July 17, 2011 : NECC vs Defence CC:
It was Sunday morning, sun was shining (to put it nicely) and NECC team, coming off a great win a night before, showed up at Rideau hall. Momentum on their side and pumped for the clash of the titans, boys were ready to go. Yes folks, NECC was scheduled to play Defence at Rideau Hall!
Skipper Harpreet Nanda wins a crucial toss and decides to bat first (no brainer given the sun was shining). Our hot opening pair of Nimeesh and Navdeep got us to a start. Navdeep’s exit welcomed Nikil to the crease. While he was walking in to bat, entire DCC was staring at him trying to figure out who is this new kid
in town. He got his eyes in right away and mixed solid defense, swift running between the wickets and punished bad balls brilliantly. Nimeesh (33) on the other end had anchored down and was pushing singles perfectly while Nikhil continue to attack. This partnership of over 100 runs set up a solid base for NECC to put up another 200+ score on the board. Nikhil ended up with 57 runs which included a brilliant six over extra cover. Middle order got starts but could not capitalize (sounding like a broken record now - every report has this line). Late serge from tail including Harpreet (25) took the score to 231 in 50 over’s with the loss of 9 wickets. While all that was happening, sun was now burning, not shining. This could be visibly seen on the faces of Defence players coming off the field.
NECC, well hydrated, had a light warm up and took the field. Arun and Nimesh Parmar found their line and length right away and had their dangerous opening pair back in the hut in no time. Skipper then threw the ball at the newly crowned golden arm boy, Navdeep (Yes Dominic we have a new golden arm boy now). He struck in his second over and in no time DCC’s first six batsmen were in the hut with score just over 40. Even with the burning sun, NECC players were pumped and thanks to Jawad and Priyank stayed hydrated. This was much needed as Karan kept us on our toes with some lusty blows. He was involved in couple of partnerships and was looking dangerous. NECC kept its calm and continued to chip-in at the other end. A great team work was required to pull things back and at the end DCC was bowled out for 160 odd runs with Dravya catching Karan as the last wicket off of Arun Shrichand.
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July 16, 2011 : NECC vs Canterbury CC :
Author: Arun Shrichand
A very warm/humid weekend in Ottawa. On Saturday, we had a 20/20 faceoff against Canterbury at Lynda Lane 1. Yours truly won the toss and it seemed like a no brainer to send the opposition out in the field to suffer in the heat first. NECC put up 108 runs in their allotted 20 overs….with various players chipping in with 10s and 20s. Nikhil, who was a star this whole weekend, scored 25 odd batting up the order and Nakul, chipped in late with a few lusty blows to put up a decent target. Ideally, we would’ve liked to have gotten around 20 more runs…given that the outfield was fast and we had a few blokes get starts, but we had to get over this and make sure we show up on the field.
The intensity from ball one was impressive – I was able to pick up a couple of early wickets that put Canterbury on the backfoot from ball one. A rebuild from Canterbury did take place (no surprise), with Akbar and Vikram playing aggressively, which had them well ahead of the required run rate. Saunil, Dravya and Harpreet took the responsibility of getting the game back in balance, bowling tight spells and creating chances. Eventually, Harpreet’s pressure got to Vikram, forcing him to come down the track – Mr. Masih pulled off a smart stumping. The second big moment came when Akhil came onto bowl, and picked up Akbar within the first few balls of his spell. After that, the required run rate picked up and their batting depth was truly exposed….we knocked them all out for 80 runs. While there were a couple of dropped catches, the fielding was brilliant at times as well – 4 Canterbury batsmen were run out!
A good game of cricket overall, with the game in the balance for much of the game. Our 20/20 record is now 2-1, and we’ll have to switch ourselves back onto “20/20 mode” in another couple of weeks.
July 10, 2011 : NECC vs Nepean CC :
Author: Dravya Sharma
Burghs won the toss and Harpreet Nanda (our stand-in skipper) opted to bat. A natural choice with the sun beaming on a hot hot day.
Navdeep and Nimeesh opened the batting and weather the storm up front. Although, some would call it a gentle breeze. However, they got us to a good start. At 30 odd and after a few lusty blows Navdeep was trapped in front by Dushy. He made 23. Shailesh and Nimeesh had a decent partnership with some good running however, Nimeesh made 20 and was caught at slip trying to up the tempo and soon after Amrinder fell trying whack the ball. The score was 80 odd for 3 in about 25. Yours truly went in to bat and was served some early dessert. A couple of juicy rasgullas (full-tosses) and half-trackers were pulled to the patented deep-square leg area. Shailesh hit a few blows but got a little greedy and got stumped. Terry too came in and ran some hard runs. This was commendable considering the physical labour he had put in the day before fixing pipes and getting water flowing again at Rideau Hall. After a dodgy LBW against Terry, next, Akhil got caught brilliantly by Koji off his own bowling. At about 150 for 5 in the 40th over or so, I tried to hit Dushy out of the park but got caught at the boundary. A fifty went begging as I got out on 39. Harpreet hit a few boundaries, however, our tail couldn't wag a great deal and we ended at 190 inside 50 overs.
