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Under 15B Indoor match against West Harrow ‘B’ on 29th Jan 2012 

Last Sunday our under 15 B team played their 4th match of the indoor tournament. Our opposition was West Harrow, I believe our captain Kevin won the toss and decided to put West Harrow in to bat. The team for this match was made up of Kevin Kandiah (Capt), Keson Kugadasan (V. Capt), Dilshan Peerez, Keykumaran Ashokkumar (Wk), Joshua Anatham, Sharushan Vasudevan and Tharangan Rajavel. As we had 7 players we agreed with West Harrow that Sharushan will field and Tharangan will take his place when it was our turn to bat so that we gave as many of our players a chance.

 Dilshan opened the bowling for us and West Harrow got off to a good start by taking 3 singles in the first over to have 13 on the board at the end of the first over. Our first 5 overs were quite costly and at the half way mark West Harrow were 50 runs for the loss of no wickets. We bowled 15 wides in these first 5 overs. At this point West Harrow were looking to post a total of over 100 runs. However we fought back in the next 5 overs to restrict West Harrow to 88 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Of the total of 88 we contributed 21 runs in extras. Keson was the biggest culprit bowling 11 of the 19 wides and a no ball. Our fielding wasn’t bad and Dilshan saved about 5 boundaries. However we could have been a bit sharper to stop the singles that West Harrow took.

 So when Jeykumar and Dilshan came out to bat we needed 89 runs. We lost our first wicket of Jeykumar in the 3rd over with the score on 18. Once again he was run out but I felt he was a bit unlucky as a fielder accidentally obstructed his run.  Jey must learn to push his way through instead of running round the fielder which cost him his wicket. Keson then joined Dilshan and the 2 of them took the score to 32 before Keson was bowled in the very first ball of the 6th over. It was only when Kevin joined Dilshan did we up the tempo and took quite a few singles to put pressure on the West Harrow fielders. Dilshan and Kevin took the score to 64 before Dilshan was run out for 24 in the 9th over. We lost Joshua in the last ball of the 9th over to a run out. There was never an extra run there and Joshua must learn to say NO if he doesn’t think there was a run. We tamely lost Tharangan and Kevin in the last over to be bowled out for 75 and lose the match by 13 runs. For me the turning point was the 8th over. At the end of the 7th over we were 56 for the loss of 2 wickets needing 33 in 3 overs. 11 runs an over wasn’t too difficult at that time as Dilshan and Kevin were running the singles well. However in the 8th over that Kevin faced we could only manage 1 run which also came through a wide. This meant that we needed to score 32 off 2 over at 16 runs per over. Even though we scored 15 in the 9th over the only person who was capable of getting this was Kevin but he only got to the strikers end in the 3rd ball of the over but was bowled in that 3rd ball.

 So a disappointing result given that this was a match that we could have won.

 Thank you to all the parents who came to support the MTSSC team. Kannan for kindly umpiring the game and giving the boys all the advice he could even though it was not always put into practise. Thanks to Nathan for providing refreshments for the boys.

Report by Dinesh Peerez