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Under 11 A & B Indoor match against Lohana, West Harrow and MTSSC A vs B on 19th Feb 2012 

We had 3 matches for our age group last Sunday the 19th of Feb,

Our 1st match was between the MTSSC B team and was against Lohana. Because of time restraint, our boys did not have sufficient time to warm up and it showed when we were asked to bowl. Our bowlers had too many loose deliveries and Lohana’s opening batsmen cashed in gratefully. By the end of 4 overs, Lohana had raced to 70 runs for no loss, and from here, it was catch time for our team. Sarrusan Sabesan brought some hope for our team by getting 2 of Lohana’s middle order batsmen in one over but normal service resumed afterwards and runs flowed freely and Lohana closed the innings with a mammoth score of 162 runs at the end of 12 overs. Of the bowlers, Sarrusan took 2 wickets, but generally all our bowlers were poor and gave away too many wides and “hit me for 4” balls. Also our fielders did not support the bowlers and were sometimes trying to field with their feet than with their hands.They looked lazy or unfit to bend down and field the ball. They were also guilty of waiting for the ball to come to them instead of moving around to get to the ball.

When we batted Rishi and Seshan opened the innings, and while Rishi batted sensibly, wickets fell regularly from the other end and we were all out for 69 runs. Rishi retired after making 30 runs. Our Captain and star player of B team , Varshan was needlessly got run out, and I am sure next time, Varshan will make up his own mind when to take a quick run.

Even though we lost the match by a margin of 93 runs, it was a good learning curve for our boys, and that is the reason, that we are fielding a B team this year. The new boys who did not bowl in this match, your chance will come soon but you need to show me, how good you are in the nets weekly. It also shows what we know already, there is a big gap between the boys who have been playing for us for few years and the new boys who joined the team recently. The new boys will not bridge this gap unless their parents take them for some private training. In our club training each boy is going to have just 5 to 10 mins of batting and it is unrealistic to expect, that they can learn a lot from this. So I urge the parents, if it is possible to get them some private training so the boys can get the basics right or they will have lots of problem when some of them move to U13 next year, where the bowlers are lot more faster than U11.

Our 2nd match of the afternoon was between our MTSSC U11A team and West Harrow. We batted first and our openers Risharn and Suginthan put up a good opening partnership of 49 runs before Suginthan got out for 17 runs. Suginthan was very strong on anything that was pitched on the leg and scored most of his runs in the midwicket area. Risharn scored 30 runs before retiring. Rishan needs to move his feet to the pitch of the ball or he is going to miss many balls like he did yesterday. Our Captain Purushot came in at the fall of Suginthan’s wicket and played very confidently and scored his runs quickly and retired after scoring 35 runs. At the end of 12 overs, we had scored 141 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.

When we bowled, our Captain Purushot was keen to give the boys who did not bat, a bowl and I fully agreed with him. We knew our total was very competitive and our plan was if West Harrow start scoring too many runs, then to bring our regular bowlers. Kithmina and Asvin opened the bowling and Kithmina was very impressive with his bowling. He was bowling straight with enough pace and in his 3 over spell and took 3 wickets for 9 runs. I think he is going to play a crucial role when we start playing outdoor matches. Asvin and young Rohan took a wicket each. Our keeper Risharn was keeping very well and made an excellent stumping on the leg side off the bowling of Rohan. Sanjeyan also took 2 good catches. West HJarrow were all out for 90 runs and we won the match by a margin of 51 runs.

Our final match was a local derby between MTSSC A team and MTSSC B team. MTSSC B Managers wanted neutral umpires for this match and at their request we got Mano and Dinesh, our senior age group Managers to come and officate the match. We also had to have a neutral scorer, so our Colts secretary Loges happily obliged.

MTSSC A batted first and once again Risharn and Suginthan opened the innings and put on a good partnership. Risharn once again batted well and scored 30 when he was run out while Suginthan scored 19 runs. Rishi took a good catch to dismiss Suginthan off the bowling of Jarrishan. Jarrishan also took the wicket of Purushot. At the end of the innings, Kithmina scored a quick fire 22 runs and boosted the A team total to 123 runs. Rishi bowled straight and his 2nd over was a maiden over. Varshan also bowled accurately and with heart.

When MTSSC B batted , it become apparent very soon, that this total of 123 runs was beyond them. Only Rishi batted purposefully and scored a well compiled 19 runs. At the end of the 12 overs, B team crawled to 72 runs and MTSSC A team won the match by a margin of 51 runs. Once again Kithmina bowled well and other bowlers Sanjeyan, Suginthan and Purushot also bowled their overs well. It was good to see Sanjeyan bowling well and taking a wicket ands also overcoming his no ball problem. It was also good to see Aaron Aloysious bowling straight and enjoying his bowling.

So at half way stage of Indoor campaign, MTSSC A team leads the table with 4 wins out of 4 matches and we have another 4 matches to go. MTSSC B team has got 2 wins out of 4 matches.

I like to thank all the parents who were there and supported both teams and provided refreshments. I also like thank Mano, Dinesh and Loges for officiating our derby match.