Arun and Saunil gave us a great opening spell where the runs mostly came off wides. Arun got Dushy LBW. Nepean had a good 2nd wicket partnership albeit a little slow. Harpreet and I bowled a few tight overs in tandem and then Harpreet bowled the 1 down batsman with a Mcgrathesque delivery. Hit top of off. 60 odd for 2 in 23Then came Navdeep. He bowled an inspired spell which earned him a 5-for. His first 5-for in OVCC. He ran in hard and bowled it with some zip. He dismissed Krishna and Koji who had been tonking the ball around. Both these dismissals took some catching. First, Arun had to run some 20 yards at mid-off and took a tumbling skier, much to the amusement and excitement of his colleagues. Later, Harpreet leapt at cover and snatched the ball out of thin air to dismiss Koji. His catch resembled Jonty Rhodes at his best! Deepak too took a great catch that was getting away from him in a hurry off Amrinder's bowling. Finally, Deepak put the final nail in the cofin with a bowled and NCC's innings came to a close at 120 odd. Man of the Match - Navdeep Singh.
Great fielding display barring 2 dropped catches. Batsmen need to kick on after doing the hard work for 20 odd. Good bowling overall, however, need to cut down on those extras!
July 9, 2011 : NECC vs Ottawa CC:
Author: Althamesh Siddiqui
We started well with winning the toss. Batting seemed the logical decision and our openers Charlie and Manikonda played brilliantly; playing themselves in well and running aggressively. Manikonda played some great cover and square drives to take our total to close to 40 in 15 overs before charlie got out. After that, no one was able to get off to any start and after Manikonda got out for 35, only Kundai was able to put up some runs before we were all out for 98 in about 35 overs.
Our struggles continued with the bowling and fielding. Their opener Salman attacked the bowlers from the get go and hit 17 in the first over. He was run out to great piece of fielding from Kamran Bhai and Viru, which was really the only positive moment of the innings. After that, the other opener continued the aggressive approach and chased down the total with ease.
Not a great day for the team but with just a few games left in the season, we should all continue to work on our game and try to finish the season strong.
July 2, 2011 : NECC vs Nepan CC:
Author: Harpreet Nanda
Toss - Nepean won the toss and decided to field.
NECC Innings - For a second game in a row Nimeesh and Navdeep gave us a healthy start. Navdeep lost his wicket after making a good 17,trying to after the bowling. Terry went in at 3 and was unfortunate to be caught the boundary, trying to exploit the batting power-play. Shailesh joined Nimeesh and both of them got the scoreboard ticking. Nimeesh was hitting some fluent cover drives and Masih was scampering some smart singles. Running between the wickets was very impressive amongst this pair. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Partly due to poor shot selection but partly due to the slow/low bounce in the pitch. Nimeesh held the innings together and made a healthy 45. The rest of the lineup all chipped in..I think there were 4 or 5 score of 14-15...The last wicket partnership of Kundai and Aman scrapped along and took the score past 200 and we ended at 204. We had 3 run-outs which means that there is some work to do with the running, but it was also encouraging to see the team go for singles in an aggressive manner. Without any major hitting periods..we were able to scrap through to 200 cause all batters looked to get busy and manufacture runs..that too me was very heartening and encouraging.
NCC innings - We opened the bowling with Saunil and Arun. Both were on the mark and the opposition was having a particularly hard time playing Saunil. Pretty soon they were 3 down for not much. Aman was introduced in the 11th over and right away created two opportunities..but two dropped catches meant that we could not cash in. There was not much in the way of batting happening from the opposition except for Nava who kept hitting some solid blows.However we kept chipping on the other end and a rotation of Terry, Saunil, and Arun kept taking wickets. Finally giant killer Shailesh was introduced and he got Nava caught at the boundary to an exceptional catch by Altamesh. Considering that this is the second game in a row that Shailesh has got the "main batsmen" out, we shall from this point on be referring to his "donkey drops" to "horse drops" or "stallion drops". I think he much deserves this promotion in the labeling of his bowling. Alti also effected a brilliant run-out to cap a brilliant fielding display by him. Their tail sort of wagged frustratingly by
Terry finally snipped them well short of the target. The two dropped catches and some poor backing up in the in-field was a bit of concern. Saunil was the pick of the bowlers.
All in all it was a great team effort.
