Sano 200/9 - 73 TWCC

July 15, 2023 - 11:00 am at Sano 3
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Sano Prevails in Trying Conditions

by Rex Kobayashi

The match between the Tokyo Wombats and Sano took place in the wet fields of Sano, on a day that promised excitement and challenges for both teams. The Wombats won the toss and opted to field first, looking to make the most of the tricky outfield conditions.

In the first innings, Sano faced a formidable challenge from the Wombats’ bowlers, who exploited the conditions well. The Wombats displayed excellent discipline and coordination in their bowling efforts, and their efforts paid off as they managed to restrict Sano to a modest total of 200 runs. Although it seemed like a low score, the tricky outfield made it difficult for the batsmen to score freely.

Standout performances came from two bowlers in particular. Archit Choudhury put up a remarkable display of skill, claiming three crucial wickets that proved instrumental in containing Sano’s batting. His precision and variations kept the batsmen on their toes throughout his spell. Joining him in the bowling excellence was Abdul Samad, who displayed remarkable control and economy. Samad bowled tightly and conceded just 22 runs in his eight overs while also picking up two important wickets.

The Wombats’ bowling unit, as a whole, should be credited for their disciplined performance. They managed to keep the pressure on the opposition throughout the innings, never allowing them to break free and post a substantial total.

One of the highlights of the first innings was a moment of brilliance in the field, where the Choudhury twins combined to run out Sano’s key player. Their quick thinking and athleticism led to a pivotal dismissal that further boosted the Wombats’ confidence.

As the second innings began, the Tokyo Wombats needed to chase down the target of 200 runs to secure victory. However, the Wombats’ batting proved to be a stark contrast to their bowling efforts. Facing some tough bowling from Sano, the Wombats struggled to build partnerships and find their rhythm at the crease.

Disappointingly, only four players managed to reach double figures in the second innings. Richie Bracefield emerged as the top scorer with 19 runs to his name. The rest of the batting lineup struggled to cope with the pressure exerted by Sano’s bowlers, and wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals.

Eventually, the Tokyo Wombats were bowled out for a paltry 73 runs, falling significantly short of their target. It was indeed a day to forget for the Wombats’ batting unit, but they can take solace in the fact that their bowling performance was exceptional.

Despite the result, the Tokyo Wombats showed tremendous camaraderie and spirit throughout the match. They exhibited sportsmanship and unity as a team, making the game enjoyable and memorable for all present.

Tokyo Wombats Cricket Club -- Match Scorecard

Tokyo Wombats CC vs Sano CC
Japan Cricket League 2023 (Div. 1), Sano 3, Tochigi, July 15, 2023

Sano CC
ResultSano CC won by 127 runs
TWCC MoMA Choudhury

Sano CC Innings: 200/9 (40.0 overs)

R B 4s 6sSR
K Hiratsukab A Choudhury130033.33
S Noguchib M Ali15480031.25
R Sakurano-Thomasrun out (A Choudhury / Arp Choudhury)28392071.79
S Wada*b A Choudhury393523111.43
S Hiratsukac R Bracefield b A Samad26521050.00
C Arakawast Arp Choudhury† b R Zloc7160043.75
J Andob A Samad150020.00
Z Khanc M Ali b Y Alvis14161087.50
K Wakitac M Ali† b A Choudhury5310166.67
R Drakenot out311713182.35
S Ichikinot out590055.56
Extras(b 2, lb 0, w 23, nb 3)28

TOTAL(9 wickets)200

Fall of wickets
1-8 K Hiratsuka, 2-44 R Sakurano-Thomas, 3-66 S Noguchi, 4-110 S Wada, 5-132 C Arakawa, 6-134 J Ando, 7-145 S Hiratsuka, 8-152 K Wakita, 9-178 Z Khan, 9-200 R Drake

O M R W wd nb Econ
A Choudhury8.00593817.38
A Samad8.01222002.75
K Jinasena8.01400005.00
Y Alvis6.01281314.67
B Ali7.01251513.57
M Ali1.001203012.00
R Zloc2.00121406.00

Tokyo Wombats CC Innings: 73 (29.2 overs)

R B 4s 6sSR
R Bracefieldc R Sakurano-Thomas b J Ando19210290.48
M Kawashimab J Ando13341038.24
M Ali*c K Wakita b R Sakurano-Thomas5190026.32
A Samadc K Hiratsuka b R Sakurano-Thomas280026.32
R Kobayashic K Hiratsuka b S Hiratsuka12251048.00
Arp Choudhuryb S Hiratsuka160016.67
K Jinasenac K Wakita b S Ichiki10160162.50
A Choudhuryc R Sakurano-Thomas b S Ichiki03000.00
Y Alvislbw b R Drake3190015.79
R Zlocc S Ichiki b S Hiratsuka130033.33
B Alinot out222009.09
Extras(b 1, lb 4, w 0, nb 0)5

TOTAL(10 wickets)73

Fall of wickets
1-32 R Bracefield, 2-35 M Kawashima, 3-40 A Samad, 4-45 M Ali, 5-46 Arp Choudhury, 6-65 K Jinasena, 7-65 A Choudhury, 8-65 R Kobayashi, 9-67 R Zloc, 10-73 Y Alvis
O M R W wd nbEcon
K Wakita4.01170004.25
S Ichiki7.0382001.14
J Ando3.00122004.00
Z Khan3.0130001.00
S Hiratsuka8.01173002.12
R Sakurano-Thomas4.00112002.75
R Drake0.2001000.00


  • Richie: Taking one in the deep midwicket. Made a high catch look so easy
  • Belayet catch at the bowling end

Dropped Catches

  • Arpan: First game for the youngster and dropping couple behind the wicket


  • “Eat any more dots you’ll become Pac-Man” – Anon

Great Moments in Sport

  • Richie’s six( first ball of the inning)
  • Archit: What a finding, taking 5 in previous game and 3 wickets in this game

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