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November 2nd: Friendly: 13 Adore not enough to outscore Kytes:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 201/8 (35 overs) (Ashley Harvey 84)
Adore C..C.: 145/11 (35 overs) (Wataru Masuda 32, Mewan Kothalawala 3/33)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. beat Adore C.C. by 56 runs.
Scorer: R-G. Martineau
See Scoresheet HERE>>
Neil Harrison writes:
Adore enjoyed their 2007 end-of-season 60-run defeat and barbecue down in Shizuoka so much that they decided to come down this year and do it again.
Conditions were pretty much perfect as the Captain won the toss and snatched the chance to bat. Kytes new look line-up featured 6 Sri Lankans and only one Australian. The Captain was keen to try out as many bowlers as possible, and had agreed to allow all 13 Adore members to bat, which meant Kytes had to post a competitive total of at least 200.
Fortunately, Adore skipper Shun was also in the mood for improvisation and a rather toothless opening pairing of Ikeba and Shimada gave Joel and Wasantha a limp-wristed welcome to the crease that they were more than happy to accept. Both opening bowlers looked solid if unspectacular till the first bowling change brought on the much quicker Sunaoka and a chance for Joel to lift an effortless 5 (almost a 6!) square onto the terrace. Later in the over, Sunaoka got his revenge with one that looked to be barreling straight down the channel outside off, but cut back in just enough to beat the outside edge and tickle the outside of off stump. Ashley came out to join Wasantha and looked in touch from the word go, but his next 3 partners seemed reluctant to hang around. Wasantha and Lalith were both bowled by balls they could easily have blocked and then Suresh almost escaped being hit on the boot in front of middle, but Tsukada appealed as an afterthought and Suresh was on his way.
The Captain then joined Ashley and their partnership of 68 at a run a ball got the innings out of stagnate mode. Ashley was by now motoring and looking good for his first ton for a couple of seasons. Shimada got just reward for causing the Captain all sorts of problems when the Captain finally middled one but picked out Sunaoka at mid-off for a good low catch. Mewan, Uditha and Lakmal kept Ashley company as he floored the accelerator in the final overs, but the latter's dash for a ton ended with a skied heave and a good catch by Yamanouchi running in at mid-off.
The Kytes innings finished on 201/8, with the major contributions coming from Ashley (84 from 88 balls, 10x4, 3x6) and extras (56).
Shimada (7-1-2-24) was by far the pick of the bowlers, but Sunaoka also bowled two good pacy spells.
After a leisurely lunch in the sun, the Sri Lankans decided to monopolise the scoresheet, bowling 14 of the overs up to drinks (and 25 of the total) and taking credit for just about every aspect of every dismissal right the way through. A wayward, wide-filled over from Mewan got Adore off to a good start, but thereafter Mewan and Lalith got stuck into the not too arduous task of whittling out the 12 Adore wickets on offer. First to go was Baba, snicking Mewan to Uditha. Yamanouchi and Shoji followed without too much fuss but then Nakazawa and Masuda put up stiff resistance for a while.
The Captain decided to limit his bowlers to 5 overs a piece, turning to Ashley and Lakmal for the next 10, but still there was no joy for the white boys. The best the non-Lankans could manage during all of this was half a run-out, when Joel's return to Suresh was in time to beat Masuda's bungled attempt at a quick single. Lakmal meanwhile, who in his previous and only appearance for Kytes had bowled 1 over for 20 runs, was having a ball at the Bridge End, bowling a tight line of skiddy medium pacers that Adore seemed to have trouble picking.
At drinks, Adore were 60/5, and pretty much out of the chase, and Kytes leading wicket-taker still hadn't bowled. In due course we had Suresh on at the Lone Tree End, replacing a wicketless Ashley, with Wasantha trundling in from the Bridge End. Cue another flurry of wickets, 10 down by the 30th over and time for a double bowling change. And so it was that the Captain had his master plan, bringing Takashi on from the Lone Tree End and himself from the Bridge End - let's see them Lankans take a wicket now! Takashi was bowling ultra dobbers and Ikeba duly dobbed back and chopped his own stumps down. The Captain had no luck from the Bridge End and so it fell to the Grand Old Man to crack the last wicket, with Tsukada immaculate as ever at the crease. Third ball in, and we thought Tsukada had joined the Hall of Shame when he lunged at a full-length donkey dropper and stranded himself down the track. Uditha slapped off the bails and Tsukada was off to enjoy the derision of his teammates on the terrace, when Ashley, showing a hitherto unrevealed respect for fair play and the Spirit of the Game (not to mention knowledge of the rules), pointed out that Uditha had gathered the ball in front of the stumps before breaking the wicket, thus contravening Law 40 (see below). A reprieved and chastened Tsukada duly dotted out the remainder of the over, leaving Adore on 145/11 at the close.
There wasn't a whole lot of substance to the Adore innings, apart from the fact that they survived to the last ball. Takita was absent, Nakazawa was out of touch and Ito departed early to a good catch by Wasantha at point. None of the other candidates really looked like they had the confidence to go after the Kytes bowlers, which in turn boosted the bowlers' confidence. Masuda (32 off 46, 4x4) was willing to have a go, but there was a bit too much baseball in his strokes.
For Kytes, Mewan (5-0-3-33) recovered from a wild first over to bowl an aggressive and increasingly quick spell that bodes well for Kytes in 2009. Don Prelis (5-0-2-19) was punished for 2 loose deliveries but bowled excellently otherwise. Lakmal (5-0-2-23) and Wasantha (5-1-1-11) bowled spells that proved a bonus for the Captain, and Suresh (5-0-1-9) came up with a wicket as usual, to virtually assure his spot as Kytes' top wicket taker of the year.
Man of the Match: Ashley Harvey, for another excellent innings and not a bad piece of bowling - pity he didn't get a wicket. And for knowing the rules.
+++++ Post Script +++++++++++++++++
He's Right, Y'Know!
*3. Position of wicket-keeper*
The wicket-keeper shall remain wholly behind the wicket at the striker's end from the moment the ball comes into play until
(a) a ball delivered by the bowler
either (i) touches the bat or person of the striker
or (ii) passes the wicket at the striker's end
or (b) the striker attempts a run.
In the event of the wicket-keeper contravening this Law, the umpire at the striker's end shall call and signal No ball as soon as possible after the delivery of the ball.
October 26th: PFC Semi-Final: Giants hold off Kytes rally:
Tokyo Giants C.C.: 162 (28.5 overs) (Hanif Mohammed 46, Suresh Navod 4/28, Ashley Harvey 3/30)
Shizuoka Kytes C..C.: 157/6 (32 overs) (Ashley Harvey 68*, Matt Sharpe 43)
Tokyo Giants C.C. beat Shizuoka Kytes C.C. by 5 runs.
Scorer: R-G. Martineau
See Scoresheet HERE>>
Matthew Alphonse Sharpe writes:
Well, what looked like a rain-affected affair early Sunday morning turned out to be a cool, at times freezing game of cricket with all the excitement and in-house fighting (by the Giants of course), a tight game of cricket can produce.
The Kytes arrived at the ground in their usual way, dribs and drabs, with Neil, Robear and young papa-to-be Suresh, cutting the inner and outer areas of the ground which was somewhat soft under foot. Neil was kind enough to hand over the captaincy duties to me for my final hoorah with The Kytes.
At the coin toss, one that I won, I went against the usual Kytes strategy and put the Giants in to bat. Kamal, for those who don't know him, actually plays for the Giants and smacked yours truly all over the park the last time we played them, has crossed sides and hopefully will be with us from here on. He opened with the new ball. I was at the other end and was very unlucky not to have a c&b off my first ball, just tipped the pinky! Next over I was luckier when I slipped a slower ball through Naeem's defense for our first wicket. Clean bowled, gotta like that!!! Soon the Giants were in more strife when a mix up between the batsmen saw Nick and myself combine with Ashley to score a runout! Two fa!
Kamal and myself bowled quite tight, unlucky at times not to get a caught behind (Eh Marty!!!), and combined with some good fielding to restrict the Giants to 2/21 after 10 overs. Suresh and Marty then came on and it was Suresh who exposed the Giants free hitting in the air to get the next breakthrough. Marty was the unlucky bowler to miss out on a wicket on several occasions. Karma mate, shouldn't have dropped those ones in slip . Although, Marty did make up for those misses with an excellent catch at point when the comment came from the batsmen,"that ball caught you"!!! At drinks the Giants were 3/64.
After drinks the Giants opened up their shoulders and started to put a few runs on the board. Suresh was bowling a good line and was rewarded with more wickets, all catches. The Toddler took a nicely timed plod to catch Malik Naseem in the outfield and then Neil, after how many bites of the cherry and practice dropped catches, took a solid catch in the outfield to remove the dangerous Mumtaz. After his dismissal the bickering on the sidelines was evident, the Giants were in deep SH#T!!! Ashley came on and we switched keeping duties to get his line and length right to remove Noman Iqbal, Giants 7/112 In came, "I'm to sexy for my team", Gulzar (of Lalazar), who is known for his ability to change a game in a matter of overs with his lusty hitting. He looked set to take things away from us but his arrogance got the better of him and he tried to smash Ash (short rhyme!!!) only to get a nice thick edge to yours truly doing the keeping duties. I must say, his apparent arrogance showing through when he refused to walk until Mumtaz told him to be on his way!!! Ash got his 3rd with a nice outfield catch to Nick. Unfortunately Nick was very unlucky not to have the dangerous Hanif (on loan from Al Karam) caught on the boundary when he hit a lofted shot to the boundary only to find Suresh had crept in to smell the action and the ball sailed over his head for four runs. He then went on to make us pay for that hitting 21 off that over!!! Nick stiffer than Robear on Viagra!!! Kamal then came on and got the final wicket to finish with 1/23, Giants all out for 162 in the 29th over. Suresh the pick of the bowlers with 4/28, Ash 3/30 Kamal 1/23 and Me 1/15.
After a short lunch break that saw Nick and Marty combine their great Aussie backgrounds and whip up a raging (no, no viagra referrals here!!!) BBQ. Todd and Larry were loitering around the chicken wings ready to pounce on anything Marty wasn't attending to!!! Shame there was no lamb for the big Kiwi!!!
Todd and I opened up and another Giants loaner, Noman, bowled a very tight line not allowing us to score freely as we had hoped. Toddy left one that came back a long way and luckily for Todd, did not hit his off stump. Toddy may refer to his good judgement but Neil and I were thinking otherwise. Not long after that Todd's luck ran out against Younus (another loaner) and he inside-edged onto his pad and onto the stumps for a duck. Larry then came in and looked a little lost when running between the wickets missing out on valuable runs on numerous occasions. He also tried to play a straight one to the boundary also being clean bowled by Younus for 3. At this stage runs had dried up and when Joel came in and then departed faster than my quick wit, we were the ones in deep POO!!! The Kytes 3/25 off 13 overs. That brought Ash to the crease and him and I steadied things up until drinks. After 16 overs we were a measly 3/29.
After Drinks we came out firing getting those boundaries that had been escaping us before. We pushed the score up to 65 before I did my usual and skied a ball off Gulzar, who took an easy C&B. I was out for 43. That brought the big hitting Kamal in and he and Ash really upped the pace with lusty hitting to all parts of the Kytes beautiful ground. With 4 overs to go Kamal unfortunately went for one too many and was bowled for an entertaining 25 Needing 12 an over Neil came in and tried to force the Giants bowlers and looked good until being caught by Mumtaz on the boundary for 6. Nick then came in with the "tree trunk" as his preferred weapon and when it came down to the last over and Mumtaz bowling it we needed 27 to win. With Ash facing he struck boundary after boundary and the Giants were sh#tting bricks. It all came down to the last ball, we needed a 6 off it for a tie, which would have meant we won because we had wickets in hand BUT unfortunately Ash's shot to the boundary was cut off for a single and The Kytes went down valiantly by 5 runs. Ash finished with an inspiring 67 not out and Nick was on 1. Our total 6/157 off our 32 overs. Should've gone for the 35 overs, eh Neil??? It was a great last match for me and one I will remember. I can't help but feel it was definitely a game we lost, not them winning it. Everyone did a great job and I'd like to thank Robear for doing a fine job of scoring. It was getting quite tense there for him in the final overs!!!
To all of you who have made my stay in Japan and games with The Kytes memorable, thank you very much. I will of course look forward to hearing via email how you boys are doing next season and I hope to catch up with you all when I visit in the future.
