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04/09/2005: Kanto Cricket league:  
D-1: The Semi-finals will not feature either Friends XI C.C. or Tokyo Giants C.C. for the first time:  
Milennium C.C.'s successfully chase record total to beat Friends XI C.C.  
Friends XI C.C.: 280 (37.2 overs) (Naeem Ud Din, 84; Umar farooq, 50; Mohammad Hanif Khan, 36; Abdul Qayyum, 31; Y. Yamamoto, 4/23) 
Millennium C.C.: 281/4 (39.1 overs) (Mohammad Rizwan, 100; Razzaq Chima, 64; T. Fuji, 36*; Extras, 35) 
Millennium C.C. won by 6 wickets 
Umpire: Bobby Philips 
Check Scoresheet HERE>> 
Tokyo Wombats C.C. blast their way past Tokyo Giants C.C.  
Tokyo Giants C.C.: 10 (21.2 overs) (Mumtaz Alam, 47; I. Gason, 3/20; L. Ray, 3/47) 
Tokyo Wombats C.C.: 132/1 (32.4 overs) (S. Burke, 73*; C. Jones, 34*) 
Tokyo Wombats C.C. won by 9 wickets 
Umpire: G. Brady 
Check Scoresheet HERE>> 
Read Report on Tokyo Wombats C.C.'s Homepage 
D-2: Wyverns make sure of their Semi-final spot with convincing win over MAX C.C. thanks to Y. Sakamoto's 2nd best ever performance by a Japanese bowler and wicket-keeper T. Chino equalling most dismissals record by a wicket-keeper:   
Wyverns C.C.: 241/8 (40 overs) (G. Beath, 62; J. Hanada, 42; S. Fujimoto, 3/35) 
MAX C.C.: 131 (34 overs) (T. Yamada, 43; K. Sakamoto, 6,26) 
Wyverns C.C. won by 110 runs 
Umpire: N. Harrison 
Check Scoresheet HERE>> 
Neil Harrison writes: 
Wyverns had another easy win down at the ACO as a depleted Max team once again failed to push its opponents. Yamaguchi won the toss for Max and chose to field in near-perfect batting conditions.  
It was hot, hot, hot, with rain forecast in the afternoon. 
Wyverns welcomed back Beath and his opening stand with Chino provided the best batting of the day. These two looked to be setting the base for a huge score, with the hundred up in 15 overs, but after Beath skied Itou to long-on, Chino went back into his shell and Max's second string bowlers were able to rein in the runs.Noguchi taunted Iwasaki with four half-chances but Iwasaki stuck at him and got his man with an excellent return catch off a drive fresh from the middle of the bat. Things went quiet and cheap wickets fell every other over till Hanada and Hirose got together for the seventh wicket and hoiked the innings out of the doldrums. Big hitting and hard running saw the total comfortably past  
200 (241/8), but still a hatful less than it should have been. 
By the time of the changeover it was obvious that the promised cloud and rain weren't going to show. It just stayed hot. Even so, Yanai got his typical huge swing going and kept one end quiet, while Hanada had a hard time bowling to the left-handed Tsutsumi, who looked well up to the chase till he gloved a low wide one down leg for Chino to take a great catch. Itou stuck around for a long time, but wasn't scoring. When he lost his off stump to Beath, Yamaguchi joined Yamada to finally insert some oomph into the Max innings. These two put on a quick 40 before Yamaguchi skied Sakamoto to mid-off. A collapse duly followed while Yamada kept one end bulldozing. Down the other end, Chino's safe hands  
and sharp reflexes gave Sakamoto 3 stumpings. The game was over long before Yamada heaved Sakamoto to long-on. Hanada decided to keep Sakamoto on and rightly so, as he returned figures of 6/26, sealing the match with two wickets in the 34th over, and Max well short on 131. 

Thanks to both teams for showing up on time, helping with the mat, playing the game in the right spirit and tidying up at the end. 

Man of the Match: Tatsuro Chino - A good contribution with the bat, and a superb day with the gloves. Someone get him a British passport!