2015-16 Winter League Progress

Our Winter League season started on December 5th 2015 with Kartik Nuggehalli replacing the Club Captain Manoj Arunagiri for the duration. Kartik was subsequently elected as the new Club Captain at the AGM held soon after.

The record to date is 2 wins and 5 defeats, but the 2 wins have come in the last 2 games, finishing with a 5 wicket win last Sunday February 7th against Pacifica Pioneers, notable for a new club record score of 79 runs by Sunny Ram, overtaking the previous record of 75 set by Raghav Mehra in October 2015 against Westwood.

Our team has seen a lot of new players for this season, the perfect time for them to prove their abilities for admittance to the club for 2016.

Congratulations to the Winter League team for the sudden winning streak after a less than spectacular start, moving up to 6th place and a place in the playoffs.

2016 Updates

It has been a while since we posted our last blog back in 2015.

Our 2015 AGM was held on Tuesday December 22nd. Thank you to Kartik for taking the minutes in Chethan’s absence.

The minutes and treasurers report were distributed to the membership. Here are some of the highlights to be noted for next year:

The following Executives were elected/re-elected unopposed:

President – Pravin David (2nd term)

Vice-President – Arshad Parveez

Treasurer – Jimmy Pearce

Secretary – Derek Polley

Captain – Kartik Nuggehalli

Vice-Captain – Sandeep Karra (Chosen by Kartik)

Membership fees remain at $150 and are due as from 1/1/16.

Match fees are now $25 per game (home and away) and must be paid on selection prior to the game to Kartik. Payment of match fees will no longer be accepted on game day. Kartik will then pay the umpires as normal and forward remaining fees on to Jimmy for accounting.

The club will be obtaining new uniforms for 2016 the cost of which will be met by each club member. Details will follow as to that process.

The club website www.thebritdomcricketclub.com will continue to be updated for 2016, and Facebook and Twitter activity will begin again after a few month’s lapse. The responsibility for these will be that of the club Secretary aka me, and I will continue to donate my time for the website which I created earlier this year.

If anyone would like to help with the website and has any working knowledge of WordPress then please let me know if you would like to assist me with continuing development. It replaced a much older website that was not that easy to manage or update, but I have only scratched the surface of the capabilities of the new one due to time restrictions.

I think that about covers it, and more info will follow about how to pay the 2016 membership dues.

Congratulations to Kartik on being elected as Captain for the first time, and a very big thank you to Manoj for his captaincy in the past seasons during some transitional and difficult times for our club.

Good luck for the winter league and for next season

Happy New Year!

Derek

Southern California Winter League Cricket Semi-Final – 03/14/15

Despite finishing 8th in the league we managed to get into the playoffs by winning our last 2 regular season games.

We then proceeded to defeat the number 1 ranked team in the quarter finals and so now play in the semi finals on this coming Saturday afternoon in Long Beach. It is a great achievement for the Club as the Winter league features players drawn from all 4 of the Southern California Cricket Association summer league divisions, and as a divison 4 club in that league we are also the only SCCA Club playing in the Winter league. All our players are from our own Club, unlike the other participating teams.

Details:

Date/Time: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 12:30 – 16:30 (Arrive at 12:15).
Location: Marina Vista (5355 East Eliot Street, Long Beach, CA 90814) (view map)
Opponent: United XI

Here is the team for our semi final game this Saturday afternoon:

Manoj
PJ
Dipan (WK)
Kamal
Chocka
Trevine
Kartik
Raghav
Chethan
Gaurav
Pravin

12th man – Priyank

Winter League Quarter Final 3/7/15 – Author P J Goedhals

Righto,

This past Saturday saw us take on #1 ranked Allrounders in the QF of the SoCal Winter League.

We had managed to sneak into the 8th and final playoff spot following two wins in our double header Saturday the week before to end the regular season in the 10 team league.

A glorious morning for cricket saw Allrounders win the toss and elect to bat at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach.

Some great opening bowling from Raghav ‘Punjabi Power’ Mehra and Ajay ‘Jadeja’ Yadav saw the opposition limp to 33/3 at the halfway mark in the innings.

Raghav picked up a wicket with the first and third balls of the innings giving as the perfect start. A few over later, the Punjabi Power himself had a direct hit run out from mid off and the batsman was on his way and our perfect start continued.

Opening batsmen Babar Hashim (who would carry his bat for 64*) found an able partner in Muhammad Sadiq and they batted together throughout the middle overs until Chethan ‘Gin ‘n Tonic’ GT was given the ball.

Chethan who had recently returned from India where he was playing for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy, showed why B&D fought so much for his services by ripping out the Allrounders middle order with a great spell of fast bowling.

Using his pace and aggression, Chetan bowled all of his victims on his way to figures of 3/18 from his 4 overs and finds himself on a hattrick next week!

The spinners were uncharacteristically expensive and some late hitting by Allrounders saw them finish on 115/7 in their 20 overs.

Raghav finished with 2/24 from his 4, as usual skipper Manoj Arunagiri picked up a wicket and Ajay ‘Jadeja’ Yadav conceded only 7 runs from his 3 overs.

Our innings got off to a shaky start with opening Ajay getting run out after some confusion with Trevine ‘Mahela’ Felsinger.

There was a call of ‘Yes’ in Hindi followed by a ‘No’ in Sinhalese which was quickly followed by some fine English expletives that would’ve made the Queen blush.

Punjabi Power joined Mahela at the crease and they continued to keep the scoreboard ticking along. By the time Punjabi Power was adjudged LBW, the scoreboard read 32/2 after 7.2 overs and with the young Punjabi muscling his way to a run-a-ball 24.