Matt, Sharpey, Alphonse or whatever else you blokes like to call me
September 7th: KCL: Lalazar thrash woeful Kytes:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 84 (18 overs) (Habib Hussain 5/14 - including the first hat-trick against Kytes, Gulzar Ahmed 3/10)
Lalazar C..C.: 85/2 (8 overs)
Lalazar C.C. beat Shizuoka Kytes C.C. by 8 wickets.
Scorer: R-G. Martineau
Nathan Maber writes:
August 24th: KCL: YCAC forfeit to Kytes:
YCAC unfortunately and disrespectfully decided that, as they did not need the points to qualify for the KCL semi-finals, it was not worth travelling to Shizuoka to play their 2008 KCL match.
2nd: Friendly: Serendib C.C. roast Kytes C.C.:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 123 (31.4
overs) (Dhanuka S., 4/17)
Serendib C..C.: 124/4 (22 overs)
Serend C.C. beat Shizuoka Kytes
C.C. by 6 wickets.
Scorer: R-G. Martineau
Neil Harrison writes:
Kytes stood in as opponents for Serendib and were reminded
why they don't
normally play cricket in August. The ground was
in near perfect nick, but the sun was belting down and only an intermittent
breeze made conditions
bearable. Drinks every 10 overs was the order of the
Serendib showed up late and called wrong. The Captain
snatched the chance to bat and ran off to the shade. Serendib have
improved a long way since
there first entry into the KCL and the bowled straight
and fielded sharply. Shiron found Alphonse's inside edge early on and Jayasura
caught Sharpe sharply, but it was a low one and Alphonse's little gut blocked
the umpire's view. Fortunately for Alphonse, the square-leg umpire was
Serendib, to their credit, sucked it up and got on with
the game without any fuss.
They carried on bowling straight and a succession of
misjudged shots kept
the scorer busy. Only Alphonse and Don Prelis offered
ended up suckered by a short-short ball that lollipopped
over his pull.
Only The Captain broke the trend, leg before to one that
cut back. Honest.
Takashi capped his comeback with a couple of brutal boundaries
Wasantha looked solid but ran out of partners. Last to
go was Francois Le
Suisse, who managed to dupe Dhanuka into bowling wides
and gimmes for a
123 all out, and back to the old days for Kytes. But
at least with a new team record - 9 bowled.
For Serendib, Asanka and Dhanuka bowled excellently, with
from Shiron and Budhika Adhikari - it really was a good
effort that left Kytes with few margins for error.
Kytes took to the field after a leisurely lunch and a
trip to the river.
Alphonse and Nick bowled a good opening spell, but apart
from a direct hit
from Alphonse to run out Danasiri going for a poorly
judged single, Kytes missed the chance to apply pressure by shelling 2
easy chances. The heat
told and the bowling loosened. Nick's 5th got flayed
and he didn't
appreciate His Frenchness's reminder at the drinks break.
replaced Nick, retightened the screw and finally cracked
the second wicket. Pants came on for Alphonse and grabbed one, Lasish slogging
long-on for Takashi to take a good catch on the run.
Nathan replaced the
Don and bowled Samira, but after the 8th over the bowling
was never tight
enough and Serendib were done and dusted in the 21st
Serendib got away with some lucky aerial shots but never
Kytes fielded well enough, but were never going to defend
such a low total
with such a depleted bowling line-up.
Man of the Match: Dhanuka (7-2-4-17)- two good spells
always increasing in pace, but he still managed to show mercy to
Francois at the end
6th: Friendly: Shizuoka Kytes comfortably beat Indian Tigers C.C. behind
century partnership by Ashley Harvey and Arbab Mohammad:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 263/5 (40
overs) (A. Harvey, 65; Arbab Mohammad, 54)
Indian Tigers C.C.: 165 (30 overs)
(Anil N.T., 44; Udaya Raj, 43)
Shizuoka Kytes won by 98 runs
Umpire: R-G. Martineau
Robert-Gilles Martineau writes:
Finally on Sunday July 6th, we managed to play our maiden
game against the newly formed Indian Tigers C.C. after having been stalled
no less than three times by inclement weather!
The Club Gardeners had spent a total of 12 hours mowing
the grass twice to deliver a green carpet that earned the compliments of
the opposition, that is, until they found out to their chagrin it was a
lot faster than the other Kanto grounds they had experienced until then!
As usual some of the Kytes members distinguished themselves
with an endemic lack of concern.
The Stork Toddler had lost himself, feathers, bones and
all in a quagmire of inebriated irresponsibility the night before not to
Bunny came to the ground directly from the last booze
at 8:15 a.m. and was ordered by the gardener on duty to sleep it off until
first ball. Seeing him sprawled all over one bench in unconscious semi-nudity,
Porno and Alphonse immediately christened him with the new grand nickname,
“Sausage”. We had to point later that sausages could be made from fish,
chicken and even whale to prevent any misunderstanding.
The boundaries had been expanded to their maximum for
the first time and it promised a lot of running for overzealous fielders.
Our considerate Captain distinguished himself by winning
the toss and choosing to bat first, thus giving a couple more hours for
the Sausage to fry himself under the sun.
Porno’s cousin, Ducky, was kind enough to volunteer as
the 11th player and was donated a club jersey to prove back home that he
played cricket in the Land of Rising (not for some!) Sun!
For once His Gallic Horror decided against scoring (some
other members definitely need the practice) and proclaimed Himself Umpire
Of The Day to the pleasure of the opposition and to the dismay of his own
Alphonse and the Don amassed 41 runs in good time until
the former (15) cut Udaya Raj’s first ball too late to give a straight
catch to first slip.
Arbab (we will have to find a nickname for him. Porno,
help me!) nonchalantly combined for a half-century partnership with the
Don (32), who was beginning to feel overcooked by his unusual stint until
he spooned an easier ball from Biju Joy directly to mid-on who had the
gall to juggle the ball in front of our poor Lion who for a very short
instant had hoped for a well-earned reprieve. Good work, Larry! You may
ask promotion to the Batting No 1 spot next time!
Then came Baa Baa in one of his worse moods which saw
him pairing with our very quiet Pakistani to destroy the opposition to
the tune of 122 runs in 13 overs helped on the by a generous dose of wides
in spite of the Umpire’s marked leniency.
Arbab (54) then swatted across a ball from Biju that
kept low and walked away before the umpire had lifted his finger. He obviously
already had his mind on the bowling to come.
Baa Baa (65) soon departed lbw too to an outswinger by
Udaya Raj that kept low, and was still moaning about his unjust dismissal
two days later. The opposition started to worry for real when they learned
from the Umpire (intoxication from an Umpire? How vile!) that they could
expect some retribution when the big lad’s bowling turn would come.
Captain (11*) and Dancing Gloves (20) kept the runs ticking
until the latter was brilliantly caught and bowled by Mithun, which left
Porno facing only one ball which did produce a run which was not accredited
to him in spite of the scorer’s efforts to the contrary.
263 for 5. The best total of the year. A great team effort
in all chauvinistic honesty!
The lads could not wait to be back on the ground, especially
half of the team that did not bat. Having a big total to “defend” works
wonders on a team’s morale!
Arbab took the new ball and saw his third delivery brutalized
by Anil T. over the boundary. It might become a long day after all.
It was then that Biju Joy made the suicidal mistake to
run on Suresh’s arm. Suresh has developed this quaint habit of combining
lbw’s, run-outs, wides and dropped catches, all in the same game, and no
one had been kind enough to warn the opposition.
Then came in Vinod G. V. who was shortly snared inside
Baa Baa’s unforgiving hands off unruffled Arbab.
Porno had some wretched luck with a stumping ignored
and a dropped catch by Alphonse that earned him a tame “C’mon, mate!” instead
of the usual torrent of abuse. Captain finally demonstrated how to catch
balls in spite of all kinds of ailments to give his riled Ozzie bowler
something to boast about.
Meanwhile a grumbling Baa Baa was given the ball without
any previous warning. He had not realized His Captain’s craftiness who
had succeeded in making him an even more dangerous proposition for the
Unfortunately Baa Baa could not work out the Umpire’s
alien accent for a while, which had him screaming “Is it Sunday or Saturday
today?”. To which Arbab ingenuously replied “It’s Sunday, Ashy!” for all
to hear. Finally the tactic worked with the help of the Captain again when
the dangerous Anil N.T. mistimed one shot too many.
Udaya Raj was still scoring too freely, though. Jack
of all Trades Suresh was then brought in and dutifully obliged with two
quick LBW’S in the same over with no complaints from the batsmen absolutely
dead plumb to straight balls that kept low. After Alphonse had taken care
of Sukesh with an inswinging beauty that cut away and of the obstinate
Udaya Raj who finally skied into Baa Baa’s safe hands, it was time for
Captain to show his appreciation for good services rendered by giving the
Flying Monk a bowl before he left back to Oz Land.
One of his balls was somehow skied into Ducky’s hands
to give him his wicket and remind the Umpire that usually ducks become
foie gras in the hands of monks (sorry, Baa Baa, but I’m not going going
to help you decipher this joke!).
Fittingly Prancing Monk ran out the last batsman with
a direct throw for the last action of the day.
A comfortable win by 98 runs, and a lot of thanks from
the Indian Tigers, a very gentle bunch in spite of their roaring name.
who have asked for the next friendly.
Man of the Match: Ashley Harvey. Well done, mate!
All in all, a great day with plenty of banter, exercise
and fresh air (that is until we repaired to Yoshida Soba Shop, where the
air got noticeably rancid!)
Matthew Sharpe: Alphonse
Lalith Prelis: The Don, Larry, Lyon
Arbab Mohammad: willl be called "Barbie" from next match!
Ashley Harvey: Baa Baa
Neil Harrison: Captain
Nathan Maber: Dancing Gloves
Nicholas Shannon: Porno
Leigh Abbott: Flying Monk, Prancing Monk
Suresh Navod: Jack of all Trades
Shoaib Aziz: Bunny, Sausage
John Duck: Ducky
Todd Phillips: The Stork, Toddler
Robert-Gilles Martineau: The Grand Old Man, His Gallic
22nd: KCL: Shizuoka Kytes C.C. vs. Indian Tigers C.C. Match rained out
15th: Friendly: Predators C.C. edge past Kytes despite M. Sharpe' unbeaten
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 214/9 (40 overs) (M. Sahrpe: 102*)
Predators C.C.: 215/7 (37.1 overs) (C. Mortimer, 91*)
Predators C.C. won by 3 (4) wickets
Read Report by Neil Harrison
1st: KCL: Last wicket partnership helps Tokyo Giants CC past a resilient
Shizuoka Kytes CC:
Tokyo Giants CC: 257 (38 overs)
(Naeem Ud Din, 60; Tauseef Azhar, 55; Ahmad Kamal, 50; Suresh Navod, 3/45;
A. Harvey, 3/46)
Shizuoka Kytes CC: 194 (37.1 overs)
(L. Abbot, 48; A. Harvey, 36; Tauseef Azhar, 3/28)
Tokyo Giants CC won by 63 runs
25th: Friendly: Shizuoka Kytes CC vs. Indian Tigers CC. Match washed out
18th: Friendly: Kytes CC ease past CC of Nagoya:
CC of Nagoya: 185 (24.5 overs)
(A. Harvey, 4/18; M. Gibbins, 3/27; Riaz Hussain, 57; Raja, 31)
Shizuoka Kytes CC: 187/5 (33.2
overs) (M. Sharpe, 93*; Shazar Hussain, 3/28)
Shizuoka Kytes CC won by 5 wickets
Matthew Sharpe writes:
Well, a great start to what will hopefully be a great
month of cricket
The Kytes played Nagoya in a friendly as we were unable
to play our KCL
match the previous week due to a washout.
For the Kytes, we had three new faces, Tim, Marty and
Joe. They all
performed well in their first dig for the club!
Nagoya's Captain for the day, Shafeeq won the toss (
I can never seem to
win them) and elected to bat. Marty lined up with the
new cherry, a
slippery left hander that he is. WIDE,WIDE, 1 RUN,WICKET!
Not a bad
start mate.The suprise full toss on the stumps! Shafeeq
out for a Golden
Duck! In his next over he took the two more wickets,
one a lovely catch
by Nathan behind the stumps and the other a dubious LBW...Did
I say it
came off his bat??? ;-) Marty finishing with the figures
of 3/?? from
his 3 overs. After Marty came our regular wicket taker,
Arbab and with a
great line and some deceiving slower balls picked up
two well deserved
wickets, both bowled. He also picked up the menacing
Raja who threatened
to go haywire with 31 off 15 balls. Ashley then followed
suit and had
the ball moving around as too the bastmen at the crease.
Nagoya had by
this stage whacked 145 off the first 20 overs.
