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Under 15A Indoor match against Harrow St. Mary's ‘A’ on 5th Feb 2012 

Yesterday on a Snowy Sunday a crucial under 15 A group match took place between MTSSC and the mighty Harrow St Mary’s. This was a match of David vs. Goliath but in this case David was also going into the match unbeaten and with a lot of confidence. Just to put you into the picture of the importance of this match we had massive support with mums and kids adding to the usual dads and colts committee members.

 Harrow St Mary’s were first in to bat and they would have never dreamed of what was in store for them. As all of you are aware our under 15 A team comprises of 7 very good players and it is always a difficult decision as to which one to leave out as only 6 can play in a match. So for this match Nathan the under 15 manager (maybe after some consultation with others) took the decision to leave Pira out and play Surendra. This was a key decision and in my opinion Surendra turned the match in our favour. We started off with Kishan Patel with Seerone standing behind the stumps. Kishan bowled a very tidy first over, just conceding 6 runs. We were bowling to Ian the HSM opening batsman who plundered 19 runs off Sahil Vora’s (Bessborough’s Hertfordshire county player) first over. Then came on Surendra and in his very first ball he had Ian caught by Kishan. He bowled a beautiful slower ball which Ian didn’t pick. He went through with the shot and was caught. I was told that this was the first time that Ian was out in this indoor tournament. In all previous matches he had scored the maximum score of 30 runs and retired. Kushal Patel the HSM skipper came to the crease to face two more dot balls before he was clean bowled. So at the end of the second over HSM were 2 down for 8 runs. They still had plenty of batting with Nikhil Patel joining Kamran. Kishan bowled the 3rd over and then took over keeping duties from Seerone. The 4th over bowled by Beeshman then saw Karan going for a big shot and being caught off the wall by Kishan. HSM were now 22 for 3 at the end of 4 overs. Ashwin came on to bowl the 6th over in which we got the 4th HSM wicket. This was the first time I saw 2 HSM players at the same end of the wicket and arguing which one was run out. Nikhil was given out as Amar had not left his crease. HSM 4 down for 31 at the end of 6 overs. Sachin came on for the 7th over and even though Amar hit a 6 Sachin got his man when he caught and bowled Amar. HSM 5 down for 40 in the 7th over. Ashwin bowled the 8th over and just conceded 5 runs. Sachin came on for the 9th over and had Cheranvir caught by Beeshman to bowl out HSM for 47 runs with 9 balls remaining. I’m sure this has been HSM’s lowest score of the competition. Our bowling and fielding was superb. This fact was endorsed by the HSM umpire when he came over to their scorer when he said that we played really well.

 If anyone thought that this would be a walk in the park they were wrong. Kishan and Seerone opened the batting for us. Harrow St Mary’s being the defending Area champions showed us why they were area champions by bowling tightly and not giving us any width to swing the bat and also no easy runs. We lost out first wicket when the score was 16 when Kishan was run out. This was a run out that we could have avoided as we didn’t need to take any risky singles. We had 60 balls to get 48 runs and a shot off the wall was worth 1 runs. Surendra then joined Seerone and the two of them took the score to 27 before Seerone looking to score a six was caught for 12. So we were 2 down for 28 in the 5th over. Not much in it given that at the end of the 5th over HSM were 3 down for 28. Amar Dev bowled the 6th over and Surendra was bowled in this over to leave us 3 down for 30 at the end of the 6th over. HSM were now for 4 down for 31 in the 6th. We were still on target as we only needed 5 runs per over just that we had lost 3 wickets. Then Sachin was joined by Ashwin and the two of them batted sensibly. HSM knew that all we needed was a shot off the wall to get us the runs so they kept bowling on the leg stump. Sachin was aware of them and played some lovely shots off his legs to find the wall for the singles. He did have a chance though when one of these shots went high up on the wall but Amar Dev failed to catch the ball. At the end of the 8th over we were 3 down for 42 needing 6 more. Kamran was the bowler and we knew we had to try and score as much as possible in this over as the final over was to be bowled by Kushal who is a spinner. The pressure was also on HSM and this showed when Kamran trying to find the leg stump line conceded 6 wides in his first 4 balls of the 9th over to give us victory. So MTSSC had beaten the mighty Harrow St Mary’s by 3 wickets with 2 whole overs left.

 For all those present it was an excellent match to watch between the 2 only unbeaten teams in the competition. MTSSC have now played 5 and won all 5 of their matches.

 Thanks go out to all the parents (mums and dads) and even the brothers and sisters who came to support their sons and brothers. Thanks to all the colts committee members and especially to Mano for umpiring this high profile game. Thanks to Loges our colts secretary and Kannan our coach. Special thanks must go to Nathan our under 15 manager and Keerthi our coach who prepared the boys for this match by having practice matches.

 Report by Dinesh Peerez