29 May 2015

The John Lyon School - 1st XI Cricket - Half Term Reports

Like an annoying headmaster, we're halfway through the season (9 out of 17 scheduled fixtures down, although we only have stats for 7 of these 9 through no fault of our own), so it's time to be brutally honest and deliver the reports.

CAPTAIN: TOM MARSHALL
Matches: 6
Batting: 209 runs @ 34.83, SR 80.08
Bowling: 26-1-103-4 @ 25.75, Econ 3.96, SR 39.00
Overall Grade: B

Tom's second year as captain has been much better than his first. But a downturn in form looks worrying. His batting has definitely improved, with an average of 34.83 in all games, the third highest of the side. But his bowling is off the pace (no pun intended), with just four wickets at 25.75. A bowling strike rate of 39.00 is also slightly worrying. Then there are the captaincy mistakes. Few, yes, but Marshall has learnt the hard way that if it rains just before the game and it's now very sunny, don't bat first...

VICE-CAPTAIN: SEERONE KANDASAMY
Matches: 6
Batting: 237 runs @ 59.25, SR 100.42
Bowling: 1-0-13-1 @ 13.00, Econ 13.00, SR 6.00
Overall Grade: A

We said in our preview that Seerone Kandasamy needed to be more consistent, and boy, has he delivered. Promoted to vice-captain after the second game of the season (against Ibstock Place, when Adam Wright was captain but was immediately dropped afterwards), Kandasamy has delivered consistently in the opening part of the season, with 49, 91, and 92 in his second, third, and fourth games. However, he hasn't got the full A* for the fact that his last two innings have averaged just 2.00. He needs a big score. And fast.

SHAHBAZ AHMAD
Matches: 5
Batting: 78 runs @ 15.60, SR 90.70.
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: B

Shahbaz Ahmad has broken back into the side as a specialist batsman, and has shown that he does have a role to play. He's only been given a B, however, as, aside from a golden duck, he needs to convert his starts into scores. He hasn't broken 40 this season.

AHSAN ALI
Matches: 1
Batting: n/a
Bowling: 1-0-8-0 @ n/a, Econ 8.00, SR n/a
Overall Grade: D

Ahsan Ali played against Ibstock Place and was brought on for one over by Adam Wright. His career batting average of 31.00 suggests that there is something that can come from him, but you feel that time is running out for Ali.

JAMES BOYLE
Matches: 1
Batting: 9 runs @ n/a, SR 32.14
Bowling: 4-0-30-0 @ n/a, Econ 7.50, SR n/a
Overall Grade: C

James Boyle played against Saint Dominic's, and despite featuring in a minor fashion, impressed. His bowling can be overpitched on occasion, but there is certainly more to come from him, if not in 2015, then in 2016.

AARYAN DEVANI
Matches: 4
Batting: 23 runs @ 11.50, SR 230.00
Bowling: 14-0-64-1 @ 64.00, Econ 4.57, SR 84.00
Overall Grade: C

Faced with a fast bowler problem pre-season, Tom Marshall turned to Aaryan Devani as the solution, but he ended up being part of the problem. Having never bowled a maiden over in his 1st XI career, he only has the one wicket to his name in 2015. His batting has improved compared to last season, though, showing that the Brett Lee of John Lyon is still a wild animal. He needs taming. And fast.

JAMES FRANCIS
Matches: 5
Batting: 45 runs @ 15.00, SR 44.12
Bowling: 17-0-103-5 @ 20.60, Econ 6.06, SR 20.40
Overall Grade: A

James Francis has been a standout performer this season, and probably the best of the intake of the 2014 U15s. Francis has proved his mettle with the bat (although this could be improved, hence an A rather than an A*), but it is with the ball that the school's slightly-more-defensive-Andrew Flintoff has really shone. With 5 wickets at 20.60, the third highest amount of wickets this season, maybe he could be a future captain?

JASH GANDHI
Matches: 3
Batting: 15 runs @ 5.00, SR 93.75
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: D

Oh dear. Jash Gandhi has proven himself to be a floppy disk this season - he's been a flop and he's gone out of fashion. Averaging just 5.00 with the bat, he was dropped after Saint Benedict's and hasn't played since. A real shame for a man once earmarked as a future captain.

KELLAN GHELANI
Matches: 5
Batting: 0 runs @ n/a, SR n/a
Bowling: 20.1-0-134-7 @ 19.14, Econ 6.67, SR 17.29
Overall Grade: A

There is a lot of competition for the spinners in the side, and Kellan Ghelani is proving why he should be in the side. Having not had an opportunity to prove himself with the bat (one innings where he was marooned at the non-striker's end whilst he ran out of partners), his 7 wickets with the ball @ 19.24 are incredible when you factor in the fact he is a left arm spinner. Hence, to improve, if he can bowl a few maidens, that A will become an A*.

ARCHIE HARIRAMAN
Matches: 1
Batting: n/a
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: C

You do have to sympathise with Archie Hariraman, having not got on the scorecard at all in his game against Aldenham (he did not take a catch, bat, or bowl). As such, his fielding was fairly innocuous. And thus a C. Because how can we give him anything higher or lower?

