Toby's Braziliant knock
Tue 20 Mar 2012 
Club news item

Pacific player Toby Chasseaud made an early start to his 2012 season with an unbeaten 103 in Curitiba, Brazil, where he was playing for a Rest of The World XI against an Indian XI on Sunday 18 March. Toby, visiting Brazil for his first time, was invited to play after making contact with the Brazilian cricket authorities during research for an article on how the game is developing there. Having finished the 2011 season on a high, Toby was feeling confident, but was given a rude awakening when the first ball he bowled was smashed for six over midwicket in an expensive over. His second over was becoming expensive too, until, for his final ball, he switched to over the wicket, and bowled the batsman. His final over was a maiden, meaning he finished  with figures of one wicket for 15 runs off three overs. The Indian XI, called Swadisht ("tasty" in Hindi), made it to 182 in their 20 overs. Toby was sent in to open the batting for Rest of The World XI, called Gralha Azul (the name of a bird commonly found in this part of the country), and played himself in before unleashing a flurry of boundaries - eight fours and seven sixes. During his knock, he batted with a South African, a Pakistani, a Canadian, four Brazilians and another Englishman. Toby reached his century in the penultimate over but, alas, Gralha Azul finished short on 163. After the match, Toby was presented with a Brazil cricket shirt by Norman Baldwin, vice-president of the Brazilian Cricket Association. "It was an honour to be able to play the game I love in Brazil," said a slightly sunburnt Toby. "It is fantastic to be able to find cricket in such an exotic place and I would like to extend my thanks to the Brazilian Cricket Association, and particularly to Norman Baldwin, for inviting me to play." Matt Featherstone, captain of the Brazil national team, said: "It's about time Toby got married and moved to Brazil."

'BRAZILIANS PLAY CRICKET TOO' - to read Toby's article on Cricinfo, follow this link: