshu (0/10). IECC win by a huge margin of 150 runs and with a bonus point.
This was an all-round performance from IECC with many contributing with the bat, disciplined bowling and good fielding and match awareness. Four run outs while batting was only negative point for IECC on the day.
For a strokeful 38 runs with the bat and 4/27 with the ball, Chetak was the KCL and Nirvanam “Man of the Match”.
for laying a solid opening foundation with the bat, Bidyut (37 runs) earned Saachi partners “Stylish Player of the Day” award.
Moment of the day:
At the fall of 5th wicket in Fuji innings, Odori joined Shouji. As the common perception goes, two Japanese batsmen at the crease will try to play overs rather than go for big shots. Shouji at the crease was already making the perception stronger. In comes the input from the experienced Prashant Kale, while Vinay marks for bowling to new batsman Odori.
Kale: This is the time to show intensity. The batsmen will try to block and will not give wickets away. We have to find ways to get them. Let’s attack more.
Vinay: Loops a driving length ball, and a wild swing of bat disappears the ball into the deep-midwicket boundary for a four.
Vinay and everyone: Stunned! Then burst into laughter J J
Vinay: Sends Kale to the boundary line, where the previous ball went. It was a tactical move although the readers for fun can extrapolate to anything.
Vinay: Next ball, he gives more air in the ball. Now the batsman, aware of the deep fielder defends but the ball lobs up only to fall short of Pavethy at cover. The batsman misses the next faster one.
The conclusion: Vinay bowls another loopy flighted delivery. The batsman caught in two minds, whether to slog (Kale is already manning the boundary) or to defend, finally lobs a simple catch to Pavethy.
Everyone: Burst into laughter again J J
Founded in 1997, This year we are celebrating the active participation of IECC club in Japan cricket and impact it had among cricket fraternity in Japan. In front of us, new clubs were formed and dusted. Clubs from 1997 or before are nowhere to be seen.
Its interesting that IECC is the Club that is still going strong throughout these years and keeping consistent high quality of Cricket.
100+ players represented the club over the years. Those who are away, still keep contact through social media and fondly follow the club activities. A very special report on these 20 years of the club will be compiled by one of founding member Biju Paul, and few more those who played cricket with and against IECC for more than 10 years.
It would be a lovely compilation of Interesting battles over the years, ups and downs, club records, people,sponsors who supported the club and lot more .
Stay tuned for special report and activities planned for celebration.
We would love to hear from other founding members & those who have played cricket with or against IECC. Please let us know your feedback on contact us
By Prashant Kumar
The weather was just ideal for a good day’s cricket. Engineers buoyed after a thrilling win against the Tigers, were desperate to take the field. Interestingly, British Embassy after winning the toss invited Engineers to bat first. Now the onus was on the batsmen to put up a healthy total. Vinay and Kobayashi opened the innings, however, latter fell cheaply to an unlucky decision, without troubling the scorers. Vinay, who was slightly cautious initially, was then joined by Pavethy, who has been a class apart this season. He brought on his trademark fluent straight and off drives. But he couldn’t last long, resulting in his rare failure this season.
At 18/2 Prashant Kumar joined Vinay at the crease. Focusing on rebuilding the innings, a partnership followed. Even though boundaries were not coming so frequently, they didn’t let the run rate dip by running hard between the wickets. They put on a partnership of 68. Vinay soon brought on his first fifty of the season, however, both looking to up the scoring rate fell in the process. The good foundation allowed the next pair of Adrit and Abdul to play freely. Helped by a couple of free hits, they just kept hitting boundaries with nonchalant ease. However, both sacrificed their wickets in the process.
Highlight of the Day
This brought Raman to the crease, who seemed to be “in the zone”. It was a beautiful display of clean hitting setting a new record for fastest 50 (55 Runs of 16 balls) in a T20 match. He bettered the previous record held by Prashant Kale by 5 balls against same opposition last season. Raman and Suresh saw through the rest of the innings combining for a partnership of 61, out of which Suresh’s contribution was a grand total of 5 runs. Raman’s innings was the difference between a good score of 180 and a humongous score of over 200. Engineers set up a formidable total of 210/6 in 20 overs.
British Embassy, with a mountain to climb, tried to be aggressive from the start. However, Engineers bowling, led by the old pro Biju (with a new French-cut look) did not allow any complacency to creep in. While keeping a check on the scoring rate, Engineers bowlers kept taking wickets regularly. For British Embassy, only Rajpaksha and Rupaningalge could reach double figures.
Abdul, playing first game of the season, was the pick of the Engineers bowlers, claiming 3 for 4 in 2 overs. Pavethy after failing with bat, tried desperately to compensate with the ball. He tried bowling every sort of delivery off spin, leg spin, right arm, left arm, faster ones, even full-tosses, etc., however, failed to break the last wicket partnership of Thomas and Newman. The final pair managed to survive over 5 overs of good bowling, helping British Embassy finish their innings on 84/9.
Saachi Partners Man of the Match
With all the three departments coming good, it was a good team effort. Highlight of the day, undoubtedly was the breathtaking innings by Raman. There were no surprises that who the best performer of the day was. Raman was unanimously chosen for “Saachi Partners Man of the Match”.
Hope Engineers continue with our good work throughout the season.
Kindly refer to the below link for the detailed scorecard.
Match report by Vinay.
A week after IECC knocking out Tigers almost out of Japan Cup, they were back on the field with some fresh looking young Guns & Veterans too this time, to grab their 1st KCL Victory.
The Match was scheduled at Edogawa, onto a newly laid Mat. IECC were looking very much confident on taking Serendib against whom they have a 100% Win record. IECC Players were on time and started their Practise sessions. Men in IECC Jersey all around but Serendib had some late comers which delayed the Toss…But both, the Captains & Umpire from Pak Stars (Mr. Mumtaz Alam) decided to go with the Toss. With clear intentions to Bat 1st, Myself, the Captain & your writer was eager to win the Toss and have a go @ their not so good looking bowling attack but as usual IECC lost the Toss and Serendib decided to Bat first.
We started with our Veteran opening pair, Biju Paul & Rajneesh Shukla. Both of them kept the openers on their feet all the time. Runs coming off extras but nothing with the Bat which kept the openers to think off. Finally one of the opener perished to Rajneesh (1/10) by giving a simple catch to Saif at mid-wicket. After the pair bowled 4 overs each, the Captain decided to bring on our very own Ashok Kumar and to join him was Raman from the other end. Both bowled with good pace and great line which both the batsman couldn’t read. Raman (1/11) produced another break through which was caught excellently at gully by Rahul Manahoran. The ball was travelling with good pace but he managed to grab it well. Rahul was involved in a crucial Run-out too which dent the Serendib Batting further and to make it worse, Rahul (1/11), next in the bowling line up, chipped in with another quick wicket by knocking the Stumps.
Looking at the Tail we didn’t expect it to last long but it did when a batsman was sending our bowlers to every part of the ground. The score started moving and @ drinks the Captain decided to Bring on the Spin-Twin Pavethy & Himself to stop the scoring and wag the tail off.
It worked in the very first over when Pavethy got the other batsman out. Vinay (1/11) at the other end tempted that batsman with some loopy doosra’s to take him on but he couldn’t manage to connect a single one and was finally stumped by Prashant Kumar. Pavethy(4/25) was firing the ball at the tail enders and kept knocking the timber. Finally Serendib were bowled out for 120 Runs, Gaining the 1st Bonus Point for bowling out the Opposition. Pavethy finished off with 4 wickets in his bag, and IECC had to Chase down 121 Runs in 40overs. Rather in less than 20overs to gain the Additional Bonus point which was always on the cards with our strong batting line-up.
Our out-off form Captain, Vinay decided to open himself with in-form Adrit so that he can try to get his form back. The game started after a 15 mins break. Adrit taking the strike off the 1st ball managed to Middle the ball. Serendib bowlers bowled good length but missed their line and few wide deliveries gave us few Byes too. Adrit smashing the bowlers through covers for boundaries and 2’s but Vinay at the other end was being too cautious but that didn’t last long when a short ball shooter which he couldn’t do much off knocked the stumps from below his bat. Another rare DUCK for him.
In came the MoM of previous game Pavethy, who knew was the no1 contender to get it this time too with 4wickets in the 1st innings. He & Adrit together kept the scorecard ticking with one’s & two’s. With no further break through the Serendib Captain decided to keep changing the bowling which never worked as Adrit and Pavethy had now decided to go after them. Adrit dealing in Boundaries & Pavethy in Sixes which bought us very close to the Target as Serendib had already given up their hopes. With six Runs to WIN and Adrit on 45 everyone were expecting a SIX to finish off the game and a well deserved Half Century by him. He took a Single which bought Pave on strike who in turn took another single to bring back Adrit (46) on strike. No wasting time and he smashed the very Next delivery into Deep midwicket, once bounce Four and a very well deserved Half Century and IECC Won the Game in 18.3 overs with 9 Wickets in Hand gaining a total of 2 Bonus Points. Adrit 50* and Pavethy 42* were the Stars of the Chase.
Sachi Mom & KCL MoM (Both going to pavethy) its special note to mention about Adrit’s Fielding who managed deep midwicket and Square as almost every Ball was into him and he had to keep changing quickly for both the Batsmen…commendable Fielding effort and later on opening the inning and playing a not-out innings.
A brief Summary of the Game.
Serendib – 120 All Out (Pavethy 4/25)
IECC – 124/1 (Adrit 50* Pavethy 42*)
|Apr 23, 2017||Japan Cup||2017|
A Nail-biting finish on TV is always thrilling and nerve wrecking. The final over and particularly the final ball deciders are not for the weak-heart. Watching the game and being the part of the game are two worlds apart. When you are actually involved in it, the feeling of pressure going through cannot be described.
Typically, what would a nervous player at a club level think?
Fielders: Hoping that a catch does not come to them or they don’t drop it,
Bowlers: Shy away to take last over, or not to bowl full toss or good length for slogs,
Batsman: Hoping that they don’t miss any ball or get out
Umpires: Either all senses become numb or far more sensitive to identify any edge or give correct decisions on run outs.
Everyone in the park including the spectators feel the pressure. I hope you can imagine the feeling that always go through the players’ mind.
The difference IECC had at this particular moment was entirely opposite. Every fielder was alert to take the catch, two bowlers wanted to bowl the final over and take responsibility of winning.When a team has this kind of mindset, calmness & attitude to not to give up till last ball, I am sure everyone felt & will feel proud to be part of this team including supporters and junior members.There was excitement in the group for the first match of the season. Vinay announced the team few days back and few members even had a practice session in Tsukuji. The excitement was obvious as all members & few families arrived at YC&AC around 12:15 ~12:30 noon. Kobayashi fresh from National team duties, led the warm up & practice sessions. Umpires from Aoyama Gakuin Cricket Club (Hidehiko Matsuchika & Hiroyuki Takayanagi) were more excited as they were going to key men this pressure match.
This year’s Japan cup teams were divided in such a way that only the top team from each group qualifies for the final. IECC was placed along with ITCC, Keio, Aoyama Gakuin and British embassy teams. Considering the previous year matches, toughest opponent was ITCC and it proved to be. Praveen ram took the responsibility of scoring and Saif (12th man) ensured that everyone in the Team is aware of the stats situation after every over.
ITCC captain Saborish won the toss and elected to field first. IECC captain Vinay wanted to bat first, so it was win-win situation for both teams.
Considering the form, our batting line was shuffled. Pavethy and Prashant kale opened the batting together for the first time. ITCC opening bowler, Ragesh Nair, felt the crucial game pressure straight away as he bowled 13 wides’ in the first over and gave a hard time for the wicket keeper on both sides of the stumps. The Umpires were already tired of giving away wide to an extent that he refused to give a wide in an attempt to complete the first over. Normal proceedings followed in the second over.
The new Flex pitch was just laid on artificial grass of YC&AC meant that ball stopped and bounced awkwardly in first few overs. Prashant Kale was cautious initially and did not find the middle of his bat. Pavethy at the other end had no trouble whatsoever.
He started dispatching short and wide deliveries to all parts of the ground. Looked like both were playing on 2 different surfaces. At the end of power play IECC were 42/0 in 6 overs. In the 7th over, they brought 50 runs partnership. Soon later, Pavethy (31runs) chased a wide ball, aiming to go over the infield, but sliced it straight to point fielder. Dinesh joined Prashant Kale in the middle and tried to build-up the partnership. In an attempt to take risky single, a direct hit saw Prashant kale (6 runs) returning to pavilion. IECC batting line up goes deep till number 10 so everyone was excited to go out there and perform for the team. Kobayashi at no 4 instantly found his timing and started carting the bowlers. Dinesh (9 runs) could not connect the slow, short ball and pulled it straight up in the air and got out. Abhishek (24 runs), our star in the team took the responsibility of building the partnership with Kobayashi. After a steady 30runs partnership, Kobayashi (38 runs) fell to a loopy leg spin, giving a catch.
Vinay (0 runs), usually ever reliable was caught at covers in the very next delivery, without disturbing the Score and suddenly the tigers felt the upper hand. Raman (6 runs) and Prashant Kumar (9 runs) both tried to increase the run rate and perished in vain. With the last 10 overs yielding only 81 runs at the end of 20 overs IECC posted a below average total of 144 Runs.
It was a challenging total considering a slow pitch and our bowling line up.
Raman and debutant Sachin Panwar opened the bowling attack. ITCC started quickly and were able to maintain constant run flow, courtesy to some buttery fingers in the field and some traditional over-pitched and short-pitched stuffs. Vinay and Abhishek replaced opening bowlers and Abhishek tempted the batsman to play a false shot and provided the breakthrough, Adrit took an excellent catch in the outfield
It was the right motivation and gave the team a chance to gather together, decide next action to curb the run rate and bowl lot of dot balls. Meanwhile the other opening batsman was having his day on the field, in between few good shots, often found catches dropped short of fielder or over the fielders. Prashant kale & Pavethy replaced Vinay and Abhishek, in search of another Breakthrough. Pavethy produced the second breakthrough. Being dropped of previous ball, he bowled the inform batsman the next delivery.