MILAN HARJI(?)
Matches: 1
Batting: 4 runs @ 4.00, SR 18.18
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: C

Milan Harji played against Queen Elizabeth's and is definitely a hot prospect for the future, but that doesn't exonerate him of all criticism. Chasing 195 from 40 overs was always going to be difficult, but getting 4 off 22 balls made it even more so. Their coach remarked that their bowling wasn't 100% that day - and so Harji should have been less defensive on the bad balls.

ABHAY HIRANI(?)
Matches: 1
Batting: 0 runs @ 0.00, SR 0.00
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: C

Abhay Hirani played against Queen Elizabeth's and is a hot prospect for the future. To come up against a bowler whose figures at one point in the game was 3-3-0-3 was bad luck, but after fending off five, Hirani played down Piccadilly when it was on the Bakerloo line, and, in the words of Michael Slater, "Gone-ski". Mark Nicholas then compliments that piece of commentary with "ugly". A perfect description of that dismissal.

NEEL KALHAN
Matches: 1
Batting: n/a
Bowling: 3-0-9-1 @ 9.00, Econ 3.00, SR 18.00
Overall Grade: B

Official 2nd XI captain, Neel Kalhan, looks likely to break in to the 1st XI on a permanent role in 2016 following this performance against Saint Dominic's, although not so much with the bat. The economy rate was very low in a game where the opposition scored at 7.75 runs per over. One to watch in 2016.

JASIM KHAN
Matches: 1
Batting: n/a
Bowling: 3-0-18-2 @ 9.00, Econ 6.00, SR 9.00
Overall Grade: C

Jasim Khan played against Saint Dominic's and has been knocking on the door of the 1st XI for a fair while now, but will Khan be able to hold down a 1st XI place in 2016 when there are many others like him?

JAKE LAMOUR-JOHNSON
Matches: 2
Batting: 8 runs @ 4.00, SR 72.73
Bowling: 7.5-2-15-3 @ 5.00, Econ 1.91, SR 15.67
Overall Grade: C

Jake Lamour-Johnson is a case this season of "he gives, he takes". His bowling is a huge improvement on 2014, but his batting has plummeted downhill. He hasn't played for a while and will be looking to get recalled in the second half of the season.

ZUBAIR MAHMOOD
Matches: 1
Batting: 6 runs @ 6.00, SR 23.08
Bowling: 8-0-34-0 @ n/a, Econ 4.25, SR n/a
Overall Grade: C

Zubair Mahmood played against Queen Elizabeth's and is a hot prospect for the future. His bowling was topsy-turvy: one bad 'un, one bouncer, one beauty... He will be looking to improve on his consistency.

OWEN MARSHALL
Matches: 5
Batting: 56 runs @ 28.00, SR 107.69
Bowling: 29-5-123-11 @ 11.18, Econ 4.24, SR 15.82
Overall Grade: A

Owen Marshall has been a real standout and we were tempted to award him an A*. We cannot fault his batting this season, and his bowling has been fabulous, but there was one thing that niggled us, which is his economy rate of 4.24 runs per over. This, quite simply, is too high. Figures of 4-0-33-0 against Aldenham didn't help, but he rectified this with a brilliant 8-3-31-5 against Queen Elizabeth's. He must work harder on his consistency.

DHRUV MARU
Matches: 2
Batting: 2 runs @ n/a, SR 100.00
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: B

With Dishanth Satkunarajah leaving the school at the end of the season, Dhruv Maru is determined to show why he should be chosen as Satkunarajah's successor behind the stumps. An unfortunate incident involving a disastrous run out attempt by Jake Lamour-Johnson against Ibstock Place led to injury, but he has proved nimble behind the stumps. Apart from when he's getting out of the way of a 2-yard throw, that is...

ALEX MIRZAI
Matches: 1
Batting: 0 runs @ 0.00, SR 0.00
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: A

We were tempted to give Alex Mirzai an A* until we looked at the batting. Alex Mirzai took his opportunity against Queen Elizabeth's to attempt to show why he should be the next JLS keeper, with some spectacular takes. But a 13-ball duck would only really be acceptable for a specialist bowler.

AAKASH PATEL
Matches: 3
Batting: 47 runs @ 23.50, SR 95.92
Bowling: 0.3-0-1-1 @ 1.00, Econ 2.00, SR 3.00
Overall Grade: B

Aakash Patel was a player not initially on our radar in 2015, but some handy antics with the bat has shown that he is a very good backup player. He now needs to take it to the next level.

ARJUN PATEL
Matches: 1
Batting: n/a
Bowling: 2-0-15-0 @ n/a, Econ 7.50, SR n/a
Overall Grade: C

Arjun Patel played against Saint Dominic's and bowled half-decently. It remains to be seen what he can do with the bat, and maybe he can hold down a place in 2016.

KISHEN PATEL
Matches: 1
Batting: 0 runs @ 0.00, SR 0.00
Bowling: 5-1-17-0 @ n/a, Econ 3.40, SR n/a
Overall Grade: B

Kishen Patel played against Queen Elizabeth's and showed that he is a hot prospect for the future with some economical bowling. Run out without facing with the bat, it remains to be seen what he can do in the future.

