Debutant David Devadoss helps MTSSC sink Wycombe House CC
Saturday 09th June, 2012
First XI Fixture – Division 1(Middlesex Championship)
Wycombe House Cricket Club V Middlesex Tamil Sports & Social Club at the Wycombe House Grounds
- David Davedoss claims four wickets on debut
MTSSC’s 100% record in the new season was further extended when they beat Wycombe House CC comfortably by 8 wickets. When the two teams met a fortnight ago, the game had gone right down to the final over, but there was not going to be such resistance from Wycombe House this time as MTSSC completed a ruthless performance.
Abdul Hamza won the toss for MTSSC and elected to bowl on a slow wicket that was expected to become better as the game progressed due to the weather conditions. Kavi Kannathasan and Thashrif Gaffoor, the successful bowling pair from last week opened the bowling and made early inroads as Thashrif Gaffoor claimed a wicket in his first over for the second successive week. Thashrif Gaffoor was then unlucky as Wycombe House’s main batting threat S. Randhawa was dropped at point off his first delivery. The drop looked to cost MTSSC as the Wycombe House batsmen went onto build a steady partnership of 54. The match then turned around as Ashok Andrew was involved in the run outs of both batsmen with two brilliant pieces of fielding to leave Wycombe House at 63 for 3. The pendulum swung firmly in MTSSC’s favour from there on as MTSSC’s new overseas player David Devadoss started dismantling the Wycombe House batting line up. The batsmen failed to handle his variation and turn which helped him claim the next four wickets. Wycombe House who sat comfortably at 53 for 2, were struggling at 96 for 8 in search of another partnership. However, their poor batting display came to an end when Raghu Loganathan came into the attack to claim the final two wickets as Wycombe House were all out for 102 in 38.2 overs.
Following the tea break MTSSC started their run chase in typical fashion as both openers; Kishore Sathasivam and Niro Sritharan went around taking the Wycombe House bowlers to task. The free scoring batsmen gave the Wycombe House attack no room as they displayed their aggressive style of batting by dispatching the ball to the fence regularly. Kishore Sathasivam was then bowled when he attempted a late cut to leave MTSSC with 42 runs to get with their remaining nine wickets. Last week’s centurion Niro Sritharan went onto build on his fine form by reaching 46 in no time when he got out with two runs to win the game. The game was comfortably won when David Devadoss found the gap off his first delivery to give MTSSC their fifth successive win. The club now face Old Actonians CC at home next Saturday and will be hoping for a similar result to the one against the same club two weeks ago.