The other ITCC batsman kept their team in the hunt of the total with slogs and mistimed shots over the fielders. In T20 Games, Runs matter, whichever way they come. The fielders who gave IECC batmen suggestions to play straight in “V” with footwork were themselves clueless against some good bowling. Only thing they knew were cross batted slogging and they succeeded in it. YC&AC outfield is made of synthetic grass, so anything going past the fielder is a certain boundary. Pavethy knew how to bowl in these conditions and started picking wickets with his variations.
Any over with less than 5 runs was a match winning over. Abhishek finished his spell with excellent figures of 4-0-22-1. At the end of every over, Saif was informing the updated score, target and run rate. Great team man to have in this situation. 15 required of last 2 overs. Raman did his best and gave way only 7 runs. Boundary scored of him was again the cross batted hook over square leg.
Pavethy took the responsibility of bowling the last over. Game went into overtime and made YC&AC support staff nervous.
1st ball : Drama started with a mankading appeal. The non-striker was backing up too much and Pavethy was quick to notice it and took the bails. According to the rules it was out but IECC decided to warn the batsman and withdrew the appeal. Meanwhile the Tigers dugout went raucous and started abusing.
1st ball again: wide. (nervous may be)
1st ball: dot ball
2nd ball: single and the inform batsman was on strike the next delivery.
3rd ball: dot + wicket. Batter tried to hit straight and was excellently caught and bowled by Pavethy.
4th ball: dot ball
5th ball: 2runs. a bit flight and the batsman slogged it to Deep Mid-wicket but Prashant Kale was fast enough to stop the ball cross over the boundary to save 2runs.
So it came to last ball of the match.1 to tie and 2 to win.
Last year IECC already had a tie game, so was History going to repeat? Anticipating chance of run out, Prashant Kumar behind the wickets moved a few steps back. Smart move & good thinking by him. I guess the batsman was more nervous at that moment.
6th ball: Pavethy bowled a flatter, faster one and the batsman missed it. The Non-striker was almost at the half of the pitch trying to take a single, Prashant Kumar keeping his calm, collected it cleanly and took the bails of the Stumps. RUN OUT+ Dot ball.
IECC pulled off a sensational win.
The Players were jumping in air with joy. Saif & Praveen off their seats, ran into the Middle & joined the winning Hurdle. We could proudly change our Slogan and say “AJJ JEET GAYE”
Thanks to ITCC for giving a good fight. Good to win such tough matches. It gives more understanding of team work, execution and motivating each other through tough periods in the match.
Pavethy, for this all-round performance was adjudged “Saachi Partners -Man of the match”.
The victorious lads spent some good time reliving their nail-biting moments in YC&AC sports bar.
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|Dinesh Singh Rawat||9||-||11||-||-||-||-||1||-|
|Vinay Mohan Iyer||0||-||1||-||-||-||-||1||-|
|Extras||(w 19, nb 2) 21|
Did not bat: Bidyut Sarkar
This is certainly a wonderful start to 2017 season and this win meant IECC keep their hopes alive to top the group and enter Japan Cup “South Kanto” finals.
On a warm sunny day 2nd of April, IECCians met the MIBies on the Edogawa pitch for a friendly and yet not so friendly match. One of the most convenient ground to be accessed around Tokyo. Two T20 matches were planned for the day. IECCians were quiet energetic after to have nice warm weather (ideal weather in this time of year in Japan) after the rain mishap in Fuji.
Prashant Kumar, the Skipper, decided to field first. Raman and Chetak took the command with new ball and bowled a very tight spell. MIBies were restricted to 20 runs in 5 overs. Adrit came to bowl as the first change and took his first wicket in second over and continued the streak with the second wicket in his third over. Samir’s on the other end kept the pressure on by his leg spin. Under the pressure of slow run rate, MIBies tried to push run rate by scoring some quickies though IECCians made no mistake and quickly took 4 wickets. The score from 39/0 soon drifted to 54/4 with both the opener back in the pavilion. Vidyut with one of the eye pleasing spell, bowled it very tight. He missed his hat-trick by a whisker. Prashant kept modifying the field according to the changes and made his best efforts to ensure that fielders are placed at right positions all the time. If it wasn’t about extras (33) being the highest scorer of the innings, MIBies would have been totaled within two digit score. Vidyut and Adrit being the highest wicket taker in the innings with two wicket each. Sachin, debuted with one wicket in his first spell, showed a good sign for the upcoming season.
IECC came to chase the target of 115. Little did we know and its quiet rare to see Pavethy getting out in the first over for a duck. Adrit took the command and played some astonishing shots down the leg side. After a brief reasonable partnership with Suresh, he continued to build up the plinth for IECC innings with Bidyut. From 0/1 the score reached 28/3 when Adrit was given LBW. Bidyut continued to build good partnerships with Himanshu and then Sachin. But the turning point was the partnership between Raman and Bidyut. Both played some classics shoots and kept the scorers busy. They kept on moving and added 43 runs to the partnership. After taking IECC very close to the victory, Bidyut lost his wicket after scoring 38 runs, the highest individual score of the match. He left the task of scoring the winning run on Raman’s shoulder which Raman carried out with pleasure by scoring a six with swag. Raising his bat towards the tired bowler after hitting the winning six, he announced the victory for IECC with only 2 balls left.
After a short break, second match began with IECC decided to bat first. Avik and Himanshu opened the innings and couldn’t give the start that was expected from them. Avik bowled out on the first delivery of match which made Suresh and Himanshu to play defensive for some overs but soon Suresh defense was breached and IECC reached 24/2. Chetak came to bat and tried to make a partnership with Himanshu. They started increasing the run rate but ended up with Himanshu getting run-out by the direct hit. Sometimes luck play a huge role and that is exactly what happened when Skipper Prashant decided to go for a long shot on a very easy delivery but ended up with an edge and keeper took a sitter catch behind the stump. Bidyut came to bat and was expected to continue where he left off at first match but ended up getting out on 1 and from 37/2 IECC bowled out a score of 64.
Nothing much left to loose from there and IECC came to field to defend a very low target with all hopes on the bowlers. The hopes went high as soon as Raman revenged Avik’s dismissal by getting wicket on the very first delivery of the match. The match went with very slow pace but very effort from IECC to turn the match went futile as extras kept flowing. IECC took second wicket by a run out and by the time Himanshu and Bidyut made the break through, it was too late to make a comeback. MIB chased the target in 11th over with loss of 4 wickets.
Match report by Manu B.
|Mar 26, 2017||Friendly||2017|
“NAGOYA CC WINS in tough weather condition”
A rainy morning at the south-east part of Japan and it looked to continue the whole day. The weather report on only one website showed the otherwise “Cloudy day beneath Fuji”. That hope was enough to both IECC and Nagoya CC captains to make a decision. “Let’s go and have a good practice match”
IECCians were travelling from 4 different places
1.Pavethy, Manu, Raman, Rahul, Praveen, Pavan from Nishi-Kasai station,
2.Biju, Bidyuth, Prem from Yoga station
3.Prashanth Kale, Vishnu, Vinodh with Aditya young supporter and future player of the team from Yokohama,
4.Abhishek with his friend Mukesh who came to support IECC
and Nagoya CC from Nagoya
When we arrived at the ground, hopes diminished as It was drizzling and ground was wet, slippery.
Discussion started “whether to play or not”, “let’s go to onsen”, “will have lunch together which we brought and leave for the day”, Pavethy IECC captain of the day was thinking otherwise. All have come from far places and going without playing is not good. Decision made by both captains to have a single T20 game first and then let’s see. Prashanth Kale was opposing the idea of playing in rain to avoid unnecessary injury to players at the start of the season. so he decided not to play in the game instead was busy taking photos and keeping his young one away from the rain.
All players from IECC started preparing the ground and pitch, marking boundaries, inner yards, getting tent ready for the players and kit from getting wet. Rains stopped for a little while to raise the hopes of a possible game “.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MATCH
Biju Paul reached milestone of “Leading wicket taker for IECC with 112 wickets”
The bowling attack of Abhishek, Biju, Rahul, and Bidyut restricted Nagoya CC to a par score.
Pavethy’s half century made IECC reach a reasonable total.
Wajid’s good bowling spell made Nagoya CC win possible against IECC.
FIRST INNINGS ” Hard hitting and good opening partnership by Nagoya team posted a challenging score”
Nagoya CC captain won the toss and elected to bat first. IECC with many new faces & having the guidance of two senior players (Biju and Pavethy) were ready to take a challenge to restrict Nagoya CC for less score. In absence of regular keeper, Manu took the initiative to keep wickets for the day. Raman and Vishnu started bowling proceedings with a lot of difficulties due to wet and slippery conditions (pitch and outfield). First 3 overs were mainly extras. Captain made a bowling change and brought Prem and Abhishek to control the run flow. This did not work as well. Nagoya CC openers (Adeel and Wajid) were hitting almost every ball on the leg side. There were few missed opportunities as fielder were afraid to catch the wet ball 🙂 Score was increasing as was the intensity of rain. Sudden heavy rain interrupted the match and play was stopped. There was a discussion whether to wait for rain to stop , clean the ground the again or let’s call it a day. As rain continued to fall for quite a while, few players of IECC left for the day.
After waiting for an hour, rain slowed down, play started and we continued to play a full game throughout rain. After the rain break, Abhishek got into form and got the wicket of Wajid(31) clean bowled. As the pacers were unable to bowl at full pace, Bidyuth was brought into the attack. He finished a tight spell of 3 overs for just 12 runs. On the other side, Nagoya CC batsmen struggled against spin bowling of Abhishek.He got his first wicket of the season by trapping Zia(1) lbw. The next ball, he trapped new batsman Kanwal(0)lbw and he was on a hat-trick but unfortunately, Salman survived to deny the chance. Abhishek finished a good spell of 4 overs for 20 with 3 wickets.
Here comes our senior most, well experienced, supposed to be leading wicket taker for IECC, “Biju Paul with the ball” was enthusiastic to become leading wicket taker and made one step near to do it by clean bowling Salman(8), on 2nd ball of his over. In the next over, he got the wicket of another opener Adeel(36), lbw and he reached milestone to become “The Leading Wicket Taker of IECC” indirectly telling IECCians “I am still hungry to get wickets at the age of 50”.
Nagoya CC next batsmen (Sarfaraz & Haji) slowly started building a partnership. Good comeback by Rahul from the last game as he was able to send Sarfaraz(14) back to the pavilion followed by next batsmen Faisal(1) clean bowled in 2 consecutive overs and finished his spell with 2 overs 10 for 2.
Pavan bowled a good single over without a wicket. Two players from Nagoya CC (Ashfaq & Qasim) joined the IECC substitute of Raman and Vishnu since it is a friendly game. They even bowled 1 over each with 1 wicket each, where Qasim took Haji(18) by one & only catch of the by Prem and Ashfaq getting Shahreyar(1). Waleed was run out off the last ball of the inning by Biju/Manu combi and finished their innings all out for 152 (not matching exact score it was around 140 as per total). Unfortunately, Vinodh left for the day without entering into the ground.
SECOND INNINGS “BAD WEATHER MADE IECC TO LOSE, BUT PAVETHY’s HALF CENTURY MADE IECC TO REACH A REASONABLE SCORE.”
IECC’s new player Praveen with captain Pavethy opened the innings to chase down the good score of Nagoya CC. IECC lost the first wicket very second ball. Praveen(0) was clean bowled by Sarfaraz. New batsmen Bidyut joined Pavethy with the aim to build a good partnership, but misjudgement made by Pavethy caused a Bidyut(4) his wicket in the form of runout.
Abhishek at no 4, started to build innings with Pavethy. There was a good partnership going on with Abhishek and pavethy around 40. This time Abhishek(16) made self-suicide by getting run out where there was no run. Manu came in and tried to build a partnership. He got out by inside edge onto the stumps on Zakria’s bowling.
Our senior and well-experienced player Biju came to the batting. Another bowling change worked where Wajid took the wicket of Biju(2) & Pavan(2). As wickets were going down, IECC captain Pavethy standing at kept IECC hopes alive with well-calculated shots. Since IECC were far from the required run rate, Pavethy went for big shots and scored a bit. Unfortunately, after a well made 60, Zakria finally got him out.
Finally, Wajid and Sarfaraz finished the IECCs innings by clean bowling Rahul(4) & Prem(2) and Qasim(2) . IECC team was all out for 117, 35runs short of target.
Well there was one happy man driving back home and he bowls ” flighted pace deliveries”
Match report by Raman Tanwar & updates by Pavethy
|Mar 11, 2017||Friendly||2017|
It was a beautiful sunny day for cricket, one couldn’t have asked for a better day than this to start this year’s cricketing season. The earlier we thought to reach Sano 3, the late we arrived there. This was due to few last-minute drop-outs and heavy Saturday morning traffic on the highway. Our own Michael Schumacher (Pavethy) was behind the wheel along with Suresh, Praveen and myself (Raman). Manu was driving in company with Prashant Kumar (PK) and Prem as usual on his bicycle was the first to reach on time to the ground. Saif, Samir and Rahul were piggybacking on the opponent’s car, who were also late to arrive. By the time we arrived, Manu & Prashant had already picked up the ground stuff and along with Prem had arranged everything to make up for the lost time, showed their real commitments for the game. However, delay in reaching the ground didn’t deter our spirits.
The skippers (Pavethy & Sameep from Falcons) decided to have two games, a T20 and a 15 over game respectively to compensate for the lost time.
First game: T20
Second Game: (15 Overs)
It was a good start to the season for IECC where we won back to back matches. These warm-up matches tested the stamina of players also and a few of them might be having body ache but win must have relaxed their pain. IECC started their season on winning note and we all would like to carry forward this momentum for the whole season.
The Indian Engineers Cricket Club held its Season end & Annual Awards Presentation Night for the 2016 season on November 19 at Nirvanam Ariake Restaurant in Tokyo. It was fun filled evening in presence of families & friends. Delicious food menu & fun events kept everyone engaged through out the evening. See the list of all the winners presentation, pictures of the event.[FAG id=4241]
Match report by Anurag Singh
|Nov 13, 2016||KCL-I||2016|
IECC enters Grand final of KCL 2016
Match report by P.Kale
|Oct 30, 2016||KCL-I||2016|
IECC enter semifinal by strong display of Cricket skills.
