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Under 15B Indoor match against Bessborough ‘B’ on 18th Dec 2011 

Today our under 15 B team played their second indoor match against Bessborough B. In the absence of our captain Kevin Kandiah (due to bereavement in the family) our vice captain Keson assumed duties as captain. The team comprised of

1. Keson Kugathasan (Capt.)
2. Krishan Patel
3. Joshua Anantham
4. Jeykumaran Ashokkumaar
5. Vaheshan Ramaneswaran
6. Sharushan Vasudevan

Bessborough won the toss and elected to bat first. Krishan opened the bowling for us and bowled a very tidy first over and only conceded 4 runs but more importantly we run out the opening batsman Aman due to some tidy fielding by Keson. Vaheshan bowled the next over and only conceded 3 runs to put the pressure on Bessborough. At the end of the 5th over Bessborough were 43 for the loss of 1 wicket. In those 43 runs were 8 wides. The 6th over was bowled by Sharushan and his very first ball was hit for a six. However in his next ball he dismissed Bessborough’s other opener Kunal by taking a very sharp return catch. What a comeback ball after being hit for 6. Seeing the joy on his face showed how much that wicket meant to him. The 7th over bowled by Joshua also brought about a wicket. Joshua too holding onto a return catch to dismiss Dhillon Popat for just 7. At the end of the 10 overs Bessborough finished on 94 runs for the loss of 3 wickets leaving us a challenging target of 95 runs in 10 overs.

Of this total of 95 runs we conceded 19 wides, 1 no ball and 1 bye. So if we hadn’t conceded these extras Bessborough would have only scored 73 runs. We did also drop a few chances. Jeykumar’s keeping was good as he only conceded 1 bye. Krishan (1 wide), Vaheshan (2 wides) and Sharushan (1 wide) bowled well.

In our run chase we opened the batting with Krishan and Jeykumar. The first over brought us 8 runs however the next over was very fruitful and we scored 20 runs. Jeykumar hit with a lot of power and scored all 20 which included 2 boundaries and a six. Jeykumar had to finally retire for a well compiled 33 runs which comprised of 2 sixes and 4 boundaries. His 32 runs coming off just 11 scoring shots. Vaheshan then joined Krishan and the 2 of them pushed the score along with some quick singles some of them too risky for my liking. Vaheshan was the next batsman to be out for 14 which included 1 six and came off 4 scoring shots. He was out bowled in the 8th over with the score on 91. Keson then joined Krishan and the two of them took the score to 95 in the 4th ball of the 9th over. Krishan played a very sensible knock to ensure that we reached our target of 95 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket. He remained unbeaten on 26 which contained 1 boundary and 1 six.

So well done boys. You played very well. The batting was excellent. In the bowling department we must work on reducing the number of extras that we concede. We can improve in the catching department as well as we dropped about 4 catches which if taken would have made life a lot easier for us. Keson’s captaincy also must be commended as he rotated the bowlers well brining them on at the correct time. He was constantly talking and encouraging his bowlers.

So all in all a good day at the office. We won the match scoring the necessary total of 95 runs with 8 balls to spare.

Thank you to all the parents who came to cheer our boys. Thanks to Kugan and Loges for scoring. Thanks to Arul, Abrahams and Vaheshan’s dad and any other parent I may have missed. Thanks to Shan for organising the team, speaking to the boys and collecting the match fees. Special thanks go to Pira and Kishan Patel for coming to cheer their colleagues. It was really pleasing to see members of the A team coming to cheer and help with the practices of the B team players. This just goes to show the team spirit in the age group.

Report by Dinesh Peerez