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MCA League Match : Ruislip vs MTSSC played away on 31/05/2010 

MTSSC won by 9 wickets with 5 overs to spare

Ruislip 94 runs for 5 wickets and MTSSC 97 runs for 1 wicket.

We started the match at 5pm, in overcast conditions. We lost the toss and Ruislip asked us to field first. We bowled tidily at the start and around 12th over, the score was around 38 runs, but Ruislip had wickets in hand. After the 12th over, Ruislip started to accelerate and took some well judged singles and a few boundaries here and there. We didn’t help our cause with some sloppy fielding which resulted in the boundaries and our bowlers also bowled some juicy full tosses and short pitched balls on the leg side in the closing stages. At the end of the 20 overs, Ruislip posted a competitive total of 94 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Rishi was the pick of the bowlers and bowled very fast and accurately and richly deserves his 2 wickets. His 2nd over when he got a wicket was an excellent over where he was really fast and got the ball to swing as well and beat the batsman on numerous occasions.

When it was our turn to bat, the Ruislip bowlers were very wayward at the start and we had lots of wides to boost our total. After losing Liam early on, Naresh and Priyan forged a record unbeaten 2nd wicket partnership of 82 runs to take us home with about 5 overs to spare with 9 wickets left. Our margin of victories is getting bigger and bigger as the season is progressing. As one parent commented, we could have even chased 200 runs the way our batsman were batting . Naresh was always on the look out for runs, and some of his drives were a joy to watch. He remained unbeaten on 41 runs which included 7 fours. Priyan once again played a very good supporting role and played some delicate leg glances for his 19 runs. This time, both boys, when they hit the ball in the air, they did hit it with force, so it looks like at least the boys are reading my match reports . Overall the signs are very positive for another league title this year.

Few other points to note

1) Even though we did have some sloppy fielding in patches, in general the ground fielding was good. For example, I enjoyed a one hand pick up from Anuru around the boundary line. I was happy to see Sayjohn’s flat and fast throws from the deep. Young Purushot’s dive at mid on to stop a four was excellent . Overall, the key thing is I did not have to hide any players in the field.

2) Wicket keeping was always been a problems for us in the past , but not any more. Even though Hishath was not as vocal and demonstrative as Akeethiyan, he did his job in his own quiet way and also took a catch behind the wicket. Gone are the days, I used to say to our wicket keepers,” just stop the ball, I am not expecting you boys to take any catches”. Yesterday, I would have been bitterly disappointed if that catch had been dropped, because now we expect these catches to be taken. I also believe competition between Akatheeyan and Hishath will bring the best out of both boys and I am conscious that I need to manage it properly by giving both a fair chance.

3) The 1st over from Daniel also impressed me and he is turning the ball. In his 1st over, he also got rid of a well set batsman who was looking dangerous.. His length was good but his line was more towards the leg and he was punished for that in that 2nd over. I expect him to bowl more overs in the coming matches.

4) It also looks like Sayjohn has overcome his no ball problems, and starting to get his confidence back and very active and focussed on the field. Like Daniel, he also can expect to bowl few more overs in the coming matches.

Man of the match goes to our Captain Rishi for his hostile spell of 4 overs no maidens 9 runs and 2 wickets although Naresh with his dashing 41 runs did come very close.

Key Moment of the match – was when Purushot trapped their opening batsman George Wickham plumb in front. George has scored fifties in his previous 2 innings and this was a key wicket for us.