Match report by Himashu Bugalia & Pavethy
|Oct 23, 2016||KCL-I||2016|
On a bright sunny autumn day, IECC were all charged up for their most important game of the season, knowing a win here against the table toppers Samurai would take them into the semi-finals. After reaching the field on time, IECC started warming up under the command of our on and off field practice manager, Kale. Pavethy given the responsibility of captaining the side on a must win game, made it clear that he won’t be accepting anything less than victory. Luck always rides with those who take efforts and show their full commitment. After winning the toss, on his debut captaincy Pavethy chose to bat first. As MIB Umpires did not bother to show up, both teams agreed to have own umpires and play the game in best possible sporting spirit.
Strategy was very clear. “Aggression” and not to give the Samurai’s any space to breath. Kale and Abdul, both experienced players opened the batting. They knew the importance of their wicket and were determined to lay good partnership together. As usual Kale the aggressor started to hit a few out of the ground sixes. The ball started getting disappeared again and again; and Samurai bowlers looked clueless to bowl to him. He lost three new balls in a span of four overs. The Samurai players were confused whether to search the lost balls or to bring another new one. At one point they were starting to realise that they too were lost again and were also losing time in searching the lost balls, the two captains spoke about it and reduced the match to 35 overs.
It was decided to use one side of the wicket for rest of inning to avoid ball getting in to dense outfield. The raining sixes news had travelled very fast and it made our President (Biju Paul) rush to the ground and support the team. Abdul on the other end kept rotating the strike, well decorated by some classic boundaries. After putting up a quick and a solid 100 runs partnership in mere 64 balls, Abdul got stumped while trying to hit a lofty shot. Our skipper Pavethy started well by hitting a boundary however he was undone by playing all around to a well-pitched up ball (confused mind!!). After two quick wickets, Prashant Kumar decided to enjoy Kale’s classic sixes from the best view point in the ground, from the non-striker’s end.
After putting up a 49 runs partnership, 1 less than 50, umpire raised his finger for a strong appeal and disappointed Prashant Kumar had to leave the pitch with a pinch, followed by Devendra Dhaka in quite the same fashion.. Kale had his own set of lucks , nevertheless he reached his century raising his bat proudly to a standing ovation from the team members. He was eventually out on 111. Once looking strong at 167/2, IECC were 172/6. Our late bloomer Vivek took the strike to entertain the crowd with couple of boundaries, with one spectacular cover drive in it. Raman and Vivek tried their best to slow down the wicket flow, however, IECC were stubborn enough to reach 204/9 with 22 balls in hand. Samurai were almost getting ready to have their lunch but IECC was not in the mood to give up yet and decided to bat until the last delivery of innings. Last wicket partnership of Rajneesh and Himanshu tried to keep the scorecard moving and put up a small yet quick partnership of 23 runs in 22 balls with one six over the deep mid-wicket boundary in last over by Himanshu. IECC did wag its tail this time and scored 227 in 35 overs.
After putting up a good total on board, Engineers looked quite in rush to wrap up the Samurais. Starting the attack with Rajneesh and Vivek, our opening pair made Samurai batsmen to struggle very hard for runs and to rotate the strike. The gamble taken by the skipper in making the last minute changes within playing XI finally paid off. Vivek succeeded in dismissing Hanif with a fast & furious peach of a delivery rising from good length, hitting the batsmen’s glove leaving him awestruck. It was quick and was wonderfully collected by Prashant kumar behind the wickets at chest height. Supun (Captain of Samurai and their most important batsman) walked in next. He cut Vivek for a boundary at point region. Everyone knew him as an aggressive batsman. But the next delivery Vivek rattled his stumps with a bouncy top of off-stump in-swinging delivery.
Samurai were left in totters to make any sort of comeback. Vivek looked like he was bowling on Gabba pitch and not in Sano. IECC showed full commitment in the field to support their bowlers and made sure that not a single loose run was given away. Rajneesh on the other end was bowling tight lines but was not lucky to get any wickets. Saif in the 30 yards circle and Suresh on the boundary showed the full commitment and put extra efforts in the field. Adding to it, Dhaka aka “The Osaka Express” quite disappointed by his own bowling with which everyone else was amazed and Samurai batsmen could only play him like a headless chicken, he took a spectacular catch on Kale’s delivery.
Any words would be short in front of the jump he took at boundary and made sure to stay in the boundaries to take an unbelievable catch. Quite distressed by the IECC performance, Samurai batsmen were trying to come up with a good partnership. Raman was bowling good line and length deliveries with the old ball. But the Samurai batsmen were not taking any risks, hence no wickets. Pavethy decided to bowl some off-spinners with a set left handed batsmen in the crease. Soon the gamble worked out as he tried to hit a loose ball to heave but only managed to see Abdul who took a spectacular running catch by fielding at leg slip; he took the catch running backward. Raman soon added insult to injury by taking Talha on duck. Pavethy, made sure to get even with his poor luck in batting by taking 3 wickets.
Spin seemed to be Samurai’s weak point. The Osaka Express finally got off from the poor luck to take Ishira who was looking settled at pitch but was leaking some runs behind the wicket because of his quick deliveries. Then the skipper just couldn’t wait and got our tail end specialist Saif to clear up the rest of the two wickets. IECC bowled out Samurai for 134 runs within 24 overs to clinch the most needed victory and made sure they qualified for the semi-finals. They will meet arch-rival’s Indian Tigers in the semi-finals coming Sunday. Definitely going to be a ripper of a match with some blasts seen during this high-octane Diwali season match.
Indian Engineers CC: 227/10 (35 overs) – P Kale 111, Asantha 3/24, Thilina 3/31
Samurai CC: 134/10 (23.1 overs) – Pavethy 3/14.
|Prashant B. Kale||111||-||71||8||9||1||-||1||-|
Date: Sep 18, 2016
By: Biju Paul
Mid way through the Engineers innings on a day marred by persistent rain, a feeling of déjà vu gripped them. It’s the all too familiar middle order collapse. From a formidable position of 92/0 in 18 overs the Engineers literally handed the match in a platter to the Men in Blue just 16 balls later when their score read 110/7 and eventually finished with a score of 143/8. Engineers now need some sort of Kundalini Awakening to fire them up for the remaining two matches if they don’t want to be shut out of the knock out stage of the KCL.
It was a day no team would have liked to play due to the overnight rain and the forecast rain all day but the MIB forced the Engineers to the ground thanks to the walkover the Rising Stars gave to the Pakistan Stars in the other match on the same day. That concession by RS threw MIB in to a dire situation of winning as many matches as possible in their remaining outings. So both teams arrived at the ground, Engineers reluctantly though, and both were pedantic about KCL rules under such situations and of course the D/L Method.
Afterthought may question the wisdom of playing a match under constant drizzle throughout the day but both teams having full strength team at the ground, the captains decided to go ahead anyway. After winning the toss, under the constant drizzle, the MIB put the Engineers in first.
Masaomi Kobayashi accompanied his skipper Vinay Mohan to the crease to open the innings. Both the openers did a tremendous job of forming a solid opening partnership under wet and slippery conditions. They carefully constructed the partnership with scoring most of their runs behind the wicket towards the third man area. In fact, MIB didn’t bother to plug that hole throughout the innings and the openers scored their 1s and 2s in that area with élan. MIB openers Abhishek and Manvi, both former Engineers, posed no threat, whatsoever, to the openers. Kobayshi hit the first boundary over third man off Manvi in his second over which went for 9 runs. There was a brief stoppage of play at the end of 6 overs for 30 minutes. What initially started off as a 32 overs per side was then reduced to 28 overs as per the D/L Method.
After the break, MIB skipper Gurdeep Dua, another former Engineer, introduced himself to the attack but only for one over. Gurdeep then replaced himself with yet another former Engineer, Karthik M, and the other end saw Karthik V walking – literally – and bowling. As bowling looked innocuous and openers well set it was time for the skipper to up the pace of scoring and he obliged the need of the hour. Vinay hit his first boundary in the 2nd over of Karthik M. Two overs later he hit Karthik V inside the batsman’s V region on the on side. In between the hits to the boundary, runs kept flowing in 1s and 2s and at the end of 10 overs the score read 43/0 and at mid innings break at the end of 14 overs saw the Engineers sitting pretty at 62/0.
The first over after the break witnessed the first 6 off the innnigs, Vinay taking advantage of a loosener from Karthik M and the ball disappearing the surrounding jungle in the long off region. Vinay hit his second six in the following over to long on this time, taking his score to 47. Anticipating his 50 with a boundary or a six, the Engineers kept themselves ready in the pavilion with the trumpet to celebrate but the skipper didn’t fall into the trap of aggression. With a level headed approach he played innings well for the next few balls and scored his well deserved 50 off only singles.
Meanwhile, Kobayashi on the other end played a perfect foil to Vinay and scored his runs at the same rate at which his opening partner was scoring. He let his captain play his aggressive shots while he continued to eke out singles and twos. The turning point of the innings came when Sushil Kumar was introduced into the attack. His first ball was hit to the boundary by Vinay, but in the very next ball he was caught at deep mid-off by Sanket, a man who chirping a lot all the time. Fall of that wicket opened the flood gates. In an attempt to improve the scoring rate, Prakash Jayara was sent in as a pinch hitter only to return one ball later, run out at the bowler end having backed up too much. That brought the cool and calm Pavethy to the crease. Sensing blood after two quick wickets, Gurdeep brought his ace bowler, Manvi, back into the attack. The moved seemed to have produced a counter effect when Manvi was hit for a huge six by Kobayshi but the bowler had the last laugh two balls later as Kobayshi was caught at deep mid wicket. Manvi then clean bowled the next batsman and his former mate, Ashok Kumar, the very next ball. Manvi’s bowling figure of that over looked 1,6,2,W,W, dot.
Panic stricken Engineers had one last hope in Prashant Kumar, who always showed what a player he can be. Given the circumstances, he played gem of an innings to steady the ship while wickets fell at the other end. He stood tall amongst the ruins at the other end. His flicks off the pad showed his class and maturity in handling the situation. He played wonderful shots; flicks through mid-wicket were played with panache.
Hard hitter Vivek Singh came in at the fall of Ashok and he did hit hard by dispatching the first ball he faced, off Sushil Kumar, over long on for a huge six. For some unknown reason – will we ever know it? – he tried to repeat the same shot the next ball only to see the timber behind him rearranged. In walked Rajneesh Shukla and out he went the next ball, clean bowled by a fast yorker by Sushil. MIB clawed back in the game with 7 wickets in the span of just 18 balls. A score that threatened to put the MIB out of the KCL this year at one point suddenly seemed like the Engineers were going to fold up for a meager total. The score read 110/7 at the end of 21st over.
Having wrested the initiative back, MIB was not to be blamed if they thought that the immediate closure of the Engineers innings was a foregone conclusion. Your writer came in as the next batsman determined to hang around to give company to Prashant Kumar at the other end. The one noisy player of the MIB tried his level best to dislodge both the batsmen with his tasteless comments but Prashant’s innings of 19 off only 23 balls and the partnership of 33 runs for the 8th wicket with yours truly took the score to a respectable 143 at the end of the innings in 28 overs.
The D/L method said the MIB needed to score 148 of 28 overs.
MIB opened their innings with both Karthiks – may be MIB skipper can explain why both of them are always paired together – and Engineers opened the bowling with Rajneesh and Vivek. While the former was all line and length, the latter was wayward in both departments in the first over while trying to achieve express pace. Rajneesh produced the first breakthrough in the 5th over when Karthik M tried to hoist the bowler out of the park only to be holed out in the long off by an amazingly judged catch by Basava Manu. In what can be nominated for the catch of the season, Kobayashi took out Karthik V in the next over in the deep cover point, covering a good 30 yards, running in from wide long off and diving at the last moment with outstretched arms and the ball securely sat in his hands. It was a remarkable athleticism by the national team captain.
Next man Md. Thouseef was stumped by ‘Keeper Prashant off Vinay for 13 which brought Sanket to the wicket. Engineers didn’t make the batsman’s stay comfortable at the wicket as the batsman was given his own medicine. The unexpected, targeted chirping by the Engineers probably unnerved the batsman as he attempted many shots only to miss the ball. Finally, his agony at the crease was put to end by a nalla throw from the deep cover by Pavethy which caught the batsman short of his crease.
In came the skipper, Gurdeep. In his inimitable style Gurdeep tried to muscle the bowlers and he did not go without success. His stay at the wicket produced a crucial partnership of 41 runs in 5 overs with steady hand, Amit Jain, at the other end. Gurdeep was finally caught plumb in front by Manu for 18 off 19 balls. From 81/6 in 18.5 overs MIB had progressed to 122/7 and by that time the Engineers had sensed the danger. With Amol Vaidya – yet another former Engineer and one who could play an anchor role – at the crease giving company to the well set Amit, it was game that could have gone either way.
Needing 24 to win off 24 deliveries, the air was thick with tension and could have been cut with the proverbial butter knife. With the maverick batsman Manvi still behind, the only way the Engineers could come back into the game was by putting pressure on the batsmen by denying runs; wickets didn’t matter at that point. Quick conferences on mid pitch was followed by elaborate fielding changes. The pressure indeed had a telling effect on MIB. With 6 runs needing off 8 deliveries Amol was run out attempting to sneak a non-existent single and both batsmen ended up at the striker’s end. Next two balls went without any runs being added to the score. That brought 6 runs to win and 5 to tie off the last over. Skipper Vinay took the job on himself and boy! he almost produced a wicket. Amit, the well set batsman, edged one to short third man but the man who was positioned there was at least 5 steps too front and the batsman scored 2 off that delivery. That set the drum rolls going in the MIB camp and why not! Singles off next two deliveries put the match in a classic situation. 2 balls to go, 2 runs to win, 1 to tie. With all the fielders guarding singles Amit hit the ball over the mid off fielder to score two runs the next ball, bringing a raucous MIB to the ground to celebrate a stunning, come-from-behind victory that took them one step closer to the KCL semi-final berth at their first attempt.
