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Devadoss and Andrew lead MTSSC to an emphatic win 

Saturday 25th May, 2013

First XI – Division 1 (Middlesex Championship)

Middlesex Tamil Sports & Social Club V Birbeck College Cricket Club at the MTSSC Grounds

  • David Devadoss scores his maiden half century of the season
  • Ashok Andrew impresses yet again with a four-wicket haul

 Ashok Andrew                                     David Devadoss      


MTSSC continued their fine start to the season with yet another victory by beating Birbeck College CC by 93 runs on Saturday afternoon. Birbeck College won the toss and put MTTSC to bat on a slow wicket but an all-round performance by the home side saw them cruise to victory. The decision to put MTTSC into bat looked to have paid off instantly as MTTSC’s elegant right hand opener Jenson Singarajah was caught at mid-on in just the second over. Niro Sritharan was next to head back when he was caught at extra cover with the score at just 30. MTSSC desperately needed a partnership and that’s exactly what the next pair of David Devadoss and Ashok Andrew provided as they put together a brilliant partnership of 65 runs to steady the ship. David Devadoss displayed the experience and maturity well beyond his age as he went about dispatching the Birbeck College bowling with ease. Ashok Andrew was next to depart off the bowling of Rizwan for 25 when his miscued shot was caught at gully. David Devadoss was then joined in the middle by vice-captain Raghu Loganathan and the pair went on to build another solid partnership to set the platform for an exciting end to the inning. David Devadoss reached his half century in style with an exquisite six over mid wicket and went onto tear the Birbeck College bowling apart. MTSSC then lost the crucial wicket of David Devadoss when the team looked to accelerate as they intended on declaring with a formidable score on the board. The home team then went onto lose wickets at regular intervals but the depth in their batting proved vital as Mustufa Bhagat and Kavi Kannathasan scored 31 and 28 respectively in quick time to take MTSSC to a challenging total of 207 for 8 in 53 overs.

Following tea, MTSSC started off proceedings with Kavi Kannathasan and Lavan Krishnamohan. The two bowlers bowled a disciplined line apart from the occasional delivery which was dispatched to the boundary by the aggressive Birbeck College CC batsmen. However, Birbeck College found themselves in trouble early on as Lavan Krishnamohan dismantled their top order. The young fast bowler who was playing in his first game for the first team this season bowled a brilliant line and length throughout his spell to not only take wickets but also restrict the Birbeck College batsmen. The away team then went onto a build a good partnership through Rizwan and Haider as both batsmen negotiated the MTSSC bowling to great effect. Haider in particular looked dangerous with a few powerfully hit sixes over long off. However the partnership was broken just before the drink break with the introduction of Raghu Loganathan as both Haider and Rizwan were sent back to the dressing room in successive overs. Birbeck College CC needed a long partnership from then on to salvage something from the match as MTSSC sensed the opportunity to claim all ten points. J Bhatt was then caught at deep midwicket off Raghu Loganathan to leave struggling Birbeck College at 96 for 6. Ashok Andrew was then introduced to the attack and the all-rounder proved his versatility yet again by claiming the rest of the four wickets in just three overs. The first to depart was Shahzad when was clean bowled off a clever slower ball by Andrew. Asif was next to depart as he was also bowled off Andrew for a duck. Zeeshan Ali, who had been battling the MTSSC attack was running out of partners and was next to be out when he was trapped LBW by brilliant in-winger from Ashok Andrew. The match was all but sealed two balls later when Birbeck College’s skipper Hussain was caught at short extra cover. Ashok Andrew continues his impressive run in the first team as he stamps himself as a vital cog in the set up. MTSSC are now second placed in the Middlesex Championship, six points behind league leaders Crouch End CC.