- Match Report
Stars Rise to the Challenge
by Arpan Choudhury
The Wommies had a hilarious and eventful day at the Fuji International Cricket Ground, starting with their tardy arrival due to heavy traffic. Rising Stars chose to field, thinking they had an advantage with the scorching sun on their side.
Masaki and Ali formed an aggressive partnership, amassing 47 runs in just 8 overs. Unfortunately, Kavin’s batting rhythm was off, resulting in a slow-paced 8 runs off 27 balls. Tanzeem showcased sensible batting, but Arpan’s nervousness led to a comical run-out after just 3 runs.
Aidan and Hasan emerged as heroes, smashing powerful boundaries and boosting the run rate. Ajaz added valuable runs to the scoreboard, while Yohan faced the last delivery with nerves of steel, scoring a single run with a 100% strike rate.
The Wommies set a target of 130 for the Rising Stars, and after a delightful lunch break courtesy of Masaki’s ice cream treat, the bowlers took the stage with excitement and nerves.
Archit set the tone with an early wicket, and Kavin’s bowling kept the batsmen puzzled but occasionally conceding boundaries. Yohan’s debut over sent a batsman packing, but he faced some bad luck in the following overs.
Captain Ali took charge, displaying masterful control and strategic precision. In a nail-biting moment, Ali’s cunning broke through the batsman’s defenses, bringing joy to the field.
As the game reached a thrilling climax, the Rising Stars needed only 49 runs to win with 3 wickets down. Archit and Belayet put on impressive performances, putting pressure on the batsmen.
Yohan sought redemption but had mixed results, taking wickets but conceding boundaries. The game was intense, and the Wommies fought hard until the end.
Ultimately, the Rising Stars won the game by 4 wickets, but the Wommies took it as a learning experience and vowed to improve for the next match. Go Wombats!
|Tokyo Wombats CC vs Rising Stars CC|
|Japan Cricket League 2023 (Div. 1), Fuji 2, Shizuoka, July 29, 2023|
|Toss||Rising Stars CC|
|Result||Rising Stars CC won by 4
|Tokyo Wombats CC Innings: 127/8 (30.0 overs)|
|M Ali*||b M Alamgir||21||35||3||0||60.00|
|M Kawashima||c A Chowdhury b M Alamgir||28||27||5||0||103.70|
|K Jinasena||c & b M Alamgir||8||28||0||0||28.57|
|T Khedekar||run out (S Rahman)||10||18||1||0||55.56|
|Arp Choudhury||run out (R Shimul / M Islam)||3||16||0||0||18.75|
|A Sarawan||not out||19||28||1||0||67.86|
|A Bakar||c M Kabir b H Belal||18||18||3||0||100.00|
|A Choudhury||run out (A Bhuiyan)||1||5||0||0||20.00|
|M Ajaz||lbw b A Chowdhury||9||4||2||0||225.00|
|Y Alvis||not out||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 0, w 8, nb 0)||9|
|Fall of wickets|
|Rising Stars CC Innings: 131/6 (23.2 overs)|
|K Murad*||c Arp Choudhury† b M Ali||29||35||5||0||82.86|
|S Rahman||c Arp Choudhury† b A Choudhury||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|R Shimul||c Arp Choudhury† b Y Alvis||5||17||1||0||29.41|
|M Alamgir||c T Khedekar b A Choudhury||29||28||4||1||103.57|
|A Chowdhury||c sub b Y Alvis||21||24||3||1||87.50|
|M Kabir||c A Choudhury b y Alvis||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|M Hasan||not out||18||22||1||1||81.82|
|M Islam||not out||14||10||3||0||140.00|
|Extras||(b 0, lb 0, w 10, nb 3)||13|
|Fall of wickets†|
- Tanzeem on the boundary running to his left. Great catch
- Arpan catches a tough one off Ali behind the wicket, off the glove and goes behind him
- Archit off his own bowling. Called for it even though it was he keepers and dropped an absolute sitter. Village.
- “止まれ(stop sign) is f*ck” – Masaki, 2023
- Archit mentioning ” I am in rough patch with my batting “
Great Moments in Sport
- Arpan 4 catches as keeper in his second match for wombats. Great improvement from youngster
Golden Thong Nominations
- Masaki – Half of the team lead by Masaki were 90min late for the game because Masaki planned to pick up Yohan as he was not able to find the meet-up location. Cost us 10 overs in the game. Lucky it was for both teams not a penalty.