Amit Jain anchored the innings with a classy 32 off only 35 balls. In addition to the Engineers middle order collapse, it was perhaps, Amit’s innings that made a difference for the MIB. If this result was any indicator, then opponents will be spending a far greater time second-guessing the MIB. Well done, Men In Blue!
IECC: 143/8 (28 ov). Vinay Iyer 55, M Kobayashi 36, Prashant Kumar 16. Sushil Kumar 4/28
Men in Blue: 148/7 (27.5 ov). Amit Jain 32*
Math report by Suresh
|Sep 4, 2016||KCL-I||2016|
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.
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.
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.
P kale: 55 (36 balls), Pavethy: 36 (26 balls) , Prakash Jayara: 23 (14 balls)
|Prashant B. Kale||55||-||36||6||4||-||1||1||-|
|Vinay Mohan Iyer||2||-||1||-||-||-||-||1||1|
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.
It was a must win game with big margin for IECC to have a hope to enter into the finals of the South Kanto division of Japan Cup T20 Cricket. IECC have achieved it with great team effort.
Match report by Manu B. Date 21 Aug 2016
The men who represented IECC on the given day were Abdul Sattar, Anurag Singh, Ashok Kumar, Bidyut, Dinesh Singh, Manu B, Pavethy, Prashant Kumar, Prashant Kale, Rajneesh and Suresh. We had a young supporter Aditya (5year old) to support his father Prashant Kale and Team. Bidyut was called up few hours before the game in place of Prakash and he promptly arrived at YCAC ground. This shows our team strength and interest to play for IECC. Regular Captain Vinay could not join in as he was busy checking balance sheets.
On a hot sunny, humid day at YC&AC, Captain Anurag Singh had a big responsibility in hand. British Embassy team reinforced their lineup by picking players from wombats and other clubs. On paper, it looked a very strong team when compared to previous games. It looked like a competitive game on the hand for IECC.
British Embassy Captain Keith Franklin won the toss and elected to Bat first. We would have loved to bat first as well but now task was restrict them to the lowest score possible. Rajneesh opened the bowling attack from Bay end. On 3rd ball of the 1st over, batsman produced an edge and alert Pavethy grabbed a blinder at 2nd slip. He took one handed catch diving forward. This set the tone for match for IECC. On last ball of same over Rajneesh got Keith Franklin LBW.
The IECC veteran Ashok Kumar wanted to lead bowling attack and opened the bowling from YCAC end but his pitch map was all over the place (Nikko Hangover may be!!) . This was well cashed in by Naglekar (19) & Eyes(16) who tried to build a partnership. This made Anurag to introduce himself into the attack and succeeded to produce false pull shot by Naglekar which landed in safe hands of Manu B at Mid-on. Bowling partnership of Dinesh and Anurag gave away only 17 runs in 8 overs and took 4 wkts. Later on Ashok Kumar found his line and length and took 2 consecutive wickets of Ahmed (0) LBW & Mohideen (0) well caught at mid-off by Anurag Singh. Anurag finished his splendid spell with another match winning figures of 4(o)-1(m)-7(r)-3(w)
Manu B and Prashant Kale got one over each and both grabbed a wkt. Lewis(1) played a good square cut but straight in hands of Rajneesh Shukla of bowling of Manu and Ward(8) clean bowled by Prashant. Finally Dinesh got the last man trapped in plumb in front of wicket.
The stupendous bowling and fielding effort made sure that BECC were restricted to 73 runs in 16.2 overs.
Target for IECC was 73 runs in 20 overs.
To increase the run rate, we needed explosive start to take opportunity of Power play and finish the game in 6-7 overs. Prashant Kale and Abdul Sattar opened the Batting with an intent. Cover drive boundary by Prashant of first ball of the match of the bowling of Joe started the proceeding and by the end of first over score was 21/0.
For Next 4 overs, it was real carnage as ball went flying to all parts of the ground. Fielders were running only to fetch them back. At 4.3 over of inning, Prashant Kale scored his first half century in T20 in this season (8×4, 2×6) in 21 balls. Abdul gave good support to the Prashant at the other end by rotating the strike and hitting few 2 copybook pull shot boundaries. Pavethy & Dinesh were eagerly waiting to finish the game.. Pavethy got the chance when Abdul (12) got clean bowled by D Wright going for ambitious big shot & Pavethy finished it with a boundary.
Final score: 75/1 in 5.3 overs.
1st Inning summary : Z.Naglekar 19, L. Eyes 16 , Anurag 7/3, Dinesh 9/1
2nd Inning Summary: Prashant 53* , Abdul 12 , D Wright 4/1 ,.
This was a tremendous batting display. This must be a kind of record of fastest runs chase by a team in Japan Cup. This was again good example of IECC team value which makes us strong team. Good team work, tight fielding, good bowling partnership and well execution of plans. With this win IECC remain in contention for the Finals. Last League match of Indian tigers against YC&AC on 28 August is a high pressure game. A win to tigers ensure they are 2nd in division and earing the place in final.
However win by YC&AC or a tie game will certainly ensure IECC place in finals against AQCC.
We have exciting weekend match ahead for South Kanto Cricket Division.
IECCians had fun time in 2 day camp organised at Nikko on Aug 6,7. This trip became an instant success when you instantly blend in quite and peaceful environment of Nikko and perfect weekend spot like Woods man Village. Sightseeing, barbecue, fun games at nearby river, walk in mountains were the activities where we mainly spent our time. Barbecue & breakfast arrangement by PK is praiseworthy mention..
Special report coming soon..
Photo gallary click here
A TIE game in last League match of Japan Cup almost cost us the straightforward entry into finals. IECC needed to win rest of the games convincingly against YC&AC and BECC to boost run-rate. This will ensure that we remain in race to enter South Kanto Division Finals to enter into Japan Cup T20 National tournament.
Match Report by Vinay Iyer (date 24 July 2016)
|Jul 24, 2016||Japan Cup||2016|
Team of the day :Anurag, Bidyut, Manu B., Pavethy, Prashant Kale, Prashant Kumar, Prem, Rajneesh, Suresh G.V, Saif, Vinay,
Winning the Toss, Captain Vinay Mohan Iyer, Your writer, knew exactly what was to be done. Batting first, we started with the same opening pair as in the last game; Anurag & Vinay and did justice to power play with 44/0 in 7 overs until Anurag was out for 18 runs (2×4,1×6). This brought in the “Dark Horse” Pavethy who is well known for his stylish photogenic drives. Vinay & Pavethy took off from there stealing quick 1’s & 2’s which was frustrating for the opponents. With 100/1 in the 13th over and Pavethy all guns blazing, IECC was looking for yet another mammoth total around 180-200 with 9 wickets left until Pavethy was struck on his pads of the bowling of Veteran Fayaz Khan. He fell 7 runs short for his half century but he managed his 43 runs in just 31 balls. (4×7)
In came the famous, Japan international, Prashant Kale who was expected to take IECC to their target of 170-180. In very next over Vinay tried to flick one off the pads which he thought was going too down the leg side but the AGCC Umpire thought exactly the opposite and was given LBW. Vinay ended his innings on 38 runs (24b, 4×4).
Kale in the same over lofted a huge six but perished quickly trying to accelerate scoring and suddenly we were down to 124/4 in the 15th over. Suresh G.V & Prashant Kumar were the 2new batsmen in, with almost half of the side back into the Pavilion, 170-180 looked too far but yes 150 was always on the cards as we have always seen IECC batting line-up goes deep up to no.10-11 but who knew we would repeat history much often as a Sunrise or Sunset.
Sensing the opportunity, veteran Fayaz khan of YC&AC started testing batsman patience with teasing loopy off-spin on flex mat. He picked Suresh (2) & Prashant Kumar (1) & Saif (2 consecutive golden ducks). Manu who seemed promising in the previous game was pushed up the order but just managed another duck in 3balls. Rajneesh Shukla & Bidyut managed to open their account but they short-lived before being bowled & LBW for 3runs & 2runs resp. Prem S. managed to remain not out on 1. From 100/1 to 124/4, finally we could manage only 130/10 in 19.1 overs. It was yet another disappointing performance from the middle order. Fayaz Khan in process earned his first 5 for in T20 game against IECC.
Knowing the job, our bowlers came in with a good fight with our usual Opening duo, Rajneesh Shukla & Anurag Singh. Rajneesh has been the most economical bowler for IECC over the years and the breakthrough bowler too and he did it in his very 1st over when he got the wicket of the dangerous Anton Winston who tried to go over the infield but was caught straight at mid-on by Manu B. Anurag at the other end with his furious pace was troubling the batsman before he got one caught behind by P. Kumar which he fumbled but was cleaned up by Suresh a 1st Slip, good team work & good presence.
Prashant Kale replaced Rajneesh and continued tight line and length. He picked his 1st wicket in his 2nd over and there on, he added 3more crucial wickets to his tally which packed up half of the YC&AC side into the pavilion. Kale finished his spell with figure of 4(o)-15(r)-4(w) and YC&AC were 33/6. Alert fielding meant two quick run-outs added to tally. One of them a cheeky one by Suresh and YC&AC were 45/8. The final rituals were completed by Prem who took the final 2wickets in 1.1overs giving away just 1run and YC&AC were All Out for mere 55 Runs giving IECC a victory margin of 75runs.
Quite a lot of positives especially in the bowling department. They build pressure by maintaining good line and length and bowling changes worked like magic. Batting woes however continues. Hopefully we will sort this by next game. A dominating win in last league game against BECC will create strong chance for us to play the finals.
|Anurag Singh||c A Barrett* b O Morris||18||-||14||2||1||-||-||1||0|
|Vinay Mohan Iyer||lbw b RD Davis||38||-||42||4||-||-||-||1||0|
|Pavethynath Velusamy||lbw b F Khan||43||-||31||7||-||-||-||1||0|
|Prashant B. Kale||c A Winston† b RD Davis||8||-||4||-||1||-||-||1||0|
|Suresh G.V||b A Ironside||2||-||4||-||-||-||-||1||0|
|Prashant Kumar||b F Khan||1||-||3||-||-||-||-||1||0|
|Saifuddin Raj||b F Khan||0||-||1||-||-||-||-||1||0|
|Manu B.||lbw b F Khan||0||-||3||-||-||-||-||1||0|
|Rajneesh Shukla||b O Morris||3||-||6||-||-||-||-||1||0|
|Bidyut Sarkar||lbw b F Khan||2||-||5||-||-||-||-||1||0|
|Prem Samuel||not out||1||-||2||-||-||-||-||1||1|
|Extras||(w 11, nb 1, b 2) 14|
|A Winston||c Manu B B b Raj Shukla||0||-||3||0||-||-||-||1||-|
|Fayaaz khan||c Raj Shukla b P Kale||11||-||20||2||-||-||-||1||-|
|Owen Morris||c P Kumar Kumar† b A Singh||8||-||13||1||-||-||-||1||-|
|H Basharat||b P Kale||3||-||11||0||-||-||-||1||-|
|Alaistair Ironside||b P Kale||5||-||6||1||-||-||-||1||-|
|M Curtis||c A Singh b P Kale||0||-||3||0||-||-||-||1||-|
|AI Islam||run out (Suresh G.V)||0||-||1||0||-||-||-||1||-|
|Andy Barrett||run out (Saif Raj/P Kumar Kumar†)||11||-||9||0||-||-||-||1||-|
|Robin Davis||c Raj Shukla b Prem Samuel||1||-||5||0||-||-||-||1||-|
|Ashab Ahmad||c Raj Shukla b Prem Samuel||1||-||7||0||-||-||-||1||-|
|Nick Ashworth||not out||0||-||0||0||-||0||0||1||1|
|Extras||(w 9, b 2, lb 4) 15|
Middle order collapse costs entry into season finals
Match Report : IECC vs AQCC (Japan Cup T20) – Sunday 17th July,2016 by Pavethy
IECC’s dream to qualify for the Japan national T20 Cup was swept away as the game was tied between both teams. Sunday’s weather was as perfect as it could be asked for.
AQCC won the toss and elected to bat first. They unleashed their “N-Power” players Nilesh, Nikhil, Nandha, Naren and Nirmal. Nilesh gave them a good start at the top of the order only to see Kale shattering his stumps with a ripper and Rajneesh removed another opener Srinivas caught by Manu at long on. Vasanth and Nandha steadied their middle order and a timely run out by Abhishek Jain broke their partnership removing the dangerous Nandha. With Abhishek tightening the screws the run flow stopped and strangled the AQCC batsmen only to find themselves short of their creases, wanting for greedy runs. Vinay and kale each contributed a run out removing Naren and Nirmal respectively.
AQCC reeling for 88/7 in 17 overs, in came pinch-hitter Nikhil, the last of the N-Powered ones. He scored 32 off 18 balls hitting 4 sixes of Skipper Vinay’s bowling, 3 of which came in the final over. Considering 115/8 in 20 overs, a low score in T20 standards, the team got together quickly and started off the chase confidently.
Openers Vinay and Anurag gave a solid and quick start against a quality bowling line up. Unfortunately, Anurag backed up too much to find himself out to a direct hit by Bakiyaraj from covers. Mr. Consistent Vinay too was out to an incoming delivery immediately after Anurag. Pavethy stranded and steadied himself on one end but to witness quality batsmen Dinesh, Kale and Adirit get out in quick succession for cheap runs.
In came the young wicket-keeper batsman Prashant Kumar, playing sensible cricket he kept the scorers busy. Pavethy and Prashant Kumar build a partnership during the middle overs and took the team to a decent score of 94 in 16 overs from the stage of 61/5. Pavethy hit two consecutive boundaries of Nandha’s over and got greedy only to find the fielder in covers. As per the cricket saying “One brings Two”, IECC were 94/6; 95/7 and 96/8. Prashant Kumar followed Pavethy soon after and was followed by Saif. With two new batsmen at the crease, Abhishek Jain and Manu B., AQCC’s top bowlers pounced on them with the final 4 crucial overs. The pair batted wisely, hitting occasional boundaries and taking quick 1s and 2s. They both brought the team closer to target.
