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MTSSC Bounce Back In Style 

 Saturday 30th June, 2012

First XI Fixture – Division 1(Middlesex Championship)

Middlesex Tamil Sports & Social Club V Alexandra Park Cricket Club at the MTSSC Grounds

  • Kavi Kannathasan bags yet another five wicket haul
  • Kishore Sathasivam and Niro Sritharan ensure 10-wicket victory

MTSSC bounced back from their mid-season blip with an impressive display against Alexandra Park CC on Saturday Afternoon. Alexandra Park CC, who won the toss and elected to bat, were immediately on the back foot as a brilliant yorker from Kavi Kannathasan sent R. Kaducpetiyan back to the pavilion early on. The visitors then looked to consolidate as captain D. Cordy and J. Dercok played excellently to put on a partnership of 44 for the second wicket. The batsmen took a very conservative approach as they looked to set up a defendable score on an extremely good batting track. The lack of a wicket brought changes to the MTSSC bowling attack and the changes paid off immediately as Ashok Andrew struck first to remove J. Dercok for 22. At the other end, skipper Abdul Hamza then took the wicket of new batsman S. Patel to leave Alexandra Park CC at 52 for 3. The home team then pushed on for more wickets and were rewarded duly as David Devadoss and Kavi Kannathasan went about dismantling the Alexandra Park batting line up.  David Devadoss claimed two of the remaining seven wickets whilst Kavi Kannathasan claimed the rest. Kavi Kannathasan’s brilliant form with the ball continues with the left-arm bowler having racked up an impressive 24 wickets this season. Alexandra Park CC were all out for 130 runs in 50.5 overs.

 Following the tea break, MTSSC started their chase in typical fashion as the opening pair of Kishore Sathasivam and Niro Sritharan looked to finish the run chase in a hurry. The two batsmen dispatched the Alexandra Park CC bowlers to all corners of the ground as they raced towards victory. Kishore Sathasivam was the first to reach his half century, as he continued his fine form for his new club. Niro Sritharan, the club’s top scorer this season, then reached his half century with a powerful six over mid-wicket. The pair then went on to win the game for MTSSC in just 20.1 overs to seal a dominant display following a blip of two back to back defeats. The club still remain at the top of the table and face Bessborough CC next Saturday.