After drinks Joe came on and showed some real pace but
beating the edge on numerous occasions. Ashley meanwhile
picked up three
at his favoured end and finished with the excellent figures
of 4/18 off
3.5 overs. Suresh also picked up 1/46. Nagoya all out
for 185 off 24.5
overs. An excellent effort considering their score after
Everyone fielded well except for the customary dropped
two or three....It's getting better....but....may have
enforcing those fines again!!!
After lunch, Ash and myself opened the batting. Ashley
was seeing the
ball like a beachball and was timing it to the boundary
occasions and was looking to build a big score until
he got a ball
swinging down leg which hit him on the pads, they appealed
amusement, but only to see our new recruit, Marty, standing
his finger in the air. SHOCK. Ash out for 22, the second
season to be given out LBW. Stiff on both occasions.
I kept the
scoreboard ticking over with Arbab until Nagoya put a
slip in and Arbab
hit it straight to the newly positioned fielder. Out
for 8. Joe was the
next guy and and it has been a while since he held a
bat in his hand but
you wouldn't have known it. Timing the ball with ease
and looking solid.
We added another 25 runs until Joe took off on a run
only to look up and
see me on leaning on my bat....Joe run out for 6. Sorry
Larry was next and he played a good solid innings supporting
needed and causing the bowlers some grief. At drinks
we were 3/105.
After drinks Larry and I kept frustrating the bowlers
who were being
changed at regular intervals. Larry was next to go with
a slippery ball
from Shahzar. It was a repeat of the ball I just got
and it somehow
missed my stumps but Larry wasn't so lucky. Out for 17
in a valuable
71-run partnership. Nathan came in and looked like he
was seeing the
ball well but went back to a skidder from Shafeeq and
was bowled for 6.
With 9 overs remaining and 32 runs to get, Marty came
in and he and I
got the needed runs and a much needed win with just under
remaining. I made my highest score for the Kytes, 93
not out, and Marty
finished on 4 not out.
All in all a great day of cricket with lots of big hitting
sides. I'd like to thank Nagoya for coming to Shizuoka
and playing a
great game in excellent spirit. Also, I'd like to thank
the Nagoya boys
for that delicious Pakistani lunch you gave us. Nice
and spicy! Good
luck for the rest of the season and we hope to see you
all back in
Shizuoka sometime soon.
Depleted Indian Engineers C.C. squeeze past even more depleted Shizuoka
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 138 (33.3 overs) (Arbab Mohammad,
57; Sanjeeb Sahoo, 3/31)
Indian Engineers C.C.: 139/7 (33.5 overs) (Suresh Navod,
Indian Engineers C.C. won by 3 wickets
Umpire: Anton McCloy
See Scoresheet HERE>>
Todd Phillips writes:
Before everyone had got to the ground, Shizuoka Kytes
were already down to 9 players. Unfortunately Sharpie was on the receiving
end of 2 of the weirdest reasons ever, for not being able to play on Sunday.
One was a drunken call at 5:00am explaining that the person had cut their
finger (Yeah, go figure!), and the second was well, the less said about
it the better. Let's just say the player in question had massive girlfriend
problems. So, after all that, Sharpie arrived short of sleep and fuming.
The Captain, God bless his soul, won the toss and
yep, you guessed it, opted to bat first. Shizuoka Kytes opened the batting
with Joel & Todd. The Engineers' opening bowlers, Anurag Singh and
Biju were getting quite a bit of swing, too much at times, providing 10-15
runs in wides. But the rest of their deliveries were accurate enough forcing
Joel and Todd to grab singles here and there when they could. Joel was
the first to go however, bowled by a straight one from Biju in the 4th
over. 1/8. That brought in Arbab who along with Todd were restricted to
a run rate of just 3 an over. Again wides kept our score ticking over.
Todd was lucky not to run himself out with a no, yes, no, oh f*ck! call
to Arbab who just kept coming. Still, the pair survived and the Engineer's
put on their second change bowlers Ritesh Kakkar and Dinesh Singh. Arbab
started attacking Dinesh with a couple of boundaries through point and
Todd was finally able to penetrate the field with a fine off drive for
four off Ritesh. Things were starting to look good for the Kytes until
Todd tried to hit the ball into the middle of next week but only ended
up being caught comfortably at extra cover for a patient 12. 2/48. Matt
was next and straight away was barking orders at Arbab to run the quick
single which they did. But it was all over too quickly as Matt mis-timed
a drive and was caught at silly mid-off. After that the slide continued
with Shizuoka Kytes losing wickets at regular intervals. Running out of
partners fast, Arbab started hitting out and in one over off Sanjeeb Sahoo,
treated us to a 2, 4, 4, 4 and a 6. However, after a great knock, Arbab
was finally out for 57 caught just inside the long-on boundary. The tail
wagged a little in the form of our Captain who scored 13 of 13 balls but
he managed to run out Andy Dunstan in the process who was looking comfortable
Robert stepped in and lasted 13 balls bfore being given
out LBW, thus ending the Kytes' innings. All out for 138. Apart from Arbab
57, The Captain 13 n.o., and Todd 12, noone else managed to get into double
figures. Oh, and I almost forgot. There were a whooping 42 extras from
the Engineers. Thank you very much! Overall though, I thought the first
4 bowlers of the Engineers, when they weren't bowling wides, bowled a very
good line and length, and bowled very well to their field.
After a short lunch break, we were back at it again bolstered
by an extra player Nick, who had just flown in from Australia to play for
us, although he took his bloody time in getting to the ground! But seriously,
what a fantastic effort from Nick to be able do that considering we were
let down rather lamely by 2 players earlier on. And I'm sure it had nothing
to do with selling tickets for the raffle either but for the love of playing
for Shizuoka Kytes. Cheers, mate!
As usual Sharpie and Arbab opened the bowling
but it took several overs for the Kytes to get a break through. Until then
the Engineers' opening pair of Masood Khan and Santoosh Ghadge had played
rather fortuitously. Sharpie should have bowled either one of them in his
first 2 overs but somehow the ball missed the stumps or was just kept out
with a french cut. It was Arbab who got the first wicket though, bowling
Santoosh for a quick-fire 10. Then Sharpie tried a nice leg cutter that
completely deceived (and not conceived as I first thought) Silvestor Pereira
for 2. Engineers 2/24 off 6 overs. After 10 overs or so, Suresh was brought
on to replace Arbab and got his first of 4 wickets on his second delivery,
trapping Rajim Kunhamu LBW for 1. At the other end Sharpie continued
to toil away and bowled his 8 overs straight through without getting another
wicket. Unlucky? For sure! But that's the way it goes sometimes. Engineers
were about 6/91. Replacing Matt was Leigh who had to be let go after bowling
2.3 overs due to one too many high full tosses. This gave an opportunity
to Todd who was keen to show his Captain that his first two bowling performances
were a thing of the past. As it turned out, Todd was able to bowl a much
better line and length this time and restricted the batsmen to singles
or dot balls. However the score was getting closer to ours and even though
Arbab came back for 3 more overs and Nick grabbed a wicket in his first
over, it wasn't enough to stop the Engineers from reaching our total in
the 34th over with 3 wickets to spare. Our batting had let us down. Another
50-60 runs on our total would have definitely made it more interesting.
Again another stellar performance from Arbab, finishing with 1/16 off 8
(only 1 wide) and Sharpie 1/31 off 8. Suresh ended up with 4/37 off 7 overs,
perhaps a tad expensive on the run side but none the less 4 vital wickets,
2 LBW's and 2 bowled. Well done!. Todd 0/24 off 6.4. Wides were high though
with Sharpie bowling 14, Suresh and Todd, 6 and 7 respectively. It was
definitely the wind, I tell you! Even though we lost, the game was played
in friendly manner as it always is with the Engineers, and special mention
goes out to Robert who helped plug one of the gaps and Nick for the other,
Andy Dunstan who did a pretty good job keeping for us (first time since
highschool), and to Anton who umpired fairly and consistantly.
Pacific Cup: Kytes beat Paddy Foley's comfortably in spite of rearguard:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 214?9 (40 overs) (A. Harvey, 48;
A. Burr, 3/40; J. Flew, 3/43)
Paddy Foley's C.C.: 160 (29.2 overs) (Zahid Khan, 46;
Arbab Mohammad, 4/25)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. won by 54 runs
See Scoresheet HERE>>
Neil Harrison writes:
It was PFC day down at the ACO as the Paddy Foley's Cricketers
arrived in Shizuoka for the first round of the Pacific Friendship Cup in
it's shiny new 8-team straight knockout format complete with trophy - the
fabled Golden Bat (read all about it here (if you're not there already):
This time it was Kytes' turn to provide the no-shows,
as several of Kytes' erstwhile finest decided to get Pissed For Christmas
on the day before the match. Mark had set himself up as Dobber-in-Chief
and sent his Captain sly snapshots of Kytes on the pop in the park on a
merry cherry blossom Saturday. "Don't worry, I'll be done by six" he assured
his Captain. His Captain naively assumed this to mean 6pm on Saturday,
as opposed to 6am on Sunday. At least Mark showed up, though. We've yet
to hear from Bunny or Danushka.
Paddy's had 12 players so they sportingly offered Kytes
their extra Eric. The Grand Old Man was summoned from the Scorer's Mound
to make up the XI. The Captain won his second toss of the season and chose
to bat under clear blue skies.
Zahid opened the bowling from the Bridge End and bowled
a good line with a "varied" length. Alphonse smacked a full toss through
the covers, but the next ball was on a length outside off and cut back
sharply off the pitch to take out off stump. Bit of rolling might have
prevented that, Matthew.
Toddler came out to join Arbab and these two trundled
along quite confidently, taking a particular liking to the width on offer
from Andrew from the Lone Tree End. Arbab was playing confidently and scoring
freely before he turned a full toss from Alex straight to Neil at square-leg.
Toddler played a couple of peachworthy cover drives before getting the
first of four PFC (Pretty F#$%ing Clueless) LBW decisions. Don Prelis and
Ashley put on a rapid, stress-free 65-run partnership to get the innings
back on track and comfortably set at 118/3 at drinks. These added another
20 before Ricky re-introduced Zahid and got the breakthrough. The Captain
came in and smacked a few fours before smacking Alex straight down Hassim's
throat at long-on. Ashley was looking good for the first Kytes' ton since
the corresponding fixture two years (two years!) ago, but on 48 (64 balls,
7x4) he got the second PFC LBW of the day and after that the innings drifted
off into a succession of short thrashes before Suresh and the Grand Old
Man got together to steady things up to the close on 214/9.
Zahid (8-0-2-39) was the pick of the bowling, but didn't
get the success he deserved. Andrew bowled well after a loose start, and
it was odd to see he didn't get a second spell. Jeff, Alex and Neil also
chipped away with wickets at regular intervals to keep the run rate down,
but the 51 extras was unnecessarily generous.
With the Paddy's openers ready to go, the Captain was
wondering if his bowling attack would stretch any further than 2 this time
around. The good start was there again, with Alphonse starting with a wide
and a wicket and Arbab straight into bowling maidens. Neil and Suley played
solidly for a while, but Neil was trapped in front by one that stayed low.
Hassim smacked his first ball straight back over Arbab's head for four
but got the third PFC LBW next ball. Arbab bowled two more in quick succession
while at the other end Alphonse was having no luck with Chinese cuts an
loopy dobs into space. After 15 overs Paddy's were 50/5 with one foot in
the barbecue pit. And then there was a double bowling change. Mark replaced
Alphonse for his farewell 5-fer and Toddler came on for Arbab. In the space
of 5 overs, Rob and Zahid doubled Paddy's total and the score at drinks
was 105/6, Rob having smacked one of Mark's many longhops straight to Ashley
at midwicket. The interval saw another double bowling change, this time
Suresh replaced Toddler (who, with combined figures of 5-0-0-53 in the
first 2 matches of the season, announced his retirement from bowling -
"Right, from now on, I'm a specialist batsman") and Ashley replaced Mark
(who is off to revive cricket in Kyoto, possibly by making everybody feel
good about their batting). The run rate dropped and finally Zahid fell
for 46, bowled by Suresh attempting one heave too many. Ashley tidied up
at the other end, bowling Alex and a hamstrung Ricky, and then benefitting
from the fourth and final PFC LBW of the day.
Paddy's were all out for 160, giving a reasonably comfortable
54-run win for the Kytes, although the margin could have been much more
emphatic if 3 easy chances had been held.
Arbab (8-4-4-25) bowled his 8 straight off and seemed
to have sealed the game before Kytes' change bowlers decided to offer Paddy's
a way back into the match. (Arbab's figures after 2 matches are 16-9-6-34.)
Alphonse (7-0-1-32) had another good showing, but 12 wides and a no-ball
spoil those figures. Ashley (4.2-0-3-14) made a good return after a bad
day out against the Wombats.