The Last over Drama:
IECC needed only 6 runs of the last over with 2 wickets in hand. At the start of over mix-up between Abhishek Jain and Manu led to a run out . Manu sacrificed his wicket and Rajneesh came in. Calm and sensible batting made sure IECC required 1 run of last ball to win. When an experienced cricketer like Abhishek Jain is at middle, you are sure that nothing will go wrong..! AQCC captain brought all field inside 30 yard to stop any chance of single. With this field it was sure that bowler will try to bowl a Yorker and guess what he bowled low fulltoss which on nornal occasion could been hit out of ground. Batsmen were too rooted to thinking of not giving away wicket that he hit low full toss straight to short covers fielder and found himself run-out at non striker end. It was a tense and nail biting finish.
relive the Last over :
The positives out of this match:
Overall our Bowling unit was excellent with – Abhishek Jain & Kale taking 2 wickets each. Our team’s fielding was also fabulous effecting 3 run outs. As with the Batting Unit – Anurag top scored with a quick fire 24, Pavethy and Vinay chipped in with 21 and 13 respectively at the top order. The highlights were the performance of our new comers Abhishek Jain (10), Prashant Kumar (11), Manu B (8) and for the rest of the batting unit, the faux pas still continues.
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.
June 29, 2016
A week after Engineers batting line-up was pulverized by Tigers in a T-20 outing, Engineers turned up with all their might for a longer version of the game(40 over KCL game) and the result was not surprising. Tigers were taken to the cleaners inside 15 overs for half the score of what they had bowled the Engineers out for in the previous week. The T-20 game was clearly a debacle as Engineers couldn’t score even half the runs Tigers had scored, having their top batters failed miserably which put pressure on the middle order who also found it difficult to get going in the face of persistent attack of the Tigers.The embarrassment of being bowled out for 61 runs had stirred the Engineers pride and the aftermath saw the Tigers being blown away for a paltry 31 runs in 13.2 overs.
The architects of this revenge victory were Masanao Kobayshi(80), who is a new addition to the Engineers this season, the skipper himself(50) and the tearaway quicks, the two Singhs, Vivek (4 wickets) and Anurag (3 wickets).Having won the toss skipper Vinay didn’t have any hesitation in electing to bat first. With Kobayashi as his opening partner, skipper’s decision to bat first yielded the desired result. The first two overs yielded 18 runs with skipper Vinay appeared to be in the zone. Kobayashi was more circumspect in shot selection but Vinay opened up quite early with a boundary off Tigers’ opening bowler Ankit in the 1st over itself. The unprofessionally dressed Tigers looked disoriented from the beginning itself and the opening batsmen started scoring at will. The Engineers goal was to bat all 40 overs and the openers played their role to lay the foundation.
The first 7 overs, after which the first bowling change occurred, saw 40 runs scored with neither of the batsmen showing any discomfort. Change bowler Saneesh started well with only 2 runs coming off his first over and it looked like he could create a break-through. Second change bowler Vishnu Shankar lost the plot in his second over with 17 runs coming off it. That over saw two no-balls one of which went for a four and the resultant free hit was hit for the maximum by Vinay. Tigers skipper Prasanth replaced his expensive bowler after one more his over went for 10 runs. Although Vinay scored at will he did offer a chance in the 12th over by Saneesh but the fielder dropped an easy one. At drinks after 15 overs Engineers were sitting pretty at 93/0 with Vinay 2 short of his half century.
Vinay completed his well deserved 50 soon after drinks break . As the bowling looked pretty ordinary skipper decided to accelerate the scoring further and went for shots off Pravin Mohan, who had just started bowling. But the ball didn’t get enough elevation and ended up in the hands of the fielder at deep cover. Tigers celebrated well their first breakthrough. Vinay’s innings contained three 4s and two 6s. Next in was the big name in Kanto Cricket, Prashant Kale. He didn’t waste much time getting used to the pitch and started his business right away. Kale stroked the balls fluently and his effortless innings of 33 came off 36 balls which included five hits to the boundary. Kale’s innings ended when he was caught behind off Ranjit Mouli. A partnership of 53 runs for the 2nd wicket with Kobayashi. Score 150/2 after 27 overs.
Next man Pavethy opened his account with a single off the first ball he faced. He dispatched the third ball he faced to the fence and in the company of Kobayshi went on to punish the bowlers with ease. Saneesh was brought back for a second spell in between and almost produced a result which would have been a pricey wicket. Again the fielder at deep square leg could not hold on to a catch offered by Kobayshi. Two overs later Pavethy perished going after his skipper’s way. In an effort to accelerate the score he succumbed to a fine running catch at deep cover by Ankit Thakur. The partnership produced 33 runs, 23 of which was scored by the outgoing batsman. Paverthy was caught on camera playing some exquisite square drives and classy straight drives by Manu Basava who was the operating the camera.
Score 183/3 after 33 overs. After the fall of Pavethy’s wicket and with very few overs left, Kobayshi decided to go after the bowling. Next 23 balls he played had only two dot balls in it and the remaining 21 balls yielded 39 runs during which he completed his well paced 50. Some of Kobayashi’s defense techniques showed why he is considered one of the best in the country. Kobayshi fell at the score of 224 for a personal score of 80 in the 37th over. He was caught behind off Ankit. Very next ball saw Suresh, who was Kobayshi’s partner after the fall of Pavethy’s wicket, clean bowled. Suresh’s 15 came off only 12 balls. With just 4 overs to left in the innings and wickets in hand, incoming batsmen started going for shots which saw the wickets falling in heaps.
From 224/4 in the 37th over, Engineers slumped to 250/9 at the end of the 40th over. In between vice captain Anurag Singh was the one who threw spanner in the celebrations of Tigers. With quick wickets, Tigers were having their tail up but Anurag’s innings of 16 runs off only 9 balls dampened their spirit. Especially that six over long on must have been a demoralizing sight for the Tigers.
With a target of 251 to chase, Tigers showed intent in the first ball they faced. Rajneesh Shukla was dispatched to straight down the boundary by Ranjit Mouli. He played and missed a few more balls in that over. The batsman showed his intent again in the next over trying to pull a short ball from this writer from the other end but the ball ended up hitting him on the chest due to the pace (or lack thereof!). Your reporter produced the first breakthrough trapping Ranjit Mouli plumb in front of the wicket. Skipper Prasanth walked in next but could not get going with the chase. Both Rajneesh and yours truly bowled decent lines and the latter accounted for the skipper when he played a lofted shot straight down the throat of mid-on. Pavethy didn’t have to move an inch. Score 20/2 after 6 overs.
Fielding at mid-on your reporter in between made the incoming batsmen aware of the need to go for shots if they wanted a victory. Some may call it sledging though. The two Singhs, Anurag and new comer Vivek replaced Rajneesh and Biju. With their express pace both bowlers created havoc among the Tigers. At the end of 10 overs Tigers score looked 24/5 with both Anurag and Vivek claiming a wicket each. With the top and middle order wiped out inside 10 overs, Tigers looked clueless against the pace of these two. Three of the next five batsmen were clean bowled which was again beautifully captured by the official photographer of the day, Manu. Last man Saneesh lasted only 3 balls as his middle stump was uprooted by swinging yorker by Anurag. Tigers all out for 31 in 13.5 overs.
I Engineers: 250/9. Kobayashi 80, Vinay Iyer 50, Prashant Kale 33
I Tigers: 31/10 (13.5 ov). Anurag Singh, 3/4 Vivek Singh 4/4.
Match report by Manu / Pavethy Date: 19June2016
After two big wins The Engineers were all set to have a smooth ride on the Tigers for their third game in Japan cup. It was a cloudy day at the YCAC with overcast conditions. Captain Vinay, had sudden malady which forced vice captain Anurag to lead the team at the last moment. Vinay was replaced by 12th man Prem, who turned up from Sano to Yokahama. IECC appreciates your commitment Prem. This is what we expect from the newbies. It was debutant Manu’s first outing in YCAC as well (hearty welcome to the IECC family).
Bidyut opted to be the part-time wicket keeper with our regular keeper Prashant kumar having an outing in the Amazon forest. Prashanth Kale returned back from his Gharwapsi trip landed straight to YCAC from the airport, shows his commitment towards cricket and the team. Although he had to pass the IECC immigration check with a pack of Kaju Katli. The Toss was won by Anurag and elected to field first. With Vinay out of the game, we were one batsman and a bowler short with a last minute shuffling of the batting order as well.
“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”
A good start was provided by IECC pace bowler Rajneesh Shukla. Shukla managed to see through both the opening batsmen Ragesh Nair & Anuraj Singh (Both caught at mid on by Manu B). Anurag from the other end was bowling tight with his out swingers.
After a good spell by both Rajneesh and Anurag, other two pacers Ashok Kumar & Prakash Jayara (PK) were given the chance to bowl. Ashok Kumar striked immediately by shattering the stumps of Joe George. The Tigers started to crouch and build a decent partnership through Sabaorish (26) & Anil Kumar (21). But their partnership was broken by Prakash Jayara (PK) with a nice catch taken by Dinesh Singh at the first slip.
Next batsman, N Karautiya unable to get going gave a sensational diving catch to Saifuddin Raj at mid off. Entered aggressive Rahul Koul (37 off 17) hitting boundaries and sixes at will was looking dangerous of making a big score, but Anurag brought himself back again and setup a plan to pick him at deep square leg which soon fulfilled by a well judged catch by Kale.
Even though Saifuddin Raj had an expensive spell he managed to take the wickets of Anil Kumar & Divyanshu Srivastava both were beautifully caught by Prashanth Kale again at the same spot (deep square leg). Rajneesh Shukla came back and took the wicket of S Singh caught by himself leading the wickets list column (4 wickets). Even though YCAC is a small ground and has a tendency of having huge scores, disciplined bowling and fielding restricted the Tigers to 144/9 in 20 overs.
“While keeping a tiger from the front door, the wolf comes in at the back.”
– Chinese Proverb
IECC’s new openers Kale and Bidyut started off slowly, thinking that with wickets in hand it would be much easier later to chase down the small target. But the pressure from the opposition was too much to handle. Losing Bidyut on the 4th over with only 7 runs on the board there were some alarm bells ringing in the dugout. With hardly 10 runs scored of the power play overs (slowest start by IECC in T20 so far to my knowledge) it was high time to score at a much faster pace. Dinesh Singh joined with kale to increase the run rate. In the process both got out to rash shots.
Kale who usually scores at a higher strike rate failed this time to up the ante. Pavethy tried to hold the strike on one end slowing the fall of wickets like dominoes but he too didn’t do any good to the run rate. Anurag Singh (0) followed to the pavilion giving away his wicket to Joe George going for a bad shot on the second ball he faced. Prakash Jayara (1) & Saifuddin Raj (4) was sent back by Saboarish, again trying to heave a six as early as they entered to bat.
With 46 on the board on the 13th over and 6 wickets down there’s nothing much you can expect of the tail. One hundred needed in 7 overs. Pavethy tried to score to the shortest part of the ground and played across the line to give an easy catch to a boundary rider of Manoj Bharadwaj’s bowling. Another rash shot in the air with no timing. Manu (0) had to follow soon to an lbw decision in the same over, which was a clear inside edge. With 8 wickets down and too much to get even the umpire decided to dose off. He had to ask the scorer for the ball count each over. Thus was the state of our batting. Rajneesh Shukla (1), Ashok Kumar (8) and Prem S (5*) tried to keep the scorer busy but managed nothing but singles. With just two double figure scores and the rest all scoring in single digits IECC managed to score only 63 in 17 overs, failing to even bat the full quota.
Failure to rotate the strike, look for gaps and run two’s, hit occasional boundaries, trying to build a partnership, valuing your wicket and not throwing away it so easy for the opposition to pounce on– these are the hard learnt lessons out of this match. With a fast paced game like T20 it is important to realize the mistakes soon and rectify it and nullify the advantages of your opponents. Hope this match will be a stepping stone for the following matches.
“Never let success get to your head; never let failure get to your heart”
Rich form of Vinay Mohan Iyer this season continued as he scored his 2nd T20 hundred of the season and 1st in a Japan Premier League match held at Akishima ground on 29May, 2016..
Representing South kanto Superkings, Vinay won the toss and decided to build challenging total for opposition to chase. Opening pair of Vinay and M. Kobayashi (max and IECC common players !!) batted cautiously for first few overs, punishing bad deliveries which in process had their first 100 run opening partnership. Once settled, they cashed in and Vinay with his classical and innovative batting scored exact 100 in 57 balls .Its the first 100 in JPL T20 match this season. His another IECC Opening partner, Prashant Kale batting at No 3 scored quickfire 34 of 17 deliveries.
IECC is placed in South Kanto division. Vinay Mohan Iyer, Prashant Kale, Anurag Singh, Rajneesh Shukla from IECC are selected to play for South Kanto Superkings this season.
All players in good form and their consistent performance shows strong unit of IECC this season.
Appreciation to both the guys who took up responsibility of becoming Umpire for Japan Cup game at YC&AC.
Skippers All-round Performance Seals the Match
May 15, 2016 by Prashant Kumar
The weather was just ideal for a good day’s cricket. Engineers captain, Vinay Iyer, after winning the toss decided to bat first putting the onus on the batsmen to put up a healthy total.
Skipper himself walked out with Prashant Kale to open the innings and started cautiously. Keio new ball bowlers, accompanied by the brilliant work in the field, were able to put a check on the scoring during the initial few overs. After getting their eyes in, both openers started looking for big shots. However, Kale, who was returning after his “Ghar Wapsi” break, failed to get going and was finally caught in the deep. It was a rare failure for him. Vinay, on the other hand, completely unperturbed, continued from where he had left in the last match. He kept on finding the fence at will. He was joined by Dinesh, who despite having a leg injury didn’t let the scoring rate dip scoring a quick-fire 22. He was replaced by Saif at the crease, who this time failed to trouble the scorers much. This brought Adrit at the crease. He proved to be the able ally for Vinay. They just kept hitting boundaries with nonchalant ease. The brilliant partnership between these included some excellent running between the wickets as well. Vinay, who was on 89 at the start of the final over, reached 97 in a matter of a couple of balls with double and a brilliant six. Though he had a chance to score back to back hundreds, however, it was not to be. A brilliant captain’s innings from Vinay, who was very well supported by Adrit with 43*, helped Engineers set up a formidable total of 192/3 in 20 overs.