PJ ‘AB’ Goedhals, new South African signing, picked up as a free agent, joined Mahela at the crease. Together they would take the score to 59 after 12 overs before PJ gave the bowler easy catching practice. Some would say that he was trying to replicate the shot that saw him hit a ball into the road for a big 6, while he would argue that he was trying to knock one down the ground to long-off for a single. All we know is that he departed for 17 from 14 balls and was very impressed with Kamal’s bat (Thanks Kamal!)

The fall of wicket brought the Pro from Karnataka to the wicket. After quickly adjusting to the more bouncy skiddy wicket of Long Beach, Chethan rotated the strike well and with Trevine, he put pressure on the fielders and turned many 1s into 2s.

Chethan would later perish for a well played 16, also from 14 balls and this would bring the ‘Bombay Basher’ to the wicket – Kartik Nuggehalli.

Kartik, who doesn’t like to find too many dot balls next to his name in the scorebook only managed 1 dot ball in his knock of 6 balls which resulted in 14 runs.

There was even a 3 run in his innings. Those that witnessed it said it looked like a combination of Arjuna Ranatunga and Inzamam ul-Haq trying to get to Dunkin Donuts before closing time.

In fitting style, Trevine hit the winning runs with a boundary and the glue-that-held-the-innings-together finished with an unbeaten 39 from 45 balls.

With that, it’s off to the Semi Finals baby!

Lets rewrite the history books in true B&D style!

Summarised scorecard:

Allrounders 114/7 in 20 overs (Chethan GT 3/18 in 4, Raghav Mehra 2/24 in 4)
BritDom 117/4 in 18.3 overs (Trevine Felsinger 39*, Raghav Mehra 24)

BritDom win by 6 wickets with 9 balls to spare.

Way to go B&D!

Winter League – Playoffs – Author P J Goedhals

And just like… we are in the semi finals!

After flying under the radar the whole season, winning our last 2 regular season matches and just sneaking into the last playoff spot in 8th place today we just beat the #1 ranked team, Allrounders by 6 wickets with 9 balls to spare!

Marvelous stuff!

Match report to follow my hangover…

Winter League Round 9 – 02/28/2015 – Author P J Goedhals

Round 9 vs Cruisers

After a fantastic lunch where we ate things that made a certain South African drink 3 bottles of water, Skipper Manoj Arunagiri thankfully won the toss as elected to bat, this meant that only 2 unlucky guys would have to go and bat on full stomachs!

One of those batsmen, relishing a chance at the top of the order was Trevine ‘Mahela Dilshan’ Felsinger. After his opening partner Parameswaran ‘We really need to find a shorter nickname’ Ganesan got missed for 6, he was joined by ‘Punjabi Power’ Raghav Mehra who joined him at the crease with real determination in his eyes.

Maybe it was the after effects of his curry, maybe it was the sight of a beautiful female runner jogging along the boundary rope or maybe it was the fact that he would be facing the quickest bowler that I personally have seen to date, Marcus Stewart. All I know is that for the next 15 deliveries Raghav batted like a demon.

Beautiful straight drives, cuts through cover point, pull shots through mid-wicket he played them all. 6 boundaries later he was dismissed for a brilliant 30.

Trevine meanwhile had compiled a peaceful 17 at a run-a-ball and Dipan ‘Dhoni’ Patel a solid 15 off 16 deliveries with 2 great fours muscled to the boundary.

There was a brief moment of silence when PJ ‘AB’ Goedhals came to the wicket and his first two scoring shots went: 6 6. The first one a AB paddle/flick over backward square leg and the next a straight drive on the up ala’ Kane Williamson’s winning shot vs Australia. Unfortunately for the capacity crowd that turned up for this game he perished not long after for 18 off 10 deliveries, bowled through the gate – let’s just call it a great delivery shall we?!

Chocka ‘Better facial hair than Dhawan’ hit a 11 ball 14 near the end of the innings while the first innings hero, Kartik Nuggehalli made sure to boost his career average with 8 not out as our innings closed on 121/7.

Our bowling couldn’t have gotten off to a better start with energetic fast bowler Raghav ‘Punjabi Power’ Mehra picking up the danger man, Marcus Stewart, out first ball.

Gaurav ‘IPL’ Agarwal went back to business with 1/18 from his 4 but it was Punjabi Power who did the early damage up front by taking 3 for 5 from his allotment which included 2 maidens!

PJ ‘AB’ or is it PJ Kumble? – bowling a tight spell conceding only 10 runs from his 4 whilst picking up a wicket but it was Priyank ‘He should bowl more often’ Shah who produced a great spell of left arm spin bowling to produce excellent figures of 4/23 in 4 which also included a maiden. You could have been mistaken for not even realising Priyank was there on Saturday, with his quiet demeanour making him float under the radar so to speak, but with ball in hand boy did he made some noise!

It feels good to be able to finally rely on a slow left armer for a change…

Cruisers never at all threatened our score and their innings petered out to 85/9 giving us a 37 run victory and pushing us into the last playoff spot and finishing our regular season with a 3-6 record, one of the better Winter League seasons for us.

Summarised scorecard:

BritDom 121/7 in 20 (Raghav Mehra 30)
Cruisers 85/9 in 20 (Priyank Shah 4/23, Raghav Mehra 3/5

The 2015 summer season is approaching!

As our winter league winds down we are preparing for the start of the summer season of T20 and 40 over league games. As always we seek promotion from division 4, so a good start is imperative. This will be the second season using white balls and coloured clothing for us.

New players are encouraged to contact us via the contact links on the website for information on how to join us.

We are a small club running on limited finances and so this season we are promoting unique t-shirts by Anglotees. Check them out at https://anglotees.refersion.com/c/b23ef and for every shirt you buy we receive a small royalty.

Check back at our blog frequently for more updates.

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