MTSSC March on With Scintillating Victory
Saturday 02nd June, 2012
First XI Fixture – Division 1(Middlesex Championship)
Old Actonians Cricket Club V Middlesex Tamil Sports & Social Club at the Old Actonians’ Grounds
- Niro Sritharan scores his maiden century for the club
- Kavi Kannathasan bags another five wicket haul
TSSC continued their fine start to the season with yet another victory by beating Old Actonians CC by 2 wickets on Saturday afternoon. MTSSC won the toss and elected to bowl for the first time this season hoping their exceptional bowling line up could restrict the home side to a low total. Kavi Kannathasan who claimed 9 wickets in the past two games opened the bowling with Thashrif Gaffoor who wasted no time exhibiting his skills with the ball when his brilliant in-swinger claimed the wicket of A.Swan in just his fourth delivery. Thashrif Gaffoor continued his fine start when he claimed another wicket in his second over to dismiss J. Aspden for just 13. The wicket came at a cost though as Hammad Bukhari, who had been a consistent wicket-taker for the club, walked off with a fractured finger when he took the catch of J. Aspden. MTSSC were left to play the rest of the match with 10 men, but didn’t let that deter them as they continued to work hard and make it tough for the home team. Kavi Kannathasan and Ashok Andrew then did further damage to the Old Actonians batting line up by claiming a wicket each to leave the home team at 83 for 4. However, Old Actonians captain T. Conwell and J. Essex batted sensibly and looked to build a partnership that would help them set a formidable total. MTSSC’s uncharacteristic fielding gifted the two batsmen extra lives as they were dropped five times in total and the batsmen took full advantage of the opportunity at hand to add an 83 run partnership. The partnership was broken when Kavi Kannathasan, who tried his luck with left-arm off spin, claimed the wicket of T Conwell. Old Actonians seemed to be on course to reaching a big total as they had plenty of overs to bat, with the fall of just five wickets. Kavi Kanathasan and Thashrif Gaffoor had other ideas though, as the pair claimed the final five wickets for just 27 runs. At the end of the inning, Old Actonians CC scored 196 in 50.3 overs, Kavi Kannathasan’s versatile bowling display had earned him figures of 5 for 57 whilst Thashrif Gaffoor claimed 4 for 26.Kavi Kannathasan…MTSSC who were chasing a target of 197 started in disastrous fashion when Kishore Sathasivam was run out off just the first delivery of the match. Niro Sritharan was joined by the no.3 for the day Yogi Raithatha and the pair complemented each other perfectly as both batsmen refused to give the Old Actonians’ bowlers any opportunity. The aggressive batting nature of Niro Sritharan looked to unsettle to home team bowlers whilst the patient and disciplined Yogi Raithatha frustrated them with equal conviction. Niro Sritharan showed no fear as he took on everything the Old Actonians bowling line up threw at him and found the boundary routinely. Yogi Raithatha on the other hand was playing the anchor role displaying the type of temperament and discipline players with much more experience would have been proud of as he batted patiently to score his 38. The excellent partnership of 134 was broken when Yogi Raithatha was bowled off the bowling of T Byrne. MTSSC had 61 runs to get with 7 wickets in hand when last week’s centurion Jenson Singarajah walked in. Victory seemed less assured when P. Sivanathan claimed the wickets of Jenson Singarajah and Ashok Andrew in consecutive overs. Niro Sritharan however, didn’t let the fall of wickets affect his batting rhythm as he continued punishing the Old Actonians bowling line up regularly. The opener had lost his wicket in the 90’s six times before, never scoring a hundred for the club, but did not look nervous at all as he effortlessly flicked a ball for six when on 93. His century came in just 94 deliveries as he celebrated by punching the air in joy, he had not only scored his maiden century for the club he had also carried the burden of a weakened batting line up.
His courageous inning came to an end when he came down the track to T. Byrne and was stumped astutely by J. Aspden. He walked off to a standing ovation as both home and away supporters applauded an exceptional inning. The away side seemed like they were going to make it a tensed evening when a number of wickets started stumbling just after with victory in sight. They had to get 18 runs with 4 wickets in hand due to the injury to Hammad Bukhari and went on to lose 3 of those wickets for 15 runs. The final pair of Rajeevan Manoharasa and Prasanna Sathasivam had 3 runs to get as both teams looked for heroes to win the game for their respective sides. Rajeevan Manoharasa became that hero as he thrashed the ball to the fence over mid off to give MTSSC their fourth successive win. The spirited Old Actonians fight back had fallen just short as they were condemned to another defeat.
MTSSC continue their magnificent start to the season away at Wycombe House next Saturday.