Chasing the humongous target of 193 was always going to be difficult for the Keio University. They were trying hard to cut down the risk factor, which also meant compromising on the scoring opportunities. Our new ball bowlers, Anurag and Prakash (PK) were in superb form although their bowling figures don’t reflect to how well they bowled. Anurag in particular created pressure by bowling impeccable line and length but was unlucky to not get some more victims. As they say “ball was doing too much to even get a nick”.
It took 14 overs for Keio to reach 50 for the loss of a wicket. Just as the touring teams have often found the Indian spinners too hot to handle at the international level, it wasn’t much different here as well. The slower bowlers ran through the batting line up. Saif rolled his arm over for 3 wickets and Vinay claiming 4 scalps, including first hat trick of the season. Even Prashant Kale (Editor: What do you mean by “even” 🙂 ), making a bowling comeback of some sort, chipped in with a wicket towards the end. Brilliant bowling and superb fielding by the Engineers were the reasons behind Keio boys succumbing to a meagre total of 70. But even this small total had some sparks of brilliance in between. Hope this outing will help our lesser experienced opponent gain some confidence and they would be able to turn up with more inspirational performances in their next matches.
Highlight of the Day
Today’s win was constructed on the fact that how each member stuck to his assigned tasks and was able to deliver when it mattered. Highlight of the day, undoubtedly was an inspirational performance by the captain both with bat and ball. The bowlers were up to the task, giving away only a few extras and were ably supported by the fielders. Wicket-keeping was excellently done by Prashant Kumar standing upto the stumps (since he was the author of this report , he didn’t mention it – added by Pavethy :p )
The captain couldn’t have asked for more from his troops, with all three departments warming up to the bigger challenges which is expected ahead with a few interesting encounters lined up. Hope we continue with our good work throughout the season. Cheers!!!
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Vinay’s Century and Anurag blitzkrieg enable Engineers to breeze past AGCC.
Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation. in my case i wouldnt start the Report-writes saif Raj
IECC 248 for 2 (Vinay 124, Kobayashi 73) beat AGCC 58 for 10 (Kawasaki 20, Anurag 4ov – 6 – 6) by 190 runs. Scorecard
Nature was not turning out to be kind enough; there was persistent rain in the build up to the match. Strong winds blowing across the ground throughout the day also threatened to put off our first match of the season.
Our Captain, herein referred to as Vinay J lost the Toss and AGCC invited us bat first. More than the opposition’s bowling arsenal, breezy conditions were going to be a bigger challenge. IECC openers cum captains (IECC and Japan team respectively) were watchful to begin with. Soon after, they opened up and the boundaries started to flow at will. Kobayashi’s stroke play was matched by Vinay’s drives and deft touch.
Bowling by Aoyama CC was below par to say the least but cannot blame them for the effort on the field. Fielding was up to the mark with some brilliant out fielding effort by AGCC. At a little over halfway stage both batsmen had crossed half centuries at a brisk rate. Kobayashi perished in search of quick runs for a well-made 73(45).
Vinay upped the ante and with some lusty blows with good support from Pavethy at the other end. Score reading 150 for 1 at 15 over mark and Vinay at 60. 16th over yielded 20 runs; all coming from Vinay’s bat. I bet Vinay was not thinking what the whole team was thinking – a chance to score a century. From there on it was carnage, amazing display of stroke play by Vinay.
By 18th over Vinay reached the land mark with boundary over midwicket as the entire team rose to applaud a stupendous effort.
IECC ending at a humongous 248 for 2 from 20 overs.
With all due respect to Aoyama G. CC the match was all but over. AGCC was never going to chase down a mammoth total against the bowling might of IECC.Opening spell started by ever reliant Rajneesh and tear away spearhead Anurag. AGCC openers survived the first over unaware of what was going to hit them next.
Hit they were, by the pace, swing and aggression of Anurag who was in no mood to let go off the hard work and muscle built during the off season.
The batsmen were on their toes while playing him (or not so) all the time.One ball whizzed past the ears and the other would rattle the stumps – It was the beginning of an end. Awesome display of fast and accurate bowling saw wickets being rattled 7 times in a span of first 8 overs. 6 of which snapped up by Anurag in a 4 over spell, all bowled. At the end of 8 overs, score read 27/7. AGCC all but finished even before it began.
The last few wickets was going to be a formality for IECC and it was about going through the emotions for AGCC. IECC wrapping up the ACC innings with a professional and dominating performance. At the end IECC made light work of AGCC batting, gunning them all out for a meagre 58.
Engineers massive score makes it 2-0
Apr 10, 2016 by Suresh G.V
After the “Prashant Storm” chased the target of 145 in the 1st match in just 11 overs, the batters were ready and loaded with fire with all guns blazing for the second match.
The second match was led by vice captain Anurag in the absence of our regular captain Vinay. Anurag did a very fine job in marshalling his troops well. The openers, Abdul and Saif, right from the word “Go” were on a destructive mode. Abdul in particular was at his very best, scoring 44 of just 22 balls. Saif too contributed with a swift 38 off 26 balls. The opening partnership was broken in the 7th over and in came the man of the day, Prashant Kale, who had earlier taken the Rising Stars by storm. Kale started his innings where he had left off in the first match with complete dominance again scoring an aggressive knock of 38 in just 18 balls. Rest of the natters (PK, Bidyut, Suresh, Dinesh) continued their good work, and Vivek finished the innings with some fire power scoring 29 of 11 balls. The Engineers finished the game with a huge score of 225/6 in 20 overs. IECC Defending 225: The word discipline was perfect to describe our bowling unit. Rising Stars were in huge pressure with a humongous score to chase. Engineers started the proceedings with Dinesh & Prem. Dinesh in his very 1st over got the important wicket of Sunny, which was supported by a very good catch from PK. I could say with that the hopes of Rising Stars were buried, and from there on no batter had answers for the engineers bowling attack. It was a complete dominant performance from engineers, Prem once again had produced a decent spell. By half way of RS innings, they were struggling at 23/3. Then came the spin duo of Bidyut and Manu and RS batters failed to pick the spin combo, Bidyut (2) and Manu (3) chipped in some quick wickets and the rest of the game was just a formality. Captain Anurag was very good in field placing and rotated his bowlers very well, bowled a very good spell too and the overall job was great. The hard fought hero Vivek bowled his heart out with very good pace and our man behind the wickets Prashanth Kumar had done an excellent job with gloves. Keep up the good work guys. Rising Stars could manage to reach only a paltry 82/8 in their 20 Overs, Engineers took the game by 143 Runs. Although we had lot of positives to take from the games played, there is always room for improvement.
Expertise come by repetition. let’s work hard until we make winning a habit.
Prashant Kale Steamrolls Rising Stars
Apr 10, 2016 by Anurag Singh.
Kale Scored 117 of 44 deliveries.what was most striking was that his century came inside 10 overs which is in all likelihood is a record in Japan.
“They say cricket is a team game, but that’s not always the case” – Mystery man
After a tense encounter in the T-20 World Cup, with India taking the game in a thrilling finish, P. Kale invited the Rising Stars to play a couple of friendly T-20s at Sano. Rising Stars gladly accepted the challenge and the was game on. Every one was wishing for close games, but Engineers’ batting line up (read Prashant) made sure that that was not the case. Engineers captain Vinay, offered the opposition to bat first, if they agreed to Engineers batting first in the second game. After that sweet deal was made, the game started with Anurag and Vivek opening the bowling, in absence of the regular (read older) pair of Biju and Rajneesh.
Vivek playing his first game for the Engineers, bowled in good areas, with very good pace, despite the pot belly, which is a proof of the good time he had back home. Anurag was a bit wayward to begin with and allowed Rising Stars’ openers easy runs, with Sunny, the opener taking him for a couple of fours and a six. First change, Abdul got rid of the other opener straight-away in his first over, with Prashant Kumar pocketing the catch. This brought in Naimul at number 3, who was sent back by PK in the first over of his spell, with Vinay taking the catch. Sunny on the other end was riding all his luck and making sure Engineers paid the price every time it was bowled in the slot. He had a good partnership with Rajin (16) and Sayeed (18). After two overs from Abdul, Vinay took over for a two over spell, and took out Sunny in his first over to halt their march. Afterwards, Manu and Prem were brought on to bowl two over spells each. Prem bowled a good spell, bowling wicket to wicket, and taking out Mohibul in his first over. Vivek and Anurag finished the innings with some tidy overs to restrict the Rising Stars to 142 in their allotted 20 overs. The bowling effort from the Engineers was good, but it lacked control, and the ground fielding and catching let them down too many times. The keeping by Prashant Kumar was brilliant as always.
Chasing 143, Engineers started with Prashant Kale (referred to as Kale hereafter as we have two of them now 🙂 ) and Vinay. Kale was in no mood to take it slow, which is the case most of the times, and he started with a huge six off the second ball of the innings. On the other end, Vinay had a contrasting start, miscuing his second ball to offer a simple catch. This brought the younger Prashant to the crease who played very sensibly and kept rotating the strike, making sure Kale got to face as many deliveries as possible. Kale was in great touch and was making sure that anything that was in his zone was punished. It was just one of the days where his zone was pretty wide. All the bad deliveries and even the not so bad ones were dispatched to the boundary and he showed no love to any of the bowlers. Engineers had to dispatch two people on the boundary just to fetch the balls that were mostly landing outside the ground. He took a special liking to Rajin and Helal, with the former going for 37 in his 2 overs, and the latter going for 35 in his single over spell. Kale was in such good touch in the second half of the innings that he took only 15 deliveries to complete his second fifty and raced to 117 in a mere 44 deliveries. It was a great knock and I hope he continues paying like this for the rest of the season.
What was most striking was that his century came inside the first 10 overs, which in all likelihood is a record in Japan.
Prashant Kumar also played a good supporting role and scored a run-a-ball 20. The game was completed in the 10.2 overs and it was a highly convincing win for the Engineers. [separator top=”10″ bottom=”20″ style=”shadow”]
Honors shared equally in two T20 games March 20, 2016 Pavethy Nath
Match 1: “The Lion and the Ring master” It was a clear sunny day with spring in the air and hopes on our heart for a good day’s cricket. The Engineers reached on time in Sano for a good pre-match warm up session headed by Prashant kale and the mystery masked man with an unnamed IECC T-shirt. All geared up and waiting for the opponents almost an hour passed by. At about 11 am, they slowly appeared in patches, the lions are known for their laziness in the wilderness but this is cricket in Japan. May be they tried to imitate Miyamoto Musashi (the samurai who was known to be late for duels), but Ashok was quick to give them an earful. With the stumps laid out and the boundaries marked, in walked Kale and Neeraj – our newest opening pair for the first match. Vinay (Captain) wanted to have a blend of new comers and old players to get a better understanding between batting partners. Neeraj played a classic cover drive to start with a boundary but soon perished to a short pitch delivery edging to the keeper. On the other hand, Kale was aggressive and scored a quick fire 24. He was then bowled to a sharp incoming delivery. We were 2 wickets down within the power play but with a good run rate, the match was in balance. Our next mix and match pair Dinesh and Adirit Jain steadied the ship. They made the opponents run all around the ground like a wild goose chase.
To add insult to injury in came Udayanga, a bowler with the pace of Malinga but no where near to his accuracy. He bowled a 2 ball over with the rest all too high no balls giving us 17 runs in worst economy rate of Sano’s history (Economy – 51.0). The pair made a 50 partnership. Soon Adrit got out on the 14th over. He hit 3 sixes and 1 four showing his capability in the shortest format. Dinesh soon got out for a well made 38 in 32 balls. In walked Vinay and the Unnamed masked mystery man. Vinay continued his form from the previous season as if he rose from hibernation. He made a quickfire 33 from 20 balls. As the saying goes “Make hay while the sun shines”. The mystery man made Hay (Hay fever) but didn’t shine this time with his Laver & Wood bat. He got out at 5. Nevertheless, he showed his passion for cricket despite having hay fever and surrounded by hay all over in Sano 1. His efforts were appreciated by giving him a ride in PK’S convertible. Thanks Anurag (vice-captain). We made 169/ 5 after 20 overs.
After few munches and drinks we got back to the field. Biju and Rajneesh opened the bowling. They soon got to their line and length make it difficult for the opposition batsmen to score. They picked up a wicket each, followed by Anurag and Abhishek. Abhishek rolled his left armers excellently and picked up 2 wickets with a good economical spell. Roshan and Rasika scored some crucial runs for their team in the middle overs but failed to continue. Ponnusamy bowled some very slow spin which frustrated them and he finally got the wicket of Rasika who was batting well. Vinay chipped in the final overs and ended the game with 2 wickets in one over. Their batting was at par and they scored 141 at the end of 20 overs.
TOCHIGI – 141/7 IN 20 OVERS. Engineers won by 29 runs.
Match 2: The Lion’s Share
After resting for a while, the 2nd game was reduced to 15 overs due to time constraint, with Tochigi batting first. They started with a bang making use of the power play overs. The openers reminded us why they are the defending champions of Japan Cup. Aravinda hit 5 sixes and 4 fours in an incredible knock of 60. And Pethum scored 46 with 1 six and 5 boundaries. It took an international standard full stretch one handed catch by Adrit at the long on boundary to stop the explosive Aravinda. All our bowlers were torn apart by the opening pair except Vinay who came to bowl in the later half. They reached 100 at the end of the 8th over. Later Vinay pulled up his sleeves along with Adirit, who was rewarded with the ball in his hand for his incredible catch. They both bowled an economical spell to restrict Tochigi CC to 159 in 15 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. With nearly 10.6 runs needed per over.
