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MCA League Match : OMT’s vs MTSSC played away on 07/06/2010 

MTSSC won by 43 runs

MTSSC 109 for 5 wickets. OMT’s 66 for 6 wickets.

After winning the toss, we elected to bat and hoping for a total of around 120 runs. But disaster stuck in the 1st over itself. Naresh, who already made a couple of match winning knocks for us this season, missed a straight ball and had his stumps knocked out of the ground. Then in the very next over, Priyan, who has been very solid and reliable, in the past few matches, departed after getting caught in the covers going for an uppish drive. Then a couple of overs later Liam got out bowled, and then when our captain Rishi, unluckily got out bowled, when the ball hit his foot and then rolled onto the stumpes, the team were in deep trouble, and the scorecard was 13 for 4 wickets in 5 overs and all our key batsmen were back in the pavilion.But I didn’t realise the depth in our batting, and Hishanth and Sayjohn came to the rescue of our team. Hishanth after a shaky start, opened up and was brutal on OMT’s young spinner. He hit 3 fours in a row in one over, and again a couple of verocious straight drives in the following over which had the umpire ducking and diving for safety. He got out to a stunning catch at cover when he was in full flow. Hishanth scored 41 runs and hit 7 boundaries. After Hishanth got out, the new batsman Akatheeyan, hit a quick fire 16 runs and carried on the good work, and increased the team score. Sayjohn gave Hishanth and Akatheeyan very good support and was involved in vital partnerships. Sayjohn although scoring just 8 runs, played according to match situation, and gave excellent support to Hishanth and Akatheeyan. Sayjohn was very watchful in defence and kept one end blocked up which was very crucial to our team. At the end of 20 overs, we scored 109 runs for 5 wickets after recovering from 13 for 4 wickets at one stage.

When OMT batted, after a couple of overs, it became apparent, they did not have the batsmen to chase our total. Rishi was once again very hostile in his opening spell and in the last few matches his bowling has been outstanding, but Naresh was a bit below his usual high standards and bowled some very wide balls. Sayjohn came to the party in this match and bowled fast and accurately in his 4 over spell and took 2 wickets and showed glimpses that he is getting back to the way he was bowling last year It was good to see the boys encouraging him and reminding him about the hat trick he took last year. Purushot and Priyan also bowled well but this is what I expect from them now a days. Most satisfying moment for me, the bowling of Anuru and Divyesh. They are new to the age group, and I took a gamble of getting them to bowl the last 4 overs between themselves, but they did not let me down. They bowled well and took a wicket each in their spell and most importantly did not give many wides. 9 year old, young Risharn, who was playing his 1st game for U11, showed lots of promise and was alert on the field and tried his best to catch those 2 catches that came his way. Anuru took a blinder of a catch at mid on and Purushot was cool as cucumber in getting hold of a skier. It has been a long time, since I have seen Purushot misfielding or dropping a catch and this boy is just 9 years old still.

At the end, OMT scored 66 runs, and we won comfortably by a margin of 43 runs. For me, this was the most satisfying win of all, as we won this match because of team performances and all players except Risharn were able to bat or bowl in this match. I am sure every boy, while driving back home, has got a story to tell his parents on how well he did in this match and how he contributed to this win. For me this is very important.
So we have won 5 matches and the league title is within our reach now. If we win our next 2 matches out of the remaining 4 matches, we will be the champions of Division 3 this year. Division 2 beckons next year and to be honest I think we are already ready for it.

Man of the match – It goes to 2 boys, Hishanth and Sayjohn. Hishanth for his hard hitting 41 and changing the course of the match with his powerful hitting and Sayjohn, for batting more than 15 overs and getting involved in 2 useful partnerships and bowling excellent spell of 4 overs for 2 wickets for 9 runs.

Key Moment of the match – The partnership between Hishanth and Sayjohn – When they came in, we were 13 for 4 wickets and staring at defeat. These boys started slowly and then took the attack to bowlers to forge a match winning partnership of 68 runs.