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MTSSC suffer first defeat of the season 

Saturday 26th May, 2012

First XI Fixture – Division 1(Middlesex Championship)

Middlesex Tamil Sports & Social Club V Old Actonians Cricket Club at the MTSSC Grounds

  • Uncharacteristic batting display ends unbeaten run

MTSSC suffered their first defeat of the season when they were comprehensively beaten by Old Actonians on Saturday Afternoon. The league leaders won the toss and elected bat, confident of yet another dominant display. The opening pair of Niro Sritharan and Kishore Sathasivam started off in typical style cruising through the early overs. MTSSC reached 36 in no time when a brilliant in-swinger from James Essex found its way through Kishore Sathasivam to rattle the stumps. The start had been much better than when the teams met a fortnight ago when Sathasivam was run out off the first delivery of the inning. That time though MTSSC fought back hard to put on a hundred run partnership, but there was no fight back this time as Raghu Loganathan was caught behind in the same over. The home team’s in-form opener Niro Sritharan who had scored a century in the reverse fixture was the next to depart when he was caught off Trent Conwell. The MTSSC inning never seemed to recover as the Old Actonians bowling attack kept piling the pressure on the home batsmen. Ashok Andrew was the next to depart when his lofted drive was caught at mid on to leave MTSSC in a dire state. The home team’s overseas player David Devadoss had given the team hope with some brilliant stroke making, but was unlucky when he dug a yorker out, only to see the ball roll onto the stumps. The team was in desperate need of a couple of partnerships but was struggling to cope with the conditions as they constantly lost wickets. Prasanna Rengarajan was the only batsman to fight the conditions, but ran out of partners when last man Abdul Hamza was bowled off James Essex. MTSSC were all out for 102 in just 30.3 overs and had an uphill task to defend their unbeaten run.  

Following the break MTSSC started their bowling attack with the usual pair of Kavi Kannathasan and Thashrif Gaffoor. The two bowlers bowled a disciplined line to restrict the Old Actonians batsmen, but failed to make any early inroads. MTSSC then introduced last week’s star bowler David Devadoss who immediately made an impact by claiming the first Old Actonian Wicket. Kavi Kannathasan who was continuing at the other end then went on to claim the second wicket to leave Old Actonians at 25 for 2 and MTSSC suddenly had hopes of a brilliant fight back. The continued pressure piled on the batsmen paid off when Kavi Kannathasan went on to claim another wicket and create uncertainty amongst the Old Actonians line up. When Craig Nel’s lofted drive reached Niro Sritharan at mid on the very next delivery, the pendulum seemed swing MTSSC’s way, only for the ex-captain to drop it to the relief of the away team and agony of home side. Nel then went onto capitalise on the ‘extra life’ as he punished the MTSSC bowling and rushed towards the winning line. With just 19 runs to win Nel was caught and bowl by Kavi Kannathasan, but the match was beyond MTSSC. The remaining pair of Jinesh Patel and James Essex went on to finish the game and win the game by 5 wickets for Old Actonians. The surprise defeat means MTSSC now enjoy only a 10 point cushion over second placed Osterly CC. The team have vowed get back on track next week and prove they are worthy league leaders.