Pavethy and Prashanth gave a good start with Prashanth Kumar rotating the strike and Pavethy going for the big shots. Pavethy scored a quick fire 27 in 11 balls but failed to dominate the power play throughout. Abhishek Jain followed him and ran some quick singles and 2’s trying to up the run rate as the boundaries were drying. Prashanth Kumar was retired our and Abhishek was retired hurt. Kale and Vinay came in next with kale scoring 19 and Vinay unfortunately getting out through his legs with just 2 runs. Neeraj joined kale and 13. Both of them were scalped by Rasika and Prabath combination catching them in the boundary line. With more than half the side back to the pavilion, entered Dinesh (hamara Sher Khan). He sent the Lions running all round the park, scoring an incredible quick fire 26. With him on strike IECC hopes were high. But he was caught out by Aravinda off the bowling of Chinaman Prabath. There went the Lion’s share of wickets. We were short by only 15 runs by the end of 15 overs.
Tochigi – 159/ 4 (15 ov). IECC – 145/ 8 (15 ov).
Having won one and lost the other, we sure had a lot of take home messages and a good day of practice against one of the best teams in Japan. We sure did tackle them but failed to tame them.
Poor batting costs the title
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.
Samurai: 249/9(40 ov). Supun 100*, Thirimane 54
I Engineers: 143/10 (34 ov). Prashant Kale 30, Thirimane 3/19
The middle order engineer a riveting thriller
Oct 18, 2015
Sunday was a day for drum beats and celebrations for the Engineers at Sano. They beat Alpha Q in one of the most thrilling matches of all times and secured their place for the title clash with the mighty Samurai. The magnitude of the heist that the Engineers have pulled off is the stuff of legends. In a performance that simply beggars belief, a score line that read 4/41 after 10 overs read 196/6 after 38 overs throwing the jubilant Engineers into a frenzy of noisy celebrations and a cacophony of vuvuzela and trumpet. The chief architect of this show was involved in a similar heist that the Engineers pulled off a few years ago against the Indian Tigers at Shizuoka. Chasing a little over 200 runs on that occasion, the Engineers were 5 wickets down with 50 odd runs on the board but two brave men, Sidde Raju and Anurag Singh pulled off an incredible win with 150+ runs partnership that left the opposition stunned. It had taken the Tigers more than two seasons to recover from that loss.
Here it was again, one of those guys, Anurag Singh, probably a bit wiser and smarter, again involved in yet another legendary stuff. His unbeaten 46 along with a run a ball 47 not out by Manvi Prashant formed the backbone of the riveting thriller along with the flawless ensemble performance of the supporting cast, Sumon and veteran Ashok Kumar. The only aberration was the Old Monk that played its part on Anurag. After a night of drinks and who knows what else, with his neighbour and team mate, Charan Sidhu, and then an excellent spell of 7 overs for a purchase of 2 wickets, that included 2 maiden overs in the morning, the young man’s muscle struck work for a while during his stay at the crease, probably robing him of his half century.
The Engineers now meet Samurai whom they have beat with ease at the league level. Samurai probably is also on a high after they chased down a target of 153 with ridiculous ease in 15 overs with their star batsman Hanif Niazi scoring 93 off only 45 balls in the first semi-final against the Indian Tigers.
Earlier in the morning, electing to bat first after winning the toss Alpha Q progressed steadily. Engineers in their new jersey, sponsored by Jay Enterprises (www.jay.co.jp)were a bunch of happy and bubbly crew. Rajneesh and Biju opened the bowling for the Engineers. Rajneesh was as always McGrath-like miserly. Though both bowlers beat the bat several times, the openers Nilesh and Chandru progressed steadily. Nilesh looked more assured of the two and Chandru seemed to be playing a supporting role but in the end it was Chandru who top scored for his team and earned the SIDO Man of the Match award for AQ. Nilesh tried to play attacking shots and was successful on two occasions to send the ball to the boundary during his brief stay. He paid the price in the 7th over, slashing a ball to the waiting hands of first slip off Rajneesh. Score 24/1 after 7 overs. Anurag and Manvi were brought in as the change bowlers. The first over of both the bowlers must have given the batsmen a bit of confidence as they scored 19 runs off next two overs. But as the bowlers settled in, it became apparent that it was not easy as it seemed. Chandru and new batsman Vasant played sensible cricket to stay at the wicket and produced a valuable 54 runs partnership. Searching for a wicket, skipper brought in PK and he produced a result immediately. After being hitting for a four, which was followed by a wide, PK produced an edge off Vasant into the waiting hands of slightly widely placed first slip where Dinesh Singh took his second catch. Meanwhile, Chandru grew in confidence and was looking more like an opener who could play shots. He hit Manvi for a six and a four and started playing confident shots. New batsman Narendar gave him support and the pair put up another good partnership of 38 runs for the 2nd wicket. The partnership ended when Narendar was caught at the long on boundary by Rajneesh as the batsman tried to clear the ropes off skipper Vinay. Next batsman Krishna didn’t last long either and was caught at long off boundary by Anurag, who didn’t have to move an inch from where he was placed. In between Dinesh accounted for opener Chandru who was caught at the wicket for a personal score of 40. The score read 122/5 after 26 overs.
With three quick wickets, the momentum was brought back and Engineers estimated that Alpha Q could be restricted to around 180 runs. Next in was the big hitting Nanda. The ever smiling batsman played some handsome shots but many a times was tempted by Vinay. He jumped out of the crease a few times only to miss the ball but escaped being stumped. The batsman’s overconfidence, however, led to his own peril. His sardonic comment “stop me if you can” sounded more like a verbal than a statement of confidence. The comment obviously spurred the engineers. In order to state his case, he played one shot too many but a searing delivery from Anurag sent his off stump cart wheeling. A send off comment “sometimes words can bite you back” was heard as the dejected batsman walked back for a personal score of 37. But by then he had taken his team to a respectable score of 183/7 in 37 overs. His partnership with Mohan yielded 35 runs for the 6th wicket. Mohan’s 16 came off only 11 balls but he also could not withstand the pace of the Old Monk lover. Some of his deliveries just seared off the surface as if they came off a spring. Engineers wrapped up things pretty soon thereafter, with AQ score reading 195/9 after Dhinesh Kumar dispatched Manvi to the boundary off the last ball of the innings.
A delicious chicken curry lunch prepared by PK provided the spice required for the chase but the drama was yet to unfold. Engineers always knew that it would be AQ’s batting vs. Engineers’ batting. So skipper Vinay Iyer and Bidyut Sarkar went out determined to see AQ’s opening bowlers Mani and Nanda through. Mani generated good pace and kept a consistent line. His hard work was rewarded when Bidyut played on to his stumps in the 3rd over. Score 4/1. With a pretty decent batting lineup with big names like Dinesh Singh and Prashant Kale yet to come, an early wicket normally does not cause a big problem. Mani, however, persisted with him immaculate line and length and he was rewarded again in his very next over. A searing beauty outside the off stump took the edge of Dinesh’s new bat on its way to the ‘keeper’s gloves. Engineers 10/2 after 5 overs. Now, that is a cause of a slight concern. In came Prashant Kale, due for a big innings the whole season. He produced his trade mark flick that fetched the maximum in the 3rd ball he faced off Mani. Things looked a bit better and batsman gained some confidence but the AQ bowlers still kept the runs dry. As the score read 30/2 after 7 overs, Prashant tried to ease the pressure by hoicking the change bowler Mohan. Although two fielders converged from far ends the ball landed safely in no man’s area in the mid wicket region. That was an aah.. moment for the Engineers. Mohan continued to keep the Engineers under pressure. His hard work seemed to have fetched results when he trapped skipper Vinay in front. As the ball seemed to have hit the pad the fielders went up in unison and up went the finger any batsman dread to see. The batsman walked back after exchanging his views on the decision as he had played the ball on to his pad. Score 31/3 after 7.2 overs. All these seemed to have affected Prashant who normally keeps his calm. A few balls later he tried to shake off the shackles once again by lifting Mohan again to the same region where he was dropped earlier but his luck had run out by this time. Score read 41/4 after 10 overs. The celebration of the AQ said it all. They thought they had the game. Their nostrils had filled with the scent of victory as that scoreline is most times a harbinger of a jolly good trouncing.
Now, the Engineers had a situation. It was a familiar situation. But this was no league match. This is a prestigious match. This is the knock out of KCL. They have gone through this pain 5 times before. The trophy suddenly seemed to be ever elusive. Though there was no Situation Room to address the situation two brave men at the crease handled the situation very well – again. One was the Old Monk lover and the other was the diminutive little master, Sumon. Both played cricket like it has to be played. They respected good balls, punished the bad ones, ran quick singles where there seemed none, converted singles to twos. Sumon took 10 balls to open his account but he did it in style by dispatching two consecutive balls to the boundary. He took another 8 balls before playing his next scoring shot. He knew what was to be done. He knew how it was to be done. He had Anurag at the other end who kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and twos. Engineers heaved a sigh of relief as the score reached 100 in the 20th over. Alpha Q was 101/2 at this stage. Game evenly poised. Soon after the drinks break, Nilesh broke the partnership when he clean bowled Sumon for a personal score of 27 but his immensely valuable partnership of 67 runs with Anurag had taken the Engineers to a stage where they could stay alive in the game. Score 108/5 after 22 overs. Dignity was restored and an attack could be planned. In came the Sehwag of the Engineers, Manvi. His simple Sehwag-like philosophy of “if the ball there to be hit, hit it” had cost him big scores many times in the past but he has always provided the team with the impetus it needed. This writer has implored the batsman many times to develop a bit more patience to play longer innings. The potential is huge but the patience, or the lack thereof, most times never allowed the maverick batsman to fully realise it. Here was a situation where the team needed best and most of these two guys and boy, did they live up to the expectation! The two men played the innings of their life to the total discomfort of AQ. Bowlers steamed in, doing their best to dislodge the partnership but they took the bowling by the scruff of the neck and shepherded the side well.
When Anurag was forced to take a break to nurse his muscle at his personal score of 26 in the 23rd over veteran Ashok Kumar replaced him to give company to Manvi who had changed gears to top by that time. Ashok played with ease and calm, not seen of him in the recent past, to score 14 runs but a series of dot balls caused the batsman to play shots to break the shackles only to give a catch at mid wicket. Score 163/6 after 34 overs. The match was still evenly poised but the return of Anurag to the crease to join Manvi restored the calm. The nimble footwork and silken timing of both had the poise and elegance of finest of players you could see in Japan. AQ skipper Srinivas tried all the tricks in the hat, brought his primary bowlers back but after withstanding probing spells from the bowlers, Anurag and Manvi teed off with élan once their spell was over. The rest was all clean hitting, too clean for AQ’s comfort. With almost identical scores it was only natural that the number of big scoring shots were also the same. Both batsmen had four hits each to the boundary and one each over it.
Manvi did give a chance, but only a ghost of one, but so ferociously was the ball hit that, Vasant, who was fielding at cover point could only deflected the ball to his face, injuring his nose in that process, and then to the boundary. By then the horse had bolted the stable anyway. With Manvi on 43 and Anurag on 46 and only 4 runs needed for an incredible victory the Engineers stood at the edge of the ground hoping Anurag to score his half century but it was Manvi who was destined to hit the winning runs. He hit Dhinesh over cover for a boundary throwing the Engineers into extra ordinary scenes of celebration. This writer believes Charan owes the team an Old Monk 🙂
Very well played Alpha Q. It was a great match and we thoroughly enjoyed the intensity and sportsmanship. Glad to know that Vasant has no internal injury!
Alpha Q: 195/9 (40 ov). Chandru 40, Nanda 37, Anurag Singh 2/32, Vinay Mohan 2/27
I Engineers: 196/6 (37 ov). Anurag Singh 46*(4×4, 1×6), Prashant Manvi 47*(4×4, 1×6), Sumon 27
SIDO Players of the match: Anurag Singh and Chandru
Engineers secure their KCL Semi-final berth
Sep 6, 2015
Dark covers of ‘cumulonimbus’ and frequent showers throughout the week cast doubts over the possibility of a KCL match between the Engineers and Serendib on Sunday, 6th September. However, the cricket-hungry players of the two teams decided to take a chance and see what actually happens at the ground itself. Well, the morning looked good as the darks clouds slowly disappeared and a match could be started at 11 am. Due to late start the match was reduced to 35 overs a side affair.
The Engineers started off on a good note with stand-in captain, Biju Paul, calling the correct side of the coin and took the obvious decision to bat first(who will just field in case rain washes of the second half!). The Engineers opener Ashok Kumar got an early reprieve in the 1st over, when a Serendib fielder failed to hold onto a regulation catch. Ashok could not make use of the opportunity for too long and fell to the same bowler (Peshala) in the 3rd over (14/1, Ashoke: 4). However the other opener Asala Wickramasinge (brought into the side after several of the Engineers regulars were unavailable for the match) continued to bat on a positive note in the company of Bidyut Sarkar. While the latter rotated the strike, Asala went for his shots. Asala was particularly severe on Peshala and hit him for two consecutive sixes in the fifth over of the match. The Engineers reached 50 as early as in the 7th over.
Asala continued his onslaught on the change up bowlers as well, hitting the first two balls of Amilendra in the 8th over for a four and six respectively. Against the run of the play, he flicked the third ball to unfortunately pick the square-leg fielder to perfection (62/2, Asala: 33). This brought Dinesh Singh to the crease. He and Bidyut batted sensibly, regularly rotating the strike mixed with occasional boundary. Once again when the Engineers looked in control they lost another wicket. The bowling change worked for Serendib when Bidyut was caught and bowled in the first delivery of Amila (90/3, Bidyut 19). However, Dinesh took the control to himself and hit a boundary to the rope and one over it in the same over. The six also brought the team 100 in the 15th over.
