Under 11A Indoor matches against Harrow St Mary’s ‘B’ and Lohana on 05th Feb 2012
We had 2 matches this afternoon, but due to overnight snow, I was worried if parents were keen to bring their kids to the match. But to my delight, not only our boys and parents but our opposition were also keen to play the match. I thank all our parents for bringing the kids.
Our 1st match was against Harrow St. Mary’s B team. As you may already know, our U11B had already won against them, so the pressure was on the A team to do likewise. HSM won the toss and elected to bat. HSM raced to 32 runs in the 4th over when Suginthan captured 2 wickets in 2 balls to put a stop to the free scoring. HSM were well placed at 50 runs for just 2 wickets in the 5th over. But then Purushot and Sanjeyan bowled well in the middle overs and HSM were all out for 88 runs in the 12th over. Sanjeyan took 3 wickets, while Suginthan and Purushot took 2 wickets each. Out of the total of 88 runs, there were 61 runs extras which included 43 runs in wides. Except Purushot, other bowlers all bowled too many wides and no balls. There were some good catches taken especially Asvin who took a blinder.
When we batted, we lost Risharn to the 1st ball clean bowled and very next over, we lost our other opener Suginthan and the score at that time was just 7 runs. But Purushot played a captain’s knock and with Sanjeyan formed a good partnership of more than 70 runs. When Purushot got run out for 32 runs, Rohan joined Sanjeyan and we needed 8 runs off the last over. Amid high tension, we took the winning run on the penultimate ball. Sanjeyan played a good supporting knock and remained unbeaten with 14 runs and young Rohan scored the all important 2 runs in the final over.
Our 2nd match was against Lohana, and here too we lost the toss and Lohana asked us to bat first. Here too, in the 1st over, we lost Suginthan to a run out. Our other opener Risharn, who had a poor game in the 1st match, spraying the ball all over the place when bowling and then getting out 1st ball when batting, putting all that behind him, he showed all of us, what a good player he is and the game against HSM, was just a one off. He played very aggressively and thanks to him, our run rate was around 12 runs an over. When he retired after scoring 33 runs, Purushot kept the momentum going with some well placed shots and scored 21 runs. Rohan was unfortunately run out for 5 runs, but his brief stay at the wicket showed what a good player he is going to be. Sanjeyan was not out at the end with 10 runs, with Yuvan who scored a quick 9 runs in the last over. So at the end of our innings, we scored a healthy 132 runs.
When Lohana batted, it became clear that it might be an uphill task for them to chase our total, and they were all out for 99 runs. Purushot once again bowled well and took 3 wickets for just 12 runs and to everyone’s delight, Asvin also took a wicket. Janathan who is playing his 1st match, bowled well for his only over and also fielded very well off his bowling. So we won this match by a margin of 34 runs.
We also like to thank the parents of Purushot ( Sandwiches and drinks), Sanjeyan ( Chocolate cake ) and Risharn ( Biscuits) for providing refreshments to the boys and spectators.
Our next match is on the 19th Feb and both A and B teams have 2 matches each.
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