(revised from original on 25/03/2003)
As foreseen, revelations but also disappointments have
surfaced, making the the forecast slightly more complicated!
Surprise promotion to Division 1. in spite of the difficulty
to stay in the upper division G. Brady and S. Nakazawa are leading
a bunch of players not much changed from last year but generally improved,
especially the likes of Y. Shimada and his very deceptive slow inswingers.Since
then S. Nakzazawa has proved a useful batsman, but used too low in the
order. Y. Shimada has been read and been inflicted with some punishment.
G. Brady has confirmed but should take the club in charge and teach some
basic tactics to his captain!
-Friends XI C.C.
Lost Munir Ahmad, their best batsman, but enrolled a
few Sri Lankan players (who proved slightly medicre). Slightly ageing team.
but still prove a force in Division 1, although opponents will know they
can beat them on their day, especially when missing one or two leading
bowlers. Batting reinforced by the arrival of Umar farooq.
Ali brothers (All round) and Umar Farooq to follow.
-Fuji Far East C.C.
Reinforced by the arrivals of Sujith Dharmasena and Mahen
Fernando and some Sri Lankan friends (who unfortunately do not seem to
turn up!), as well as the transfer of Anton McCloy from the Kytes. Will
compete with Shizuoka Kytes to stay in Division 1, unless their new arrivals
prove vital. Then they shall compete for a slot in the semi-finals..
K. Orita's bowling and T. Kawashima's batting and keeping
Acquired Munir Ahmed. Very solid team when all members
are available. Could prove the most improved team in 2003.
To follow: Munir Ahmed, Naoaki Saida, Naoki Miyaji, Tetsuo
Fuji, Mohammad Rizwan all playing for the National Team.
Has confirmed they shall at least reach the semi-finals.
-Shizuoka Kytes C.C.
Going through a rebuilding period. Lost Mark Wilson,
the most economical bowler of the KCL in 2001 and 2002. Acquired one escellent
batsman in Michael Walker (who unfortunately could turn up to only one
game), two all-rounders in Melvin De Silva and Phillip Harris and excellent
bowlers in Chanuka Sanjeewa and Sampath Senaratna (who have faded since
then) and Asunka Senaka. Might be able to squeeze away from demotion, but
certainly not qualify for the semi-finals when all players are not available.
Middle and low batting too brittle.
Matthew Sharpe's bowling (who suffered from a bike accident)
and Robb McKenna's batting to follow.
-Tokyo Giants C.C.
2002 champions. Lost Sujith Dharmasena and a few more
players. Acquired a few players of unknown quantity. Like Friends, ageing
team and beatable, in spite of their two recent Championships .
Mumtaz Alam's batting and Tauseef Azhar's bowling to
-Tokyo Indian Engineers C.C.
No new members of note, but solid all around. Can beat
any team on their day, but brittle under pressure, especially when batting
second. Will probably qualify for the semi-finals.
-Yokohama Country & Athletics Club C.C.
Ageing team. many new faces . Might run into trouble
making numbers. All will depend on their first two or three games.
Kamran Ali, Avinash Jadhav and Mark Ferris to follow
for their allround abilities.
1- Giants, 2- Friends, 3-Indian Engineers, 4- Millennium,
5-YCAC, 6- Kytes, 7- Fuji Far East, 8- Adore
A very open group, but weaker than Group B
4 teams will be vying for the 2 semi-final spots with
almost an equal chance. Coming to games with a full team shall be the vital
Newcomers. A motley of nationalities,
including a couple of Japanese players. Might turn out to be a good team,
although they might be considered a force by next year as their groun will
attract more members.
Will struggle this year again.
A few good players who shall take the opportunity for experience.
Might create a couple of surpises
this year. Depends on whether they can maintain their numbers.
Brittle batting, but sold bowling on their day. Slow starters.
-Tokyo Bay Districts C.C.
Same as MAX, but very erratic in
spite of a couple of good players, unfortunately too isolated.
Ken Wadano's bowling to follow.
-Tokyo British Embassy C.C.
Quite a few new names this year.
A good all-round team when all players are available. Usually statrts
strong but struggles at the end of the season.
To follow: Thomas Goodwin's wicket-keeping,
Brent Kininmont, David envall and Stuart black's all round abilities, Damian
benson's batting and A. King's bowling.
Another new team. Composed of Ozzies
only (so far...) around Jarrad Shearer. Might struggle to make numbers.
Unknown quantity, too.
1- British Embassy, -2 Wombats, 3- Serendib, 4-
Ichihara, 5- MAX, -6 Tokyo Bay Districts
A very open and difficult group.
Lots of work for the Umpires with
3 good all-Pakistani teams!
Those Pakistani teams might not be the best, actually. Wyverns could
create more than one upset!
-Bangladesh Tigers C.C.:
A bunch of very nice blokes. Have
proven greatly improved. Could provoke the surprise. Monir Morshed to follow.
-Gunma XI Star C.C.
New team. Seems very strong on
paper and judging from pre-season friendly match won against Division 1
Giants. All-Pakistani cast. Shall prove the team to beat when they can
make the numbers. Otherwise might easily lose status. Might
squeezein the semi-finals.
-Lalazar Sports C.C.
New team. Seems very strong on
paper.Slight doubts about players' abilities, though. To follow:
Aqeel Uhr Rehman. has disppointed since. Will need at leats one more year
-Pakistan Eaglets C.C.
Missed promotion last year through
indiscipline and arrogance. Might get their revenge if luck on their side.Do
not always make numbers and brittle under pressure, though.
one player banned for two years. Will have to wait until
next year before proving themselves.
Did spring a few nasty surprises!
Very dedicated outfit with overseas experience. Useful wicket-keeper in
T. Chino. Gavin Bearth will provide the runs with Y. Hirose, while Junmei
Hanada, K. Yannai, G. Beath and Hideharu Kojima will form a solid-looking
attack with the ball.
1- Wyverns, 2- Gunma XI Star, 3- Bangladesh tigers, 4-Lalazar
Sports, 5- Pakistan Eaglets