UK Battle of Blues held on 27th May 2013: Hindu retained the senior trophy
Posted on: 29/05/2013 (Wednesday)
Last Monday, May 27th 2013 was the day scheduled for the Battle of Blues as it was a bank holiday in UK, and the organizers expected to have a great cricket encounter between Jaffna Hindu and Hartley OBAs. But the weather appeared to be not supportive in the morning, giving a negative note in the minds of the organizers whether the battle will take place. But, at last, the sun was out and the venue was in full swing at the Oakfields Playing Fields, Old Parkonian Cricket Club Ground, Forest Road, Ilford, Essex. Premshanker and Suthan, the event organizers from JHC OBA, were on the mobile trying to get the last available parents and their children to grounds. Alas all started around noon.
The first "Junior - Battle of Blues" was won by Hartley College by 5 runs who had put up an IPL rivalling total of 134. JHC Juniors chased the total with tenacity and courage but unfortunately fell short ending up with 129 for 5 wickets as the total overs of 20 caught up with them.
The presentation ceremony of the Junior Battle immediately followed with the winning team lifting the cup, the players were presented with medals by the respective authorities from both OBA. This followed by a short lunch by which time the JHC senior team has scored a very good total of 204 for 2 in a 30 overs fixture.After the well-earned Lunch Break, the senior teams resumed the battle. This time Hartley chasing a total of 204 for the rest of the evening; there were tense times when it looked as it can be done by the Hartley Senior, but good fielding and good length bowling from JHC prevailed the day. So for the third time JHC retained the cup. The presentation ceremony followed later in the evening.
Both past and present OBA executives were in action dishing out medals, trophies and the cup to the well deserving team members. This was followed up by what I would describe as "Fellowship-meal" organised by JHC OBA, and traditional Tamil food was served. It was very heartening to witness the close, warmth and friendly networking that was taking place among all the participants, which can only be described as true "professionalism" which you would witness in dressing rooms of the gentleman game as it used to be played out in English cricket!
There are even greater plans mooted for next year's event and also the’ Jolly Stars’ annual cricket festival on June 23rd 2013, so watch the space!! And contact JHC organiser to play your part.