Dinesh and his new partner Rajneesh Shukla, who was promoted up in the order, batted at a brisk pace soon took the team score to 150 in the 21st over. Dinesh also brought up his half-century in same over with a six of Samith. He hit two more boundaries of the next two balls to accumulate a total of 22 runs of the 21st over. The Engineers looked good for a 250+ score. However, for a third time in a row Engineers lost a wicket against the run of the play. Dinesh was caught of the bowling of Sampath in the 23rd over (163/4, Dinesh: 65) while attempting a big shot. Soon after Dinesh’s departure runs dried up due to some very disciplined bowling from rejuvenated Serendib. Rajneesh, who had been playing beautifully till then, also departed at the score of 167 in the 26th over while trying the keep the scoreboard moving (167/5, Rajaneesh: 16). Charan Sidhu also fell in the very next ball (167/6) offering a caught and bowled chance. Bowling change again worked for Serendib as Indika took the wickets of Rajneesh and Charan of the last two balls of his first over. Indika also accounted for Puskar Kaushik in his next over (170/7, Pushkar:1), only to miss hat-trick separated by a wide bowled in between.
The Engineers was once again staring at the season-long (bad-)habit of sudden collapse for nothing (163/3 to 170/7) and handing over the advantage of a good start. However, PK (Prakash Jayara) had other idea. He took the attack the opposition and scored a quick fire 29 of 13 balls including two sixes and three fours. Not to forget, coming at no. 6 at the fall of Dinesh, Anupam Sharma kept his head cool during the collapse from the other end and supported PK well. This ensured that The Engineers crossed 200 during the process (in the 30th over). PK’s entertaining inning was prematurely cut short in the 31st over (212/8) by Dimuth. Anupam also departed in the 33rd over (217/9, Anupam: 12). Biju Paul and Palash tried to play out rest of the overs safely in order to refrain the opposition from getting a point for bowing the opposition out. Unfortunately that was not to happen and Palash got out in the final ball of the innings (223/10, Palash:1).
While Dinesh batted beautifully for 65, significant contributions from others and power-packed 29 from PK ensured The Engineers had a very good score to defend. For Serendib Indika was the pick of the bowler with figures of 5-1-22-3, and was ably supported by Sampath 7-0-38-3. Serendib captain Arosh did not get a wicket but bowled a tight spell of 6-1-15-0. Other bowlers well for plenty with Samith (6-0-63-0) getting the maximum treatment. So far so well, but now The Engineers had other reasons to worry about. The sky started pouring again during the innings break. However, within 15-20 minutes it the intensity decreased to drizzle may be just mild enough to begin the second innings. At least 18 overs were needed to be bowled to make a match out of it.
Team IECC started their bowling with a purpose, bowing very tight lines and fielders moving swiftly during and between the overs. 15 overs were bowled within an hour, which was of course helped by the cautious approach taken by Serendib. Rajneesh (4-0-8-0) and Biju (4-0-12-0) bowled miserly opening spells. Although the two beat the bat of both openers several times the first breakthrough came with bowling change when Dinesh trapped one of their openers in front of the wicket. Still, Serendib continued to play cautiously and the score at the end of 15 overs read 45/1. Even with drizzle continuing incessantly, with just three overs to go The Engineers sensed the match in their pocket at the end of first hour.
Serendib innings got some momentum when they took on Palash, bowling his first ever over for his team, for 20 runs. However, PK once again proved to be a throne in their throat. He hit the timbers thrice to knock Serendib out of the game (PK: 7-0-16-3). Pushkar (6-0-41-1) also chipped in a wicket. With the match already in pocket skipper decided to try out his other bowlers. The move also worked as both Charan (3-0-14-1) and Bidyut (3-0-23-1) contributed with a wicket each. During a complete rout of Serendib only Samith provided some resistance. He took on the bowlers with some power packed strokes to and over the boundary. At the end of 30th over, Engineers still required 2 wickets to bowl out the opposition and earn the bonus point. So skipper decided to stop experimenting and go for the kill and called back Dinesh and PK once again.
Dinesh’s second spell over brought some laughter on the field as well. He wanted to move the fielder Charan, who was fielding on deep cover, a few yards squarer and in, the fielder’s response was a No with a confident statement, “tu tension mat lo, mein catch nahi chodunga”(don’t worry, I won’t drop a catch). As luck would have it, the Samit lifted the very next ball to deep cover where the fielder was asked to stand. Charan tried hard to get hold of the catch but grassed it as he was not in a position to take it. As the frustrated bowler wore a I-told-you-so look, came the response from the fielder, “dobara de do, main nahin chodunga”(try again, I won’t drop again). That brought a lot of chuckle on the field and the fielder moved to the position where he was originally asked to stand. In the next ball it appeared that the bowler and batsman colluded to test the word of the fielder – Dinesh bowls the exact same ball, Samit plays the exact same shot and as the entire team looks on anxiously to see if Charan lives up to his word, he took it with a glee, giving a relief to the bowler and the skipper. The phrase “dobara de do, main nahin chodunga” is being nominated for the Catch Phrase of the Season awards.
Serendib managed 143 in 32.3 overs, thanks to the sole effort from Samith, the last man to be out. The Engineers completed a comprehensive 80-run win with a bonus point.
The rain started to get heavier again, but not before the full match could be completed. From the Engineers Dinesh (for his allround performance) and from Serendib Smaith (for his stroke-filled innings) got the Man of the Match awards (sponsored by SIDO). With two comfortable wins from as many matches team IECC is well on course to the knock-outs ok KCL and looking good for many more.
I Engineers: 223(34.6 ov). Asala 33, Dinesh Singh 63, Indika 3/22, Sampath 3/38
Serendib: 143(32.3 ov). Peshala 35, Samita 39, Dinesh Singh 3/15, Prakash Jayara 3/16
July 26, 2015
July-August is not an ideal time to play cricket. The sapping heat and high humidity makes it feels like one is standing in front of a furnace. To boot, when the game is in Sano, which is the second hottest city in Kanto area because the heat is trapped by the surrounding mountains, it will be like a war of attrition not a cricket game. When the game is between two equally strong teams and two favourites to lift the cup this year, it adds some spice to the game as well. But you forget all the hardships when you get the desired result at the end and the Engineers did go home satisfied.
It was the Engineers’ first KCL match and if the opponents, Samurai, who had played 4 matches before with an undefeated run, came thinking to finish their league level matches with a clean slate, this writer will not blame them. They had the batsmen, they had the bowlers, they had the fielders and they had the hope too. But the Engineers had the will.
Samurai won the toss and as expected chose to bat first. Having only played T-20 matches until then this was the Engineers first 40 over match of the season and therefore it was perhaps a good toss to lose. Every skipper’s inherent desire is to bat first so we probably would have batted first had we won the toss. Who knows, without a target in sight, we would have played like a bang bang T-20 game only to get out for around 100 runs!
As Supun and Hanif Niazi opened the batting for Samurai, Rajaneesh and Biju opened the bowling for the Engineers. Both openers opened up straight away with boundaries. Biju produced an edge off Hanif in the his first over but to everyone’s dismay the keeper could not hold on to it. As the captain wore a worried look wondering the cost of the drop, Rajneesh produced a beauty to take out Hanif in the next over, the batsman being taken in the deep smartly by a well placed Dinesh. Lakmal, the next batsman, and Supun tried to lay the foundation with a 32 runs partnership. With 55 runs in 11 overs, Lakmal played one shot too many and was bowled by Manvi. From then on, the Samurai didn’t look like any sort of warriors their club is named after. Batsman after batsman tried to play shots before getting set and paid the price immediately. The hard hitting Chula was an example. He lofted the second ball he faced for a six and got caught out in the deep by a well placed Dinesh the very next ball trying to play the same shot. The only batsman who played with some sense was Asantha who came in at no. 9 when the score was at 109 after 23 overs. Asantha displayed the skills that is required to play an one-day game. He blocked, he pulled, he drove, he left, he flicked, he had all the shots. When he left, clean bowled by Rajaneesh, he had taken his team’s score to 157. The Engineers didn’t let the Samurai add any more to that score and wrapped the next two batsmen in quick succession. While Rajaneesh stood out among the bowlers with a return of 4/26, Anurag and Manvi were miserly with 18/1 and 19/1, respectively.
Engineers opened their innings with skipper Vinay and debutante Charan Sidhu. Charan showed the nervousness of a debutante, wafting at most deliveries. Chula, the veteran all rounder of Samurai, sensed blood and bowled a slower one. Charan went after it only for the ball to go straight up giving Chula a comfortable return catch. That brought Dinesh, who has been in awesome form throughout the season, into the crease. The duo played real cricket and took the score to 108 in 15 overs. Dinesh’s departure caused a mini-collapse, which Engineers have specialized in over the years – free advice is available how to do it – but skipper Vinay stood tall among the ruins to alleviate any trepidation. His pugnacious 78 consisted of 8 shots to the boundary and 5 over it. He raced from 40 to 50 in only 4 balls with 2 scoring shots, one four and a six.
When two strong teams are sparring the absence of a neutral umpire can cause some consternation. Immediately after Vinay’s half century, Samurai thought they had their man when Chula apparently produced an edge off the batsman but the umpire thought that he had heard two sounds and wasn’t quite sure which one of that came off the bat. Easy decision – not out :-). By that time Vinay and Dinesh had taken the game almost beyond Samurai’s reach.
As the Engineers fell from 127/2 to 129/5 in a quick span, game seesawed, with the initiative being more often given up by Samurai than wrested away by the Engineers. Finally the Engineers managed to hold their nerve and win by 5 wickets with all rounder Manvi scoring 13 runs and the second debutante Palash Agrawal managing to stay at the wicket seeing off 24 balls while scoring 4 valuable runs. The win ensured that the Engineers earned bonus points for bowling out the opposition and scoring 1.25x the rate of opposition’s run rate.
Well played Samurai. Thank you for the wonderful game!
Samurai: 157/10(32.5 ov). Supun 31, Asantha 47, Rajaneesh Shukla 4/26.
I Engineers: 158/5(25.2 ov). Vinay Mohan 78, Dinesh Singh 32, Chula 3/23.
Allround Performance by the Engineers bring good result
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.
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.
“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.
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*.
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.
After a successful chase of 200+ runs in the previous KCL outing, the Engineers had all the confidence in the world to do anything they wanted – bat first and put up a huge score, or chase any big total. So when the skipper won the toss, he had no doubt to elect to bat first so that all the batsmen get a chance to swing their arms. Everyone indeed got a chance and swung their arms but not probably the way their skipper would have liked.
The Engineers indeed were aware of Alpha Q’s(why did they name their team like that?) bowling prowess, but what they got was more than what they expected. Alpha Q almost lived up to their club’s name and pha Qd up Engineers chances but for the partnership of final two wickets.
Engineers were jolted when former skipper and opener, Sanjeeb Sahoo, who was successful in the previous match, was the first to return caught behind for duck in the 5th ball of the innings. His opening partner, Sanman Koyande, returned in the 5th ball of the next over, again for a duck. So we have 2 new batsmen, in the name of Yogesh Chandwadkar the vice captain, and M Karthik, the all rounder, at the crease in the 2nd over of the innings but with their reputation as fine players, the Engineers hoped that the early loss of two wickets was just a fluke, the result of an uneven Flicx pitch. The hope, however, was short lived as the vice captain was judged LBW, in the 5th ball (not again!) of the 4th over by AQ skipper Mohan. That brought another all rounder, Mohubul Hassan, to the crease. With two all rounders, both with a reputation of hard hitting at the crease, the Engineers again hoped that batting collapse was just a flash in the pan. As no wickets fell in the 5th ball of the next few overs and the Engineers began to heave a sigh of relief, a sudden rush of blood overcame Karthik, he stepped out and heaved at a delivery only to be caught by the bowler himself in his follow through. Karthik out for 4. It was the 2nd ball of the 9th over and the beginning of another strange pattern. That brought the daring Prashant Manvi to the crease. He indeed relieved the pressure by hitting a boundary right away but was clean bowled by Venu in the 2nd ball of the 10th over. In the 2nd ball of the 11th over, Mohibul Hassan was caught in the middle of the wicket by Dinesh. Next batsman was Rajaneesh Shukla, who normally doesn’t play aggressive shots but hangs around to make his 20s and and 30s. He too fell to a strange pattern, caught at mid-wicket in the 2nd ball of the 13th over making the score line look a precarious 7/41 in 13.2 overs. Old timer Jagan too returned in the 15th over with the score at 44 and the Engineers batting lineup that looked so marvelous just a few weeks ago looked like they are not going to cross 50. With the score looking 44/8 your writer walked in to give company to debutant Vinay Mohan who was batting solidly at the other end. The pair didn’t exactly set the the stage on fire but showed some sensibility in batting and took the score to 76 before Vinay slogged at delivery but was brilliantly caught at deep mid-wicket, the fielder having had to cover quite a long distance and the catch was taken with fielder still running. That brought the last man, Taka Morimoto, to the crease and Taka provided a good support to this writer. What pleased the eyes of yours truly was the opposition spreading the field wide and deep after two boundaries were hit 🙂 Soon the innings wound up when Nanda clean bowled this writer but the score at that was 97, not exactly a defendable total but a far cry from 44/8.
In the pre-fielding briefing, skipper encouraged everyone to do their best and Jagan reminded the team of successfully defending a score of 48 against the British Embassy a few years ago. With only confidence in their hands and a pride to defend, the Engineers set about their task. Rajaneesh opened the bowling with a tight line and length. Yours truly made the first break-through in the 3rd ball of his over by clean bowling the opener, Anirudh, the bastsman missing his off stump. New batsman, Shafiq was also sent back the next ball, again the batsman missing the offstump. A hat trick was denied when an edge fell agonisingly fell short of gully. With their tail up, the Engineers continued to attack the AQ and their batting line-up could not withstand the sustained attack although there were patches short partnerships(details in the scorebook are sparce). The last wicket partnership did do their best and came close to 10 runs of victory but Mohibul had Dinesh caught plumb in front of the wicket and the Engineers won by 10 runs.
IECC: 97 (29 ov). Dinesh Kumar 3/17, Nanda Kumar 3/17
Alpha Q: 87(26.5 ov). Mohibul Hassa 4/14.