The end of the game meant the start of the festivities,
with a barbecue on the Terrace in the last of the afternoon light and a
fire to ward off the cold. Quite the experience. You should try it.
Thanks again to Paddy Foley's for the match, the beer
and the company; it's a pleasure every time, and this one was one of the
best. We look forward to seeing you again later in the year.
Thanks to Eric for being a Kyte for the day.
Man of the Match: Arbab Mohammad - Another excellent spell
with the new ball, and 4 more maidens to go with the 5 from last game.
Shame about the butterfingers though!
30th: Friendly vs. Indian Tigers CC rained out. More groundwork:
The weather forecast proving too
daunting, the game against the newest club in Japan was postponed. Drops
strated falling by 11:00 and rained poure in earnest from 14:00.
Neil , Suresh and Robert met at the ground hust before
Two of three kinds of cherry trees on the terrace were
as well as that small tree at the other extremity of
Robert suggested we should start planting fruit trees.
The three of us filled the "rut/street" with at least
12 wheelbarrowes of earth and mowed the area. The ground is looking all
the more bigger with the rut slowly rising to the pitch level and the two
benches we took awya last time we did some groundwork.
Neil and Robert moreover sprayed ten bags of red loam
on various spots of the ground needing maintenance, while two bags were
left for game aftercare next Sunday, a practice we shall continue especially
to reinforce the bowlers' runups.
Next game is Pacific Cup first round match against Paddy
Foley's CC. BBQ and beer!
23rd: Wombats' firing power too much for Kytes in spite of Arbab Mohammad's
(Drowning our sorrows at Yoshida!)
Shizuoka Kytes CC: 141 (39.3 overs)P.
Tokyo Wombats CC: 142/2 (25.4 overs)
(G. Beath, 63; C. Jones, 34*)
Tokyo Wombats CC won by 8 wickets
See Scoreheet HERE>>
Nicholas Shannon writes:
KYTES WILT AS TODD PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARTHUR C CLARKE.
A 10-30 start saw most of us at the ground earlier than
The pitch was rolled for the fist time in many months,
and came out reasonably flat. It was how ever ,a little soft.
Neil chose to bat after winning the toss.A surprise to
some ,but not to
those who were around Neil when he declared he would
bat given the chance!
The start of the season and our new captain was oozing
with confidence -
not only electing to bat, but electing to bat with Todd
and Matt as
openers. Matt went hard from the get go and made a quickfire
a big six. He was a little unlucky to be caught in the
slips after a
fumble. That saw Ashley to the crease and we were treated
to cricket New
Zealand style. Dot ball, dot ball, dot ball, dot ball,
dot ball, dot ball,
dot ball and so on. Ashley and Todd put on a combined
Kiwi total of 33 in
only 103 deliveries. A test (or should I say testing?)
snicked one to the keeper and was out. That brought Arbab
to the crease to
join our well settled Kiwi. Credit to him - after a long
layoff he was
back and batting solidly. He was playing his strokes
and looking for
chances to make runs. Alas a deft yorker by Alex saw
the tired Kiwi to the
boundary. A solid 23, and the highest Kytes score!
It was then that it all happened. Upon arriving back
at the boundary the
Kytes players were rocked by the revelation that, quote....."
conceived by that ball" ! We were confused and a little
disturbed. I don't
know if he was emotional after hearing of Arthur C Clarke's
death or if it
was really true. If it is true then it begs the question.....Has
indulging in time travel or were the Wombats duped into
using a really old
ball? Anyway well batted and welcome back Todd.
Arbab was joined by Suresh. Arbab was starting to find
his feet while
Suresh continued on from where Todd and Ashley had left
off. Dot ,dot dot.
Arbab edged one and was well caught at second slip. A
pity as he, like
Todd, looked as if he could make runs. Shannon joined
Suresh at the crease
and promptly ran him out. Suresh made what may be our
most balls faced
duck. 20 dots in all....................run out. Couldn't
Nathan came in and promptly departed. A 3-ball duck.
Popped one in the air
to point after being tied up by Shackleford. Arthur came
in playing his
last game for a while as he is off to university in Osaka.
He has a nice
straight bat and strikes the ball cleanly and confidently.
too. He played over a ball that stayed low and was bowled
Shannon was described as a pinch hitter by the Wombats
behind the stumps
and true to form he started by swinging. A couple of
fours and a big six
saw him finally caught deep at mid on....A recurring
pattern. Gone for 15
off 18 deliveries. That left Larry and Bunny. The prospect
of more runs
>ooked bleak...and Bunny proved this by making a 14 ball
duck .You guessed
it - RUN OUT....Credit must be given to Bunny as he went
in on a hat trick
and they couldn't penetrate his stylish defence.......(I
don't think run
out counts in a hat trick, and that is the only way Bunny
goes out . Sadly
the bowler had no hope!) however Larry has obviously
been moved by the
passing of his Sri Lankan buddy Arthur C. His RNS bat
rechristened (pardon the pun) Lazarus! Back from the
dead! True science
fiction! It reads like this 14.4........1.1..1.1 Run
fictional about the run out.Another recurring theme!
Larry looked graceful! Morty being new didn't know Larry's strong points.
Timing and an
ability to deflect anything short and on the off to the
Larry! 13 useful runs. Neil was the last bloke in and
the latest bloke to
run out Larry. He hit a cracking four through cover on
his way to making 9
not out. The last 3 batsmen saw the score go from 105
to 141. Hardly
enough but at least something to defend.
And defend we did. Sharpe and Arbab bowled beautifully.
Arbab was one for
3 off six with 5 maidens!!! He finished with 2 for 9
off 8. EXCELLENT
bowling. Sharpe was 0 for 23 off 5.4. After Sharpe and
Arbab came our
demise. We looked a chance after 10 overs but fictional
it was.... Todd,
tired as he was, found it easy to stray to leg. This
kept Bunny and myself
very busy. Bunny's fielding has improved tremendously.
He saw a lot of
action and never let one through. He even held on to
the only decent
chance Wombats offered, pouching Morty's skied hoick
at long on. Morty's
eyes lit up when Arbab sent down a full toss - the only
bad ball of his
entire 8 overs - but in racking up Wombats' own marathon
duck, he'd played
himself out of form and mistimed his pull. Kytes watched,
hoped. Bunny delivered! I wonder if he has been using
enhancing drugs or is it something in the Bangladeshi
Whilst on fielding. Nathan was a ball magnet. He saw
a lot and fielded
exceptionally well, too. Neil also had occasion to fall
on one. Good on
Ashley was our other first change bowler and found it
difficult to find his line. Suresh Larry and myself were the last
bowlers, but the damage
had been done and that saw the Wombats eclipse our total
of 141 after 25.4
overs. There was only 1 dropped catch - Suresh spilled
one off the bowling
of Shannon. On the whole, we fielded well but at this
point we need to
increase the depth of our bowling attack. I guess that
means practice. I'm
sure our motivational therapist, Todd, will be sending
out a mail and
encouraging us to do just that.
Thanks to Robert for doing a good scoring job and for
I'm looking forward to an exciting season. I think we
can do well.
2008 Pacific Cup Golden Bat Format and Trophy announced!
The Pacific Cup from 2008 will comprise of 8 teams particpting
in the format of knock-out competition:
The first round will oppse the following teams
Tokyo Wombats vs. CC of Nagoya
Shizuoka Kytes vs. Paddy Foley's
Tokyo Giants vs. Adore CC
Tokyo Engineers vs. British Embassy
A trophy has been created to be awarded to the winners
every year who will have their name inscribed for posterity!
Two more benches moved away to vreate even bigger pitch!
Unbelievly enough we managed to gather enough people,
with a big help from the Amefoot frinds to move two more benches awa and
make the ground even bigger and fitter for cricket!
15th: 2007 Batting & Bowling Figures announced!
25th: Friendly: Kytes comfortably beat Adore C.C.
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 238/6
(35 overs) (A. harvey, 66; L. Abbott, 53; Extras, 48)
Adore C.C.: 152/6 (35 overs) (T.
Ito, 56; Y. Terashi, 43*)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. won by 86 runs
11th: Friendly: Kytes C.C. comfortably beats MAX C.C.
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 200 (37.5
overs) (Extras, 79; A. Harvey, 56; S. Kobayashi, 3/30)
MAX C.C.: 159 (34.4 overs) (S.
Fujimoto, 37; Extras, 57; M. Sharpe, 4/26)
Shizuoka Kytes c.C. won by 41 runs)
Tokyo Wombats C.C.: 139/8 (40 overs)
(S. hashiba, 47)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 104 (29.3
overs) (I. Gason, 4/19)
Tokyo Wombats C.C. won by 35 runs
14th: Friendly: Kytes somehow squeeze past Paddy Foley's C.C, thanks to
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 121 (20.5
overs) (N. Shannon, 37; D. Loveridge, 4/22; R. Hunt, 3/34)
Paddy Foley's C.C.: 88 (22 overs)
(Suresh Navod, 4/27; Dannushka Perera, 3/21)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. won by 33 runs
2nd: Friendly: C.C. of Nagoya crush Kytes
C.C. of Nagoya: 268 (33.5 overs)
(Ameer Afridi, 110; Hajmin, 39; A. Harvey, 3/36)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 149 (A. Harvey,
50; Saqib Khan, 7/27)
C.C. of nagoya won by 119 runs
5th: 20/Twenty: Indian Engineers' batting tto much for the Kytes
Shizuoka Kytes: 138/6 (20 overs)
(Bobby Philips, 3/28)
Indian Engineers C.C.: 140/3 (16.1
overs) (Vimal Vikrant, 79*)
Indian Engineers C.C. won by 7
8th: KCL: YCAC Bowlers bamboozle depleted Kytes side
YCAC: 231 (31.5 overs (Prakansh
Kale, 95; Kamran Ali, 56; Arbab Mohammad, 3/20)
Shizuoa Kytes C.C.: 45 (18.1 overs)
(Sayed Imran, 3/0; R. Leelansena, 3/11; Kamran Ali, 3/25)
YCAC won by 186 runs
Umpire: A. McCloy
Scorer: R-G. Martineau
24th: Rain gets Kytes out of jail agaisnt very strong Tokyo Giants:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 103 (18.5
overs) (J. Chamberlain, 30; Kamal Ahmad, 4/9)
Umpire: Saqib Khan
10th: KCL game vs. C.C. of Nagoya rained out
27h: Indian Engineers' batting too good for the Kytes
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 197 (40 overs)
(M. Sharpe, 45; Extras, 60)
Tokyo Indian Engineers: 198/4 (28.5
overs) (Viswa Gosh, 82; Extras, 52)
Tokyo Indian Engineers C.C. won
by 6 wickets
Umpire: A. McCloy
First game of the KCL vs. Lalazar-Dragons C.C. washed out!
Angus Liley and Benjamin Tomlinson's half centuries ensure Kytes victory
over a plucky Paddy Foley's XI:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 234/8 (35
overs) (A. Liley, 68; B. Tomlinson, 52; A. Burr, 3/24)
Paddy Foley's C.C.: 176 (30.5 overs)
(Suleiman Rana, 65; B. Tomlinson, 4/17
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. won by 58 runs
Nicholas Shannon writes:
It was a fine morning that found us eagerly awaiting
the PF team and two
scheduled twenty twenty games. Alas they only had nine
men, so we gave
them Arthur and Friendsoir and switched to a single 35-over
to circumstances beyond any control we found ourselves
left with 10 men.
A great start.....
I won the toss an elected to bat. Larry and Topper were
slated to open
in the twenty twenty game so I stuck with them. A fine
start saw Larry
at the crease for about ten overs and he departed with
us on 50. Topper
hung around and made some fine strokeplay. A well deserved
52 for the
Jeff Thompson lookalike....Ashley came and went, bringing
Angus to the
crease. Some power
play saw him again get over 50. A wonderful innings,
and runs scored
when we really needed them!
Matt Ryan was yorked. Shannon came in and smacked a quick
playing his first game made 7. Bunny did as was needed,
but getting Angus on strike to up the score. Well done
Bunny! Finally we
saw our innings close with Nathan Maber, also playing
his first game and
Jamie Douglas at the crease. Overall a good effort considering
missing our 2 best batsmen on the day.
A short lunch and we were back into it. Unfortunately
we lost Larry to a
business deal in Ibaraki so we were down to 9 men! Luckily
for us Brian
McClure (just over from Santa Monica) could be persuaded
to help out and
he took to the field. Not sure of what to do, he still
had a go! Good on
ya, mate. You saved some runs in the deep.
