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Tyson ton in Thoiry triumph
Match: Château de Thoiry Cricket Club vs. Royal Challengers 94, hosted by CTCC, 11 July 2015

CTCC XI: Tyson, Hussan, Mark Moodley, Danny, Pragash (Capt.), Chan, Dilip, Chris, Siva, John Hardy

Tyson John’s stroke-filled unbeaten hundred took Château de Thoiry Cricket Club to a comprehensive win against the visiting Royal Challengers 94 team as they chased down a target of 242 with more than five overs to spare. Opening the innings with Hussan, Tyson feasted on the Challengers’ short-pitched bowling with a series of pull shots, peppering the area between deep square-leg and midwicket with several boundaries and a six. Mark Moodley had the best seat in the ground at the non-striker’s end, as Tyson continued his stroke-play against the visitor’s left-arm spinner. The run-rate remained around the 10 runs per over mark even with the loss of Mark and Danny, before Tyson reached his hundred in the 21st over and was called in by skipper Pragash. The middle-order then took the opportunity to spend some time in the middle, with Pragash and Chan getting the team within sight of the target, and Dilip, Chris and Siva finishing off the chase. For the visitors, the highlight on the field was the excellent fielding and throwing of young, long-haired Richard on the mid-wicket/cover fence, and the left-arm orthodox (and wrist) spin of young XY.

Earlier in the day, Thoiry put in a penetrative if erroneous bowling performance, bowling out the Royal Challengers in 35 overs, but conceding a hundred extras on the way. Pragash and John Hardy claimed three wickets each, but the tone of the attack was set by a menacing spell by Dilip Raghupathi with the new ball. While both Siva and Dilip kept the Challengers’ top-order quiet outside the off-stump and repeatedly found the edge down to thirdman for four, Dilip’s bounce from just short-of-a-length troubled the batsmen no end. In one memorable over, he set up one of the openers with four short balls that had the batsman hopping, and then cleaned up the off-stump bowling full with the last ball of the over. John Hardy then took over the role of aggressor, fired up by some dubious umpiring and a batsman who refused to walk after an edge off the glove. The batsman further enraged John with a hoick edged to third-man and then a slog over mid-wicket but John had the last laugh, inducing another edge to stand-in keeper Tyson, who had a fine day behind the stumps ☺. The Challengers’ keeper, batting at No.7, was a right-handed Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with a front-on crab-like stance, but batted aggressively and effectively and held the innings together. After a few overs of spin from Danny, Chan and Hussan, Pragash brought himself back into the attack and finished off the innings with two accurate yorkers. The highlight of Thoiry’s fielding performance was six catches held, and none at all dropped, and several fine stops by Mark Moodley fielding on the edge of the circle.

A perfect day of cricket in lovely sunshine was complemented by an excellent tea-spread by Helen during the break, and watermelon slices and chilled beers after the match. Tyson John was declared man-of-the-match, and the lemon sponge cake as dish-of-the-day.


Chan played four non-league games for CTCC (and The Nomads) this season, playing primarily as an offspinner but contributing with the bat in the lower-middle order. He recorded his best returns of 5-1-22-4 against the British Embassy team in his last game of the season, finishing with two wickets off his last two balls. He hopes to complete the hat-trick next season, playing again for CTCC, who have become a fine club with some excellent players and a great cricket culture.


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