December 2, 2013
Congratulations to Mike Raso who made his International T20 debut for Italy in the recent ICC T20 World Cup Qualifying competition out in Abu Dhabi.
Its great to see the ex-Accies continue his development with the Italian national side. Further congratulations for his top scoring innings (35*) against Namibia.
The Accies wish you the best of luck with your career and will always keep an eye open for other Accies in the news.
December 2, 2013
Spirits were high as was the anticipation when the Accies team showed up for the EUCC Legget Cricket Indoor 6’s competition at Mary Erskine High School on a typical windy and cold November afternoon. And that was to be the high point for the rest of the day, albeit the fun quotient increased exponentially with every loss that was still to come.
In a format with rules which were reminiscent of the days when the present day ICC council was still a bunch of hairy cavemen clobbering a stone with their club in a cave the size of a basketball court, by the time the Accies acclimatised, it was already curtains on any aspirations they may have had to be finalists this year.
Of a team of 6, only 3 had played indoor cricket before and it is safe to say, only one, the mighty Rhino, was well aware of the rules and had a definite game plan for the matches to be played. The others were hit and miss, mostly miss, and were finding out that it was the walls, not the fielders or the bowlers who were their worst enemies while batting, with quite a few being caught by the fielders through the charitable bounce of the walls, lobbing good if not great shots, easily back at the fielding team for catch practice. That and their stiff bodies which failed at the basics of cricket like pitching it up which resulted in no balls that gave away 3 runs and backing up whilst running between the wickets (particularly myself, the 2’s captain) and finding out that a direct hit is not always needed to make a run out look convincing. Bad running would also suffice adequately. Not to mention the dropped catches where the walls changed their allegiance and really tested the vertical grasp of Sankha which seemed inadequate on the day but on the upside made for a very good commercial for taking your vitamins.
Yet from a day that seemed morose on paper, it would be unfair to evaluate the experience solely by way of statistics. Because numbers cannot encompass the pure joy of swinging a bat again, bowling a dot ball, getting the exceedingly rare wicket and on occasion scoring a 6 of a shot played all along the ground. For example, if a no ball was bowled for pitching shorter than half way on the “pitch” (3 runs), which was then hit along the ground to a wall (1 run) and the batsmen crossed over for what would be a single in actual cricket (2 runs), you ended up with 6 runs for the team. Oh and the ball was counted as a legal delivery. What fun!
Even though all 3 league games were lost, there were plenty of positives and notable contributions and it is worthy to note that the 3rd game against Carlton, was a very close encounter (but also a dead rubber since any chances of qualifying the finals were lost unless two of the other teams fell victim to a targeted zombie apocalypse for people who take their cricket too seriously).
The first game was lost convincingly with notable contributions from Yogi (24) and Marcus (13). The bowling was charitable in all the short ball no balls bowled which helped Edinburgh Uni overhaul a target of 72 set in 5 overs in just 4. The second game presented a new challenge of batting second after a record breaking 96 runs were leaked by the bowlers to the graciously accepting Edinburgh Alumni team. It was matched by an even more convincing batting collapse which left Rhino with too much to do but his top score deserves a mention and a pat on the back. The third game, batting first seemed to have better odds for the Accies, but a top order collapse meant that by way of some sensible batting by Marcus and Rhino again, the Accies reached a below par score of 52, which did not seem enough at the time. But the collective bowling finally came through with the Accies stretching the best team on the day, Carlton, to the penultimate delivery before conceding a well fought match. The intensity was up in the field and the bowling was spot on, with Yogi getting 1 and Tamil 2 wickets in the only overs they were allowed to bowl. The rest of the bowlers were bowling tight line and lengths, making the batsman work for their runs. Even though eventually the score was not enough, the display definitely showed that with a little practice, the Accies could hope to be finalists next year.
The camaraderie between the players was excellent, what with at least 4 Accies players defecting to the other teams and appropriately being labeled traitors, but in terms of cricket, the Accies definitely have a long way to go in being effective in this whimsical format of the game which is, all said and done, a lot of fun and deserves some attention, understanding and a concerted effort in training to excel at.
All in all, a good day for fun and jokes, but a below par performance in the “field” with some positives and lots of lessons.
By Ankit Sehgal
November 29, 2013
Tomorrow the Accies will be playing in the EUCC Legget Cricket Indoor VI’s at the Cricket Scotland National Cricket Academy, MES Sports Centre.
Organised by Edinburgh University Cricket Club and sponsored by Edinburgh based cricket company Legget & Coe. This fast paced form of the game always produces some excellent cricketing performances.
Edinburgh Schools Academy have won the last two tournaments in what was exciting indoor cricket. This year Carlton, EUCC Alumni and the EUCC themselves have all entered teams. With the standard once again expected to be high.
A round-robin format with the final planned for 3:30pm. Accies first game starts at 12:30 against EUCC. It would be great to have as many supporters as possible!