We opened with Topper and Ashley. Topper was in top form
through the top order with a solid display of fast bowling.
had to leave early so again we were down a man. Luckily
Arthur could be
persuaded to join in. He fielded very well! So happy
to see you playing
PF were looking in real trouble until after the drinks
break, when Sully
and Alex came after the bowlers. Alex was hitting the
ball very hard
indeed. Things were not looking good for us. Suddenly
PF had a whiff.
What to do? Finally Alex was caught in the deep by Angus.
change saw Angus get a wicket. Sully was still having
a go but was
eventually caught at long on by
Shannon. Bunny wrapped up the innings with a dodgy L.B.W.
A win however! Our first for the season.
Man of the match goes to Angus for his excellent batting,
bowling and for his positive approach to the game.
Special mentions to Topper for his batting and bowling.
Nathan Maber for a very good job behind the stumps.
Also thanks to Brian McClure and Arthur for helping out
when we needed
players to field.
Kytes lose to gritty Tokyo Indian Engineers C.C. in spite of record-breaking
Shizuoka Kytes C,C.: 217/7 (35
overs) (M. Shaarpe, 73; A. Liley, 55; Ritesh Kakar, 3/36)
Tokyo Indian Engneers c.C.: 218/6
(30.5 overs) (Vimal Vikrant, 52; Sanjeeb Sahoo, 45)
Tokyo Indian Engineers c.C. won
by 4 wickets
Wombats too strong for the Kytes in 2007 opener
Tokyo Wombats C.C.: 296/6 (40 overs) (J. Shearer, 106;
B. Pederson, 57; R. France, 52)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 151 (37.5 overs)
Tokyo Wombats C.C. won by 145 runs
Read Scoresheet HERE>>
Matthew Sharpe writes:
Well it was the first hitout of the year between two
friendly rivals, Kytes and Wombats.
The weather was a bit chilly and the blood was pumping.
Probably due to us digging and moving one of the benches prior to the start
Needless to say the two captains came together and a
coin was tossed and
maybe that result should've been the writing on the wall
for the Kytes!!
The Wombats started strong but it was Topper to draw
first blood when he had Burke out, chopping one down onto his stumps
for 6. In came Pederson
and he and Shearer took it to the Kytes attack. At times
close decisions!!! He was next to go, caught by Matty
Ryan off Mark,
straight after drinks for a well hit 57. Then Frenchy
came in(not our
Frenchman), well Ryan France and he also put in a fine
sensible hitting and when he retired on 52 and along
who made a good season starter century, the writing was
getting ready for printing on the said wall!!! Topper
and Sharpe came
back on to pick up a wicket each but at the end of the
had made a decent 296.
Lunch was enjoyed by all thanks to a superb curry by
our very own Shoaib
"Bunny" Aziz. Perfect for the weather conditions!!!
Ryan and Sharpe opened up the Kytes innings and let's
say that's about
that! With a mix up due to Ryan's wax in his ears or
to run, Ryan was run out for 1. Score 1 for 5. With Ryan
back on the
sidelines chanting satanic verses to will Sharpey out,
was granted! Sharpe out caught behind for 6! A very Giilchristesque
of dismissal, walking before the umpire (who didn't hear
the edge, nor
did the bowler), raised his finger. Harvey and Arbab
went cheaply by
their standards and with really only THE DON, Prelis,
scoring runs (or
is that runs scored?), making the day a good one for
practise in the
middle. Nice backup from Bunny (8 n.o) and Shannon, who
was on a hot
streak of 8 ducks from last season chimed in with a lusty
hit 13 off 12
balls...must've been the bat or Pup's juicy full tossers!!!
all out for a mere 151 off 31.5 overs.
A special thanks to the Wombats guys who helped out with
the moving of
the last bench and generous support with regards to our
Much appreciated fella's, thanks again. Good luck with
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. AGM
Neil Harrison reports:
++++Captain - Matt Sharpe
++++Vice-Captain - Joel Chamberlain
Unopposed - Joel is vice-captain for all matches.
++++Treasurer - Robert-Gilles Martineau
++++Fundraiser - None
After debate, it was decided to do without this post
and instead encourage
all members to come up with ideas to help the club financially.
Ashley made us 8,500 yen with a raffle at the party,
Neil is running a
fantasy cricket comp which you will of course all enter,
Matt and Nick have bught cricket gear to raffle off, Wombats have
donated 6 bottles of
We voted to continue paying the Kytes Membership Fee.
This is unchanged at 5,000 at the beginning of the year, descending by
1,000 per month as the
season progresses (5,000 till the end of April, 4,000
till the end of May,
3,000 till the end of June, 2,000 till the end of July,
1,000 for the rest
of the year).
RGM reported that, despite charging membership fees for
the first time
last year, we still finished 30,000 in the red (which
is the same as
previous years). The main reasons for that were the cost
of repairing the
old mower (30,000+) and the 1500 yen per player we had
to pay for sports
insurance in the old KCL. (Match fees were not debated,
which means they
remain a flat 1500 yen match fee for all games - unless
there is a BBQ or
The fines system will remain pretty much as it is, but
with a new fine for
unsporting behaviour, proposed by Mark (see the Spirit
of Cricket below -
yes, it still exists).
As before, by agreeing to play for Kytes, you agree to
this fines system.
Which is to say:
1. Late at the ground (players having to give lifts to
opposition, do the
shopping or coming from long distances exempted within
If game starts at 11:00 a.m.: 100 yen for coming after
10:00, 500 yen for
coming after 10:30, 1000 yen for coming after 11:00.
2. 100 yen for arriving for a match with an obvious hangover
3. 100 yen for conceding 15 or more runs in an over (only
once per innings)
4. 100 yen for a duck 5. 100 yen for a dropped catch
or bad fielding mistake (in all cases, Captain decides whether or not a
fine is due)
5. 100 yen for unsporting behaviour (Captain decides
whether or not a fine
is due, unless, heaven forbid, the Captain is the culprit,
in which case
the vice-captain decides)
Neil pointed out that the batting, bowling and fielding
fines are intended
to be lighthearted.
The match day duties system seems to be working and will
be kept on. It is
the Captain's job to allocate these duties, preferably
fairly, and to make
sure that they are carried out. Note that, if you are
allocated a job,
such as sorting the gear into a box, this doesn't mean
you don't have to
do anything else - there is always plenty to do. The
less you do, the more
somebody else has to do.
The trip to Sri Lanka is on hold. RGM announced that
KCL is planning a
cricketing trip to Kyushu.
We will not enter a Second XI in KCL this year.
It was decided not to buy practice nets. Players are
to come up with their
own ad hoc arrangements when (if) they ever get round
RGM gave a brief report of his (cricket) activities with
He welcomes any help, particularly for events at the
Kytes' March schedule:
March 11th: Friendly vs. Tokyo Indian Engineers C.C.
March 17th: Robb McKenna's stag/buck's night in Shizuoka
- all invited.
March 18th: Friendly vs. Tokyo Wombats C.C.
March 25th: Friendly vs. Paddy Foley's C.C.
The Shizuoka Kytes CC will hold
their Annual Party at WAJIN on Saturday february 10th from 20:00 to 23:00
(all you can eat and drink fpr
Miwa Primary and Shizuhata Naka Primary
created history by holding the first-ever official Primary Schools Cricket
Club Match in Japan!
First ever Primary School club
Match held in Shizuoka and Japan!
Friendly against Paddy Foley's C.C. for Mark Timbrell's farewell:
Shizuoka Kytes: 277/8 (A. Harvey,
105*; A. Liley, 72; B. Tomlinson, 37; Suleiman Rana, 3/72)
Paddy Foley's C.C.: 137 (M. Ryan,
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. won by 140
Neil harrison writes:
Nick Knacked and Paddy Whacked
The Paddy Foley's Beer Bus made its annual stop in Shizuoka,
skipper Mark Timbrell down for his last game in Japan.
It was a beautiful autumn day, but a strong wind from the west played spoilsport
with the temperature. Paddy's turned up late and with 8 players, 6 members
having found something better to do overnight. The best Kytes have ever
managed is 3 unannounced no-shows on the day. This could be a sign that
Paddy Foley's has truly arrived in Cricket Japan.
Kytes had 12 players so they "generously" offered Paddy's
2 players for
a 10-a-side match. The ex-Captain broke the good news
to Mark: "We'll
give you 2 players." Followed, naturally, by the bad
news: "It's me and His Frenchness." The late (11:15) start and lack of
numbers meant a single 32-over match instead of the 2 20/20 games originally
intended. Matthew Alphonse Sharpe was Kytes' skipper for the day and made
an admirable start by winning the toss and choosing to bat. Alphonse had
an important appointment to keep in Nara and had to leave at 1 o'clock,
but placed himself at no.3 and could at least look forward to a bat before
But Alphonse had forgotten that Paddy's bowlers have
a tendency to make
Kytes' openers look good. Today it was Ashley and Angus'
turn to benefit, and they did so in style.Suley opened the bowling from
the Bridge End and bowled a mixed bag of puppies. JKay took the Lone Tree
End and started well with big away-swing but no luck. Ashley and Angus
were haymaking when Ashley gave his only chance, not quite middling a cut.
The ball sailed to point at head height, all catch me and cheer, but point
was having an out-of-body
experience (where exactly were you, Robert?) and copped
it full on the cheek. In an amazing display of softness, neither batsman
called for the single on offer (but you'd expect that from Kiwis, wouldn't
you), and even so-called Aussies Ben and Porno in their Toppers and Galexes
rushed over from their umpiring positions to check on the Grand Old Man,
who was down on the ground, dyeing the grass red. Shoaib kindly drove Otto
to hospital for x-rays, nurses and stitches and a chance to test the new-fangled
Come 12 noon, it was time for the first on-field beverage
of the day,
but the wind was chilling the bones and only the umpires
and the inevitable JKay partook. Mark brought himself on to bowl, dreaming
no doubt of a fairy tale farewell Michelle. Dream on. Second ball, second
casualty, a twisted knee and poor old Mark had to spend the rest of the
innings out of the wind, sitting and supping with 3 gorgeous Paddy Foley's
groupies and the sexiest dogs in Shizuoka. Torture.
Meanwhile, Paddy's depleted bowlers were getting nowhere
Shizuoka's sheep-fancying finest and the runrate was
fast getting silly.
Angus did the decent thing and tried to get himself out
a few times, but
Paddy's wouldn't have it, spurning 3 easy chances. Alphonse
get restless down on the Terrace as his departure time
and Angus decided to retire if and when they got their
ton. Angus slowed
down but Ashley hit accelerate as Gaurav, subbing for
the sub who subbed
for Mark, was next to leave his blood on the turf, grassing
a screamer from Angus at midwicket. Ashley cruised to 100, but wisely decided
to add a few more runs just in case there were any scoring discrepancies.
Not that we expect scoring discrepancies from Don Prelis,
mind. By this
time, Alphonse was halfway down the Toumei and we could
still hear him
muttering. Ashley (105 off 60, 16x4, 3x6) duly retired
to polish his average on the terrace and was replaced by Gaurav. The switch
reminded Paddy's that there were indeed other batsmen to be going after.
Angus missed a hoick at a full toss from a galvanised Suley and was bowled
for an excellent 72 (47 balls, 9x4, 2x6). Don Prelis flicked his first
ball to fine leg and Gaurav called him through. Robb swooped, read The
Brothers Karamazov, wrote a pointed critique and returned the ball to Suley
at the bowler's end to find The Don just short. More generosity of spirit
saw Don Prelis allowed a second innings which lasted marginally longer
than it takes him to run a single before he scooped a drive to JKay at
mid-off. Porno lost his middle stump to Suley first ball, although he did
have the excuse of being four sheets to the wind as he
matched JKay bottle for bottle. Still, one more duck
to a very impressive collection. Gaurav gifted a return catch to Chris
and Matt Ryan departed after one sweet boundary, then Topper came in and
showed us some refined slogging, with some beautiful clean drives for six.
One went straight up and came down on the bowler. Suley had ten minutes
to get under it, but missed and gave Topper a shove for the fun of it (well,
we enjoyed it). Now Topper's a gentle soul, but, as The Grand Old Man kindly
demonstrated to us once in the soba shop, if you twat with Topper, you'll
come away with something out of joint and if you're lucky it'll be your
dignity. Fortunately one of the Paddy boys got to Suley before Topper did.
Suley did get Topper next over, and there was just time for Shoaib to run
himself out one more time for posterity. Kytes' innings closed on a mammoth
277/9, thanks mainly to an excellent opening stand of 151, some useful
late hitting from Topper (37 off 14, 3x4, 3x6)
and an identical number of extras.
