Ashok Andrew Inspired MTSSC Outplay Turnham Green
Saturday 11th August, 2012
First XI Fixture – Division 1(Middlesex Championship)
Turnham Green & Polytechnic Cricket Club V Middlesex Tamil Sports & Social Club at the Turnham Green Grounds
- Young bowler grabs his second five-wicket haul in three weeks
- David Devadoss leads the run chase with an exquisite half century
MTSSC completed a dominant display on Saturday afternoon when they beat Turnham Green by 7 wickets. Skipper Abdul Hamza won the toss and elected to field in the hope of restricting Turnham Green to a moderate total. The opening bowling pair of Kavi Kannathasan and Lavan Krishnamohan made sure the Turnham Green batsmen had an uncomfortable start as they kept probing the batsmen time and again. The first break through came in the sixth over when J. Mathews was caught at third slip off Lavan Krishnamohan. The talented bowler, who had grabbed three wickets last week in his first outing for the first eleven, did further damage when a brilliant out-swinger was edged to the keeper to send Turnham Green’s skipper T. Mason back to the pavilion. Even with the loss of two wickets, Turnham Green made steady progress scoring runs at a good rate. This brought around the change and man-of-the-match Ashok Andrew was introduced to the attack. The bowler bowled a few economical overs before claiming his first wicket of the day as J. Porter was clean bowled off a sharp out-swinging delivery. The very next over saw Abdul Hamza take the wicket of P.Lovell to leave Turnham Green at 63 for 4. Ashok Andrew then turned into a devastating force as he ripped through the Turnham Green batting line up to claim five of the next six wickets. The bowler bagged a five-wicket haul against the same opposition in the reverse fixture two weeks ago and was yet again the chief assassin as he finished with figures of 6 for 19 off 10 overs. His versatility and overall play has been a real asset to the club in his debut season. Turnham Green were all out for 120 in 36 overs.
Ashok Andrew & David Devadoss
MTSSC started their chase with a changed batting line up as regular opener Niro Sritharan was accompanied by the elegant Jenson Singarajah. The openers started the chase conservatively as they assessed the wicket and wanted to make sure the run chase wasn’t similar to their horrendous run chase last week. Both Niro Sritharan and Jenson Singarajah scored steadily dispatching the loose ball to the boundary. Niro Sritharan was the first to walk back to the pavilion as his half-hearted cover drive was caught at extra cover. A repeat of last week’s disastrous batting performance seemed likely to happen as Jenson Singarajah was caught in the very next over to leave MTSSC at 31 for two. Debutant Theeban Raj, who had walked in at no.3 was joined by stroke- maker David Devadoss and the pair started their partnership taking minimal risks rotating the strike regularly. Once they had settled in, the two batsmen batted with ease as they thrashed the Turnham Green bowlers to all corners of the ground. David Devadoss reached his maiden half century for the club in no time with three sixes and six fours. He was then caught at slip when he attempted a lofted drive over extra cover to leave MTSSC with just 4 runs for victory. The inning was then duly wrapped up by Theeban Raj who was on 37 not out and Raghu Loganathan to hand MTSSC a well derserved 7 wicket victory. Theeban Raj’s impressive debut where he batted with maturity well beyond his young shoulders and David Devadoss’s dominant inning were a delight to witness.
MTSSC now stand second in the table, 10 points behind leaders Osterly CC with 4 games left in the current campaign. The season promises to provide a grand finale.