The Millennium defeated the Tokyo Wombats to be crowned as the new champions
of Japan Cricket. In a low scoring match at Fuji, the Wombats famed trio failed
to make an impression and scored only 127 runs. That presented a massive
opportunity for the Millennium, a predominantly Japanese team, and they grabbed
it with both hands. The Millennium coasted home in the 35th over with 3 wickets
to spare. This sets two milestones for Japan cricket. One, this is the first
time ever in the history of KCL the Tokyo Giants gave away their firm grip on
Japan's premier cricket contest which they held for three consecutive years and
two, a pre-dominantly Japanese team winning the year-long championship.
A few months after becoming an Associate member of the ICC, Japan justified its promotion by winning
the six-nation East Asia-Pacific Cricket Cup held in Vanuatu in September. This is Japan's first ever
title victory in an international tournament. Japan defeated the Cook Islands by a slender margin of 6 runs in a low scoring match. Batting first,
Japan scored 161 runs with wicket-keeper and upcoming star Tetsuro Chino scoring a solid 51 off 120
balls. In reply, the Cook Islands were bowled out for 155 with Japan's debutant Patrick Giles-Jones
The JCA Selection Panel today selected the final 14 players for EAP Cricket Cup in Vanuatu
coming up at the end of September, 2005. 4 new batsmen will make their debut for Japan in this
tour, with Yoshiyuki Hirose (Wyverns CC), Ko Irie (British Embassy CC), Masaomi Kobayashi (Max CC)
and Sriram Sampath (Indian Engineers CC) all new to the team. The Selection Panel noted that a
strengthening in the batting department was necessary from last year's EAP Cricket Challenge in
Fuji, when the team struggled to go past 200 until the final match. The Selectors are very confident
that the new players all bring different styles of batting to the team, and their selections are
based on consistent run scoring efforts in the Kanto Cricket League and the selection trials held
over the past 2 months. These players have been added to the returning batsmen of Junior Takahashi
(Fuji Far East CC) Tetsuo Fuji (Millennium CC), Jummei Hanada (Wyverns CC) and Munir Ahmed
(Millennium CC), which makes for a powerful line-up. More information is available
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In an evening of announcements, JCA made the following important announcements. Although the decisions were taken a while back, the dissemination of the same came only last evening:
1. JCA Selection Panel formed
On June 24, JCA appointed a Selection Panel who will select the Japan National Team for the MCC Japan Tour and the EAP Cricket Cup in Vanuatu which will both be held in September this year. The Selection Panel members are:
2. JCA Selection Panel announces 37 candidates for Japan National team
Gulzar Ahmad Lalazar Sports Munir Ahmed Millennium Mumtaz Alam Tokyo Giants Steve Burke Tokyo Wombats Razaq Cheema Millennium Tatsuro Chino Wyverns Ko Edagawa Wyverns Tetsuo Fuji Millennium David Gleeson Kansai League Jummei Hanada Wyverns Hiroaki Hayashi Wyverns Masatoshi Hirayama MAX Yoshiyuki Hirose Wyverns Ko Irie British Embassy Masaaki Ito Millennium Ahmed Kamal Tokyo Giants Takeshi Kawashima Fuji Far East Toshifumi Kazamatsuri Millennium Andy King British Embassy Masaomi Kobayashi MAX Yuta Matsubara Millennium Naoki Miyaji Hampstead (England) Kenji Murata British Embassy Shuichiro Nakamura Wyverns Kazuhisa Orita Fuji Far East Mohammed Rizwan Millennium Hamid Saeed Tokyo Giants Naoaki Saida Millennium Jun Saito Fuji Far East Sriram Sampath Indian Engineers Takashi Sugimoto Fuji Far East Naoki Tainaka Fuji Far East Hirokazu Takahashi Fuji Far East Tomoho Takita Adore Takeru Tsuruoka Wyverns Ken Wadano Tokyo Bay Districts Takahisa Yamamoto Fuji Far East3. JCA High Performance Division announces National Team Selection camp
Requirement 1: Qualification to play Representative Cricket
The Qualification rules are below, players must meet one or more of the central eligibility criteria:
Requirement 2: Full Attendance for National Teams Competition Schedule
To attend all National Teams Competition Schedule.
Requirement 3: Participation Fee for the Vanuatu competition
Each player who is selected for the final squad will be required to contribute a Participation Fee to cover the costs of the Japan National Team. The amount of the Participation Fee is yet to be finalised.
National Team Selection Camp
July 16 (Sat) 11:30AM~
July 17 (Sun) 10:00AM~
July 18 (Mon) 10:00AM~
GROUND: Fuji Ground, FUJI CITY
COMMENTS: Attendance of one day is sufficient to be considered as a new candidate.
A player from the 37 selected candidates who can not attend this camp may still be invited to the next selection camp in August.
Notice of attendance is not required.
Accommodation should be arranged by each individual.
National Team Competition Schedule (TBC)
MCC Japan Tour 2005 (September 11,17,18,19)
9/11(Sun) vs. Marylebone Cricket Club
9/17(Sat) Tournament Match Day1
9/18(Sun) Tournament Match Day2
9/19(Mon) vs Marylebone Cricket Club
EAP Cricket Cup, Vanuatu 2005 (September 23 - 29)
9/23(Fri) vs Samoa
9/24(Sat) vs Indonesia
9/25(Sun) vs Cook Islands
9/26(Mon) Rest Day
9/27(Tue) vs Vanuatu
9/28(Wed) vs Tonga
10/1(Sat) Arrival (Tokyo)
After almost 8 years of search, the Indian Engineers have finally found a sponsor in the form
of a small start-up firm based in Osaka. The deal between the Engineers and HumTum TV, an internet TV
company, was arrived at last month. According to the deal, HumTum TV will sponsor the jersey, all
on-field drinks and a free two week access for the Man of the Match from the Engineers' side. The
sponsorship will last for a year. Recently opened its office in Osaka, HumTum TV primarily caters
to the Indian sub-continent population in Japan and broadcasts about a dozen channels over internet.
Visit HumTum TV.
The Indian Engineers have launched the first ever Cricket Rating system for all the clubs in Japan.
The rating is based on the performance records of all the clubs for the last two years. Due to
non-availability of results in other regions, currently only Kanto based clubs are included in the
Rating system. More information is available here.
In a significant milestone for the International Cricket Council's (ICC) East Asia -
Pacific (EAP) Development Program, Japan was upgraded to Associate Member status at the ICC Annual
Conference in London on June 29. Japan, an Affiliate Member since 1989, now join Fiji and Papua New
Guinea as Associate Members of the ICC EAP region. Full report is
These points were integrated into the seminar along with issues identified through feedback from the Japan Umpires Improvement Program that has been running this season. Issues from the feedback that were dealt with in the seminar were:
The Kanto Cricket League Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, January 30 at YC&AC. Biju Paul, the outgoing secretary of the KCL 2004, read a report of the previous season and in the absence of Kei Imamura, the outgoing treasurer, Robert-Gilles Martineau presented financial accounts of the season. The AGM formally approved the promotion and demotion of the clubs concerned from/to Division I and Division II.A new Committee was elected with the following members:.