Suley (8-0-3-72) bowled some good balls but a lot of dross
including 14 wides. The most memorable piece of fielding (apart from Otto
using his face to prevent a boundary, of course) was when JKay showed us
the correct way to collect and return the ball with stubby in one hand
and fag in the other. He opens the batting as well you know - does this
make him the complete cricketer?
After a welcome beer-break from the wind between innings,
emphasised Porno's point that you can't bat pissed by
also getting bowled first ball. The spirit of Corona (or was it VB?) again
prevailed as JKay got a second bite and managed to trouble the scorers,
but he was quickly gone for 7 and it was up to Suley and Robb to put up
some resistance. Topper was taking the opportunity to remind Suley that
it's not a good idea to annoy one of the quickest bowlers in Japan if he's
opening the bowling and you're opening the batting, but Suley was handling
Topper well enough. So it was a shame that another silly runout did for
Suley and a collapse followed with Chris bowled twice by Matt Ryan in the
same over. Rob and Ricky stemmed the flow for a while but then Ricky became
the nth casualty of the day when he copped a low full toss on the foot
(well it wouldn't be high, would it). Ashley then
bowled both of them in the same over and, on seeing the
hobbling in, took the chance to give anyone who wanted
a bowl as the
Paddy's lineup entered the XXX-rated section. The ex-Captain
some proper shots in between hobbles up and down the
wicket. Porno, who,
in best Talking Head tradition had stopped making sense
some time in the
80s, came on to bowl and teased the ex-Captain with his
flight and guile
or shite and bile, something like that. Then, in an amazing
gesture (he's gone soft y'know) offered not to bowl out
of the setting
sun. As soon as Eric got down the sharp end, Porno switched
to back over
the wicket and out of the sun and bowled him first ball.
F's very own sugar daddy Neil Day smacked his first ever
a brief stay. Mark batted with a runner but scored all
his runs in boundaries anyway. Porno tried to bowl a third over but found
himself pulled to give Angus a bowl. This set him off on a drunken rant
and a Reginald Perrinesque saunter off into Abekawa that may or may not
have ended some time on Monday. Otto returned from the casualty department
with his cheek stitched up to post his customary measured 1 and Eric was
the final beneficiary of the Corona/VB/Smirnoff spirit of the game coming
in as 13th bat to post a second duck of the day as the sun disappeared
behind the hills, signalling the end of the on-field activities during
which a very creditable (considering the temperature) 2.5 cases of pop
Paddy's + Co. all out (well, 12 out) for 131 and a comfortable
win for the Kytes.
Off to the soba shop, then, where Topper and Suley kissed
and made up,
for food and more drink and mutual humiliation.
Thanks again to Paddy Foley's for the fun, games and beer;
let's do it
again next year.
Best wishes to Mark, wherever Mitsubishi send him next.
And get well soon all you invalids.
Man of the Match: Ashley Harvey - A very classy innings
that deserved a
more auspicious occasion.
Indian Engineers C.C. and Tokyo
Wombats C.C. qualify for Final without much of a sweat:
Indian Engineers C.C. won over
Tokyo British Embassy C.C. by walkover
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 154 (29overs) (J. Chamberlain, 52;
A. Harvey, 51; M. Kelly, 3/20)
Tokyo Wombats C.C.: 158/2 (18. 3 overs) (M. Ainslie,
67; J. Shearer, 51)
Tokyo Wombats won by 8 wickets
Umpire: N. Harrison
Check Scoresheet HERE>>
Ashley Harvey writes:
Well the day started off great
with beautiful sunny weather and the ground looking in magnificent condition
thanks to the efforts of Robert, Neil and some other Kytes players.
In typical Kytes fashion the other
team was all at the ground before most of our guys and also did more work
than our guys.
The wombats won the toss and sent
us into bat. Robert and Matt R open the innings but didn't do to much to
worry the wombats bowling. Matt R was the first to go when he was clean
bowled by Ainslie for 7 (1-13) In came the 'in form, out of form,
no luck Joel' whom was playing in his last game of the season and was wanting
a big innings. Robert had lasted 20 balls for his 1 before being caught
by Kelly off the bowling of Shackleford. (2-26) In came Matt S looking
to continue on from last weeks game but found himself being bowled by a
ball turning square for 2. (3-37) Ashley joined Joel in the middle
with a massive job on their hands but found the going quite easy and both
were scoring freely. At this time you could see and hear the wombats attitudes
drop as the Kytes moved from 3-37 to 4-119 before Ashley called Joel though
for a tight single but like many times this year, lady luck wasn't shining
down on Joel and he was 'run out' for 52 (4-119)
Out came Gaurav who made 4 runs
before being caught behind by Kelly. (5-128) Larry was the next to
come out sporting a new cricket bat, but was soon walking back for 0 when
he was caught behind by another good ball from Kelly. (6-132) Nick
was next and face a couple of balls before he pulled one to square leg
for 0 off Kelly again (7-132) Mark helped move the score with his
nice 8 runs but was soon walking back to the tent when he miss timed a
shot and was caught by Ainslie off Mann (8-143) Ashley was caught
on the boundary for 51 (9-14) Out came Squirrel (Douglas) to join
Bunny (Shoaib) to move the score onto 154 before bunny was bowled for 7.
In the end a disappointing day for the Kytes in the batting but still had
something to defend.
The wombats came out with all guns
blazing. Both Ainslie and Shearer were hitting the ball nicely but they
were helped with some shit bowling from the Kytes. There were chances throughout
both of their innings but the Kytes couldn't take them. The first wicket
came when Ainslie tried again to smash Matt S out of the ground but was
bowled with a nice in-swinging ball for 67 (1-116) Shearer was next
to go when he hit Mark S straight down the throat of Matt R for 51 (2-150)
Whisker and O'carrol finished the game off and the wombats were in the
final of the PFC.
Thanks to the wombats for a good
game played in good spirit and also for helping with the ground preparations.
Thanks to the Kytes boys and lets hope we can finish the season with a
couple of wins.
J1C 2007 D-1 play-offs:
Fuji Far East C.C. squeeze past
Paddy Foley's C.C. to qualify.
Friendly: Shizuoka Kytes C.C. ease
past resilient Indian Engineers C.C.:
Indian Engineers C.C.: 148 26.5
overs) (Extras, 49; A. Harvey, 3/20)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 149/5 (20
overs) (M. Sharpe, 61)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. won by 5 wickets
Neil Harrison writes:
Kytes Bite Back as Shannon Scores
Perfect day for cricket saw the
Indian Engineers make the trip to Shizuoka to fill in as Kytes' opponents
for another ultra-friendly. Engineers got stuck in holiday traffic round
Gotemba, but there was still time for 30 overs apiece. Bikash won the toss
for Engineers and chose to bat under a clear, blue sky. It really was a
Matthew Alphonse Sharpe opened the
bowling from the Lone Tree End and continued his recent trend of bowling
well with very little in the column that counts. Pants started from the
Bridge End and gave both openers problems with the steep bounce he was
getting. But no wickets. Anil and Sangan looked steady and some tight wides
had the score ticking along nicely. So it was rather fortunate for Kytes
that Sangan decided to take on Pants' arm down at long leg. Sanjeeb strolled
out fresh from a ton against Dragons. He was probably still thinking about
it when he lobbed an easy return catch to Pornboy off a leading edge. Anil
pretty much duplicated Sangan's dismissal, though this time Matt Ryan provided
the throw. Udaya made a subdued start, while Raju quickly came and went.
Udaya then looked to do business and smacked Porno for a couple of huge
sixes into the riverbed before an attempt to repeat the shot against Matt
Ryan ended safely in Pants' hairy hands.
Porno had woken up at the sight
of Bikash walking to the crease and stepped up to collect his bunny. Sure
enough, Bikash scooped his first ball to Shoaib at fine leg, but Shoaib
wasn't interested in such an easy chance and punched it away for a single.
Bikash tried again, this time edging to the ex-Captain still (yes, still)
at slip. No go. It wasn't in the ex-Captain's zone, so he tipped it to
third man for a single. So Bikash gave up and snicked Ashley to Gaurav
behind the stumps. Nitin was now playing some lovely drives, and one flick
to long leg had Sandeep scouring the profanisaurus for new expletives.
In the friendly spirit of things,
Shoaib got a bowl. Shoaib took to the friendly sprit in style and gifted
the Engineers a hatful of extras. He then gifted Sandeep the mother of
all slow half-volleys. Sandeep jumped into it and leathered it straight
back with "Wear me!" written all over it. Nitin and the umpire took evasive
action but needn't have bothered as Shoaib stuck out his mitts and grabbed
a stunner about 20 times harder than the 3 he'd declined to hang onto.
Jayesh hung around long enough
to smash a tasty drive into Otto's thigh at mid-on. Kytes were relieved
to see the Frenchman get up in one piece (next week's grass-cutting) but
somewhat dismayed that Lalith had been too busy laughing to catch the rebound.
Sanjeeb and Raju got to bat again,
there being only 9 Engineers and Kytes being suckers, but could only extend
the score by 10 runs before the innings closed on an eminently gettable
Udaya (24 off 15 balls, 2x4, 2x6)
provided the main entertainment, top-scoring for the Engineers with some
hard-hitting that was ended by an amazing catch. Nitin looked very classy
and should be good for runs in the future. A few others got starts but
didn't get going.
Kytes bowled well but again gave
up too many wides (49 extras, 43 of them wides, in a total of 148 is still
pretty dire, boys).
Kytes started their innings with
three batsmen eyeing their 1,000th run since detailed records were kept
from four years ago. Alphonse was best placed to get there on 993, but
Pants (913) and Ashley (953) both had a chance for glory. Pants took strike
and put the first ball of the innings into the car park. Another sweet
strike for 4 in the next over and the boy looked good and set fair to put
a run of poor form and dodgy decisions behind him. Pants tried to turn
the next ball to leg, but was late on the shot and flicked the ball into
his pad. Some poor, misguided Engineers appealed, bless them. And the umpire,
who will remain nameless (and French) gave it. Pants tarried a while (from
the boundary it looked like he might be inviting the umpire out for dinner
that evening) before departing with "What part of my f*@%!&g bat didn't
that hit?". Normal service was resumed as Ashley joined Alphonse and put
on 90 runs in very relaxed style, the boundary Kytes enjoying the stroll
at 119/1. Ashley went first for 34, skying a dolly to Nitin, and Alphonse
(61) and Lalith soon followed. Matt Ryan looked to have sealed the match
with a safe-looking 13, but when Jayesh pinged one onto the stumps off
his toes, Kytes were starting to get jittery again. Porno came in with
2 required to win, but only 1 required to beat his aggregate total from
his last 6 innings. The first ball he faced was a wide, and the next one
he turned to midwicket for an easy single and the winning run, but spare
a thought for poor Gaurav, who was out in the middle for about 4 overs
without facing a ball.
Not much in the Kytes' batting besides
the Alphonse (61 off 48, 7x4, 1x6) and Ashley (34 off 38, 3x4) show, although
poor old Pants looked like he meant business in the short while he was
Engineers fielded well enough but
just didn't have anyone who could break the key partnership.
Thanks to the Engineers for another
great day's cricket and good company in the soba shop. That's 1-1 for the
season with another game to come in November.
Man of the Match: Matthew Alphonse
Sharpe - tight bowling and his fourth 50 of the year - gotta be time for
that first Kytes ton.
Cricket demonstration held in Tachibana Elementary School,
Shizuoka Prefecture, for new School Club!
Read Report HERE>>
Kanto Cricket League:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. beat Tokyo bay Distrits C.C. by walkover
Tokyo Wombats CC too good for Fuji
far East CC
Tokyo Wombats C.C.: 252/7 (C. Jones,
114*; Extras, 54; 4 run-outs)
Fuji far East C.C.: 103 (Extras,
41; G. Brady, 3/20; I. Gason, 3/21)
Tokyo Wombats C.C. won by 149 runs
Umpire: C. Thompson
Fuji Far East CC ensure their place
in play-off for 2007 D-1 play-off: by upsetting Millennium CC
Millennium C.C.: 185/7 (Sriram
Sampath, 70; T. Fuji, 40;H. Takahashi, 3/23)
Fuji Far East C.C.: 186/5 (J. Saitou,
45; N. Tainaka,32)
Fuji Far East C.C. won by 5 wickets
Umpires: M. Timbrell & R. Matthews
Kanto Cricket League:
Tokyo Giants C.C. come from behind twice to beat the
Kytes in vital game:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 214 (39.1 overs) (A. Harvey, 84;
Malik Naseem, 4/27; Ahmad Kamal, 3/49)
Tokyo giants C.C.: 217/6 (31 overs) (Mumtaz Alam, 57*;
C. H. Naveed, 30)
Tokyo Giants C.C. won by 4 wickets
Umpires: Shafiq Ur Rehman & Khurram Pervez
Scorer: R-G. Martineau
Check Scoresheet HERE>>
Ashley Harvey writes:
Well if you want a good read then
I suggest you move on and read something else.
