2006 Season Articles
Kanto Cricket League
Division 1 thrown in turmoil by big upsets. Tokyo Bay districts CC confirms in D-2:
Millennium CC: 239/7 (40 overs) (Munir Ahmed, 123*; Mohammad Rizwan, 57)
Wyverns CC: 243/6 (39.3 overs) (G. Beath, 112; T. Chino, 57)
Wyverns CC won by 4 wickets
Tokyo Giants CC: 201 (38 overs)
(Sajjad hassan, 40)
Shizuoka Kytes CC: 293/7 (40 0vers)
(A. Harvey; 90; Kunwar Mahender; 56; G. Brady, 3/35)
But both teams were keen and risks had to be taken. At 6:00 a.m. Captains and Umpire received the go ahead and the dices had been thrown.
As usual our opponents were all here to admire our ever-improving ground whereas some of our players were still questioning the sanity of a game in dubious climatic conditions over the phone.
By some unknown magic we started the game on time and our skipper was asked to bat first by the confident Wombats Captain Courtney “Chuck” Jones who assumed that the Kytes had not changed that much for the last two years upon reading the players’ list which included the GOM. The new names would not mean much if the Kytes had to recall an injured Grandad to make numbers. The earlier the finish, the sweeter the beer!
Our start seemed to vindicate his choice when Robb “Monogamist” McKenna edged a swinging ball to his rival wicket-keeper Jarrad “Dino” Shearer who dove for a splendid catch soon to be followed by Arbab “Kojak” Mohammad, who had been sick all week, falling to a ball by new recruit Gerard Brady that he never saw. At 16 for 2, things looked bleak indeed. Skipper Ashley “Ashy” Harvey went to the fore with his reputation at stake and joined Joel “Pants” who was still smarting from two successive ducks. They successfully neutralized the opening bowlers and took the total to 95 after 17 overs, and we realized things were not going according tour rivals’ plans any longer when Chuck began to shout on a regular basis from the boundary. Pants fell to a good one from the other newcomer M. Ainslie for a solid 26. Matthew “Spitometer” Sharpe came to the crease with the firm intention to repeat on his last performance but was quickly sent back being given lbw after he failed to connect sweeping at a straight ball from J. Cole, battering everyone’s ears with new heights of indignant self-righteousness on the way back to the Pavilion”.
That is when Kunwar Mahender, an Indian lad unknown to the Wombats came to the crease. For 8 balls he showed respect for the bowling and asked for directions from his Captain. And then, bang! The Wombats will have to find a new nickname for the batsman who hit them for 8 sixes in the space of 21 balls. By the time Ashy left for 90 playing his first false shot, the score was already beyond our opponents at 182 in 28 overs. Subhoda “Subo” Gunawardene, another fiery character in a loud Kytes band, joined the fun and the South Asian pair piled misery with a 65-run partnership in 6 overs. Nick “Porno” Shannon, who had been screaming his glee all day long, then came in to rub in salt and sand with lusty hits and running as if his life depended on it.
Total: 293/7 and the GOM had not left the scoring chair. Only G. Brady and M. Ainslie got some respect. The left were wondering what had hit them.
But the battle still had to be won, the Wombats having
the same vaunted batsmen who took them to the D-1 Final last year.
Tokyo Bay districts CC establish
On 23rd April at Fuji , records were made in plenty. The highest individual score in KCL as well as the highest partnership for any wicket in KCL. The match was between Tokyo Bay and Serendib. The weather was very much cloudy with occasional showers falling in between. The year 2005 has shown that Tokyo Bay has come along very well as a team under the captainship of Sachin Chowdhery, who took over from Ken Wadano. But the year 2006 and the KCL new season has started to show that Tokyo Bay is going to turn out as one of the most enterprising teams. There are players now in Tokyo Bay who can go out and do the batting at any slot and there are so many options in bowling that even the strike bowlers can be rested during the matches. This is going like the rotation policy of Greg Chappell with the present India Team.
As on the morning of 23rd April, nobody ever imagined that the records would be re-written. Tokyo Bay reached the ground at 09:00 am, but Serendib in spite of staying overnight at Fuji , reached the ground late at 11:00 am and play started at 11:15 am. Serendib lost 3 overs as result in their innings. Tokyo Bay again won the Toss and elected to Bat as the conditions were favouring the fast bowlers of Serendib and there were many chances of rains as was predicted by the weather forecast. Tokyo Bay opened the innings with M.Karthik and Saad Qureishi. Both played very well with the new ball attack and saw the new ball thru the early overs. When it looked like Karthik was looking set for a long innings, he got out LBW. This happened in the 8th over of the innings. Here walked the captain in to join Saad. Nobody ever thought that from now on the record partnership will come into being. Sachin played the best innings till date for Tokyo Bay and Saad also played the best innings of his for the team. Both took their time to adjust to the wicket and reached 117 for 1 till the half time. But the things started to fold for Serendib from here onwards as Saad and Sachin started to take over the attack to the Serendib bowlers. Next 20 overs got 192 runs for Tokyo Bay. The last 10 overs got 119 runs for Tokyo Bay. The final score made was 309 for 1. The highest score made by Tokyo Bay. Saad made 174 not out of 122 balls, while Sachin made 101 not out of 91 balls. Saad’s innings was studded with 10 sixes and 16 fours, while Sachin’s innings was studded with 4 sixes and 9 fours. Their partnership was for 287 runs and unbroken till the end.
It was a tall task for Serendib to chase 309. But their batsmen Asanka and Shiron batted very well and made individual 50’s. But they could only muster 238 for 6 in their allotted overs. Here also bowling honours from Tokyo Bay goes to Mayank Dabral, Dinesh Shandilya and Amandeep Singh. They all bowled very well and accurately to the batsmen. Mayank finished with 8 – 0 – 27 – 0, Dinesh had the figures of 8 – 1 – 28 – 1, while Amandeep had figures of 8 – 0 – 39 – 1. Well, Tokyo Bay could have won the match with a large margin if it would not have been the case of giving away too many extras in the form of wides. In all Tokyo Bay gave away 43 wides.
It seems now that Tokyo Bay is going to take each match very seriously and each match needs to be won. In a way it was an all round effort by Tokyo Bay to clinch this match.
Dragons CC get 4 more points without
breaking a sweat and Sernedib CC start their campaign on a positive note:
Dragons CC bet Paddy Foley's CC by forfeit