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ITCC Loses Steam Against YCAC

Friday 14 May, 2010

2010/05/02

ITCC started its cricketing journey from the YCAC grounds & what better way to rejuvenate ourselves with a win on this ground – this was the objective of the friendly we played against YCAC. ITCC got off to a great start scoring 260 in the allotted 40 overs with a blistering century by Ram & good support by the rest. We failed in our objective by failing to defend our highest score to date, with YCAC scoring the required runs in 37 overs.

Earlier winning the toss & electing to bat, ITCC got off to a great start with Ram & Abhishek opening the innings. The batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking at a reasonable pace & the team settled to build a decent total. Abhishek fell at 9 & in came Anil NT. Anil had managed to make a useful contribution of 28 and ITCC had played over 18 overs when Anil fell. Ram was now connecting the ball quite well & was scoring runs at will. Yours truly, playing after a long break struggled initially to score runs off the bat. After a couple of knocks, settled & scored 28 before falling to a miscued shot. Ram had scored a half century by now & was firing on all cylinders. Sakthi & Rajeev fell scoring 0 & 12 respectively within a few overs apart. Abraham stepped in & gave a display of properly connecting the ball with some lusty shots to the boundary. His 22 came in 15 balls. Meanwhile Ram continued to harass the bowlers by hitting sixes & fours at will. His innings consisted of 20 boundaries & 2 maximums when we fell at 133. Ram became the first centurion for ITCC & he dedicated his century to his new born son. Gijo, Bala & Riju kept the momentum & ITCC completed the allotted overs scoring 260 for 8.

In response, YCAC started off on a steady note with Anton & Nick opening the innings. Gijo & Riju opened the bowling for ITCC. Some wayward bowling helped the batsmen to settle down quickly. Anton started off in a hurry scoring a quickfire 40 in 24 balls before falling to Abhishek. Babu (2/17) bowled 2 brilliant overs taking crucial wickets in each of these overs. Maybe the captain could have used Babu’s services for a couple of more overs. YCAC had scored 152/4 in 20 overs & the plot was lost. ITCC kept leaking runs with poor bowling performance that helped relieve the pressure off the batsmen & also helped scoreboard tick along. ITCC captain tried all the options to stem the flow of runs but to no avail. A total of 9 bowlers were tried without much success. Some were consistent but could not create a breakthrough; while others were wayward but managed to gather a couple of wickets. Amila (58) & Julian (45) kept the YCAC hopes alive by scoring runs at a decent pace though Prashant (6), mainstay of YCAC lineup fell cheaply. There were some opportunities late in the innings when YCAC had lost 7 wickets but ITCC failed to convert them. A couple of missed catches added to the woes of ITCC.

It was a good practice match where YCAC playing with a weak bowling lineup enabled ITCC to pile up their highest total. ITCC discovered a batting talent & the belief on their ability to last 40 overs. 240 runs came off the bat with only 20 extras for ITCC. 260 was a reasonable target that ITCC bowlers was expected to defend. Only 203 came off the YCAC bat while 46 wides & 12 byes helped YCAC overhaul that total. Such friendly games will enable ITCC to hone their skills for the rest of the season.

- Biju Joy