The weather for this game was looking
very hot and hot it was. most of the Kytes arrived to the game before the
opposition came which is good.
This week I won the toss and chose
to bat first as it was too hot to be out in the field all day.
Joel and Gaurav opened the inning
and both where looking good until Gaurav (5) gave a simple catch to Jahangir
Babar off Kamal's bowling. (1-22) Joel (25) was looking like he wanted
to get a ton until he was bowled by Kamal for his 2nd wicket of the day.
(2-35) Matt S joined me out in the middle and we both were going along
nicely until just before the first drinks when Matt (29) got a nice ball
on his pads and wasn't able to get bat on it and was bowled by Alam (3-96)
Angus was next to the wicket and just like Matt and I, Angus and I kept
the runs rolling over for an 81 run partnership before Angus (21) was found
to be out LBW (4-177) The next 6 batsmen could only add 10 runs. I was
the last to go trying to get my 100. Well that is what the boys from the
side line were saying but I was further away than they were saying. Well
done boys. Al was the not out batsmen with 1.
After the lunch break the weather
was still hot and wasn't looking like letting up. Both Matt S and Ben couldn't
find a break through in their first spells and it was Matt R that made
the first break-through with Zaheer Babar (24) caught by Joel. (1-58) Soon
after that Mat R went on his own and got Ahmad (0) LBW. (2-63) I got Naseer
(2) LWB (3-79) Ben had Chowdhery (31) caught by me (4-105) and then got
Kamal (29) bowled and at this point in time we thought we had a very good
chance of winning until Hussain and Mumtaz (57no) came out and played some
intelligent cricket and worked the ball around the park. Matt S bowled
Hussain (12) (6-186) and we still had a slight chance with just the tail
to come, but that wasn't to be as they were helped by some terrible
bowling (if that is what you can call it) and with that the game was over.
Well done to the Giants for a good
win and hope to see you again sometime soon to return the favour.
Kanto Cricket League:
Disappointing Kytes 1st suffer
humiliating defeat off C.C. of Nagoya
C.C. of Nagoya 248 (32.3 overs) (Khurram Pervez, 92,
Extras 55, Raja Akkram, 31; Riaz Hussain, 30; A. Harvey, 3/32; A. Liley
3/48, wides, 51)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 99 (19.3 overs) (Atif Chaudhry,
4/17, Saqib Khan, 3/10)
Nagoya won by 149 runs.
Umpire: Kedar (Myoden)
Scorer: N. Harrison
Check Scoresheet HERE>>
Neil Harrison writes:
Well it was supposed to be Kytes
vs CC of Nagoya, but it played out more like Clowns vs CC of Nagoya as
Kytes bungled their way to an
embarrassingly heavy defeat against
a team they were expecting to steamroller.
Kytes' day started badly enough
with Arbab's unexplained failure to appear and just seemed to carry on
downhill. Saqib won the toss for
Nagoya and chose to bat on a cloudy,
cool day with the pitch looking a peach. Kytes had to field with 10 men
as Porno couldn't get down to
replace Arbab until late in the
Tariq and Stewart looked comfortable
enough against Topper and Mattles' opening spells, but all the runs were
coming from wides. A woeful piece of calling accounted for Stewart, and
Topper managed to skin Tariq in the next over. Hussein went for a duck,
but then Khurram joined big brother
Saqib to steady the ship. There were airshots and chances from Khurram
and not many runs coming off the bat, but the extras kept the
score ticking along and these two looked
like they might be together for a while. In fact it took a duff bounce
to account for Saqib with the score
on 74. Raja then pummelled 31 in no time, and when he lost his off stump
to Ashley after one hoik too many, Riaz came in and kept the ball
rolling with his own quick 30. With
Khurram playing some tasty drives and cuts of his own all this time, Nagoya
had added 100 runs in 10 overs.
Khurram got what looked like a dodgy lbw to end his innings on 92 and Kytes
managed to run through the tail relatively quickly, but by this time the
damage was done and Nagoya had posted a very strong total.
Nagoya finished all out for 248
in 32.3 overs with Khurram (92 0ff 68, 15x4, 1x6) obviously the star. He
offered plenty of chances, all of which
Kytes refused to accept, and in between played some lovely shots including
a couple of superlative cuts. Raja (31 off 13, 1x4, 4x6)
provided his usual one-shot entertainment,
featuring three huge sixes into the river bed. Riaz (30 off 18, 4x4) made
the third big contribution in the crucial middle part of the innings that
took full advantage of Kytes' incompetence.
With the exception of Mattles (6-0-0-19)
and Ashley's (7-0-3-32) bowling, Kytes were awful in the field. 6 chances
were put down, an easy runout
was missed, comedy fielding gave overthrows left, right and centre. Angus
(6-0-3-48) got the short straw of bowling Arbab's overs,
while Topper and Matt Ryan got hammered
when they weren't bowling wides.
Now, much as I would like to spare
Hairbear his blushes, he did get married without telling us, so: Matthew
Crispin Ryan, 5.3-0-2-67.
Special mention also to Mickey
on debut - his single over got the treatment from Raja and went for 27
And did I mention the wides? 51
wides in 32.3 overs. Add that to the no balls and Kytes bowled an extra
9 overs to drop catches off.
Pants and Mattles kicked off Kytes'
alleged run-chase, but Pants was having trouble locating the middle of
his bat. Mattles settled quickly,
and Raja and Afridi got no joy
so Saqib turned to Atif, who bowled so well against Giants without luck
the previous week. Atif made an
immediate impact bowling Mattles
off his pads for 15. Gaurav joined Pants and together they scratched around
for form without success.
Gaurav skied a drive and Pants
was bowled the ball after clocking himself on the jaw. Kytes' batting looked
to be going the way of their
bowling, but The Bigamist joined
Ashley and these two looked in good nick till The Bigamist left the gate
open and Saqib snook one through.
Angus and Ashley looked like they
might manage a partnership, but a poor call for a single sent Ashley on
his way when Stewart palmed a loose throw
onto his thigh and onto the stumps - you could tell it was one of those
days when nothing went right for Kytes - and with Ashley went any hope
of even getting near the Nagoya total. Matt Ryan disappeared first ball
thanks to an airy swish over a straight one from Saqib. Angus drove
a couple of meaty straight sixes and
almost got another over midwicket, but Khurram took a fine catch on the
boundary. Mickey duplicated Matt Ryan's
dismissal and Shoaib just squeezed out Saqib's hat-trick ball. Topper was
looking comfortable but wasn't getting the strike. Shoaib
tried to give it to him after slicing
a drive along the ground to point. Topper declined. Several times. VERY
LOUDLY! But Shoaib still kept coming.
Next week, Kytes will be teaching Shoaib the meaning of "NO! NO! NO! NO!"
Porno joined Topper for the last
rites. There were two: One was a rap on the pads and the other was cut
straight to Khurram at point. Porno has
now broken your correspondent's
club record for ducks in a season.
Cheers, mate. (Porno now has 5
ducks in 2006 - although there is some talk of presenting this duck to
Arbab in recognition of his contribution
to the game).
That was it - all out for 99 in
the 20th over, Nagoya win by 149 runs.
Atif (4.3-0-4-17) was easily the
pick of the bowlers, bowling a good line at pace and varying the length.
Saqib grabbed three wickets with
his wobbly off-spin that proved
deceptively difficult to play. This time it was Afridi's turn to bowl impressively
without luck. Nagoya fielded
well, but then, they couldn't fail
to look good compared to Kytes' efforts.
Thanks to Nagoya for the game, again
played in a good spirit. The best team won, without a doubt. And congratulations
on a very impressive
turnaround after the previous week's
less than inspiring display against Giants.
Thanks to Kedar Kulkarni of Myoden
for a promising and resolutely fair umpiring debut.
Man of the Match: Atif - A second
impressive bowling display on consecutive Sundays. This time he got the
breaks and the wickets - and a runout
And finally, in the interests of
lightening the gloom, I give you
Q: How do Kiwis find sheep in long
Kanto Cricket League:
Vimal Vikrant carries his bat to preserve Indian Engineers
C.C.'s chances to D-1 promotion
Indian Engineers c.C.: 327/8 (40 overs) (Vimal Vikrant,
154*; Sanganbaswa Kalgi , 32; Ritesh kakar, 30)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. 2nd: 130 (20
overs) (M. Sharpe, 51)
Indian Engineers C.C. won by 197
Umpire: Babu Koshy Kannagil
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Neil Harrison writes:
All was obviously well with the
world as the Indian Engineers came down to Shizuoka to take on the Kytes'
Second XI (the Clowns or the Crowns, depending on how you read your katakana)
in another ultra-friendly. Except this was KCL Group B and the Engineers
were desperate to end a 7-match losing streak and needed a win to keep
themselves in the running for a slot in Division 1 next year. Clowns could
only find 9 red noses for the day as a litany of lame excuses were trotted
out. But what's this? Our very own Amish came up with an original
excuse - a more girlie excuse than the legendary Shirley "Thumbprint" File,
currently majoring in Ovine Fetishes at the University of Somewhere in
New Zealand - adds a whole new meaning to the phrase "field studies" -
and, yes, they do have universities in New Zealand. But I digress, Amish
was unable to join the team because he was attending a ballet performance
in Tokyo. No doubt we'll be without Matthew Alphonse Sharpe next week because
there's an international flower arranging festival on in Nagoya.
On the day, as usual, the Engineers
were on the ground while the majority of Kytes were still in bed dreaming
up excuses for being late.
Bobby won the toss for Engineers
and chose to bat under a hazy, humid sky that threatened to rain but didn't.
Captain Don Prelis came back to break the news with that "Pity you poor
sods having to bowl in this" grin of his.
Benjamin Toppington opened the bowling
from the Bridge End and the Pornificator started from the Lone Tree End.
Topper was aggrieved to see one ball that passed a couple of inches over
middle stump called a wide, but apart from this there was little drama
as Partha and Vimal worked the ball through the many gaps to bring up the
50 in double quick time. Partha then started to lead a charmed life, but
Vimal looked set from ball one. The Don came on second change to show his
minions how to bowl and snagged Partha lbw with the score on 65, but Ritesh
came in and picked up where Partha left off, taking the score to 116 before
Matthew Alphonse Sharpe beat a careless lunge. By this time, the Clowns
were in serious slapstick mode, with Grand Old Otto throwing pies from
the Bridge End. Sriram, one of the most stylish batsmen in Japan, couldn't
take it for long and ran down the track to escape. Angus marked his debut
behind the stumps with a deft one-handed stumping and Sriram's humiliation
was sealed: <b>st. Liley, b. Martineau</b>. Forever.
Engineers, obviously as shocked
as the Clowns, lost their way for a few overs, which gave the Porn Star
an opening to prove Shannon's Law ("Shit gets wickets") as Nisar missed
a gift of a full toss and lost his leg stump. Bobby made the mistake of
batting in pads made of the finest English willow. One forward defensive
later and off he went, lbw to Shoaib. Bikash's honeymoon lasted two balls
till he hid his bat from a straight one and off he went in the same over.
Into the slog overs and Jagan and Sangan helped Vimal pile on the runs,
but the Clowns kept smiling and chucking pie after pie. Topper tried to
restore order but saw three edges evade the ex-Captain's wheelchair in
the slips before missing a sharp return chance. Jagan sent Lalith way up
and over to Alphonse at fine leg and Sangan fell to a good running catch
by the Pornmeister, just giving Biju a chance to spend a few minutes under
the big top before the close on 327/8.
For the Engineers, Vimal (154 off
121 balls, 13x4, 2x6) played an excellent innings, solid and safe to start
and gradually opening up. There were chances towards the end of the innings,
but by then he was well out of sight. Partha, Ritesh, Nisar and Sangan
all contributed in chunky partnerships of 40 or more.
Clowns bowled well in the circumstances,
but there were too many holes in the field to hold back the flood of runs.
Nevertheless, Enginers looked set to pile on 400 runs when they went in
for drinks after 18 overs at 186/3, so restricting them to 140 runs off
the subsequent 22 overs represents a victory of sorts. The wickets were
shared around quite evenly between the 6 Clowns who "bowled", though poor
Topper came away empty handed with probably the best performance.
The fielding was generally good,
and Shoaib and Francois Le Suisse (in his second ever match) were excellent.
