David Devadoss Leads MTSSC To Dominant Win
Saturday 22nd June, 2013
First XI Fixture – Division 1(Middlesex Championship)
Crouch End Cricket Club V Middlesex Tamil Sports & Social Club at Shepherds Cot, Crouch End
- David Devadoss claims best figures of 7 for 16
MTSSC beat Crouch End CC by 78 runs on Saturday afternoon. Crouch End CC won the toss and put the visitors into bat under bowling conditions. MTSSC got off to a poor start as they lost their openers early in the inning. The batsmen were finding it difficult to adapt to the bowler-friendly conditions as Crouch End CC pace bowlers continued to trouble consistently and reduced the visitors to 52 for 4. MTSSC needed to be patient and build partnerships and that was what the next pair of Mustafa Bhagat and Sharu Yoganathan provided as they added another 32 runs before Mustufa Bhagat was caught at long-on in an attempt to improve the run-rate. Kavi Kannathasan then joined Sharu Yoganathan who went on to patiently score a brilliant 46 before he was caught in similar fashion to Mustafa Bhagat. MTSSC were staring at a low score when Kavi Kannathasan took control of the inning. A blistering knock by the powerful left-hand batsman took him to 40 in no time as MTSSC ended their inning on a respectable 178 for 9.
Following tea, MTSSC began the second half of their ‘must win’ game in fighting fashion as a steaming Menon Ponnambalam reduced Crouch End CC to 3 for 9. The home team who have been very impressive with the bat this season weren’t in any mood to give up though as Hitesh Goswami and Mahmudul Hassan counter-attacked brilliantly. Mahmudul Hassan was especially adamant to take his team over the line as he scored a brisk 49. Then came the introduction of David Devadoss. The all-rounder had a poor day with the bat, but was determined to be the match winner, as he went onto dismantle Crouch End CC as the home team struggled to cope with his variation and guile. Hitesh Goswami was first to head back to the pavilion as he was bowled trying to slog sweep the off-spinner. Wasif Butt and Mahmudul Hassan were next to be sent back to the dressing room as a confident David Devadoss exhibited excellent maturity with the ball to deceive the batsmen time and again. Crouch End CC were struggling at 80 for 6 at this point and were in desperate need for a partnership, but it never seemed to come as David Devadoss supported exceptionally at the other end by Hammad Bukhari went onto claim the remaining four Crouch End CC wickets in quick time. David Devadoss finished with figures of 7 for 16 as Crouch End CC were all out for 99.
MTSSC are now joint-top of the league and play Old Lyonians at home next week.