June 19, 2011 : NECC vs Ottawa CC:
Author: Nimeesh Kaushal
Nice and clear blue skies welcomed both teams for a battle at the Rideau Hall grounds. Defending champs didn't hesitate in selecting to bat first on this hot summer day. Salman and Themiya opened up the Ottawa innings lining up against Navdeep who shared up the new ball with Deepak. Both Salman and Themiya commenced the OCC innings strongly with Salman charging down the wicket on multiple occasions. Without much chances, the opening stand rushed past 60 odd in no time. Looking for a breakthrough, Akhil beckoned Arun who then responded back quick to gulp down both openers.
Tharindu Nanayakkara, OCC's star-batsman couldn't capitalize on the start and was soon back into the pavilion off of a great delivery bowled by Aman. With 107 runs and three wickets down, OCC struggled to push NECC bowlers around and were soon dismissed out at 158 runs. Akhil, Viru and Kamran all chipped in with timely wickets resulting in OCC's collapse.
Navdeep and I commenced NECC's response. Sadly, both openers were back into the hut in a span of mere two overs. Staring at the fallen four wickets with just 24 runs, Dravya then single-handedly pushed NECC towards the target. Playing his first game after a two month break, Dravya pushed for sharp singles and kept the momentum of runs flowing from both sides of the wicket. Dravya (70 runs) and Akhil (19 runs) both enjoyed a 45 odd run partnership taking the NECC ship closer to the shore.
OCC with disciplined bowling towards the end halted NECC's progress towards 159 run target by a mere difference of 4 runs. Dravya Sharma being the top-scorer with 70 runs was awarded the Man of the Match.
June 19, 2011 : NECC vs RC CC:
Author: Shanee Raizada
On a nice sunny day and a good batting wicket, RCCC won the toss and decided to bat. Our opening bowlers bowled ok, with Amrinder bowling a tight line and getting the first wicket in the 6th over of the game. RCCC batted sensibly in the next 20 overs, and didn't loose many wickets in the time frame. Akhil bowled well with the match figures of 8-27-1. In the last 10 overs with wickets in hand, RCCC went berserk, slogging all around and finally posted a total of 213 to chase, courtesy too many wides + too many dropped catches + lapses in the fielding focus.
Amrinder and Priyank started the chase well with Amrinder getting quick runs on the board. Priyank got out first (lbw Manhas) in the 3rd over. Terry was next and he played the most wonderful inning of the game. He showed how to play on such a wicket by just playing the cricketing strokes, and hitting sixes/fours all around the park. With him at the crease, we were chasing well with 100 runs posted in 17 overs. But when he got out at 48, it was again an inning collapse. Akhil kept battling by hitting 27 runs, and when he got out it was almost the game done. Shayan (18) and Tanmay tried hard towards the end and brought us closer to the target, but it was still not enough. We ended up in falling 25 runs short.
June 11th and 12th weekend:
Author: Arun Schrichand
Vs Cathedral: We had two games this past weekend. Kudos to the B team on their second win against Cathedral this year. Burghs made around 140 batting first, with Saunil (44) and Kundai (29) being the top scores. The bowlers put on a strong show, backed by some good fielding and Cathedral was bowled out for 70 odd runs.
Vs Canterbury: Unfortunately, the A team did not follow suit and lost to Canterbury on Sunday. Canterbury scored 209 and Burghs was all out for around a 100. Nimeesh top scored with a half century and Navdeep hit 20 odd runs. Skipper Harpreet was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 wickets.
June 4, 2011 : NECC vs Canterbury CC:
Author: Viru Dhavale
We were playing against Canterbury on a neutral venue at Stonebridge, Barrhaven. The track was batters’ paradise and our skip, Akhil, was quick to elect batting upon winning the toss. Both the side were pretty evenly balanced (on paper) with a mix of new and old players. Canterbury started of well claiming first wicket in the very first over of the innings. However, Nikhil (sent in one-down), along with Navdeep, steadied the ship for the Burghs. As the innings progressed, with almost no assistance from the track and some very solid batting from Navdeep and Nikhil, Burghs were soon cruising along at a rate of 5 rpo. Navdeep hit some pretty neat shots to dispatch the ball to the boundary; especially a square-cut over the point fielder worth mentioning and Nikhil was providing him good company chipping in with singles and doubles and rotating strike. But this wasn’t to last for long. Some unforced errors from our batsmen and persistent bowling from Canterbury proved costly for Burghs and by 20th over, half the batting side was back in the pavilion. Burghs could never recover from that point on and soon we were all out for 90 odd.
Canterbury, in their chase, started off carefully and established a strong opening partnership and in the first 10 odd overs, they had pretty much gathered half the target score. Aman did take a wicket of one of the openers but it was too late for Burghs to capitalize on that scalp. Canterbury knocked off the remaining runs without losing anymore wickets and with a lot of overs to spare.