Clowns decided to have a go at the
total from the start, and some wayward bowling helped keep the runrate
in sight despite Angus' inability to find his form. Alphonse was timing
the ball nicely right from ball one and Clowns had a shout as long as Alphonse
was in there with someone who could run. But that wasn't a very long list
in this team. Angus fell lbw halfway down the track to Jagan and Topper
went in first drop and displayed something looking suspiciously like technique
for a few overs before slicing a drive deep into cover where Jagan took
an excellent running catch. Alphonse brought up his 50 (51 runs, 39 balls,
6x4, 1x6) with some juicy drives but fell immediately after to a jumping
catch by Sangan right on the long-off boundary. That was it as far as the
chase was concerned, and it didn't take long for the Engineers to work
through the tail (more of a stump, really), with only Otto showing any
resistance before the innings ended on 130. Congratulations, anyway, to
Francois, on scoring his first runs in cricket. May there be many more.
Bobby took the opportunity to try
out the bowling of 9 of his team members, so there wasn't really a chance
for anyone to shine (the eight wickets on offer were all taken by different
bowlers - Ritesh was the one to miss out). The fielding was good and Vimal
was the only one to put down a chance.
Thanks to the Engineers for another
great day's cricket and good company in the soba shop.
Thanks to Babu of Dragons for umpiring
fairly and with a smile.
Man of the Match: Vimal Vikrant
- a class innings, and he apologised to the ex-Captain for bowling him
with the mother of all grubbers.
Kanto Cricket league:
Heavy rains ruin the day:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. 2nd vs. Al
Match drawn (ground waterlogged)
Kanto Cricket league:
Depleted Kytes nonetheless booking
their place in 2007 D-1 by beating old foes Friends XI for the first time!
Friends XI C.C.: 166 (22.4 overs (Shakir Khan, 50; Umar
Farooq Butt, 36; B. Tomlinson, 4/41)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 167/7 (37.11 overs) (A. Harvey,
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. won by 3 wickets
Umpire: Mumtaz Alam
Check Scoresheet HERE>>
Neil Harrison writes:
There was a time when Billy Ocean ruled the airwaves,
when red light spelled danger, when the going got tough and the tough got
going, and when Friends XI strolled into Shizuoka and put serious hurt
on Kytes' egos. Not anymore. Because from now on, Lord William of Disco
will be singing "When the going gets tough, the Kytes go shopping" and
Friends have a bruised ego to be nursing.
After the ignominy of having to concede their Second
XI match vs YCAC the previous week, Shizuoka Kytes came dangerously close
to having to do the same for the First XI match against Friends XI. Last
minute recruiting by Don Prelis got the numbers up to 10 on the day, but
it was the sight of the ex-Captain at first slip in his wheelchair that
really brought home the level of desperation to which the Kytes had sunk
and brought a lump to your correspondent's throat in the process. With
the Grand Old Man patrolling the covers on his Zimmer frame, Friends could
have been forgiven for expecting another easy win (well, "thrashing" would
be a more accurate description of the past results of games between these
two teams) like those mentioned on the http://rgmjapan.tripod.com/HONOURS.html.
In the end, only 4 of Kytes' nominated 1st XI took the field, making the
eventual result all the more impressive.
The pitch was in good nick and Aamir won the toss for
Friends and chose to bat after consulting his team members. It was hazy,
hot and humid with no wind - a nightmare for the fielders.
Out in the middle, Topper opened the bowling from the
Bridge End while Matthew Alphonse Sharpe started from the Lone Tree End.
Both managed to keep the openers quiet until Naeem was outdone by Topper's
tried and tested "Wide, Wide, Wicket" sequence. Umar was unusually subdued
down the other end while Sharpey saw off Brother Asad with a peach of an
inswinger. Later in the over, Brother Aamir thought he was watching a more
wayward version disappear down legside, but unfortunately for him the ball
clipped his back foot and just had enough on it to dislodge the leg stump
bail. At 22/3, with Aamir gone without scoring, Kytes sniffed a collapse
in the air but were disappointed to see a counterattack instead. A series
of fierce cuts and powerful drives from Umar and Shakir Khan had Friends
back on track and looking strong at 68/3. That's when Umar took a wild,
wild swipe at a loose delivery from Ryan of Asia and Alphonse ran his little
legs off from the third man boundary to get in, claim the ball, offer to
decapitate anyone who got in his way and take a fine sliding catch.
Porno then replaced Alphonse at the Bridge End and, unusually,
his shit deliveries brought him nothing but pain. He did at least manage
two class offies in consecutive balls in his 3rd over - the first luring
Fayyaz Khan into an unwise pull, the second convincing Brother Jamshaid
that your shot of choice, first ball, is an eyes to the skies heave for
six. Minus the bat on ball contact part.
Ashley sensed an opening and brought Topper back on at
the Bridge End. Shakir Khan replied by bringing up his 50 and immediately
slicing a gimme to the ex-Captain, still (in both senses of the word) at
first slip. A poor shot to end a good innings.
Daleep Singh and Abey Jawardene briefly sparkled and
helped push the innings past 150, but both were bowled by Topper in consecutive
overs to end the innings.
166 was a poor total, especially by Friends' standards,
but both teams were well aware of what happened the last time Kytes bowled
Friends out cheaply (Friends steamrollered Kytes for 32). Shakir Khan (50
off 38, 4x4, 3x6) batted very well for his 50, and Umar (36 off 30, 6x4)
restrained himself well after the loss of early wickets. The quick run
rate of 166 in under 23 overs counted for nothing as Kytes still had 40
overs to chase down the total.
Kytes' problem was that they were woefully short of batting.
However, the low target gave them a potential way out and collectively
they came up with a scheme so ostensibly sly you could pin a brush on it
and call it Basil: Send in The Don and The Grand Old Man to open the innings.
This would draw the sting out of Friends' attack and (hopefully) waste
a few overs of Friends' better bowlers. All well and good, till Aamir sees
what's going on and opens the bowling with offspin at each end.
The Don lasted an over before missing a pull and losing
a leg stump to Fayyaz Khan. Ashley joined Otto (TGOM) and the scoring sort
of ebbed (Otto on strike) and flowed (Ashley on strike) for a few overs.
Otto finally fell in the 13th over, run out by a hopelessly optimistic
call from Ashley, and, credit to Otto, it has to be said that this was
the only way Friends looked like getting him out. Alphonse now joined Ashley,
and these two picked up the run rate with the key partnership of 86. But
just as they had shifted the pressure on to Friends, Brother Aamir bagged
Ashley lbw and bowled Alphonse in his next over. Porno went first ball
to Brother Asad (to claim the unenviable stat of 3 consecutive ducks spanning
4 balls and tie the ex-Captain's record of 4 ducks in a season) and Kytes
had slipped from 127/2 to 135/5. Topper hung around long enough for Ryan
of Asia to smack a couple of 4s but then Topper fell to another cover-your-eyes
run-out and Lucky was bowled first ball to leave Kytes all a-jitter on
154/7. But Shoaib Aziz, of all people, kept Ryan of Asia company to tie
the scores and had the honour of smacking the winning runs with a beautifully
placed top-edged pull over his own head and over the keeper to see Kytes
home by 3 wickets.
For Kytes, Ashley (82 off 106, 8x4, 3x6) took the honours,
sharing vital partnerships of 38 with Otto and 86 with Alphonse (19 off
39, 2x4). When it looked like Friends might finally have found a way through,
Ryan of Asia (24* off 19, 5x4) responded with cleanly hit drives to the
boundary, usually straight back over the bowler's head.
For Friends, Fayyaz Khan (8-2-1-13) bowled a good tight
spell early on (though he was helped by having Otto at the crease for most
of those overs). Brother Aamir (8-0-3-39) gave Friends hope of running
through the Kytes' tail till Ryan of Asia got the better of him. Friends
fielded well and, though they didn't have any catches to worry about, took
both run-out chances that were on offer.
Thanks to Friends for the game, which was played in a
good spirit throughout.
Thanks also to Mumtaz of Giants, who did an excellent
job of umpiring, as usual.
Man of the Match: Ashley for a reasonable debut behind
the stumps and another excellent innings. And having a game-plan that worked.
Kanto cricket League:
Shizuoka Kytes C.C. 2nd XI has
to concede game to Yokohama C. & A.C.
Kanto cricket League:
Kytes start with solid win over courageous newcomers
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 218/8 (A. Harvey, 60; A. Liley,
Myoden C.C.: 128/7 Vesly Gracies, 32)
Shizuoka Kytes won by 90 runs
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Ashley Harvey writes:
Well waking up on Sunday, most
of the Kytes members thought that the game would be called off by the amount
of rain that was falling in the morning, but that wasn't to be.
The rain had stopped just enough
for us to lay the pitch down and to have a toss, but soon after, the rain
started coming down again. We waited for a few minutes and decided to shorten
the game to 25 overs a side.
We batted first and for most of
our innings we played in the rain. Anyway, Larry and Joel opened the batting
and in a first, Larry didn't run himself or anyone else out before getting
bowled for 0 (1-12). Joel and Arbab continued in the rain and moved the
score on to 35 before Joel was bowled for 20 (2-35). Soon after, Arbab
fell for 16 after dancing down the wicket and was bowled (3-63). Matt S
and I (Ashley) were scoring at a nice rate before Matt was C & B for
15 (4-126). I was the next to go a few runs later when I mistimed a shot
out to deep cover for 60 (5-128) Suboh and Angus were both looking good
before Suboh was run out for 17 (6-176). Nick was bowled for a golden duck
(7-176). Ben made a nice 10 (8-208) before he was stumped having stepped
out of his crease to warn Angus about his flying bat. That left Angus 41*
and Pin-up Andy 1* to finish the innings off at 8-218. Myoden bowled very
well in the rain and only allowed 38 extras in their ! innings, which was
good considering the ball was like a piece of soap for much of the innings.
During the break, the rain had stopped
and the ground was looking in great condition for Myoden’s innings. Toppa
(who can't remember his real name) started the inning off with some very
good fast bowling but it was Matt S at the other end that got the first
wicket of the innings, taking Tiwari for 2 (1-3) and a few runs later at
the other end Toppa bowled Kamble for 0 (2-5). Markale and Kurundakar tried
hard to steady the ship but only made it to 36 before Markale was caught
by Suboh off Arbab for 3 (3-36). 10 runs later, Arbab bowled Kulkarni for
1 (4-46). Kurundakar and Vesly kept the runs coming off the bat while our
bowlers helped by bowling a few too many wides and it took a very good
run-out by Nick to break Myoden's best partnership (Kurundakar 21, 5-82).
Larry bowled Keshmukh for 1 (6-84) and Andy also bowled Vesly for 32 (7-120).
The Kytes again bowled very well apart from 47 wides and let's hope we
can iron those out.
Thanks to Myoden for coming all
that way and playing in the rain and good luck for future games.
Kytes back into form!
Shizuoka Kytes CC: 270/7 (35 overs) (M. Sharpe, 77; Subodha
Gunawardene, 50; A. Liley, 39)
Topkyo British Embassy CC: 182 (B. Kininmont, 33; C.
Thompson, 31; A. Winston, 30)
Shizuoka Kytes won by 88 runs
Check Scoresheet HERE>>
First Coaching Session
at Miwa Primary School (2006~7 Scholar Year):
Robert-Gilles Martineau and Lalith Prelith led the first
Coaching session for the Cricket Club at Miwa Primary School already in
their second year!
Read full report HERE>>
Kanto Cricket League EGM:
New League to replace old one after
At the EGM called by the Kanto
Crcicket League EGM following the resignation of 3 Committee members, the
present League was dissolved and will be replaced by a new League of the
same name to start on July 2nd.
First coaching session
at Shizuhata Naka Primary School!
Robert-Gilles Martineau led the first Coaching session for
the new Cricket Club at Shizuhata Naka Primary School!
Read full report HERE>>
damage the Shizuoooooka Kytes Ground!
On Sunday 28th late in the afternoon,
some idiots ran their 4x4 over the ground.
Neil Harrison and Robert-Gilles Martineau, following
the rained out game between Tokyo British Embassy CC and Max CC had spent
the whole afternoon cleaning and mowing the ground surroundings before
taking a last look of deserved satisfaction at the Abe Oval and subsequently
retired for a well-earned beer.
The following morning R-G. went to the ground to pick
up the kids gear to take it to Shizuhata Naka Primary School when he discovered
the ruts left by some idiots running over the ground with a 4x4 (see picture).
On the next he and Lalith "Larry" Prelis had to spend
hours refilling the ruts and cutting the grass to help the ground's natural
healing. It will take at least two months for the ground to recover. Luck
the damage was when the grass is at its most active!
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