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Under 15B Indoor match against Harrow St Mary's ‘B’ on 15th Jan 2012 

Last Sunday our under 15 B team had their 3rd match against Harrow St Mary’s under 15 B’s. Unfortunately we lost this game bringing to an end an unbeaten run of matches for both teams in the 2011/2012 indoor tournament. Kevin Kandiah was back as captain for this match with Keson being his assistant.

Kevin won the toss and put Harrow St Mary’s in to bat. We started well in the bowling department but the last 5 overs were expensive which enabled Harrow St Mary’s to score a total of 102 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in their 10 overs. The first 5 overs saw HSM only scoring 38 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Therefore we conceded 64 runs in the last 5 overs. Krishan was the pick of the bowlers just conceding 11 runs and taking a wicket in his 2 overs. Keson too bowled well to only concede 15 runs in his 2 overs. The other bowlers were expensive with Kevin going for 27 runs and Tharangan going for 25 runs in their 2 over spells. In the extras department we only conceded 9 wides 7 off which came off Tharangan’s bowling. Tharangan’s needs to work on his game as it is not acceptable for a spinner to concede 7 wides in 2 overs. He also got his length wrong which is why he was expensive.

Our fielding was also not as sharp in the previous matches. We dropped a couple of catches and were generally slow moving to the ball. The fact that HSM ran 11 singles showed that we didn’t attack the ball enough and stop them from thinking of taking the single. Jeykumar kept well and only conceded a single bye.

When it was our turn to bat, we needed to bat well and take our singles to be in with a chance of winning the game. However we lost Krishan in the second ball of our innings without scoring. Jeykumar was then run out in the next over watching the ball rather than responding to his partners call for a single. Kevin too followed a couple of deliveries later unfortunately being bowled off his pads. When Tharangan was bowled in the last ball of the second over we were 6 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Sharushan also got out without scoring in the 4th over to leave us on 10 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the 4th over. It was Keson who batted through the remaining overs to give our score a bit of respectability. He was finally out bowled for 27 runs in the 10th and final over to see us through to a total of 44 runs. It was our batting and the running between the wickets that let us down. Krishan and Kevin need to learn to play the on drive to the ball that is bowled on the leg stump. None of our batsmen apart from Keson used their feet. They just stood and delivered and got out. Harrow St Mary’s too bowled 9 wides but the main difference between the 2 teams were the 11 singles that they ran.

Not sure if it was the Christmas break but we didn’t look sharp at all.

Thanks to Kannan for umpiring the game, Nathan and Shan for speaking to the boys and all the parents who came to cheer the boys. Once again it was very pleasing to see Ashwin, Sachin and Kishan from the A team present to encourage, support and offer any help needed to the B team.

We need to work on our weaknesses of this game in time for our next under 15 B match which is against West Harrow in 2 weeks time.

Report by Dinesh Peerez