The Gecko Sixes 2012 Report

By Wikum

There was widespread apprehension last week as Britain’s wettest summer on record threatened to ruin the greatest sporting occasion of the year. Thankfully, the obstinate jet-stream moved just in time to ensure another fantastic day at the Gecko Sixes (and hopefully, a great Olympics too). For those counting, that makes it the 5th year in a row that our annual cricket tournament has avoided poor weather, long may it continue.

There were a number of changes to this year’s event that gave it a distinct flavour compared to previous incarnations. For one, the venue was different – as West Byfleet’s cricket pitch was traded for the more conveniently located, if smaller, Wray Crescent pitch near Finsbury Park (note the batsmen weren’t complaining about the shorter boundaries). Secondly, a new Gecko committee was responsible for planning, with new president Geoff Pedder and VP Madura Jayatunga taking a leading role. Thirdly, and most significantly, Gecko teamed up with the charity Medical-Aid to Sri Lanka (MASL), and this proved to be a great way to meet new people and introduce the charities members to each other. Thanks to Nishadi, Andrew and their committee for all their help in organising and running the event. With the MASL crowd fielding a number of teams, plenty of fresh faces added greatly to the unpredictability of the tournament, which featured 13 teams in total (our highest ever) spread between 3 goups.

In Group 1, it was Ham’s team from Oxford’s Worcester College who eventually topped the group, making it through to the semis with Anand Patel’s devilish legspin and classy batting. This was in spite of losing to team Pumudu, which was mainly due to the captain, Hemita Sumansuriya himself, being carted for 36 runs off his over, (an unprecedented maximum in Gecko Sixes cricket). Challenging Ham’s team were the ‘Superteam’ lead by Miles Sriharan. Considered pre-tournament favourites amidst rumours that Dilshan’s brother would be playing, they were upset in their last game against Ham’s team, who went through level on points but with a more favourable runs to wickets ratio.

The other groups were more straightforward. Group 2 was topped by Nishanth’s team, who delivered three assured victories against Niki’s and Geoff’s teams – Thushan Shanmugarajah being the star performer with bat and ball. Group 3 was won by another team from Worcester College, this one lead by Karim Sutton, who were also undefeated.

This left one remaining semi-final slot being awarded to the highest runner up between the 3 groups, calculated by looking at the runs/wickets ratio of the three runner-up teams. MADDDs team in Group 2 had been highly favoured before the tournament, and performed well early on, but had been skittled out in their last group game by a ruthless bowling and fielding performance by Nishanth’s team. Miles’ Superteam had also done well, but been beaten comprehensively by Ham’s team, badly affecting their average. Ish’s team’s average also suffered from a loss to Karim’s.

Ultimately MADDDs edged it into the semis, and a strong performance there against Ham’s team booked them a place in the final. In the other semi, Nishanth’s team, who had seemed untroubled up to that point, collapsed spectacularly against Karim’s team, who won easily.

And so the final would be MADDDs team vs Karim’s team.  With the added pressure of onlookers, the final ebbed and flowed with neither team able to close the game quickly. MADDDs recovered from the early loss of Del and Madu, with the middle-order of Deno and Arran rescuing the innings to post a competitive total of 55. Karim’s team started their innings cautiously against MADDD’s strong bowling attack, and there was cause for concern when the sluggish run rate was accompanied by a couple of wickets. But a middle order smattering of boundaries from Karim and Andy brought the chasing team back on track with the required rate, leading to a composed finish in the last over of the game. From Karim’s team, Andy Shakespeare was player of the tournament, for his scarily quick bowling and quality batting.

The tense final was balanced by the relaxed atmosphere off the pitch, as spectators could finally enjoy the summer’s belated sunshine with delicious snacks, cold drinks and conversation. On top of this, we are delighted to say that the the event raised £830, which will be going towards two very worthy causes back in Sri Lanka: to the Ruhunu Lama Nivasaya children’s orphanage in Karapitya, Galle and to pre-school teachers in the remote village of Malayalapuram in the Vanni region. If you want to find out more or get involved, do get in touch via our email address (geckosrilanka@gmail.com), facebook page or twitter account.

Thanks to all who attended for making the event the success that it was! We’ll have some photos up soon in a separate post. Hopefully see you all again next year.

Group 1

Points

Average Runs/Wicket

Ham’s Team

6

38

Miles’ Superteam

6

20

Pumudu

4

Amma’s Curry

2

Asanga’s Team

2

Group 2

Points

Average Runs/Wicket

Nishanth’s Team

6

MADDD’s

4

25

Geoff’s Team

2

Niki’s Team

0

Group 3

Points

Average Runs/Wicket

Karim’s Team

6

Ish’s Team

4

22

Andrew’s Team

2

Vernon’s Team

0

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About geckosrilanka

Gecko Sri Lanka is a UK registered charity founded in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami by a group of second generation Sri Lankan students.
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2 Responses to The Gecko Sixes 2012 Report

  1. Rasieka Jayatunga says:

    Well Done all you guys & girls. Next time you need to arrange it so that the Mums & Dads can also play as unfortunately, this year’s clash with the Law Medical cricket match, prevented the formidable “Mums team” from playing and winning in the Gecko Sixes.

  2. LIZZIE says:

    Hi my family member! I want to say that this post is amazing, nice written and come with almost all vital infos. I’d like to peer more posts like this .

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