2004 Kanto Cricket League Report (Biju paul):
2004 was the third successful year of the Kanto Cricket
League since its inception in 2002. In 2004, 16 teams, in two groups of
8 each, took part in what can be considered as the premier cricket championship
of Japan. The clubs that took part in the KCL 2004 are listed below:
British Embassy Adore
Fuji Far East
Indian Engineers Lalazar Sports
In all, 16 games were washed out and there were 4 instances
The Committee was able to hold the finals of both divisions
in October, which was an improvement from 2003 season when the finals were
held in December.
The Tokyo Giants defeated YC&AC in the D-I final and
retained the top honor for the third consecutive year. In the D-II final,
Tokyo Wombats defeated Lalazar.
Congratulations to both the teams!
Both the KCL Committee and JCA together have together
decided that the award ceremony of the KCL and all the JCA competitions
will be held together this year on Sunday, February 6. The venue and time
will be announced shortly.
KCL-supported events in 2004
In 2004, KCL actively supported and lent helping hands
to two major events, one of which was a major milestone in Japan’s cricket
history. In May, the 4-nation EAP Challenge tournament was held in Fuji,
which was the first international event ever held in Japan. The tournament
also saw the Japan national team registering its first win in a full 50
over match. Congratulations to the national team and its captain!
The winner and runner up of the D-I in 2003 had generously
donated the amount that would have been spent on the award ceremony and
their Trophy, towards the conduct of the four-nation EAP Challenge tournament.
Earlier in the year, almost every club sent their members
as volunteers to develop the second Fuji ground in time for the EAP tournament.
In June, a one-day seminar was held by Mr. Anton McCloy
to update and improve the umpiring standards of the KCL.
General conduct of the teams on the field
-In general, all clubs and the respective captains deserve
a round of applause for the manner in which they conducted themselves during
-The season was largely smooth and matches were held
in a peaceful and friendly atmosphere. However, there were complaints of
varying degrees such as abuse of authority, playing without a full team,
lack of communication that resulted in teams not reaching the ground on
the scheduled time etc. The Committee believes that all issues were dealt
-Incorrect/illegible score sheets continue to be the
bane of the tournament.
-In the run-up to today’s meeting, you may have noticed
some unprecedented procedures. Unlike the previous years, the Committee
asked every club to submit items to be considered for the Agenda for the
AGM today. The Committee discussed all the proposals it received and the
approved Agenda was circulated in advance so that the participating clubs
are aware of the items that would be considered/discussed during the Meeting.
This was done in order to utilize the limited time we
have and to help conduct the meeting smoothly, efficiently and professionally.
-In addition, the fact that the tournament was finished
as planned by the Committee at the beginning of the season is a testament
to the efforts the Committee has taken to run the competition and this
-The Committee believes that it was a fantastic year
for the nascent cricket in Japan and hopes that last season helped the
teams to grow in stature while helping the game grow in Japan.
-The Committee expresses its thanks to Mr. Anton McCloy
who has agreed to chair the meeting today and Mr. McCloy’s valuable contributions
to help finalise the agenda.
-On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank all
the members for electing us last year to this privileged body to run this
competition and the AGM. I hope the Committee performance was up to your
expectations, if not beyond it.
-Last but not the least, on behalf of the Committee,
I would like to thank the YC&AC for letting KCL use their facilities
without cost, JCA for all its support, the teams for their understanding,
the umpires for volunteering their service and all other individuals and
clubs, who have helped the Committee in managing a successful tournament.
Without your support, understanding and help, cricket in Japan would not
have been what it is today.
Secretary, KCL Organising Committee