All in all, not a very good outing for Burghs. With such a low total posted, it is difficult to blame the bowlers for not being able to stop the opposition from scoring the required runs. Not being able to bat out the entire innings is something that Burghs have been struggling with for a while now and it is time our batsmen put their heads down and bat as if each innings is their last.
May 29, 2011 : NECC vs Cathedral CC:
Author: Akhil Shah
We won the toss and decided to field again, hoping the sun would come out later and make it easier to bat on the unpredictable pitch. Mani and Navdeep were opening the bowling for us in a reduced 22 over game. They were attacking the stumps from the very first delivery and were restricting the batsmen from scoring runs. They stuck to their basics and were rewarded with a few wickets each. Deepak came on as the first change and bowled his heart out building on the foundation Mani and Navdeep had laid. He took a brilliant catch diving to his left in the middle of his follow through which triggered the collapse of their innings. The fielding was once again decent and the bowlers were constantly backed by their teammates. The spinners came on soon after that and wrapped up their innings for 68 runs.
On the batting front, there was improvement from the previous game as many members chipped in with the runs. Nikhil and Nakul shared a crucial partnership which got us closer to the win. Nikhil played some excellent shots and kept the run rate ticking. Nakul played the role of an anchor and batted beautifully for his 20 odd. Deepak and Priyank also chipped in with some good blows.
We were on our way to a smooth win except for the mini collapse in the middle order. We lost 2-3 wickets in succession and were digging ourselves into a hole. Nakul continued to play anchor as his partners kept departing. Arun and Nakul got the chase back on track before Nakul was given LBW on a delivery that stayed low. At this stage we required 2 runs of the last two deliveries.
Charlie was the next man in and cut the ball over point for two runs to seal Burghs its first victory in the 2011 season.
Overall our batting definitely needs to click and we should not be having difficulties chasing down such small totals, especially given then fact our bowlers are performing so well. So team lets build on this win and keep the momentum going.
We have two crucial games coming this weekend, on Saturday we play Canterbury at the Barhaven ground and on Sunday we play Capital on LL2. Both these teams are in our pool and winning against them will strengthen our chances to make it to the next round, so lets hit them hard !!!
May 28, 2011: NECC vs Defence CC:
Author: Akhil Shah
We won the toss and decided to field on a wet and cloudy day. Shanee and Kundai gave us good opening spells and kept the batsmen silent. The ground was wet and the ball was barely traveling, forcing their openers to take the aerial route. This was even harder to do with the pitch playing rather erratic. Some would kick off the good length while others would just roll to the stumps.
We performed well in the bowling department, and restricted the opponent to 80 odd in a match reduced to 34 overs. Our bowlers kept attacking the stumps which continued to reward them with wickets. Amrinder delivered a gem of a spell, bowling 8 overs on the trot, scalping 4 wickets and giving only 11 runs. He was by far the pick of the bowlers. Aman, David and Shanee also had a good day with the ball as they all bagged a pair each. The fielding was commendable as well and no catches were dropped and everyone was attacking the ball getting their body behind it completely. Nimeesh was also great behind the stumps taking two awesome catches and stumping Salman of a delivery going down leg.
As for the batting, we never really got off on the right foot and wickets kept falling continuously. This is an area that we definitely need to improve and will be looked into at practice in the coming weeks. Jawad was the highest scorer for us and unleashed some good shots near the end, and along with strong support from Kundai, took our total to 30 runs.
May 21, 2011: NECC vs Canterbury CC:
Author: Pankaj Shrichand
We had a strong start to our "A" season on Saturday, winning comfortably against the defending champions, Canterbury CC.
C'bury won a good toss (given the hot conditions) and unsurprisingly chose to bat. However, Arun quickly took out their captain, Vikram, lbw shuffling across his stumps. Ejaz struck a few big ones, but wickets kept falling at the other end. We ended up bowling out C'bury for a paltry 49 with Arun taking a 4-for, and everyone else chipping in with the odd wicket. Our newbies were impressive - David, Nimesh, and Aman all taking wickets and Nikhil getting a nice run-out. Apart from one dropped catch, it was a good performance in the field. Special mention to Arun for following up a 4 wicket spell last year against C'bury with another 4-for to start this season.
We chased down the runs, losing 4 wickets in the process. Not the comprehensive run chase we wanted, and there are clearly some cob webs with the batting.
Nevertheless, a great win for the club and nice to dominate this particular opposition pretty decisively, especially having been on the receiving end against them a little too often in the past.
Our next A division game is against C'bury again (June 12th). This offers us a great opportunity to go 2-0 up against a club in the same group as us in the competition