SHAYEN PATEL
Matches: 1
Batting: 10 runs @ 10.00, SR 37.04
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: B

Shayen Patel played against Queen Elizabeth's and showed that he is a hot prospect for the future. His 10 with the bat was a start he failed to convert, but the fact he got a start merits a positive report.

DILSHAN PEEREZ
Matches: 1
Batting: n/a
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: D

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Dilshan Peerez was our preferred opener of choice in the preview, but he has only played the one game against Saint Dominic's, and to get back in the team he needs to do it the hard way.

RAHUL RADIA
Matches: 3
Batting: 28 runs @ 28.00, SR 147.37
Bowling: 16-2-65-3 @ 21.67, Econ 4.06, SR 32.00
Overall Grade: A

Rahul Radia has broken into the side tremendously, which is difficult to do for a third spinner, and has shown that he is an excellent third choice spinner. He needs to work on his consistency, hence no A*.

DISHANTH SATKUNARAJAH
Matches: 5
Batting: 5 runs @ 2.50, SR 38.46
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: D

Dishanth Satkunarajah is the JLS keeper and he hasn't had the best of years, averaging just 2.50 with the bat. To make matters worse, he has fumbled a few behind the stumps this season. This isn't the swansong he had in mind and needs to improve.

SHRENIK SAVLA-SHAH
Matches: 1
Batting: n/a
Bowling: 1-0-18-0 @ n/a, Econ 18.00, SR n/a
Overall Grade: D

Shrenik Savla-Shah was once earmarked as a player for the future, but his one over against Saint Dominic's is the nail in the coffin for Savla-Shah, with 18.00 runs per over.

ROHAN SHARMA
Matches: 1
Batting: 11 runs @ 11.00, SR 73.33
Bowling: 7-0-42-0 @ n/a, Econ 6.00, SR n/a
Overall Grade: B

Rohan Sharma is staking a claim to be in the squad in 2016, and his one appearance against Queen Elizabeth's was good. His bowling was a little erratic, though, and he will need to work on this. But definitely a good player in the future.

MARCUS TIGHE
Matches: 2
Batting: 58 runs @ n/a, SR 111.54
Bowling: 4-0-33-1 @ 33.00, Econ 8.13, SR 24.00
Overall Grade: A

Marcus Tighe has improved rapidly since 2014, but the batting characteristics he demonstrated have not gone away. 73% of his runs have come in the long on area this season, and Tighe will be looking to increase his radar, hence no A*.

NIMA TOHIDI
Matches: 3
Batting: 0 runs @ 0.00, SR 0.00
Bowling: 4-0-42-1 @ 42.00, Econ 10.50, SR 24.00
Overall Grade: C

Nima Tohidi has been a reliable backup option for Tom Marshall, but his one innings against Harrow ended in a golden duck, and his economy rate of 10.50 is slightly worrying.

DHRUV VARSANI
Matches: 1
Batting: n/a
Bowling: n/a
Overall Grade: C

Dhruv Varsani has shown that he is a very good fielder but is as yet unproven with the bat and the ball, and you get the sense that time is running out. Just £5 can buy a new ball. Just £40 can buy a new pair of spikes. Just £100 can go towards buying a new bat. Time is running out for a cricketer in urgent need of a lucky break.

TARUN WAGLIANI
Matches: 1
Batting: 5 runs @ n/a, SR 83.33
Bowling: 4-0-24-2 @ 12.00, Econ 6.00, SR 12.00
Overall Grade: B

Tarun Wagliani is a hot prospect for the future, having played against Queen Elizabeth's. He took two wickets and finished not out with the bat. To secure the 2016 place, he needs to be more economical.

ADAM WRIGHT
Matches: 1
Batting: n/a
Bowling: 2-0-21-0 @ n/a, Econ 10.50, SR n/a
Overall Grade: D

Oh, Adam. It pains me to see the 2013 leading wicket taker plummet down the pecking order. The left arm bowler is lightning quick but his one game against Ibstock Place as captain did not go very well, going at above 10 per over. As such, he lost the vice-captaincy to Seerone Kandasamy. A recall looks unlikely.

So, to recap, the grades:

J FRANCIS - A
K GHELANI - AS KANDASAMY - A
O MARSHALL - AA MIRZAI - A
R RADIA - AM TIGHE - A
S AHMAD - B
N KALHAN - BT MARSHALL - B
D MARU - B
AAKASH PATEL - B
K PATEL - B
S PATEL - B
R SHARMA - BT WAGLIANI - B
J BOYLE - C
A DEVANI - C
A HARIRAMAN - C
M HARJI - C
A HIRANI - C
J KHAN - C
J LAMOUR-JOHNSON - C
Z MAHMOOD - C
ARJUN PATEL - C
N TOHIDI - C
D VARSANI - C
A ALI - D
J GANDHI - D
D PEEREZ - D
D SATKUNARAJAH - D
S SAVLA-SHAH - D
A WRIGHT - D

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