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Under 11B Indoor matches against Harrow St Mary’s ‘B’ and West Harrow ‘B’ on 11th Dec 2011 

The MTSSC U11 “B” team was supposed to have 2 matches on the 11th of December but unfortunately our 2nd match opponents West Harrow were unable to field a team and forfeited the match to us.

Our 1st match was against Harrow St.Mary “B” and the match started at 11.30am. Our captain Varshan won the toss and elected to field. Harrow St.Mary’s scored 92 runs for the loss 4 wickets in their allotted 12 overs. Seshan bowled really well and took a wicket in his quoto of 3 overs. Varshan also bowled well and took an excellent catch off his bowling. Our bowling needs to improve as we bowled too many wides, in fact there were around 45 runs in extras. It could have been worse but for our wicket keeper, Birrunthan, who was in excellent form behind the wicket. It was good a see a kid who is just 10 years old so focussed behind the wickets. The fielding also needs to improve as some of the fielders were running away from the ball when it was hit hard at them.

When we batted, Varshan and Birrunthan formed a good 2nd wicket partnership which brought us close to the target of 92 runs. Varshan had to retire per Indoor rules, with 30 runs against his name and Birrunthan was run out for 13 runs. We needed 16 runs of the final 2 overs, but the boys played well and brought the target down to just 3 runs in the final over. Shesan who was facing the final over, could not score anything in the first 5 balls. So the target became 3 runs in the final ball, and there was a nail biting suspense and atmosphere in the hall among the boys and parents, Shesan drove the final ball to the offside wall, to earn the required 3 runs and got his team, the victory they richly deserved.

I was very pleased with the performance of the “B” team, or maybe I should really call them “The junior U11 Team”. There is lots of potential in there and with more exposure, they can only get better and might give a good fight to our “The senior U11 team” also known as MTSSC U11 “A” team when they play against them in Feb 2012.

We like to thank the parents of Birrunthan, Rishi and Sharushan for providing refreshments for the kids and the spectators, Thanks also to Sharushan’s dad Sabesan for doing the scoring. Finally thanks Mathy and Sabesan for overseeing a practice match after the match against HSM ended.

Report by Sam Surendran